Road Trippin' to San Diego

We've been home for two weeks, I guess it's finally time for a vacation recap. My brother is working in San Diego and renting a house with a pool, so we decided to visit him over Thanksgiving. We have many friends who've driven the twenty hour trip and thought, hey, let's save $1,500 we'd spend on airfare and a rental car and do it too! I came up with a million activities to do in the car and the boys did pretty well. We only stopped three times a day to go potty, get food, and take a walk or stop at a playground.

We left the house at 6:00 AM on Saturday morning. After 13 hours in the car, we stopped in Sacramento for the night. My BFF lives there so I dropped Jacob and the kids off at the hotel and left to grab some Mexican food with him and his boyfriend.

Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel, got right back on the road, and made it to San Diego by dinner time. Monday was all about Legoland. It's definitely a theme park for little ones. I think anyone over the age of nine would be bored, but it was perfect for our guys. I was surprised by how busy it was and how long the lines were, but we had a really great day.

On Tuesday morning we made our way to Balboa Park to visit the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and Natural History Museum. Nolan was in heaven. Milo wanted to get on with the show.

That afternoon we finally took a dip in my brother's pool. It's not heated, so even though it was 80 degrees outside, the 60 degree pool was too cold! We hung out in the hot tub instead. 

Tuesday evening was all about exploring Old Town and eating Mexican and drinking margaritas for dinner. Milo was so into the musicians at dinner, he hardly ate a thing. Both boys were in awe of the cactuses.

After the kids went to bed Jacob and I were supposed to meet up with Tiffany and Justin, but Milo had other plans. He woke up as we were walking out the door and cried and cried. Jacob stayed home with him while I went to the bar alone. I had so much fun with the newlyweds! We talked for hours and I probably kept them up way past their work night bedtime. I'm so mad we forgot to take a picture together!

Wednesday was SeaWorld day! Nolan had been looking forward to this for months and really soaked up every little thing. We saw sharks, penguins, seals, sea lions, belugas, walruses, turtles, and even reindeer! We touched cleaner fish, bat rays, and sea stars. We went to the sea lion, dolphin and orca shows. We also rode a few rides and played in the snow. Our favorite part of the day was spending time with Tiffany. She took us behind the scenes to feed a giant Pacific octopus and showed us where the rescued marine animals are treated and rehabilitated. Nolan absolutely adores her, not only because she's sweet, but because she knows everything about sea life. (Knowledge is the way to that boy's heart.)

Since Thanksgiving was the next day, we stopped by Trader Joe's on the way home from SeaWorld and bought a precooked ham (I don't like turkey), a bunch of sides, and dessert. (Have you tried their Cookie Butter Cheesecake yet? So good, but sickeningly sweet.) Thursday morning was spent at Mission Beach. When we got back, we relaxed in the hot tub, then I took a nap while Jacob prepared our meal. After we ate, we went to Silver Strand to watch the sunset.

On Friday morning we took the trolley to the Gaslamp Quarter for breakfast. While we were eating giant pancakes and waffles at Cafe 222, Jacob got a call from work telling him that he had to pick up a rental car on Sunday evening and head out of town to be at meetings first thing Monday morning. We hadn't planned on leaving San Diego until Saturday morning, which would get us home Sunday night. After talking over breakfast, we decided we should go back to my brother's house, pack up, and head out a day early.

I was bummed because we had plans to meet Leeann for breakfast on Saturday morning and have dinner with my cousin on Saturday night, but we had to skip those meetups. We arrived at our hotel in Redding at 10:30 PM on Friday night. We slept, woke up, ate our continental breakfast, and hit the road again. We were so lucky with traffic and weather and got home safe and sound Saturday night around 6:00 PM.

I have to give Jacob a huge shout out for driving so awesomely. When I decided to give him a break, we were getting into the mountains in southern Oregon. I'm normally a good driver, but those windy roads and speeding semi trucks freaked me out and I gave up after 45 minutes. Lame. Jacob didn't complain once about doing all the work. And the kids were surprisingly well behaved. They had books, music, art projects, workbooks, movies, iPods, audio books, and games to keep them busy and hardly complained at all. When they did start to whine, snacks cured everything! We had such great experiences. I love my boys!


Jo said...

What a great week! Pity that you had to leave a day earlier.

I just love it when kids travel well.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

What an awesome trip. You did so much great stuff! I'm SO JEALOUS you got to spend time with the fabulous former Miss Tiff Gee, now a Mrs.

Go Jacob for the driving! I will do the bulk of the driving when we're on our National Parks adventure next year. I'm gearing up for it already!

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I love love love all of your SeaWorld pictures! I'm so glad we got to spend some time together and that I got to bond with the boys :) Now, we must get up there to visit you!!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

What an awesome trip! Y'all are the cutest family ever. Seriously.

Jen K said...

Such a fun trip! I loved seeing all of the pictures you were posting. We visited Legoland before we left Florida. Logan was too small to remember. We also did Sea World in Orlando when Nathan was too young to remember. Apparently we have awful timing. Glad you all had such a great time!

Karen M. Peterson said...

What a great trip! I wish I'd known you were coming down! You passed within 5 miles of my house.

I'm glad you had a great time and that we had good weather for you!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Wow what a great trip by the looks of it

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Looks like a fun trip!!! Glad you had a good time.