September 2nd

We spent Labor Day Weekend in San Diego, California. John’s parents met us there and we had a low-key weekend full of family time, food, and relaxation.

We were up and at ’em at normal times on Friday morning. While George snoozed, John and I finalized our packing and got ready for our travels.

Once George was fed, we loaded the car and made our way to Sustain Juicery to pick up a smoothie (John) and an acai bowl (me).

bowl

We made our drive to IAH easily and without much traffic. We parked at Terminal C, checked our bags, and spent 20 minutes working through TSA Pre Check. Afterwards, we picked up some water and snacks for the flight. Then, we hunkered down in the United Club. George had some snacks and watched planes with John, while I caught up on emails. We were stationed in the “family room” with the most ignorant and disrespectful women I have ever encountered. To make a long story short, they were rude, lacked self-awareness, they somehow forgot that they were in public, and their kids were too old to be taking up space meant for small children. Fortunately, we were only there for about 30 minutes before we headed to the gate.

Because someone got sick on the plane intended for our flight (apparently this happened upon landing), the cleaning crew had to do some deep cleaning, briefly delaying the boarding and departure of our flight. Once on board, we settled into our seats, and George was excited to see that Mickey Mouse Club was on Direct TV.

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Shortly after takeoff, lunch service began with warm nuts and beverages.

water-nuts

For lunch, I chose the chicken and rice entrée (so did John) and George had some nuts, a fruit cup, a cheese stick, my rice, and a Lunchable (his first one ever – he loved it).

lunchable

My food was pretty good and I was glad that George ate really well.

my-lunch

We also ate the warm chocolate chip cookies that were offered to us on the flight.

cookie

George spent the rest of the flight watching cartoons and playing with his iPad.

ipad

I worked on emails and listened to a few episodes of Law and Order: SVU (it was on Direct TV). John also caught up on emails and watched a soccer match. Clearly, we had a restful and relaxing journey to San Diego.

landing

We used Uber to travel to the US Grant Hotel from the San Diego Airport and we were there in less than 10 minutes. We met up with John’s parents and hung out in their room until ours was ready. Naturally, John’s parents spoiled us with gifts. Totally unnecessary, but greatly appreciated.

playtime

Once we got into our room and got settled, we unpacked and then set out to Balboa Park for some exploration.

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The park is glorious and we enjoyed taking G on a mini train ride. There was also a great jazz band playing outside the Zoo, so we listened for a while. G loved it!

train

After returning to the hotel, we made our way to Asti Restaurant for dinner. We really enjoyed our Italian dishes, especially since we dined al fresco. George and I shared the Pasta Fagioli soup for an appetizer – it was delicious. George had a kid-sized cheese pizza for dinner and I had the lemon capellini pasta. The service was great – our server was very attentive and the restaurant ambiance was decidedly kid-friendly.

For dessert, we walked over to the Ghiradelli store to indulge in various chocolate treats. My father-in-law, George, and I had homemade ice cream in cones, my mother-in-law had hot chocolate, and John had a brownie. Everything was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. We also purchased a few goodies to bring home.

We walked back to the hotel and immediately began bath and bedtime routines. George and I were both passed out by 8:00 PM (and I’m not embarrassed by that one bit!).  Gotta love adjusting to the time change!

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