The kids wanted almost NOTHING for Christmas this year. They are slowing coming around to seeing that they have enough stuff. So, Mike and I thought it would be fun to give them an experience instead. Since I'm not working, and Mike's buried in work, I took the kids to San Diego alone. We missed Daddy, but he would have hated the crowds and the long lines - and I'm pretty sure he enjoyed coming home from work, propping up his aching foot, and eating dinner in silence for a few nights!
Santa gave us a whale watching excursion to kick off the trip! We saw dozens of seals, several dolphins and one DISTANT whale. The boat ride was beautiful and so enjoyable.
Following a late dinner, we took an uber ride up to Legoland. The hotel was so over the top - a complete fun fest for kids at every turn. Even the carpet and wallpaper were exciting! Everywhere you look there was a statue or figurine built out of Lego's. The elevator turned into a disco party the moment the doors shut, there was a dance party every night after dinner, a whoopie cushion built into the floor, live character visits, skits put on by the hotel staff, bins of Lego's to build with throughout the hotel and in your room, a scavenger hunt with Lego prize packs for the kids to take home every day, a full breakfast buffet included in your stay and an outdoor pool. It was hard to get them to leave the hotel to visit the Park!
I was able to squeeze in two visits with friends while we were away. Kelli Peter was visiting her sister Kitti and happened to be flying home to London the day we arrived. We overlapped at the airport to have lunch together before Kelli began her long trek home. Another childhood friend of mine, Dana, lives in San Diego now. She and her husband and kids were able to meet us at Legoland for an afternoon/evening. It was so good to see her after all these years and catch up on each others families.
The kids loved every thing about Legoland, but one of their favorite things was trading Lego Mini-figures with the Park employees. We brought 10 Lego men from home...and came home with 10 new Lego men and women!
Even after all this excitement, and only having each other to play with for the last few days, Lillian and Joseph still love each other and were quite cute playing together at the airport before catching our flight home. I'm so glad that we were home in time to celebrate the New Year with Daddy tonight. Bring on 2018....can't wait to see what it has in store for the Colorado Kerschen's!