Thursday, November 19, 2009

Trip to San Diego

Well as my earlier post stated - Connor (and all of us) made it through the flying to San Diego GREAT! When we arrived we grabbed our rental car (not as easy of a process with stroller, luggage, car seat, and newborn!?!) and headed to our hotel to check in. We were determined not to spend our first night in San Diego sitting in a hotel room! So we headed down the street to Pacific Beach! It was sunset - here is a picture of Connor and Dan at the beach for the first time!
We hadn't eaten anything other than sharing a sandwich in Kansas City - so we headed to the Pacific Beach Ale House ( for some dinner. Dan had the yummiest Lobster Mac and Cheese - so good! We both enjoyed one of their micro-brews, Whitewash Wheat...was really good! Turns out Pacific Beach Ale House is the official San Diego home to the "Iowa Hawkeyes". I throw that out there - as my good buddy Eric and several of my family members are huge Hawkeyes fan.....
Hmm...Whitewash Wheat...

After dinner we headed to Belmont Park to this little ice cream shop Dan and I had been to before - YUM! Dan took this picture - if you look closely you can see a little boy climbing a palm tree. I guess they scale palm trees vs. rock walls! :) Then back to the hotel for some much needed sleep! Saturday morning we got up and I met my cousin Erin and her twin boys (Nolan and Jacob) on the boardwalk for a walk and Dan met Mat Larson (a good friend of his) for a skate. Was an absolutely beautiful morning.
Our adorable new cousins - Jacob (left) and Nolan! So beautiful - with two WONDERFUL parents! Love them!
Nolan and Connor...this is the difference in 6 weeks!

Me and Jacob...he felt so light! :)

After our walk, Erin and the boys headed home and Mat, Dan, Connor and I headed to the Expo for the Inline Marathon. Turns out its a running event too - maybe next year I'll run!
We had lunch in Ocean Beach and took a short break at the hotel. We then headed to Old Towne for an early dinner at the Coyote Cafe ( with my family. (My cousins Kristin, Erin, Erin's hubby Mike, their twins, my Aunt Patty and her bf John) Was a fun night of catching up and enjoying some good mexican food and I finally got that margarita I had been craving. (Mango...YUM!)

Me, Kristin, and Connor outside the Coyote Cafe

Connor was looking super cute in his outfit from Aunt Cheryl and Uncle Mike!

So everyone says when he gets this 'pouty' face he looks like me....should I be offended?!?

Connor got his first bath in a hotel - then off to bed early for an early Sunday morning on race day!
Sunday morning we got up around 4 AM to get ready for the race. Picked up Mat at his hotel and headed to Coronado Island for the start of the race...was a little chilly!


Skating to the start line....
Then Connor and I headed to Imperial Beach to dodge the surfers for a parking spot near the Imperial Beach Pier/Finish Line Festival. Dan did great - finished 2nd in his age category. Mat also placed 3rd in his age category. There were also some other members of Dans race team there. Here are some pictures from the race:

Dan picking up his medal for placing 2nd in his age group! YAH!

Sunday night my Aunt Patty had agreed to babysit the twins and Connor so we could all go out to dinner baby-less. (Pretty brave, huh?) So my cousins, Dan, Mat, and I all headed to the Hillcrest area of San Diego to have dinner at a place called Baja Betty's. ( I seriously had the strongest margarita of my! Connor was being a bit fussy and poor Aunt Patty (and her friend Kathy who was helping) didn't have a moment of silence between the three babies the whole time we were gone! I have no pictures - but I know Aunt Patty took some while we were out so I'll post when I get those from her.
Monday we packed up and then went and spent a little time at the beach before heading to the airport for the journey home!
Oh and did I mention we flew thru Vegas on the way home?!? I had to take Connor's picture with his first slot machine.....

It was a successful trip - relaxing and great to see family! Now the countdown to the end of my maternity leave is on.... :( Hard to believe its almost over........


  1. Good thing we got you that Baby Bjorn to free your hands up for a beer. I'm going to need to borrow that when I babysit... just kidding :)

  2. Don't worry Julie, my family says Lane looks so much like me when he's crying...great! Thanks family! LOL! Good pics. Connor is getting so cute and so big.