Sunday, September 28, 2008

San Diego

For our anniversary this year, we planned a trip to San Diego. It was probably the most relaxing trip we took this Summer and I absolutely loved it! We booked a hotel on priceline. If you have never done the "name your own price" you need to look into it. I have never stayed at a four star hotel before, let alone for under $100. It was so much fun. We asked for a king bed, but when we got to our room, it smelled faintly of smoke. So we went back to ask for another room. They upgraded us to "a room with a view." It was perfect--except it didn't have a tub. For those of you who know a little of our house, you will know that we don't have one. So when we go on vacation I NEED one!
Our French concierge transferred us quickly to two doors down. So we kept our view, gained a bed for Hayden to sleep on and had a very nice tub. Here is the view, at least part of it.

Here's how our trip went.
Friday morning we got up and drove to the San Diego Zoo.

We toured the zoo on the bus and then started on our own. I think our favorite animals that day were the gorillas. They were so interactive with each other and then Hayden went up to the glass and was touching their feet.

It was so funny to hear Hayden interact with any of the animals. "Hey friend!" or "Hey buddy!" We had brought our own lunch, which Hayden wanted to leave all over the park for the animals:)
We decided that Landon wasn't exactly our "wild turkey" any more, but was more like a koala. not to be confused with a bear, but it's a marsupial. I hope we can find him a Haloween costume to match.

Then we headed back to our hotel around 4pm, got checked in, blah blay blah(see above) and decided we needed a dip in the pool. They had water slides that were so much fun! Hayden LOVED it. We could hardly get him out of the pool when they closed the slides for the night.

Then we went to a yummy Mexican restaurant for dinner in Old Town. Serge bought me a rose, which was very sweet. Then we tried to talk over the mariachi band and the drunk people singing at the top of their lungs. The drunk people's dancing was quite entertaining and then we met someone who had had a heart problem when he was young. He shared with us his testimony of how God healed him. It was quite touching.
We went back to hotel and the kids crashed. I stayed up late to watch how Hurricane Ike was progressing in Galveston and the train wreck in LA. AND to have a nice bath!
The next morning we packed up the hotel room and went out to find some doughnuts. I was in the mood for bagels and so when we found them, we made another stop at Ralph's so I could get my "bagel", which ended up being a few different pastries and an orange cinnamon roll. What could I do?
Then we headed back to the Zoo.
It was a little bit busier, since it was Saturday, but we still had a great time. We really loved all of the beautiful flowers we noticed and could not help but take a few pictures.

In the end, it was just so relaxing not to have to rush. We headed for home about 6pm and felt refreshed. I think that's the first vacation that I've felt like that ever.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

How did he get so big?

For a boy that barfs at LEAST once a day, I don't know how he gets so big. His brother is no shrimp either. Hayden woke up crying the other night saying that his knee caps hurt--a sign of intense growing. I had those all the time when I was younger. Sigh.

I think my back is getting a slipped disk from carrying landon in the front carrier. He loves it though. When he kicks it jerks my whole body. His favorite is when I open a produce bag to fill it. He squeals and then giggles. It's pretty funny how loud he can get.

Hayden at the LA fair, having the time of his life. He couldn't decide which one he wanted to ride.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Letter to myself

(warning: serious run on sentences to follow)
Dear Sara,
Hope you have a good night's sleep.

PS--when you get up at two because Landon's feeding pump is blaring because it's run out of milk and you refill it and close the top(a thing you normall don't do), because you think a random fly that doesn't exist may somehow find it's way into the milk bag----DON'T!
Because when you get up at 4:20 am because the baby monitor is making a funny sound and you go in to see Landon laying horizontal and he has somehow miraculously turned off the baby monitor(seriously folks, I think he has more skills than we think) and you turn it back on and re-position him and you realize that he will still not have enough milk to make it until 6am. So you get him some more milk and go to pour it(in the dark) into the milk bag-only to have it spill completely onto the lid, which has a dip, but only of about 10 cc. So then you will have to clean milk off of the carpet and get more milk to put into the bag.
So in summary, just don't do it. Let the imaginarry flies have at it. Sigh.

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Steal of a Deal

So as many of you know, I am a sucker for deals. I love them. Take me to a good thrift store or a crazy second hand store and I just can't help myself. So I get an email that tells me that I can fill a bag and pay only $7. Seriously folks. Can you be making money on that? Well, I really don't care, I just want the deal. The picture below is what I could fit into one bag. I know I shouldn't be proud of taking other people's money, but I couldn't help it. I only bought two items that were JC Penny brand. The rest were Gap, Children's Place, Guess, Gymboree,(not that it matters) etc. -- High quality items! Twenty one items total--including jackets and coats. Sigh. Another hard day's work done. =)
So what's your weakness???