Sunday, March 17, 2013

San Diego/Legoland

We started our trip out late Thursday night.  Ended up getting to our hotel at about 1 am Friday morning.  We slept in Friday and were on our way to LEGOLAND right at about 10 am!  Kids were excited!  This was a surprise trip for them!

Digging for fossils.

One of the few rides Owen could go on.
Loving seeing all the fairytales in legos while on a boatride!

This may have been one of the best parts of LEGOLAND, build your car and test it out.  The kids had a great time in here.

Alex built the fastest car many idea how or why. :)

Slides are always fun.

My two little prisoners.

Miniland was really fun and the kids loved the Star Wars exhibit they had going on.

The kids relaxing watching some cartoons in the hotel.  I love that Owen is getting into movies a bit and loves to sit with his brothers and watch.  Tom and Jerry is one of their favorite cartoons. 
Rachel, Alex and Owen
We got to visit with Lindsey and Paul while we were there and the kids all had fun playing together.  Good cousin time in the bouncy house and wagon!

Rachel, Alex, Johnny, Owen and Nathan

Owen so tired after church and playing hard at cousins house all afternoon.

Monday we hit the beach and I thought it was too cold for swimsuits but the kids didn't agree.  They all pretty much had soaked shorts by the time we left.  Owen was completely soaked.  He loved sliding down this sand bank.  Over. and. Over.  Probably about 20 times?

We had a lot of fun at the beach and Lindsey met us there with the kids.

John spotted this Ortho place.  He just HAD to get a pic.

Owen being a ham while playing at a park before we had to head to the airport.  We all got a little sun and had a blast in the warm weather.

Gotta love a 1 year old sippin' on a big gulp...

Chile! Jan 2013

John's parents are on a mission in Chile and we decided to visit them in January.  They left in September so they hadn't been gone terribly long, but it was so good to see them.  They took a sort of mini vacay while we were there and we got to see some different parts of Chile.  The benefits of being a senior missionary couple I guess!

Here we are at the beach in Constitucion.  The black sand was very. cool. :)  Can't say I'd seen any before this trip.
We had visited a branch that morning (it was Sunday) and then we made our way South to a beautiful lake and volcano area.  Pucon.

We had to relax a little bit!
At the hotel, we had to wear swimming caps to swim in the pool...kinda makes sense I guess!  No weird hairs floating around in the pool...

On our way out of town the next morning we saw a milk cart.  This guy seriously delivers milk on this cart! 

Pretty view of another little lake.  A little overcast, but the rest of the days were mostly sunny and gorgeous.  (summer there.)

We visited some hot springs that were way cool.  They were all made into little pools with slabs of stone with steps down. 

They each had a temperature.  We liked 41 the best.  (Sounds cold right?!?  Celsius...really threw me for a loop)

 A market that we visited in Talca (where my in-laws are living)

This guy thought he was pretty cool getting into my picture!
We stopped at McDonalds on our way to Vina Del Mar.  It tasted quite good after eating some different food for several days!

The beach in Vina Del Mar.  It was a bit chilly this day, but still tons of people on the beach.

The famous clock made of flowers.

Me being corny and posing like an engaged couple.

Some cool stairs we saw on our walk through the town Valparaiso.  It is a town with a bunch of colorful houses all over the hills.  Kinda cool.  The pic of the dog below followed us around for awhile.  They have a ton of wild dogs that just hang out everywhere.  Kinda creepy.

We stopped to take some pics on our way out of town....and got back to the car to find this...
Broken car window and Sally's bag and Xoom stolen.  Lovely.  Definitely added a kink to the end of our trip.

We drove from Vina Del Mar to Santiago (about an hour and a half) with a cardboard window.  The next day Doug was  able to get the car in to get the window fixed same day.  Blessing.  We did a little shopping while he was dealing with that headache.  There were a bunch of cute little artisan shops here and I found a cute necklace charm and earrings made of Lapis Azuli (a popular stone in Chile).


Inside our hotel in Santiago.

The kids were happy to see us, although Owen did shun me for a bit and went to John first!