Friday, July 3, 2009

The Trip, finally.

Now that I'm finally over that gross spider...

Highlights of our trip to southern California this month, part one: (there will be a second post in a few days, I have too many photos for one post, oops.)

Staying at the Comfort Inn & Suites Zoo SeaWorld Area hotel. The kids had a bunk bed and a separator in between where our bed was and where they were. It was great, worth every penny (other than the parking. that was horrible, they were all compact car sized or something)!

Breakfast with Shamu. Absolutely amazing. Honestly one of my favorite memories of the trip. We had a table right beside the whales tank, and when we had started eating, P was standing in his chair looking over the border into the pool, and up slid Nakai, one of the orcas! Not even 5 feet from P, I'm not kidding. P just stood there on his chair, staring at Nakai. You could almost see him thinking "what the... am I supposed to... he's not going to eat me, right?!"

Pure. Awesome.

All in all, the kids were fascinated all day and next. Really, I think SeaWorld was more exciting for them than Disneyland. M loved the Journey to Atlantis ride, P loved the Sesame Street play area, and J loved all the different animals. J is firmly attached to "Ish", his Commersons Dolphin stuffed animal CJ got him. CJ got one for him and for P, he thought they were Shamu ones. Heheheh!

dolphin show (didn't stay long, we sat in the splash zone and P freaked out at being splashed. duh.)

from the Believe show:

Mission Bay Beach was fun too, M loved the ocean, P loved the sand, and J loved chasing the gulls.

Next day we swung by Sea World again for a little bit, then got to see the San Diego temple:

there was the largest, most vibrant hibiscus flower there:

then we went off to Anaheim to see Grandpa and Grandma, and uncles Trevor and Damien. We walked around downtown Disney (I think?), saw the way overpriced and massive Disney store, and then hit one of the slowest-to-serve-you restaurants I've ever been in.
P and grandpa and grandma:
M and the only thing I felt was decently priced at the Disney store:

P and grandpa

P and uncle Trevor


Michelle said...

You pictures are AMAZING!! I love, love,love the one of the temple! You need to teach me how to take pictures like that!

Mary Lynn said...

Awesome Pictures!!! Looks like a lot of fun!

Jen said...

Your trip looks like so much fun! And that picture of M with the lolipop... could so be a picture of you! Too cute!

Shy said...

Love the photo of your three lookin in at the killer whale. They are gettin so big.

Kate Monroe said...

I told you this already, but I looooove the pics. And I'm glad you're back. I missed you immensely!

Dan and Katie said...

Hi Laurie :) I found your blog from your facebook! I love your pictures! What kind of camera do you have? The color is so vibrant!!

Lisa said...

Great photos!! you are a great photographer! Looks like fun!!!