Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mitchell Family Vacation 2008

Well, we've been home for a couple of weeks now, and I figured it was about time that I wrote about our trip!  It's about a 5 hour drive to San Diego from here and the kids did extremely well in the car.  This was the first time any of us made the drive from Arizona to San Diego, so it was fun to see all the sights.  We even went through a few border patrol checkpoints!!  
The kids were so excited to stay in a hotel and eat all our meals out!  We spent our first day at La Jolla Shores beach.  It was quite crowded, but we didn't care.  We were just excited to swim in the ocean and build a sand castle.  As you can see from the first slide show, all the kids were buried in the sand for fun pictures!  Owen LOVED the water and at one point, just ran off towards the water right after we set him back down on our towels!  

Then, we spent two days at the San Diego Zoo.  It was a gorgeous zoo full of vegetation and lots of hills.  Our legs were killing us by the time we were done.  The kids loved seeing all the animals and had a ball walking all around.  We learned a ton about where all the animals came from and their efforts to release them back into the wild.  On the last day at the zoo, we went on the double decker bus tour and the kids had a ball riding on top.  Everyone's favorite animal was an otter that LOVED people.  On his little info card it says that after he was rescued, they got him healthy, and then tried to release him back into the wild - - unsuccessfully - - - He was too attached to humans!  He was super sweet and loved coming up to the glass and almost chatting with the kids!

We also had a chance to ride a little train at Balboa Park and played on the playground there as well.  At one point, Tess had to go to the bathroom but refused to use the public one.  She said she could hold it.......and then a few minutes later wet her pants in a panic!  Poor thing, she thought she was going to be in trouble.  We assured her that accidents happen, and I took her to the car and changed her!  After everyone was back in the car and fast asleep we headed to the San Diego temple to check it out.  It was a beautiful sight.

We had a great time as a family and feel fortunate that we made it there and back safely.  We have already started talking about what to do next year!!


Brooke said...

How fun!! I love those cute pics. So how's school going! I've seen your car but not you!! I hope Porter likes his teacher and class!

The Cowand Family said...

Wow!!! What a lot of fun you guys had. Love the pictures especially the ones of the kids buried in the sand. Isn't funny how much kids love eating out of restaurants? My kids felt the same way last year when we went to Disney and Sea World! Glad you are back!! Missed Tess in nursery.