I am currently blogging from our cushy studio suite at the Westin Monache Resort in Mammoth Lakes, CA. nevermind that I probably have to work an 8 hour shift to pay for it, we're on vacation so that's that.
let's rewind a little...
on Friday 2/25, Keira and I headed to Disneyland to meet up with my cousin Renita, her husband Marc and their two boys Brandon and Kyle. They were in town for a mini vacay, so we jumped at the chance to see them.
They've never had the Disneyland turkey legs and corndogs, so I was more than happy to introduce them to it!
Brandon and Kyle inhaled their dogs, and Keira surprisingly ate half of hers. We rode a few kid-friendly rides, waited out the rain under some Main Street awnings and did some shopping at the World of Disney before heading home for a dinner of pho and rice.
I had to work Saturday, and it was pretty busy. By the time the afternoon rolled around, I was ready to get the heck out of there! We planned on heading out on our road trip after I got off, so I was getting pretty antsy and irritable by the time 5pm rolled around.
We made a stop in Riverside to pick up keys for our friend's condo at Lake Las Vegas and then headed out on the highway towards Sin City. Despite outfitting the truck with a DVD player and Kai Lan DVDs, Keira was getting antsy for a good portion of the drive. She fell asleep at some point and we got into town around 1130pm.
We loved the condo we stayed at...just loved!! It was so much more than what we expected, we thought about staying longer!! We really didn't need to bring anything with us, because everything we needed was already there.
Sunday morning we headed to the Strip, where we had Sunday brunch at the Bellagio. You can't go to Las Vegas and NOT eat at a buffet?! Even Keira had her share of food!
after the Strip, we headed out to see our good friends, Teri and Reggie. This would also be our first meeting of their newest love...Drake!!
I found a tutorial online and sort of followed it. I opted for a slightly wider one and pockets that went all across the bottom interior instead of just the corners. It came together rather quickly, taking probably an hour in total for the whole thing. Teri is gonna try her hand at making one herself and a Boppy pillow cover too.
We bid farewell to Las Vegas Monday morning, but not before having breakfast at BabyCakes Cafe. Teri and Reggie recommended it to us, and it happened to be on our way out of town.
BabyCakes is known for their red velvet pancakes, topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate crumbles and cream cheese syrup on the side. I ordered the short stack (3 pancakes) and inhaled 80% of it in less than 10 minutes. The last 20% was a struggle, but I did it. I guess you can say it was that good. Mike got the Spam Scramble, which was a bit on the skimpy side. We got the chicken tenders with fries for Keira. Overall, we liked the place and would recommend it to others.
From there, it was a long 5.5 hour trip to Mammoth Lakes, going through lots of dessert, windy roads, chilly weather, snowy backdrops and few cars. I counted a total of 10 cars on the 266 -> 168 -> 395, one of which blew passed us and later got stopped by the highway patrol :). Too bad for him.
Keira slept about 3 hours of the 5.5 hour drive and watched Princess Kai-Lan at least 3 times. She did much better on this leg of the trip.
some random pictures along the way:
another random: our car keys were locked IN the car by the valet when we got here. Thank goodness for AAA, who came quickly (less than 20 minutes?) to slim jim our door and let us in.
We are hoping to make the most of our stay here in Mammoth. We plan on just being here overnight, long enough for Keira to get her first taste of a snowball fight before she becomes a frozen popsicle.