Thursday, August 20, 2009

Our Trip to Long Beach, CA

My husband and I celebrated our 9-year wedding anniversary last Thursday, for which we went to Long Beach, CA. He had to go there for business anyway, so we all just kind of tagged along. Long Beach is a picturesque little city on the Pacific Coast, just west of L.A.

We left after church on Wednesday night and drove about four hours of the way to Indian Wells, where we spent the night at a beautiful resort. This place had the most amazing landscaping, and about a dozen gardeners working on it at any given time. Our room was huge, really more a suite, with two queen beds in one room and a sofa that folded out into a double bed in the other. I think the room was almost as big as our first apartment.

BTW, if you are traveling, Priceline has the BEST deals with "name your own price". My husband books hotel rooms every week for himself and his employees because his work involves a lot of traveling, so he knows the system inside and out. We paid less for our room at the resort than it would have cost if we went to Motel 6 and booked a room over the counter.

On Thursday morning, we enjoyed a special breakfast at the resort's restaurant with only the three little kids while Solomon and Isaac were back in the room reading. As much of a private date as is possible with little children.

I watched the kids by the pool while my husband was dealing with his business. Then we drove the rest of the way to Long Beach, where we stayed at the Hyatt right on the bay. Right near there is the Lakeshore Learning Outlet store, and I stopped by there for about an hour on Thursday evening. The deals were amazing, and I only left because the store was closing, and even then they more or less had to drag me out.

My husband had to work all day Friday for his fire alarm business and took the van, but I had the stroller and because we were right on the pier, we spent the entire day down by the water. First, we had a leisurely breakfast at a local cafe, and then walked down to the bay and got tickets for a whale-watching cruise. In 3 1/2 hours, we saw tons of dolphins, sea lions, seals, a sun fish, and one blue whale that we followed around for 45 minutes. The blue whale is the largest living animal, and seeing one in real life was awesome. Just going out on a ship in the ocean would have been neat even if we hadn't seen any animals.

Rebecca fell asleep before we boarded the ship, and the humming of the engine kept her asleep for most of it. Miriam also dozed off for about an hour.

When we got back on dry ground, we got THE BEST fish & chips at a place on the pier, and ate it while watching the ships coming and going.

We went back to the hotel to regroup and the kids went swimming in the pool for a while, before we all headed out again to go to the part of the beach that was sandy, about a 1/4 mile walk away along the shore. It was beautiful. The kids played in the water while Becky, again, was asleep in the stroller. I think the ocean air made her sleepy. I bought the kids ice cream cones and a funnel cake for myself, but they ate that one, too. :)

On the way back to the hotel we picked up a late dinner of some really great ribs, mashed potatoes, baked beans, and cinnamon apples.

We left for home late morning on Saturday.


  1. I'm so glad you had a nice Anniversary. The pictures look GREAT!

  2. Happy Anniversary! It looks like your family had a blast! The hotel looks absolutely amazing! Blessings!

  3. Congrats! I would say that looks like fun but I hate boats LOL


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