Friday, May 8, 2009

Our San Diego Vacation

We spent a week in San Diego for vacation. I'm a firm believer that the only way to vacation with young children is bring back up (a.k.a. grandparents). We asked Ben's folks to join us since they had free flying miles and Grandma had never been to California and neither to San Diego. They jumped at the opportunity and it made vacation very relaxing. Ben and I even had opportunities to go and do stuff without the girls.

We arrived on a Thursday and left the following Thursday. G&G met us at the airport with the rental car ready to load the house that we brought (that's what it feels like when you travel with young children). Our destination spots for vacation: anything that meant RELAXATION, which the beach is a good place to start. So we would typically go to a beach in the morning, go back for naps, and then swim or relax the rest of the afternoon. No obligations!

Day One (Friday): We voyaged to Mission Beach. This is right next to Seaworld (we didn't go since it is $65 for each adult) and a roller coaster. Veronica picked out her outfit for the day, along with her backpack that she was thoroughly proud of as she walked everywhere. She loved the warm sand between her toes, but most of all was the smoothie Grandpa bought her.

Later that afternoon Ben took Veronica to the swimming pool, because she kept talking about wanting to go swimming. Unfortunately, she didn't really care for it and wanted out.

Veronica stayed on the sidelines with Grandma and blankie.

She was feeling a bit courageous and walked over with Grandma and BaaBaa (her trusty companion) to go in the hot tub with daddy.

Veronica discusses her options with Grandma & BaaBaa...

The concensus: leave with Grandma & BaaBaa (sorry daddy).

Veronica decided that BaaBaa could manage on his own when mama came to the pool. She continued to be cautious about this whole swimming expedition.

She decided to take the plunge and what you know, "by golly she liked it!"

Cadence also had a turn in the pool, but it was short lived...

...the warmth of Grandma was better.

Later that night while the girls were asleep with G&G, we went to the Padres game with my best childhood friend (childhood is so ambiguous--basically been friends forever) Veronica & her husband Alan (a high school friend). Her work has season tickets, so we sat 12 rows behind home base. It was great, plus I got to eat a BBQ pulled pork sandwich topped with coleslaw.

Day 2 (Saturday): My dad flew over from Phoenix for the weekend to see the girls. We went to Coronado Island for the morning. It was a gorgeous sunny day. Here's my dad discussing the Polish War with Cadence.

Grandpa Soto and his granddaughters. Can you tell Veronica is saying "cheese?"

A trip to the beach is incomplete without a faithful friend.

Veronica with her two Grandpa's.

Day 3 (Sunday): I LOVE Farmer's Markets and luckily for me we were able to go to one Sunday morning. It was a bright cheery day and perfect weather for a Farmer's Market. Veronica took a bath and I put her hair in two ponytails before we left. There was another thing she was able to do before we left. Look at the picture below and guess what she's doing (the blank stare gives it away).

If you haven't guessed, this one with her belly hanging out might give it away. Grandpa Scellick found a Strawberry Shortcake DVD for under $5 at the store and she's learning about proper manners. She's enthralled!

Cadence is in awe of Veronica's manners as well.

Farmer's Market in Hillcrest. Here's little Cadence before she went nap nap in the ergo.

There were so many yummy things at the market, especially authentic Mexican food that I can't find in Bellingham. Oh how I miss really good Mexican food. We had tamales, carne asada tacos, even Maple Bacon Cookies from 410 Degrees Cookies.

Day 4 (Monday): We went to La Jolla. Unfortunately, we forgot the camera that day. If you're in the area you should come here as they have seals on the beach. They're protected so you can't get too close. Also, you need to go Brockton Villa and order the Coast Toast. You won't regret it, even if you're craving eggs, don't...I repeat DON'T! Ben who is NOT a french toast eater didn't order it and had some of mine and regretted ordering his normally beloved omlette.

Day 5 (Tuesday): We were going to go to Old Town this morning, but when we got there it was pretty obvious that no one really wanted to stay there, except me, so we went to the beach. However, when I asked Veronica what she wanted to do, 1. go to the beach or 2. go to the park. She said she wanted to go to the park. She later said, "go to the park, see Adri?" (Adri is her friend who was obviously home in Bellingham). We went to the beach instead. Back to good ole' Mission Beach and had a great time.

Veronica enjoyed being able to walk around and around on the sand...
...or lay in it or roll in it...

...or climb on mama in the sand, too.

We later rode the carousel, which she was a bit aprehensive about in the beginning. I realized the ride was hypnotizing her and lulling her to sleep.

After her restful nap (which those beaches really took it out of her and she took the best naps while on vacation, like 3 hour naps), she needed to chill with Grandpa's hat.

Day 6 (Wednesday): We decided to go to Del Mar beach, except do it in the afternoon. Veronica was getting a bit restless in the morning, so Grandma & Grandpa took her downstairs to ride on the elevator. She loved, no LOVED, pressing the buttons for the elevator. In fact, Ben would say, "There's a button that needs to be pressed. We need someone to press the button. Are there any little girls that we could get to press the button?" Veronica of course would eagerly run down the hall to the elevator, or to get out of the van to get to the elevator. She was so good about only pressing the one that she was suppose to press.

G&G took here to the game room and we all wondered why we hadn't taken her here long before Day 6. Grandpa said to Grandma, "Oh I don't have any change for her." The thing is (as Grandma said) two year olds don't need coins to play the motorcycle or car games, because they think they're actually playing even though the screen is flashing, "Game Over, Insert Coins."

Here we are at Del Mar and here is three generations of Scellicks on the fine shores of California.

Veronica wasn't too interested at first to get wet in the water, but Grandma got her to come.

We had to change her, because her dress was soaking wet. Plus, you need to have your belly exposed as a two year old.

Family Portrait (sorry Cadence but you were happily asleep).

Veronica was completely soaked, but she had a great time in the water. We all had a good time and Veronica could be the new picture on the Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen bottle.


just4ann said...

I still wish I could have been there too, but at least I get to look at some of the fun times you had.

Adrienne said...

haha, love it. first i love your story about the pool and that she and her baa baa (is that what it's called) discussed their options, i love little cadence. she is so sweet and petite. and vron's belly and your dad talking to cadence about the polish war. typical.
anyway... good pics.

Paige said...

Fun! I completely agree, vacation with kids is really only vacation IF you have backup. I'm glad you guys got some sun and had a good time!