I think it’s obvious by now that I’m a couple of days behind on posts.  

My birthday was spent in Santa Barbara.  I had a whole day planned.  It didn’t turn out quite how I expected though and just quietly, there were a few tears held back … I know, poor me.

My day started with this:

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Yep. The little person in the middle had his own bed, but apparently mine was more comfortable.  I would have squeezed in next to the bigger kid who had an entire big bed to himself, but of course he was sprawled across the entire thing. 

Breakfast at our hotel was ending at 10:30 and we made it to the restaurant with seconds to spare.  Nobody could seem to get organized that morning.  After breakfast we came back to the room so I could get up a blog post, so  hubby took the little ones out for a walk to give me some peace and quiet.  They came back with a bottle of champagne and the twins sang happy birthday to me.  I had a couple of mimosa’s and we took off for the day.  I had wanted to go to the Botanical Gardens and Alice Keck Memorial Park for the day.  Nice, quiet, family activities.   Little did I know that the Botanical Gardens had been massively burned by the recent fires, such a shame and there was a festival happening in the Alice Keck Memorial Park.  Eek.  By then it was 2pm.  Flynn had pooped in the car (we had no wipes) and we realized we’d forgotten Marisol’s asthma medication.  So back to the hotel we went to pick up everything we’d forgotten.  On the way out hubby picked me up an assortment of beverages to enjoy in the car while we decided what to do with the rest of the day.

We ended up driving down to the pier … I must have a thing for pier’s. 

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This is what he was making.  How creative.  I loved it and had to have one.Road Trip Day 1 094_picnik

We visited the Ty Warner Sea Center which was fantastic.  It’s out on the pier and you can learn all about the sea life of the area.  There were a few hands on areas for the kids which they thoroughly loved and it was very educational.

Baby sharks

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This octopus had eggs.  We learned that she will die shortly after they hatch.  Apparently female octopuses refuse to eat after laying their eggs, instead they put all of their energy into caring for them.Road Trip Day 1 113_picnik Road Trip Day 1 115_picnik Road Trip Day 1 116_picnik Road Trip Day 1 118_picnik

Then we decided to go for a ride along the boardwalk.  Something that in all of our trips to the area we I had wanted to do.  The twins absolutely loved it.  They sat up front and rang the bell.  Jay and Ran peddled their little hearts out, bless them.  Mama sat in back snapping pictures with her feet up.

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The day was ended with mama doing a little antique hunting, getting a new Flip video camera (after my old video camera decided to pass away a couple of days earlier), eating pizza at the BEST pizza place I’ve ever been too Rusty’s Pizza and then heading to Cold Stone for ice cream.

All-in-all my day ended up being pretty great in the end.

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Bridget Smith June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I love Santa Barbara! Looks like you made the best of things! If you every go back there is a very cute zoo and a fun playground across the street from the beach (down from the pier a little) where you can just kick back and watch kids get fun and dirty in the water feature.Im waiting to see if Im heading to Monterey myself tommorrow. Keep your fingers crossed that a Central Coast road trip is in my future.

BenLand June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

you take the best pictures…happy birthday 🙂

Erin June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hey, your day sounded a lot better than mine. I stayed home and cleaned the house ALL day, and then my husband didnt even get me anything for my birthday!

Susan June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Beautiful. We have ridden in the pedal carts on the east coast as well 😉 AND, surprise, we actually have Cold Stone here in Michigan. Very neat trip, thanks for sharing it.

Sharlene June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I am glad you ended up having a great day. I wanna do a bike ride like that. How fun! And the octopus story got me teary eyed. I am such a sap

Peta June 21, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Hi Tonya, there is an award for you on my blog. Come on over and get it.

Lori June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Yeah! Sorry I missed you.. I was driving the trip to Santa Monica and back… I know the fun you had on that freeway… hope you had fun in Santa Barbara and yes Rustys is the best pizza…sorry about the fires… we seem to be pretty good at having those around here… three bad ones in the past year… we will try to stop that! 🙂 Have fun on your next stop!

Nina June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

What a great day. Your photo of my spot in the bed really made me laugh.

cat June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Happy birthday girl! May your year be blessed beyond words. Love the picture of the family on the peddle car (or what do you call that thing?)

The Romero-Schroeder June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Yes it sounds like it was a Great day at the end!

Mary~Momathon June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

I love your outings! I just took my family to Queen Califas Magic Circle. Learned about that place a few years back and then kind of forgot until you posted; it was a great outing! Yes, I blogged it. Happy Birthday to you!

my little buttercup June 22, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Tonya,Shame on you girl…I thought you knew that you can never make plans again as long as you have little kids…Happy Birthday, already miss you.

Lisa amp; Gerald June 23, 2009 - 5:00 pm

Happy Birthday Tonya..Best wishes girl…Sounds like you guys are having a real great time.. Beautiful photos…

Brooke June 25, 2009 - 5:00 pm

That looks so pretty. The ride looks so fun! Gotta love the space they leave for mom on the bed…Im so there when we are travelling! I usually end up laying at the end horizontally…like a dog or something.


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