Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lily and William's vacation

While Mom and Dad were out of town, Lily and William were treated to quite a fun 'vacation' with their Nanny!  I swear that lady has ten times more energy and stamina than I do…the amount of activities they squeezed in over four days was amazing!

~A family favorite…the train park!  Including ice cream as well as the carousel.  I'm amazed Lily rode a horse…she will rarely do that for me unless Ryan is with us.  Brave girl!

~lots of fun outdoor playtime enjoying our gorgeous late winter weather

~a trip to Build-a-Bear at Fashion Square Mall.  Lily chose a bunny and William chose Olaf.    I will never be able to take the kids to the mall again without requests to go back (and buy more accessories, ha!)…they both loved it!

~At Christmas, Lily and Nanny received a joint gift…tickets to Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella.  Special one-on-one time with our girl while William stayed home with a babysitter.  

~Final evening with Nanny…a date to the Lizard!

Thank you Nanny for creating so many memories with Lily and William, while allowing Ryan and I to get away for a few days!  We are so very thankful for all that you do!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

San Diego

Ryan and I were treated to his company's Top Producers trip last week…four days in sunny San Diego.  Thankful to Ryan and all his {very!} hard work, as he has to earn this trip each year. And very thankful to Nanny who offered to watch the kids so we could get away!

We were off early Wednesday to the airport and after a short flight, arrived at the amazing Hotel Del Mar just in time for lunch.  Bloody Mary breakfast and a little wine at lunch, followed by a nap (ha!) makes for a pretty good start to our vacation!

Upon settling in our room, we heard a knock on the door, only to find that Mallory and Casey had sent a completely unnecessary, but amazingly sweet (and much appreciated!) gift thanking us for their visit in January.  I love and am always amazed at how thoughtful these two are!

As always, Ryan had a business meeting the first day, followed by some free time.  We chose to hang out at the resort, relax, and then have a quiet dinner by ourselves in Del Mar.  Horrible view while dining, but we made it work.  :)

Day two was a spa and pool day, followed by the awards dinner and gala that evening.  As always, the venues Ryan's company finds are amazing and truly display the city we are visiting at their best.  We were in a penthouse downtown, overlooking the Padres baseball stadium.  Hard to see, but the grass below is where Lily was  three years ago.  

Our final full day was spent wine tasting in Temecula Valley.  Not quite Napa or Sonoma, but we had such a fun day sightseeing and enjoying a few of Ryan's co-workers.  

Wrapping up our San Diego trip, "Top Gun" style!  We had a private tour of the helicopters at the Marine Corp Air Station Miramar followed by dinner at the officer's club.  Dressing up for the theme was optional, and of course we couldn't resist pulling off our own version of Maverick and Charlie.  

Thank you Ryan, once again, for your hard work this year.  It takes a lot to make this trip, and I am so very proud of you!