We decided to drive down to Southern California for spring break. We had no firm plans or agenda for the week and departed Burlingame right after having an Easter Sunday brunch at Il Fornaio.
It also happened to be our birthdays, so Grace planned one-night’s stay in Westwood. We’ve stayed at the W many times, but it’s getting a little long in the tooth. One convenience was that our birthday dinner was at STK in the hotel. Grace’s parents joined us and also brought cake and fruit, which we enjoyed together in the room.
On Monday, we had a leisurely morning and walked over to Le Pain Quotidien. Later, we had lunch with Grace’s parents, followed by some IT troubleshooting at their Westwood house. It was a beautiful and productive day with her family.
We stopped at Manhattan Beach on our way down to Laguna Niguel. It was crazy windy, so we only spent a few minutes on the beach before making an important stop at the MB Creamery (always). After settling into the Laguna Niguel house, we had a nice dinner in Laguna Beach, where we had lunch for Olivia’s 7th birthday.