Friday, November 5, 2010

Coming to an end . . .

Driving down the freeway and all of a sudden there is the San Diego temple . . .it was so beautiful as we went speeding past.

This is the view from one of our condo balconies. Eat your heart out Ken and anyone else who has golf clubs.

Playing at the beach - again it was cold so we were all wearing pants. Big mistake the boys were soon very wet.

So we found their swimsuits and they had fun trying to out run the waves.

Tylissa got a bit brave and got her feet wet.

I guess we are contemplating the meaning of life or just a little bummed that our vacation is over.

Tylissa walking along the beach. The beach was the last stop before we headed back up to Los Angeles to find the airport and our last hotel. We were so scared to go anywhere that we stayed in the hotel watch a NCIS marathon and wondering how we were going to sleep with all those BIG planes landing so close.

Hanging out at the LAX airport - waiting for our flight. I was a wee bit disappointed that we didn't see one famous person.

Chad arguing with his gameboy while waiting to head for home.
Once we got to Missoula - it was a whole new definition of "cold and rainy" - it really was cold and I was ready to go back to the "cold and rainy" of California.
What a great trip - we all had a blast and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it.

The San Diego Zoo

The Panda bear behind the kids . . .

Chad couldn't wait to see the snakes. You should have seen him in the reptile house - all boy.

Tylissa tried on the elephant collar. I think she needs to grow a bit more.

The gang with an Asian elephant. They have smaller ears than the African elephant.

Working on this female elephant - she is 57 years old.

It was fun to watch this leopard. The keep shot a fish into the pool through a tube and this little guy would pace back and forth looking for it. He got frustrated and went over to the keeper. Once he spotted the fish it was one dive in the water and that is all she wrote.

Tylissa and me on the tram . . . she spotted the little panda up in the tree first.

The boys in their tram and it took them forever to figure out that we wanted them to look down at the panda in the tree.

The little panda all snuggled up in the tree.

Living in the Arctic . . . I don't even this I would be brave enough to peek out of the hole - it is too chilly.

Keston and Chad looking a the helicopter - they use them to track polar bears.

The zoo keeper helping the big (did I say big, I meant to say BIG) boa constrictor shed its skin.

No Chad is not looking in the mirror . . .

To red heads together . . . can we just insert here that all monkey type animals have disgusting habits.
We had a great day at the zoo - it was the warmest day and we had a bit of sun. It was really crowded - there were bus loads and bus loads of school children that day. Crazy!

More Disney . . .

Chad is not happy to have his picture taken with a girl . . . it doesn't matter that she runs with the Lost Boys.

Tylissa and Tinkerbell . . . see it was so cold that she even had to wear a coat.

The big man (or mouse) himself.

I love this picture.

The castle . . . this must have been one of the few bright moments - what is with the squinting?

Lightening McQueen and Mater.

Sing it with me . . . Winnie the Pooh, Winne the Pooh chubby little tummy all stuff with fluff . . . and don't forget to end it with a TTFN - ta ta for now!

Tylissa and princess Ariel, less the fins.

Tylissa and Belle.

Tylissa and princess Aurora.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cartoon kids

The kids wanted to get caricatures of themselves and I'm glad we did - they turned out great!

Tylissa in the Roman empire.

Keston as Link from Zelda - it's a video game.

Chad as the cutest Jedi, I have ever seen.

On to Legoland

Another knight dude - it amazes me that everything is made from Lego's.

AHHHHHH - Keston being eaten by the shark.

He looks so worried doesn't he?

Tylissa at least trying to look frighten.

He is awfully smiley as he gets eaten by the shark.

This was the coolest dragon ever - totally made of Lego's.

My knight is shining armour!

The tallest ghost ever!!!

Keston and Chad with the mini fig skeleton - these were all over the park.

Tylissa and Chad with the mini fig skeleton outside the Egyptian ride that Tylissa wants to live in.

Feeding the Lego camel . . .

Tylissa loves everything Egyptian.

Keston and a bionicle dude - don't ask me which one because all I would be able to tell you in the red one.

Chad and the big green bionicle dude.

Meeting the Lego pirate.

R2D2 legofied and his head or top actually spun around.

Chad really thrilled to be fighting the dark side.

Look at that stance - who will win.

The biggest Lego pumpkin I have ever seen - well the only Lego pumpkin I have every seen.
We had fun in Legoland - it was a slow day. The rides were okay after Disney. The best ride we didn't even get a picture of. They strap you in to this robotic looking arm and you get to pick the degree of wildness and then the arm whips you around and you're rotated upside down and everything. It was so sudden that it catches you off guard and you are laughing the whole time.
It only sprinkled a bit but it was still overcast and the sun refused to shine. The fun part was the kids bought these mystery mini figs and then you could trade them with employees at the park. They really had fun with that. They ended up with a Mexican in a sombrero, a disco dude with an afro, Tylissa's Egyptian one, a weightlifter, explorer, and others.
We then watched a 4D little movie that was pretty neat - all in all another great day.