Monthly Archives: July 2012

Night Time Zoo

Last week I took the kids to the night time zoo.  We didn’t make it until around 7, which was kind of a bummer, but we had a great time anyway.  They have kind of been driving me crazy through all of our galavanting around, but this night was one night of greatness.  I couldn’t believe how well they got along and what a great time we had.  We stayed until closing time (9:00) and really enjoyed our time together.  We watched a few shows and then saw a few animals.  Some of the paths were closed off and some animals we couldn’t see.  It was a little bit frustrating at times to walk to an area and find that it was roped off.  And a lot of the animals we wanted to see were sleeping.  Even so, we got to catch a glimpse of the tiger, and we were able to see the baby jaguar asleep in it’s den.  Nearby was the mother, snuggling with the other baby.  So sweet!

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Full of Fun

So far this summer, we have stayed very busy, just as planned.  Last week we spent Monday night at the drive-in movies in Santee, watching Brave.  We loved it!  We had a bunch of friends there.  The kids had never been to the drive-ins and thought it was great!

We went bowling with some friends on Friday.  We signed up with kidsbowlfree.com last year and never went.  But Parkway Bowl was not an option of a bowling alley we could go to.  Thankfully, this year it is! So we are taking advantage of that and have gone twice so far.  The kids, especially The Boy, are loving it!

And, of course, The Girl, always wearing flip-flops, ends up every week with socks and flip-flops.  Silly kids!

We have also been taking advantage of the free lunch program through Cajon Valley Unified School District.  There are a number of schools in the district that provide free lunch to kids, ages 2-18, every week day.  The library in downtown El Cajon is also a place where lunch is provided.  The kids think that having a picnic lunch at the library on a daily basis is the best thing ever, and I think that free lunch is pretty great.

Sometimes the food is not the best, but it’s definitely worth a stop.  Last week I took my two kids and two kids of a friend.  Most of their food was abandoned, so I just took it over to a group of homeless people who tend to congregate by the library.  They were very appreciative and I was glad I could help them out in a small way.

We’re definitely keeping busy in these parts!

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Scripps Pier

Chasing the birds

We spent our Independence Day at the beach.  Some friends of ours throw a big beach party every Memorial Day and 4th of July just north of Scripps Pier.  It’s a great little spot!  We were there ALL day, maybe 15 hours, and had a great time.  There are some tide pools just north of where we were.  It was a great little area where we could kayak, surf, boogie board, and swim.  It’s a spot where there is no lifeguard on duty, so beware of that.  The other downside is that there are no bathrooms.  There is a restaurant right on the beach, just south of the pier that has a restroom.  It was nice and clean, but I don’t think they liked us using it, especially since The Girl had to go at least six times throughout the day.  But in the parking lot just to the east of the restaurant, there is a porta-potty.  Personally, I hate using those, but when you gotta go, you gotta go and beach bathrooms aren’t much better anyway.  Despite our trips back and forth to the toilet, we had a really great time.

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