We are on a 2 day break from vacationing

We got back from our mini-vacation on Sunday, and we are leaving again for a trip to Michigan on Wednesday. The girls are starting to think their entire lives are just one big vacation!

Our San Diego trip was a little spontaneous but we managed to snag a good “last minute” deal at a pretty nice resort on Coronado, which is also called Coronado Island, but I think is technically an isthmus…it is connected to San Diego by a little bit of land. At any rate, very cool little downtown. Pretty nice resort. This was the view from our window…

…of course just to the left was the parking lot, so it is all about selective viewing, here.

We found a bagel shop and had our Saturday morning bagel ritual and headed out to the San Diego Zoo. Which, if the animals have to be caged up and on display, the SD Zoo does a pretty good job of it.

The zoo had just started a program on Friday where you can pay to feed the giraffes, which happens to be my favorite animal at the zoo. Nice timing on our part, totally not planned, but we did get to feed them, which was really cool. Let me tell you, they are very, very TALL.

J. makes fun of me when I said that, “Um, what a profound statement: giraffes are tall!” But although they are very gentle, it is slightly intimidating to have this animal literally towering over the top of you and reach down to take a “biscuit” out of your hand.

Em did great and really loved it, Ad acted all tough until she looked up and the giraffe started down towards her, then she quickly handed her biscuit to me and said, “Dohwanna, Mama!”

These little guys gave the giraffes a run for their money in my book, though. I could watch the meerkats all day (and yes, I’ve been known to watch Meerkat Manor mesmerized for hours as well).

Addie’s favorite was the flamingos, or “mingos”…

Em’s favorite was the Reptile House. Yes, you read that correctly. She drove us crazy with her “are we going to see the reptiles, yet?” We stupidly made it the last stop. Will not make that mistake again. She kept asking Daddy to take her picture with the snakes. Addie thought we were talking about “snacks” and got antsy, so she and I only made it halfway through before we went out for some snacks.

I think Daddy’s favorite was probably the monkeys. Here are my two monkeys watching the monkeys in the cages…

After the zoo we tried the pool (too cold!), Em got her hair braided (took forever and ‘Nise does a much better job) and tried to rest in the room (most unsuccessfully), but the light through our balcony was very pretty so I got to practice taking photos of the girls.

Then we had ice cream for dinner!

Granted we had a very late lunch, so it wasn’t like we only had ice cream in our bellies when we went to bed. But the ice cream and a romp on the beach, plus all of the ocean-fresh air helped everyone sleep very soundly that night.

Tomorrow, I’ll fill you in on our experience at Legoland…and the second day of our San Diego excursion. In the meantime I have a few more hundred photos to go through…

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8 Responses to “We are on a 2 day break from vacationing”


  1. 1 Matthew May 27, 2008 at 3:28 am

    Sounds like a blast. Stupid question…in my sheltered, mid-western existence, I haven’t seen beaches on the west coast. What is all that “stuff” on the beach? It looks like some sort of vegetation that washed up???

  2. 2 Stacy May 27, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Great shots, Carrie! That looks like it was so much fun. Feeding the giraffes would have been very cool, too. I love the ice cream for dinner – that is vacation all the way!

  3. 3 Maggie May 27, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    You got to feed the giraffes?! That is SO COOL! What a great mini-vacation — I’m totally envious! And you got some beautiful shots….I’ve only been to San Diego once, and it was hands down one of the prettiest places I’ve been.

    And now off to Michigan? You guys are travelling fools! That has to be a super long drive…I hope you’re flying!

  4. 4 Christina May 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Good gosh, all this vacationing! Whew!
    Looks and sounds like an awesome weekend! I remember feeding giraffes as a kid – just leaves, but it was pretty cool. The docent told us we could once, and then the next time we got yelled at for it.
    LOL at Em and her snakes – N loves them too!
    All your pictures are gorgeous! Especially those closeups, you’ve got some of the prettiest girls around. Only after Nadia of course. 😉

  5. 5 carrievoris May 27, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Emphasis on the FOOLS, I think, Maggie! 🙂 We are indeed flying – that is one car trip I don’t think I ever want to make with two squirrelly girls in the back seat!

  6. 6 Elisa May 28, 2008 at 6:58 am

    HOW FUN!!! When opportunities for adventure present themselves – gotta take them!!!

    The photos are great but my favorite is of Addie on her daddy’s back watching the monkeys! It is so innocent and genuine and full of wonder! BEAUTIFUL!

    I must say that I felt so bad looking at the girls on the beach – IN SWEATERS…….NOT!!! : )
    We had a 30+ degree drop in temp overnight…..went to bed with windows wide open and house fan on since it was so stuffy in the house at 78 degrees at bedtime. Woke up and it was low 40’s!! Everyone had gotten up at some point in the sleepy night to close their windows, put on more clothes and/or grab another blanket! Global warming?? I don’t think so!!! : )

  7. 7 arizaphale June 1, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    That last shot is sensational! The light catching the edges of everything and her little foot raised up. *sigh*

  8. 8 kim June 4, 2008 at 8:15 am

    Love that flamingo shot…..,.. sounds like a fun little getaway!


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