SoCal Visit

The weekend after our visit to Kansas City, we flew to Long Beach to spend the weekend with friends. Yes, we traveled for three weekends in a row. And yes, it was exhausting. But we wanted to visit before Christmas so we got it all done in the span of three weeks. The last trip for us puts Tommy at 33,143 miles flown since he was born. It hit me the other day that it means I have also flown over 33k miles in the last two years.

We stayed with our friends in Signal Hill again (which makes the trip SO much easier on us) and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast on Saturday at their house joined by the other babies and parents in our little group. It was really nice to be able to sit and talk while the kids played.

Some photos were taken by Bill or me and some were taken by Colin’s daddy, Albert.

The mommies enjoying breakfast sans babies.

At the end of the day, we tried to get a group shot with all of the babies with some success this time. Eliana is usually the one who fights it, but this time she did well with only a bit of a scowl on her face. From left to right: Eliana, Natalie, Elias, Tommy, Max and Colin.

The looks on all of their faces really makes me smile.

And behind the cameras we were all waving our arms and making noises in an attempt to get them to smile. I imagine their faces reflect just what they thought of our behavior.

It was a fun and relaxing day and it was really wonderful to see everyone again!


On Sunday Bill had to fly home to get some work done, so Tommy and I drove to Orange County for the birthday party of a friend of mine. Another mommy group I am part of is an online group where a handful of the mommies live in southern California. It’s never easy getting together with them because a few live as far north as the San Fernando Valley and a few live down in southern Orange County. So even meeting halfway can mean a two-hour drive for some. But we’ve been able to do it a few times and Emiliano’s birthday party allowed a few of us to get together and play.

We got to play with Cari & Nathan, Jamie & Lucas, Karina & Emiliano and Connie & Sophie. Emiliano, Tommy and Lucas were all born within a few months of each other. Nathan will be two and Sophie will be one in March. Emiliano also has a little brother Benjamin, who was just born this September (on my birthday!).

I didn’t start taking photos until the end of the party, but I’m really happy with the few I got. This was Tommy’s first time taking a whack at a piñata and he really loved it.

Tommy’s turn:

Nathan’s turn:

Lucas’ turn:

Emiliano’s turn:

Even Sophie took a turn… sort of:

Emiliano got a new bicycle for his birthday and Lucas and Tommy LOVED playing with it.

Tommy got stuck in a park bench… so I had to take a photo before rescuing him.

Apparently I was taking too long:

At the end of he day, we attempted to take a group photo of all of the kiddies… it took a little while to get everyone in one place.

Tommy & Nathan

Lucas was upset that we pulled him off the bicycle to take photos and Emiliano was coming down with a cold. Poor little guys!

This one was the winner.

It was a wonderful trip and I’m really happy we were able to spend it with so many amazing friends. Now we’re going to stay home for a while.

About wobetxela

Artist, mom, traveler, hiker, babywearer (for as long as they'll let me) and hobbyist photographer.
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4 Responses to SoCal Visit

  1. oldpartner says:

    The picture of Tommy stuck is priceless!  It gave me the laugh I needed today.

  2. christao408 says:

    You’re going to scar Tommy… =D  He’s going to grow up thinking that Mommy cares more about taking pictures of him than rescuing him from predicaments like that!  LOL

  3. stebow says:

    Adorable! What a great visit you had. Tommy’s unfortunate bench incident was actually quite funny. Poor baby.

  4. jandsschultz says:

    Again, thanks for sharing, Alex.  What beautiful children.  It gives one hope for the future of the world.  It is hard being on the go with a young one, but these are important opportunities to be together with friends…more and more difficult as the children grow and become involved  with other children and many activities.  Happy New Year!

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