If you read my post yesterday, I am sure you could sense how
exhausting amazing our weekend in Disney World was with the girls. And, to top it off, my husband also left on a week-long work trip only 12 hours after we got back from Disney. So, by the following weekend, I was in desperate need of a break. The timing could not have been more perfect for our girls’ trip to California.
The trip was planned because I won tickets to the Ellen show. Crazy. My mom and sisters are huge fans of the show, so we all decided to make a trip out of it. Because it is pretty much the farthest place in the U.S. from where we live, we don’t make it out there often, or ever, so we planned out almost every touristy thing you could think of for our mini vacay.
We stayed at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, and it was beautiful. We had an ocean view room and were able to see the Santa Monica pier and watch the sunset from our balcony.
We spent Sunday exploring Santa Monica. We walked down to the pier, rode the ferris wheel and shopped at the Third Street Promenade.
For our first night, we had reservations at Sur Lounge. I don’t watch Vanderpump Rules, but I do watch the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so I was pretty excited to check out Lisa’s restaurant. We did have a great time at dinner, but, if you had any plans of going, [I am sure you do not] don’t. Our appetizer came out and was still partially frozen, no one particularly liked their meal, and the service was almost too fast. The food was out in a matter of seconds and it felt like we left only minutes after we had gotten there.
I did manage to get at least one touristy pic in front of the restaurant, so I’ll call it a win.
We had the most amazing weather while we were there, so we spent the entire second day outside. We rode bikes from Santa Monica to Venice, then over the Venice Canals, shopped on Abbot Kinney, rode back to Santa Monica, then went back to the beach and rode to the Pacific Palisades and back to Santa Monica again. We spent over four hours on our bikes, but it was the absolute best part of the entire trip. And the people watching is… well, it’s something.
The last day was Ellen, the whole reason for the trip. We had to check in for the show by 1:30pm, so we got up early that morning and did the Warner Brothers Lot tour first. It was over two hours of set tours, but the best, by far, was the set of Friends.
We left the tour, walked over to the Ellen set and checked in for the show. The check-in process is interesting. I will leave it at that. My blog is too little, so I will not be spending any money on the lawyer I would probably need if I went into any further details. I will say that you pretty much know if you are going to get a good seat or not, and we got some pretty good seats. We were able to sit through two tapings, watch guests Wanda Sykes and Sofia Vergara, and dance a little next to Ellen and Twitch.
We left the show, grabbed a quick dinner, and headed to the airport to catch the red-eye home.
We crammed so much into those three days and had just the best time. I have only been away from my girls one other time since Anniston was born, so I knew it would be hard, but they were in great hands with JoJo (my mother-in-law). And you know everything went well when the first thing out of your two-year-old’s mouth when she sees you is, “Where’d JoJo go?”