During one of Madeline’s days off school, Myisha and I took her to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We scheduled our time right when the zoo opened. First, we went and fed the giraffes. This was the first time that Madeline agreed to feed the giraffes. It was so cute to hear her giggles when the giraffe licked her hand trying to get the lettuce. Then we headed over and saw the lions and elephants. For some reason we never watch the elephants for very long. We spent a good deal of time feeding the budgie birds. Madeline just loved that and so did me and Myisha. It seemed like all the animals were out today. The tiger was the most exciting animal of the day. It was pacing back and forth so quickly and then it got in the water and started playing with the ball. We made sure to stop after the tiger to eat a quick treat. We shared some dipping dots and then headed to ride the carousel. Madeline loved this fast carousel ride and chose the rainbow horse. Then we headed to the penguin exhibit. They were all swimming in the indoor exhibit. The only animal we didn’t see today was the bear, but we did see many other animals. Today we saw the giraffes, lions, elephants, wallabies, budgie birds, alligators, red tree kangaroo, turtles, snakes, lizards, geckos, sloths, tiger, bald eagle, mountain lions, elk, porcupines, peacocks, penguins, orangutangs, and monkeys.
While the girls were in school, Myisha and I headed over to Garden of the Gods since she hadn’t been there yet. She was amazed at the beauty of this place. I am always in awe even though I have been there so many times. We walked around the paved inner path first and stopped in a quiet spot in the shade and just chatted for a little bit while eating Werther’s caramels. It was absolutely perfect! Then we headed back on the upper trails so she could see an overview of the park. There is nothing quite as grand as Garden of the Gods in this area of Colorado!
The girls had a fun time with Myisha while Mike and I drove the boys to college. They played games, watched movies, baked yummy treats, went for walks, did fun hairdos, ran through the sprinklers, jumped on the trampoline, talked and laughed a bunch. The girls and I wish Myisha could just live with us. She is so much fun, so kind, so patient, and always loving. Everyone has a good time when Myisha visits. We just love her so much!
I was super lucky to have spent 5 glorious days with one of my besties in San Diego!! This was our first time doing a girls only trip together and it was fabulous!!! The first day I arrived we headed straight to the downtown area by the water and walked along Embarcadero St. while we waited for our dinner reservation. It was so cool seeing all of the boats and just chatting away with Myisha. We had a wonderful dinner at the Fish Market Restaurant and I was totally floored by how amazing the fish and chips tasted. After enjoying our dinner outside we headed to Claim Jumpers to pick up some desserts to go. We got the chocolate motherlode cake and the berry butter cake. Yum. We spent the rest of the night in our pajamas just talking.
The next day on Sunday we slept in and then got on our swimming suits and headed to LaJolla for a day of kayaking on the ocean. The did the LaJolla 7 caves tour and had an amazing time. The weather couldn't have been better. We both got a workout kayaking in single kayaks against the current towards the caves. Every so often the group guide would stop to let everyone gather as he told us cool historical insights into the surrounding area. When we finally got to the caves we kayaked along the outer sections of the cave and then Myisha and I headed back with another guide since all the rocking on the water was starting to make me a little motion sick. As we made our way toward the shore we had one last tricky section to get back to land. I made it ok but Myisha's kayak tipped over. She was ok, but a little more wet than I ended up being. We headed to the car and changed our clothes and then drove to eat dinner at Catania. We had the best view overlooking the ocean and the food was amazing. We ended the night with another PJ session and talked until we couldn't keep our eyes open anymore.
We spent Monday and Tuesday sleeping in and then headed to the beach at Corona Del Mar. The weather was perfect--not too hot or too cold. We brought lots of fun snacks and stayed a couple of hours each time and just had so much fun talking the entire time. On the way home on our second beach day, we stopped at the taco truck and got street fish tacos which were amazing. We also got authentic Coca-Cola from Mexico which apparently tastes way better. I'm not a huge Coke fan so I tried a little bit and gave the rest to Myisha.
On Wednesday we woke up super early for Myisha's surgery at the military hospital. While she was in surgery I walked outside of the base and found an electric scooter and rode down the street to Balboa Park. I enjoyed walking around looking at the gardens and all the pretty flowers. Then I headed back to the hospital and picked up Myisha and took her home. I was so glad that everything went well with her surgery. I stayed one more night and then left the next day for Colorado. It was such a sad goodbye. I didn't want to go but needed to get back to be with the kids. I can't wait for our next girls' trip together!