Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Palm Desert, CA Trip

Well, this was already three weeks ago, but here are some photos! The husband had a business conference in Palm Desert, which is about 2 hours from where my parents live in Southern California. We flew out a day early to spend time with my parents and then we were off to Palm Desert the next day for the rest of the weekend. My parents joined us out there and we had a great time exploring the area.

The conference kept Ray quite busy, so Benjamin and I were with my parents most of the time during our Palm Desert stay. Luckily, we had a nice hotel room and an enormous hotel area to roam about. We also explored the Living Desert (zoo), a large Farmer's Market at the local college, ate lots of delicious food I miss so much and took advantage of some hotel perks.

Before heading to Palm Desert during Benjamin's naptime (he's a great car sleeper), we visited Grandpa at work and got to go in a "kuck!" Basically the highlight of Benjamin's life right there.
The Living Desert was fun to visit and we each were able to feed a real, live giraffe! My dad shot a video of the feeding, too.
Our hotel had boats that took you out into the marina area and we went on that a few times. Lots of shoulder rides from grandpa.
We played some mini golf at our hotel, rode the boat with Dad when he was off work for the weekend and did a little swimming before heading back to LA to catch our flight.
Another California trip down. Another couple plane flights on the books. I really wish I would've kept track of all Benjamin's traveling... would've been cool to count up the hours and note that in his journal. Our next flight will be in 1.5 weeks! We're off to Puerto Rico for what will be Benjamin's final flight as a kid under 2 (otherwise known as his last free flight). Traveling will be a lot less frequent now that our plane costs are increasing 33%. Gulp.

8 comments:

Ben and Katie said... [Reply to comment]

You could document it on a map in his room maybe?! Use the sewing pin idea and push it in the places he's been to?!
I still cannot believe we were in the same state and less then two hours away! Next time! :)

Amy L. said... [Reply to comment]

Look at that bump! You look so cute, Mama!!

Laura McCannell said... [Reply to comment]

Looking gorgeous as per usual, momma.

I can't believe he's down to his last free flight- that's crazy! Can't think of a better reason to spend 33% more though...

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Just booking Finn's first have-to-pay flight, I can attest to how depressing it is.

I do think B needs a push pin or some other map displaying his globe trotting.

LookItsJessica said... [Reply to comment]

Such great family photos. Palm Desert looks freaking GORGEOUS! Sucks about the flight prices but I think you guys definitely made good use of free baby flights.

I saw this cool wall-map on Pinterest where you "fill in" in gold paint (or maybe its a gold sticker) all of the countries that you've traveled throughout the world. Would be cool for a jet-setting family such as yourselves. Enjoy PR!

Kristi said... [Reply to comment]

I love every single one of B's expressions! I love that boy (ok, so I love his whole family too)!

Darcey said... [Reply to comment]

You look absolutely fabulous and B gets more adorable with every picture you post. You can tell he is full of personality. Looks like you guys had a wonderful time and had beautiful weather!! Have a great time in PR. My brother in law and his wife will be there around the same time...you guys will have a great time!!

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

Look how long your hair is! You are super cute. As is your offspring. Looks like a fun trip. I could use a California vacation right about now.