I finally, after two years since moving away, made the short trip back to LA to spend a few days with siblings and friends. I’ve been through LA since moving away but hadn’t yet made a trip specifically to my old home without any other stops or agendas. It was a daunting idea traveling away from home 7 months pregnant alone with a toddler. But it turned out to be such an easy and fun trip… dare I even call it a vacation.
We opted to stay at a hotel rather than crashing with my brother or sister and I really feel that just that alone made the trip feel so relaxing. There’s just something about those big king sized beds and white linens that make me feel so relaxed – wouldn’t you agree?
I spent the bulk of our time in LA with my sister Jamie. And I got to spend some good quality time with my brother and brother-in-law as well. I know that once this little baby in my belly makes his grand appearance it will probably be a while before I am traveling again, so this time with them was very precious to me. And besides for one day when Sadie skipped her nap and became uber grouchy she was well behaved which allowed me to really spend time with the friends and family I saw and stay engaged in adult conversation.
We even got the chance to squeeze in a swim play date with Sadie’s LA pal, Georgia. And man, I really forgot how hot that LA sun can be. My sister kept reminding me that it was a really nice mild day for LA, but after spending a couple of years in the Bay my threshold for heat has most definitely changed.
On my final night Jamie organized a girls dinner for me at the super delicious Maximillianos in HIghland Park. It was a very lovely night seeing so many wonderful faces. And a special shot out to the iPhone for keeping Sadie occupied for 2 hours so I could enjoy my old friends without much interference from toddler land.
It was an amazing time, truly. And Sadie was an angel and a super fun travel companion. I hope to make it back home soon, this time with two kids in tow. To all of my LA fam and friends… love you guys so much – thank you for taking the time to see us. And to Jamie, thank you for devoting your entire week to escorting us around LA. We love you too much. Until next time, stay cool LA – see you soon.