Saturday morning, a few kids were up earlier than expected, but it wasn’t as bad as the day before. We intended to spend Saturday hanging out and recovering from Disneyland. The handful of moms who didn’t go to Disneylad spent Friday afternoon at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. So they had some recovery as well.
Eric can handle Mickey Mouse when he’s THIS small!
Jackie came over in the afternoon and Bill stopped by to say hi as well. He was working in Long Beach on Friday and wanted to see us for a bit before he flew home.
In the afternoon we made our way to the South Bay Galleria mall in Redondo Beach for some shopping.
Jackie was wonderful and ran around with Tommy, even though he was a little cranky since refusing to nap.
Saturday evening, Jackie volunteered to babysit so us mommies could have an evening out. A couple of babies were in bed already, so Jackie was really only babysitting a couple of kiddies. Five of us piled into the minivan and drove to downtown Long Beach where we met with a bunch of other mommies from the area for dinner and drinks at Rock Bottom Brewery. There were 12 total and most of us had never met in person before.
We had a great time sharing stories and food. Most were enjoying some mommy beverages too. I’m pretty sure we looked like a very rowdy group to other restaurant patrons.
It was about 1:30am when we left the restaurant. I was the designated driver, so it was utter hilarity for me to watch my four passengers in a near-constant state of giggling as we walked to the car and then proceeded to find a 7-Eleven or a liquor store before 2am… when it’s no longer legal to buy alcohol in California. They wanted to get some more beer. I didn’t want to stop anywhere in Long Beach at that hour, so I headed back toward Manhattan Beach. We stopped at a 7-Eleven in Torrance a few minutes past 2am. The beer refrigerators were locked already, despite a few ladies trying to sweet-talk the poor cashier. We needed to pick up some milk for the kids anyway.
Once we were back in the car, someone asked if there was a donut shop around that might still be open. I happened to know there was a Krispy Kreme in Gardena, not too far from where we were. So we headed there, excited to share the deliciousness of Krispy Kreme with our Canadian friends.
We picked up two dozen donuts and all moaned through the rest of the drive back to Manhattan Beach.
It was about 3:30am when we finally got back to the house. All the kids were asleep, thankfully, and Jackie was asleep on the couch. I had thought she was planning to spend the night with us, but instead she chose to drive home to Highland Park. Thank you so much Auntie Jackie!!!