We immediately ran down the stairs to the beach and kicked off our shoes.
Unfortunately, mom stepped on a bee and we thought she might have an allergic reaction. Luckily the lifeguard was on duty and helped her out- he wasn't bad looking either!
After getting Grace wet, and her diaper soaked, we headed back up for dinner. The stairs are DEADLY! The LONGEST, STEEPEST flight of stairs I had ever seen! And there were people running up and down them for exercise every day- I think they were gluttons for punishment, or at least they enjoyed pain. We grabbed a quick seafood dinner and headed back for sleep. Sleeping with the windows open and listening to the waves crash was wonderful- I think I got the best night's sleep ever.
The next morning we woke up early, grabbed bagels and coffee, packed up Grace's stuff and headed out to meet some family at Sea World.
10 minutes after we got there, we realized that we had forgotten Grace's food, and Felix had to make the 30 minute each way drive, back. Poor dad! Fortunately, we spent most of the time visiting with my Aunt & Uncle, and Cousins & Niece.
By the time Felix had come back, we were just settling in for the sea lion show.
Grace was HOT! I left mid-show to find a hat for her tiny head. We almost had to buy a doll hat, her head was that tiny! We had a fabulous day at Sea World, and Grace enjoyed meeting her cousin, Serenidee.
Serenidee thought Grace's name was "Aunt Joyce" and so she kept saying she wanted to see Aunt Joyce get her diaper changed. Of course we laughed hysterically each time, as that is my mom, and she would be horrified to think of herself as needing a diaper!
We walked around the park, visiting the various sea creatures.
Grace fell asleep for a much needed afternoon nap, while we rested.
Grace was able to touch a sting-ray, and even feed it some worms. It was pretty amazing to watch my baby do this- I felt like she was growing up right in front of my eyes!
We moved on to see Shamu, eventually. Grace and Daddy even did the Shamu Splash Dance- Sha-Mu, Sha-Mu!
After Shamu, the family took a photo, ate some dinner and bid each other farewell. What a great mini-reunion!
The weather got bad the next few days- windy and overcast. We tried to do city things- looking @ the various shops, especially in the Cedros District, and also in Del Mar. We ventured to Sea Port Village for a few hours also.
We played games, read our books and relaxed. We took walks, swam in the pool and had a genuinely good time.
We had one good sunny beach day @ Coronado Island. The weather was perfect, and Grace loved being a beach bum baby.
Grace got bathed and then zonked out for the night- I think the fun in the sun did her some good!
We hated leaving, but it was a drizzly, icky day when we packed up the car and pulled out. A few hours later we were in the desert, surrounded by cacti and suffering in the 100+ degree weather. Ah, to be home!