Visiting California I Rose Bowl and Family Time Recap

Well, it's about time I made a full blog post about our amazing family vacation to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl. We had an amazing time and were all pleased we got yet another full, five-member, family vacation in. As we all get older and go through college, it's tough to make it all coordinate. But we had a blast! Here is a picture Sara made of me drinking some coffee on Balboa Island - it's now a new header for the blog :)

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We got to go watch as some of the Rose Bowl floats were prepared - AMAZING - they were going through flats of these roses like crazy.

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Here were some filler flowers ready to be inserted and the tubs of Elmer's glue + seeds that covered the floats.

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This display was from the FFA's float - everything was covered in seeds and grains, so they had this board to explain.

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Meet my father, Mike, and middle sister, Sara. We made the trip to cheer on Ohio State, my father's alma mater.

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On Rose Bowl eve - also known as New Years Eve we visited Santa Monica's pier for the Buckeye rally. All those red shirts are getting pumped for the game.

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My pretty momma :)

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Dad...walking.

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My parents at the end of Route 66.

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This sticker made me consider being a wildlife photographer.....I hope you're laughing right now :)

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Sister Sara doing what she does best!

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OK. I admit it. I've developed a bird obsession. Tis true..

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Not the yummiest cupcake image - by the light of our hotel lamp...but these Sprinkles cupcakes were AMAZING!! Seriously, the line is never too long, they may just change your life.

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Rodeo Drive Gucci family portrait.

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In classic Lauer form, we visited the racetrack. Here is the paddock at Santa Anita.

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Silliest night of my life - we had a nice, family dinner at a chinese restaurant. One of the waiters was extraordinary at balloon hats..dogs...horses...bicycles...balloon anything. He made me a bicycle with a basket on the front. I put my balloon Leila inside and drove it around while wearing my balloon hat. Best New Years Eve ever - my sisters were mortified. Hah.

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This was after our Buckeye win - look at Sara's Go Bucks! pin glowing in the sunshine!

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This is totally my sisters - to a T - telling one another how it is. Love them.

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