Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Kyle and I recently had the opportunity to get away for a little bit and head off to San Diego for 6 days 5 nights. We had so much fun!! The best part about the whole trip was getting away from the cold and inversion that Utah was having! When Kyle and I left, the temperature in Salt Lake was near 0... if not in the negatives! It was bitter cold, especially because we had to be at the airport at 6 in the morning. After our plane landed in San Diego at 10 a.m., Kyle and I rented a car and we were off to the San Diego Zoo:

 This was a cool part in the zoo. We wanted to go watch the workers feed the lions, and so to get to the Lion cage we got to ride this escalator up the hill! It was awesome and super long! It was definitely nice because being 7 months pregnant and climbing a steep hill don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, so this was way nice!

The little panda's were so cute! I wanted to just climb in there and cuddle with them!

We ended up staying at the zoo until it closed and then we had to drive 2 hours to get to the condo that we were staying at. Well being the first day in San Diego, we didn't know how to time the traffic so that you don't get stuck in a massive traffic jam. Well apparently 6:00 p.m. is DEFINITELY NOT the time to travel on the free way! We learned that very quickly and for the rest of the trip didn't make that mistake again. After being in the car for forever-and-a-day, we finally made it to Huntington Beach where our good friends, Jordan and Maggie Porter, lent us their condo. It was so nice to have a home to come back to every night!

The 2nd day that we were there, we went to Disneyland! And yes, Kyle and I acted like kids in a candy shop! We were so excited to spend the whole day in Disney. The lines.... I mean what lines?!? There was hardly anyone at Disneyland! It was the perfect time to go. We ended up riding our favorite rides over and over!

 We ended up riding on Soarin' Over California 4 times! Each time we walked right on the ride. It was awesome!

The new Car's part of California Adventures was so much fun. We ended up standing in line for about 45 minutes for the new Car's ride, and that was the longest line that we ended up standing in the entire day. It was worth it to stand in line for 45 minutes for this ride! We wanted to get fast passes to go on it again, but because it was so popular the fast passes ended up "selling out."

 So fun!! It was one of the funnest rides we rode the whole day! If you haven't been to Disney in a while, it's definitely worth it just for this ride!

 The bug's ride.

 Apparently they were doing construction.

On our 3rd day there, we went down to Sea World. Neither Kyle nor I could remember if we had ever been to Sea World before, and if we have it was with our families when we were little. So it was fun to go somewhere that neither Kyle or I was familiar with.

 The seal show was very funny!

 Going through the tunnel under the sharks! Very neat!

 The underbelly of a shark

 This was BY FAR the highlight of my day, possibly the trip!! We got to go see the dolphins and I was shocked how close we could get to the dolphins! The trainers ended up training them as we were standing there and one trainer ended up bringing a dolphin close to the edge where Kyle and I got to pet him! It was SO COOL!! We went all the way down to Cabo on a cruise and didn't get this close to the dolphins! Very impressed with Sea World!

 We got to see a celebrity! SHAMU!

Our 4th day there, we didn't really have any plans so we decided to drive to Los Angeles and go to Chinatown. I had never been to Chinatown before and being with Kyle (who speaks Mandarin) it was so fun! Kyle spoke to a lot of people in Chinese, and I kept laughing because it sounded like he was making up words... and then all of a sudden the people would respond because they understood him! haha wow I guess he really does speak another language! I loved seeing Kyle interact with them. You could tell that the people there were impressed with his Chinese. One person complimented him on how well he speaks. Kyle was in Heaven. He kept telling me that he felt like he was back on his mission! It was fun to see Kyle in this kind of atmosphere.

Our 5th day there, we caught up with Kyle's brother, his wife and their two cute kids! We all went to Cornado's Island, which is near San Diego, and walked around on the beach and inside the famous Cornado Hotel. It was way fun catching up and spending the day with them.

We walked past a candy shop, and of course you can't just walk past a candy shop you have to go in. Well here in my hand I am holding what looks like... ahh about 5 pieces of candy. 10 dollars later...... oookkkkk SUPER EXPENSIVE CANDY! Oh well, you can't walk into a candy store without walking out with candy! Totally worth it!

 On our last day there, Kyle and I ended up spending the day in Old Town San Diego. We walked around all the old shops and stores. It was neat, it felt like we were back in the old days! Kyle's grandpa and my dad love working with leather, so when we saw an old leather shop we obviously had to walk in and look around. We tried on hats... Kyle always looks good in hats, me on the other hand, I dunno if it's because I never wear hats or because of what i'm wearing but I look like a grandpa!! I was laughing so hard because my shirt all of a sudden looked like this old grandpa-ish sweater! 

They turned an old hotel into a restaurant that you can eat in. We really enjoyed the feel of this part of town! For a split second, the world around us wasn't all business and super stressed, it was laid back and time didn't matter.

 We went to Huntington Beach (Possibly made it onto the Hollister camera). It was so nice just to be able to wear a jacket and not freeze to death! It was pretty warm near the beach with the wind and everything, but once the sun went down it got down to the 50's..... I know... living in Utah at the moment, 50's sounds way nice right about now!

One of our last night's in San Diego, we had the opportunity to go to the San Diego temple! It was GORGEOUS! When driving on the freeway, we came around this bend and BOOM there was the temple all lite up! I have seriously never seen a temple this pretty! All I can say is, the church is true!

We had the best babymoon! We made memories that we will never forget and always cherish! We took advantage of every second that we had on this vacation and in the end, although I got shinsplints and hurt my feet really bad to the point that I was limping at the end of every day, it was worth it! We would go back to San Diego in a heartbeat! I love Kyle so much and I am so glad that we were able to spend time together just one-on-one before our little boy comes!


  1. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! That is a trip I would love to do!!

  2. It was way fun!! It was worth it and we would recommend going on a vacation to anyone! Totally worth it!

  3. Love the pictures! I especially liked the one of you and Kyle at Disneyland in front of the "construction." Is that really like a big tarp with a picture on it?! LOL!!! I love it!

    1. haha ya it's just a huge painted tarp! haha

  4. Glad you so much fun!! Now lets get together for dinner please?!? :)

    1. YES!!! We do need to get together again and go to dinner!