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I’ve been MIA over here for a while.  I don’t think I’m prepared to make a full comeback yet, but I wanted to make mention of a few activities that I don’t want to miss.  First of all, October is San Diego Museum Council’s Kids Free in October.  This means that up to 2 kids can get into many of the museums in the San Diego area for free with a paid adult (up to 2 kids per adult)!  We will definitely be taking advantage of this!  More information here.

Also, I saw information about Surfin’ Santa.  He comes to Seaport Village the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It would be fun to go have a little visit with him this year.  I think my kids would get a kick out of it.  More information here.

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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

It’s been a while.  A long while.  It’s kind of ironic, because we have been busy doing stuff.  I just haven’t been busy blogging about the stuff we’re doing.  Obviously.  But I have a new resolution.  I’m going to come here and blog once a week.  I guess that means I have to do something once a week.  It will be good for us.

A while ago, I saw a Groupon for the Pacific Southwest Railway Museum in Campo.  I bought it thinking it would be a fun outing some day.  Yesterday was the day.  They have a train that runs on Saturdays and Sundays.  It goes from Campo to the international tunnel and back to Campo.  It’s 10 miles round trip and takes about an hour or so.  The kids loved it.  They got a little tired on the way back, but it was really fun.  The engineer talked to us about the history of the rail line in that particular area.  It was quite interesting.  I won’t tell you all about it here, mostly because I’m really bad at remembering things and I’ll probably get details wrong.  Just know that it was fun and a great way to learn some history.  If you’re interested in checking it out, Groupon has the deal again right now!  I might just have to snatch it up again.


Mexico bound!

Mexico bound!


The end of this tunnel is Mexico.


This is the real deal. Some of the trains on display at the museum haven’t really been restored. There are still spices and things in those jars!


I think it’s funny how similar the “go” and the “do not go this way” signs are.

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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 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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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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What to Do

There are a few upcoming events around town that I wanted to highlight before it’s too late!  First of all, this Saturday (January 28th) is the 9th annual Mormon Battalion Commemoration in Old Town.  If you haven’t been to the museum, you really should check it out.  It’s a lot of fun!  But this weekend is the commemoration at Old Town State Historic Park from 10-3.  We have gone the last couple of years and really enjoyed it.  The Girl even got a pioneer costume for Christmas last year because she was so disappointed that she couldn’t dress up the year before.  There will be people there in period clothing with displays and activities for families and young children, including stories and music, crafts, food, dutch oven cook-off and more.  And best of all, it’s FREE! And just at tip: take the trolley.  Parking is no fun.  For more information, go here.

Also, February is Museum Month!  I’m really excited about this.  We only made it to one museum last year, but this year I plan on fully taking advantage of the great deals.  Many museums all over town are half off all month!  Pick up your pass at Macy’s and hit the museums!  For more information, go here.

One more deal I want to mention is Birch Aquarium.  In celebration of their 20th anniversary, if you visit the aquarium on the 20th of any month through September, you’ll get in for half price (with proof of San Diego County residency)!

Now get out there and have some fun!

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Miramar Air Show

For some reason this never posted back in October when I actually wrote this. It’s a bit outdated but here you go.

We have been quite busy lately, and haven’t been able to go on many outings, thus the lack of posts. But yesterday, despite babysitting for a friend and having two 2-year-olds in tow, we braved the Miramar Air Show. If you’re able, it’s a great place to take your family this weekend. It’s free unless you want to sit in the grandstand. Bring some chairs and find a shady spot under a wing and watch the show!

The boys had a great time. There was lots of pointing and lots of, “woah!s”. Don’t forget your hats and sunscreen. I did and I was sorry.

But this is what I’m really doing this weekend: eating cinnamon rolls and listening to a prophet.

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Stuff to Do

I have been sitting on hold for almost an hour now with our internet provider.  I thought I might as well be productive and give you all a rundown on things going on this month around San Diego.  We have been so busy that we haven’t been able to do whole lot, but after this weekend, things will slow down a bit (I think).  Anyway, use this coupon for free admission for your kids with a paying adult to many San Diego museums.

Also, the zoo and Safari park are both free for kids this month and it doesn’t matter how many kids you take with just one paying adult, so round up the neighborhood!

Balboa Park also has a bunch of fun activities for Halloween next Saturday (October 29).  Look here for more details.

Let me know if you go do any of these activities!  We went to the New Children’s Museum the other day (post and pictures to come) and it’s new again.  It’s totally different from the last time we were there.  So go check it out!

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