Tuesday, April 14, 2009
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Sunday, April 12, 2009
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Saturday, April 11, 2009
Saturday I was having a pretty crappy day and I was being snappish and generally unpleasant. Blake took Logan out to lunch and came back with lunch for me, some dark chocolate and these roses. Blake is the greatest husband; he is always trying to make things easier for me. He is amazing!
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Here are the girls destroying the hard work of the boys. We are so mean! (Actually, it was to keep people from tripping.)
In closing, I need to give a shout-out to two of the awesome places we ate: Big Kahunas Pizza (which didn't serve pizza at all, but Hawaiian BBQ, yum!), and Island Pasta on Coronado; (homemade pasta) I will never forget your manicotti. And I huge "thank you" to my brother, Matt, the San Diego expert. Awesome advice and tips and I promise we will go to Kona's next time!
By the way, anyone notice how many times I used "awesome" in the last few posts? Cali must be rubbing off on me!
Posted by Botill Family at 9:23 PM
The next day we went to Sea World and the kids had a blast. We got there at opening and stayed until closing. It was amazing! The kids loved the beluga whales and stayed at their exhibit for a full hour, I believe. The dolphin show was a big hit, along with the dog and cat show, the tide pools and the ray exhibit(which were hands-on). We saw everything but Shamu. I know, terrible, huh? And we even got out of there without a stuffed animal. I think that is unheard of.
The big pay-off was that the kids actually understand what whales and dolphins, etc. are now and still want to read and learn about them. Chase always wants to wear his whale shirt now, when he only wanted his train t-shirt before... yea, I get to expand the wardrobe!
On day 3 we went to the USS Midway. I enjoyed the history since my great uncle was in the Battle of Midway and I always remember stories of what happened to him. It was an amazing restoration of the carrier and they even had some helicopter and planes on the deck much to the delight of my aircraft-obsessed children.
The second half of the day we went to Cabrillo NM. It is right on the point and the views are amazing. There are several hikes there, but we went specifically for the tide pools. The kids poked all the anemones they saw. We found a few crabs and lots of sea life. We all ended up soaking wet and had a great time in the process.
We ended the day with a swing on the beach back at the hotel.
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Posted by Botill Family at 8:30 PM
We are finally unpacked and I am beginning to feel like this is home again, but there are a few things about Sierra Vista that I miss:
1. Weather, weather, and weather! It was 75 degrees when I left Arizona and it snowed in Utah the first night here. It made me so depressed. The kids and I went to the park in January with just long sleeves... no sweaters or jackets to speak of. The only cold week in the winter was the week family visited... go figure.
2. "Creek Park" That is what my kids called it at least. We had only discovered it in January, but after we found this awesome park that nobody went to, we were there 3 times a week. It had everything: a slide/jungle gym, fire pits, a creek running through it and lots of rocks to throw in the creek (a particular favorite with my kids). I am one of those parents who is tired of the park as soon as I get there, but I can stay at this park for hours and have. We would often bring lunch and meet Blake there for a picnic. The best part... we hardly EVER saw anyone there. It felt like our own little playground. I will miss that very much.
3. The Bread Basket and Rodolfo's. Anyone who lives in Utah knows how hard it is to find good Mexican food. Rodolfo's was that hole-in-the-wall place that served the best Mexican food... and their breakfast burritos... I miss them so. The Bread Basket was an authentic German bakery that served the same breads I remember and loved in Germany all those years ago. Their pretzels, Bavarian Rye loaves and apple strudel were my favorites. I would often pick them up on our way to "Creek Park" for lunch.
4. The traffic, or lack thereof. There is no I-15 rush hour that is to be avoided at all costs. Enough said.
5. Friends. Of course, with every move, we make friends and lose friends. Which is hard. There are always people that I wish I could just put in my pocket and take with me wherever we go. One of the benefits of moving is to be able to meet all kinds of interesting people with all sorts of experiences, but the hard part is leaving them behind... many times I know I'll never see them again (At least in person. Thank you internet!) and that is heartbreaking.
6. All the sights. Now when you think border of Mexico, you probably don't think that there is a ton to do, but there is actually quite a bit. Our kids loved Tombstone, Coronado NM, Chiricahua NM, Tucson, Phoenix (ok, it is 3 hours away, but it has so much to do). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in Sierra Vista and we will miss you! (Of course, we'll probably be back there in about 16 months anyway.... but still.)
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