This past weekend our family took our last California road trip to Monterey - I can't believe we are leaving to Germany in four days! Mario loves the Monterey Bay Aquarium because there are sharks, octopus, jellyfish, penguins, cool fish, a wave machine, touch pools and splashing zones; and it was nice to escape from the chaos of our home, if only for a day, to do something fun as a family. We stayed in a hotel for one night and when we checked into our room Mario said "is this our new home?". We have been telling Mario that we are moving and it was interesting to realize he understands what is happening, he just doesn't know how far or where we are going. I honestly think Mario would be perfectly happy living in a hotel room as his home (what three year old wouldn't love a fireplace, a pool, watching tv from bed, and living a block away from the Aquarium?), except Mario had an immediate sadness over the fact that his cats weren't there!