This weekend we got to do a lot of fun things. Thursday night we met up with TJ, Sunshine, and Kalin in Carpinteria where Jared and TJ used to live. We had a lot of fun eating, playing volleyball with the Cardenas's, and visiting the beach.
Then next moring we got up, ate, and headed up to stop off at Aimee's house (one of Jared's sisters) on the way to Monterey. Aimee and their family live in a little town off the road called Lompoc. It was a friendly and quiet neighborhood and they said they really enjoy living there. This was the first time that I got to meet their family, but it was fun for Jared, TJ, and Sunny to catch up with their sister and family since they hadn't seen them in years. Unfortunately, we didn't get to stay long before we had to head back on the road, but it was sure fun to see them! About 2 hours later we drove into Monterey and the boys started getting really excited seeing all the old places where they grew up. It was fun to listen to them telling Sunshine and I all the stuff they used to do, and being able to match the stories to the actual locations. That night we met up with Jared and TJ's friends from high school. They had a blast reminissing with all their friends, and they were all really fun people to hang out around. The only regrets Jared has is that we forgot to get a picture of him and his buddies before leaving. What a bummer- I feel so bad for forgetting!
Saturday we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and that was so much fun! It was so neat to see all the pretty fish, seahorses, and animals. They had a great kids center, and it was fun to see Kalin having a blast with all the things to do. We ate lunch at the famous Bubba Gumps (from the movie Forest Gump) in Cannery Row. I was surprised at how fun the resturant was, it was all themed from the movie so it was fun to see how they put it all together. That night we went to the warf where there were SO MANY boats everywhere! Including a pirate ship from 1812 that is still used today because it is a fast little ship. I enjoyed the warf the most, it was fun to see all the small stores and to eat at a seafood resturant. I got the king crab legs...that were actually from the show "Deadliest Catch" from the discovery channel! They were so big!! They only served two, I was a little disapointed- but I could barely finish the second one becasue they were so big!
Sunday we went to church and attended the ward that Jared and TJ used to go to as kids. They had a lot of fun running into people they new, it was fun to meet people that used to be apart of their lives. On the way home, we got to stop by Aimee's house one more time and see their family. We also stopped and ate in Carp. and got there in time to sit in the car and enjoy the sunset. What a great trip! It was so fun to meet new people, and see all our family members so much!