Wednesday, November 13, 2013

San Diego - Part Two

We spent a full day at Del Mar watching the horse races. The tracks were beautiful, full of color. This was unlike anything I had experienced. We all placed our bets and would watch each race with enthusiasm. I wish I could say I fully understood what was going on - but I usually just picked the prettiest horse with the smallest jockey. Shelby, on the other hand, had the best luck. She almost won the trifecta! I was seriously impressed. Also, Douglas has a way of making things happen - the guy can sneak his way up to the front row of concerts, onto the sidelines of football games, you name it - he can swing it. So, this event was child's play for him. Before we knew it - we saw him on the grounds where the horses and jockeys make their entrance and talk with the owners before their big race. I was dying. But not surprised. Throughout the day, we all made it down there at least once. 

After the races, the B-52's put on a concert nearby. There were a cast of characters in the audience so when the band's first three songs didn't include "Love Shack" we were outta there. Hit up Burger Lounge once more and called it a night. 

We spent our last full day on Coronado Island soaking up the sun. We had some good family competition in a game of two-hand touch and over the line. I loved checking out Hotel Del - so fancy. This was our last beach day of the summer and I was so sad to see it go. We had an incredible run. 

We made our way downtown for one more stop at Ghirardelli's. Our gluttony had hit an all-time high at this point and there was no looking back. I helped Mom make dinner and we had one more night to make fools of ourselves playing games. I hadn't laughed that hard in awhile. 

The next morning, I went on one more bike ride with Douglas before we packed up our bags and kissed the beach goodbye until next summer - unless Mendi Sue's church history trip wins out. This was such a perfect week with quality family time. Usually, when I go home to Mesa, we spend time with friends and extended family who we don't get to see that often. I love that time, but I'm so thankful we were able to spend a whole week with just my immediate family. I wouldn't trade that time for the world. Thanks for such a party week, Knoles clan! We love you! See you at Christmas!!! 


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