Category: Travel

Germaine’s Bachelorette

Before my sister, Germaine, got married we spent 4 fun filled days in Mexico for her bachelorette. Day 1

While I flew out of Cali the rest of the girls took a short flight from Florida so they hung out by the pool and went out for dinner. Day 2

I caught up with the girls, got a good night sleep and then woke up to some goodies! My other sister, Osh (and my bed mate for the weekend) and I got our gear on and were ready to start the day. The girls and our gear! Our adventure for the day was a yacht on the Riviera Maya. I got in a cab with my roommates (sis and two cousins) and it began pouring rain!Luckily when we got there the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Got to love tropical weather! However the ocean was super choppy and very windy. Which made for a super cute photo shoot of my cute sis! Love her!After more wind and rough waves I lost my hat and my stomach.It was horrible! I was over the side of the boat the whole time!!! There were two other girls that got sick too but they were able to stop barfing after the initial round.

We finally stopped at our destination for swimming and lunch. G caught us a fish which the crew cooked for lunch. It was delicious!!  While waiting for lunch to be cooked we hung out in the water. G got to use the ring float I bought for her!After taking a couple of pictures of G and freaking out over the huge sting rays (I know I’m a baby) I somehow slipped and fell down the stairs. Unfortunately I went home with a pretty gnarly bruise.

I was ready to go back to some dry land and our new captain was ready to take us home. We got back to our hotel, The Thompson (which was beautiful and highly recommended) to rest and hang out until dinner time.

The sisters! The beautiful bride to be!For dinner we went to Diablito Cha Cha Cha. The food was yummy! After this picture with my sister I got into an argument with her and needed a breather. I met up with the girls in the club later that night, but didn’t take any pics.

We ended the night with a night swim in our clothes. Day 3

We started our day with Starbucks and a walk around the outdoor market.While we waited for the rest of our squad to get ready we took some cheesy cousin pics. Our adventure for the day was a walk through the Maya ruins and swimming in fresh water caves called the Cenotes.

We hired a tour guide for the day to take us on our adventures. We used Mexico Tropical. Our tour guide was amazing! Our first stop was lunch with the best salsa bar ever!! Next up was the Maya ruins. It was beautiful! Totally worth the trip!Next stop was my favorite!!!! The Cenotes!We swam, snorkeled and took in this natural beauty. So so cool!

We ended our adventure tour at the beach with smoothies and more tacos. We got back to our hotel and decided to check out the sunset by the pool. It was a gorgeous view so we took a couple of pics.

We got back to our rooms and got dressed for dinner. The rest of the girls were tired so it ended up being cousin night. Dessert was AMAZING!!!!After dinner we went up to the girls room for a little surprise for G.Day 4

While the girls went downstairs for breakfast I called room service and had some me time. After breakfast we headed over to another Thompson property for some beach time. We enjoyed some sangria and quiet time before our flights back home.   Thank you g for the fun weekend! Cheers!#nachoaveragebach #fiestasiestatequilarepeat

Fillmore Train Field Trip

I recently went on my 4th Fillmore Train Field Trip. Twice with Sarah and twice with Jacob.I love doing the same things with my kids and when I remember take the same picture. We are so very thankful for our mommy and me class.

My train loving boy was super excited about his 2nd turn to ride the train!Classmate Nathan and Jacob holding their trains and conductor hats.All abroad the choo choo! My little conductor is so excited! Ready for our stop, The Fish Hatchery. I totally thought Jacob would be excited to see the conductor, but for some reason Jacob was super nervous around him. We got our fish food and Jacob dropped in a few at a time.  Then he noctied his buddy Aubrey throwing in handfuls and then her whole bag so Jacob decided to do the same. Monkey see, monkey do! Now that the fish are full it’s time to go back on the train!Once we got back to the train station, we played peek a boo on the stationed trains. Such a fun day out with little man!

Harlem Globetrotters

Once a month I try to find something fun to do with the family. So when I saw that the Harlem Globetrotters were in town and on a Sunday I knew we needed to go.

Hubby went when he was younger and I’ve never been, but the idea of watching a team of basketball players play tricks while they run up and down the court seemed fun. And fun it was!We picked our seats on Stub Hub blindly and totally lucked out! We sat right where the Harlem Globetrotters players walk in from. We got to see the players once again as they went to their lockerooms during halftime.The tricks were even cooler during half time! They brought out mats and a trampoline. My kids thought it was so cool. See more tricks here.

Globie, their mascot, even came out and did a few tricks.  See Globie breakdance here.

Sarah was really impressed!Such a fun day spending time with my loves! Looking forward to our next family adventure!

Melissa’s Birthday in Portland

This past weekend I went to Portland to celebrate my best friend, Melissa’s birthday.

10 years ago I met Melissa in Nor Cal while working for her as a USY Advisor. She was sweet, funny and we had a lot in common. Through out the years we grew even closer. She hosted my bridal shower and my sheva brachot (after wedding dinner). She always make time to see me and my family when she comes to LA. And she is the best person to call when you want to chat. To celebrate her 40th birthday she invited a few close group of friends to stay at her house.

DAY 1

After landing Thursday evening, Melissa took us to our first stop in Portland, Voodoo Doughnut. This eclectic shop has over 50 different kinds of doughnuts, is covered in pink paint and has super art throughout.  We got the Old Dirty Bastard, Snickers Doughnut, and Portland Cream. Yum!!!We walked around for a bit, got pizza and checked out a few places.

DAY 2

We slept in a bit, ran some errands and then made our way out to lunch. After lunch we went to the Nike Employee Store. Melissa’s sister-in-law works for Nike so we checked out the store and bought some shoes. Our next stop was Melissa’s yogurt shop, Yo Zone. She recently bought the shop so going in everyday while we were in town was lot’s of fun. So proud of her! We concluded the evening with Shabbat dinner with her family and friends. DAY 3

We started the day with pomegranate mimosas and brunch at Cheryl’s in downtown Portland.This restaurant is known for their beignets before the meal. Sweets before a meal, I like the way they think! Cheers to the birthday girl!After brunch we walked around a bit. I loved the fresh air and crystal blue sky!Our next stop was the Pittock Mansion. The views were gorgeous and the trees were beautiful. I loved seeing all the moss everywhere. Since we were so high up we even got to see snow.  Sarah and I were both very excited!The next stop might have been my favorite (shhh, don’t tell Melissa!). While looking for things to do in Portland, The Cullen House popped up!  If you know me personally you know how much I was into the whole Twilight craze. My sister and I even went to the all premiers. See more here.We got out, took some pictures and then the owner came out and told us to leave! Ahhh!  If you’re not familiar with this house here is what it looked like in the movie. After we picked up her friend from the airport we checked out the Rose Gardens. However there were no roses to be found. I still thought it was a beautiful area. We squeezed into her SUV and made our daily visit to Yo Zone.We all took a glorious nap and got ready for dinner. Melissa was so sweet and got us a limo for the evening.For dinner we went to SuBe for sushi. Before our next stop we took the limo around town. We stopped at the Columbia River.

We ended the night with some fun at the Barrel Room. I wasn’t so good about taking pictures. DAY 4

We woke up and had Melissa’s homemade bagels. Yum!!Our outing for the day was Powell’s Books. I could have stayed all day! I picked up a few gifts for the kiddos and was ready for my flight. Instead of eating lunch near the airport we deiced to check out the food carts.With multiple flights and times I got to the airport on the earlier side. While walking around I spotted a spa. I decided since I was still not on mom duty, Id’ end my trip with a little neck and shoulder massage. Ahhh! Thank you Melissa for inviting me and for all for the fun memories! Until next time…

Big shout out to my hubby for holding down the fort! This trip would have not have happened if it weren’t for his love and support. Not only did he take kids out on outings, he dressed and did Sarah’s hair for their first father daughter dance.

Harvest Crush

In honor of my good friend, Whitney‘s, birthday this week I want to share the fun moms day out we had this past fall.

I came across an event called, Harvest Crush and invited the perfect friend to join me.

Whitney and I met up at the winery and HAD the best time!We started the afternoon with a lesson on how to cut grapes. Next up was my favorite part, crushing the grapes!

We all dumped our buckets into the container, took turn climbing inside and started to stomp. It reminded when Lucy stomped grapes in this episode. We both almost slipped a few times, but luckily no one hit the floor. So fun! We did pretty good considering we were laughing most of the time! We rinsed our feet and then headed inside for lunch.Thankful for afternoons with friends!

LA Zoo Lights

Last night we went to the a LA Zoo for their annual holiday event called LA Zoo Lights.

I was looking for new adventures during December to do with my family and came across this event.

It was absolutely magical!

Here is a peek into our adventure.

There’s always one kid not looking :(This rose bush was stunning! I wish the picture did it justice. After a little walking we rode the carousel.  Next up was the Twinkle Tunnel.It was beautiful, but our pouty 6 year old made it hard to enjoy as she wanted a turn in the stroller. Then we walked outside and Sarah was immediately giggling in delight. There’s something about snowfall soap bubbles that make kids happy.  It was getting cold, 59 degrees, so a hot cup of cocoa was calling our name. Thank you LA Zoo for having adult choices in your hot cocoa cart! :)

We walked around some more and checked out all the lights. The kids were loving the music in one area so we had a little family dance party.Love adventuring with my little family.Before heading out we visited the reptiles and amphibians Lair.Thanks for the fun memories LA Zoo.

Vegas {2017}

Last year we started a new tradition where we take the kids to Vegas. With both kids off of school for a week, we break it up and take a little family vacation while we can.

Day 1

Driving to Vegas is only a little over 4 hours from So Cal, but driving with kids it’s more like 6 hours.

Our first stop was the Alien Park. We picked up some snacks, took a bathroom break and walked around checking all the alien memorabilia.Jacob was not a fan. Our next stop was the Pinball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hubby is a huge fan an even has his owns a pinball machine.The kids weren’t into all the nostalgia, but did find some games they were familiar with.

Definitely a place worth checking out with or without kids.

When we bought tickets for the High Roller roller coaster at the Linq we just picked a random time. Turns out before 5 pm was really a great choice! We got to see the sunset over the Las Vegas strip.   When we got to the top,all the screens changed to confetti and notified us we were 550ft above the strip. So cool! After our long day we checked in to the hotel and rode the tram to the nearby hotel for dinner.

We ended the day with dinner at Noodles and crepes for dessert at the Bellagio.

Day 2

Hubby and kids wanted to go to the pool, but I wasn’t interested. So we split up and met up later in the day.

While hubby sent me pictures of the kids in the pool, I enjoyed breakfast in bed.I still had more time before they got back so I went exploring.

I walked by the entrance to the Britney Spears concert and was reminded of the good time we had on our girls trip a couple of years ago. J took a nap while the rest of us relaxed in our room for a bit.

For dinner we took the kids to Rainforest Cafe. I have great memories going there as a kid.

After dinner we headed to Lights on the Race Track. The track is 20 minutes away from the strip, but highly recommended if you are in the area.  Day 3

We started the day with nutella waffles. #wheninVegas Then we walked around the strip, walking in and out of hotels, checking out the displays and the fountains. Our favorite strip activity!

After 4 hours of walking around we were ready to head home. Vegas was fun! We went on new adventures and made new memories we will always remember.

Our first stretch break was the Seven Magic Mountains. Driving home the view was absolutely gorgeous! It’s so magical seeing g-ds work.

Our final stop was a buffet. I’m not a big buffet fan, but hubby is. So I compromised and checked out a place hubby has been wanting to check out. It wasn’t horrible, but also I wasn’t really hungry. The chocolate fountain was our favorite.

Thanks for the memories Vegas!

To see previous visits click below.

Vegas 2016

Vegas 2015

Vegas 2014

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