HotMama Diaries: Scotland

HotMama Diaries: Scotland

06.22.15 HotDaddy met us for lunch at this awesome place I discovered, called Hillhead Bookclub. The décor was eclectic, the atmosphere was relaxed and funky, and the food was yummy and reasonable. They serve basil-strawberry water, which looks gorgeous on the table. There is also a great craft-cocktail menu. One interesting cocktail for a group would be the Hillhead Punch served in a Gramophone! Parents! You can enjoy the cocktails, because there is a playroom for the kids. There is even a Ping-Pong table for the “big” kids. After lunch…

First Week in Glasgow

First Week in Glasgow

06.15.15 Okay, super trippy. I just woke up, put on my makeup and now I’m having tea, gazing out the window of the Kirklee Hotel in Glasgow Scotland. Good Morning??? That’s the trippy part. It isn’t morning here at all. It is 7:15pm and we are just starting our day. You see, we arrived at 7:30am from LAX, which meant we had been up for an exhausting 17 hours. We woke up at 2:50am (LA time) in order to catch our 7:00am flight to Newark, NJ. We got there 5…

Weekend in San Diego

Weekend in San Diego

05/22/15 Back home to sunny California? Well, we are home, but it is not sunny. We literally got home from St. Pete Beach for one night’s sleep before heading to Mission Bay RV Resort for the weekend. This is the first camping trip as a group in the new RV since Sis and family returned home from their cross-country road trip and we are really excited!!! Anyway, we were looking forward to more fun in sun and sand, but San Diego has decided to be overcast and a little chilly….

St. Pete Beach Conclusion

St. Pete Beach Conclusion

05/18/15 We finally made it over to Guy Harvey Outpost! Not risking another tropical storm to derail our plans, we got up early and made our way to RumFish for breakfast. What a good choice! We all decided to go for southern comforts. I had the Crab Cakes and Poached Eggs, as did Papa. Grams went for her favorite, Biscuits and Gravy. HotDaddy feasted on Fried Chicken and Waffles. After I had a bite, I totally get the why it’s a famous combo! So freaking good! The kids had an…

Sunday Funday in St. Pete

Sunday Funday in St. Pete

05/17/15 Wow! I had a very productive morning! The kids actually slept in and I was able to get a blog post up! Then I enjoyed coffee on the patio before running down to see HotDaddy’s poster session at the VSS conference. Along my walk, I snapped a gorgeous photo of the property. I mean really? This place is paradise. When I arrived and HotDaddy’s poster, the room was busy with Vision Scientists scoping out projects that interests them. I was happy to see that HotDaddy’s poster was surrounded, even…

Life’s a Beach on St. Pete

Life’s a Beach on St. Pete

05/16/15 Firecracker slept in this morning, but CuddleBear was up at the crack of dawn, despite the time change! Yay! While HotDaddy was down at the conference, the rest of us enjoyed a leisurely morning, enjoying the view of St. Pete Beach from our balcony. Morning coffee never tasted so good. Later, I took the kids to the beach to play before heading to the beach front pool to swim until HotDaddy came back from his conference. We played and splashed, okay, they played and splash as I sipped on…

Off to St.Pete

Off to St.Pete

05/15/15 Today we said goodbye to Los Angeles and hello to St. Pete Beach. We loaded up the van the night before, so all we had to in the morning was get dress and get out. However, Firecracker and CuddleBear were not too thrilled about waking up before the sun. We were out the door by 6:30 a.m., but with a rainy California day (rare) coupled with L.A. traffic we didn’t make it to LAX until after 8:00 a.m. Oh and CuddleBear got carsick during the drive, which was just…

Idyllwild Weekend Conclusion

Idyllwild Weekend Conclusion

Day 3 & Day 4 Sunday 02.08.15 Yesterday was busy, so I didn’t get to journal. Now, I am sitting with my steaming cup of hot coffee waiting for this frigid cabin to warm up. I get really hot when I sleep and turned off the heat and now I’m freezing. This weekend was supposed to be in the high 80’s. I guess in the mountains it doesn’t feel the same, because I’m cold. Sis would love this weather. Once I read the weather report, I repacked. I took out…

Weekend in Idyllwild

Weekend in Idyllwild

Friday 02.06.15 Day 2 Good morning from Idyllwild! I’m feeling pretty good right now as I sip on HotDaddy’s famous Bloody Mary, despite having a rather not-so-nice sleep. Nothing was wrong with the BlueBird, but I forgot to pack Cuddle Bear’s GoodNites. Although he has been potty-trained over a year, he sometimes has accidents at night. GoodNites are great for traveling, because we don’t want to deal with wet sheets away from home. I even use them on long flights, just in case. Anyway, I was stressed out all night,…

Welcome to Idyllwild

Welcome to Idyllwild

Day 1 By 11:00 am we were loaded up and headed out of town for a relaxing weekend in the mountains. Idyllwild has been a sight of tradition for HotDaddy and I for years. We met at 17 and celebrated our first anniversary as a couple by renting a cabin at Quiet Creek Inn on Strawberry Creek at the tender age of 18. Crazy, but I remember that trip like it was yesterday. However, it wasn’t yesterday. It was 12 years ago. We continued to rent a cabin in Idyllwild…