Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Santa Monica Pier

We're still recovering from our travels to Los Angeles with two small children, but we had a blast and can't wait to go back (maybe without the kids or when they are a little older). Traveling on a plane with little ladies who are not fond of sitting still is rough, y'all!

Traveling to a different timezone is rough too. Jet lag + long car drives (hello! LA traffic) meant my girls took many naps in the car. Completely acceptable when it gives momma a chance to relax in the parking lot while the little ones sleep.

This trip was all about the wedding (my sister-in-law got married to a great man that my oldest daughter just adores), but we still had plenty of time to explore the city and eat lots of great food. Seriously, LA has some super delicious restaurants. You might have to search for the good ones (I think there are more restaurants than there are people), but Esther from Adventures with Esther & Jacob has a fantastic list to start you out.

I'll give details about our eating adventures in California next week. Esther's list definitely came in handy and one of the restaurants we dined in was unexpectedly featured in Food Network Magazine this month. We're so on trend. Lol.

Before stuffing our bellies with that trendy restaurant, we drove to the beach… which I could have lived without. This was our second time to the Santa Monica pier. The first time was a couple years ago, in the fall. The summer season brought lots of tourist, as expected, but also lots of trash on the beach. I was not a fan.

Neither was little bit. Ellington, on the other hand, had a blast. We only coaxed her to leave the beach by offering up a trip to the amusement park on the pier. She had a blast riding rides as well. As we stood in line for the ferris wheel, I had a brief second where I thought we just might be crazy for taking our 1 year old and 3 year old on a rusty old ferris wheel. Once we all jumped in an saw the amazing views, I knew it was worth it. Winsley didn't really appreciate the awesomeness (we later discovered that she had been sick the entire weekend… oops), but Ellington requested 5 more rides on the ferris wheel. She is definitely my little adventure seeker.

You were good to us, LA. We will surely be back to enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer and continue eating our way through California. Any suggestions for food or fun around LA are welcomed and encouraged!


  1. I love santa monica pier! Beautiful photos!


  2. Looks like everyone had a blast! So sorry sweet W was sick, I hope everyone is feeling better now.

  3. How fun! I'm in Santa Monica just about every weekend because my boyfriend lives there. It's always cool seeing other people's pictures of the LA area. Next time you're back, I suggest you go to Brus Wiffle in Santa Monica. I went there for the first time a few weeks ago and it was so good! It's a waffle place and much more. Other awesome and kid-friendly places in LA: The Last Bookstore, Travel Town and The Huntington Library. My niece and nephew loved Travel Town.

  4. haha love that selfie while they're sleeping in the back. :P Ooh I'm excited to hear about where you went to eat.. I feel like I've been eating so much better food after I moved away too, since we're willing to drive to different neighborhoods... so the list constantly has to get updated! there definitely are so many restaurants at first it can get overwhelming when trying to choose.

  5. I'm so jealous you got to go to California! Your pictures have me craving my home state all over again :)


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