Athene Numphe (athene) wrote,
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San Diego for XMas

After taking 18 hours to get to San Diego, lordaerith and I had a lovely visit with Dad, Stepmom, and their dog Carmella.

On Christmas Eve Day, we took a walk on the beach and recovered from the exhaustion of the day before. In the evening Dad and Stepmom hosted a small dinner party for us, their friends and their friends' daughter. After dinner we all retired to the living room. At some point I curled up in front of the fire and totally fell asleep. I'm such a cat sometimes. At least everyone forgave me & thought it was cute because I'm pregnant.
San Diego

Christmas Day had stockings for Dad, Stepmom, Carmella, Aerith, me, and even one for Stree.

The stuff in the stockings was mostly silly stuff, including silly glasses, scented bubbles, and lots of chocolate. Stree got a monkey and a "hug me" bib. Carmella got toys, doggie treats, and a Santa Hat. I had some fun shooting video with my new digital camera:

We told everyone about Stree being a boy and had lunch. In the afternoon we went out to the movies and saw The King's Speech which was delightfully fun and British and I made it through the WHOLE thing without having to go pee.

On Boxing Day we went shopping. We went to Fry's to get a thing to hang their new TV on the wall and while there, Aerith and I picked up a Creedence Clearwater Revival CD for Stepmom, who has excellent taste in classic rock. Then we went to the mall. Dad got me some nice pregnancy clothing, including a dress to wear to haldira's wedding in February. Stepmom got me a nice chain to wear my pregnancy charm from gailmom on. Aerith got some clothing too.

On the 27th, we went to Balboa Park. Walked around the park and the botanical building. At the Museum of Natural History we saw snakes and gems.

At the Art Museum there was a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit and a one Magritte. :)
At the Museum of Man there was an exhibit about games, which was really really cool. At we got to see Lucy (well, a replica of Lucy, since they don't put out the real bones anymore). There was also a whole thing about the human body, including a wall about pregnancy, which was both awesome and scary at the same time.
Aerith and geekiness

That night Dad and I watched the Saints-Falcons game. I love watching football with dad because he sees it and can explain it so well. In the 3rd quarter, we broke for dinner made by Stepmom and involved a type of moussaka and a spinach soufflé-ish dish. Both were really good and the 3rd quarter was apparently worth missing. The Saints won in the end, securing a spot in the playoffs, so that was really awesome.

The next day we went out to Coronado to see the Hotel Del where Some Like it Hot was filmed. The weather was really nice, so we got to drive around with the top off of his convertible. Afterward we went out to a fish restaurant, which was nice, and then headed back to Dad's place to rest and pack.
Us at Hotel Del

After getting up at fuck-early in the morning and having an "oh shit, we need another suitcase to bring everything back and ours is 13.5 years old and ripping" crisis, the flight back to Austin was long, but uneventful.

Many more pictures from our trip:

Tags: aerith, family, museum, pregnancy, presents, shopping, travel
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