Friday, August 1, 2014

Pismo Beach Pit Stop

We stayed the night of the 15th in Pismo Beach and it was such a cute little beach town. The kids loved the hotel there because it felt more like a house (and by this point that was super special :-) and the pier area was really fun to walk around.
We got dinner at a seafood restaurant we found on yelp and the clam chowder was AMAZING (and I'm not usually a big fan) and then walked toward the pier.
As we were walking we passed some chocolate covered worms in a window and decided we had to try them. Mike went first and assured us they weren't bad at all. I offered the kids $1 if they ate one and Preston and Ella went for it, but Addie still wanted nothing to do with it :-)! You really couldn't taste anything in there at all...it seriously was like a chocolate covered rice krispie!
We walked down the pier a bit and then started heading back towards the car. We walked on the other side of the road this time and passed a gourmet chip shop (with the cutest name...Chip Wrecked). I could not help but have some even though I was not hungry AT ALL. They were awesome!!! We tried a savory flavor and a sweet flavor (which came with a cheesecake dip) and I wish I could have them again. So good.
Pismo was a fun little stop along our drive down the coast!
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Our kids were often grumpy...especially when it came time for group pictures
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Preston instantly spent the $1 he got for eating the worm on purple fanta...we have some serious money management teaching to do with this kid :-)
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Finally the day Addie had been waiting for arrived...we were going to the "HUGE aquarium" :-).
Tuesday, the 15th, we were up early to have our breakfast at the hotel and then headed to the Monterey Bay Aquarium to be there right when it opened. It was definitely huge and impressive!!! It was also crazy crowded, but overall we were able to still see the things we wanted to see. The kids made sure we didn't miss one exhibit and loved checking out all the strange ocean creatures. I think the jellyfish and the open ocean feeding were two of the favorites of the day.
Also, I have a new obsession with jellyfish after this trip...I could have watched them for hours.
On our way back to the car we stopped and had dessert at Ghiradelli. I was so excited that we still got to enjoy this yummy treat on our trip.
Next stop...Pismo Beach.
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a terrible picture of the weirdest fish I've ever seen...and showing how crazy crowded it was!
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Addie and Oreo :-)
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