The Last of California….I hope

I know it’s taken me two months to get all of this on here. Ammon has to use this computer from about 4:30-9:40pm, and the evening is usually when I would do my blogging, so it’s taken me a while to actually get around to doing it during the day.

Ok…back to California…

After 4 days at Disney and being totally worn out, we headed down to San Diego to visit Ammon’s Grandma B and his sister, Julina. We headed straight to  Grandma B first:

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She looks pretty great for 100, I think!!

After a visit with Grandma, we decided to go see the Mormon Battalion Museum. Last time we were in Cali, it was under renovation, so I had never been through it.

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We sat down and some photographs on the wall started talking to us….really, they did! They started telling their story of the journey of the Mormon Battalion. You go from room to room, which are set up like the different places they travelled. The group of 543 men, some women and children were enlisted to fight the Mexicans. They marched from Iowa, to Tuscan when the Mexicans abandoned their fight. They had very little food, water and were exhausted. They ended up in San Diego and taught San Diego natives how to make bricks, helped build flour and sawmills and were among the first to discover gold at Sutter’s Mill.

Outside after the tour, they have hands-on activities for the children, which my kids loved. We stayed for 45 min and played.

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Annika loved washing “clothes” on the washboard…hmmmm…..

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Tasha and Kevin panning for gold

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Tasha and her fool’s gold

We had In n Out burgers, fries and shakes for dinner. The burger was great….shakes were better at Denny’s and the fries, well…I think fries are better just about anywhere else.

On our first full day in San Diego, we went to the Zoo!

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Made some friends

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I haven’t seen flamingos in ages!

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Had to see the pandas, of course!

My favorite were the Aviaries. I’m usually more of a big cat person, but I’d never experienced anything like at this Zoo. You walk through a caged door and it’s like you’re transported to he rainforest! There are lush trees and flowers and birds everywhere!!

After the Zoo, we were pretty bushed, so we decided to get lunch and catch a movie.

Our next day, we went to Sea World! The kids and I had never been there. I think it was one of my favorite things that we did! They had all these hands-on experiences like petting leopard sharks, manta rays and sea stars.

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Little fishes that would eat the dry skin off your hands. Sounds gross, but the kids thought it was awesome! You stick your hands in there and the fish swarm you!

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Sea Stars!

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This was inside the turtle exhibit. I loved that you could get so close to all these amazing creatures. It was like snorkeling, but without getting wet!

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Annika and the fishes!

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The penguin exhibit was pretty amazing too! It was like being in the movie “Happy Feet”! They were chasing each other and playing and being silly.

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Our own little penguin family!

I think we saw every show they offered there…

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A few minutes after this, we were soaked!

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This turtle was going for a walk, so Kevin gave him a nice pat

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The last thing we did was ride the “Journey to Atlantis” Going up, up, up….

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Here’s what the ride looks like on the front…you see that drop that comes out the front?

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End result of that drop!

To make a good day even better, we headed back to Julina’s place for dinner and a movie. The kids even had a sleepover with their Auntie. Ammon and I had some time to ourselves, which was nice and quiet. Sigh…

Last day in Cali….water day!

First we visited Grandma B one last time.

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We love you Grandma!

Then we picked up a dozen donuts from our favorite donut shop in Cali: Rose Donuts. A small little independent shop in a little strip plaza that we discovered the last time we were there. AMAZING! Way better than Krispy Kreme, Tim Hortons (for my Canadian side). Just out of this world!

Then we were off to the beach for donuts and ceviche? They go together, right?

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Tasha eating her donut

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Second time at the ocean, but first time they’ll remember!

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Annika running with the waves

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My little beach boy!

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We did a little exploring at the tide pools. We found all kinds of little critters; snails, crabs and a few little fish. Kevin could’ve spent all day there!

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Boogie-boarding! A first for my kiddies! Ammon would wait till a wave came and kind of push them onto it and away they’d go!

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They loved it!

The water was FREEZING! I tried to get in, but it wasn’t very warm that day anyways and it was like torture trying to get in that water. We headed to Julina’s pool instead.

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The kids swam

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I relaxed. The perfect last day of vacation =)

While it was a busy trip and i was definitely tired, it was fun-filled and we made so many memories!

 

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