One of my besties, Trish talked me into going to California during Fall Break. It didn't take much convincing as I was dying to go back and so were the kids. Now that I have the pimpin mini van the trip was easier than ever. However, we took a similar trip 2 years ago when her two and my two kids were 2 and 4. We decided to go into that vacation with very low expectations in hopes of things being calmer and us being more relaxed and laid back. The trip was great but a nightmare at the same time. So this time, with our children now 4 and 6 and she and I a little older and wiser, we decided this trip was going to be the NO expectation vacation. It was perfect! :)
Here we are hitting the open road. Trish was asleep within 5 minutes of hitting Interstate 8 which takes you all the way to San Diego from Arizona.
The kids had all sorts of games, toys, and movies to entertain them on the ride too.
Soon we saw the California sign!!
Then we saw two more (but different) signs that let us know we are in California. One was the windmills, the other was the GAS PRICES. ha ha
Soon we were are our hotel and other than a long wait for our room that should have been ready, we had little hiccups on the way. And off to the beach we went! The sun was settling and the kids threw off their shoes faster than I had ever seen. And they were in the water within minutes even though it was freezing!
Love these kids!
Then we headed over to The Wavehouse for dinner and so the kids could watch the "indoor" surfing.
As the sun went down we headed over for some fun around the fire pits.
Then we took the kids over to the Mission Beach boardwalk for Amusement rides. We had some height issues causing some headaches for many rides, but in the end the kids had a great time and we made it work!
The next we day we headed to Legoland!!!
Checking out our map and establishing our game plan
Off for some fun we go!
On our way out we stopped next door at SeaLife Aquarium for some fun!
After a long day at the park we headed for some dinner and then home to bed. Everyone was tired. But we had a plan to get up and hit the beach one more time the next day! So we drove to Ocean Beach. We found this cute dog outside a coffee shop on Ocean Beach.
Then we sat and let the kids play in the water for a couple hours before grabbing some lunch at then driving 7 hours home.
This trip was a lot smoother than the last, and we had a blast! And Ocean Beach was a great way to end The NEV II. Can't wait for the next one!! ;)