Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter 2012

We're just starting our Easter break here in Southern California. For the first time since we've lived here, our girls both had off the same week for break. Back in July of last year, I made reservations for us at the new Disney Aulani Resort on Oahu. We had planned to spend the break with the girls, soaking up the sun and exploring the island. However, the airfares from Orange County to Honolulu were ridiculous! We cancelled our reservations and decided to stay closer to home.

Blessing in disguise, actually. Josie and Maddie got the chance to spend more time with their friends and James & I had the chance to share a lovely evening with our neighbors, David and Jenny. After dinner on Saturday, Josie and BFF Katie dyed Easter Eggs. These two are quite the little team and they have a ball doing anything 'crafty' together! Here are the girls at work:

Carson is always involved in Josie's activities... Here he is supervising Katie, hoping something drops (He loves eggs!)

On Easter Sunday, David and Jenny were kind enough to bring Josie along on their family outing to San Diego. Josie and Katie had a great time together and both returned home exhausted. They saw a museum and Balboa Park among other activities. We were so happy to see Josie comfortable with spending the day without us.... she is growing up and becoming gradually more secure and independent. Of course, Maddie had plans of her own so James and I were left to our own devises for the day. We had been planning to go on a Whale watching boat for the past 3 weekends, but the weather just didn't cooperate. Sunday was the perfect day, so we went for it! It was about 80 degrees at our house, 72 degrees at Dana Point. Out on the water it was in the low 60's, but the sun kept us warm. It was a great little trip.

The coast of California is the primary migration route for a number of whale species. Grey ,Blue, Humpback and Finback whales are the most commonly observed. Finback whales are also rorqual whales; they feed on krill, euphausiids, and small schooling fish. There have also been sighting of Orca in the past 2 months. We saw one Finback, hundreds of dolphins and the noisy, but seriously hilarious sea lions. Here are a few photos from our boat trip:

The pelicans are not shy and have zero fear of humans.

As soon as our boat left the harbor, the dolphins came to visit

This was the first sighting of the Finback whale we observed

This buoy was the hang-out of the day for the sea lions. The sea was so calm... if the sea gets rough, you won't see them on the buoy.

I just love the sea lions! They are so noisy and expressive. I could watch them for hours!

We had the opportunity to witness the pelicans diving and grabbing up the fish. It still amazes me.

We're heading out this evening to Las Vegas. We'll drive to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Southern Utah for next few days. I've never been to these National Parks and I've been told they are just astounding. It's forecasted to be in the 80s during the day for most of our time in Utah. Perfect weather to hike a few trails and enjoy the natural beauty offered. Very excited for Josie to see the rock formations and to have some rare two-on-one time with her parents! Maddie will be home with the dogs and hanging with her girlfriends. I'm starting to like the 'partial empty nest' we've found ourselves in !

Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Easter. I'm hoping to post my photos from Utah, so stayed tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Enjoy your trip to the parks. We preferred Zion over Bryce although both are gorgeous. We also went in December so it was very, very quiet and peaceful in both parks. I hope you have the same peacefulness. I look forward to your photos!