Mike was supposed to go to Utah this week for a conference and my parents were going to come help me with Keira. The conference never happened (or rather, Mike was never confirmed to go), but my parents came into town anyway. I worked most of the week and only got to see them 3 of the 7 days they were here. But we made the most of it!
Mike turned 37 on Tuesday and with my parents in town, we took advantage and went out for a dinner date, just the two of us!
We ate at Cucina Enoteca, a new favorite place of ours at the Irvine Spectrum. Mike had the short rib papardelle while I tried the roasted mary's chicken. The skin was just the right amount of crispiness and the poached egg...oh, the poached egg. It was perfect! We headed home to celebrate with a Baskin Robbins ice cream cake...Mike's cake of choice!
Friday was my mom's birthday, and my brother (who has been working in South OC for the week and staying with us) took my parents down to San Diego to see his new apartment and have lunch at Hash House. They took Keira with them, so that gave Mike and I another day to ourselves! We were at a bit of a loss as to what to do with ourselves (gym? house chores? absolutely nothing?) and ultimately decided to go Disneyland! The last time we were there just the two of us may have been before we had Keira!
We rode a lot of not-so-Keira-friendly rides, and I realized I may not be as roller coaster tolerant as I used to be. In 5 hours we rode 6 rides: Space Mountain, Star Tours, Astro Blasters, Pirates of the Carribean, the Haunted Mansion and Grizzly River Run. It was nice to be able to take our time, not have to worry about bathroom breaks and enjoy one on one time with each other.
We took my mom to eat at All That Barbecue for her birthday, and then celebrated with a cake from 85 Degrees Bakery. I asked them for a birthday sign and some number candles to put on top of her cake. They asked what numbers and I said a 3 and a 6. When we took the candles out of the bag I noticed they gave us a 3 and...a 9! What the heck?! So my mom celebrated her 93rd birthday, thanks to 85 Degrees! She looks darn good for 93, yes?
The highlight of our week was going to the California Science Museum in Exposition Park. We were there primarily to see the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which has been there since the end of last year. None of us have ever been there before, so it was a nice outing for all of us.
All along I thought there was nothing but the shuttle to see, but was happy to find out that there were a lot of kid-friendly exhibits to explore as well. Keira is at that hands-on stage, so she really enjoyed herself. And the really nice thing about this museum is that it was free! We did pay a $2/ticket service fee when I ordered the passes online, but I just considered it as our donation to the museum.
It was an impressive sight to see, almost mind boggling to think that this massive vehicle was actually in space. You could see the wear and tear that multiple flights could do to a shuttle, but it was so cool nonetheless. Mike and I thought we'd be able to go inside the shuttle and see all the inner workings, but realized the shuttle would probably fall apart at some point from all the people poking around.
We headed over to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica for lunch and a leisurely stroll. The weather was overcast and a bit chilly, which was disappointing. It had been a long while since my parents were there, and I was hoping to play at the beach a bit too. By the time we started our trek home, it was after 5pm and we were beat. It was really nice to spend the day with my mom and dad, and do a little exploring. They'll be down in So Cal again in October, when Mike goes off on his 8-day fishing trip.
Hooray for family time!