Monterey – Day 1

Posted on Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 6:05 am
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Today might have been the most exciting day in Emily’s life (to date).  We arrived in Monterey for the First Annual George/Smith Summer Vacation.  The trip from Sacramento went well.  Jennifer’s sister Kate flew in on Tuesday night and we all drove down together on Thursday morning.  This was the first time we inlisted help from our portable DVD player and it ended up being one of the best travel companions for the kids.

For the four hour trek (with many stops of course) I heard 10 episodes of Curious George, 2 Dora’s and 1 Finding Nemo (I love that movie even when I can only hear it).  We arrived in Monterey around 1pm and since the hotel is just a few blocks from Fisherman’s Warf, we decided to walk to the warf and have some lunch.  We have an ajoining room to Grandma and Grandpa so it’s been really nice having a few extra sets of eyes (and hands) to help keep Emily and Ethan entertained.

Emily is IN LOVE with the ocean!  She loved looking at the boats, birds and “the Jellyfish”.  Ethan stayed strapped to my chest for most of the day and between naps was happy and excited.  After an afternoon nap had by all, we went down to the pool for a swim.  She was SOOOOOOO excited to swim.  So much so that I had to jump into the water to adjust much faster than I would have liked to.  We played in the water for awhile and it would have been longer if the wind hadn’t been blowing so hard. :)

It’s only 6am and the kids (and mom) are still fast asleep but in a few hours were headed to The Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I can’t wait to see the look on Emily’s face. :)

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