Our last day in San Diego we tried to squeeze in as many things as we could. We started by going to Old Town. A few of us went anyway. Some of us thought it would be fun to go and get a new tire that we should have replaced before we left. Thank goodness for awesome grandparents who take children that don't want to go to the tire store with them! After that fun adventure Doug and I met up with the rest of them thereWhile we were there we went to the Mormon Battalion Mueseum. It was pretty cool. They redid the tour a few years ago and it was awesome. It was really interactive and fun. I'd definitely recommend it if you're ever in the area. Here's the kids panning for gold after the tour.After that the sun came out so we hurried and ran over to Coronado to take advantage of sunny skies and the beach. I love this picture of Sophia. This girl is ready to conquer the world!While we were on the beach we found a lot of these and brought home a fun collection.We also got plenty dirty. We weren't planning on being there for 5 hours and I really didn't think my kids would get in the freezing water so I didn't bring their swimming suits or anything. Unfortunately I could not keep them out of the water so they got plenty wet and dirty. Luckily the only thing we had in the car was the suitcase full of dirty clothes. After a day of playing at the beach they were cleaner than what my kids were wearing anyway! This poor skirt. It was a definite sand magnet. How cute. Someone carved our initials in the beach. This little baby was not so sure what to think. She was a little apprehensive but warmed up eventually. She definitely would have nothing to do with the water though. This girl would not stay away though! I love sandy baby toes and hands! So cute!Here's Lilly in her second dirty outfit of the day. She had so much fun playing on this sandbar. So did these girls. In the background you can see the condos where Doug's grandma had a condo for awhile. They would come down every year during Jan or Feb and stay the whole month. Doug's mom had a lot of memories here and it was sweet to feel Grandma Ivins' spirit while we were there!Here's the girls making sand angels. Yes Sophia is on her 2nd change of clothes also. Look at those feet! They blend in with the sand! Here's Lilly's attempt.She finally warmed up (she's also on her 2nd outfit) and loved walking in the sand.After awhile the kids discovered if they dug deep enough they could find mud. They seriously dug for a few hours.Logan found a pretty good stash of mud as well. While the kids were playing a few of us took a minute to go and explore the Del. Such a fun and fancy hotel. Here's another shot from our honeymoon taken on the same beach. Overalls? Really? What was I thinking?Here's the courtyard of the Del And the crown room. It was fun to hear Doug's mom's memories of a birthday dinner they had for Grandma here once. She was also telling us this room was designed by L. Frank Baum (who wrote the Wizard of Oz). I guess they incorporated crowns into this room because of the book.One thing I could not get enough of the whole trip was the beautiful foliage that was everywhere! I loved seeing Birds of Paradise all over the place. After the fun at the beach (and sunburns and dehydration) we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up. We made a quick stop at Winchells to get their crullers since they don't have one of these in Utah anymore. Why not? It's probably a good thing though. After we got all cleaned up we decided to show our kids a few of the places we went on our honeymoon. Here's the hotel we stayed in 8 years ago. Pretty fancy, I know. We also took them to Little Italy (the girls kept thinking we were saying Lilly (lilitly) for some yummy pizza and pasta
Here's Sophia in front of the signAnd Doug in almost the exact same spot almost 8 years ago. After that we drove them by the maritime museum and the place we ate at on the first night we were there. So fun to relive the memories.
On the way back to the hotel we drove by the San Diego temple. Gorgeous! So fun to see.When we all got back to the hotel we immediately crashed. I think all that sun finally did us in! We got up early and loaded up the car the next morning and then came home! Here's the girls enjoying their Mickey suckers from Grandma on the way home.Overall it was such an amazingly fun trip. The whole thing was totally magical and something we will treasure forever. We feel totally spoiled and blessed to have been able to go. Thanks again Mom and Dad Wilkins!