Sunday, November 9, 2008

San Diego Travelog


Quick, throw everything together and head south on our roadtrip to San Diego! We had heavy doses of the new Tinkerbell movie and sugary princess snacks but at least we didn't have our flight return due to heavy fog...BTW leaving just before 5 was perfect because of A. the carpool lane and B. the kids fell asleep for the majority of our travels.


San Diego Harbor (Do you see the massive helicopter aboard?) Shortly after this photo we dropped Nate off for his implant conference and set out to explore the area.

Balboa Park to see the show at the Indoor Puppet Theater. Sarah was in the Bjorn for most of these photos...

Picnic and trip around the United Nations country house exhibit
FYI if you need to improvise a spoon, the medicine dropper works great!

Aren't these puppet's amazing?

More Dancing to Monster Mash


Happy Halloween Girl's!

Birch Aquarium- Absolutely gorgeous views and everything was perfectly age appropriate for Katelyn. There was even a hand puppet section of all the sea creatures. We had such a great time.

Currents Exhibit-Katelyn had fun building a dam and watching the powerful current flood over top...

La Jolla Shores Beach
We set up a picnic lunch on the grass after a muddy castle building contest between Sarah and Katelyn and some tentative wading. The waves were so gentle on the beach that I felt very comfortable with both girls in the water...and the massive lifeguard station 10 feet away.

My best attempt at capturing our girl's trip.

What could that scary rustling sound be?

It's Sarah with her best Boo!

We decided to avoid the crowds of people in the Gaslamp District and opted to bond over Kung Fu Panda. That or I was too embarrassed to talk to the bouncer on the 22nd floor again. I headed up there to take some rooftop shots and he asked for some ID. I wasn't sure if I should feel flattered or annoyed that he didn't think I was 21 with my two kids in tow...


Sea World!! What an amazing place! We stayed for 7 hours and loved just about every minute of it. Trick or treating this year consisted of about 5 trips to the hotel lobby of the Marriot to pick up a hershey kiss. We were thrilled to find out Sea World was still decked out for Halloween with themed shows and trick or treat stands along the pathways.

Abby Ka Dabby's Teacups!

As you can see from Katelyn's expression there is a reason for the recommended highth chart...

Katelyn much preferred the Sesame Street Archways.

Shamu's Splash (Sarah and I were very glad we stayed up high while Nate and Katelyn hung out in the Soak Zone)

Leapin Killer Whale

Gal Pals


San Diego LDS Temple

Making sure Sarah is secure

Running in the halls of San Juan Capistrano...Look familiar? Yes it's the same Spanish Mission we have hanging in our living room. Want a comparison? Check out

We saw these flying over Camp Pendleton, Brett has a pretty cool view of the ocean...sorry we missed ya on Halloween.


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Nancy said...

Looks like you had a fun time in San Diego. You did a lot of things that I never did and I lived there for a year! (I guess that means I'll have to go back).
Glad you guys are doing well!

Rachel Guymon said...

awesome! you are such a fun family. and i am so jealous that you can be in short sleeves (and diapers only) outside right now. that spanish mission picture you painted is my absolute FAVORITE. jim is headed to CA next week for interviews. what city do you live in again? palo alto?

Shari said...

San Diego was Duane and my favorite place to go especially La Jolla! Glad you had a fun time. Sounds like you did a lot while you were there!

Erin said...

what a lovely little trip. wanna know something cool? i have the EXACT same phil&teds. sweet. high fives.

Carissa, Brandon & Carly said...

Looks like you guys had fun! Though I must pose the question, "Why didn't you call us?!" We would have loved to have seen you guys! Maybe next time. :)

Jayne said...

Awesome trip! You made me totally homesick. Those are all my favorite places. I love Balboa Park with a passion. That Sesame Street thing at Sea World must be new (I guess it's been a while since i was there), it looks cute. Glad to see you are having fun. Miss you.

Natalie Ropelato said...

Wow! Sea World has sure changed since last time I've been there. If you hadn't said where it was I would have never guessed (well, at least until I saw Shamu :) Very cute pictures of your girls!

Heather, Dan, and Family said...

I am so glad you guys went on this adventure. It looks like so much fun.

Sarah Scoville said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Stace your hair is super cute. I really like the length. It makes me want to cut mine :)