Sunday, July 27, 2014

Coming home

Oh my.....I am two weeks behind.  We came home from our trip two weeks ago, on Monday the 14th.  Looks like I have some catching up to do this week.
 
We woke up in the crappy (but clean) Motel 6 room.  Thankfully both kids slept until close to 9:00, so we were well rested to start the day.
 
Elliott needed a little snack to start the day.
 
Spencer needed to lay in bed and block his face from the camera.

We left Carlsbad and drove down the coast a little bit to Encinitas, the home of my favorite breakfast spot in California, St. Tropez Bistro and Cafe.
 
It was cool and hazy so we were able to sit outside and have a HOT beverage.  I haven't had a hot coffee in months and months and months.  Probably since around Christmas time.  I got a giant mocha and it was delicious.


 
Michael got nutella stuffed crepes. 
 
Spencer was so cold he made me go out to the car to get long sleeves for him. 
 
After our delightful breakfast it was time to head home and back to the heat.
It is a 6 hour drive from San Diego.  We were hoping that Elliott would snooze a little bit, but even though he was really tired,
 
He just will not sleep in the car when he could be dancing.

 
I was also really concerned because he kept tugging on his ear.
But it's been two weeks and he stopped doing it as soon as we got home, so I don't think there is reason to be worried anymore.
We drove through some really nice rain storms on the way home.  Only people who live in the drought stricken desert take pictures of a rain storm on the highway.



 The plan in the morning was to drive home, unpack and then head to swim lessons, but we ran short on time so we drove straight to swim lessons and changed in the bathrooms.  We got them to their classes with about 20 seconds to spare.
 
Spencer worked on a scavenger hunt on the trip.  We saw everything except a horse.

And that is it!  Our short little summer vacation.  Now that we've tackled a road trip with Elliott we're hoping to do more and more.  I know many people travel with their infants, but not even considering all of Elliott's health problems, we just are not those people.  We're so glad we can start getting out more with our kids.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Legoland-afternoon

Are you ready to finish this? 
 
After our lunch at Castle Burger in Castle hill we headed for The Hideaways, which is basically a huge tree house with all sorts of tunnels and slides and obstacles.
 
I should mention that on our way to Legoland I spilled a little bit of coffee on my (new) shirt.  Then when I walked through these rubber things I got streaks of black rubber on my shirt.  Thanks a lot Legoland.  The shirt is currently soaking in oxiclean and one of these days I might try to wash it.

Elliott climbed through this tunnel and the only ways out were back through the tunnel or down a slide.  He refused to go down the slide but was obviously not happy about coming back through the tunnel.
There was a fun looking roller coaster called The Drago in Castle Hill but Spencer had taken a firm "no roller coaster" stance for the day, so we headed on to Land of Adventure.
 
Spencer was tall enough for Dune Raiders, but Elliott was not.


 
Then on to Cargo Ace which we were all tall enough to ride.

Then it was on to Imagination Zone.
 
Michael doesn't like spinning rides so just Spencer and I went on Bionicle Blasters.  This is the lego version of the tea cups.


I had just finished really drying off from our soaking in the morning, so I made Michael go on the Aquazone Wave Racers with Spencer.



Then we went to the Build and Play zone.  I think the kids liked this the best of anything the whole day, which is funny, because we could probably pretty easily build this in our own home.
 
First they designed their car.
 
And then they raced them.
 
Over and over and over.
And a few more times after that.  All the big kids had really elaborate designs.  Elliott's car (the one closest to Elliott) had 1 brown square and 1 red square on top.  He consistently won every race.
 
Then we somehow found ourselves back in Miniland USA for a Coast Cruise. 





 
A quick hop, skip and a jump later and we arrived in Fun Town. First up, Sky Patrol.



 
And Spencer got his license at Driver's School.
Then Spencer begged for us to go on Sky Cruiser.  It was the longest line, by far, that we waited in all day.  It was about 30 minutes but it felt like 3 hours.  Luckily there was a fun lego play area in the middle of the line of the kids to play in while their parents patiently waited.
 
The Sky Cruiser ride is powered by the riders pedaling their little cars.  Elliott's legs were too short, so I did all the work.

 
It was hard work, but the view was really pretty.  The track was up pretty high for most of it.




Duplo Village was up next.  Spencer saw this little train ride, The Legoland Express, in the back and immediately ran for it.  I think it was meant for toddlers, but he proclaimed it his favorite ride of the day.  They went on it about 5 times in a row.



















Then we headed to the Lego Movie Experience where we saw real sets from the movie.





Elliott found some water to play in while Spencer looked at and bought a Lego book in a gift shop.



Our very last ride for the day was the Safari Trek.  I tried to convince Spencer to go on the Coastersaurus in Dino Island, but he would have none of it.






And then, just like that, we were back at the beginning and we were done.  We didn't see any shows and I think we went on about 1/4 of the available rides, but the kids had a great day and that is all that matters.
 
At about 5:00 pm that day I had booked a hotel room about 6 miles from the park.  We had been debating driving all the way home after leaving the park at 8:00 pm, but it took us getting to within 3 hours of that time to realize it was a terrible choice.  We checked into the room, got some food and ate in the room and then we all went to bed.  I was sharing a bed with Elliott and I think he was asleep within 15 seconds.  It was remarkable because about 20 minutes later Michael and I were laughing about how we didn't know if it was funny or sad that the room was so loud.  We were right by the freeway and the traffic was just deafening plus there were people outside talking and slamming doors.  But we all got a decent night's sleep (more decent than in the car and arriving at home at 2 am) and had a lovely morning the next day before coming home.