On a Mission

Hey hey! How are you doing this morning? Wednesdays are always a little extra crazy around here – I feel like everyone in the family has appointments and/or activities – so I’m ready to get an imaginary buzz from my decaf coffee and hit the ground running. I’m excited to teach classes later today and, hopefully, sneak in my own arm workout during naptime. After a week and a half off, the girls are back in school and preschool (depending on how P’s doing), so it will be nice to catch up on work for a couple of hours.

palm trees at sunset

I’m popping in to share some more adventures from our amazing San Diego vacation. It was such a special treat to take a trip out there with the fam. The Pilot had a training course, so of course we had to crash the party and catch up with our SD friends. I shared a small recap in Friday Faves, so this post is picking up where that left off!

Family photo booth pics

We spent an afternoon at Belmont Park in Mission, which is undoubtedly the girls’ favorite San Diego spot.

Carousel at Belmont Park

They love riding the rides and playing games in the arcade, and we get the biggest kick out of watching them. They rode the cars at least four times, and the Pilot and I stood watching them with such huge smiles on our faces. They are the cutest little sisters.

Having a blast 
Friday night, our beloved babysitter Ari came over to watch the girls at the hotel (she babysat for a few date nights while we were there!), and we met up with friends at Vin de Syrah. If you’re staying in San Diego, I highly recommend it for a night out. It’s a very unique Alice In Wonderland-type speakeasy, with cabaret performers, and a cheese board that has brownies on it.


I asked the bartender for something with herbs or lavender (not too sweet), and this is what he created.
 Gin creation 
(It had gin, blueberries, raspberries, and lavender… and went down a liiiiittle too easily.)
 W the girls 
(Red jumpsuit is here! <– It was TOTALLY out of my normal comfort zone and style rotation, but Betsy convinced me to do it.)


Saturday morning, we slept in a little bit, I taught spin at Point Loma Sports Club, and we took the girls to the Liberty Station park to run around. We went to the park every day we were there, and the weather was absolutely dreamy. 

Staying in Liberty Station was such a great move. We could walk to so many places, and our hotel had two meals each day (breakfast and a hot evening meal, which we only took advantage of one night, but still amazing.) The girls and I had breakfast at the hotel every day while the Pilot was at work – they got really used to fruit, eggs, and fresh Belgium waffles each morning haha – and Saturday, we knew we had to have a legendary brunch before heading back to V-town.

Snooze it was.

The wait was insanely long as usual, but so, so worth it. I had the best Bloody Mary of my life

Bloody mary at Snooze 
(the Bangkok with fish sauce, Sriracha, cilantro, basil, and pickled veggies)

and a classic breakfast with scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, sourdough and hash browns. SO GOOD. The girls crushed their pancakes, and the Pilot had a relationship with his corned beef hash. It was a great meal, indeed.

Saturday afternoon, the Pilot and Liv went swimming while P and I napped, and we went to the girls’ favorite restaurant for our last night in town: Corvette’s. 

Straw hair at Corvette's

Corvette’s is a fun 50s, 60s and 70s themed diner, complete with doo-wop style servers, a DJ playing oldies, a huge classic car in the lobby, and a psychedelic room with backlights and neon peace signs and flowers. There’s always a long wait, but they have a huge arcade, so the time usually passes quickly. The servers will outfit each diner with a paper hat and will do straw hair designs for the kiddos. There’s also a balloon artist and ridiculous milkshakes and desserts. Basically, it’s a kids’ dream come true.

Whenever we go to Corvette’s, we expect the food to be “meh” (because we think of it as a place more for the kids), but it always surprises us. (<— It shouldn’t because it’s a Cohn Restaurant and they own our #1 date night spot, BO-beau Kitchen in OB.) The fried pickles were ridiculous, and the house-made black bean burger was super tasty and fresh. I got my burger lettuce-wrapped with sweet potato fries. The Pilot got a spiked Thin Mint shake (you know I stole some sips) and the girls lived their best life by face-diving into the most enormous cotton candy ever.
 Cotton candy at Corvette's 
It was a great ending to an even better trip. I’m so thankful we were able to take some time to head out there and enjoy some beach and sunshine before spring break. 🙂

So, tell me friends: what’s your favorite vacation spot? Are there any restaurants there you love? What’s your vacation workout mentality?

Usually, I go with the flow and depend on walking around to get the bulk of my activity. If I know there’s a class I want to take, I’ll try to make time in the schedule. With this last trip, it ended up being really easy to catch some of my favorite studio classes and get in some strength workouts, even though we walked a ton.

Have a happy Wednesday!


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  1. Cassie on February 21, 2018 at 7:24 am

    Looks like a great trip! We haven’t gone anywhere for 2 years now, but we are hopping for a fall trip. I have a sister with a new baby in San diego that I haven’t met, but my hubs is pushing for a Florida trip to visit his folks. So we’ll see. I generally just try to walk, but sometimes I need a little yoga too.

  2. Kristen on February 21, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Oh my gosh, I don’t think I’ve ever seen cotton candy that big!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on February 21, 2018 at 10:39 am

    It’s always fun to go back to the places you once lived and be a visitor. It’s a strange feeling like you’re stilling living there, but not. Glad you guys had fun!

  4. Laura on February 21, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Have you been to Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs? We went last weekend while we were camping at Fort Wilderness and it was SO good.

    • Fitnessista on February 21, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      YES! we went a couple of months ago and loved it!!

  5. Jill on February 21, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    My favorite vacation spot is Nantucket. I’ve only been there once but it was just perfect. It is the most charming island with so much to do. I recommend going in late September, after the summer crowds. Everything is still open at that point, but it’s not jam packed and the weather is fantastic.

  6. milania dela cruz on February 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Love New Orleans! Love the food, the culture, the music, just love it there!

  7. Janice O'Kane on February 21, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    That is officially the hugest cotton candy I have ever seen! Plus the straw hair designs – adorable!

  8. Liz on February 22, 2018 at 7:27 am

    What hotel did you stay at that had this magical two meals a day?? Looks like an awesome trip!

    • Lindsey on February 22, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Yes, what is this hotel? It sounds awesome!

  9. adrianna on February 25, 2018 at 10:47 am

    not sure if you’ve ever typed a better sentence… ‘a cheese board with brownies on it.’

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