We made it to the airport. Nanny and Poppy and Aunty Deb, Uncle Ron, Lachie & Teea and Uncle Mick all came to see us off. The kids loved flying. With a TV each and lots of choices of movies they were happy. Sarah loved being waited on by flight attendants. She really is a princess :) We all eventually had some sleep. The kids had a lot more than the parents. But then we are use to 6 hr nights.
Landed in LA and after picking up our hire care we went cruising around LA checking out, Mailibu, Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, Beverley Hills and Holloywood. We didn't get out and look around but we will when we end up in LA in preparation for coming home. The kids saw most of the sights except for when they had a short nap.
We stayed with a bloke Steve knows from his MROP (Arizona 2005), Bill & Maryanne Berry, who live in Pasadena. They were very hospitable and even cooked us a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potato and cranberry sauce with pumpkin pie for dessert. We were all very tired but we managed to stay awake long enough to enjoy the meal and Bill & Maryanne's company.