Wednesday, April 10, 2013

San Diego and More, 2013 (Part Two)

(This is Part Two.  If you missed Part One, just scroll down one post.  It's long.  This will be long, too!)
We had the perfect plan for both Wednesday and Thursday:  Sea World in the morning and then the beach all afternoon.  It couldn't have worked out better.  The mornings are quite cool, with low clouds.  But by about noon the clouds finally give way and the sun shines out.  So it was great to be at Sea World in the morning (we were chilly both mornings for the first 1/2 hour or so) and then enjoy the beach with the sunshine.

On Wednesday morning we went to Sea World and saw the "Antarctic Exhibit" and then 2 shows:  Dolphins and Shamu.  I loved the penguins - there were several different kinds there.  Then the birds were so neat, too - puffins and terns, I think?  They would dive underwater and swim so speedily - like bird bullets.  It was incredible to me!  The shows were fun to watch - especially since we did not sit in the soak-zones.

 Feeding time.  So cool!

 Not the best picture, but oh well.  I remember puffins from my Alaska-trip many years ago.  I tried to get a picture of them swimming underwater, but they didn't turn out.  :(

 Sitting and awaiting the dolphin show.


The orcas were pretty impressive, too.  Amazing.

Then after Sea World we were off to the beach.  I had read about Coronado Island (not really an island but a peninsula) and we decided to go there.  It was so nice!  Just clean and nice.  Gorgeous homes and hotels.  And a beach that is sparkly gold, no joke.  (The sparkly gold comes from the mineral mica, I just read.)  It was breezy and a little chilly, but we all got used to it sooner or later.  There were also some neat tide pool rocks and we saw dozens of tiny hermit crabs crawling around and anemones, etc.  The boys really had fun at that spot for quite some time.

 Their expressions say it all.

 The boys were lovin' it!

 I LOVE everything about this picture.

 Jonas having fun.

 The boys and their blobs.

 Tangent:  For FHE on Monday we kind of just did a "review" of our trip.  We showed the kids all the pictures we had taken and handed out some "awards."  Lucy's award was "Best Excited Screams at the Beach-Waves."  See, this picture is total proof!  :)  Oh, we also did this treat for FHE:  sand pudding.  It turned out great; in fact, it was so great that Lucy started crying because she didn't want to eat sand!  Ha.

 Classic Lucy at the beach:  she would dirty up her hands and then say, "I have to go and wash my hands!"  And then she'd go in the water and wash up.  Then repeat.

 The fun times never end at the beach.  They were working on sand castles that "can withstand a wave coming up" as Miles just dictated to me.

 The girls had fun, too!

Such a cute bunch of beach babes.

So Thursday was very similar to Wednesday - Sea World in the morning and beach in the afternoon.  We checked out a few of the exhibits at Sea World:  Antarctic again, Turtle Reef, Sharks, the Arctic (including Beluga whales, a Polar bear, and walruses).  Everything was just splendid.  We also did a few rides there, too.  There was this one section, Sesame Bay of Play, in which Lucy could ride all three of the rides - accompanied by an adult.  It was perfect and Lucy exclaimed, "I am big now!"  Awwwww.

 The kids had just watched "Finding Nemo" at our place the night before and so it was fun to see a bunch of "Nemo's" and "Dory's."  :)

 Lucy couldn't ride this ride (see below picture), but she could pretend!

 This was Jonas' favorite ride ever!  As he declares.  There was no line in the morning and so each boy got to do it several times with either Ben or myself (Emmy was too short, even, for this ride.).

We saw the Sea Lion show and it was rather cute.  They were dancing at this point.  Miles wants me to add that "it was really funny, too."  Fun times.

Then it was to the beach!  We tried Pacific Beach but it was just too . . . something.  Too rowdy, if that makes sense.  It was more crowded, more dirty, more grungy.  So Ben was definitely opposed to it and it didn't matter much to me, so we decided to go back to Torrey Pines State Park.  I knew we could play at the beach on the other side of the tide pool rock - hardly anyone was there last time and it's just cool.  So we parked at the top and hiked down to the beach.  And who did we pass on the way?!  Mitt Romney.  Yes way.  Ha, I didn't even notice him, though.  Ben did.  I did notice his wife and son, though.  So that was pretty cool.

When we walked down the final steps to the beach, right there at the bottom, was a rock.  And guess what was on the rock?!  JONAS' SHOES?  NOPE!  EMMY'S SHOES!  Ha, here is the rest of the shoe-story.  I had to do it in CAPS because I've been leading up to it in my previous post and I am now not sure it will live up to its suspense.  :)  But the funny thing is:  we never knew Emmy left her shoes at the beach.  Ha.  We had gotten her new crocs at Legoland and she had worn those the past few days and so we never even bothered to find her other tennis shoes.  And apparently we didn't notice after our hike on Monday that she was shoeless.  Awesome.  We never did find Jonas' shoes.

The beach spot was perfect.  No one there long-term (nice term, huh?) except for us.
 Everyone out and getting wet!

 See how awesome the shoreline is?!  I love it.  We found lots of big and small anemones on those rocks that Miles is on.  Pretty cool.  I even found a tiny baby crab - too bad it was dead.

 Ben had found a mussel and wanted to crack it open to show us all what was inside.  It was quite hard to crack.  So he found a rock to help.  Well, the rock turned out to be quite hilarious because every time Ben would hit the shell, the rock would break, and not the shell!  Silly rock!  The kids just thought it was oh so funny!

An endless supply of sand is not a bad thing at all.

Love it.

Fun times for sure.  It was a great way to end our great trip.

And just for fun I'll mention the other "awards" given for our trip:
Ben - Best and Most Handsome Chauffeur

Miles - Best Rice Cake-Bag Retriever
     Story behind this one:  While at the beach on Thursday a seagull came over to our stuff and grabbed our bag of rice cakes.  I wasn't too worried about not having our rice cakes, but I didn't want the bird to have that plastic bag because . . . well, you know, plastic is dangerous.  But I didn't really do anything about it because it was a Bird!  But Miles, on his own, just ran right after that bird, got really close to it, and the bird dropped the bag.  Ha!  It was very cool.

Miles (yes, he got 2) - Best Over-All
     Miles was really a great kid on this trip.  Hardly a complaint - if any at all.  He never even complained on any of our long car-rides.  He's a pretty neat kid.

Jonas - Best and Faster Easter
     Man he chowed down his dinner like way super fast.  Then wanted more.  We don't know where he hides all that food he eats!

Emmy - Best Beach-Gymnast
     See above picture.  :)

Me - I didn't get one because I created all the awards.  Moms always get the shaft.  :)

We had a great time and we're all sad, in a way, to have to come home to regular life.  It doesn't help when it snows 5 inches and was 18 degrees this morning!  Sigh.

I hope we can do a similar trip again . . . someday.


erinmalia said...

i love that pic of the girls on the beach. it reminded me of a picture of us. you should find it. maybe i have it. i'll look.

that sand pudding is really unreal. seriously so cool!

yes you should do it again, but this time on an EAST COAST beach. :)

Emily said...

Such cute beach pictures of your family! I'm sure they all have fond memories of this trip :)

Love that you found Emmy's shoes AND that you passed Mitt Romney-how random!

rebecca said...

I laughed outloud when I read "moms always get the shaft." Ha! It feels that way often, but I think we get the best of it too . . . always in hindsight though. After the hard part is a fuzzy memory. And they're all asleep.

Mom - best memory creator and keeper.

This looks like a great vacation!! So glad you guys got to enjoy California and time together.

Nicole said...

Oh I love it! And now I want to go too!!