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Travel: San Diego (Sea World & day 6)

Day 5: we went to Sea World

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I wondered how family with more than two kids manage to travel. One for each is what Tony and I can handle.

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we started with dolphin show first

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then saw sharks

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while the rest of the family took simulation flight, I hanged out with Lizzy. She was amused just by walking around

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we watched while dolphin

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and the highlight of the day was water roller coaster that Sofia and Tony took, TWICE! I’m too afraid to take it and so proud of Sofia being so adventurous. After the first time, she asked for one more time. After the second time, when they sit in the first row, she said she doesn’t want to go never again! 🙂

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for dinner I made crab over noodles…. the best! 🙂

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Day 6 (last day): our flight was 10:20pm so we didn’t want to get too tired during the day. We first went to Coronado hotel, exploring the beach

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Sofia got to play with sand once more

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then the girls explored the stores in the hotel

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and the hotel garden

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I can finally seeing them playing together… walking together… the sweetest thing EVER

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then we went to see the Cabrillo monument at Loma Point

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and had lunch at Seafood Point

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by the seaport

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many of the boats there were fishing boats

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we all took a nap before starting to pack. Our flight back was not as bad as going there because Lizzy slept almost the entire flight, while Sofia slept an hour in Tony’s lap. I love this man so much! He had to go to work the next day… while I got to take multiple naps during the day, although I had to go to office at 8PM for an interview.

It was an incredible trip!!! I loved every minute of it! 🙂 Looking forward to our next adventure. Be tuned for the Big Announcement!


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Travel: San Diego day 3 & 4 (Safari Zoo)

3rd day of our stay in San Diego was the Rock n Roll marathon. Recap here.

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after a quick lunch and nap for the girls. We went to La Jolla beach. We found beach toys at the house so Sofia was super excited to build sand castles.

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Lizzy was not ready to get wet yet

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but was happy to be on the beach. She was saying: woo huu!

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the cutest EVER pic of father and daughter!!!

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Tony played with Sofia while I tried to help Lizzy to try walking on the beach

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looking at Tony holding hands of Sofia melts my heart, EVERY TIME!

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I love seeing Tony being a father to Sofia more than anything

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while they tried several times to build the castle… I helped Lizzy to dare to touch the sand

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my happiest moment captured

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we all had fun

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once home, I cooked dinner very quickly. Ginger scallion sautéed crab was sooooo tasty

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Day 4: Safari Zoo

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the place was not as big as we imagined which was perfect because it meant we got to see everything

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first were the lions

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then we took the bus to tour around the safari sight

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the weather was gorgeous, the scenery beautify and relaxing

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although SD safari was more like a zoo than safari, it was perfect for the family

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I guess next time I’ll have to take them to a real safari in Africa

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around noon Lizzy fell asleep for a much needed nap

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Sofia constantly requested to be hold, only Tony would say yes these days 🙂

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these two… oh… my loves

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Sofia started to enjoy posing for pictures

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Lizzy just woke up from her nap… not very interested

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A lovely half day adventure with the animals. 🙂

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Travel: San Diego day 1 & 2

Our San Diego vacation was AMAZING. The hardest part was the flight from DC to SD. Full flight, two kids, especially with a super active toddler. Between Tony and me and tons of snacks we entertained her but we were counting down hours. But we survived! 🙂

We arrived there at 3:30pm. Went to pick up the rental car. Not there! Right, the company was not on site and we ended up renting at a different company at higher price. Oh… well. Lesson learned, never book at the cheapest place.

Fortunately the rental house was just 20 min drive from the airport. A 3-bedrooms house at mission bay area.

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with a view to the bay in the living area. I immediately felt I was on vacation-mode.

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My parents stayed with the girls while Tony and I went to get some food. We found a 99 Ranch market 10 min away and had all kinds of Chinese groceries.

The next day we went to Balboa Park in early morning (thanks to the 3 hrs time difference!). We were surprised by the beauty of it

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then we went to Convention center to pick up my bib for Sunday’s marathon

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I was ready! 🙂

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after nap, Tony took the family to La Jolla beach and let me rest. It was Sofia’s second time at the beach, the last time she was 11 months old so she doesn’t really remember it. She was super excited!!!

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I laid out my outfit …. all ready for the race.

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I cooked dinner for the family: grilled cod with vegetables and rice. I instead had a big bowl of oatmeal with veggies and a big bowl of kabocha. Went to bed full and satisfied. 🙂

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