San Diego Trip

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Daddie has awaited this day for a long time!

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Aiden is 2 and can finally sit seating forward in his car seat and as planned he slept on the way to San Diego.

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Our big boy loves to stick his head out the window to catch a breeze!

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Ah – nothing like breathing in freedom!

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Time to kick off the day’s celebration with some Japanese food.

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This San Diego trip is specifically for Aiden – to celebrate his Big “2” :X

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What does our Birthday boy want to eat?

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For now, it’s Mommie’s and Daddie’s choice.

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Wasabi Octopus – my favorite item here (but of course none for Aiden)

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Beef Tongue – I’d skip this.

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Gyoza

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Tsukeman – the broth was too salty, but I squeezed in some lemon and it was better.

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Tonkatsu Ramen with Kakuni

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Aiden loved his ramen.

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All done!

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It’s beautiful outside!

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So much for Aiden to see.

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But he wasn’t willing to hold our hands the whole way.

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Off to the miniature train – the highlight for Aiden’s big day!

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Birthday boy gets to ride with Daddie.

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He’s so excited!

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What a tiny thing – Daddie and Aiden can barely fit.

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Not very comfy for adults.

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But look how happy he is.

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Who knew that right outside San Diego Zoo was this miniature train?

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I’ve been there a few times and never noticed it.

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And the ride begins…..

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Many people walking by would wave at us.

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So we asked Aiden to wave back too.

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Now we are waiting to have his caricature drawn.

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It’s not free – the guy said suggested donation is $10

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I hate false advertising…

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But I went for it anyway – another small memory of the day.

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Aiden was okay sitting by himself some of the time.

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The harder part was making him look at the artist.

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I don’t think it looks anything like Aiden.

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And afterwards we went to look at the ducks.

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He was very happy.

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Free things to do can be super fun!

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Very active and always moving about.

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And then he would sit down for a little bit.

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Look around to see what’s going on.

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Then continue on ….

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There’s always something to see.

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And people to copy.

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He saw a Mommy holding onto her kid who was learning to walk, and wanted Daddie to do the same.

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And now off to Extraordinary Desserts.

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So much to pick from….

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But none of what I’ve been craving for the last few years.

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It was super sweet – and we didn’t finish this piece of cake.

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Daddie got 3 flavor of ice cream – Vietnamese Coffee, Salted Caramel and Vanilla

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We didn’t allow Aiden to try the coffee flavor.

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He loved the Vanilla and didn’t want to share with Daddie.

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“Yummy” was the first word out of his mouth when he took a bite of the cake.

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But his behavior (especially prior to the food arriving) was poor.

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We had to give him a short time out.

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As you can see, he was different at the end.

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Aiden was so exhausted he fell asleep when we got to the hotel.

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The hotel gave him the dinosaur for his birthday – so nice!

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Izakaya Sakura

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Why did we pick this place?

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For the Uni Don

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Galen ordered lots of appetizers.

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Mirugai sashimi… it was a major disappointment

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fish was okay

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Normally Aiden likes the steamed egg, but he couldn’t finish this one.

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the cooked fish seems to taste best here.

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Filler food for Galen.

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At last after an hour wait, my main course arrived.

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I was super hungry – to the point that I wanted to faint.  So food experience in San Diego – thumbs down!

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Aiden is actually playing with his little dino.

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Very surprised!

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He also was not wow-ed by this hotel as he has been with other ones we’ve been to.

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But he still found things to play with.

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It was too cold to be in the pool at 8.

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So we went to the spa instead.

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At first we were just going to let him dip his feet in, but the water didn’t feel as hot after a while.

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I think he enjoyed his first experience in the spa.

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We didn’t have to share it with other people for long.

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Luckily they had steps for him to sit on.

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At time he didn’t even want me to hold onto him.

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But I still stayed close enough to him…just in case.

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We didn’t over do it, just 15-20 minutes of relaxing in the jacuzzi/spa.

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The weather was much better after we left.

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Too bad or else we could have gone in the pool.

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We were so hungry but our reservations were at 11:30.

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They were fully booked before that.

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But we did buy some snacks to last us until brunch time.

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Aiden kept wanting to eat the rolls.

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Brockton Villa

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Daddie’s drink.

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Crayons to keep Aiden occupied.

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Window view… although we did not sit at the window.

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Daddie’s omelette

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My meal

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Aiden got to eat off our plates

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Curry flavored clam chowder – surprisingly Aiden loved it!DSC01040

Time to relax and enjoy the view.

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So many sea lions!

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Beautiful view but quite sunny.

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I couldn’t open my eyes.

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I hope Aiden had a wonderful birthday, especially planned by Daddie.

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By the look on his face he had a great time!

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Aiden might not remember this when he’s older.

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But it’s okay – LIVE IN THE MOMENT!

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Photos to remember

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2 years old – I’ve got to get baby out of my vocabulary

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Let the Terrible 2 days go by quick.

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And that concludes our family trip.

 

 

 



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