Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Gas Lamp District in San Diego

A few hours after lunch on Saturday, in San Diego, we made plans to meet in the lobby of our hotel to go out for dinner with our family. Unfortunately, Katie, Colin, Rebecca, Valerie, and Jake were late because they fell asleep and overslept.
Because it took us so long to figure it out and the babies were falling apart, Mr. Howard decided to stay at the hotel and put the babies to bed - while I took Connor with me out to dinner with the family.
My mom, dad, The Genrys, The Dunlaps, Connor, and I started to walk downtown to the Gas Lamp District for dinner. After a lot of walking and trying to find a place that would work, we ended up at the Old Spaghetti Factory. I don't think I've been there since we lived in Southern California about 7 years ago.

A picture at dinner (I just noticed that my cousin Adam is sticking his tongue out at me):
I ordered my food right away, fed Connor, and ordered some food for Mr. Howard to go. I only stayed for about forty-five minutes and then Connor and I made the trek back to the hotel by ourselves (8.5 blocks).
The Gas Lamp District on our walk Saturday night:
I posted this on instagram with the caption: "What do you do when your hotel doesn't have a refrigerator and two out of three of your children need milk for their bottles at night? Why, fill the sink with ice, of course!" I know it's kinda hard to see, but we bought a half-gallon of milk and then filled the sink with about 4 bucket-fulls of ice (on a side note, you know it's a sad, sad moment when you and your husband are "arguing" over who "gets" to go fill up the bucket with ice so that you can have a break from the kids. "No, no, hunny. It's okay. I'll go fill up the ice bucket."...."No, it's okay, babe. You sit, and relax. I'll go fill up the ice bucket." Ha!). I won that battle and went, sans kids, to fill up the bucket. Several times. Ahhh. Those four minute walks by myself...with no kids...were amazing. It was just enough time away to start to...ahh, who am I kidding. It wasn't enough time.
 Connor thought he was quite the funny man:
We were SO unbelievably thankful that each night the kids went right to bed. We didn't have any problems at all (for those of you who've been reading for a while - you know we took a trip to Monterey a few months ago and had to come home in the middle of the night because the kids would NOT go to sleep in the hotel. It definitely scared me for our future hotel visits). They were even so tired, I was able to snap some photos of them sleeping (minus Aiden because he was in the bathroom and I wasn't going to dare the chance that I woke him up! Sleeping pictures are cute, but not cute enough to risk waking him):
Isabella slept in our little entry way (sort of a teeny-tiny hallway); Aiden slept in the bathroom; and Connor slept in a bed next to us. I really think it helped TREMENDOUSLY having Aiden and Isabella go to bed earlier than Connor each night. That way, it was completely quiet in there while they were trying to go down. So later, then, when Connor came into the room and was whispering, they were already asleep. We will have to remember that trick for next time.

While we were at dinner, Mr. Howard was able to get some work done on a special project he does for work each week (where he creates talking points for team meetings for the 95 stores - in California and Nevada - in his regional group). He was so thrilled to get that done. **SIDE NOTE: It wasn't until the next morning that he realized that none of his work saved. We still have no idea what happened. He saved the file MULTIPLE times - over and over as he worked. So on the car ride home from San Diego he had to do it all over again!**


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Yikes on the file not saving that is the worst felling;( So glad to hear the kids slept and the milk in the sink....GREAT idea!

Mrs. Howard said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am SOO glad the kids slept too. :-)

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