August 23, 2011

27 hours

We made a 27 hour jaunt down to LA this weekend for a very exciting event. One of my bestest friends got married in Minnesota last weekend. Sadly, we couldn't swing the trip to Minnesota this year, but we were still able to celebrate at the post wedding festivities in LA. The gorge bride is in the middle (in her signature color, of course). Wren, Stacy and I were inseparable in high school and it's so great that we have all kept in touch even though we live in different places (DC, LA and SF). Stacy's new husband, Adam, is just the nicest guy and I couldn't be happier for them.

So fun to see friends that you don't get to see all the time. I wish I had taken a picture of all the girls!

Nate had an exciting and fun-filled weekend as well. Our little frequent flyer got to take a peek in the cockpit on his way down to LA. Since his name was embroidered on his backpack, he was on a first name basis with the pilots.

He also went to a Thomas the Train birthday party. He napped through the electric Thomas train ride portion of the party, but since he didn't know what he missed, he was happy as a clam on this train.

Nate got this train conductor hat in his goody bag. How cute is that?

Hubs had to fly out early Sunday am for work. I was lucky enough to brunch and catch-up with the bride a bit more. We then headed back to LAX to get my dad (aka Pa Pa Jerry) who was on his way back into town from his own work trip. After a yum lunch and some dessert, we headed BACK to LAX for our flight home.

Nate, cooperating as always, for a pic with mom.

This was my first time flying alone with Nate. I am not going to get into specifics (dirty diaper while we are stuck in the window seat...but of course), but it wasn't fun. When I was uploading the pictures, I came across this gem along with a bunch of pictures of the guy that was sitting next to us. Not sure how I missed Nate hijacking the camera!

August 10, 2011

East Coast 2011

We made our 2nd annual East Coast L family summer excursion last month to visit two of my favorite people: gram and gramps.

We took Nate to the Ocean City boardwalk for dinner and rides one night. He had a BLAST. I have been going to the boardwalk since I was a little kid and it was so much fun to be able to bring him to all my favorite spots.

We took a cheesy family photo in the Ocean City flip flops. Not really sure what's up with faces peeking out of the middle of sunglasses, but I still love these things.

Nate was big enough to go on quite a few rides by himself. He was beyond excited. When it was time to go eat dinner, he was literally digging his heels into the boardwalk because he didn't want to leave the rides.

We made it up to him by letting him go on a "special ride" with grandma. Who needs a stroller when you have a walker?

Of course we stopped for vanilla Kohr's with rainbow sprinkles before we left. This soft serve is my favorite and I just haven't found anything that compares in Cali. I'm not going to lie, I don't really like sharing my dessert with Nate. I guess that's what happens when you become a mom.

Nate went to pose for a picture with Mr. Taffy, but changed his mind when he got there. Luckily, I got a picture on the approach.

We also went to visit Lucy in Margate. Lucy is another one of my childhood favorites and Nate got an absolute kick out of the giant elephant. He is the tiny dot by Lucy's paw.

We spent a day at the beach in Margate. Nate and cousin Andrew went for a swim and stomped on sandcastles. Nate also did some serious seagull chasing and collected seashells.

We ended our trip with a 24 hour jaunt to NYC to visit some of our besties. Rod and Charlotte had sweet baby Adrian 5 weeks before we came. They totally have the parenting (and strollers on the subway in NYC..yikes) thing down. Adrian was a perfect angel at Otto (Mario Batali I heart you). Nate not so much.

Nate found NYC and FAO Schwartz so exciting that he decided to skip his nap. This made for a very interesting day/dinner. He perked up after dinner when we went to meet Grandpa Jerry at Momofuku Milk Bar.

Momofuku cookies are GOOD. Seriously. We bought an assortment and I snacked on them for days.

And what better way to make your toddler happy at 10pm at night after he has napped for 25 minutes all day (really!) than give him some cereal milk ice cream. I'm not sure if he was more excited about Papa Jerry or the ice cream...but either way, he was happy.

All in all, a perfect trip. I love spending time with our friends and family, eating too much food and keeping Nate up past his bedtime. Oh and the East Coast heat wave...bring it on. Such a great vacation.