nnBecause Justin and Megan have been living near Monterrey we thought it would be fun to spend some time in the wonderous place. We had a house just a 10 minute walk to the aquarium, and it was big enough for all of us to stay comfortably in… perfect! We spent some time at the beach in Carmel, it was a little chilly, but the kids had fun. The ran through waves and played in the sand and it was cute to see the cousins playing together.
We also walked around Carmel, Sophie twisted my arm and got me to the Cheese Shop on 2 separate occasions… we bought some seriously delicious cheese!
We spent a whole day at the aquarium and it was super fun. We got there right as it opened and caught them feeding the otters with no crowd and it was really great, I love the otters. The girls do so great with animal exhibits, they always seem to love them to their fullest. It was a great day. The jellyfish exhibit was wonderful and the girls got to make their own jellies and send them into the ocean. We also got to turn ourselves into a kaleidoscope to see ourselves as a squid or octopus would. We had a good time!
We headed to a new beach, near the house we were staying in, for the kids to play in the water. It was a little cold, but they didn’t seem to care!
The kids had a fun time at our rental house, the kids ran around like crazy in the backyard and all over the place! Hattie found the stairs…
We visited Fisherman’s Wharf and Dennis the Menace Park.
On our way home from Monterrey we stopped by Gilroy Gardens. The kids had fun, but the park has crazy rules about how old and tall you have to be to ride without an adult, there were several rides that went in a slow circle that Sophie couldn’t ride without an adult… kinda crazy! We had fun regardless. The girls insisted on riding the paddleboat ducks, which was a lot of exercise for Kelly and I. I took Hattie on the ferris wheel and she screamed the whole entire time, poor other people riding with us!
We also got the chance to drive through Madera and go to my cousin Tori’s reception… it was nice to see Grandma and several other family members… no pictures, though. We spent the night at Karen and Allen’s house and visited all morning with James and Monica and Karen’s family, so fun.