August 13, 2009: We ate brunch at the Encinitas Cafe before hitting the beach for the day. I left my camera at home because I wanted to enjoy myself without having to worry about it getting sandy or stolen. The water was warm and we all had fun playing in the waves. We brought a boogie board along for Wyatt and he went absolutely nuts for it.
August 14, 2009: First day at Legoland! Here Wyatt and I pose with Darth Vader and R2-D2. Wyatt is hiding behind the droid because he didn’t want to get too close to old Darth. People give me flack because I haven’t let Wyatt see Star Wars yet, but do you see why maybe it wouldn’t be such a good idea? Hmmmm? Anyway, we had a great time at Legoland. It’s probably one of my favorite theme parks I’ve ever been too. Wyatt was pretty nervous of the rides because he was scarred for life by the big roller coaster at Sea World that he begged to go on, but he was a good sport and tried several rides anyway. The rides at Legoland are pretty tame, so after a bit he started to enjoy them. I think his favorite part of the park on this day was Miniland though. Miniland is an area with a bunch of scale models of famous cities made out of Legos. Totally cool! Augie had a good time at the Duplo playground.
August 15, 2009: We had so much fun at Legoland the first day that we decided to go back again the next day.We’d only seen about half the park on day one, so we checked out the other half on this day. Wyatt really started to get into the rides this day and he went on the “Bionicle Tea Cups” twice. Other high points were the Duplo building room, the fast roller coaster (which I had to go on by myself), and the splash pad in the pirate area.
August 16, 2009: We spent the last day of our vacation at the San Diego Zoo. Our day didn’t start out so great because Wyatt was in a foul mood. He was crabby and disobedient (running away at a crowded zoo is very scary for a mom) and he was back-talking like crazy. He didn’t want to look at any of the animals and all he was interested in was getting toys from the gift shops. Ugh. Even though he’d had enough sleep the night before, I think he was just exhausted from vacation. We finally put Augie into the baby carrier and made Wyatt sit in the stroller with a big lemonade while Zach and I enjoyed the animals. Some of my favorites were the polar bears, the lions (I don’t think I’ve ever been so close to lions before), the dread-locked orangutan, and the elephants. The animal that finally got Wyatt out of the stroller and interested in the cool stuff around him? The dung beetles!
August 17, 2009: The start of our drive home was pretty crappy with two stops in less than an hour, including the most disastrous trip to Starbucks in the history of earth. After a few hours we stopped at an IHOP where Zach and I had bacon and egg hamburgers and the kids ate for free. Wooo!
August 18, 2009: Settling back in at home. I took this photo of me with the timer. I’m sorting through some of the thousand or so photos I took on our trip.
August 19, 2009: Art day! While Augie napped, Wyatt and I worked on art together. I put together a scrapbook page and he drew a picture of a story I told him about the time Grandpa and I got to go up in a tethered hot air balloon. In the picture we are about to run into a telephone pole (the popsicle stick) and we are very glad that it’s Friday.