Michael and I have been talking about a 2013 vacation for a while.
We didn’t take a BIG vacation in 2012, for several reasons. For one, we bought a house in August 2011 and the majority of our disposable income has been going toward home improvement. Secondly, Nora is a TODDLER now, and travel with her is far more challenging than it was when she was an infant. So in 2012, we took a few short trips—our annual jaunt to the Poconos, and also to Boston for my 30th birthday.
But in 2013, we wanted to do something bigger. For a little bit, there were rumors swirling about one of our family friends getting married in Scotland in September, so we were holding out to see if that was really going to happen, because HELLO—it would’ve been awesome to have a good excuse to go to Scotland. But alas, she ultimately decided to get married stateside so that more friends and family would be able to swing it.
Then we were left with a simple, yet very difficult question… where do we want to go?
San Diego was on the short list because we have a friend who lives out there, and Michael has never been to Southern California. But although we talked about it a lot, we were non-committal. And then, several weeks ago, I got wind of a Southwest Airlines sale and within a few hours we were clicking the “submit” button on flights to San Diego.
It was the first time we ever had to buy Nora her own seat (she’s over 2 now!) but we still got a great deal. But I’ll admit that my mouse hovered over that “submit” button for a minute or two as I asked Michael if we’re crazy. Flying with Nora to Boston wasn’t the easiest thing ever—she was restless, and it was ONLY AN HOUR. This is… a lot more than that. But we don’t want to be people who let their kid hold them back from doing things like this, so we sent up a little prayer to the universe that this was a good decision.
We’ll know come January.
Anyway, I’ve been to Southern California a few times. Los Angeles, San Diego, Palm Springs. Our tentative plan is to stay with our friend in San Diego for a few nights, drive up to Los Angeles and stay in a hotel for a couple of days (with a stop in Anaheim for a day trip to Disney Land) and then head back down to San Diego to finish our trip. But nothing is set in stone, except for our flights into and out of San Diego.
Aside from Disney Land and the San Diego Zoo (we hear the zoo is a MUST with kids, and I’ve never been), we have no real agenda… yet. And if you’ve been reading here a while, you know where this is going. I rely on all of you to give me the inside scoop!
What are your Southern California recommendations? We want to hear what’s worthwhile in San Diego, L.A., and everything in between. Sightseeing, restaurants, suggestions for places/areas to stay in L.A., and any other miscellaneous tips. We’re hungry for it all. Oh, and if you are an experienced Disney visitor (I’ve been to both Disney Land and Disney World once each) and have tips on tackling the park with a 2.5-year-old, HELP.
The weather should be decent while we’re there, but it’s January, so likely not beach weather. But I’ll tell you what—60-degree temps are bound to feel GLORIOUS compared to what it’ll be like at home! I can’t wait for the short reprieve in the middle of what are always long winters up here in the Northeast.
I can’t wait to hear the governator say, “When can you start?” :)
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AboutI'm Heather. I'm 33 and have been married to Michael for seven years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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