San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA

A couple of weeks after we came home from Florida, we repacked and headed to the West Coast.  Matt was invited to speak at a week-long conference in San Diego, so Parker, Jillie, and I flew out there with him to play for the week.  It was Parker’s first trip on an airplane and he did great.  He fell asleep about halfway to California and didn’t wake up until the wheels hit the ground – it was awesome.  I’ll just let the pictures speak for all the fun things we did during the week.

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waiting in the airport – he loved watching all of the planes

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waiting with all of our luggage at the rental car place

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After dropping our bags off at the hotel we set out to do a little bit of exploring.  We ended up at Balboa Park and got out of the car for a little while to let Parker play on the playground.  It was definitely very different from our little neighborhood parks in the suburbs!  There were TONS of people there and we were actually kinda nervous and wouldn’t let Parker wander without one of us like we can at our little park.


Alot of the major roads and neighborhood districts had really cool signs.  San Diego (the city) didn’t quite fit the image I had in my head, but these signs definitely did.


Having fun & relaxing a little in the hotel room


Our 2nd day, we drove north a little to La Jolla, CA which is famous for the seals (or sea lions, I can’t remember).  It was GORGEOUS, but so incredibly crowded.  We ate lunch there, did some walking, and watched the surfers.





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The Pacific Coast is so beautiful!  I loved all the rocks and plants that grow along the beaches.  So very different from here or the East Coast beaches we’ve been to.

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Jillie & Matt at dinner in Old Town – Cafe Coyote – DELICIOUS food!

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LOVE this precious boy!

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Our 3rd day we headed to the zoo – and only did half of it.  The place is incredibly huge – we left after lunch both days and went back in the evenings for a couple of hours both days.  The polar bear exhibit was incredible.  This bear was right up against the glass dribbling his ball – Parker LOVED it and still talks about it :).


“Dad, there’s no time for kisses!”


The hippo exhibit – These animals are ENORMOUS!  One of them was right up next to the glass just staring at us – Parker thought this was pretty cool.


Checking out the ducks with Gigi


Thanks to the nice man who offered to take our picture at the entrance to the zoo!


GIANT Galapagos Island Tortoises – Parker loved seeing the big turtles!


Checking out the flamingo exhibit


another shot of the Polar bear


so thankful for the memories with these 2


Koala bear exhibit


pointing out the koala bears – they were quite sleepy little creatures, we only saw a couple of them awake and we stopped by several times


The first day Matt had to work, Jillie and I headed to the Children’s Museum with Parker.  Honestly, I was a little disappointed in the museum.  It was very abstract and “new age”, which probably fits the “California Life”, but I was hoping for something geared more towards Parker’s age group.  Jillie and I weren’t impressed, but Parker had a good time :).


LOVED playing the drums


crawling through the maze – this was a HUGE hit :)


building and knocking down block towers


view of the San Diego skyline from Coronado Island




DSC_8917 – this water was COLD!  Nothing even remotely close to the 85 degree Gulf of Mexico we have here at home!






Parker’s first baseball game!



He loved the game and clapped & yelled and entertained all the folks around us :)

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& finally – just because I love hydrangeas :).  They apparently like the mild San Diego climate because they are EVERYWHERE and they are HUGE.  I was totally jealous of these people’s yard.  Their flowers were so pretty!

We had a fabulous week and are excited that Matt hopes to speak at this conference again.  We will gladly revisit.  It was a jam-packed week and we were definitely tired when we finally got home.  Sadly, the trip home wasn’t nearly as wonderful as the trip out there.  As we descended into Houston, we had to circle Hobby in a holding pattern due to a storm and then were rerouted to Bush to refuel.  In all of the circling, Parker got sick and threw up all over both of us :(  Luckily, I had an extra change of clothes for him in my carry-on and we got him cleaned up while the plane was being refueled.  After all of that, we took off again, flew about 7 minutes to Hobby and landed.  It was a much longer day than we had planned, but we all made it and have great memories to look back on!


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