Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lunch With Mama

My mom loves it when she gets to spend time with her grandkids. She especially loves going out to eat with them! Since my other kids had plans already, I took her to lunch with the two youngest. She wanted Red Lobster, so that's where we took her. Back in the day (years ago), my husband and I used to eat here all the time when we were dating. And after all these years, I still order the same thing. Crab Alfredo!

Mom and I!
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I'm not sure when they started adding fried veggies with the fried calamari?

Mom shrimp platter. Shrimp alfredo, garlic shrimp, and friend shrimp. My son ordered the same thing. 
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My daughter ordered the same thing as me. She didn't care for it though.
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The "babies" of the family.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Our Annual Valentine's Getaway

It seems like a tradition now, that my husband and I always go on a "baycation" every Valentine's Day! And for some reason, we are always drawn to the city! I think it's the night lights, the sounds, the food, and feeling far, but still close to home! But, not only that, you can go anywhere in the city and not have to be dressed! Not that I don't like to, but it's way more fun to eat in comfy clothes!!

We wanted to try an Italian restaurant we have never been to before, so we decided to check out Trattoria Contandina. Not a huge place, either. If we took our kids, we would take up a third of the restaurant, lol. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and we will definitely be back!

This was us after we played tourist in the city! We headed to dinner after this.
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The bread was so good. Or, we could have been starving!
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This dish is what their restaurant is known for. I can see why! Delicious! 
Carlesimo | rigatoncelli | pancetta | porcini | peas | sun-dried tomatoes | spicy tomato cream
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This was just as tasty!
Ravioli con Fungi | Far West Fungi porcini ravioli | mushrooms | marsala | cream
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We never skip dessert. Champagne Lemon Cheesecake. DIVINE!
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Spumoni Layered Ice Cream Cake
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We love staying at Le Meridien!! It's close to everything!
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The night life. Well, our kind of night
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And of course, I had to bring back some treats for my kiddos. Groupon had a special for these so I decided to buy it since we were going to be in the city anyway. Kids were happy!
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Golden State Warriors!!

This night will go down as one of the best date nights, EVER!!!

My husband and I are huge Warriors fans! We love watching the games, and our kids think we are crazy when they hear us screaming at the TV! Being in the trade that my husband is in, he has tons of connections, and one of those connections has season ticket holder seats that he gave to my husband to use for one of the games! An additional bonus was having VIP parking as well!

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The teams warming up!
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Loved our seats!
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Our kids even saw us on TV, recorded it on their phones and text'd it to us!

Come on, D!!!
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BUT, the highlight of the evening was when we saw our names up on the Jumbotron! That was a total surprise! Well, my husband has done work with the Warriors, so when one of the guys found out we were going to the game, he asked if we were celebrating anything. We really weren't, but our wedding anniversary was coming up! He told my husband for us to sit tight during halftime, and this is why!! Not only was this up there, but it was announced out loud, too!!!
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A total fun experience for our very first basketball game!!! I don't know how this can be topped!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Harlem Globetrotters

One of the funnest things we did with the kids is to take them to a Harlem Globetrotters game! It was so entertaining, and our friend gave us suite tickets to enjoy. I remember watching them on TV when I was little, so it was pretty surreal to see it live! And of course, I had to get a hat, and the boys a basketball!!

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Escape To Alcatraz

Considering my husband and I grew up in the Bay Area, neither of us have ever been to Alcatraz Island! We were planning another one of our "staycations," so what better time to do it then! From the boat ride to the tour, it was so worth. It is well organized, and just the history alone is amazing!!! I highly recommend this to everyone!!

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After we were done with the tour, we went straight to the hotel, rested for a bit, cleaned up, and headed to dinner which was only a couple of blocks away. We wanted to try this Italian restaurant,  Barbacco, that had great reviews! Besides the uncomfortable chairs, the food was really tasty!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas Disney Vacation

Back in October, we decided to take the kids Disneyland and Universal Studios for Christmas. My sister in-law wanted to take my youngest daughter there on Halloween, but I just said, "Why don't we all just go for Christmas!" So from there, all the planning started. Since there were going to be 8 of us, I started looking into Airbnb's. I knew it would be more affordable, especially since I wanted all of us to stay together in one place. It worked out perfectly, and it was only a few minutes from Disney! We arrived Christmas Eve in the late afternoon, and after we checked in and got situated, we headed over to Downtown Disney to do a little shopping, and have dinner!

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Here we are in the gift shop where we decided to all get matching sweatshirts!
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We all decided on Italian food, and ate at this awesome place called Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria. It was a two hour wait for a table, but since we wanted outdoor seating, the wait was only 30 minutes!
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Everything was delicious. From the apps, salads, pasta dishes, and the pizza you see here! It was so good we ate there again the next night!
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After dinner, we walked around a bit more, had churros, then headed back to the condo since we had a very early morning!!
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Here were are, bright and early, and in our matching sweatshirts!
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The first ride we get on is The Matterhorn!

In line for Space Mountain!
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Indiana Jones!
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Time to stop and eat! You know kids, they're always hungry!
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Runaway Train!
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When you are waiting in line, why not take
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The token Christmas tree picture!
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Later in the afternoon, we headed back to the condo to rest for a couple of hours because you can imagine how tired our feet were! Later that evening, we went straight to dinner at the same restaurant in Downtown Disney, and then we quickly headed to California Adventure for The Tower Of Terror!
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Here we are in line for the super fun Cars ride!! That line was soooo long!
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More line selfies! I believe we were next!
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The line was worth it!
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We only went on those two rides and then headed back to Disney. My youngest daughter wanted to ride Dumbo, so all the boys (including my husband) decided to go on it, too!
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Never too old or too big for the Dumbo ride!
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We were pooped after this super long day, and we knew we had another long day ahead of us! Bright and early, we headed to Universal Hollywood!
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One of the main attractions that we were looking forward to seeing was Harry Potter! It totally did not disappoint, and since we got there early, the line for the ride wasn't bad at all. It's amazing here!! You seriously feel like you are THERE, in Hogsmeade!
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More selfies!
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My husband had to have his turkey leg!
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The Studio Tour guide was awesome! It felt like we stood there forever, but it was worth it at the end! Here's a little clip of "Whoville" that I caught on the tour. So cute!!!

The other attraction that we were looking forward to was The Walking Dead Tour!! Oh my gosh, the anticipation!! We were all so excited and anxious! We just wished it was longer!
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We did so many other things, which were really fun! After the TWD attraction, we headed over to the Transformer 3D ride, and then to The Mummy. After the Mummy, I got so! I was seriously out of it after that! Thank goodness we had a full day already, and we were so ready to head back to the condo and get dinner!

We were headed out the next morning, but we had to make one final stop!! To Porto's!!! If you are ever in Southern California, this is a must stop! Not only do they have amazing pastries, but they also serve sandwiches and Cuban dishes!!! They are known for so many things, but I think the #1 seller are these guava danishes!
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And when you can't decide, just get a bunch of different goodies!!
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The plantains were so crisp and went great with the sandwiches!
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And we're done!
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