Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First couple days in California

I’m way behind in posting this, but we’ve been unusually busy with Halloween and just recovering from our vacation. We spent 10 nights in California, leaving at 12:30 am on the 17th and driving straight through to San Diego. The original plan was to leave early am on Saturday, but Cody’s schedule allowed for a few extra days and I took an extra day off to add 4 nights to our trip.
We normally are over planners, in a color coded spreadsheet kind of way and this time we just drove to San Diego. Our first stop was Mission Beach. It had been raining on and off for a few hours, but it had cleared up enough that we found a place to park and took the boys to the ocean. After a half hour the rain returned, by returned I mean soaked us completely. That’s when we decided to find a hotel.
The hotel wasn’t great, but it was fine for what we needed. We were only there to sleep and it was somewhere to store all our stuff. We checked in and got unpacked then attempted to make it back to the beach to watch the sunset. Sadly the crazy roads in San Diego (I have no idea how anyone navigates without GPS here) made us miss it.

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We were disappointed that we didn’t make it because the clouds really made for a beautiful sight. We had a quick dinner and crashed for the night. Everyone was worn out from the long drive and we had big plans for the next day.
When we initially decided to go to San Diego the plan was to spend at least one day at the beach, but that left us one day left without plans. When I started looking for options I quickly found that the San Diego zoo has free admission for kids for the entire month of October, that made it an easy decision.
The zoo was amazing, our local zoo would easily fit into it five times over.

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We saw the entire zoo in the one day. The boys were thrilled to see all of the animals and so were we. It was the first time any of us saw a panda bear and the boys loved it.

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We ended up not taking a ton of pictures, the boys stayed in the strollers for a good portion of the day while we hiked 5 miles up and down some huge hills. While in the strollers the boys were very sweet to one another, lots of hand holding and chatting.

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The highlight of the day was riding the Skyfari aerial tram. The boys were so excited they were even willing to hug while waiting in line.

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The tram or flying buckets as the boys called them would only fit up to 4 people, so we let the boys choose who they wanted to ride with. I was a little worried that I was going to end up riding alone, they are all such daddies boys. Luckily Andrew happily chose me.

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Cody said Parker and Nicholas were having a blast with him

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They look pretty happy to me.

On the way out we stopped at a gift store and let the boys pick out one item. Everyone decided that they needed a panda bear. They had been asking for one since we went by the exhibit. The bears still don’t have names, but the boys insist on sleeping with them every night.

After the zoo we still had some daylight left and headed back to the beach to enjoy the great weather. We stayed on the paved sidewalk to avoid wet shoes and tracking a ton of sand into the van (again). We found a park like area where the boys played ring around the rosy with each other and found another child their age to play with along with re-enacting scenes from the Lorax. They now climb onto every rock or tree they can find and proudly announce “I am the Lorax and I speak for the trees.”

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The sunset wasn’t as spectacular as the night before without any clouds in the sky, but Cody did capture one amazing shot with a well placed boat.

Taken at Mission Beach in San Diego. We are so glad we were able to add a few days there before Disneyland, it was so much fun introducing the boys to the beach.

It was another quick dinner and straight to bed for some very tired boys (and parents). The next day was the long awaited beach day and Old Town.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We’re home!

Actually we’ve been home since Sunday morning from our 10 day vacation in California, but I’m still playing catch up. We had an amazing time in San Diego and at Disneyland. We took lots of pictures and video, but haven’t sorted through everything quite yet.
We had a bunch of firsts on this trip, from seeing the ocean for the first time to riding some of the big rides at Disney. I’m hoping to start sorting through the photos and posting them later this week.

Here’s one from right after we arrived in San Diego:

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The boys first time seeing the ocean. Of course Cody will clean up the photo in processing and it will go on our photo wall.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Random catching up

I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in almost two weeks, no longer having nap time or time at home during the day to post anything and after the boys go to bed I’ve been working on making the boys Halloween costumes. It’s been a long time since I’ve sewn anything more complicated than a pillow case or button, so it’s been slow going. The weekends of course have been busy as usual.
We spent some time driving to look at all of the fall leaves and on a short hike. The boys are showing just how all boy they are while walking along the path we came across some construction equipment. The boys circled everything for a while, only Nicholas would hold still long enough for a photo.

At the top of the trail, the boys found rocks. Lots of rocks.

The boys of course insisted on making circles out of the rocks. We used the rocks in an attempt to get a group photo, wasn’t exactly successful.

On the way down the canyon the boys recognized the road and that we were going to be right by the zoo. It was a nice day, so we decided why not.

The boys are very insistent on how they wear their hats; Nicholas always has his on backwards, Parker wears his normally, and Andrew wears his slightly off center and pulled down in front to the point of us wondering if he can see.
Our weekdays still follow the normal playschool/work/gymnastics schedule. Not overly exciting, but never boring. This last Sunday we had planned to get updated photos of all of the kids (our boys and their cousins). The boys still do not want to look at the camera, but we had their aunt and uncle to help.


I’m happy with the results. Cody also got great pictures of the cousins, the amount of family resemblance between our boys and our nephew is uncanny. It’s like we get a preview of what everyone will look like in a few years.