Monday, August 3, 2009

3 months old and our first vacation!

Aidan turned 3 months old yesterday! I can't believe how big he is getting! His little legs are so long, when he's in his car seat he can kick the seat in front of him! We decided that since it has been so hot, and we really didn't have a relaxing summer, that we would go to San Diego for the weekend with our big outing being Sea World. I had never been and Ian's last memory of it was when he was at USMC Recruit Depot and every night he'd be able to see the fireworks from his bed in the barracks. We were so fortunate to be able to get free tickets because of military and I could believe how generous Sea World was to have that program in place! We stayed at the Sheraton San Diego at the marina. We had a deluxe room on the 11th floor overlooking the marina and bay. It was such a nice hotel, and the view was amazing. Both nights after Aidan went to sleep Ian and I just stayed out on the balcony talking and reconnecting after a long and stressful summer. It was so nice to be able to relax again!

We got there Friday afternoon and checked into our hotel and then went shopping at the exchange at USMC Recruit Depot. I couldn't believe how young the Marines looked! Still just babies and it amazes me what an important job these guys do for our country! I just wanted to hug them all and make sure they knew how much what they are going to be doing is appreciated!

On Friday night we went to Il Fornaio on Coronado Island (which we had first gone to the one in Walnut Creek the night after we got married and loved it!). We had a table right next to the window overlooking the bay. Such a great dinner. Aidan was very well behaved and our server just loved him! Especially since he was wearing his little Vans from Aunt Karen! They were still a little bit big, but I couldn't resist dressing him up for our evening out!

On Saturday we went to Sea World. I loved it!! It was so much fun and the shows were amazing! I can't believe what the trainers and animals are capable of! Aidan stayed int he sling most of the day and both of us were very comfortable. So much easier than having to hold him, and so much nicer for him not to be stuck in his carseat! That night we went to Casa Guadalajara for dinner and it was great! We had intended to go back to Sea World for the fireworks and night shows, but were so pooped by the time we got done with dinner (it was an hour wait!) that we decided to just go back to the hotel and relax.

On Sunday we got check ed out of the hotel and headed over to Pacific Beach. We went on a walk along the strand and then ate breakfast at Kono's Cafe. Very yummy... but quite the wait. Finally we were done with breakfast (it was like noon!) and we were on our way back home! We stopped off at Point Loma Seafoods to get some clam chowder and then it was travel time.

Aidan did an absolute excellent job on vacation! We bought him his very own DVD player at Recruit Depot and he really loved having it on the ride home. It was a godsend too, b/c finally afte rbeing in a car seat "all" day, about 2 hours outside of Phoenix he finally started getting fussy. The DVD player calmed him down and kept him occupied so that I didn't have a nervous breakdown driving the final stretch home!

All in all, it was a great vacation! I can't wait to go back again and next time be able to take Aidan to the beach so that he can experience the sand and water!

Here are some of my favorite pictures from Sea World!

What a spoiled lil man!!! 3 months old and he already has his own DVD player!
Aidan and I at the shark exhibit!

Daddy and Aidan really liked Shamu!
Our first family vacation photo!
I wouldn't want to meet the shark those teeth belonged to!

The killer whale show
The dolphin show!