As much as we love hot Arizona summers (not really) we were thrilled to travel to Southern California and capture Sean & Cristy’s wedding. While there, we decided to make it a family trip too and stayed in a condo in the heart of Oceanside California, just a couple blocks from the beach and pier. Everything we could need was literally within walking distance! Compared to last summer’s adventure in Colorado, we took a lot less vacation photos. In fact, all of these images were captured on our iPhones.
The beach can take a lot of energy and with 4 beach days, we had some downtime at the condo. Nolan enjoyed resting in the bay window with the cool breeze (below) and Nathan enjoyed collecting seashells at the beach, walking around downtown Oceanside and building with his legos.We were lucky Mike’s dad, Don (aka: Papa), also lives in California. He was able to drive down south to spend some quality time with the boys and hang out with them while we were capturing the wedding.
Another day we went north to Universal Studios Hollywood, which was a big hit for everyone in the family! The boys loved the Despicable Me, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Shrek, Kong attractions, Studio tour/tram and Waterworld stunt show. Mike enjoyed all the movie sets and seeing where some of the most iconic movies were filmed.
The below picture is Mike’s favorite. They just look like two really cool dudes!While walking through the Fast & Furious attractions, Nolan started spontaneously dancing and joined these guys on stage.
On a different day we went to Lego Land, which was just a short 10 minute drive from our condo.Nathan loved the Miniland and Star Wars exhibits. Nolan just loved anything with water! (below). The cars were a big hit because it had an age requirement of 6-13 years old (not height requirement) which meant that Nolan got to drive his own car since he’s 6. They actually did this one twice and was one of the longer rides at Lego Land.