Buddies,  Bug,  out out out of the house!

A Trip to the Aquarium!


I don’t mean make my blog a “Things to do in Southern California with Kids” magazine or anything but lately these little trips are what I’ve bothered to take my camera out for. One of these days I’ll post about a craft or maybe I’ll post some printable stationery. I’ve been perking on that for a few days…who knows. Blogging is not my job. At least that is what I tell myself.

Is blogging dead?

While you ponder that question I’ll just move onto posting some photos from the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography we visited this last weekend.


This place is so cool. It’s not as big as the Long Beach Aquarium but the location is so much prettier. I love La Jolla. I don’t mean to diss you, Long Beach. You’re much more affordable but these ocean views you just can’t beat.


Like most aquariums there were tons of things for the kids to look at, touch and interact with. This really is the best kind of learning, when you can take it in with all your senses.


What’s funny is that we went with Bethany and her kids and Bug and Annalie learn in such different ways. Annalie likes to run ahead at full speed and throw herself into everything with enthusiasm, while Bug likes to meander along slowly and read every little plaque and ponder every little detail. Annalie was constantly (and politely I must add) calling Bug to catch up with her. I wanted to tell Annalie to slow down and wait for Bug but I realized that Bug loves Annalie and they sort of sling shot each other around and around. They are the best of pals and I think Bug would rather be coaxed along by Annalie any day than prodded by me. So I kept mum and watched them from afar.



Fast, slow, little, big, old, young…no matter who you are and how you learn, it’s fascinating. There’s something for everyone.


I kinda wanted to take the whole place home and install it in my living room.


  • Amy

    I went to that aquarium last year with my daughter and we loved it. We also had the surreal experience of being inside when there was a power outage. We were surrounded by glowing fishtanks that were open to the sky above. It was pretty cool, actually!

    La Jolla was just so delightful in every way, really. We Mainers don’t often get to experience places like that!

  • norm

    Blogging is not dead – it’s resting.
    Pining for the fjords.
    (lovely bird, the Norwegian Blue – wonderful plumage)
    Whether or not blogging is dead I hope you continue to enjoy it because your posts are all delightful (whether or not they contain interesting seaweed). Of course you mustn’t continue if you feel like it’s an obligation or a chore – it isn’t your job, of course! But perhaps there is some helpful synergy between your activities that helps keep them going afresh.

  • bethany actually

    You know, I think Annalie and Bug being friends is probably really good for both of them. Sometimes Bug makes Annalie slow down and pay attention, and sometimes Annalie gets Bug to skim some details and experience life at a faster pace. :-) And if nothing else, they’re both learning patience!

    It really is a fun aquarium. We have a few more guest passes, so we can go back again!

  • Jackie

    Hello—This isn’t a comment on the post, I just wasn’t sure where to post this. I wanted to let you know that the link from the Smitten Kitchen website (she has a “Good Reads” page of links) stopped leading to your most recent post and as of recently goes to an old post of yours when you were pregnant. Happens every time. Just an FYI.

    • SAJ

      I was wondering why I was getting so much traffic on that one “blog-plosion” post. I have no idea why but I will be looking into it. Thanks for letting me know!

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