We loooove San Diego and we looooove the Schmalbachs! We drove in Thursday night and just crashed (we pregnant ladies get tired early). Then in the morning we all got up with Smalls, who had to go to work, and Heather and I got ready to go to Sea World with Sydney's baby sign class (so cute). Well we ended up waiting... standing.. in the parking lot... for over an hour before they could check us in. In a sea of strollers and crying toddlers. The other parents were really sweet, and Syd was so patient I couldn't believe it! She was fine for the most part, just wanted to be allowed to sit on the ground, eat her snacks and people watch. The only time she was not a happy camper was when Mom insisted on sunscreen. Then the gloves came off. We had a great time, it was good to get walking around like that, I haven't been walking as much as I should be. I kinda got out of the exercise groove during that heinous first trimester. Yesterday I went on a nice brisk walk with my friend Amber, so I am trying to get back in the swing of things. We saw penguins and sea lions and otters and my favorite (although I hadn't known this before...) orcha whales!!!! Wow!! Two of them jumping in this small but reeeeaaally deep training pool. I just couldn't believe how larger than life they were! I think Syd was looking at me more than the whales because I kept gasping and saying "Oh my gosh they are sooo big!" Huge fun. But we tuckered out after a couple of hours.
The Smalls' took us to Coronado, where we walked to lunch and played in "the jungle" (a little planted area with some bushes and palm trees). Didn't quite make it to the park, but Syd seemed very entertained. Lunch was fun, I got Syd to sing some songs on video and she played with her straw and napkin... we don't care where we are, we are entertained doing nothing, if we are with these guys. Syd seems to feel the same, which is phenomenal considering she is two. She just goes with the flow.
We had some great meals, Heather and I compared bumps and caught up on our lives and recent events, watched some Bones on TV. The boys went to a brewery and generally palled around together. We played with bubbles outside while barbequing a delicious dinner. We watched two of Syd's favorite movies: "Cars" and "Ice Age". I recommended Madagascar one and two (shout out to Kris, who's son is completely obsessed) and we also saw some "Sesame Street Racecars" which featured Slimey, Oscar the Grouch's pet worm, in the "Wormadega". Syd can count to thirteen (and then she repeats thirteen about 5 times or so) and she can sing her ABC's quite clearly. She keeps up great conversation, is really good with her manners, and generally a nice person to hang out with. She opens and closes her fists at light speed when shes excited about something, so I copied her when we were about to do something fun and she would laugh and say, "May-we ess-ited!"
Another wonderful weekend. Enjoy the rest of the pics: