Saturday, March 26, 2016 (I need to add pictures for this day)
Beth & Jeff and their kids arrived late Friday night and it was great to see them again! We got to meet their sweet Savanna for the first time - talk about a cute baby! She is so teeny and those big brothers of hers would carry her around and love on her every chance they got.
We got up Saturday morning and Ammon & Kirsten made a delicious bunny-pancake & bacon breakfast. We were a huge group, so that was an extra act of love to make it for that many people. It was so fun and so yummy!! My kids always put whipped cream on their pancakes and I had just never tried it. I tried it this day and now I'm hooked :)
After breakfast, we headed towards La Jolla beach. We found a fun hike to do, which the kids all did great on. It was so beautiful to look out over the beautiful ocean. After our hike, we had a picnic lunch out of the back of our Suburban and then headed to the beach that was right there. Unfortunately for us, a dead whale carcass had apparently washed up on shore several days before and it was sooooo stinky! You could still see the grease marks of the blubber as they probably dragged it away. We walked far enough down the beach so that we couldn't smell it any more and the kids started to play in the water.
Thankfully, Sam fell asleep on our walk in because he was (and still is) only army crawling and that would have been hard to keep him from getting his face full of sand. The kids had a great time in the waves. A little while into it, Hailey had to use the bathroom, so Jon walked the long walk back with her to the bathroom. Of course, she didn't have to go by the time they got there.
Several minutes after she got back, she told me she had to go again. We asked her to just hold it, which ended up being a huge mistake, because she ended up pooping in her swimming suit. Right after, a huge wave caught us all off guard and soaked all our towels, bags, diaper bags, etc. Grrrr!
The Bowen's (or at least the mother) was done at this point! We gathered all our wet, poopy stuff and headed back to the house to clean up.
That night, the boys stayed home to have pizza and take the kids to the park and the girls headed to the General Women's Meeting. My girls and I love going and even though I was sad to miss going at home with my mom and sister-in-laws, it was such a treat to go with Kirsten and her girls and Beth. The meeting was great and after, we went to Sweet Tomatoes for dinner! Delish!
On Sunday, we got ready and headed for church. (I was an idiot and someone managed to spray Diet Coke all over myself as we arrived, so I ended up wearing my jacket the whole time). We certainly picked the right ward to attend. As the meeting started, Kirsten told me to look behind me and when I did, Vilo Westwood (from the Riverside Ward in Columbus was there!). She was visiting the area too and it was fun to see her. We also picked the congregation that Mitt & Ann Romney attend when they visit their San Diego house. Ann said the opening prayer and we got to see Mitt afterwards. What a great couple!
After church, we went to the beautiful San Diego Temple and took some pictures. It's breathtaking and peaceful!
Poor Sam - he was so done at this point! He ended up weaning himself this day. He bit me in the morning and didn't like being scolded for that. I tried nursing him again that afternoon and to go to bed that night and he wanted nothing to do with it. I was really sad for about 5 minutes, as he is my last baby. But, we got him to take a bottle (talk about a tender mercy!) and we just adjusted the rest of the trip.
We headed back to the house to prepare and eat a delicious Easter dinner - ham, baked potatoes, cooked carrots, creamed corn, Jell-0, & rolls. Yum!
Hannah & Kyle helped Beth make these cute Cheetos carrots
After dinner, we drove to another beach (I can't remember which one) and got to see the sea otters that come up to the beach to nurse their babies.
We passed by a wedding that was just finishing up, and they gave Hannah a bowl of petals. She was in heaven!
It was a gorgeous, cool evening and fun to walk along the rocks and shore!