We went in March for 12 days. We took two days to drive to Tyler and Emily's place near Phoenix and stayed 3 days there. Then we all drove (including Ty and Em) another 6 hours to San Diego to the Naval base where we got the stay in a hotel, on the beach. One of the perks of being retired military. I must say it was gorgeous. I grew up in California where I had the blessing of visiting the beach regularly. But it has been many years since we have been back to the beaches of California. In fact, all of my children, except my oldest, have never seen the beach. Oh how I miss the beach. It really just does something to give my soul peace and rest to be there. I really need to visit more often.
While we were in San Diego Jay had to work. His home office for his employer is there and they paid for our gas to drive out there and his hotel, which was the only way we could afford to do this trip. But he had the evenings with us.
I also drove the kids up to Carlsbad one day to Legoland. We are a huge Lego family and none of us had been. Besides the shock of the cost factor (and we had reduced tickets for military as well!) it really was a cool and creative place. They had rides, mini Lego buildings, giant Lego buildings, and other attractions. We were there most of the day one day and the day we were to head back to AZ Jay took the kids there for a few more hours (we had a 2 day pass).
So all in all we were in San Diego for 4 1/2 days. It was great. I went to San Diego State University the year before I met and married Jay, so I have always loved that city!
Then we headed back to AZ. This time we drove a little more south to see our longtime and close friends. Their son was Ty's best man in his wedding and Darlene (Lynn) is my best friend, and the one we are naming Adelia after (Adelia Lynn). We had the joy of spending 2 days with them and their precious foster children. It was quite the rowdy and loud house with the 13 of us and the 6 of them! But we had a blast.
After that we headed home sweet home. The two drive was not so fun, as about 15 out of 18 hours was constant high winds and our van doesn't seem to tolerate it well. My strong and diligent husband was faithful in bringing us home in safety.
The day after we got home was back to the same.
Here are the photos.
Tyler (my 22 year old) meeting his youngest brother (Isaiah age 3) for the first time. They easily became friends, which blessed this Mama's heart.
Makenna (19) and Emily (20) two sweet friends from 11 years ago, who had no clue that one day they would become sisters!
Me with my sweet Ellie (age 3)
Me with my handsome Isaiah (age 3)
Lenea (age 6) loved Emily's dog (Ella).
Ellie loved the sand at the park!!
Moriah (age 11) swinging herself the "fun way".
Our first stop in San Diego was the air craft carrier the USS Midway Museum. It was very huge and spectacular.
Adorable man, Asher (age 4) posing for the camera.
Toby (age 9), Isaiah, Makenna, Asher and Eliza (age 16) posing inside a big helicopter.
|Isaiah posing on some ejector seat thingy? I actually didn't see this so not sure what it was.|
Makenna and Lenea (Toby and Moriah also rode this ride) road this crazy thing. It whips you around every which way, and you have no clue what way is coming next. I was surprised they road it. I could not bring myself to do it.
Toby in a lion's mouth!
Jacob (age 13) and Lenea flying a helicopter.
Lenea and Makenna riding some up and down ride? I went on one like this and it feels like you are going over railroad tracks very fast, over and over again.
Asher and Eliza flying a police helicopter. We like helicopters :)
Everyone in front of mini legoland. This was so cool. Right here was the US state Capitol.
Emily, Lenea, Moriah and Tyler riding a boat scenic ride.
Asher loved driving the car!
Emily hanging out with Ellie and Isaiah on the beach. They loved it!!
Asher had the greatest time with the waves. Here Emily caught him running and jumping at just the right time (see his cute feet in the air). Lenea and he kept saying they were afraid of the "jelly fish". which was actually the seaweed. I did take the time to show them a small seaweed and let them hold and examine it in hopes to comfort their fears. :)
The next photos are all taken by my beautiful, aspiring, and awesome daughter in love and photographer, Emily! Thanks Em they are amazing!
Lenea and Tyler, sweet sister and brother.