Saturday, January 11, 2014

California - Day 3

I'm sorry guys but I think I may never return. California has stolen my heart today.

Today we decided to hit the road and headed to the coast. The end destination was to be Santa Monica and the beautiful and infamous Pier. 

I have learned a few things since being a parent. A Golden Rule of mine has always been roll with the punches. And that we did today. 

We had a nice (and FREE) breakfast here at the Homewood (I would recommend this hotel for any family!) and immediately hit the road for our final destination - Santa Monica. Note the word "immediately". This may have been a mistake (a little foreshadowing for you).  

A little bump occurred when we heard Coulter crying in the backseat. His tummy hurt. Luckily, I had just enough time to hand him (and sacrifice) my coveted Jamaica messenger bag. All this happened while traveling on one of the busiest highways in the entire United States. Talk about multitasking at its best!  The navigator and comforter/mom hats were on and in full effect!  

Luckily we managed to find a grocery store and got the boy cleaned up. 

The next stop was nothing but exceptional. We drove one of the most beautiful stretches of road I have ever seen - The Palos Verdes. We pulled off to get a picture and check out the view. Next thing you knew, we were at the Trump National Golf Club (a public course which is rated one of the top 100 courses in the world).  

We are not golfers but we did walk the trails around the course and got some beautiful photos and wonderful memories. I made sure to stop and breathe it in!

So we got back on the road and were ready for Santa Monica!  

But no....once again we heard the dreaded "my tummy hurts".  Luckily, we were ready!  Let's just say it was my attention to detail that saved the day!   There was a hole in the plastic grocery store bag and thankfully I tied it in a knot. 

This was when The Golden Rule came into effect. Either continue on the Santa Monica and run the risk of more comments from the peanut gallery (ha!) or make a change of plans. And that's just what we did. 

Next stop....ANY beach!  Any place with open air and washrooms (or bushes!). 

Life's a beach

We ended up at Hermosa Beach. And it was perfect. What a charming beach town. We had a bite to eat.  We checked out the beach.  We survived AND thrived!

You would never know this little guy was car sick just hours earlier!  

So tomorrow is THE day!!!  CHA day!  I promise to work hard and work the floor checking out the coolest new products out there!  

Have you been following the various companies on Facebook or their blogs?  i have!  Honestly, have you seen Ranger's booth?  The pictures are incredible!  Actually, all the companies have impressed me. I cannot WAIT to see them in person!!



Nicole said...

Sounds like fun! Well, everything except the car sickness! I haven't been following the facebook posts, but was on the Scarpbook Jeidi site today and saw a few more things I would love to see in your store :) Carta Balla It's a Celebration Collection Kit, Glue glider Pro Cartridges, and Hazel and Ruby Sequin Tubes. Have fun tomorrow!

Jackie Plank said...

I sure hope Coulter is feeling better and that it wasn't anything serious. I am not following facebook but am watching the blogs feverishly LOL

Betty Meyskens said...

Ok - I just finished watching Tim Holtz demonstrate the distress marker spritzer and I gotta get it. And the best thing is that you can use any marker - it doesn't have to be the distress marker. How cool is that!