Monday, June 17, 2019


On Tuesday we did a small walk around the neighborhoods near the hotel before we spent the day out by the beach in Santa Monica and Malibu.

Our first stop was the Santa Monica Pier - we strolled along and let Tatum ride a few of the kiddie rides.  Next we stoped at Malibu Country Mart for the playground and a little bit of shopping.

Our final stop was lunch at Nobu Malibu, which is a usual for us each trip out west.  The food is delicious and the scenery is even better.  Derek and I split the spicy miso chips, crispy rice with spicy tuna, a few variations of the nobu sashimi tacos and malibu takumi burgers which we split with Tatum... as well as the sweet potato fries that came with them.  

We spent a long session at the pool this afternoon as well as a nice long nap for Tatum which gave us time to relax (I sat in the backseat with him on the way back from Malibu trying to keep him awake!)

When we got back to the room we found the kindest treat from the hotel - they'd taken pictures from my Instagram and made them into chocolates as well as chocolate covered strawberries and other treats - I was blown away - it was so kind!  Derek and I ate them after dinner with a glass of wine on the patio after Tatum went to sleep.

Similar to our first night, we ate at the hotel to keep things easy with Tatum - this way, we were able to let him have a later pool day instead of going in to get ready too early.  We actually had our same exact meals as the first night since they were so good!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Beverly Hills

After a quick breakfast and a walk on the beach we went back to pack up our room and left Huntington Beach around 11, making us arrive in the LA area around noon.  We decided to go over to the Grove and LA Farmers Market for lunch at Marmalade Cafe and some walking around.  Afterwards we checked into the Beverly Hills Hotel and got settled in our room.

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the pool.  There wasn't a kids pool but Tatum loved the steps to the main pool and got adjusted swimming all over the place. 

Since we'd just arrived, we figured we would keep things easy at eat dinner at one of the spots at the hotel - The Polo Lounge.  We opted to eat outside and have more space with Tatum - however, he ended up doing great and didn't make a peep - he did get tired at the end and cuddled up in the booth with me to watch a show.  I had my favorite chicken tortilla soup and the mccarthy salad while Derek enjoyed his lamb chops.  

On Monday we slept in a little bit and I enjoyed a bit of reading on our little patio.  We drove around a little looking at houses and then strolled Rodeo Drive, each picking up a quick treat.  Our lunch was outside at Il Pastio (we'd eaten for dinner before with our family when we were in town for the Rose Bowl). 

The rest of the afternoon was the same as we'd spend all afternoons this week - at the pool!  We called it a day early to get ready for dinner.

We decided to venture out for one of our west coast favorites - Mastro's - we did an early dinner since Tatum was with us but he did great.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Beaching in Huntington Beach

All of our mornings in Huntington Beach (and some in Beverly Hills) were cloudy and a little bit cooler due to "June Gloom" - we didn't mind because dry air in the 60's was actually a treat - each afternoon the sun would peek out and we'd usually hit about 70 degrees.  Our hotel was super family friendly, that's why we picked it - lots for kids to do, options of places to each together, etc.

Saturday morning we rented bikes from the surf shop at the hotel and went down to the bike path to bike a few miles overlooking the beach - we stopped at a playground right at the beach for Tatum to get off and run around a little bit - I thought he looked so cute on the back of Derek's bike and he just took everything in.

We took Tatum to the fish feeding right when we got back that they had for kids and those fish went nuts for the food - it was cool to see.  We decided to just keep it easy and grab an early lunch at the restaurant by the pool - Tatum ate his weight in watermelon I think.

We spent a good bit of time down on the beach during the afternoon - it was a great California beach day and we all loved it.  Walks, playing in the sand, Tatum dug a ton in the sand down by the water and it was cool to see the locals setup for the day around the bonfires (we even went back to check out the bonfires later in the evening).

We finished the day at the pool and the sun was really out for our time there.  I left the boys swimming to go freshen up for dinner and then came out to sit with them for a while more before we all went in to get ready.

To keep things easy with Tatum we decided to go back to Pete's Sunset Grille at the hotel (where we ate the first day for lunch) because you could eat outside and it was right there.  We enjoyed a little happy hour first and also walked over to the lookout above the beach to see the gorgeous sunset.

Since we had a fire pit on our balcony, the hotel had left us a s'mores box in our room with a s'mores kit, sticks to roast the marshmallows and blankets - we'd meant each day to do this with Tatum but he'd get tired or we'd had dessert elsewhere so unfortunately he missed out on this fun but Derek and I enjoyed it on our last night in Huntington Beach.

Sunday morning after some donuts for Tatum we went down to the bike path one last time for a family walk towards the pier and back.