Monterey Bay Aquarium

Today we went to the Aquarium on our way to Pebble Beach!
I was surprised how crowded the Aquarium was, there were people (and strollers) EVERYWHERE! We even had to wait in line about 15 minutes to get in!
The first exhibit we went to was the sea otters:
Kate was a big fan of the otters, she didn't like it when they came right up to the glass.
Then we went outside to check out the view!

They had a special sea horse exhibit going on. I thought sea horses were about 2 feet tall. I was surprised that they are only about 6 inches tall! Guess I should have paid more attention in science class....
This is a leafy sea horse:
Next up was the Outer Bay Tank. Kate and Claire LOVED watching the fish, stingrays & sharks swim around!

The jelly fish exhibit was next. I think they were my favorite!

While we walked over the the Ocean Edge's section, there were lots of random fish exhibits to look at:
This was on the ceiling:
Kate was tired at this point & since Kevin was carrying Claire, Kate insisted on getting in Claire's infant seat. I got a lot of strange looks as I pushed her in it....
The Kelp Forest in the Ocean's Edge section was pretty amazing also.

Next up was the penguins. We were there during feeding time. All the peguins lined up while they waited for their fish. The penguins were Kate's favorite exhibit!

Next we went to the touch pools where you could touch Bat Rays, star fish & sea urchin. It was very crowded, so we waited until it was our turn. As soon as it was our turn, this guy moves Claire's stroller & cuts in front of us. So rude! Then, this is the view we got of him after he cut in front of us. He was so rude & that is why I am posting this picture of him! haha!

Warning: This next picture shows crack. Cover your eyes!!
Say NO to Crack!!
Kate wasn't quite sure what to think about that guy.....HYSTERICAL!
Moving on...
Our final stop at the Aquarium was the tide pools.

Then we went for a walk on Cannery Row to get some lunch (a very late lunch!)

We had clam chowder bread bowls for lunch from this cute place on the pier. Yum!
We had a great time playing around on the pier looking at the awesome views of the ocean.

We had a fun time & it was a great way to kick off our weekend in Carmel!


Magic Pajamas

When Kate was almost 10 months old (and still NOT sleeping through the night!) my mom got her these fleece pink zebra pajamas from Mervyns.
(FYI, I am still so sad they went out of business!)

Kate in the magic pajamas, circa 2007

The first night Kate wore these pajamas, she slept 12 hours straight!!! It was amazing. The next night, I put her in them again & she slept 12 hours again! Everytime she wore them, she would sleep through the night. Thus, they became known as the magic pajamas. I was constantly washing them because on the nights she didn't wear them, she would wake up. I don't know what it is about them, but they are magical. My mom tried to go get a few more pairs, but they were out!
When Claire was almost 8 months old, she still wasn't consistently sleeping through the night & then I remembered about the magic pajamas! I was reluctant to use them because they are fleece & it was May & the weather was warm, but I was desperate for sleep. I grabbed them from the bin, washed them and put her in them. And, what do you know? She slept 12 hours straight! Then summer came, and I stopped putting her in them because it was WAY too hot for fleece pj's.
Claire continued to sleep well without them magic pajamas, but then we went to Tahoe & I forgot the magic pajamas and brought another pair instead. (My girls sleep terrible when we travel). Well, each night of our trip to Tahoe, Claire was up every 2 hours. Ugh. It was awful! I couldn't believe I forgot the magic pajamas!

The past few nights it has really cooled down, so out came the magic pajamas! The past 2 days she has slept until almost 8 am! I owe it all to the magic pajamas & the black out shades we put in.

I will be bringing these with us when we go to Pebble Beach & our next trip to Tahoe.
I just wish I had a pair that fit Kate!



If Wicked is playing in your city, GO!!!!
It was awesome! I had no idea what to expect & didn't really know the story behind the musical, so I had no expectations. It was SO, SO, SO good! Kevin and I can't stop talking about it!
We had a great afternoon & evening (and it was nice being in the city where it was 20 degrees cooler!)
Kevin protesting my request for him to be in a picture!
We had a great time at dinner with YUMMY wine!
Yay for a night out!


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