Matt's parents were planning grandkids week at their house right after the baptism and so Matt and I figured with the kids gone we should plan a trip with just the two of us before the baby comes. So Sunday after church the kids left with Matt's parents and we headed to Las Vegas to spend the night. We booked a room at the Excalibur ($32/night) and they even upgraded our room for free. The next morning we had their breakfast buffet (yum!) and then we were on our way to San Diego.
That night we had dinner at a seafood restaurant by our hotel and then drove over to Coronado beach to walk around. The next day we went to La Jolla Cove. I've been to San Diego many times but hadn't been here and heard it was pretty neat.
We walked along the rocks on the shore for more than an hour checking everything out.
Here I am just over 23 weeks pregnant.
There were crabs everywhere and it was fun exploring all the different pools on the rocks to see what was in each one.
These 2 crabs in the middle were fighting so I took video of it for the boys to watch. I couldn't believe how many crabs there were.
I didn't really want to "jump" over to this part of the rock because knowing me I would fall in.
There were also plenty of squirrels around with signs saying not to feed them. I can see why, they were huge and not scared of people at all.
I thought this "sculpture" was cool hanging off the building.
After La Jolla Cove I didn't get the camera out as much but that night we walked around the mall by the hotel and did some shopping.
The next morning we went to the San Diego Temple to do a session. It's a beautiful temple but I had never been inside and it was even more beautiful inside.
After lunch we tried heading to the only flea market that was open during the week but by the time we got there they were starting to clean up for the day and it wasn't very impressive. I've gone to ones in closer in town but they're only open on the weekends.
Next we headed to Old Town (no pictures) and walked around all of the shops and picked up some souvenirs for the boys and had dinner. The weather was perfect the whole trip right around 70 during the day and 65 at night.
That night we headed back to Coronado beach to watch the sunset.
I found a shovel on the beach so I decided to write in the sand.
The boys thought it was cool that their names were in the sand. Although Ashton is convinced I spelled his name wrong.
I tried to get a "jumping" picture but it just wasn't working.
It was so relaxing walking around the beach in the evenings.
Our last day we had an actual beach day at Coronado. I had some snacks and magazines and Matt enjoyed going farther in the water than I cared to. He did lose his sunglasses in a wave (and he wonders why I don't let him spend more than $10 on sunglasses) but other than that we had a great time. Matt did take a picture of me in my big floppy hat sitting with my magazine but Kaleb saw it and said, "you look really big there, kind of really fat" so I don't think I'll post that picture. Kids know how to make a pregnant woman feel good.
That night we went back to La Jolla Cove to see the sea lions and hang out for the evening. The sea lions were everywhere and they would swim up on the sand and didn't care that people were standing right there. It was fun to watch them swim around.
It was such an awesome trip and I'm not going to wait another 9 years before we go on a trip with just the 2 of us again. It was fun and relaxing, which is hard to get with kids, at least the relaxing part. Friday morning we woke up at 4am and left San Diego and drove to Matt's parents house 16 hours away in Colorado. The boys were up when we got there at 9:30pm and they were excited to see us. Sunday we headed home and after driving about 2,500 miles in one week we were all ready to be out of the car.