Sunday, July 02, 2017

Going Down to Old Town

We spent Thursday morning recovering from the emotional damage caused by making my kids enjoy Legoland.
 As you can see, there was some residual Legoland sass we had to burn off at a playground.
Jeff found the perfect spot to rock Jonah to sleep.

The one sure way to get everyone in a good mood is a mid morning ice cream snack.

Then naps were in order for basically everyone before we made our way to another park in the afternoon.
Followed by a dinner at Olive Garden for tradition's sake. Let me tell ya a little story from our time at O.G.

Carson, with strong conviction, determined he wanted macaroni and cheese at Olive Garden. When the waiter came to take our order, he was the first to shout his order to let the waiter know just what he wanted.

It is important for you to remember Carson is our foodie. He loves food. Takes his food very seriously. Can often out-eat me at dinner. Has been known to down 6 pieces of pizza under the right circumstances.

So Carson is hungry. He's placed his order. He's patiently waiting when the waiter returns with the salads.

Carson gets excited upon seeing the waiter only to become visibly disappointed when he returned with salad, "I WANTED mac and cheese!" Carson said upon seeing the waiter had clearly gotten his order wrong bringing out a bowl of veggies.

The waiter stared at Carson completely unamused. The adults at the table tried to explain to Carson that his dinner would soon arrive.  While we apologized to the waiter and explained we don't get out much...or ever. The waiter left in a bit of a huff only to return moments later to ask us if everything tasted okay.

Now Carson was visibly upset and when the waiter uttered the words, "Is there anything I can get you?" Carson practically screamed, "Mac and cheese!"

The waiter stared at Carson like he had never seen a child in his entire life. Carson stared at the waiter like it was his first day on the job and he was getting it all wrong. They both huffed.

This whole scene played out at least one more time before the beloved mac and cheese finally materialized...with the wrong side...further convincing Carson it was the waiter's first day, and finally convincing the waiter to drop a little bit of his pride and laugh at the situation.

It had all the rest of us cracking up through the whole meal!
Linker Lou loves Grandpa Thomas. Whenever my dad was in his office, Lincoln would grab a few cars, take them into his office, and quietly wheel them around in there to keep Grandpa company while he worked.
My mom and I snuck away one evening for a walk. I need to move to California just for the perfect evening weather for exercising.
On Friday we checked out Old Town where Jonah was in a tizzy upon realizing his week with Grandma was coming to an end.

We were on a hunt to find some Chicklets. We had success!
We tried out a Mexican restaurant in Old Town where Carson had learned how to properly eat a meal without heckling the staff.
Then we went to the Mormon Battalion where I learned how little I actually knew about their story! We loved our time there!
Wouldn't be a visit to my parents without a few moments of my dad off in a corner on the phone to deal with a few unexpected issues.

Saturday morning arrived all too soon and just as quick as we arrived we were back out the door. It was a perfect trip and we're already looking forward to our next California vacation!


LC said...

So fun!!!

Kim said...

Carson and the waiter at Olive Garden! Reliving it again through your storytelling was a great reminder of how funny the interaction between him and the server really was. I can't blame Carson in the least. The server kept asking if there was anything else he could get us and it truly made sense to Carson to remind him to get the mac and cheese!!

Such cute pictures from Old Town San Diego and Mormon Battalion. Fun times with the Excells!

David and Mary said...

Looks like a fun vacation! Love all the pictures.

Rebecca said...

Did the mac and cheese live up to his expectations?!

Your trip looked so fun! I'm glad you got to see Mom and Dad so much! It gives me hope that it is possible to actually see them when we go to see them!