Hi friends! I miss you! Our PiggyToes have been home from San Diego for 72 hours and I still can’t seem to shake off this mood! We were definitely not ready to come home. Vacation was more than wonderful and I can’t stop day-dreaming about the lifestyle they live there. I love it. Its me. Its what I want. Its perfect. and fun to day-dream I guess too. I had all intentions on blogging my way through our adventures, but once I got there, I checked out from everyone and everything and found myself even putting my camera down at times so that I can enjoy the view with my eyes and not through a lens. California is such a beautiful state and San Diego… wow. There’s no other place like it.
The boys had a blast in California & Brian and I even picked up a new sport while out there… paddle-boarding! Have you tried it? We LOVE it and had such a great time paddling the boys on the bay. Aside from our Paddle-board adventures, the boys really enjoyed all of the animals at the San Diego Zoo, they loved putting their PiggyToes in the sand at many beautiful beaches, we had fun gallivanting the towns, met really cool people at a few local spots, drove around a handful of little towns looking at different styles of homes, ate too much *delicious food, shopped… it was spectacular. The first vacation we’ve been on that we truly didn’t want to come home. San Diego, you were wonderful… too good to us… and we can’t wait to go back! Here’s a look at our Summer Vacation in San Diego, California ~ I’m warning you: Photo overload! (I just couldn’t help myself.) And if you want, feel free to click on any picture to enlarge it.
Departing Pitt… The boys were excited to be in the airport and loved the plane even more! The pilot invited them to tour the cock-pit during the lay-over and they were in Heaven (well, Roman was a little nervous)!
We arrived in San Diego & after a quick trip to Trader Joes, we found our home, changed into bathing suits and played on the bay!
The boys woke SO early the next morning (Think, a 4am wake up in San Diego is really a 7am wake-up where we live)! We grabbed S-Bux and toured the city. After exhausting the cool boats & ‘Jake & the Pirates’ ships, we found a park to play in. Roman played in the sand while Rocco & I watched street vendors set up for a street festival! We were all a little tired still.
When we woke the next morning, all Roman kept asking for was a dump-truck. Rocco wanted a shovel… And that’s exactly what they got! Both of the boys had a lot of fun playing at the beach and on the bay! Later that evening, we visited Mt. Soledad ~ Such a beautiful memorial and perfect sky above the cross.
The loves of my life.
San Diego Zoo… No one was into taking pictures (which was fine) and we had a great day with the animals! Such an awesome (& big) zoo and the boys especially liked the Skyfari!
Up and out early (again) visiting the seals in La Jolla! That evening, we drove through Sunset Cliffs – one of the most beautiful locations in San Diego. The view was breath-taking!
We loved Coronado and after spending a little bit of time there the 1st day, we had to go back! The shops, the food, the beach… we attempted to take beach pics of the boys but that didn’t work out well. They just wanted to play and run. One man passed us by and we asked him to take a family picture – Its not even in focus and its the ONE family picture we have. And then the sun went down!
One of the boys favorite moments in Coronado was watching helicopters perform water rescue training on the beach! My 3 guys were in Heaven!
Old Town, San Diego – Great Mexican Food, really cool town, fun balloon guy!
Old Town had awesome shops with unique gifty items, neat buildings, street music, an open grass area for the kids to run around in… and mine found a water fountain to play in.
The next morning, we went to ‘Mission’ for breakfast. They are known for 2 things: Apple Chicken Sausage and Pancakes! We tried the Banana & Granola Pancakes=INCREDIBLE! On our walk to the restaurant, we passed by a house that had a bees nest right outside of their kitchen window in a bird house. Scary! Later, we enjoyed paddle-boarding on the bay!
And before we knew it, it was time to say Goodbye to San Diego! Rocco & Roman brushed up on their Safety Manuals and all 40 of our PiggyToes boarded the plane home to Pittsburgh.
California, you were lovely and our PiggyToes can’t wait to visit again!