We spent Spring Break in California visiting Great Grandma Daisy and Aunt Jean. We hadn't been to California since Ben was Addilyn's age. Both kids did a great job in the car (thanks to Toy Story, Beauty and the Beast, and Dora movies).
We got lots of much needed family play time.
Addilyn became obsessed with a little red ball which she tossed and carried everywhere.
Ben and Aunt Jean made lots of tall block towers.
Every day we went to a different park. Ben got to ride a T Rex and Addilyn climbed on, up, and through everything. She has a become a strong willed little girl!
Ben fell in love with all the 'pum trees'.
Ben remembered Grandma's orange and lemon trees and was excited to make lemon aide. He taught little sister how to pick the perfect lemons. He juiced them, stirred in lots of sugar and water and decided he prefers apple juice.
Aunt Jean took us to the beach where she and Ben built a sand castle subdivision and Ben ran frantically from the waves. Addilyn ran into the waves. Repeatedly. Strong. Willed.
We spent a day at the Monetary Bay Aquarium (thanks to Aunt Georgia for getting us all tickets!).
Both kids loved the touch pools and the crashing waves. Ben dressed as Nemo and ran wildly through the play area. Addilyn found the Jellys quite soothing. Ben thought the sea horses with their tails curled together were pretty cool.
On our way back to the car, Ben saw 'Captain Hook'. We had to buy a sword and pirate hat for Pirate Ben (as we now must call him).
Addilyn only wants to 'aw tide' now and has developed a love for flowers.We already miss our Aunt Jean Great Grandma and free time! Arrrrr!