If you follow me on instagram and my instastories, this is of no surprise to you.
We did a little trip when Emma was 3 months old and it was wonderful. We wanted a repeat when Mason was 3 months old. The perfect traveling age, in my opinion.
A few pics of the sibs saying "See ya later" to their brother
Reid had a work trip to California that came up. Mason and I decided to tag along. Reid flew out on a Monday. Mason and I flew out on a Wednesday afternoon to meet up with Daddy in LA. Grandma arrived on Wednesday to take on the 3 girlies!
Mason's a dream baby...he was even more perfect on the plane, than I thought he could be. Some angel moved our seat to be the first ones after 1st class, so we had extra leg room. I was excited and nervous about this. Excited for the extra leg room, nervous if he was a terrible baby the people who should be annoyed (1st classers) were going to be pissed.
He was a gem, nursed, napped, smiled, giggled, repeat. Once we landed a guy right in front of us, in 1st class said,
"I was a little mad when I saw that you were seated right behind us and thought to myself, I sure home my headphones would be able to keep out any noise. I didn't hear a thing the whole way. He's the best baby I've ever seen on the flight. Not that, if he was terrible, it would be your fault, but the fact he was great is your fault! Way to go!"
I thought that was a great way to put it!
2 hour time change, so it was really 8pm in MN
We spent one quick night in LA and then drove to San Diego. Reid had to work Thursday, so Mason and I took the scenic route to our hotel, waited to check in and then waited for Daddy to join us.
It was wonderful! We loved the location we picked. Research and reviews hardly ever disappoint. We ended up in La Jolla. We were down a few miles from the more popular area of La Jolla. More flat beach and less Sea Lion stink...thank you reviews!
We wanted a non-chain hotel. Something a little smaller in hopes of baby monitor success, aka being able to sit somewhere, have the baby monitor work and not be too far from our room once baby monitor was activated. We hit the jackpot. Our room was steps from the beach and the monitor worked while on the beach. Mason decided to be the best napper ever, win win!!
Daddy's done with work, soaking up our first sunset
Mason watching his first sun set on the beach. Reid has become quite the photographer!
The next morning we walked a few blocks to get some coffee and breakfast before putting Mason down for his morning nap
La Jolla Cove
Another beautiful morning! My boys checking out the morning ocean
a yummy breakfast
checking out the birds the walked in and were eating crumbs off the ground
So thankful for this extra time to reconnect with my husband after adding a 4th child to the mix, as well as giving Mason lots of extra attention! Thank you Grandma!! She knows the importance of little get aways mixed in to the busy life of raising kids, as my Dad would encourage them to do the same!
The beachy area right below is the beach our hotel was on, to the left of the pier
More sunshine and relaxation. So fun to people watch as well. There was a wedding just steps away from us
We walked to the pier
What a wonderful trip. Obviously there were moments of crying or things not being perfect, like Mason hating the car and the bumpy windy streets. But all in all it was better than I ever could have imagined it to be. It's easy to dream and plan a million vacations while you're on vacation. I wonder where we'll end up next. We would like to take the Bigs on our next adventure...I think :)
and I think that's a wrap...I don't have time to proofread, just have to hit publish, because it took way too long anyway :)
Phew! More updates to come, of jumping right back in to motherhood, with a pre-school graduation!!