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last weekend in the SD

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Hope you had a wonderful one. Ours was filled with lots of chores (moving is a blast <— not at all) but lots of pre-holiday fun and activities as a fam. I like to think that we still did it up right, and are saying “see ya soon” to a beloved place in the best way possible.

The fun started off with Livi’s school Christmas play (the BEST), and then we headed off for a little staycation at the Hotel Del Coronado.

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We were fortunate to stay at the Del over the summer, and I was so thankful when they offered to host us again for another quick getaway. It’s by far one of our favorite hotels, and I’m always blown away by it’s elegance and amenities. You can read more about the history of the Del here, but it’s where they filmed pieces of Some Like It Hot and they even have their very own ghost. (I haven’t told Liv about that part haha.) She has been talking about the Del ever since our last staycation, so needless to say, she was thrilled when I told her we were going back.

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There’s obviously a lot to do there during the summer, as it’s situated right on the water and has a gorgeous lawn for movie screenings, but I was curious to see how it would be different during the winter.

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For starters, they have an enormous, dazzling Christmas tree.

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P clapped for the tree when she saw it.

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And the lawn is transformed into an ice skating rink.

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Next to the ice skating rink is a cute stand egg nog, mulled wine, hot cocoa and treats. Doin’ it right.

We checked in, and headed straight to Eno for wood-fired pizza.

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Tiny pizza fan: 

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After dinner, we grabbed ice cream next door:

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(Mango sorbet)

and watched the ice skaters before heading back to the room.

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The girls had a full day, so they crashed pretty early, so the Pilot and I enjoyed some wine on the patio.

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Not too shabby, San Diego.

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The next morning, we headed downstairs for the best buffet breakfast. They seriously have everything you could wish for: eggs to order, turkey bacon, chicken sausage, breakfast pastries, tons of fruit, gluten-free options, fresh juices, pancakes, and oatmeal + toppings galore (like coconut sugar. what.).

I had a plate of scrambled eggs with chicken sausage, sautéed veggies, oatmeal with berries, a green juice + tea.

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We spent some time walking around the shops downstairs and picking up Christmas gifts before heading out.

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It was absolutely amazing, and such a welcomed burst of fun and relaxation amidst the moving chaos. Thank you so much to the Del for the wonderful stay. 

We took some time to finish up Christmas wrapping and the Pilot made almond milk egg nog,

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And we took Liv to see the Nutcracker. (P made it last year, but there’s no way she would have lasted this year. She would have been climbing up and down the stairs the entire time haha. Next year, we’ll definitely bring her again!)

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The show was beautiful, and with how many times we’ve seen it, it never gets old. 

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It was special to take Liv on a little date before the craziness. She’s really surprised us with how well she’s taking the move; I think kids are more resilient than adults.

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Just wanted to pop in and say hi! I’d love to hear about your weekend adventures. Favorite holiday traditions?? Any funny stories would be appreciated, too 😉

Have a happy Monday, friends.

xo

Gina

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23 Comments

  1. Sarah @ The Blonde Giraffe on December 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I want to stay there when we make it back to San Diego!! Looks like the perfect family staycation!

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 11:59 am

      you will LOVE it

  2. Tracey on December 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Livi is SOO gorgeous. She just gets prettier as she grows! So glad you all got to have a special mini-vacation to make the move a little more bearable. Best of luck with the move and Merry Christmas!

    • Tracey on December 19, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Oh, and my weekend story was that my almost 3-year old son finally sat on Santa’s lap without crying. He actually did a great job with their little conversation. But then told me after that Santa’s beard was stinky. 🙂 He was not a legit Santa, so I am not surprised. 😀

      • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm

        awww no way!! hahahah stinky beard. that’s cool that he did it, though! p got up close and was like NO WAY

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      thank you <3 these girls make quite a pair, that's for sure haha
      hope you have a merry christmas, too!
      xo

  3. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on December 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    That tree is seriously pretty! Haha I can totally see why it got an applause.

    Loving is definitely hard work. And no matter how much you do, there’s always something else that needs to be done. I’m glad I haven’t moved in awhile.

    As for my weekend I did some Christmas baking including sugar cookies and gingerbead cookies.

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm

      it was breathtaking. and yes, moving is kind of the worst haha
      sounds like a great baking weekend!!
      xo

  4. Katie on December 19, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Love special family holiday traditions! Just love this time of year. 🙂

    I am currently in my fourth and final year of university, studying to become a registered nurse. I finished my very last exam on Saturday and it was such a relief. I am now looking forward to having a relaxing holiday with my family! I hope you find time to relax and enjoy the holiday season with your beautiful family amongst all the moving craziness. xo

    PS where are your grey booties from that you are wearing in the picture by the tree? I love them and have been looking for some just like that! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      same! such a fun and magical time
      oh no way! that is amazing. enjoy celebrating!! i’m so excited and happy for you
      the grey booties are from tom’s. they’re the castle rock grey suede- last time i checked they were on sale too
      xoxo

      • Katie on December 20, 2016 at 7:29 am

        Thank you so much! Xoxo

  5. Sam @ Hygge Wellness on December 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Your staycation looks like it was so much fun! Sad that you have to leave SD because your adventures always looked so sunny & fun.. but I’m looking forward to your next adventure! I feel like I’ve followed you all over the country now for years : )

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      thank you, friend. i’m so sad to leave, but excited to see what’s next <3

  6. Erika S. on December 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Love Livi’s head tilt in her pics…she’s such a big girl now! The Del is gorgeous….I loved seeing all the floor to ceiling wood in the bar….nice!

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      thank you, friend. so amazing! hope you’re enjoying the holidays <3

  7. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve been to that hotel so many times and have always wanted to stay there. What a great wasy to spend your weekend in SD!

    • Fitnessista on December 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      it is so beautiful! i hope you had a great weekend, too, and that you’re feeling better <3

  8. Cassie on December 20, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Looks beautiful!

  9. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on December 20, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Freaking love the Del! Glad you had fun!

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      it is THE BEST 🙂 thank you! hope you’re enjoying the week

  10. Mary Carter on December 20, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Good luck with your move! Don’t worry about the kids. You’re right, they’re much more flexible than we adults are!

  11. Jessica Locke on December 20, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Gina:

    We stayed there about 2 years ago and its truly awesome! It looks even more special all dressed up for the holidays. Glad you all were able to sneak in that mini-getaway.

    • Fitnessista on December 20, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      it is the best!! thank you- hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season

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