I know I’ve been away for awhile, but I’ve been recovering from what was an exhausting but fun trip to California for spring break (WOOHOO).

My two teenagers had never been to Los Angeles before, and when we were tossing out vacation ideas this one seemed to be pretty popular – mostly driven by my teenage daughter. So we hopped on a plane and headed out.

airplane ride

As you can see, everyone is super enthused about riding coach in the airplane. Apparently they think they need First Class. I mean, don’t we all?

getting ready in the morning

This is how people around here get ready in the morning, because we are so considerate.

Venice Beach, CA

Walking down Venice Beach. If you’ve never been, you should go at least once. It’s a really fun/fascinating/weird place. Lots of tourist shops in case you need a commemorative shot glass, typical souvenir shops with t-shirts and hoodies, plenty of food that isn’t that bad, community basketball games, weight lifting, and doctors who will give you a green card should you need some marijuana (but only if you’re a California resident – sorry!), and plenty of glass shops to put your marijuana in. Fun!

sunset over the pacific

This sunset I saw while walking from Venice Beach to Santa Monica was beautiful.


An artfully arranged photo by my daughter that turned out well. I can’t tell what my son was thinking here – deep thoughts? irritation at being posed? he’s hungry? I don’t know. It’s a mystery.

Santa Monica Pier

This photo is a little blurry, but the wind was really starting to pick up. The town of Santa Monica was cute, and it had plenty of places to shop and have a meal or coffee. But this is what my kids wanted to see. Riding those rides are incredibly expensive, so enjoy every minute.

Griffith Observatory

We took the kids to the Griffith Observatory up in the Hollywood Hills after shopping at the Farmer’s Market and The Grove. They were over having their picture taken, so this is the husband and I lying back at a very awkward and unfortunate angle in the planetarium waiting for the show to start. It was excellent and I wish we could have stayed longer.


At the airport waiting for our ride back to Texas. Everyone is OVER IT. Not going to lie, I was ready to get back home, my wanderlust had subsided a bit.

One thing I learned from all of this is to plan your trip EARLY! Prices go up ridiculously high in the month of March, and I’m told that if you plan about 3-6 months out, it’s much cheaper. Since we only planed about 10 days out, it was draining on the wallet.