Monthly Archives: February 2013

A week with the big kids in Del Mar

We made a big decision as a family this year and sold the Foretravel (our motorcoach).  We then needed accommodation for our time in San Diego this year.  After much searching, I found a cozy little beach house in Del Mar.  It was small enough to be affordable and large enough to accommodate all the team.

We will be here for 2 months with the horses so Ivars and I decided to rent the cottage for an extra month and spend some time with the kids at the beach.  It’s quite a feat of logistics to coordinate 4 different families and arrange travel plans that would suit everyone.  We spent a week here at the beginning of February with Andrew, Kirsten and the 2 babies, Mack and Cali.  We then headed back home for a couple of weeks of work.  The end of February we were back at the cottage with Gregory and Phaedra from Edmonton and Aleks and Neil (and the dogs, Rosie and Sam) from Phoenix.  We had a blast!

A trip to Balboa Park. A gorgeous day in the sun.

A trip to Balboa Park. A gorgeous day in the sun.

The kids having fun.

The kids having fun.

It was orchid week at the Park.

It was orchid week at the Park.

Greg and Phaedra, enjoy the California sun.

Greg and Phaedra, enjoy the California sun.

Of course, the Canadians were in the surf!  Even Rosie (she's Canadian too!!).

Of course, the Canadians were in the surf! Even Rosie (she’s Canadian too!!).

Greg and Phaedra...the water is friggin' cold!!!  (they're young and foolish still!!)  and having soo much fun!!!

Greg and Phaedra…the water is friggin’ cold!!! (they’re young and foolish still!!) and having soo much fun!!!

Ivars and I have had a couple of wonderful, total relax days this week.  Low tide, Del Mar.

Ivars and I have had a couple of wonderful, total relax days this week. Low tide, Del Mar.

It's been a full moon this week.  Our walk home from dinner yesterday...

It’s been a full moon this week. Our walk home from dinner yesterday…

Lindsey and Peter are driving the horses down from Alberta to Arroyo Del Mar.  This is the first year we have arranged transport this way for the horses (the previous years, we have shipped them commercially).  It’s a bit tricky to travel with a gelding, a mare and a stallion.  It takes a flexible trailer to be able to accommodate them all comfortably.  Fingers crossed, it looks like we have it figured out.

They all left Alberta yesterday morning, overnighted in Idaho Falls and are now on the road to Vegas.  They will overnight in Las Vegas and will have a short drive tomorrow to Arroyo.  Wheeeewwwww.  Tomorrow I’ll breathe easier as I see them all walk off the trailer.

Off to a Pilates Reformer class…

V

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A great vacation with the kids

We’re home again and so thankful for the time we had together in Del Mar.  Lots of sand and sea and smiles.

Family beach time

 

I spent the morning on the beach with the sand castle construction crew and several cups of tea.  The rest of the adults in the family went for a morning run on the beach.

Cali at Stone Bistro

 

We cleaned off the sand and headed for a late lunch at Stone Brewery Bistro.  Yum!!!  Good beer and wonderful food.  Andrew and Ivars got new Arrogant Bastard (the beer made here) cycling jerseys.  Good thing they are going to be cycling with Peter!!

Andrew and shells

 

After a walk up to Starbucks in downtown Del Mar and some great play time at the playground at Powerhouse Park, we all walked home at low tide along the beach.  Lots of shells now drying on the step at the house!!!

 

We’re now at home for a couple of weeks.  The house in Del Mar is now organized and waiting for our return.  We’ll be back down for a couple of days before the horses arrive with Aleks and Neil from Phoenix and Greg and Phaedra from Edmonton.  Ahhhh…more family time at the beach….I am so grateful.

Off to pet my ponies!!!!!!

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Family get away…

We’re in San Diego for a couple of days this week.

We came down to open the rental house before the horses arrive and to have a little get away with some of the kids.  Andrew and Kirsten and the babies came down last week and immersed themselves in the Disney experience.  Sounds like there was a lot of laughter and smiles with Mickey and Minnie and Mater and Lightning!

Ivars and I had a great visit in Phoenix with Aleks and Neil and the dogs and then drove the little car to Del Mar.  The car was packed so tightly we could barely turn around to grab our teas!  We had a great drive across the desert.  We both let out big sighs and little cheers as we could see the ocean framed in the windshield as we came over the mountains (little mountains, very little mountains…).  The sighs and the cheers with both for the joy of seeing the sea again but also because the seats in the sport car are so bloody uncomfortable our butts had no feeling left in them!!!  I’m going to have to fix that problem before the drive home or we’ll both be thinking of selling the thing before we leave!!!

Our first sunset on the beach for this year was on Friday night.  We saw dolphins surfing in the waves…what a laugh!!!  They were having so much fun; splashing and diving and riding the waves!  I’m sure they were feeding but it really looked like a lot of fun!!

The kids arrived the next day and we had another wonderful sunset experience that night complete with sand bucket and lots of rocks and shells to save and wash off at the house.

We started yesterday off by Papa and Daddy making an early morning run to Pannikin for Sunday’s orange buns.  Orange buns are a highlight in the San Diego experience.   They’re kinda like cinnamon buns but way stickier and softer and very orange and yummy and only on Sundays.  Andrew and Ivars had a coffee Pannikin and sat in the sun while they waited for the buns to finish in the oven.  And then we all had warm orange buns for breakfast!!

The kids have rented a mini van for the week.  I have never driven a mini van.  For a lot of reasons.  Never.  Ever.  Till yesterday.  Andrew has blackmail photos.  Ugh…

Oh well…we packed up said mini van (this is quite the organization with 2 babies!!) and headed to the zoo.  At the zoo…a bus ride, a tram ride and a 4D movie experience…oh yeah lots and lots of animals!  Cali got scared at the movie so she hid her eyes soooo well she fell asleep…for 3 hours…she was in great spirits when she woke up!!  Tired baby.

San Deigo Zoo

 

 

 

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We hit Urban Plates (UP) for an early dinner.  Urban Plates is another highlight of San Diego.  Great food, great atmosphere, great prices and very easy to eat vegetarian!!

The zoo wasn’t very crowded, the freeways were empty and UP was very quiet.  “What’s up with that?”  Oh, right Super Bowl.  We totally missed that part of the day.

Mack stayed awake all day even through dinner!  Back to the beach for a little dusk walk after dinner…lovely.

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We finished the day off with a fire on the patio, a good glass of wine, and included Skype to Aleks and Neil in Phoenix.  I’m still trying to stay up past 8pm and made it a bit further last night!  (At least I fell asleep after Mack this time!!!)

Today’s plan is low key; hang out in Del Mar and let the kids recoup before the big travel day ahead.

V

 

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