We had a nice visit with Jeff's family.
When we were getting ready to leave Las Vegas, Jeff's sister sent a text message saying that "dad has a lunch date". What?!?!? After 34 years he decided that he needed to have a date! After a year of planning our arrival without his knowledge he picked his birthday to have a lunch date! Major kink in the plans!!! We headed on in to California. It took a little longer than we had planned but was a fun quick trip. When we got to Jeff's parents we got to let the boys run free in the house...the not quite baby proofed house. They enjoyed playing especially with the coffee table....there will be pictures on flikr in a few more days. When Jeff's dad came in, he was said "who's this one?" Not realizing that it was Joshua....why would he....he wasn't thinking that it could be Joshua. When he seen Jeff, he realized that it was Joshua. He was shocked to see us! We visited for a while and had In and Out burgers for lunch. They were tasty! Visited more and then headed down to our hotel to check in. We stayed at a Best Western in Rowland Heights, CA, it was awesome!! Awesome!!!! It was nicer than the Stratosphere room we had. The service at the front desk was great. Parking was good. Cleaning/maid service was great. Towels were great. Comfy bed....I just can't say enough nice things about it. I highly recommend this hotel!
Tuesday night we went to the Pirates Dinner Adventure. It was very cool. A small theater. A big pirate ship. We were on the team for the purple pirate. It was great the villain is the only one who died. Lots of theatrics. Gunshots, cannonballs. They even picked Daniel as a pirate helper. The food was ehh...but then you don't go for the food, you go for the show.
The next day we took our Hollywood Tour. It was cool. We actually never got off the "hop off/hop on" tour. A two hour tour...in the heat on top of the open top double decker. It was cool, we seen a lot of places that we otherwise would not have. I would not recommend this tour though, it wasn't fully what I expected. It was hard to hear the tour guide throughout the tour.
At the Kodak Theatre there are little shops....we browsed around and ate lunch at Johnny Rockets and took the boys to Build A Bear. Joshua got a pirate monkey & Adam got a football dog. Joshua loves his monkey. He calls him mon-nee....Jeff says that is because Joshua knows he cost money. We had dinner with Jeff's parents and met our new brother in law. He wasn't hat I expected, but I just hope he and Steph work everything out.
Thursday morning we headed down to San Diego. After arriving at the hotel early and getting checked in, we headed down to Seaport Village. It was a nice area. It came recommended to us by a couple of my account managers from my last job. It is like a tourist area on the beach. Lot of shops and eateries. We also took a Land & Sea tour. We learned about parts of San Diego & out into the bay to see sea lions. There were tons of sea lions.
Today we went to the World Famous San Diego Zoo. It was a very cool zoo. Much cooler than the zoo's in DFW. They truly research and work towards maintaining a great zoo experience. At the SDZoo, the animals were up close, not far away. The giraffes were right there....the elephants right there...the hippos...right there. And their exhibits were amazing.
Tomorrow we head for home....rather to Las Cruses, NM where we are spending tomorrow night. Then Sunday we will head home from there.