We had such a wonderful trip to visit my brother and sister-in-law! I'm still worn out. I never really pictured myself living on the west coast (I am a Texas girl through and through), but I think I could settle for San Diego! It is absolutely beautiful, and I loved the weather (much nicer than this humidity)! The plane rides were much better than I had hoped, with minimal crying and even some napping during part of the flights.
The first beach we visited was dog beach (not sure if that's really the name, but it's what we call it). Riley was super excited, and he couldn't wait to get there! We had to take a short walk from our rental van down the Pacific Coast Highway to get there, and he wanted to run the whole way! As soon as we hit the beach, he took off running towards the water! Even though the water was very cold, he didn't want to stay away. Elijah enjoyed playing in the sand and watching all of the dogs running around. We took my brother's two dogs, Mandi and Wesley, with us, too. Dogs, sand, waves, sunshine, my kids loved it (and so did I)! Riley cried when it was time to leave, and even said he didn't want to go to Disneyland the next day, that he just wanted to stay at the beach! Of course, he changed his mind.
|My handsome boys wearing their first trip to Disneyland buttons!|
|This was the first time we met Mickey! We also got to visit him in his house the next day!|
Day 2 at Disneyland was just as much fun-filled as the first! Riley did get scared during the Bug's Life in 4D show, and I had to take him out. He thought is was hilarious, until the bug "shot" him with a laser (it was really just a little water, but he didn't know that). He clung to both me and my sister-in-law, Katie, and cried. Other than that, he loved everything! Especially his very first roller coaster ride!
We had a very lazy Sunday while trying to recover from two days at Disneyland! We went to La Jolla Beach, and watched the surfers and grilled hamburgers and turkey dogs. It was overcast and much cooler, but it was still beautiful! Elijah loved playing in the sand, and Riley made a sand castle with his daddy (which he soon destroyed!) He thought it was neat that they found more water under the sand! I love the goofy look on Elijah's face in the picture below! Riley loved drawing in the sand! I have to share two of my favorite pictures. My favorite of Elijah is to the right, he was just so happy to be at the beach! The other is of Riley (below right) just sitting and watching the ocean. He wasn't still very often during the trip (or ever), and I love that I was able to capture this moment of him being still watching the waves!
Monday we shopped at Seaside Village, a quaint outdoor shopping area across from Coronado. We could see Navy ships across the harbor, and even one heading out to sea! Riley loved seeing the "big boats"! Lunch was at In-N-Out Burger, a must on our to-do list since we aren't fortunate enough to have them here in Texas. Dinner was at a great local Mexican food restaurant. Now, for those who know me know that is a bold statement! I do not like Mexican food, which is odd since I come from a family who loves it! I will eat chicken enchiladas or fajitas, but that's it. But this restaurant we went to in San Diego was more of a Carribean style Mexican food, rather than the TexMex we have here in Texas. It was all outdoors, a patio setting surrounded by beautiful flowers. I had salmon with chipotle mashed potatoes and asparagus. Yum!! I ate every bite!
Tuesday was our last full day in San Diego. We went to Coronado island, and had lunch at a diner with the best ice cream sundaes! The hard part was choosing which sundae to get, because they all looked so good! We also visitied Imperial Beach and walked to the end of the long pier. Fisherman lined the pier while surfers waited for the best waves. Off in the distance we saw a Navy ship, and some islands. I had to use my mom's camera to take pictures since I forgot mine at my brother's condo, so I don't have any pictures to share at this time.
We decided to take Riley and Elijah to the beach one more time before we had to leave. So we went back to get our swimsuits and towels and went to "baby beach". Obviously, that's not the name of it. Riley called it "baby beach" when driving by it a couple days before and it just stuck. This beach had more rocks and shells, and we enjoyed looking for interesting momentos to bring home. Elijah enjoyed eating the rocks!
This is Riley and me at "baby beach". I loved watching the pure joy on his face as we experienced new things! I hope he remembers at least the highlights of this trip! I know Elijah is too young to remember anything, but we have a ton of pictures to look back on (I have 350+, and that doesn't include any that my parents took)! Even though we enjoyed our trip to Disneyland and the beaches, the best part was spending time with my brother and sister-in-law, Robbie and Katie! We don't get to see them often (only 1-2 times a year), so it's always good to be with them!