Weekend Wanderings- San Diego {Part 2}

Hey y’all, I’m back to recap the second part of our trip to San Diego. I’m going to go on ahead and apologize for some picture overload in this post, maybe I was trying to make up for not taking any pictures on Friday.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

Saturday

If you can believe it, I didn’t plan a single thing for this whole trip, except for our flights to actually get us to San Diego. We knew that since our friend lives in San Diego he’d be able to show us everything that we wanted to see, and we were right! Austin did such a good job planning our weekend, and we had such a blast!

San Diego Zoo

Our first stop on Saturday was the San Diego Zoo. This was probably the thing that I wanted to see the most since this zoo is known around the world for being one of the best, and it did not disappoint.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

We arrived at the zoo bright and early in the morning, and the first thing we did was to hop on the top of the Guided Bus Tour. I would definitely recommend this as a first stop on your trip to the zoo because you really get the lay of the land, and you also have the opportunity to see the animals when they’re the most active (it’s the same thing as riding the Safari at Disney World first thing in the morning). I would also recommend sitting on the top half of the bus like we did. Even though it’s hotter up there because you’re in the sun, the top of the bus gives you much better photo opportunities because you can move around, and because the animals are so big.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

While on the Guided Bus Tour, our tour guide gave us lots of useful information about the zoo, and what their goals truly are. One of their major goals is to help endangered species by successfully mating them in captivity, keeping close track of their genealogy, and then releasing them back into the wild. The pandas and the California condors are a few examples of some of the species that they’re trying to get off of the endangered species list at the San Diego zoo.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

Our tour guide also gave us random facts about some of the animals in the zoo, like the names of all the giraffes. And, that they use dogs to help with some of the larger cats that they have in the zoo. Doesn’t make a lot of sense, I know. Apparently, when they receive a baby cheetah, for example, they’ll also bring in a puppy that will grow to be roughly the same size as the cheetah when they’re fully grown. They’ll raise them together, and ultimately, the cheetah will start to take some social cues from their buddy, the dog. One of the social cues could be to not be afraid of the zookeeper that comes in to feed it. Really cool in my book!

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego
The polar bears were super active when we were on our bus tour.

After we finished with the Guided Tour Bus, we spent the rest of the morning walking around the zoo, trying to see some of the exhibits that we missed during the Bus Tour or some of the exhibits that we wanted to see again. Some of the highlights from our trip were seeing the polar bears, panda bears, koala bears, meerkats, and of course, the elephants, flamingos, and giraffes.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego
He was laying in a typical Dart pose.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego
This guy foams at the mouth to attract the ladies. And he was super smelly!

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego
In honor of Fat Gertie that quilled in Leakey.

We wrapped up our day at the zoo with a quick lunch and a few more exhibits, like the orangutans before heading to our last activity for the day.

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

Since I’ve overloaded you with pictures this time around, I’ll wrap up our trip to San Diego next time! I hope you enjoyed!

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekend Wanderings San Diego

A 28th Birthday Weekend

Y’all, I seriously can’t even comprehend it. How in the world am I 28 years old today? I’m officially in my “late 20’s” and turning 30 seems way more believable than it ever did before. It feels like  only yesterday that I was celebrating my 21st birthday in good ole College Station, and today I’ll be wrapping up my 7th anniversary of turning 21 birthday celebrations with with my family in Houston.

 

Celebrating like any 28 year old would!
 

Chris and I enjoyed a whirlwind weekend of celebrating at home this year. We started off the weekend on Friday night with a little shopping at Kendra Scott followed by dinner at The Tasting Room, a really good wine bar with some fantastic food.

On Saturday, we headed to St. Arnold for my birthday party. St. Arnold is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, and it’s a really fun place to just go and hang out on Saturdays in Houston. Every Saturday they open their doors at 11:00, and for $10 you get a cup, 4 tokens to try 4 of their beers, and the option to go on one of their brewery tours.

  

  

To be honest though, most of the time we just go to the brewery to hang out with friends, which is exactly what we did on Saturday. The brewery has these huge picnic tables set up in their beer hall, so when you go you can bring as much food as you want and games and just hang out and have a good time. So, we celebrated at the brewery how most 28 year olds would, with a princess party hat, bundt cakes, beer, Cards Against Humanity, Heads Up, and good friends. Many thanks to awesome brother in law for getting us in early so we could set up our table and have a prime seating location.

  

The rest of the day on Saturday was spent relaxing at the house. I finally watched Maleficent, which I really liked, even though most people didn’t seem to. I thought that it was a fun twist to see a different side to the original fairy tale. After the movie, Chris treated me to a dinner at a new Pho place near our house. Seriously, I don’t think it’s possible for me to ever get sick of eating Pho, it’s just that good.

On Sunday, Chris and I ran a few errands before heading over to Top Golf to celebrate my friend’s birthday, which happens to be 4 days before mine. Top Golf is a basically a big driving range that has multiple levels, but instead of just driving the ball, they made it into a little game. You basically compete against friends, and try to hit certain holes when you’re driving the ball. The farther away the hole, and the closer your shot gets to the hole, the more points you earn.

I’ve only played Top Golf once, and the first time I played I was pretty terrible. But I think being on a top level really helped my game because of gravity. We all had a great time celebrating Kayla, and we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful day to go! It was sunny and 80 degrees when it had been pouring all day Saturday.

The rest of the day Sunday was spent catching up on Scandal, followed by some zombies on Walking Dead. It was a busy weekend, but so much fun! I’m so thankful for all of my family and friends that have made me feel so loved the past few days!

Five Things Friday {Week 22}

Houston, we have/had some sunshine! Happy Friday everyone, and here’s my Five Things for the week!

  1. Finally after what seemed like weeks upon weeks of crappy, rainy weather in Houston, we’ve finally had some sunshine peak through the clouds. And along with the sunshine, the warmer weather has officially arrived in Texas. Sorry all of you Northerners, us Texans really are weenies when it comes to cold weather, and we can’t handle cold weather for longer than a couple of months. So it’s about time we had some 80 degree weather.
  2. On our drive to Canyon Lake last weekend, we noticed that the bluebonnets are popping up all up and down I10. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas, and their arrival pretty much also announces the arrival of Spring and warmer weather! It’s also a tradition in Texas to get your picture taken in the bluebonnets, and Chris and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity last year to get a family photo in.
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  3. After a few weekends out of a town, Chris and I are very much looking forward to a fun-filled weekend in Houston. And in our true fashion, we have the weekend pretty jammed packed with a St. Arnold’s brewery tour and some Top Golf to celebrate mine and a friend’s birthdays, and, of course, all of our errands we’ll need to run. But that’s exactly what weekends are for, to have all of the fun you can’t have during the week.

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    One of the last times we visited the brewery.
  4. At Christmas, I got my new iPhone 6+, and I finally got a super cute case in the mail this week! Whitney Blake has the most adorable phone cases for sale on Casetify. I ordered the flowers one which is super girly, and clear so you can see what color your phone is. (I just need to be really careful that I don’t drop my phone).
  5. Another benefit of being at home for a weekend, is that I finally get to do some shopping! My favorite store, Kendra Scott, offers you 50% off of one item, in stores, during the month of your birthday, if you’re signed up for email list. I’ve already got a wish list going, so hopefully I’ll be able to find one of the beauties I’ve been eyeing this weekend!

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    The pretty Kendra Scott jewelry Chris got me last year!

Well, that’s all I have! Have a great weekend everyone!

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