We booked the flight based on Dorothy’s nap but she had also begun to push her morning nap back more in the recent two weeks. She fell asleep eventually half way into the flight.
Picked up our rental car, a SUV, and a toddler car seat. Dorothy ate some chicken I brought from home as we waited for John to install the car seat. Then off we went.
Roasted duck burrito. John got a few different tacos. This place makes their tortilla in house which was really good.
We checked into the hotel. The receptionist told me that they charge incidentals right upfront but would refund after the stay if there is no damage. I asked how come the incidentals are charged before rather than after, and she said it was a standard hotel policy. I had to say not really.
The wedding ceremony and reception were both held outdoor at the Santa Anita Park racetrack! Andrew and Rosalie’s three dogs were all part of the ceremony, and Rosalie arrived with a carriage with a horse. Dorothy loved seeing the dogs and the horse. It was a really warm day. Dorothy happily ate the bread as the couple arrived at the reception. It was probably the biggest priority for her. I really enjoyed the personal touches with their dogs, wedding videos (Andrew being a film editor, of course), and hearing the stories from the speeches. We left just right before 9pm as Dorothy had passed out. It’s hard to remember all the times we stayed until 11pm or later for weddings...
We knew John Yao was photographing Andrew’s wedding, so we used the studio credit that we held on for five years and scheduled the family shoot the day after. John Y. took us to his secret spot and we had tons of fun. Can’t wait to see the photos. I left my phone in the car so I have no photos.
We weren’t sure what to expect with the name at first but drove over for the good reviews on yelp. I asked what “Dirty French Made” was and the staff told me she’d get me a sample. Turned out she brought me a tasting!
I got 626 cold brew for John and Dirty Nurple (cold brew with ube foam + boba). It was yummy.
We went to a nearby French restaurant for lunch based on good yelp reviews. The food was decent. Dorothy wanted to play with everything and only wanted to eat the bread. She did eat some salad too. It was ok for me as we fed her some homemade chicken at the hotel. We hurried with our dishes.
I had seen the Huntington library on the internet a lot and wanted to visit. We finally made it at around 3pm. It was a hot day for us Bay Area folks, but it was nice to escape into the exhibits with AC in between. The gardens are all very lovely. Dorothy loved the children’s garden.
We had Tibetan food for dinner. It was nice to see Tom and Cecile. The last time we met up was a couple of years ago. It was their first time meeting Dorothy. It was very sweet to see Tom’s interaction with her. Dorothy enjoyed playing with Uncle Tom, eating her tofu salad and stealing Uncle Tom’s rice. She ate just a little bit of the baby back ribs I brought from home and didn’t want the homemade veggies (I guess thawed frozen veggies didn’t taste good and she preferred the freshly served stuff - who wouldn’t?)
As usual, enjoyed the convo with Cecile. She’s funny and it seems that we can never run out of things to talk about. The momo dumplings and phing noodles were pretty decent.
John went out and got us some burritos. I had a California burrito and he had a breakfast burrito. We missed the SoCal style Mexican food. Dorothy had avocado and banana back in the hotel with me.
We requested a late check out. It took us a while to have everything packed up, loaded, and get out after Dorothy’s morning nap.
We stopped by Targer to pick up more diapers. Turned out that they were out of size 3 diapers across Huggies (which we use) and Pampers. So I decided to try the Target brand Up and Up diapers figuring it was just for the transit until we got to Paris. Mistake.
We also shipped some wedding items like my dress/heels, makeup bags, and John’s shoes to my dad as he offered so we could reduce some weight. I debated because the items were pretty small. However, after piling them altogether, I told John that the size could be 3-4 French butters or even a bottle of wine to bring home from France, so he put in his shoes to ship back to the Bay Area too.
We went back to Dingle Berries. I got the Whoachata (horchata milk tea) and John got the 626 cold brew.
We made it to The Broad. I had wanted to see the Infinity Mirrors by Yayoi Kusama for a while. We queued for the waitlist not knowing if we would get to see it. After browsing around the exhibits, we got a text saying we were up to line up! So happy that we were able to see it, even just for 45 seconds. The second one upstairs didn’t require a waitlist sign up and the line wasn’t bad - for another 45 seconds. Really glad to have a chance to see them both. Of course, Dorothy’s favorite piece seems to be the blue “balloon” dog.
We picked up burgers, again based on yelp. I instantly realized that I was in a diff neighborhood being the only Asian around. I made the orders online so pick up was very quick. The burgers were delicious.
Returned the rental car, checked in, and got to the gate. We decided to try gate checking the stroller even though it does fit in the overhead bin just so we have one less item to grab. I gave Dorothy her dinner... the last bag of food I made from home, froze, and brought on the trip. She happily ate the majority of the meat but wasn’t a fan of the veggies. I think I would probably make smaller portions of these travel meals next time, mainly the proteins since she didn’t seem to like thawed veggies much. Veggies are pretty easy to order or find while we are out. We ended up tossing quite a bit of food since she didn’t finish full bags of meals and once thawed and opened, I didn’t want to keep them for another meal. Also the travel meals seem more like supplements to our meals at restaurants (veggies and carbs are easy to order unsalted) and mainly served well for the commutes/airports.
Our flight was delayed by an hour. Dorothy was exhausted and started fussing a little at the gate. Once we were boarded she was ok.
We booked a redeye in hopes that Dorothy could sleep through most of the flight. She actually slept most of it but had a hard time finding a comfortable spot on us. Norwegian had told me that this aircraft didn’t support bassinets when I booked the flight but I saw the bassinet support on the wall in front of the row ahead of us. :( Poor girl was turning a lot every 30 mins in the carrier on me (and sometimes her little hand propped up against her face was pressuring my throat so I didn’t nap very well either). She woke around 1am and wanted to play. But then eventually passed out on us - and this time without the carrier and no tossing or turning.
Happy that we survived the long international flight.
The Target brand diapers leaked by the time we were landing. :( Thankfully it was just #1 but still we NEVER had a leak before with #1, and this flight was only 9.5 hours, which was shorter than Dorothy’s typical night sleep. I was disappointed with the Target brand diapers. We quickly changed her and bagged the dirty clothes.