Monday, July 27, 2015

Cali or Bust - Part IV



Our last few days in Cali.


Diggin it.


Who brings a laptop to the beach? He does. #startuplife


The boys adopted this giant family sitting behind us. A couple grandparents, a few couples with their college kids and one boy in 5th grade. The kids loved hanging out with them. It was the only break I got at the beach :) Much appreciated! Half of the fam was from Ft. Collins. Three of them were elementary school teachers. They were SO nice and loved chatting with the boys for almost an hour.


He's the king of the his world.


The tide was strong! I spent the entire time wading, making sure Mason didn't get taken out with a wave. Such a different ocean experience than what we're used to from the gulf waters in Tampa.


And there he goes again. About to get pulled under for the 54th time. 





Blowing bubbles with new friends.


Shwimming.


Raiding the giant bubble gum machine for some dessert. 


We dined in a couple nights. There was a grill on the balcony of each floor in the hotel. We saved some $ by eating in and bought a couple nice steaks for John to grill. I ordered some side dishes from the restaurant downstairs and bam, a tasty dinner for 2 on our patio. 


A really cooool tree.


The Pizza Port. We watched an entire Cavs playoff game with the kids. Thank goodness there were arcade games right next to us. It was such a fun night even though they lost. Lots and lots of Golden State fans there. We may have been the only ones cheering for the Cavs!!? Yep.



We ran out of ice and had to resort to the kid's Lego man ice cubes for our poolside Margarita's.


Wise words on a wall.


An obstacle course. Our hotel had so many activities for the kids. 


Movie night in the courtyard. Big screen of Big Hero 6. John took the older boys down for the show. Mason and I slept. It felt great!! 

So many families and kids. This hotel was perfect for us!


The place where adults could escape and relax. "The" adult hot tub. 


We still used our thinking caps on vaca. A little bit....


Mason thought the fountain was a pool.


Our 12th Mexican meal of the vacation.



A hazy SoCal morning run.


Beach discoveries.




Dead shrimp. Very interesting to young boys. 



I took really nice matchy, matchy but not too matchy, matchy clothes for all of us to wear in hopes of capturing our Christmas card picture for 2015. We took the tripod and I envisioned a beautiful family photo on the beach. It didn't happen. We ended up with this. Gym/road trip clothes on... 10 minutes before dipping out and heading home. But I'll take it! It's of us and we're all there looking in the same direction. Even Mason under his eye lids. 



Soaking up just a little more beach time before leaving. It was hard to leave... we love, loved this vacation!!!  



Laundry duty before heading out. Adrian folds much better than I do.


A little site seeing on the way home.





There happen to be a traffic jam past Dillon, CO just a couple hours from home, so we opted to stop for one last "vacation" dinner. A place that was probably too fancy for our road trip wardrobe and bedhead, but it was delicious and we enjoyed the mountain views. 


then home bound! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cali or Bust - Part III - USS Midway & Coronado


We took a day and traveled down to San Diego to visit the USS Midway and sight see in Coronado. 


The boys loved this.





A view from above into the engines.


So many buttons and controls they could play with and not get yelled at :)




They asked lots and lots of questions. This poor guys was exhausted. 



Pilot photo op.





Kellen taking a turn keeping Mason in check. We all do our part.








The views were just Aweeee! I really loved SoCal!!!


We plan to retire around here :)


Lunch at a boathouse. So fun!


Electronics not necessary. Just some crayons and paper. 


Love. Love them so!!


Jelly fish or a baggie?



Mason and his faces. 



This never, ever happens! All passed out in heavy CA traffic heading back to Carlsbad. It was a GOOD DAY! Vacationing was wearing them out.