Let's start off by saying that I love my dad and we have a pretty good relationship now, but it wasn't always so. In fact, we had pretty much no relationship at all while I was growing up and I was really bitter and angry towards him. Long story short, God helped me see how I needed to repair my relationship and He helped me forgive my father. Now, my dad and I have seen each other a couple times since we started talking again. Even though we talk all the time, I haven't physically seen my dad since our wedding back in 2008. Since then we have had a child (obviously) and my dad has recently married. So, we took this opportunity to get to know the new people in each others lives.
First off, my father's wife Jeannette, is the sweetest southern woman you have ever met. She was funny, charming and a Christian. She took the time to really try and get to know us and even told us a lot about herself and her children. My dad and Jeannette spent a lot of time with Chloe as well. They loved holding her and taking care of her and even when she was crying they wanted to try to settle her down. The first time my dad saw Chloe and wanted to hold her, he held his arms so awkward and was extremely cautious, it was adorable.
We took them all over San Diego, acting like tourist in our own town. I must say, this has got to be one of the best times I have ever spent with my dad and in the end I was incredibly sad to see him go.
fun fact: my dad is apparently obsessed with Harley Davidson. He wore a HD shirt every single day he was here. And he bought all this baby HD stuff for Chloe.
The first day here we headed to Old Town.... James and I love this place! The history, the scenery, the artisan shops, dia de los muertos art everywhere and the Mexican food (Yum)!
We also went to the San Diego Zoo. James and I have year passes that we got from my sister and her boyfriend for Christmas. We go all the time. It seriously is huge and we always go see something new each time we go.
We wanted to take them to the beach and we knew that Mission Beach would be prefect. Not only is there the beach, but it has Belmont Park which is a boardwalk with fun shops, carnival games, a roller coaster and rides (although, I NEVER go on the rides).
And of course, there was tons of Mexican food and taco shops to be visited. Jeannette told us all my dad could talk about was Robertos. I am not gonna lie... I could eat Mexican food EVERY DAY!
We went some other places too... particularly a cute little mountain town called Julian... but with so many pictures, I thought I would spare you and save that for another day.