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Monday, December 20, 2010

Hello from California

Hope you had great weekend! We're now in California, and the trip out here was a million times easier than I had expected. Toby was super mellow on the plane and slept in our arms most of the way. He only freaked out at the very end, during the drive from the airport to the hotel. Whew! The weather here is grey and rainy (just an observation:), but we l-o-v-e our hotel, which is cozy and comfy, and it's just nice to have time to chill. Here's a photo of Toby hanging with us in a cheesy-but-fun Mexican restaurant at the end of the Santa Monica pier. Kisses to you all, and thanks for your sweet encouragement about the flight! xoxoxo

91 comments:

The Iconic Blog.com said...

Have a great time! Love the pic!xx

gemma said...

i am glad that to hear that the airplane was easy. six month olds are a good age for traveling!

BMiller said...

Sorry about our weather. Hope you enjoy the Oceana - I work a few blocks from there - it's fun. And what cheesy Mexican restaurant was that? No need for a cheesy one when there are so many good ones around!

Diana Mieczan said...

So glad that you had a great trip to California and that Toby didnt mind the flight...That photo is so sweet! Hope you will get some sunshie soon and have fun!
Kisses

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, bmiller, we were walking to the end of the santa monica pier and suddenly it started torrentially raining so we had to duck into that touristy spot right at the tip -- it was cute!

gemma said...

and i meant to say that the photo is too cute!!

Annie said...

Every time I think this must be the cutest picture of Toby, you go and post one that's even cuter. Have a great trip!

Melanie's Randomness said...

Awww he's too cute! Glad it was a successful trip!! =) Have fun!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

An American in Switzerland said...

Awwwwwwwwwww...how cute is this pic?! So adorable. Too bad you came to SoCal during the rainiest week ever! I just left LA for San Diego and its just as bad here. Happy Holidays! :)

Stephanie @ Blawsom said...

Welcome to California :) Toby is growing up right before our eyes... it's amazing! I can't believe how much he's already changed.

13bees said...

so happy you made the trip unscathed! he is looking like you more and more with each new pic!

Grandma Kathleen said...

welcome to sunny California!! LOL have a wonderful time and i knew toby would do well on the flight.

Manu said...

OMG, I'm gonna marry that baby when he grows up!!! :P
Enjoy your vacation, the hotel looks so lovely! Besos!!

supergirl said...

Oh, how darling. That photo made my morning! Unfortunately, California is getting slammed with rainstorms right now.

SISILIA+JOSHUA said...

Oh how wonderful.

I will be living vicariously through your California trip.

My husband & I just moved to Chicago from Los Angeles a few weeks ago. I'm a California gal all the way and they weren't joking when they dubbed Chicago the windy city. It was below 11 the other day, snowing, and on top of that 20mph wind. It felt like pebbles were being thrown on my face as we walked down the street. I kept asking him, remind me honey why we moved here again?

Have an amazing time. I miss California. Be sure to visit Urth Cafe (get the green tea boba) down the street in Venice oh & walk the boardwalk. Lots of amazing characters there.

jenny said...

I'm LOVING this picture of your little man. What a show stopper. (:

Jennifer said...

Glad the flight went well! =) all the little baby boys I know so well behaved... I think that's what i'm hoping for <3

Have a great time

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Ashley said...

what a doll! he is super precious!

wonderchris said...

That boy is all kinds of cute!!

Record breaking rainfall in Cali. Hopefully you stayed semi-dry! :)

apearlintheworld said...

Oh baby Toby, baby jetsetter.

Jessica said...

Precious picture of Toby! He is growing so fast. I'm glad to hear your trip was enjoyable. I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Shokoofeh said...

Such a sweet baby you have! Look at him, he's adorable! :-)

Mystica said...

Enjoy, enjoy!!!

Merry Christmas.

Charlie, Feminine Bravery said...

that's such a cute photo! Glad to hear travelling was okey :)

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Malaika said...

Toby is so beautiful.

thewaltz said...

Toby is getting so big! :) Welcome to SoCal and have fun!

Anonymous said...

I love the pier! sorry that the weather's been gross though :( Toby looks cuter in every picture you post! If your staying for longer in SoCal I highly recommend checking out a better mexican food place there are some great ones especially in the Santa Monica/ Venice area. I like Lula Cocina Mexicana in Santa Monica it's really fun and colorful and has good tacos! Have a great rest of your trip

Sera Pie said...

What a cutie!! :)

Anna Walker said...

It's been raining for 3-4 days in LA, I hope it clears up soon! Enjoy the wedding and everything! :)

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katecreate said...

I am glad to know you're having a great time!

Blue Is Bleu said...

Glad to hear you guys got there with little fuss! The picture is adorable :) Have fun in Cali!!

Dancing Branflake said...

He just gets cuter and cuter every time we see him! Glad all went well. Santa Monice is always so dreary! When I lived there I went to the beach once because it was always so overcast. Alas, it makes for great photos.

monica said...

the adorableness of the photo is making my heart (and ovaries!) ache!

Anonymous said...

If you are in LA you should hit up Grub for their French Toast, you will not be disappointed. I think it's the best breakfast in LA!

Anonymous said...

Hey honey so pleased you had an ok journey and that your sunny side up attitude is paying off you really do have to count your blessings where you can, i'm trying to remember that whilst sitting snowy old london town really I am, not dreaming of california at all!
Jx

missmehoneybee said...

I LOVE Toby's eyebrows! So cute he is.
Good observation on the weather. Hope you get some good rainy day naps in your lovely hotel room. When we took our first trip our baby did great too untill the very end in the car. Haha. I know exactly how tense that can be! Have fun, travel safe.

amatutare said...

Aww, That's utterly cute!
I'm glad that the trip went well!

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Vicky @ eat live spin said...

Great picture... you need to frame that one!

Grace said...

Have a great trip!!

courtney said...

I'm in love with his eyebrows!

jenny said...

you seriously have the most adorable child i have ever seen!

diana kang said...

your baby could be the cutest baby ever!

Ade said...

Dear Joanna,

If you have room in your schedule make sure you make it to Main St. It is my fave part of Santa Monica--cute cafes, boutiques, and people-watching galore. It is a great place for brunch.

Wabi-Sabi said...

Terrible that you had to visit us Los Angelonians this week of all the weeks. Were not used to the gloom, we get kind of crazy and chaotic. And if you're going to eat anywhere around here, make sure its Musso & Fank's!!!!!!

Wabi-Sabi said...

Terrible that you had to visit us Los Angelonians this week of all the weeks. Were not used to the gloom, we get kind of crazy and chaotic. And if you're going to eat anywhere around here, make sure its Musso & Fank's!!!!!!

Emily said...

have a safe trip! you've got a beautiful baby!! congrats :)

xx

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Paulette said...

I opened this post and out loud exclaimed, "Oh Toby!" He's so precious and I'm glad your trip's going well.

lili said...

hello from california as well!

Glad to hear your trip is going well. As a recommendation from a Santa Monica native, in regards to your hotel, there is a great restaurant very close to you called the Oysterette. It's great seafood and the inside is super charming. If it ever stops raining, check it out.
have a great rest of the trip!

Ana* said...

Aww Toby is growing so fast

Mich said...

oh! I JUST got back from Santa Monica! Make the most of it despite the rain! Le Grand Orange (restaurant) was pretty cool, although I didn't really like their coffee! And we went to a pizzeria on the promenade that was pretty fantastic! Have fun!

Amanda said...

I'm glad Toby didn't freak out on the plan. That wouldn't have been fun. The Oceana Hotel is awesome :) Santa Monica is just awesome! I miss living there. Have a fun vacation :)

I Dream Of said...

Well done, Toby! Glad you had safe and peaceful travels! Have a merry time in California!!!
Jeanne

petit gâteau said...

oh nice! you're in santa monica :) go to a place called "café bolívar"and eat "reina fantasma" arepas. their coffee is so good too!!
if you have a chance to go to long beach, visit the museum of latin american art, it's where i work at :)
also, this place in LB called "the pike" (a restaurant, not the mall called the pike). they have the best fish & chips!

xx,

selene

vanessa joie said...

SUCH a sweet picture. xo

Ange B said...

Oh bless. Your little boy is such a handsome little guy. Sounds like he will be the perfect travelling partner!

lis said...

I live in SM and I definitely know that restaurant! My husband and I love to go there, drink margaritas and people watch. It's indeed cheesy, but oh what you'll see in an evening! One of your other readers is right, though...there's much better Mex food to be had! I like La Cabana in Venice, but there are tons of places. Have a great stay and happy holidays!! (By the way, Toby is stunning!!!! Thanks for sharing your photos with all of us!)

MyNameIs said...

ADORable picture of Toby!

Michelle said...

Toby is too cute! That's great that he traveled so well, sounds like he's destined to have wonderful travels! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not the biggest fan of babies but Toby is probably the CUTEST one I have EVER seen! :D It's almost too much!

melissa davis said...

we just did our first cross country flight with our little guy too- and it was also a total success!! no crying at all- and one leg was 7 hours on the plane- argh! he did however poop three times on that flight- once right through his clothes!- but sam was sweet enough to change him every time!! :) merry christmas to all three of you!! xx

Katy said...

Those eyes!

{ Nina Designs } said...

He looks so adorable! I'm sure you'll have a great time. And if I don't get the chance, Merry Xmas!!

shine little light* said...

your toby has the cutest eyebrows in the world! Just sayin'! Merry Christmas *S*

shanley said...

yeah the weather out here is a real bummer right now!! you'll get some sun if you're here on christmas though i guarantee it!

i run by the hotel you guys are staying at all the time! have fun in CA. we're happy to have you out here!

Maria Ana said...

i just smile at this :)

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Mandy said...

Such a cute picture! He has the most beatiful eyes...

Xo Mandy

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Lucy Lu said...

Toby is sooooo cute! I used to work as a flight attendant, and I always loved cute babies on flights, most people are really really nice about it, even if they cry a little! But glad it all went well anyway... x

ola appletea said...

have a great time there and good to hear that everything went well
best!
xo

Anonymous said...

Glad the flight went well! Toby is totally gorgeous! Love those eyes.

JBeaudetStudios said...

He's so cute! Have a great time here in California and I sure hope the weather clears up. I think Christmas is supposed to be nice, at least that's what they say...Jennifer:)

The Socialite said...

oh my goodness, Toby could not be cuter! :)) Totally giving me baby fever over here! haha

Cassandra Marie said...

Yeah the weather has been raining nonstop since about Friday! Should only last for another day or two though. Hope you enjoy your stay here! :)

xo,
Cassie
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BODIE and FOU said...

He is so gorgeous! Have a fantastic Xmas Jo with your little family. I wish you all the best for 2011

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b.a. said...

oh my word--those eyebrows!!! gorgeous.

(my babies were so fair, it was months before you could even tell they had any, so i loooove seeing babes with brows!)

Lollipopps Creations said...

Aww..Toby is just utterly adorable. Really glad to hear that he was alright during the plane trips. Plane trips at any age can be unsettling especially during the younger years. Enjoy SoCal.

j.kurtz said...

hey my boss was the interior designer at the hotel you're staying at! hope you enjoy your stay, it's one of my favorites :)

you might like this sushi restaurant we did too, only a couple miles from santa monica, http://www.chrisbarrettdesign.com/projects

.happisis. said...

super love the pic! happi christmas! ;D

Lomagirl said...

I'm in LA area, too, "enjoying" the weather- came out last week. We couldn't go to Disneyland when planned. I hope you are managing to have fun in the dreary drizzle.

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La Franglaise said...

oh, those eyes Master Toby...! Hope you have a wonderful first Christmas as a family of three. Bisous xx

Jennifer said...

Toby's use of Alex's thumb as a pacifier is clever and adorable! He's such a sweet little niblet!

Sarah said...

Ha ha, I love your "observation". I took on your challenge as well, but I am a terrible procrastinator - as well as 17 weeks pregnant - so every time I said something negative this week about Christmas shopping or being tired/sore/hungry/etc. I prefaced my statement with "I'm not complaining, I'm merely stating a fact"

marysia reeves said...

HI Joanna, Have a great time in SM! If you haven't already go have a buratta omelette at CORA'S and jerk veggie or chicken enchiladas at CHACHA chicken....it's awesome! Your boy is adorable!!!

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