Misadventures Of An Average Mom

Because Average is the New Awesome!

The start of our last week in San Diego!

on August 4, 2014

This week went by incredibly fast. We managed to get a lot of stuff done during the week, but I just haven’t had a chance to do any updates because each night has ended so late for us.

Over last weekend when we got back from Tucson we ventured out to downtown. We wanted to go to the Farmer’s Market one last time but decided to do the Mercato Market in Little Italy instead of the smaller one in Poway. It wasn’t bad and get got what we wanted but we definitely prefer the market in Poway.

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Since we were downtown and had an hour and a half or so left on the parking meter we walked the 1.2 miles to the convention center to watch all the great people of Comic-Con International. That’s right… we were in downtown San Diego the weekend of Conic-Con. It was fantastic. I badly want to get tickets to go sometime. It was incredibly crowded so I wasn’t able to get as many great pictures of the people that were dressed up as I would have liked but I still got a few people in some outfits.

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Sunday we went to the Horton Plaza mall because I read it has very interesting architecture and would be a fun place to see. It was okay. I wouldn’t necessarily make a special trip to go but if you are in the area and want to get some decent parking validated for 3 hours go to the mall and walk around. They have big chess boards on one of the levels so Paco had fun playing that with the kids. After the mall we headed home and just had a relaxing remainder of the afternoon.

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Monday was our trip to Balboa park since we got free passes to the Science museum and Natural History Museum. I looked at the passes again before we left and realized that the science museum passes aren’t good until August 11. Major bummer. We still had the natural history museum so off we went t find it. Parking confused me so we ended up parking a bit away but were able to see more of the park including the botanical gardens/ reflecting pool. It was a beautiful park. I wish I could say the Natural history museum was amazing and inspiring or even mildly informative but it definitely fell flat. I would go as far to say if I had paid for the two kids and myself I would have been demanding my money back. As it was I am kind of annoyed I had to pay $17 for myself. We could have paid another $17 each and gotten into a special pirates exhibit they had but I just don’t see how that would have been worth it.

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Monday night we had a hard time figuring out what we were going to eat because Paco had originally tried to kind of (not really) plan a date night for the two of us. Since he got a little too late of a start planning it we ended up having to find somewhere for all four of us to eat and landed on a Chinese place in Poway called Chopsticks Chinese Cooking. It was fantastic. It was by no means fancy but it had such a great family run business going and the food was some of the tastiest Chinese I have ever had. After dinner we HAD to go to DAISO Japan. A Japanese dollar store? YES! We are suckers for places like this and spent way too much time there and may or may not have bought a ton of useful fantastic things. I just love the personification that they put on all of their products and the really awful translating products into English. Amazing.

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Tuesday we had our last day at the zoo and paid for the bus tour passes. It was a nice way to end our sumer zoo adventure. It was unfortunate we didn’t have more tim to stay because the “baby” Pandas 2nd birthday was on Tuesday. I don’t think they did anything special because they had a party on the 23rd when we were in Arizona, but it was still fun to be there on the Pandas birthday anyway! Tuesday night we headed downtown because also included in the kids library passes were vouchers for tickets to a Padres baseball game! One of Paco’s co-workers and his wife wanted to join us so they came along and sat in our section even though they had free vouchers for a considerably better section. The nice thing about ours is that they included 50% any other tickets purchased in the same area so they only had to pay $20 for their two tickets. Six total tickets for $20, not bad! The kids had a great time at the game. They made new friends, got to ride the trolley downtown, and watched a game! They also bounced around a lot but luckily the seats directly around us were empty so they were kind of able to. Since we were getting on the trolley right next to the Gaslamp Quarter sign I decided I had to have pictures of it! We had eaten in the Gaslamp Quarters Saturday and for lunch on Sunday but weren’t around this main sign.

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I figure this is as good a place as any to stop since this post has gotten insanely long. I didn’t want to do a daily update a week late because then I will NEVER catch up to the actual day. SO, tomorrow I will try to post about the last few days we had in San Diego and how this weekend has been being HOME!

 

 

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