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The nearly empty nest thing takes some getting used to. This past week we took a final vacation with our boys before our 18-year-old, Samson, heads to Richmond, Virginia, for two years to serve as a missionary.

If that's not traumatic enough for a momma, that will mean we have only one minor child, Caleb, still at home. There's a lot of secret crying going on over here.

Anyway, Sam and I took the boys and Samson's best bud, Darvel, to San Diego, California, for some water fun, per Samson's request.

Day one was spent riding wave runners.

Day two was Sea World.

Day three including boogie boarding, kite and drone flying, swimming in the pool, and riding electric scooters up the coast.

As you can imagine, enormous amounts of food were involved in all phases.

We drove out of a blizzard to get to the beach and drove back into another one on the way back to Utah. The second one took us out. You'll have to watch the video for the down low!

Since I had lost over 25 pounds before this trip, I needed new water gear. Here's what I got and really liked them for comfort, quality, and even style!

Women's Neoprene Wetsuit

This neoprene Realon Women's Full Wetsuit—in a cute turquoise blue and black style—was easy to get on and off (relatively speaking, as far as wetsuits go) and felt really good all day.

Being in the Pacific, we went for full instead of shorts because it's chilly in February (and, really, all year long compared to Florida).

I highly recommend a women's wetsuit instead of a men's, women are just shaped differently and the right cut makes a big difference. (I've done both, trust me on this!)

Snorkeling Dive Boots

When you are running around on the beach, in the water, on wet bikes and boats and docks and rocks, you don't want your feet bare and you don't want floppy sandals either.

These Mares Neoprene Anti-Slip Rubber Sole Water Booties are the best I've had in all my years on the beach. Protective and comfortable, easy on and easy off.

Diving Gloves

I can't recall having dive gloves before, but Sam grabbed this pair of OMGear Neoprene Diving Gloves for me—and they just happen to match my wetsuit (light blue).

These kept my hands warm and protected in the water and are also great for snorkeling or diving when you're touching unknown things underwater.

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