We have now had a our first visitors! It was wonderful to see Anthonys’ Aunt and Uncle, John and June here in San Diego last week. We always have such a great time with them, however, things have quietened down a little since the boys. We received an email from June at the end of January letting us know their plans. They flew into San Francisco and then travelled down to San Diego.
I have to say, it was quite strange to see them here. We kept referring to San Diego as if it was Sydney which confused us many times. John and June very wisely stayed in Point Loma, for some reason they wanted to miss out on the 5 am wake up calls when Anthony leaves for work, followed by the 515 (if we are lucky) sound of the boys opening their bedroom door which has this tricky handle on it.
John and June being in Point Loma, forced us out of our little oasis of Coronado to do some more exploring of San Diego and the surrounds. Near their accommodation in Point Loma is the Cabrillio National Monument, (http://www.nps.gov/cabr/index.htm). We all piled into our 7 seater (proving why it was such a good buy), and headed 5 minutes up the road to the national park. As you drive towards the main gate of the National Park you travel between the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The cemetery is for US veterans and overlooks San Diego, the North Island Naval Base – Coronado. It is incredbily beautiful and I hope to visit one day without the boys to look a the headstones properly.
As it was Presidents Day weekend, we did not have to pay, however we made a donation. Being a long weekend it was so busy and we had left our run a little late, and we were unable to visit the tide pools and had to settle with a walk around the main information area – and a walk towards the main lighthouse. It was just nice to catch up with all the news from the families and swap photos and videos of the new grandchildren and cousins. The boys loved seeing John and June and when we left that night Jack pronounced in the car, “June, a bit like Granny!”. Oh and John was renamed Papa John.
John and June then joined us in Coronado on the Monday of the long weekend. After getting slightly lost in Coronado (which is actually quite an achievement considering alpha numeric grid style street naming convention here), John and June arrived for lunch and an afternoon of exploring our local area.
To make up for missing the tide pools, we headed back over to Point Loma one afternoon during the week. We unfortunately did not time it well again as it was high tide. But this did not detract from the beauty of the area. They boys had a wonderful time scaring June and I half to death with their scrambling over rocks which were very close to the coast. We then headed back to the main car park for a bigger walk towards the lighthouse.
The views are truly breathtaking – we were there on a particularly clear day so we could see across San Diego, towards the North Island Naval Base and down to the Mexican border. We even spotted a submarine heading out to sea – it was rather interesting trying to explain to the boys what it was. The history of the lighthouse is very well set out within the walls of the lighthouse – it is quite scary how isolated they were and how critical their role was in protecting the ships as they passed. We are hoping to get back there later this week to coincide with the tide and explore the pools properly. We were able to spend one last afternoon with John and June before they headed back north to San Francisco. It was so wonderful to see them, we always have such a wonderful time together, and we hope to see them in either the UK or back here soon.
Postscript… in actual fact our first visitor was our wonderful nanny, Lisa from Sydney. She was very timely in the US when we first arrived. We had not seen her since November when we left Sydney. Lisa has play a huge part in our lives since the boys were 6 months old. She was my sanity while Anthony was away. The boys absolutely love her as well and still talk about her. As you can see in the photo below, Lisa is clearly not forgotten by Jack (or Sam). Lisa stayed with us the third week we arrived, and the third day we moved into our house. She was fantastic and amazing as she has always been and it meant we could get the house sorted, preschools booked and even a dinner out. We miss her very much, and finding someone to babysit the boys is always so challenging as she has set the standards so high! Come back!