Carlsbad Staycation

The little boy went back to school yesterday.  Yea!

And he did it with lots of excitement and no complaint.  Amazing.

Of course, he usually melts down on day two or three after a break, so we’ll see how the rest of the week plays out.

Last Wednesday, we took a little trip up the road to Carlsbad.  We stayed at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites for a couple of nights and took the boy to Legoland.  It was nice to get out of our stinky cat hair house for a while.

On the way to the hotel, we stopped at the Forum Shopping Center.  We took a walk on the adjacent La Costa Glen Trail and then popped into Gepetto’s to get the boy a few toys for the trip.  He picked out a magnetic dartboard and a small car that lights up.

The hotel was great.  The room was a little bit small considering the amenities packed inside it.  We had a full fridge, a two-burner stove, a small dishwasher, a full set of dishes, an HDTV, and granite everything.  Very convenient.

The king-sized bed was too soft for our taste and our son’s pull-out sofa sleeper took up too much of the room, but everything was really clean and the hotel service was excellent.  We swam in the pool and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

My only real complaint with the Hyatt might be that the bathroom door had no lock.  Our son doesn’t really understand our need for privacy yet, so that was problematic for us.  There also wasn’t a fan to muffle any noises in the bathroom either.  If you know what I mean.  And I think you do.  🙂

The hotel is small and located a little too far to walk to anything, but Carlsbad is not a difficult place to navigate by car and the distance to Legoland, the beach, and the downtown village is minimal.  There is no restaurant on site, but the hotel does make up for this with complimentary social hours with drinks and appetizers every night and continental breakfasts each morning.

We hit Legoland on day two of our adventure.  The boy wouldn’t go on a single ride, so we basically spent $268 for a really long walk, but it was fun anyway.  There are popper fountains and a great climbing structure that the boy enjoys.  Note in the photos how he passed out for an afternoon nap at the end of the day.  He was pooped.  He hasn’t napped like that since he was two years old!

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On Friday morning, we went to Bobby’s Hideaway Cafe for breakfast.  It was yummy.

Bobby’s is located next door to Buffalo Brothers Guitars.  Husband happily went there while the boy and I went across the parking lot to a botanical wonderland called Plant Play Nursery.

I have decided I would like to curl up inside one of the giant, beautiful, glazed turquoise basins in this place and live there forever.  Plant Play is teeny and charming.  Go, if you’re ever in the area.

When the husband finished his brief tour of Buffalo Brothers, he and his green thumbs wandered over to find us and he got sucked in just like we did.  We bought four plants total and we both want to go back again.  I am still dreaming of a gorgeous old rusty wrought iron trellis I saw.

We headed home after that and finished out the break with egg hunts and an Easter brunch at my mom’s house.  Pix of that tomorrow.  Maybe.

And that’s about it!

Happy Monday!!

It’s good to be back!

P.S.  The little boy continues his movie making.  He doesn’t know the words to the song, but he’s committed to the process!  I sure do love him.


Kiss Day

Husband and I had our first kiss on December 1, 1995.

He was just twenty-two and I, the cradle robber, was thirty.

Things I remember…

After work, we met some coworkers at a Cantina to celebrate my boss’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Rebecca!!

Husband and I rode to the restaurant together as friends.

We took a detour to the Ocean Beach Pier on the way back and arrived home as something more.

A nosy acquaintance had taken me out to lunch earlier that month, just to grill me about the relationship.  At the time of her third degree, husband and I were strictly platonic with no plan of anything more, so that’s what I told her.

“We’re really good friends, ”  I said, but she didn’t believe me.  I found her questions impolite and annoying.  The day after husband and I kissed, I laughed at her in my head.

I remember finally being able to study husband’s face that night.  I couldn’t do it for weeks before we kissed, because I knew my eyes would give away what I was feeling.

I was wearing a long loose knit sweater, a pair of black leggings and flat slip-on shoes.  Oh, and a necklace.

It was a little bit windy on the pier and there were a handful of people there, fishing.

Walking back to the car afterward was weird.  Exciting, strange, and sweet, but weird.

The following days at work were agonizing.  I couldn’t think straight and I felt paranoid and nervous, but I couldn’t stop smiling.

Husband left me love notes and we kissed some more.

Now we’re married and we have a beautiful little boy and a house and three cats and a Christmas Tree and all the almonds we can eat and a cow on the piano.

Life is good.

And it started with a kiss.

Happy Kiss Day Anniversary, Husband.

I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.