We arrived at the Del on Tuesday, late afternoon. We had a great trip over, the kids did amazingly well! It did help that we had two new movies to watch on the way over and the big kids had some homework to work on ;) but we were happily amazed at how well Alyssa did too!
We love coming to the Hotel Del Coronado every other year for Shane's water conference :) Our first night we just walked around the grounds, enjoying the beach and all the sights. On Wednesday we were up bright and early for Sea World! We arrive shortly after it opened, perfect weather, hardly anyone at the park. One of the gate guys told us there would be maybe 2000 people in the park for the day. The downside was the clydesdales weren't there...I don't know if they've removed the attraction or if it was under renovations or what but I was very disappointed. Anyway, we fed the dolphins, saw the sharks, the Shamu show (Cassandra, Griffin, Brandon and Savannah sat in the 1st row of the soak zone with my BIL, Andy.) We also saw the sting rays, one took a particular shine to Alyssa and popped his head and most of his body out of the water and doused her with water. That resulted in a cute new shirt with Sea Turtles on it for her ;) We saw Seals, sea lions, all the usual suspects.
Thursday Shane was in conferences almost all day. So Julie, Andy and I took the kids to the beach. What a day! The weather was gorgeous, in the 70's. We rented boogie boards and Julie brought sand toys. We were there until about 1:00pm. We had 6 very tired, very waterlogged and sore kids. We got everyone cleaned up, fed and rested up. Shane and I went to a work dinner and it was nice to get dressed up. Andy and Julie watched the kids for us ;) I write this now in the dark as everyone is snoozing away! All in all, another great day! Tomorrow we are off to Seaport VIllage and downtown Coronado. I will upload pics when I get home!
We had a really nice Saturday! I started out early making hashbrown casserole (Nancy's recipe) and peppermint flavored coffee. OMG! Yum ;) I baked Shane a spice cake with cream cheese icing and pumpkin bread for his bday party. Dee and I went to the Pussycat Boutique and I got to shop ;) I came home with 3 interesting tops, at least Shane liked them ;)
We took Dee to Phoenix to see some of the downtown area. We went to the memorial park and walked around, went to the Capitol building. Even though it was closed, there were good photo opportunities. We headed to the Mining Camp Restaurant for dinner. Shane's brother, wife, kids, my parents, Shane's parents all met us there. Dee loves that place so it worked out great!
Shane got some great birthday presents but I sadly admit, they are all XBOX games which means he won't be playing much World of Warcraft with me :( I'm trying NOT to have a complex about the fact that I start playing WOW finally and then everyone who did play (mom, dad, sister, elijah, andy, traci....shane) desert me! At least my dear friend Shari is still playing <3
Here we go with some pics....Happy 36th Birthday to my sweet sweet husband....
Shane and Alyssa out front of the Mining Camp
Alyssa and Brandon, hamming it up!
Julie giving me a smile <3
SO much food
Birthday boy XOXOXOXO
Mom, deep in thought apparently
Mom, Dad, Mike
Nancy and Griffin
Savannah and Allison
Savannah and Uncle Andy
Two of my most favorite people
Holy hell...more games ;)
Auntie and Elijah
me and Julie <3 the peppermint coffee
Civil War books!
Shane, Dee and the kids in Phoenix
Kids and the petrified wood outside the Capitol building