We started out in San Diego (home of Michelle's boyfriend, Scott). San Diego is SUCH a cool city- I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to visit! Scott was so awesome and let us crash at his place- he even gave up his bed to this prego chick! He works for the Padres and got us tickets to the baseball game on July 4th against- The Astros! What perfect timing! The day was great, the game was awesome (even though the Stros lost in the bottom of the 9th), and the weather was great!
At the game in our great seats!
Michelle and I coordinated red, white, and blue...
Ant did not get the memo apparently! :)
That night we went up to Scott's common area/balcony and grilled out BBQ for the 4th. The balcony overlooks Petco Field and is awesome! The weather by now was lower 60's- and this pregnant chick was LOVING it! :)
That night we went to watch the fireworks! This is one of my FAVORITE things about 4th of July!! We went to a great spot where we could see 5 different shows at ONCE over the water! What a cool thing!!! The main show was AWESOME- one of the best we've seen! By this point, I had walked ALL day and was feeling ridiculously uncomfortable! Thank you Baby Jay! :)
The next day we went for a little jog/walk (you can guess who jogged and who walked). We also went to the convention center and jogged/walked up a JILLION steps (you can also guess who jogged and who walked this one, too). Afterwards we got all cleaned up and the boys played a round of golf at Torrey Pines! This was Anthony's Father's Day present from me! They had a GREAT time and got some good pictures! While the boys golfed, the girls spa'd! We took no pictures, though... sad... But the spa was AWESOME and it definitely felt good to get pampered!
After golf/spa, we headed to see some of the pretty beaches around SD. We saw Seal Beach (the seals playing were ADORABLE!), some surfing beach, and Anthony even found his customary burrow! Sidenote- whenever we are outdoors (hiking, skiing, beaching, walking) Anthony likes to find a burrow "in case of an emergency". He likes to know of a good place to bunker down should we need it. This is what we get from watching "I Shouldn't Be Alive..."- and he is kidding of course :) After all of it we went to dinner in Little Italy- DELICIOUS! :)
8 Month Photo Shoot while the boys were golfing!
Seal Beach. You can see a head to the left of Anthony's arm!
Ant's Burrow! It's a good one!
Stopping traffic- that's how we roll... haha
The next day was spent just exploring the city. We walked all over the Gaslamp Quarter and found some yummy restaurants. This was also a "catch up" day of rest for this chick since the previous two days were so packed. I was exhausted and since the weather wasn't great (well, according to the SD peeps it wasn't great- I thought it was PERFECT!) we just laid low in the morning. We went to Balboa Park in the afternoon. It's their museum district which is just AWESOME! Way cooler than Houston's! Scott also took us on a tour of Petco! It is a gorgeous stadium! The dugout and being on the field were awesome! Gotta love knowing an important person!
That evening we did something VERY cool! We took a Water Taxi to a little island and had dinner at this yummy Hawaiian place that overlooked the water where we could watch the sunset. It was awesome! Great idea, Scott!!
The next day we went to the San Diego Zoo which was one of my favorite things! Anyone that knows me well knows my ridiculous obsession with animals (and also the fact that I wanted to be a zoologist and a teacher growing up!). I loved the zoo! I didn't take pics of the animals because I knew I would be the only one who wanted to see that stuff, but it was great! We headed to Hermosa Beach that night (after grabbing some DELICIOUS In N Out!!!). We passed out pretty early at Michelle's cute house!
Thursday morning Michelle had some practices that we got to watch. It's so fun to watch her play and see how great she has gotten at volleyball. If you want to follow up on her, click on her blog or her website. She is doing so great in California and has made such a great little life for herself!
One of our favorite places in LA is Shabu Shabu House in the Japanese district. Shabu Shabu literally means swish swish in Japanese, so you order meat and vegetables and then swish it around and cook it in broth. The place in LA is AWESOME and we were so excited to go! Unfortunately, they took the week off for 4th of July (at least they love America!). We were SOOOO bummed, but had dinner at another delicious place there! We grabbed some Pinkberry for dessert and again, hit the hay.
Friday morning we got to watch Michelle play 4 on 4 vb on Manhattan Beach. She did a great job and of course afterwards we had a ridiculous breakfast again. We headed to the beach to nap- sidenote... It's not NEARLY as much fun laying on the beach when all you can do is lay on your SIDE! No stomach or back gets pretty uncomfortable! The beach was great and we saw some dolphins and a seal. There is nothing like the sound of the waves!
We left that evening and were SOOOO bummed! I definitely cried (like hardcore) telling Michelle goodbye! I love all my sisters and it stinks that one of them is so far away. I am so proud of her for pursuing her dream, but we sure miss her back home! :/
All in all we had a GREAT last trip together! Now it's time to get serious about preparing for our sweet little boy's arrival!