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Summer Plan

The summer of the dissertation, AKA the summer of truth, AKA the summer of me taking the kids places so The Hubby can stay home and work on the dissertation, AKA the summer that he’s actually going to make a lot of progress (or not), AKA the summer of fun, AKA the summer of me going crazy because the kids drive me nuts being out all the time. You get the idea. We leave the house so The Hubby can work on his dissertation. And as much as they are driving me crazy, it will all be worth it when this beast is completed. Anyway, here’s out much anticipated summer plan. The kids are excited to be in full summer mode next week. I’m tired already.

Mondays: beach day. We will typically be at La Jolla Shores, probably mid-morning sometime.

Tuesdays: museum day. The museum will change based on where we feel like going, and what is free, although we’ll probably stick with The New Children’s Museum, as we have a memberships and the free museums can get pretty crowded on a summer day.

Wednesdays: movie day. Unless we find another deal with better movies that week, we’ll probably stick with Regal Summer Movie Express. They have movies for kids every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 and it’s only $1.

Thursdays: animal day, including the zoo, Safari Park, or Birch Aquarium. Since we have memberships, it’s totally free for us. We might end up at the night time zoo a few times as well.

Fridays: bowling. We signed up at kids bowl free so the kids can get 2 free games of bowling most days through the summer. We do have to rent shoes, but only one of my kids has big enough feet for the bowling shoes (and just barely), so it’s only $3.

Saturday: cleaning day. That’s pretty self-explanatory.

Sunday: day of rest. Or, according to The Girl who wrote on my list, “dreams come true day.”

I had originally planned to go bowling and movies on the same day, but Wednesday is not a day for free bowling at Parkway. So when I had Friday open, I had it as a “free choice” day. I had to specify that Disneyland was not an option. These kids think they can go there all the time! I need to reverse the habit!

So there you go. There’s our summer plan. If you would like to join us in any of our outings, let me know! Or if you would like to help with research on a dissertation, I’m sure we could use that too.

What are you doing this summer?

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Unconditional Surrender

Since 2007, there has been a 25 foot sculpture of a sailor kissing a nurse called “Unconditional Surrender” next to the Midway Museum here in San Diego.  Originally it was loaned to the city for a year.  The loan has been renewed a number of times, but the time expired at the end of last month and the sculpture was packed up and shipped off to New Jersey for maintenance.  It will then be loaned to another city.  The rumors are that the museum has raised enough money to get a permanent replacement.  Either way, it was kind of cool to see the statue, all taken apart and on a truck as we were driving down the freeway last week.  That was the last thing I expected to see!

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Sea World

Thanks to an old high school friend, last week we were given Sea World passes. The Hubby and The Boy went on Friday and I took The Girl on Saturday. The Boy hadn’t been since he was a tiny baby so everything was new to him. He had a great time! The Girl remembered a lot from when we used to go, but since we haven’t been for so long, some things have changed and she had forgotten a lot. We got there before the park opened and went straight to the new ride, Manta. Unfortunately, The Girl was too short so we didn’t get to ride. I was told that it was really fun. Bummer. So we started off at the Bay of Play.

We had fun on the kiddie rides and The Girl had a great time playing in the play areas. Then we were off to see the animals. Most things haven’t changed much in the last couple of years. We loved the penguins and the arctic where the polar bears, walruses, and beluga whales reside.

We also loved the new sea turtle exhibit.The Girl really enjoyed playing the video game in the exhibit where you use a sea turtle shaped joystick-type thing to virtually eat food and avoid obstacles. She did quite well. In fact, she would have won, except she ran into a shark at the last minute. I guess she spends too much time on the computer at home!

We also saw some shows. Our first show was the Shamu show. I can’t remember what it’s called really, so we just called it the Shamu show.

I have to admit, I was disappointed. It was always kind of cheesy, but it has gotten worse and now that the trainers can’t even get in the water with the killer whales, it’s just kind of lame. After that, we had planned to go to the dolphin (again, I don’t remember the actual name of the show) show. I wasn’t too excited about that after seeing Shamu. But I should have been. That show was amazing!

Sure, the dolphins did tricks, but it was more than that. There were acrobatics and divers and people (and birds) flying all over. It was really well done and definitely enjoyable and entertaining. It was for sure the highlight of our day. Of course, we couldn’t miss the “Pets Rule” show. The Girl said that was her favorite part of the day. I think she liked it because she got to pet a dog and a pig at the end. That show is exactly the same as it was 3 years ago, so if you’ve seen it once, you probably don’t need to take the time to see it again. All in all, we had a great time. And if you’re planning a trip to Sea World any time soon, don’t miss the dolphin show!

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