Let's rewind back to December 21st- it was my last day of work and Brian had gone up to Edmonton to take Harley to his parent's (they were watching him while we went away). I got home that night and decided to look at my passport. Guess what? It expired in November!! Cue a MAJOR freak out on my part. I called Brian crying and realized I needed to go get a new picture asap if I had any hope of getting it the next day. I made a couple calls and a friend came over to sign my paperwork. I was luckily off work the next day, so I dropped Amelia off at the dayhome just after 7am and rushed down to the passport office. It luckily wasn't too busy, and after paying an extra fee, I had my passport that afternoon by 3pm (you can get it the same day if you can prove that you are traveling the next day). So much stress, but glad it all worked out. I just recommend looking at your passport earlier than a day before you leave on a trip ;)
We left on the 23rd and had a 9am direct flight, so we were out of the house by 5:30am. No line ups to drop off our bags, but the line for security was HUGE! Luckily, they put us in the family line and we were through within 20 minutes. We ended up having lots of time to kill, so we let Amelia run free in the kids area. She did fairly well on our flight and we landed in San Diego around 12pm.
My mom, brother and his gf had gotten to SD three days before that, so they picked us up at the airport. We headed back to the house we rented (we rented this house and it was perfect for the 6 of us. Great location, had everything we needed). Amelia went down for a nap, and my mom said she would stay with her, so Brian, Riley, Sam and I headed to check out Ocean Beach and grab some food.
The next day was super windy and pretty cold, so we took a quick trip to La Jolla cove to see the sea lions. The wind was insane, so we didn't stay super long.
After that, we went to check out the aquarium since we wanted something to do inside. It ended up being a disappointment and wouldn't recommend others spending the money to go there!
Christmas morning was spent making breakfast at home and letting Amelia open a couple gifts that we had all brought.
We made a delicious dinner of ham and the fixings at the house, and had a relaxing evening hanging out. No fuss, or stress. Perfection!