Monday, October 15, 2007

Vacation picture overload

USS Midway
When we got to California we headed straight for the USS Midway to take a tour. This ship is HUGE! It was very interesting and we learned a lot. In my mind it would make sense to tour each level, but apparently they though it would be funny to set up the tour to make you have to go up and down steep stairways as often as possible. My legs were burning. It was quite a workout. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the whole ship. I know I have one from when we took our 20th anniversary cruise.

The Welk Resort
We loved the resort so much! It was beautiful and even though it's really popular with older people, they had a lot to offer for kids. Our villa was bigger that our first house. The boys had a blast and I really enjoyed our beautiful surroundings. We will go back there again. I miss it already.

Pacific Beach
We spent all day Friday at the beach. It was a bit chilly, but that didn't stop the boys from swimming. I think the ocean is incredibly beautiful, but I know how powerful it is, so I have a genuine fear of it, so I just hung out on the beach taking pictures and watching the guys have fun. We haven't been to California since 1999, so it was a real treat for the boys to go to the beach.

Sea World

Saturday we spent the day at Sea World. We loved the shows and the boys loved the rides. It was even colder this day, so I chose not to do the water rides because even though I love them, I knew I'd never dry out. We did sit in the splash zone at every show because the boys wanted to get wet. I brought an umbrella to protect me, Mark and the camera. By the end of this day I couldn't hardly move. I went to get in the car and I literally could not lift my foot up to get in. Mark had to help me. I think it's going to take several day for me to feel good again. I hurt from my head to my toes. Boy do I feel old!

The freeways are beautiful in San green and pretty. The drivers on the other hand...not so nice. I'm not saying thet are bad because they're not. I know there are bad drivers everywhere, but California seems to have a much higher concentration of rude drivers. I was scared to death.

I hope I didn't bore you all with so many pictures. I wanted Chad to be able to see a small glimpse of our vacation. I wish him, Sandy, Brek, Brittany and the babies could have come with us. It would have been a blast!
My boy Brek turned 21 on Sunday. It's hard to believe I have a child that is 21 years old.
Happy Birthday Brek!


Chickenbells said...

Wowsers!! It looks like you guys had a great time...I have been wanting to dip my toes in the ocean for some time now...I need to make that a reality! My sister lives in SanDiego...she rides her bike everywhere, it's so much easier than being on those freeways...ick!

Happy Birthday Brek!

Diane said...

Looks like so much fun Jolene. The more pictures the better. Wish Brek a happy birthday.

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Valerie said...

i forgot you were coming out here! dang - i'm sad we couldn't meet up, but am SO glad you had a great time!
even if you did too much walking.

happy birthday Brek! (and i can't believe you've got a 21YO boyo, either!)

and you are right...but believe or no, San Diego driver are WAY tons better than LA drivers. when B & i dated, i could tell you what county i was in by the drivers. by the time i hit LA, they were pulling guns when you wanted to change lanes.
kidding! sort of...

Susie Q said...

Oh wow...what fun! We lived in San Diego awhile back and gorgeous it IS!
I bet the guys loved the ship. The old retire Navy man that lives here will love seeing your family pictures there! *smile*

Glad that you all had such a great time...and I SO understand that so tired you could just lay down and die feeling! The legs turn to rubber and then ache like crazy when you do get to bed! ARGH!

Hey! Happy Birthday to handsome Brek!

What fun it was to see all your pictures!


Nikki *Ü* said...

Oh wow! That looks like so much fun!! That resort is gorgeous! I'll definitely have to remember that name. You got so many wonderful pictures. My husband loves San Diego because it's so green and beautiful, but I have to agree about the drivers (there and everywhere - LOL)!

Jacquie said...

Well you guys look like you had a fantastic time! Loved all the pictures it makes it so much more real and it is always nice to see a vacation spot thru someone elses eyes.

Nonie Mae said...

Glad you had a great time! I love San Diego-it is so beautiful there..

Rhona said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time and the resort looks brilliant. Thanks for sharing the photos - not boring at all! Belated happy birthday to Brek! Hope he had a great day.

Kimberly said...

Wow..ya'll had a good time, I can tell from the great pics! I love the beach but haven't be able to visit is several years. Hope you have a great week.

Briana said...

Looks like a fantastic vacation! Glad you had fun!

Happy Birthday to Brek!

Carla said...

Looks like you had a nice Family vacation!!

Happy B-day Brek!!!


Tip Junkie said...

Fun Fun Fun!!! What an amazing family vacation. I'm so glad you guys had a great time.

patti_cake said...

I feel like I was right there with you and your sweet family Jolene. So glad you had a good time. You deserve it! I wish Chad,Sandy,Brek,Brittany,Mark & John could have completed your family vacation too.

Leah said...

LOVE all the pictures! What fun!

Andi said...

Wow...your trip sounds like so much fun. The resort looks amazing. Love your pictures!

Happy Birthday Brek!

justabeachkat said...

It looks like it's been a wonderful trip. Great photos.


maren said...

I love pictures and am glad that you share them. It does look like it was a nice time (aside from the aches).

Coleen said...

Okay, I'm jealous now. It looks like you had a great time. I showed the pictures to Kaden and he wants to go to Sea World NOW! Great, no pressure. I'm looking forward to hanging out with my sisters and Mama and Papa Bear on Friday. We're no longer young, we are middle age. How depressing!!

Stephanie said...

What a great vacation! That resort looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

linda t said...

Wow, I love all your pics Jolene!
We just got back from our trip to WI and I took over 900 pics! But it was soooo beautiful and colorful!
And what a treat to come home to this awesome Arizona weather! NOW I remember why I still live here!

Martha said...

great pictures!!! We have that same family pic at Sea World in front of the flags!!heheeh