Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Weekend

Friday afternoon we took the girls to John's Incredible Pizza.  The food is far from incredible but the girls always have a blast with all the rides and video games they have.  Kayla had received a coupon from school and since hubby was off we decided to go.  


After we ate we gave them a certain amount of tickets to use and once they were gone we were done.  The rides of course were their favorite thing to use their tickets for.  Brooklyn especially loved this rollercoaster.



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Kayla had to go on this spinning ride alone.  Brooklyn was too small for it and hubby and I both opted out since we knew it would make us sick.



We spent three hours following them around from game to ride to ride to game.  They loved every minute of it.


Saturday afternoon we took the girls to see Peter Pan, The Musical at a nearby theater.  They brought their little friends along with them.



We have taking them to a couple of other plays in the past but this was their first 2 hour with an intermission so I was excited to see if they would enjoy it


Of course they loved it and we all did, it was super cute!


It was pouring rain when we got out from the theater and we had reservations at Lucilles BBQ which we had to walk over too.  It was definitely worth it though because it was sooo good. 


Brooklyn especially enjoyed the wet washcloths they served us at the end of the meal, she is definitely ready for a day at the spa.


Sunday we were all going to go to my in laws to swim for the day and eat dinner but Kayla had been complaining that her tummy was hurting since the night before so we waited and waited to see if it got better which it never did so Kayla and I stayed back home and Brooklyn and daddy went without us.  Kayla was disappointed at first but was happy after a bubble bath and getting the okay to watch Jurassic Park.   While she was watching the movie I cleaned and rearranged her bedroom, moving in this chair so she would have a spot to read.  It's taken her some time to get used to the new set up but she is finally enjoying it now.  #girldoesnotlikechange


While we were enjoying our time at home Brooklyn was jumping off the diving board over and over again.



We had a busy week with vacation and all the activities we did over the weekend but it was a ton of fun.  I'm going to be so sad in 2 1/2 weeks when Summer officially come to an end!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Newport Dunes Family Vacation

Last week we took a family vacation to Newport Dunes.  We camped for four nights, which has been our longest camping trip to date.  We all did great and it was so nice staying in our own trailer rather than renting a house like we normally do on Balboa Island.  Hubby and I agreed that Newport Dunes was not our favorite spot for camping so far but we all still had a great vacation.   Next time we would stay for a maximum of maybe 3 nights, 4 was a bit excessive.  The campsites were so, so and the beach does not quite compare to Silver Strands or the views from San Onofre but it was nice having a pool or beach for the girls to choose from.


As soon as we settled in Sunday afternoon we went down to the water for a bit.  The girls still brought their body boards even though there weren't any waves and loved swimming around on them.


After awhile spent at the beach we all got hungry and got ready to eat dinner







We took a long walk after dinner to check out the resort.  The girls rode their scooters while we followed behind.



 

Mornings start a bit earlier than I would like when camping with the girls but morning cuddles always make them a little better.


We got up eventually and took a stroll to the Market store to pick up some coffee and walked back along the beach.  The girls had already made up their minds the night before that they wanted to swim at the pool that morning so after breakfast and coffee we spent the morning at the pool



After lunch back at the trailer we switched up and headed to the beach so everyone was happy.  This ended up being our schedule everyday while we were there.





Monday afternoon our friends Kristine and Lily came out to visit.  The girls were very excited to have a friend coming out to play.


Kristine was kind enough to treat us all to an hour on a pedal boat.  I wasn't too excited about it at first and Brooklyn started to freak out as soon as she sat on it but once we started moving she was fine and it ended up being really fun.



Later after cleaning up from a very long day out in the sun we BBQ'd up some hot dogs and made chili cheese fries.


The girls rode their scooters for quite awhile until Brooklyn took a pretty bad spill and cut her toe bad.  The night was saved with some band aids, pajamas and movie before bed.



Tuesday morning was spent back at the pool followed by lunch and then the beach once again.  Our vacation was definitely not without complaints.  Kayla spent most of the time whining and complaining non stop about whatever we weren't doing or anything else she could find to complain about.  We were doing what we could to ignore her so I was very fortunate to get a smile out of her for a picture when she was actually just sitting next to me to complain. #alwaysoneinthefamily #we'renotperfect


Brooklyn could care less what was going on, she was having a blast!  #easygoingchild


Mommy and daddy survived with beers on the beach.


The restaurant at the resort had taco Tuesday so for dinner we of course took advantage of the delicious tacos, well everyone except Brooklyn who opted for pizza instead. 


After dinner and taking a selfie in the bathroom with my girls we all headed to Balboa Island for dessert and to walk around and dream of living on the picturesque island someday.






The resort had activities for kids scheduled daily and Wednesday morning they had rainbow loom for the kids.  Kayla was excited and happy to create some bracelets while Brooklyn and daddy swam at the pool.



Later we met up with them and Kayla and Brooklyn swam together.  They played so well together the entire trip.  #bestbuddies


Brooklyn was wiped out and was starting to fall asleep a bit so we recharged with a late lunch


and then back to the beach for our last full day of vacation.





The nice part about camping at Newport Dunes is all the nearby restaurants.  We went to eat at Joe's Crabshack the last night.  We love the location of this restaurant and the girls enjoy the view as well.




Daddy even spotted a special boat while we were eating


and lets just be honest here about why we keep coming back to this place.  The smore's dessert is absolutely amazing and my favorite dessert of all time!!


Thursday afternoon we were going to be checking out to head home but not before stopping into the arcade room they had at the resort so the girls could play some games.




They also got to pick out one souvenir from the shop and of course they each picked out a stuffed animal, Brooklyn a hedgehog and Kayla a horse. 


This was our last camping trip for the Summer since school is about to start as well as soccer season making free time non existent for the next few months.  We've enjoyed our trailer so much and I can't wait for all of the other fun places we get to visit together in the future!