Friday, September 13, 2019

First Day of School

On Monday Tatum had his very first day of school, ever!  He started Mother's Day Out two days a week for the year.  I setup his little table with some school decorations and a new book for when he woke up to enjoy breakfast at his little table which was a treat since he usually eats in his highchair for the most part still.

Derek and I were able to both drop him off and pick him up and he went in just fine, no tears and smiled the second he saw us for pickup.  He came out wearing his little packpack, holding his coloring sheet and holding his teachers had - a sweet moment I won't forget.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

5th Anniversary Trip

Since Montecito is about an hour and half away from LAX and we had to wake up super early on Saturday for our flight, Thursday we headed back down to the LA area.  Our anniversary was the next day so we thought there was no better place to spend it then our favorite place - The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Unlike our usual trips we didn't plan to be on the go as much and more relax at the hotel.

They had the kindest treat waiting for us - a ferris wheel of cupcakes with pictures from our previous stays and pajamas for Tatum.  We spent what was left of the afternoon enjoying the pool area and then enjoyed dinner there at the hotel.  There's no bedtime on vacation, right?  At this point Tatum was caught up on the time difference and did great through the night.

The next morning we went out for a little bit - there was a Louis Vuitton in town for a couple more weeks, we did a little shopping and had an anniversary lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, il pastaio.

The majority of the day was spent at the pool and we all had a blast.  The weather was on the hotter side - upper 80's - with the amount of people there it felt like we were still in mid summer and hard to believe in a few days we'd be home adjusting to a new fall schedule.

Friday night we celebrated our fifth anniversary - we had a wonderful meal complete with champagne and a funfetti soufflĂ© at the Polo Lounge.  The blurry photo was the best we got of the three of us but Tatum did sit still in his seat to let us enjoy our anniversary so that's a win.

A hotel hallway is the perfect place for a little guy to get out some energy.  By the end of our stay, Tatum would be reaching up for our key, run to the room and hold it up to the door trying to let us all in.  Until next time!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Montecito, CA: Part Two

To continue on the recap of our trip to Montecito, for our second night we decided to adventure outside the resort.  We drove about ten minutes into the heart of Santa Barbara to Stearn's Wharf - we walked around for a bit to check out the different places there, had a glass of wine at Deep Sea Wine Tasting then ate dinner outside at Long Board's Beach Bar.  We grabbed a drink at the beach bar when we got back and enjoyed the setting listening to the ocean.

The next morning we went out to explore a little bit more of Santa Barbara, the coast line, have the best Mexican lunch at Casa Blanca and drive through the quaint town of Montecito.

Tatum was asleep when we got back so we let him take his nap in the room and read/relaxed on the balcony which was the perfect way to spent part of the day.

We split the rest of the day between the beach and the pool.  By this point in the day the beach was pretty crowded and the sand was hot so we played for a bit before heading up to the pool.  On the opposite side of the beach, there were only a few other families at the pool so lots of space for swimming!

We finished out our last night with dinner back at Caruso's by the beach.  We went up to the fireplaces afterwards for a little bit and then called it an early night putting Tatum to bed and playing cards on our balcony.

For our final morning we finished up enjoying the views and playing the games that they had to offer.We then drove back down to the LA area to get into town for a little bit before our flight home, making a couple little stops to favorite places along our way.  

We stopped in West Lake Village at The Stonehaus at the West Lake Village Inn for a charcuterie board and a cocktail - it's one of my favorite spots and we aren't always in the area to visit during our trips.  Next up was lunch at our favorite little deli, the Beverly Glen Deli.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Montecito, CA

Last week we spent the week out in California to end summer and celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary.  On Monday we flew into LAX and then drove about an hour and a half up to Montecito. This was our first time here and it's such a cute beach town with wonderful weather in the upper 70's.

We stayed at the Rosewood Miramar Beach which just opened back in the spring.  The property had old fashioned touches, was right on the beach and even had a train that passed through the property (which Tatum loved watching). 

After a quick stop at In & Out and settling into our room we got to the family pool late in the afternoon for a little swimming.  There was also an adult pool which was a bit more crowded as a lot of kids went back to school last week.

We did dinner at the hotel that night at Caruso's which overlooked the beach.  After the long travel day, Tatum actually fell asleep at happy hour so we enjoyed dinner just the two of us.

The next morning we relaxed, went to Malibu Farm for breakfast, played around on the bocce ball court (which Tatum loved) and spent some time taking in the property.

We were on of the first one on the beach and settled in for the morning.  They had corn hole and a whole variety of beach toys for anyone to use which kept Tatum entertained for quite a while.

Tatum was ready for a nap so we switched over to the pool and had lunch while he slept then we spent the rest of the day there until mid afternoon.

The second part of our stay tomorrow...