January 9, 2009

January 9, 2009

Last day. Thank god.

Well, yesterday we hung out here at the hotel. I sat up in the balcony and did my homework because my sunburn was killing me. And then I painted a bowl and frog. We all went to Habanero’s last night for dinner. It was pretty good. Today mom, Meryl, Oma, and I went into town in the morning to do a little bit of shopping. Then we all went to a really nice beach, we went swimming and I tanned, but didn’t get much. Then we went to the sea glass beach. We came back to the hotel and had dinner. We sat by the fire and had a cake to celebrate Susie’s birthday next week and Uncle Pat graduating. Um, not for me for getting my license because it’s not as important as those things. What the fuck ever. I was pretty pissed tonight along with Eddie and Meryl. We sat in our room complaining about the family and how Phoebe is turning into a really big bitch. But whatever. I’m so fucking glad we’re going home tomorrow!

Ava Estelle

Present day me: This was the year when these family vacations started to become less enjoyable. I do remember feeling unappreciated by my grandparents and aunts and uncles on this side of the family. Maybe I should have spoken up for myself, in hindsight, but I was very shy back then. When it came to standing up for myself, I didn’t know how to do so, especially with family members who were older than me. In my mind they knew best. I just vented to my siblings about any frustrations.

January 7, 2009

January 7, 2009

Wednesday

Beach/in the city day

This morning Meryl, Phoebe, Aunt Blanche, Uncle Pat, Meredith, Susie, and I went to a public beach. It was really nice, we could go swimming, but I didn’t because there were stingrays flopping around and jumping out of the water. I found a ton of sea glass. Mostly little pieces but they’re so pretty. Then we went into town to pick up everyone else from fishing. They had caught marlin and derado. We ate them for lunch. The dorado was better. We walked through the harbor and then changed into different clothes. We walked to Sammy Hagar’s bar – Cabo Wabo. And took some pictures. Then walked back to the car. And went back to the beach from this morning. So, Oma could go shelling. I found a ton more sea glass. We came back and went to bed.

G’night.

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: I remember feeling the absolute coolest going to Cabo Wabo. It was empty when we visited so we just took some cool pictures and relished the place. I was so excited to show others where I’d visited.

January 3, 2009

January 3, 2009

Saturday

In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

Me, Meryl, Eddie, Mom, Phoebe and dad woke up this morning at 3:15 to get on our flight to here at 6:30. Well we flew from Minneapolis to Denver then to here. We arrived at 12:30pm. We got a taxi ride to the hotel and met everyone else. It was a pretty good first day of vacation. The hotel is the nicest we’ve ever stayed at. The room’s balcony (which I’m sitting in right now) is massive. We could fit like 20 people on here. It even has a jacuzzi! The rooms are way nice too. Both bathrooms have tubs as well as shower stalls. As soon as we got to the hotel we unpacked and went out to the pool to meet everyone.

Eddie, Meryl and I walked on the beach. We can’t go swimming because there are bad rip tides. So, we all got food and hung out at the pool. Then everyone except the grandkids went grocery shopping so we hung out with Meredith and Susie. Meredith and I ran around the whole hotel. They came back, we ate and then all us girls went down to the firepits and took some pictures. Aunt Margot showed us the dark room and I took a video of it. It’s pretty awesome. So that’s it for now. Oh, and it’s raining in Ecuador until Monday. But oh well. At least it didn’t start on Monday. So, I’ve been up for like seventeen hours.

I only got three hours of sleep last night because I went to Ashley’s sledding party. Which was really fun! A great thing to do the night before I leave. So yeah. I guess if you don’t want something, no I mean if you think something is going to go badly and you’re not excited about it, then it will actually not be that bad. So, I’m thinking this could potentially be the best vacation yet!

G’night!

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This might’ve been a vacation I wasn’t excited for because I was so involved with my friends and spending time with them.

March 22, 2007

March 22, 2007

Yesterday us five got up, drove up hwy 1 to Muir Woods! It had more giant Redwoods! It was actually a pretty cool place. We got there and had lunch, then walked on the many trails for about three hours. Then dad wanted to drive through Berkeley College. We got lost finding Berkeley. But when we did find it, we had to pay to drive through campus. So, we didn’t see anything at Berkeley! Dad and mom were kind of disappointed but oh well. Then we were all hungry and mom and Eddie had to pee. So, we set off to find a restaurant with a bathroom! We found a bathroom, but the restaurant couldn’t accept credit cards. So…. we went to the grocery story to get dinner. It was a fun day!

So, what we did today! We got up and I asked dad what we were going to do today, he said we’re going to the Big Foot Museum in Felton – just outside of the city. That place didn’t open until 1 o’clock, so we went downtown to check out the stores. We went to Palace, the scrapbooking store. Where I went last time with Aunt Penny and got all the cool stationary stuff. And we looked at other stores. Oh yeah! I watched The Family Stone on tv. And Meryl, mom and me went on a walk down the beach before we went downtown. We drove to the museum, and it ended up being closed, so we just drove back to the house.

Ava Estelle

Present day me: The redwoods were amazing!!! I remember taking many pictures while there.

A few years prior to this time I had the opportunity to visit my Aunt Penny in California all by myself. I wasn’t too scared of flying alone because I had done it a few times with my family already at that age. When I was with only Aunt Penny, she and I did a ton of shopping and sightseeing. I only had a couple days with her for that trip, and I had a great time! I got so many cool scrapbooking, notebooks and writing things from that store – Palace. I dreamt about going back between the two visits I had to California as a kid. I hope I can visit again someday. I also remember how the beach was around the house we were staying at. There were sections that the ocean carved out underneath the land where the houses stood. I wanted to explore one, there were a few, while I was with Aunt Penny. But, by the time we walked back to the house for me to change into my swimming suit I changed my mind, and we did something else.

I am so grateful I wrote about this trip as it happened. Me today, would not have remembered all of this without my entries to remind me.

March 20, 2007

March 20, 2007

Early morning

Okay so, on Sunday what we did was the five of us: me, Meryl, Eddie, mom, and dad, went to the SC Boardwalk. There were rides, rollercoasters and tilt-a-whirls, some cool stuff! The Giant Dipper was the name of the rollercoaster we went on. It was an old wooden one. Red and white and made rickety sounds for the whole ride. Me, Eddie and Meryl went on this ride called the Tsunami. That ride was so funny! It spins and the two inner people would get pushed against the outer one haha! The second time we went on Meryl was in the middle and I was on the end. The person came around and made us switch!!! Haha! So yeah, that was pretty much that day.

Late morning

So, yesterday we drove up to Big Sur. Basically it’s just a road on the side of the mountain overlooking the ocean. The road was labeled HWY 1. It was really beautiful! Highway 1 is famous for the views, there are a couple bridges that were featured in movies. That was pretty cool. Aunt Penny took us to her “secret beach spot” called Pheiffer Beach. There were rocks all over and cliffs. The water would spray all over when it came through the rocks. That was really pretty too! Aunt Penny said in the summer it was a nude beach…..ewww!!

We drove up the mountains and went to a really cool restaurant called Nepenthe, they had really good burgers. We all had the same burger with different things on it. There was a store under the restaurant, Phoenix. Dad bought me a set of hand-made lights. They’re really awesome! We went to Carmel beach, there is a town called Carmel. Famous people live there, Aunt Penny said. The beach was nice – the Pebble Beach Golf Course was off in the distance.

Then we drove over to the 17-mile Drive. And during that we saw the lone Cyprus tree. We walked through pebble beach golf course. We also stopped at this point on the drive to see a bunch of birds. And there were squirrels that came really close to us when we called for them.

After all that tourism we rented Borat and Employee of the Month. Borat was funny in some parts but then really stupid too. Employee of the Month was good!

Well since I wrote in here of the last two days, I suppose I should write in here for today!

Aunt Penny and Uncle Ron left right away this morning. So, we had the house to ourselves. We chose to go to the mall. Meryl got a backpack, Eddie got a PS2 game, mom got a pair of pants and me and dad got books. We were only there for two hours. The mall wasn’t that big. Then we came home and lounged around for the afternoon. Dad made tacos for dinner. They were good and then I told mom I wanted to go get ice cream. So, we went downtown, (me, Meryl, Eddie and mom) and found a Marini’s store with some ice cream there. That was some GOOD ice cream! So, we walked around downtown, we just got back a little bit ago. Fun evening.

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This was a really fun entry to revisit as an adult. It makes me want to relive these days again with my current partner, friends, and family. I remember it being so exciting to explore the nature around the area. It made me learn how fun it is to travel someplace new.

I remember going on that ride with my siblings and deciding to be the one sitting on the outer side, they push against while the ride spins. The guy who was working made my sister and I switch because she was a tad wider than me at that point. I remember feeling good he thought that of me, but then kind of bad that she had to be on the end again. I remember the feeling once my aunt and uncle left, and we were at the house just the five of us. It felt a tad deflated. But it also felt nice to do our own things. We still had a few days of our trip left!

March 17, 2007

March 17, 2007

Well early this morning we got to Aunt Penny’s house at about 2 o’clock. Then we slept and got up at like 7am. We all went on a walk on the beach, then we went to Noah’s Bagels for breakfast. I love Noah’s!!! After breakfast we just walked around down there. Then we drove to this mini-Redwood trees site. It was really cool! One tree we could walk into the trunk of it! And still had room! The girl that showed us the inside said people used to use it for a honeymoon spot in the late 1800s. That’s pretty cool! After we went to the redwoods, Aunt Penny wanted to get some hot chocolate. Me and Eddie got milk chocolate. Meryl got white chocolate. It was really really good! The chocolate was really rich! You kind of needed to drink it along with some water! But it was good! Hehe. After the hot chocolate we went to the boardwalk to see the sea lions! That was cool! Me, Eddie, Meryl and dad got caramel apples. Mine and Meryl’s and dad’s had caramel, white chocolate and cinnamon on it. Eddie’s just had caramel. They were good! After that we came back home, and mom and dad got groceries and Uncle Ron and Aunt Penny, me and Meryl went out for lunch and did some errands! That was cool. We went to this BBQ Texas grille restaurant. Good food! After the errands we came back home and sat and tried to fix the hot tub (the heater wasn’t working) so, we hung out for a little bit, we had a little trouble with the tv and dish satellite. So, I helped Aunt Penny with the customer service for it. Then after that (we did A LOT today) me, Meryl, mom, and Aunt Penny went to get manicures and pedicures!!!! That was fun. I got pink on my toenails and fingernails. Then this cool flower design on my two thumbs! Very pretty! I <3 my nails! Ummm, so yeah, now we’re waiting for Uncle Ron and Aunt Penny to get back with the pizzas for dinner. It’s 8:30pm! And I am hungry!!! Today was so much fun!!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (I used a green pen to write this entry)

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This was our first day in California! I remember that as my first manicure and pedicure ever and I felt so cool! It’s really incredible the number of things we did that day! I don’t remember it being so jam packed. I’m glad I kept track of our trips! Visiting the giant redwood trees was a very memorable part of visiting California!!

February 17, 2007

February 17, 2007

On Wednesday the 15th Eddie, Mom, Opa, Uncle Pat, Uncle Leroy and Aunt Margot went deep sea fishing. But that day was cold out. The wind was blowing all over and they were in a very small fishing boat. But they caught lots of fish, red snapper, perch, and trigger fish. Those fish were fileted, and we had them for dinner that night. Fed thirteen of us and still had leftovers. They got back around 10:30am (they left at 5:30am) because mom and Uncle Pat both threw up and the others were getting nauseous. The rest of the day we just hung around at the beach, and to me it was kind of an all together boring day.

On Thursday the 16th Nana took all the grandchildren and my mom to the aquarium. Nana ran out of cash, so she had to get money from Eddie. Being Eddie, he gave her all his money. (Don’t worry he gets it all paid back) and the cost for the aquarium came up to $40 USD!!! For 8 people. We walked through the outside with all different kinds of birds flying around us. It was pretty cool. Then we walked inside the building to see all the fish and sea animals.

So, after the aquarium we walked up to Senor Frogs Restaurant. That place was AWESOME! Me, Phoebe, and Meryl got mango drinks then Meredith and Susie got strawberry drinks. Good drinks! When we walked into the restaurant everything was autographed with people’s name and other weird sayings. So that was cool reading all that. Then after we were done eating a guy came around and made each of us a different kind of balloon hat. Me and Phoebe got the same design just different colors. That was a fun place. We did sign one of the pillars that was right by our table, me, Meryl, Eddie, and Phoebe signed it.

After Senor Frogs we walked back to the aquarium because we wanted to see the bird show. It was kind of weird, but okay. After the bird show Nana wanted to see the Sea Lion Show. But there wasn’t another one until 4pm. So, we had 2 hours to spare. We decided to go to the shops down main street. Meryl, Eddie, Phoebe, and I walked down there while the rest took the car. It was fun. We were all in really good moods. So, we shopped and walked around for like the rest of the day. That was the only day of our vacation that we didn’t go in the pool or ocean.

On Friday we all went down to the beach for the last day. The tide was really high and the waves were big. Phoebe and I went swimming in the waves. I got sucked under a couple times, but it was fun. We all just sat on the beach most of the day. Played 3 or 4 games of volleyball with a bunch of people from Canada! Then at 3 o’clock we had to go on a tour of the city (Kind of ridiculous to go on the last day) But it was cancelled. So, we just went out to eat at a place called Lapalapa Del Mar. They had good food. After we ate at 4pm we walked down the main street and looked around. Last night was fun. We fit 9 of us into a 5-person car. Everyone had someone on their lap except the driver, Opa. There were a LOT of Canadians staying at our hotel. We were the only one’s from the Midwest.

<3 Ava Estelle

Present day me: This trip to Mexico was our third time in Mexico, but our first in Mazatlán. I remember it being the most fun trip because everyone was in good moods. The Senor Frogs experience really has stuck with me throughout these years. I felt so happy to be with my family and to have a good time with them. It felt complete and like a perfect family vacation.