i guess i’ll consider it a win that this post is not quite a month overdue. so that i’m sure that i’ll actually finish it and post it within the next year, i’ll let the pictures do most of the talking. i’ll just say this… it was almost three weeks of pure bliss. something our little family so needed, and something i pray we can do again soon!
what a blessing it was to be able to stop in phoenix and stay with family that we don’t see near enough! max had so much fun with kallin and kynli, and he especially loved all of their fun toys! the adults had just as much fun chatting and catching up as the kids did 🙂 thank you deana and shayne for your amazingly gracious hospitality!
first stop in LA being IKEA… happy mama!!
citywalk had lots to look at for the littlest turri 🙂
disneyland was one of my most favorite days in a long time. max really loved it too, despite his face in the above pic . toon town was number one on his list, but it’s a small world ran a close second. the ice cream was probably next on his list, meeting characters falling to the way bottom of his favorite things about disneyland. characters from a distance- good, up close- BAD. still, best day ever.
our first beach day was a little bit chilly. neither of my guys cared, but this mama stayed far away from that frigid ocean water. thankful for a hubby that will brave the icy water to stand in the waves with a two year old who couldn’t feel the cold 🙂
maybe it was that cold ocean water that made max really love the much warmer pool water. lucky for us, most days were warm enough to swim, and ry did an amazing job introducing max to the world of swimming. by the end of our trip max was holding his breath and going under water! hopefully we’ll have a swimming fish by the end of summer!!
a fun night of eating with cousins, and the intro to max taking selfies- haha! he even has a clicking sound that coordinates with his fake camera!
a few more of his now famous selfies. he even checked his background to make sure 😉
we did lots of walking around our old neighborhood. so glad we got to bring max back to the place where we brought him home. so different this time around, no baby asleep in the stroller, just a running toddler! so special.
we were beyond grateful to be included in two easter celebrations! being away from home, it felt so good to be with people that we love, celebrating a special holiday. and max was thrilled, three separate Easter egg hunts, all eggs filled with treats 🙂 definitely such a special easter that we will remember always.
of course we had to visit some of our favorite places to eat. umami, western bagel, donut prince, and bob’s big boy just to name a few.
max’s face in this pic KILLS me. he looks kind of like a hilarious little crazy person, but really he’s in heaven people watching in venice with his blueberry muffin. blueberry muffins are his most favorite food in the world right now- like he would choose it over ice cream! say what?!
walking around lake hollywood- perfect morning.
the grove, one of the places we miss so much. we just had to make a few stops there, and we were glad when matt could join us! max is crazy about him, probably because they enjoy the same things, like pretend sleeping on the couch at j crew, and watching the fountain. max’s face in their pic is hilarious, ry told him he saw a bear just as he was snapping the pic- haha. and the reality of trying to take a family pic with a wiggly toddler. i love them just as much as if they were perfect 😉
ry got his chance at a guys night out with matt, and i made him take it! when else could he experience the big lebowski fest?? haha- he loved it!!
bob’s big boy on a friday night filled max’s car loving heart. until someone started their LOUD engine and he jumped into my arms at the speed of light 😉
our second try at a beach day was PERFECT.
and just like that, it was time to say goodbye.
we were so thankful for our time together in a place that still feels like our second home. and really thankful for our max who was beyond amazing in the car. now that we know how good he is on road trips, we just won’t wait so long to take another!