|Car ride fun|
We got to Monterey at about 7pm so it was dark. It was incredible waking up the next morning to this! Our hotel was not even 50 yards from the ocean. This was my view from breakfast.
The whole reason we came on this trip was for Tim to attend this pediatric conference in Carmel, CA. After breakfast we quickly checked out Lovers Point then Tim headed to his conference and the kids and I walked along the coast to the Aquarium.
Tim had a great time at his conference and made some really good connections. We had a fabulous day at the aquarium. I remember going as a kid but couldn't remember much. We loved it. The girls especially loved the kids Splash Zone, gift shop (of course) and this fun area where you could color a fish on these tablet and then "send it to the reef." They had these big screens up on the wall that looked like an aquarium and when you sent your colored fish to the reef it would actually pop up and swim in the water. Technology is so amazing! We also loved the jelly fish, open water exhibit, the penguins and Millie loved this cool place where you could sit under a wave and the Finding Nemo tank.
|This is the coloring fish thing I so poorly explained.|
|Here are a few of the fish that the girls colored.|
I also had plans to recreate another childhood favorite picture of mine at the Dennis the Menace park. But was heartbroken to find out the park was closed until March as they made it handicap accessible. Fortunately we were able to find another playground to play on for a bit.
We then hit the road to San Francisco! And went full steam ahead. Our hotel was on Lombard Street but we had to made quite the trek up the crazy hills of San Fran to get to it. It was no easy feat!
|One of the Hearts of San Francisco...you know "I Left My Heart in San Francisco!"|
We were so excited to reconnect with Mark and Kristen. Tim and Mark were roommates at BYU. Kristen was also in their freshman ward (and believe it or not I was just across the parking lot from them in Heritage Halls). Mark and Kristen are amazing friends. And they just so happen to have 3 kids, 2 girls and 1 boy. There kids are just about 1 year older than each of ours so needless to say the girls had so so much fun. It was nice to have some down time and space to just play and for Henry to crawl around. We took it easy and just enjoyed visiting and playing at the park. It was such a fun way to end our trip and we were so glad we were able to see them. It had been far too long...we figured over 4 years since we had last seen them.
Traveling and sharing a hotel room 3 kids and being on the go go go isn't always easy. But it's so worth it. My fondest memories are from family vacations we took as a kid. I love creating these memories with my beautiful little family and am forever thankful for the opportunity to do so!