If you aren't related to us, the abundance of pictures here may be of little interest. But for us, oh this was a GREAT trip. Well, it depends on what defines "great." More than 1/2 of us got sick with a 24 hour bug which caused pretty violent vomiting. My brother-in-law lost a fight with the ocean and its waves and broke his shoulder. But, it was a week of swimming, hanging out with cousins, seeing the sites, and being together. I call it a success.
Monday night we had a family photo shoot at the beach. I'm excited to get those back and to see how those turned out. Until then...here are some pre-shoot posing pictures. These were the warm-ups.
|Does Micah looks unsure of something?|
|Jackson loves Sammy and always would make sure she was included by giving hugs, sitting by her, and telling her he loves her.|
|Sammy is eyeing that celery. Maybe she was hungrier than I thought.|
Judge me. Go ahead. You can judge me. But on Tuesday we went to Sea World. And it was really fun. Callie fed the seals and thought that was pretty awesome.
|Getting ready to go on their first ride!|
|Micah is too small for the rides, so a good part of his day consisted of...this.|
|Ted and Ty, Marcus and Sammy|
|She's so cute|
|Hunter, Callie, Jackson|
|Obviously the girl sitting between Brayden, Marcus and Sammy...and Hunter, Callie, and Jackson knew she would be in my pictures.|
|Micah loved this little play area. It was like walking on a big water bed. He loved it.|
|It was either the jumping or the extreme heat that day that wiped him out.|
|Watching the dophins|
|Waiting for the show and NOT wanting to wait.|
|I'm in awe by these animals. Let's take the captivity part out of it and just look at these huge, strong creatures. They are beautiful and so powerful. I could watch them for hours.|
|Feeding and petting the sting rays.|
When we asked if she loved it, she smiled and shook her head. Then she confided in us that she had her eyes closed the entire time. I was so proud of her!
|After a long hot day, what's better than sitting on the couch and watching some tv?|
|Sammy nestled behind the couch cushions and was perfectly happy being surrounded by her family.|
|Callie and Jackson contemplating the big jump|
|My favorite animal...the gorilla. Always has been. I'm so intrigued, wondering what they think, etc. I love gorillas.|
|We thought of just using an umbrella stroller. I'm soooo glad we brought the joovy. It was warm and there was a lot of walking. This was perfect for Callie to be able to sit and made for more enjoyable days.|
|Looking at the animals|
|Have I mentioned how much I love this girl?|
I'm not sure how much Sammy gets out of places like this...all the touristy sites...but I can't imagine any moment without her.
|We waited in line for about 25 minutes to see the pandas. Was it worth it? Maybe. If I wasn't feeling so sick, maybe I would have felt differently. They are pretty cute though.|
Micah had a hard couple days deciding if he liked the pool or not. One night, he made his way up the stairs that led to the slide. Ian tried to keep him back, but he wanted to go down. Ian asked if he could take him, and we said to go for it.
And for a good 30 seconds, he just stayed there, floating, looking up to the sky. He had the look of true fear plastered to his face before he was able to complain.
He didn't cry, just complain.
|Callie loved the adjoined hot tub and spent a lot of time there.|
Friday we spent the day with Chris. We went around Balboa Park, which was really pretty.
|Oh the service!|
|This one reminded me of the flowers in Alice in Wonderland. Shouldn't this be singing to me right now?|
|I love catching my kids sincerely loving and taking care of each other.|
I had already been to the beach with Callie earlier in the week, but we decided to swim in the ocean instead of try her kite. I had told her Friday was the day, so Marcus and Chris took Callie to the beach and the kite did fly! In fact, it was quite a hit at the beach apparently.
|He looks so tired!|
Family vacations are hard work.
|Do you think those goggles are working for Brayden?|
|Is this kind of freaky to anyone else but me?|
Not only did the house of a great pool, but it had a trampoline and a pretty sweet play house the kids played on every day! Lindsay was frequently on the trampoline with Sammy, Micah, and/or Callie.
|Callie working on perfecting the Mario|
Until next time family....we love you!