What I learned while visiting LA

This week we traveled to LA. It was an unexpected (unplanned) trip that had to be pulled together in a matter of days. Here is what I learned while visiting LA:

  1. Traveling from Alaska means we actually spent 2 days traveling (yes, 7+ hours each way) and 1 full day in LA.
  2. While mentally I knew this, physically, my body was like, 'wha?!' Holy moly exhaustion. This is why when-ever we leave with the kids, it *has* to be a 7-10 day trip minimum. Yes, folks, we are like traveling internationally.
  3. My parents are amazing (I already knew this ;) ) & nothing makes me happier than having my dad tell me that, "aaaah the kids were great! your kids are so easy; we had a lot of fun" serious weight lifted off my shoulders.
  4. This was the first time we've spent this long away from our kids. The morning we left was the hardest on me.
  5. LA does NOT have great food. For everywhere we went & everywhere we tried, none of us were particularly impressed. C'est la vie I suppose, but man, we expected better food! haha :)
  6. No matter where you are in the world, if you run into someone who has been to Alaska & they find out you are from Alaska, they will a) tell you Alaskans are the friendliest people in the world & b) tell you that it was the trip of a lifetime & more beautiful than they could have ever imagined. (6. b & c - also related to travel: Virgin Airlines - have you been to one of their areas/ticket counters? Ummm party in a box, errr uhhh, airport. Everyone looked like they were going on vacation and the music was pumpin'. Those commercials are factual! c) we helped a girl who just got back from 2 years out of the country in New Zealand make it to Portland & we all high-fived when she was finally able to book her last ticket - long story - but it was just nice to know she was getting home okay.)
  7. I love the way the ocean smells & the sand feels on my toes. Small thing, but big - kwim?
  8. My daughter has off-the-wall boundless-energy from missing her mommy & dada ... our oldest son just wants to cuddle & hold my hand & be close enough when sitting next to me that he can lean his head on my shoulder if he wants. He seriously missed his mama & daddy in a way that I don't think anyone understood until today.
  9. Finally, while visiting LA, I learned that we are going to be the proud parents of twins. On Wednesday, May 4th we got the best news we could have ever hoped for and that, my friends, was the very best part of our trip. :)

*Two ;) blessed to be stressed is what I keep telling the Mister.

PS - SO much gratitude & thankfulness to a client who donated her air miles to us & literally helped us more than she'll ever know. I'm sending a whole bunch of love & hugs her way (you know who you are!).

If for some reason you just skipped to the photographs, you may want to at least go back & read number 9 ;)