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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Scrapbooking their trip....

Each month, the teacher that supports us in our homeschooling come for a visit to see what we've been up to, make sure we are on track and help with anything we need.  She likes to have the boys present something they have been doing during our meeting.  This month we thought it would be fun to talk about their trip they took with Grandma and Grandpa S.  
This was left until the last minute, but it was finished in time!  
Here it is: 

An Adventure with Grandma and Grandpa Scollay
6 days, 2 adults, 2 kids, 1 dog, 1 camper and a tent = an awesome time
March 14th – 20th, 2013 

The first full day of the trip started at the KOA in Watsonville where we had stayed the previous summer.  Both boys enjoyed some time bouncing on the big pillow to start their day. Before hitting the road towards Santa Barbara the boys and Grandpa went exploring to find a Geo Cache.  Traveling a good part of the morning, the day’s agenda was to find a Mission to explore and learn about.  Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was the winner and the boys thought it was okay, a bit more history than they enjoy.  It was a good chance for Cody to see what he was going to be learning about next year in History.  The evening brought them to their second campsite at Carpenteria State Beach on the San Miguel loop of the campground.

The second day’s agenda was to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Seeing an actual space ship up close was really cool.  Cody talked about how he thought it was interesting to see the parachute door still enact when it usually is destroyed.  Tyler thought the space shuttle engines were really cool.  That evening brought them to San Onofre State Beach on the San Mateo loop in Carlsbad. 

The third day was all about little boys and their toys with a trip to LEGOLand!  The boys have wanted to go for a while and had no idea that it was going to be part of their trip.  They road rides, saw lots of really cool structures and models built out of LEGOs, built and tested LEGO creations and saw a funny show.  Cody really loved the Coastersaurus rollercoaster, it was small but fast!  Tyler really liked the Hero Factory coaster that went fast with lots of turns.  They both enjoyed the Volvo driving school where they could drive the cars like go-karts.  Then there were the boats and pirate ship where everyone was soaked by the end!  After a fun day in the park, pizza was on the menu for dinner.  Camping was once again in Carlsbad after their adventuresome day.

The fourth day was marked as a day to relax and recharge at Newport Beach.  The beach is at the top of the boys’ lists of favorite places to be.  The day was spent building sand castles and splashing in the waves.  Between the parking lot and the beach were a set of train tracks that hosted a busy line of trains that ran back and forth every 20 minutes or so.  They thought it was really fun to see the trains all day! The evenings accommodations were at Newport Dunes Resort for more camping.  Cody mentioned that this campsite had a pool, market and lagoon you could swim in.

The fifth day was a dream come true, Disney California Adventure to see the new Cars Land.  It was Awesome! They both really loved the Cars Racers ride that takes you around Radiator Springs and then lines you up to race another car to the finish line.  They also like the Luigi’s Flying Tires and Mator’s Junkyard Jamboree rides that are apart of Cars Land.  The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail was another big hit, going around collecting stamps to be awarded a badge of completion at the end.  They had fun climbing rock walls, going over rope bridges, down slides, across the tire zip line and other activities.   The parade of characters was a highlight (and nice break), seeing some of the newer Disney characters.   Everyone enjoyed learning how to draw Winnie the Pooh at the Animation Academy and listening to Turtle Talk with Crush as he answered questions from the audience.  For dinner a stop at the Boudin Bakery and watching them bake fresh sour dough bread, then ate deli sandwiches shaped as fish. Cody had too much fun by the end of the day and wasn’t feeling so hot, but still had a great time.

The sixth day was spent on the road home from Los Angeles.  One quick detour to the Ghiradelli Chocolate shop in Livermore for ice cream and treats for Mom and Dad, and they were home before anyone knew it. 

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