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We were lucky enough to spend fifteen full days in California this past winter break. Hanging with family and friends, visiting amusement parks, museums, playgrounds and the beach. During these fifteen days the relationships between my kids and my sisters kids, the four cousins, deepened. They had inside jokes, were telling secrets, bickering and having the best time ever doing so. Because of this, the final day in California is always bitter sweet. We are excited to get back to our routines in New York City, but we are always sad to say our goodbyes.

In the morning I spied the older kids sharing one iPad watching rollercoaster videos on YouTube Kids. They are always in search of the best ride out there, to add to their growing list of attractions. My mom then surprised my dad and myself with an early birthday cake. I was born on my dads birthday, and once I became an adult we rarely celebrated together anymore. So even though it was not our actual birthday, it was a nice surprise. Plus the kids will never turn cake away.

The kids are always up for a photo opportunity, especially if it a silly family photo with Mema and Papa.

lilStrange is great at giving hugs and picked some flowers for Mema.

We then drove downtown to meet up with my closest friend from college and her family at the New Children’s Museum of San Diego for the annual Pajama Jam party! lilStrange insisted on wearing her Chasing Fireflies pajamas for the event. The highlight of the night was the balloon drop countdown, and watching my kids bond with my girlfriends kids.
After a long eventful day we crashed at the Westin San Diego, not a far walk from the Children’s Museum, to get a good nights sleep before our long flight back to New York City. Our view was amazing of downtown San Diego and the harbor.
lilStrange in a hotelHow did you spend your last day of winter break?