Monday, July 27, 2009 (TAYLOR IS STILL 4 YEARS, 2 MONTHS OLD) – Monterey Trip

This past week, Gene and Toby came to town to visit with us. The kids see each other every 6 months or so, so you would think that they might take some time to get back in the groove. In fact, they clicked again immediately and began playing together right away. Over the six days they were here, the kids played non-stop and didn’t fight the entire time! The biggest conflict we had was who got to press the buttons in the elevator. It was wonderful having a playmate here for Taylor and we all had a blast together. The first night, we brought the kids over to the house and they played in the big dirt pile in the front yard. The kids really enjoyed showing us how STRONG they were by breaking the rocks apart:
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The second day, we took the kids to Mt Diablo, which was awesome! They absolutely loved running around in Rock City and climbing into caves. We totally wore them out, then went home to sit in the pool and hot tub.

On Thursday, we headed down to Monterey. I’d heard a lot about the Dennis the Menace playground, so I wanted to check it out. What a cool park! There was an old train car that the kids could climb on, and maze for them to run through. Also, there were tons of really big slides, a swinging bridge and tons of fun play structures. The kids ran all over the place and explored. After a long drive, the park was the perfect antidote. Here we are playing at the Dennis the Menace playground:
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On Friday, we got up early and went to breakfast at our favorite breakfast place, First Awakenings. The kids got Mickey Mouse pancakes that were the size of their heads! After breakfast, we strolled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and spent the morning there. I absolutely LOVE the aquarium. The design is so kid-friendly, while also being really cool for adults. The kids wore themselves out after a couple of hours and it was starting to get crowded, so we headed off to get some naps and lunch. In the afternoon, we went back to the aquarium and spent the last two hours there before they closed. It turned out that we picked really good times to go because we missed the bulk of the crowds.

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After such a fun day at the aquarium, I thought we could just chill out at the beach, so on Saturday we headed to Asilomar State Beach. I remember going tide pooling when I was a kid, so I thought it would be neat to take the kids. I wasn’t sure if they would be into it, but they loved climbing around on the rocks and looking at the crabs and anemones. We brought some sand toys for them to dig. They had so much fun, they didn’t want to leave. They both slept for the entire drive home. BLISS!

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We were so thrilled to have six days of play with Gene and Toby and it was amazingly peaceful and FUN! It’s so wonderful that TJ and Toby have such a close relationship. I hope that they can grow up being good friends.