So back several months ago my sister asked me if I would be interested in going to San Diego with her, Matt, & Parker this morning. What do you really say to that? I mean I love travel almost more than anything in the world! So when someone invites to come vacation with you especially two of your very favorite people in the world there isn’t even a question in mind of whether you want to go or not. From the very first time she asked me I was 110% completely down with it!! And as it turns out it worked out so perfect that Jake received this new job at the beginning of summer and I was not too keen on being alone all summer long since he was going to be gone for so long. So the timing worked out perfect for such a wonderful vacation! Not only had I never been to California but I had always wanted to go and sometimes I still can’t believe I got to go to San Diego, California for an entire week with my sister, brother in law, and nephew. They were so enormously generous by inviting on this trip that I could never thank them enough!! Love you guys more than you will ever know 🙂
Nothing but a really cool sign not too far from us in San DIego. They had some really old, unique signs everywhere in San Diego…I LOVED them!
Matt & Jenna at La Jolla Beach, we drove around one day out there looking at all the amazing houses and then walked around looking at the sea lions and water and stuff. It was a really cool beach!
Jenna & I at La Jolla Beach:)
This whole time while we were driving around looking at the town and all the amazing houses Parker had fallen asleep and woke up just before leaving and was able to have his picture taken at La Jolla Beach. I know he was so thankful 🙂
The sweet Manges family 🙂 But Parker not wanting to look at the camera and smile.
Looking at all the people and the sea lions below on the rocks and in the water. He definitely having so much stuff to look at.
These sea lions have adapted to this rocky beach area and have made it their home. It is a really cool sight to see and hear!
One of our first exhibits we saw at the awesome San Diego Zoo was the Koala Bear exhibit, which was very well done and ended up being one of Parker’s favorite animals of the zoo. At the end of his trip he even got to bring home a koala bear from the zoo gift shop. They were very sleepy animals but still so cute watching them climb up their trees and snuggle and sleep and occasionally wake up to eat their euchalyptus leaves.
Taking a little break from the animals to say CHEESE for a quick picture, clearly Parker didn’t want to smile!
One of the greatest sights to see was the amazing Polar Bear exhibit the San Diego Zoo had, they had two or three polar bears in the exhibit. And we were lucky enough to get to see them do all sorts of fun tricks and also learned how smart of animals polar bears are. In this picture the polar bear was dribbling a ball underwater, it was truly amazing to watch!
Jenna & Parker in front of the pretty pink flamingo exhibit, again Parker not looking at the camera, there really was so much more to see around him.
The Manges family in front of the San Diego Zoo main entrance…perfect picture opportunity!
A sweet man with his family was nice enough to take our picture so that everyone could be in it, we were so very thankful 😉
And of course I had to get one with just me and my sweet nephew Parker LOVE him so much 🙂
Matt & Parker…Parker says HI to the camera
This was at one of the duck exhibits, he absolutely loved it! Although this spring and summer he has had a serious duck obsession so I think he would have loved duck anything.
This was HANDS DOWN my absolutely favorite part of the entire zoo! I had never seen a real Giant Panda Bear in real life and it was simply amazing. This one pictured above I believe was the mama panda bear and they also are sleepy animals but so cute and furry and soft. We learned so much about all the different animals we saw at the zoo, but I thought to be so interesting that this female panda bear only ever wants to be around a male panda bear when she is ready to breed which is only once a year.
Here is another one of the Panda bears we saw
Parker also loved the Hippopotamus and they were HUGE and came up so close to the glass!
Another break from the animals for a picture for Jenna & Parker
We also were able to go to a San Diego Padres baseball when they were playing San Francisco Giants which was so FUN! Here is a picture from outside of the baseball park while we waited for the gates to open.
Jenna & Parker at PetCo Park
It was an absolutely perfect night for a baseball game, amazing weather and we had awesome seats!
A view from the other side of the field
And a certain someone here was EXTRA happy about watching ball-ball as he calls it. He was smiling, clapping, and cheering throughout the whole game, it was making everyone around excited haha! He definitely made the game even more fun!
I just LOVE the expression on his face in this picture 🙂
Too adorable for words 🙂
I had really forgotten how much fun going to baseball games are since it had been forever since I had been to one!
The sweet little family at the baseball game
At the New Children’s Museum in San Diego just playing and playing. This museum was different, Parker had fun playing, and it was definitely creative and intriguing to see what kind of projects they did to work with the children’s art and creativity. But it was unlike any children’s museum we had ever been to. It was very green, recycle, reusing things to make art, but the whole museum reflected the feel of the city of San Diego which was really neat to see that put into a museum. But there also wasn’t a ton for his age of kids to do at the museum but he still had a fun time playing.
This place had all kinds of neat, colorful things hanging from the ceiling that were so interesting and intriguing to Parker.
Parker & I playing on the drums which he really LOVED!
Beating on those drums!!
Jenna & Parker playing the drums together…I think this picture is so cute with their faces so close together and both of them smiling!
This was one thing that he did love, they had this big maze painted all different colors and with all kinds of graffiti writing all over it. And he had himself a ball crawling and running through it mainly away from us haha, but when we finally would catch him he would just crack up laughing and it was too cute!
LOVE this one!!
Building blocks was another fun part of the museum, although his favorite part was knocking down the tower after we had built them!
Here we are at the Pacific Beach on Coronado Island to be exact. I absolutely loved the Pacific Ocean and was utterly amazed at how much beach the pacific still has, its still so long, vast even before your toes hit the water.
Parker LOVED the sand, This sand was different than our beaches here. But he just melted in the sand and laid down and played in it.
Standing in front of the villas at Coronado Island which were so so beautiful in person if you can’t tell from the picture. I would definitely love to go back there and stay here!
LOVE this picture of my sweet little Parker and me
Playing in the sand
And here is the beautiful Pacific Ocean…I can now say I have put my feet in the Pacific, Atlantic, & Gulf coasts.
Jenna & Parker putting their feet in the Pacific Ocean
The Manges family playing in the water 🙂
No smile from Parker but he really was having a blast playing in the sand and the water.
Clearly distracted by the sand but love our little boy so much!
Another view of the villas at Coronado Island
As we left Coronado Island that night here are some pictures of the lights over the island.