We celebrated TEN years of marriage this month! To celebrate, we took a trip to CA!
Neither one of us had ever been to CA before so it was extra exciting to explore a new place.
We decided to take the two older kids with us (when you are use to having four kids around, taking two feels like a vacation!). We chose the two older girls so we wouldn't have the hassle of car seats and the thought of having a week free of changing diapers sounded heavenly :o)
Mimi and Papa Paragould were in town the day for Grandparent's Day at Sunshine's school the day before we left so they took the littles back to Northeast AR with them. Honestly, I think the littles had just as much fun staying with their grandparents as they would have with us!
It was the girls first time to ride on an airplane since our Vietnam trip...they were EXCITED!
We spent the first part of our week in San Diego. The girls were thrilled our hotel was on the beach (they both LOVE the beach, just like their Mama!)...even though it was WAY too cold to get in the water! They were playing in the sand within minutes of checking into the hotel!
Little Pumkin, wearing her "wings" she got from the stewardess :o)
We loved how our little "bungelow" had a grassy area AND sand for the girls to enjoy! Perfect!
As I mentioned before, it was MUCH cooler than we had expected, but the girls were determined to swim :o) Luckily, the pool was heated...it was still too cold for me!
Around mid day, I finally coaxed them out of the pool and we went exploring! The place we stayed had lots of fun trails and BEAUTIFUL landscaping (and lily pads)!
These flowers (called bird of paradise) were everywhere...SO cool!
Our hotel is on an island and there is a cool tower to climb so you could see the entire island...
...it was all fun and games until Little Pumpkin stuck her flip flop through the iron slats and we all watched her shoe (her only beach and pool shoes) fall into the lake. Guess who had to walk around the rest of the day with only one shoe?
Each morning, these two ducks came and looked through the glass door at us :o) The girls had a blast dancing with them and running from them when they got too close :o) A couple times the ducks came right into the room when we left the door cracked!
We spent our second day at SeaWorld!
It seems like just yesterday, Little Pumpkin would FREAK out anytime she saw a "character." She has come a LONG way!
We were SO excited to be visiting CA the exact same week our good friends were also visiting (they live in Conway and have two boys from Vietnam!). It was so fun to do SeaWorld with friends!!!
Checking out the sea lions!
They were so LOUD...reminded me of Baby Boy...made me miss him! ha!
We loved the sea lion show!
...and the 4D Elmo show :o)
...and petting the dolphins!
This was our first time to see the Shamu show since the tragic accident that killed the SeaWorld trainer a few years ago. The trainers no longer swim with the whales.
The show was great, of course...just not as exciting as it used to be.
When you have the chance to eat a whale-shaped ice cream, you better take it!
I laughed so hard when Little Pumpkin told Elmo, "I'm gonna stick with you because Telly makes me nervous." Ha! LOVE that girl!
I think my two girls are the only kids that brought their swimsuits :o) To my defense, it was HOT when we left AR and I thought it was suppose to be in the 70s while we were in CA...the girls just couldn't bear the thought of not playing in the water at SeaWorld!
I am happy to report, no one got sick and the girls made some awesome memories (and they had the splash zone pretty much to themselves!) :o)
Super fun day!
I'll try to post more of the trip later! Gotta get to my nightly bible reading :o)