Almost two months ago, Tim, Kaydin and I hopped on a plane to Southern California to spend a few days visiting the zoo and Sea World. It was Kaydin's second time on a plane and our first time all vacationing together (well, besides the weekend trip to Chicago). Unlike other vacations involving airports, we actually didn't have any close calls in the airports. Well, I guess we did walk up to our gate in Des Moines and get right in line to get on the plane. But I call that perfect timing ;)
We got in on a Friday night and Tim and Kaydin wasted no time getting comfortable and playing around in the room. We got in later in the evening on Friday so we stayed at the hotel and got some sleep.
They even had fresh juiced apple juice for their kids meals. She downed this well before our food made it to the table.
Our next stop was the San Diego Zoo. I was really excited to take Kaydin here! I had heard both good and bad reviews of the zoo, but I can report that it is definitely worth it! Everything is pretty spread out but at the same time it all connects easily with blacktop roads and walking trails.
After the zoo we ventured back to our hotel to get cleaned up and relax before finding a place for dinner. After some research, I came up with an authentic Greek and Lebanese restaurant, Fairouz Cafe and Gallery, that offered a dinner buffet. We all opted for that after we perused the spread. So many different things to choose from. And believe it or not, I had never had a gyro. After this place though, I am hooked! I have always loved Mediterranean fare, but there were so many options on the buffet we got to try that were sooo good. Tim and I still always talk about this restaurant and have been craving Greek food since!
The next morning we hit another popular local breakfast spot, Broken Yolk Cafe. Our plan was to get a good breakfast, take the shuttle from our hotel to Sea World and spend the day there.
|The Mommy Omelet. All veggies with alfalfa sprouts and avocado. Really good!|
The next morning we set out North to drive up the coast a bit,
Kaydin was sooo excited to finally get to step foot in the ocean. The water was freezing, though!
We had a dentist appointment the day before we left and her dentist gave her a tooth box to keep her tooth in case it fell out while we were on vacation. That box ended up getting put to good use :)
The next morning we had some breakfast, packed up and said goodbye to Southern California.