It’s not every day I am up at 4 am to get to the airport then drive 7 hours. Then take Ryan to a sleep study where I sleep on the couch. (More on that in an upcoming post). It was a long day of travel.
Kiki and I have never flown First Class. Today when they offered the upgrade for only $50 more I jumped at the opportunity. It’s not every day that experience comes along, and Kiki and I are totally worth it.
So the chairs are way roomier and comfy. Awesome.
Were we offered anything we wanted to drink right away. Then after in the air we were given got lemon scented hot steamy face cloths. Kiki said it made washing up much easier than using his tongue as usual.
Then we were offered breakfast. It was so tasty!! And there were real utensils, real glass glasses, cloth napkins, fantastic service. And we got off the plane first. We really enjoyed feeling spoiled. Kiki never wants to fly sardine class again.
We took Kiki to the La Jolla Shores and took a selfie as soon as we arrived. I was wearing stripes too!
Then we ran straight to the beautiful, warm water! I got to show off my new little bikini. Kiki went in the water naked, but then he is always naked!
Kiki saw the surfers and really wanted to try it out. So I pulled some strings and…
Kiki went surfing for the first time ever! He said he saw a shark out there but I think he was just joking.
Kiki and Meara swam around a bit. We all saw a big fish about 30cm long!
Then we made sand castles with some kids.
Next we did some serious tanning. Look how dark his stripes are now!
Kiki didn’t like the seaweed at first and wanted me to hold on to him, but once he learned it’s just plants that live in the ocean he wasn’t scared anymore. Wasn’t that brave?
We also talked to the very friendly and fit young lifeguards.
Afterward we got more Mexican food. We are it so fast we forgot to take pictures.
Kiki saw some planters with desert plants and wanted a picture taken with them. I told him, “just wait, we will look at huge plants soon!”
Here are some of the amazing desert plants we saw. Can you see Kiki hiding inside some of them?
Finally we saw my favourite rose gardens. They smelled amazing.
Back outside the Botanical Gardens again Kiki saw some neat things. First there a bush with neat flowers butterflies like and on which they build cocoons.
Kiki pretended to ride a bike-shaped bike rack.
He saw a police car. It was a lot bigger than the one we saw on our last trip to Balboa Park in March.
I told Kiki the story of how I used to play violin by this fountain. We we’re sure to tip a guitar player busking there and Kiki liked putting money in the man’s case. He also wished he could play with the kids in the fountain but I didn’t have a towel for him.
Kiki loves mommy kisses!
After Kiki’s nap we made our way over to more museums. Do you remember that art gallery, Eli? Kiki thought it was amazing but we couldn’t take photos inside.
Kiki had tons of fun playing on the mosaic statue Eli and Ryan love and visit every time we go to San Diego.
Next we made our way to the Botanical Gardens.
Kiki needed some time to cool off so he cuddled up to me while I listened
to music and did accounting on my laptop. Doesn’t he look happy?
We went to our family’s favourite places. This was Kiki’s first time seeing Balboa Park!
First I took him to the Lily pond by the botanical gardens.
Kiki liked feeding the ducks.
Next was a pretty fountain near the Museum of Man.
Then we stopped in a grassy area by the organ pavilion. Kiki took a nap and I got some work done on my laptop.
Then we looked at an amazing statue. Kiki laughed at the horse’s butt. Isn’t that hilarious?
Kiki and I thought it was a perfect day to take in Balboa Park.
First we stopped for Mexican food. Kiki loves shredded beef chimichangas with all the toppings.
Then we ate it front of a giant ficus plant.
A little while later we met a friendly pirate!! His sword was old and rusty so Kiki knew it hadn’t been used in a long time so he figured he was safe.
We also made friends with a man and his son. The little boy was quite fond of Kiki. We said goodbye and both Kiki and the boy were sad.
His favourite part was riding another TIGER on the carousel.
At first he was scared and wanted me there.
Then he felt brave enough to go alone.
Kiki enjoyed our trip to Lake Murray in La Mesa, CA.
He made friends with Balian and Piper, the children of one of my high school friends. They thought Kiki was wonderful.
Kiki also saw Canada Geese! They must have decided La Mesa was far enough north for the summer.
Kiki work up this morning next to Zuri, the scardey cat! They both have stripes.
Kiki then went to Costco and asked for nectarines. They are much larger in California than back at home.
Grown up drinks are also much bigger in America. Kiki had water. He’s just a little kid tiger.