We arrived on Saturday night and checked into our Days Inn hotel. The room wasn't wonderful, but the pool and free breakfast were amazing!!
On Sunday we went to church and then headed to La Jolla Beach. The boys couldn't wait to get some sand between their toes...or was that me? :) We found a nice little cove and played there for hours. We had so much fun!
On our way home from Sea World we went on the pier and ate at Anthony's Fish Grotto (Thank you Kiersten for the suggestion!) It was really good. It was fun to eat out on the water. We also saw the boats in the marina. The Star of India. I had to take a picture with Daron by it.
They did have a nice Thomas the Train section that was hands on. They loved that too.
After our hours at the Railroad Museum we walked around Balboa park and ate our lunch. We walked through the Atrium. It was beautiful. Josh just woke up for this picture.
Once we were done with Balboa park we went back to the hotel and swam in our wonderful pool. It was heated and felt heavenly. We then headed to Old Town San Diego for Taco Tuesday at Cafe Cayote. It was great! Tacos for $2. Austin's favorite part was getting this balloon penguin from the random balloon guy that walked around the restaurant.
After dinner we went to the Old Town Mormon Battalion site. They had some fun things at the end where the kids were able to pan for gold. We hiked up to the bell tower and saw the beautiful night view.
Our family in the covered wagon.
Wednesday we changed our hotel to our Hilton. We have a Hiltons Reward Card, so we get free night stays. We love Hilton. They treat us like royalty :)
Our Wednesday was the Safari Park. We decided to do this park instead of the Zoo. Why? Because we found a Groupon for half off, and they have a cheetah run, which Austin loves Cheetahs. Let me just start out by saying, we are not zoo people. We get bored. There I said it! I know, bad bad, but we did it and we saw what we wanted to and didn't see what we didn't want to :) I think the best parts were the water area for Austin, and the little tram ride through the "African Safari."
Austin and his Gazelle
Our family after the end of the day
After the park we went to dinner in Little Italy. We found so many great Italian Restaurants it was hard to choose which one. We decided on Landini's. It was SO good. We ate in the back on their patio. It was so great. The pizza was amazing and the pasta was super tasty. Winner! We had a fun time walking along Little Italy, such a fun place at night!
Thursday was our day at Coronado Island. We drove over the amazing bridge and saw the city across the water!
We walked along the pier and started shopping in the shops, when we decided the boys did NOT want to be shopping when there was a beach right there! So we drove to the Coronado Hotel and played at the beach. It was packed with people. The boys LOVE the water! Austin could play there all day long. The only bad part about this day was the wind! I had to cover Josh and I for some of the time. It was crazy.
That night we went to the Malt Shoppe that was a hamburger joint. The burgers were wonderful, but the malts were terrible...go figure. After dinner we relaxed! The boys loved to relax and watch shows while while eating treats. Have I said I love vacations? :)
After our ferry ride we went back to the hotel relaxed for a bit and then headed up to Dana Point to meet our friends Andy & Nicole Hall and their cute girls. We met at the Taco Surf Restaurant and ate and talked. It was SO fun to see them! They live up in Orange County, it was so nice that they were able to meet us in the middle. After dinner we went to the marina and the kiddos played in the sand and water. It was fun to catch up with them! Thank you Halls!
Our last day on Saturday we walked around Seaport Village. We bought our souvenirs and ate our lunch and then we flew home. It was a very fun vacation. We were all smiles the whole time :)
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