On Tuesday, we drove down to San Diego. We took a beautiful, coastal route through Huntington Beach and past a naval base. Hank was in awe of the massive battle ships.
We stopped at Google to visit Uncle Andy and grab lunch. Last year Tim and Hank got a tour of Google’s campus while I was on a shoot, so I was excited to be a part of it this year!
Hank’s strongest memory from last year’s visit was the Nerf guns. Uncle Andy hooked him up as soon as we arrived. Hank protected us from all of those evil coding co-workers.
To no surprise Google had a VERY cool space. Each floor had its own theme. My favorite floor had a vintage Palm Spring garden party vibe. The “cafeteria” was a super nice self-serve restaurant with dozens of stations. I enjoyed my Spanish pulled pork with manchego polenta. Hank had hummus-pita, pizza, and frozen yogurt with M&M’s. It was all free which was just amazing.
After lunch, we convinced Andy to play hookie and leave work with us. Hank was so excited to see Grandma, Papa J and his cousins! That night we had dinner at Andy and Megan’s house. The cousins played outside while we ate dinner. It was such a treat to have built-in cousin-babysitters. Hank was in heaven.
Wednesday, we drove to Coronado Island to explore the Hotel del Coronado grounds, collect seashells, picnic, and play some t-ball.
It was unusually chilly (for San Diego) but at least the sun was shining bright.
Hank was most interested in having a catch with his Pops
After nap time, we got to watch Hannah’s softball game. Hank just adores Hannah and was very excited when she got a hit.
Thursday morning, we took a train to the Oceanside pier for lunch. To our surprise Megan pulled the kids out of school early and met us. So fun!
Friday was our last day. We went to a beautiful playground with Ellie while Megan was substitute teaching.
At nap time Tim and I left Hank with Grandma and drove to Carlsbad. We had lunch at Barrel Republic. It was fun getting to sample beers I wouldn’t normally commit to ordering. The wristband you are given has a sensor which keeps tabs on how many ounces and what types of beers you sample. What a fun concept.
We spent our last night celebrating Papa J’s birthday, playing charades and talking.
Before bed on Friday night Hank asked if we could stay in California for “just 5 more weeks?!” I agree. I wish our yearly trip could last for 5 weeks. It’s so nice being together but certainly makes the distance between Philly and San Diego feel much sadder.