Jess took us to a great taco shrimp place and this was our view.
Touring the grounds at night.
Last day and awesome weather.
La Jolla Beach
After spending seven days in a beautiful warm place it was hard to come back to the fog and cold snow. I'm sure Jessie will make many trips back.. San Diego has become her second home. I'm thankful that we got to spend quality time together as a family. Serving a mission has changed both Jessie and me. I value our time together. I try and stay more positive as a mother. Now that everyone is getting older and moving on I'm having a hard time accepting change. It was nice to get away and renew relationships. My heart is full and at peace. I feel much gratitude to my Heavenly Father for such a beautiful world and a wonderful life!
Christmas day we attended three sacrament meetings. We were able to meet several members and investigators that Jessie has grown to love and admire. The first sacrament meeting we attended was at the Pacific Beach ward. I sang a duet with Jess called "In The Bleak Midwinter". Julz was our accompanist.
This young man played the most beautiful Christmas song on his cello.
Jessie's former choir teacher Mr. Wiser from Provo High was vacationing in San Diego as well.
Poway Stake Building
After church services we visited three families around Poway California and then we went for Christmas dinner at the McBride's near La Jolla.
We ate the yummiest homemade tamales ever!
I felt genuine love from this wonderful couple. Christmas 2016 will be remembered for a long time.
Monday afternoon we went to the Mormon Battalion
Panning for gold.
Jen was starting to get a chill so she wrapped herself up pretty good.
For dinner we walked to "Old Town" and ate at the Coyote Cafe. The food was delicious and the girls had fun shopping in the small gift stores.
After Old Town we went and visited the Ward family and found out we were related. I told them my baby brother goes by his middle name Ward. He was named after our Ward ancestors who settled in Willard Utah. Sure enough their ancestors were from the same place. Small World.
Picking up Sister Carlson was an awesome experience.
We got on an airplane from the Provo airport and landed in Rainy San Diego around 11:30 am on Thursday, December 22nd.
I was so excited to pick up our rental car and drive over to La Mesa where the Mission home was. I guess you could say I was a little crazy for a while but I'm sure most missionary moms understand! Meeting President and Sister Schmidt in person was wonderful and of course finally hugging Jessie was the best!!
President Ouderkirk released Jessie on Google Hangouts. It took about forty-five minutes and was a very spiritual experience. He asked Sister Carlson to stand at the end of her release and share her testimony. We all cried a lot.
After visiting for a while and saying our goodbye's we were off to Los Angeles. Jessie was a little hesitant about leaving her mission and missionary life but the three and half hour drive up north really helped. Yes the traffic was horrendous!!
December 30th we spent the entire cloudy day at Universal Studios. It sprinkled in the morning and finally cleared up at noon. Around 7:00 in the evening it started to rain again which made the Jurrasic Park ride very realistic. Harry Potter World was probably our favorite part of the day. We kind of splurged and bought front of the line passes so we could go on our favorite rides twice and not have to wait in line. Jen and I got a little motion sickness. We ended up pacing ourselves. The Shrek movie gave us an option to sit in the moving seats or the normal theater seats. By the end of the day we were done being moved around so it was nice sitting in normal seats.
Jen was pretty serious when it came time to pick out a wand. She is our Harry Potter expert and was the main reason for visiting Universal Studios.
The lady in the background decided to photo bomb this particular photo.
GW spoiled us with Hogwarts scarves. Speaking of GW he is probably the funnest person to go on vacation with! His back bothered him for the first time due to sitting a lot the first day. Walking in the wet weather didn't help his lungs either, but he was a real trooper!
I also enjoyed the Universal Studios tour ride which lasted about an hour. GW and I Honeymooned almost twenty-seven years ago at this same park and it has totally changed. Needless to say we were exhausted at the end of the day, but it was all worth it!!