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California Trip: Day 3

This morning, our second of the big California trip, we actually SLEPT. No more tossing and turning for the Catholic Peeps all night long with messed up internal clocks, because exhaustion finally set in and completely wiped us out for the night. In which case, waking up and getting a move on was that much harder, yet we succeeded and took off for more west coast adventures. And what an adventurous day we had! Here’s how it went:

  • Point Loma – Finally, something for the grown-ups in the group! Not only did we see the coast, but we witnessed breathtaking views of San Diego and the local naval base.
  • Sea World – even though we’d already visited SW in Orlando 5 years ago, the entertainment was nothing less than spectacular in San Diego. Our faves? The Shamu and Dolphin shows, fins down. Did I already say SPECTACULAR? No exaggeration there for us, especially since we sat ourselves in the Soak Zone, named that way for reasons we found out quickly. (Tidal waves. Seriously.)
  • LEGO Land: Day 2 – We really did purchase 2-day passes to this park, especially since it was the primary reason for our visit. So heading back to LEGO Land was a must-do before leaving California, thus our second trip back. With closing hours at 8:00 pm, we had @1+ hrs to take care of missed rides/activities. And you know what? We experienced the best visit of all, with shorter lines, fun ride facilitators who made us scream “Ghost Busters!” when prompted with “Who ya gonna call?”. Not only that, but one of the Picture People gave us a huge discount on the photo we’d taken in the Coaster Saurus ride, probably because we looked so freakishly odd with our funny faces. (Photo to be posted soon!)
  • Oceanside Beach – Thanks to that faithful Garmin of mine, we located the first Californian Subway sandwich shop of the vacation, a place we’ve truly missed since leaving home. And the visit did not disappoint! Those sandwiches gave the Catholic Peeps just enough energy to visit the beach before bedtime, a relaxing (albeit a little cool for my standards) way to end a perfect vacation day.

Next Stop: San Diego Zoo, etc.

On With Plan B

After a restless night of sleep thanks to jumping back 2 timezones, the family and I hopped in the rental car and headed over to Oceanside pier to witness all kinds of surfing and fishing action before making our way over to that magical destination: LEGO Land. Because unfortunately, the LEGO attraction didn’t open until 10 a.m., and we needed to waste a couple of hours. But it was all good – we actually educated ourselves in the art of surfing the waves and catching fish before all of that LEGO fun.

Ok, well sort of. As much as a person could be educated by standing there looking anyway. What a life these people lead – that’s all I can say!

So anyway, spending the day at LEGO Land turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment, with Catholic Son announcing, “I’m getting kind of bored.” midway through our visit. Well yeah, I could see his point after standing in long lines for most of the primo rides… and after waiting too long to eat lunch, then having to change tables when bees invaded our food. That would pretty much suck in anyone’s book, IMHO.

So what’s a family to do? Head for the beach, get soaking wet while crashing the waves, dirty up oneself while building the most humongous sand castle ever created on the beach, then watch as said castle gets smashed to smithereens after the tide creeps higher.

Now THAT’S the vacation I’m talking about.
(image of beach here later – photo upload issues in hotel)

Peeps Have Arrived

We made it! From Omaha, Nebraska to San Diego, California, we’ve officially embarked on the biggest summer family vacation since that whole Disney World experience a couple of years back. The shocker so far? The Spanish speaking; but mostly, the overall look and feel of the west coast. My words described it best after saying:

It’s like we’ve been transported to another planet, a place where we’ve never been before – from the jutty pseudo-mountainous areas around the coast to the silky white sands on the beach. This place is absolute heaven on earth! Pinch. Me. Now.

Caution: Zombies Ahead

Just taking in the sights while waiting for Catholic Son to complete his last baritone lesson of the summer. From the bulletin board to the hanging electric guitars, how could a completely zombied-out-mom fall asleep? *zzzzzz*

Garden Runneth Over

Now’s the time of the summer when our vegetable garden busts a move and starts pumping out all kinds of veggies in our direction. And I must say, these babies make the produce aisle at the supermarket completely green with envy:

Mine, Thanks Very Much

There’s nothing more annoying than finding cat fur on your pillow at night, exactly what Catholic Girlie will be experiencing upon going to bed this evening. Why? Well, Smokie has decided to commandeer her pillow for nap-time purposes. Another indication that our cat owns us, rather than the opposite:

Wild Hair Gone Tame

Pride just welled up inside me today, being a mom whose son actually requested a haircut and then went through with it without a hitch. Mind you, this is the same son who has been growing out his hair ever since last fall, with the entire family begging him to get a trim every time every time it started getting all wild and out of control. Begging I tell you. But now? Complete cooperation and a handsome, streamlined ‘do. Nice job, buddy.

Feeling Bullseye-ish

The Catholic Peeps and I absolutely LOVE shopping at Target, which is a good thing because we’re there so often that we might just as well move into that place. However, this morning as we made our usual trek to that favorite store of ours we were greeted by an extremely odd scene: parking lot barricaded off with red & khaki clad Target employees, police officers and fire fighters standing around, a sight that would cause most people to turn around and head back home. But not us. We’re steadfast Target shoppers, so we turned the other cheek and made our way into the store to do our shopping. *pfft*

So we’re shopping like it’s just a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, but then as we found our way into the snack aisle there was this loud-choppy-thumping noise, and I’m all, “Dude. A helicopter is landing on the roof.” Eyes rolled. Mom so exaggerates, right? But then who’s rolling eyes after finding this in the parking lot:

I’m just asking the question, Peeps.
(No worries – it’s Target’s kick-off for National Night Out.)

That Powered Up Breakfast

This is exactly how to start a summer day filled with instrument lesson taking, housecleaning, DVD watching, and swimming at the pool:

That’s right – homemade Belgian waffles topped with strawberries, bananas, syrup, and whipped cream. Oh, and with 2 espresso shots on the side. (Or Sunny-D if you’re under the age of 20 and don’t really need that extra jolt.)

Total mouth-watering goodness.

Tail Chasing

It’s odd, but instead of feeling all relaxed and enjoying the lazy freedoms of summer, lately I’ve been in so much of a frenzy trying to keep up with everyday stuff that I feel exactly like a dog chasing it’s tail. Not that I truly know the sensation of chasing one’s actual TAIL, but I get it now. So it’s days like today that are a big freaking blessing in disguise, one where the threat of severe weather keeps people indoors for the afternoon, away from the pool, and getting all caught up with the summer game plan again.

Tomorrow: Netflix Movie Day & Music Conservatory.