We finally made it to California safe and sound and more than ready to be out of the car for a while. Brooke has become the 4 year old road trip queen. Normally we take Brooke to Northern California for her to visit her dad but with our custody agreement, I bring her to Southern California once a year and that is usually during the holidays.
So that is why we are here and Brooke is going to have the time of her life. I feel very lucky that Andrew and I both ‘get it’ when it comes to saying goodbye to kids on weekends/holidays/etc and it is amazing to have that support from each other. We will miss them like crazy but we gotta keep doing the best thing for them and continue to support their other relationships as much as possible.
Just be prepared to hear about how much I miss them for the next week though;) When we don’t have them (for longer than just a date night) I always have moments where I freak out because they aren’t right next to me or reach for their hands… it’s strange to not have your little sidekicks with you when you are so used to it!
And miss the wonderful scenes like this one from our house the other night ha. They did a great job cleaning this up afterwards though:)
After dropping off Brooke we drove another hour to our hotel (by then I was really ready to be out of the car). Andrew and I decided that we are going to stay in Laguna for the week. He found a killer deal on a hotel (plus all of his expedia credit stuff) so we packed our lives with us.
Of course the mountain bike came too. I’m more than happy to have a week of perfect temperatures to run in. We are going to get in a lot of exploring this next week (with your help too please).
Our hotel room has a mini kitchen because we really wanted to be able to have breakfast and most of our lunches here rather than eating out every meal.
Once we unpacked (I am kind of crazy about that and have to do that FIRST thing when I get somewhere) we went down to Laguna Beach for dinner. Santa made sure to stop by for a picture. It made me strangely excited.
We went to Nick’s Laguna Beach for dinner and oh my goodness, it was amazing. We started with shrimp taquitos.
And then I had a halibut sandwich and an amazing salad. I’ll be eating a lot of seafood while we are here… Utah seafood does not compare.
We then walked around the little town by the beach and went into the different art stores.
And made sure to go down by the water too.
On the way home we decided to search for dessert (neither of us drink so dessert is our highlight while we are out) and we came across Cream. Andrew really wanted the donut ice cream sandwich but they were out, so we will be back again for more.
The Cream Taco was amazing though (I couldn’t finish it but the cinnamon churro flavor was incredible).
Andrew had the waffle sandwich and was very happy about it!
We finished off the night by checking out the hotel gym and then going to the hot tub (I really wouldn’t mind having one of these).
Oh, a good hotel gym… how I love you.
We need your recommendations! Where to eat, where to run, where to visit, where to explore in Laguna (or close to that)?
Nearest large body of water to you? Lakes? An ocean? A river?
Parents reading that have split schedules with your kids… what are your holiday arrangements?
What are your feelings on seafood?
-Love it all.