Wednesday, July 20, 2016


The main reason we chose to camp at Paradise by the Sea in Oceanside was because it was so close to Legoland.   The girls had been wanting to go for quite some time so the last week of school when they saw that Legoland was on our Summer fun list they were extremely excited and had been talking about it since.  As you can see they were both pretty pumped but Brooklyn was probably the most excited I think she's ever been.  It was pretty much the same excitement the girls get on Christmas Eve in that car Monday morning!

I was so worried that it was going to be miserable with the heat and crowds but it was the complete opposite!  It was never too hot and it never did get too crowded.  We all really enjoyed the day and even contemplated getting season passes but were lucky enough to score some free tickets for atleast two more trips before the year is up so we are good.   I loved all the lego models that were all throughout the park and so did the girls.

Kayla knew exactly which ride she was going on first and Brooklyn was supposedly going to go too but last minute decided to stick to some slower paced rides to start off the day while Kayla went on the rollercoaster with her daddy.

Brooklyn waited for Kayla to get off the rollercoaster and then they both went on this next ride together.

More rollercoasters for Kayla and daddy meant kid rides for Brooklyn

She went on the ride below about a dozen times

Below is a video of Kayla and daddy on one of the rides that Brooklyn and I opted out of.  They are in the back with their hands up of course

I think Brooklyn and I made the right deciscion sitting that ride out for the day

The girls enjoyed the little sinks in the bathrooms made at kid height

How boring my life would be without these three!!!

Brooklyn and I stopped in at a store where she got to build and play with legos.  She loves building with legos and she is so creative.  All the boxes she has come with directions on what to build and she will build that and then take it all apart and come up with her own creations all the time.

After building legos we went off to find daddy and Kayla

They went on a water ride and she was soaked!

My two most favorite girls in the world!

Brooklyn really wanted to go on the boats because you could really steer them

The girls enjoyed the many photo opportunities throughout the park

silly Kayla

Another fun driving ride.  I wanted to do this one too but it was only for 6 to 12 year olds.    Brooklyn was a great driver but Kayla.....not so much!  It was so fun to watch them driving on the wrong side of the road, running stop signs, hitting the curb etc.  #mostlyKayla

The park was the perfect size for us to do in a day and just about all the rides were perfect for both of the girls.  I also enjoyed the fact that we could do a lot of them together as a family!

The food wasn't bad either!  For lunch we had really good cheeseburgers and for dinner we got chinese food which Brooklyn decided she wanted to eat with chopsticks.

of course the girls had to get a picture with the Lego kitty

We got to the park when it opened at 10 and it closed at 8 and by 7:45 we were exhausted from walking all day so the girls took turns having daddy carry them while we made our way back to the entrance to leave.  I wish he could've carried me too!

We told the girls they could take their money to buy a gift if they wanted and when Brooklyn didn't have enough money Kayla stepped up and bought her the pink dragon that she wanted.   Kayla had not even found what she had wanted yet but still bought that dragon for her little sister.   I was so proud of her kind heart!   Later on Kayla and I found the perfect dragon for her that matched her sisters and she bought that one for herself.

We had so much fun at Legoland and we are all excited to go back and check out what we didn't do the first time and of course re-ride all the rides we enjoyed the first time!

You would think that after we got back from Legoland the girls would have called it a day but nope they were back at it again scootering around with their camp buddies in the dark.  They were up again that night until past ten and I was ready for bed way before that!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Paradise By the Sea Camping

Last week hubby had a week off so we took full advantage of it and fit in a lot of family fun.   First up was some camping at Paradise by the Sea in Oceanside.   We checked in on Sunday and after getting everything set up at our campspot we headed over to the beach.   Now lets just say it was not quite what I had in mind when it came to spending some time at the beach.  We have become quite spoiled with our beach camping and I mean we like to walk right up to the water and set our stuff down, I relax in my chair and the girls play in the water right infront of us not walk around for 10 minutes trying to find somewhere to put our stuff where the kids can find somewhat of a path to the water without trampling on the millions of people on their way.  There were WAY too many people here for my liking but we found a spot and that was that.

Hubby took the girls down to the water while I sat with our stuff so far away that I couldn't even see my babies playing and having fun #notahappymommy

Kayla quickly made me a happy mommy when she for no reason came and hung out with me on the beach.  This girl is impossible to get out of the water but she came over and we sat, played in the sand and chatted just us two!!  It made my day and I enjoyed every minute of it and as we chatted people began to leave so I could finally see that beautiful ocean.

Don't worry though because Brooklyn came over soon after and had a total meltdown because she wanted the sand out of her swimsuit now and that was not going to happen so she cried and I mean CRIED for a long time while we all ignored her until she stopped.  I tried rinsing her off and wiping the sand away but nothing would make this girl happy, she was tired and just needed to get it out.  Eventually she was over it and all was good with the world again.  #meltdownsareboundtohappenwithatiredkiddo

The girls played until it was time to go back at the trailer and cleaned up for some dinner.   They made friends right away with some other kids camping and scootered and played until we told them it was time to get ready for bed because Monday morning we were going to Legoland and they needed a good nights sleep for a fun day.

Legoland was a blast and I'll post our day there tomorrow but for now we will finish with our last day camping.   The girls chose to swim Tuesday morning so before lunch we swam at the pool

Even when I think I can relax and try and lay out I have a little buddy who needs to be right next to her mama  #Brooklynismyshadow

The pool was small and the girls were over it quick so they decided riding scooters with their camping friends while I made lunch would be better.  After lunch we walked over to the beach

It was still pretty crowded even on Tuesday but definitely not as bad as Sunday so the girls spent some time playing in the sand giving daddy a break from watching them down in the water

and just as it did on Sunday around 3:30 people started to leave leaving us with a much less crowded beach to enjoy.

"TOEtally in love"

Tuesday night was our last night of camping and the girls got lots of time in with their new friends

After we ate the girls ditched us for a bit to hang out with their friends, hubby and I played cards alone for awhile until I got sad realizing I wasn't quite ready for my girls to be off with friends leaving us alone, I know I have many camping trips of them not wanting to be with us 24/7 but I'm gonna try my best to make that not happen for as long as possible so I asked them if they wanted to come back over and play games with daddy and I and luckily they obliged.  It was the perfect night to end our camping trip on.  Wednesday morning we packed up and drove home because Thursday morning we were off again for some more family fun!