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Family California Trip
Posted Sep 19, 2008 - 09:14 PM


Airplane Two weeks after we returned from California, we once again boarded a plane back to Los Angeles. This time though we took the kids, Paul’s parents and Dan. Paul went for work, the rest of us for pleasure. We left Miami early Friday morning. Thanks to Paul we all got to hang out in the Admirals Club before our plane took off. Paul Andrew behaved great for his first flight, sleeping most of the time. Alexa also behaved pretty good, watching her movies and playing with her seat in business class.

Saturday morning we decided to drive down to San Diego to go to the zoo. The drive form Brea to San Diego was just under 2 hours. Not too bad. The zoo was amazing and huge. We saw all sorts of animals: panda’s, polar bears, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, the list just goes on and on. Since the zoo is so large they have a double-decker bus that takes you to see most of the animals. We decided to ride the bus rather than try to walk the entire zoo. We also took a sky tram to visit the polar bears. Alexa and Paul Andrew enjoyed being so high up. By the end of the day we were exhausted.

Sunday, was our day in the city. We woke up early and went to the La Brea Tar pits. Alexa loved seeing all the bones of the animals that had gotten trapped in the tar pits. From there we went to The Grove to have some lunch in the Farmers Market and walk around and do some window-shopping. While Alexa and Paul Andrew were sleeping in the car, we did some sightseeing. We drove down Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, the streets of Beverly Hills, and then drove The Pacific Coast Highway up to Malibu. Our day ended with a visit to Shannon and her family in Santa Monica. We had a great barbeque lunch and Alexa had a blast playing in the sandbox.

Monday was back to work for Paul. The rest of us met up with Annjanette, Ashley, Ana Maria and Billy at Irvine Regional Park. We had a picnic, rode a train and saw some horses. We were going to go for a pony ride but they are closed on Mondays.

Tuesday was Alexa’s day. We went to the Disneyland Hotel to have Breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen. Alexa got to see Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip, Dale and Prince Charming. Paul Andrew loved looking at the characters. He would smile and try to touch them every time they got near him.

By Wednesday we were pretty exhausted. The kids and I stayed at the hotel while Tina and Dan went to ride the rollercoasters at Knott’s Berry Farm. Thursday we visited the Discovery Science Center. It was a nice place, but way too crowded with summer camps.

Friday, Paul was able to work a half-day. In the afternoon we all went to the Long Beach Aquarium. It’s a very nice aquarium. Alexa loved looking at all the tanks and sticking her hands in all the touch tanks. Paul Andrew was happy as usual. He loved looking at all the people and checking out all the tanks.

Our Flight home was early Saturday morning with a layover in Dallas. Our flight was delayed leaving Dallas. Alexa loved spending the extra layover time playing in the McDonalds play area in the terminal. About 2 hours later we were able to board the plane and head home. The kids once again behaved excellent on the airplane. We had a great trip!



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