Showing posts from June, 2009

San Diego Zoo

Our day trip to the San Diego Zoo was fun filled but included quite a lot of trekking around. It's a big zoo! We didn't have time to see it all up close but at the end of the day we did take a bus ride to view things from afar. Our favorites were the polar bears, pandas and hippo. The jungle trail (with tigers and more) was extraordinary. Something I'd like to see next time is the gorillas.

Sammy in the stroller. Poor baby is often in the stroller for outings like these.
A hippo right at the glass viewing area. We had never seen one and certainly not this close.

Riding the polar bear statue.

They were active the day we visited.

Lucy has a special affection for polar bears after hearing from me that one day soon they might be extinct.

Annabel viewing the polar bears.

One jumped in for a dip, which was fascinating for the girls.
On the Skyfari ride. It was fast and high but so much fun.

Paul and Sammy on the tour bus. We rode on the top deck of the double decker.

After touring a…


Our day trip to Legoland was one of the best parts of our vacation. It is a great park for the little ones. Lucy and Annabel loved each and every section, especially The Hideaways ropes course. As for rides the driving school was Lucy's favorite and the airplane ride was Annabel's. I highly recommend this park for kids aged 3 to 8. I only wish it had been a tad warmer so that we could have done the water park, which was huge and looked like a blast. I also wish they stayed open later than 5 p.m. It's odd that they close so early. I think next time we will try to get a two day pass because the kids had such a wonderful time and there was more to enjoy. Tip: the pizza place by the water cannons is very good and not too pricey.

Annabel driving a truck.

Annabel shooting the water cannon at the alligators.

The alligators (not to be confused with elevators, which she pronounces identically at this point. So cute!)

Lucy playing with Legos.

Lucy on the Sky Cruiser.

Waiting in line fo…

Aunt Anna's House

We went on our yearly vacation the first week of June -- this time to Southern California. It was long awaited and so much fun, but I have to admit not totally relaxing. Turns out it's quite a production to travel with three kids, surprise! Paul and I were talking late one night after an activity filled day about how it probably would be years (decades?) before we once again have a relaxing vacation. Still, we wouldn't change it and found the best way to go about it was to fill each and every day with lots of sites to see and kid-friendly activities.

Our first stop was at Aunt Anna and Uncle Mark's house. We are so grateful to them for hosting us once again. I am sure we are a lot to handle but they are always so welcoming and didn't mind the frequent requests for Barbie DVDs on their TV. My mom was there too and even treated us to a night out, including a delicious dinner and babysitting gratis. My brother Matt and his girlfriend Erica came by one night too. So good to…