The whole trip was mostly eating at the restaurants we most miss and visiting the various beaches and walking through the amazing zoo. This year we didn't do Legoland, but thought about it.
It was oddly intimidating to get back into the sea. It's been a while, and the water is big and moves fast and is always colder than I first think when I go in. *laughs* but having both of my boys with me made me mildly ashamed that I wasn't in as quickly as they were. But it was so nice once I was in and acclimated. Cool enough and the steady swells were comforting.
There was one time at La Jolla Shores where the edge drops off pretty quickly and the swells only go a few dozen feet out from the shore. Jet and I reached the easier, smoother waters beyond the waves together. While we were going out there, Jet told me, "Look, Mom, just duck your head and you'll go *under* the wave! It's fun!"
So I did. Remember what it was like as a kid, remember what it was like on a Boogie board, or even the surfers going under the really big waves when the broke on other shores. It was fun and a little funny to follow Jet's instructions for something I'd first done when I was his age. We moved out from Indiana to Southern California when I was 10, right before 5th grade.
Jet also bought a kite at Seaport Village, which was pretty cool. It's called the Atom and it's a tiny kite that flies the best in steady, high winds! Which is kind of unusual for kites. Most are made for low winds so that they're easy to get up and will stay up steadily. This one bobbed and wove and dipped and played. Jet has been mowing enough lawns that he bought it with his own money once he determined he wanted to get one.
It was nice to get back with the family and just talk some. See Kathy with all her camera equipment and Dad with his calligraphy and Mom with her paintings and all hte types of food she wanted to make for Jet. She bought a whole box of mangos for Jet and I and prepared breakfast for Jet nearly every morning trying to tempt his appetite with pancakes. That was fun.
It was relaxing on the most part, though chasing everyone everywhere meant I didn't get much writing done.
And for all that I miss the water and the food, I'm pretty glad to be home. The sugar snap peas have gone crazy and we now have a lot of peas already ripe on the vine. The spinach is about done with the heat, and the tomatoes are starting to flower and fruit! Whew. And the days have finally gotten warm here, with highs in the 80's and thunderstorms in the afternoon.