Sea World


We haven’t had Sea World passes in a while, but this great deal popped up this year that we might just have to jump on it!  Pre-school aged children can get a free fun card this year.  Not only that, but the fun cards are being sold at the child’s price for adults.  Go here so sign your 3-5 year old up for a free fun card!


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A Day in Orange County

Just before Christmas, we took a trip to Disneyland. I love Disneyland at Christmas time. It’s so magical! We stayed in a hotel the night before and the night after we went because, 1. it was cheap (a friend let us buy some of her timeshare), and 2. it’s nice to not have to travel on the day you visit the park. Since we were still in Orange County, I thought I would look for something fun to do the next day. I have always wanted to check out the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana so we decided that would be our destination for the day. First we stopped at Kohl’s for toys because they were having a toy drive and offering free admission for those who brought new toys. Because we got off to a bit of a late start, we didn’t make it to the museum until the afternoon. I wished we had gotten there earlier because we really could have spent a lot more time there. We had a great time! The kids loved it.


We didn’t visit the Indiana Jones exhibit. I don’t think there would have been time anyway. There were a lot of great exhibits inside. My favorite was the hockey exhibit. Maybe it’s my Canadian heritage, but it was a lot of fun.


We could dress up in goalie gear and try to block pucks being shot at us.


We also had a chance to make virtual shots and in another spot we could pretend to ice skate and see how fast we could go.


There was a zamboni that the kids could climb on and a number of other exciting things.

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There was also a shopping area. The kids really loved pushing around the shopping carts and scanning things.


Each area of the “grocery store” had different question asking about how we could be more “green.” Then at the end, the kids could check out and earn a coin. That was The Girls favorite part.

The Boy loved going outside to pretend to be a paleantologist. We could choose a Dino Quest and were given an infared transmitter, which we used to find answers to clues on a scavenger hunt. There was one for all ages and abilities.


There was also a giant Argentinosaurus that taught how systems in the body work. We could walk through and see and manipulate different organs. It was educational and fun. That area was all outside, so it got a bit chilly, especially that day.

Outside in “the cube” was a rocket and all sorts of information on rockets and how they work. They have a real rocket booster engine where visitors can experience a simulated rocket launch.


Just inside from the rocket lab is the Bob The Builder area for the smaller tykes. The Boy had a great time there too.

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We had a really great time. I’m so glad we were finally able to check out this great museum! It was lots of fun and very educational for all ages. I hope we go back one of these days!

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Bird Rock

We have lived in the San Diego area for about four and a half years now.  We have spent a lot of time at the beach, but usually beach trips consist of playing in the water, building sand castles, and trying to find Taylor out on his surf board (which is always a challenge because everybody has a white board and a black wetsuit).  Sometimes we head to the children’s pool to see the seals.  But we never go to the tide pools.  That, my friends, is going to change.  We went on Saturday.  We checked on the tides and they were negative lows.  Usually when they get that low, it’s at a time that is very inconvenient.  This weekend was perfect.  Although it’s been quite cold (and still was there), it was so worth it!  We went to Bird Rock in La Jolla and it was amazing!  We got there about an hour before sunset and there was lots to see.


We ran into some boy scouts we knew from church who were also exploring.  They found lots of cool animals and helped us know where and what to look for.  They had found a few lobster, some small octopi, and even an abalone!


The Girl touching the abalone

She thought this octopus was especially cool.

She thought this octopus was especially cool.


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We had a great time and will definitely do it again.

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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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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 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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