Prepare yourself, Texans. In N Out is awesome. The prices are fantastic. Food is fresh. You can watch the peeps cutting potatoes to make French Fries. Nothing frozen. Simple menu. Yummy shakes. (Just ask Jack.) A once-secret menu is now available everywhere, so know your stuff before ordering. Check out this link.
When Caroline and I first ordered something "animal style" on vacation in La Jolla, we were totally nervous they were going to bust out laughing at us.
Like the time we asked where the giant hedge maze was at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado, where we thought they filmed The Shining. Yeah, the movie was made on a sound stage and the maze is in England.
Or, when Pee Wee asked where the basement was at the Alamo.
You get the point.
Jelly fish washed up on the beach last weekend. So cool to see this.
Lainey's cute factor goes up about 100% on the beach. There's just something about her long blonde hair and tiny little self that gets to me. She's been asking for some more "swim-kinis". Working on it.
Never posted about our Spring Break trip.....we stayed overnight near Disneyland and enjoyed 2 days at the parks. Lainey introduced baby Minnie (in her hands) to Mickey Mouse. "Here's your bebe, Mickey!"
Minnie, as a baby, is actually his wife. Or, girlfriend. Either way, we're going to have to explain the Disney family tree to her soon enough. I've got that on our calendar next to "Santa Claus" and "Easter Bunny".
She doesn't care. Little punkin was overjoyed.
We checked out the Bippity Boppity Boutique in Cinderella's Castle, where she'll celebrate her 4th birthday. You choose from packages ranging from $45 to over $200, depending on what kind of service you want. I'm going to go ahead and guess Laine will want to go all out.
Thinking of buying a bunch of cheap Wet n Wild makeup, some crappy hair extensions and sequins & glue for "body jewels" and setting up camp in the parking lot. $30 special! Any takers?
Was nice to have a hotel suite......which we most often do not book since we live an hour away. Left the park in the afternoon to swim and eat off site.
Carter loved the big pool.....Jack and Lainey, too......but they mostly stayed in the hot tub since it was a bit chilly outside.
Next day......back at the parks......we finally found and bought the elusive sourdough Mickey. Yum!
The crew. Don't look so happy, boys!
Blake joined us for both evenings. I was solo during the days while he worked.
One of the advantages of going to Disney often is to find the little out-of-the way places like this. An art studio located in the back stage area of California Adventure. Kids sat down to learn how to draw characters.
No major meltdowns recently, but I did indulge in a glass of wine on the second day. I earned it, peeps. See that stroller behind me? Little Laine is fast asleep. Nice little break for all of us. Boys at ice cream and toured the nearby presentations of park changes, including a new "Cars Land" (based off the movie of course).......a Little Mermaid ride......and more.
OK, done with Spring Break.
And, on to a random little talent the Starnes kids possess. Well, 2 out of 3 do.
Lainey can put her little lizard tongue all the way in her nose. Carter can touch his. Lovely, isn't it?
On the agenda:
*We have a visitor this weekend. I know. Shocking! Remember The Delts from Kansas City? The guys who lived in the house across the street? Doug is in town and he'll be hitting the beach with us on Saturday and spending two nights. Maybe some golf for the boys on Sunday. Excited to see him! Weather all weekend should be a perfect 75 degrees.
*Shopping for Subway art. I want a simple, colorful square shaped piece, approximately 24"x24" for over my stove. Looking on Etsy, of course. Any suggestions?
*Thinking of joining the YMCA instead of doing the pool in the backyard. Blake might divorce me if I sign up for another membership, though. Decisions.......decisions......
*Must find a way to incorporate my friend, Julie S., into the blog. Perhaps a guest blog post? Interested? Leave a comment to answer, ding dong.
*The water table is the smartest purchase we've ever not made. I was brainstorming ways of creating my own because I didn't want to pay $80 for one. Then.......voila.......a neighbor was tossing theirs out! It's a sand & water table, but Sweet Baby Jesus, we have enough sand in our lives. So, it's a water & water table.
*Jack's "Un-Birthday" is in a couple of weeks. He does not want to turn 5, so we're celebrating and not celebrating his birthday. If you attend the party, please do NOT mention the age of "5". I'm pretty sure we totally screwed this kid up when we never told him her turned 3 in order to score another free year at theme parks and the zoo. Damn.
Questions answered soon. Off to help at Preschool!