Nick and I decided to postpone our week long wine tour to Solvang for another time but ended up having a wonderful weekend away. I am still nursing Max which is one of the biggest reasons I didn't want to be away too long. Since he still won't take a bottle. I ended up pumping a lot of milk and have a friend who can use it so she will be getting a fresh stash soon. We were only gone for about 36 hours and we enjoyed every second of it. There is no doubt how much we love being with our boys but at the same time having time to reconnect one-on-one is so special and something we look forward to. Our actual anniversary falls on Thanksgiving Day this year so being able to have alone time before that was awesome.
We started out our trip by getting a couples massage, body scrub, and facial. Thank you Groupon. We then headed to our place for the weekend. Nick booked us a sweet one bedroom condo through Airbnb. Have you ever used it before? Basically, you rent a room or home for a night like you would a hotel but the people who own the place are not there. The condo we were at seemed to only be used for Airbnb and we were literally right in the heart of Little Italy. Our place had a huge outdoor patio, walk-in shower, tea, coffee, Apple TV, and was right in front of the most amazing farmers market. We paid $141 for the night which was a lot cheaper than getting a luxury hotel downtown.
We are both foodies and lovers of good drinks so we spent our time away doing just that. Eating, drinking, and enjoying one another's company. Our first food stop was back to our old stomping grounds where we ate at our favorite hole-in-the-wall pizza joint near our alma matter--San Diego State University, Milo's Pizza. The guys behind the counter even remembered Nick. Two slices of pizza and a soda for $5.00. You can't beat it and it is the closest pizza to the East Coast that we have yet to have in So-Cal. The rest of the weekend we kept talking about how long it had been since we have ever had a soda. Sad I know but we just never drink it. But that Diet Coke hit the spot!!!!
After that we went to Hess Brewing Company in North Park to have a beer. Hess Brewery's building used to be our favorite theological bookstore when we were in college and the owners are actually reformed Christians so it is an awesome spot. While sipping our beers we got a call from our sweet babysitter that Calvin had locked himself in the bathroom (that lock does not unlock with a bobby pin). She tried for 30 min to get him to unlock it but after having no luck we were forced to call Nick's friend over to break the door open. All night now we keep hearing "Tim, came and he banged the door open and rescued me!". It was probably nerve-racking for our sitter but it gave us a good laugh and also opportunity to talk to Calvin on the importance of not locking doors without mommy or daddy...sigh.
The rest of our time I will share via pictures below. We went to a crepe breakfast spot, helped a homeless woman who was severely drunk by getting the paramedics over to rescue her, went to Ikea, Target, Stone Brewery, Buon Appetito, Sea Port Village, and many more places. Not a minute was wasted.
My mom and sister took Calvin and Max for the remainder of our trip after our sitter left and basically spoiled them rotten. They went to Souplantation, Toys R Us (twice), Chick-fil-A, and the grocery store. When we got home they were playing outside with my mom and our neighbor and ignored the fact we even came home. I am so thankful that we live with family so that we were able to sneak away without having to worry about their well-being or safety. We don't know how long we will get to live with them after our lease is up so we are taking every opportunity they give us to watch our little ones.
We both agreed these have been the best 5 years of our lives so far. We have moved 3 times, I graduated with my bachelors, Nick got his Masters of Divinity, was ordained, we had two boys, and all within a few years. I cannot wait to spend many more years beside this man and am thankful for his love and companionship. Cheers to the next 5!