We are a small family with a large house. Originally from England, we settled in sunny Southern California nearly 20 years ago and are now completely content to call it home. Having discovered the state and the country from a tourist's eye originally. I think I have a handle on what to see and what to skip. Having raised kids here, I can also give you the insider's guide to the theme parks and best beaches for kids.
Over the years we have had more house guests than we can count. As such we have the "host thing" down. Young, single cousins get sent in one direction. High school friends with 4 kids get the other experience. The home from home vacation experience not only saves you money, it gives you so much more flexibility. No check in/check out times, freedom to cook a full meal or rustle up a snack. With a houseful of beach toys, board games and video games, there's no need to take up all your suitcase space with things to keep the kids entertained, we have it all here. If there's something you will specifically need during your trip, send me a message before hand and I'll let you know if we already have it.