Esmé goes to California

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Last week we kind of went on vacation to southern California. I say ‘kind of’ because my husband was working the whole time, and I had to look after the baby, so basically we were both working…just, elsewhere. Esmé had herself a nice vacay though, and I figured, since she was the one who got to have all the fun, she could tell you all about it herself.

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Esmé how was it going on an airplane for the very first time? That giant loud thing with all the people in it? That was a blast! I got to crawl all over my mommy and daddy, and there was all this neat new stuff to chew on: armrests, buttons, tv screens, the backs of other people’s chairs…it was basically the best thing ever.

We heard that on the trip out there you were seated next to the bathrooms, what did you think about that? Well I was taking a nap, and someone flushed the toilet. It was so loud it woke me up! It took me awhile to figure out where I was at first, but when I realized where I was, I was ready to party again. Let’s be honest, all those people weren’t waiting in line to use the bathroom anyway. They just wanted to come talk to me!

How did you like the hotel? Were you able to sleep ok even though you weren’t in your own bed? I don’t know why my parents make me sleep in that pack’n’play thing, but it is the WORST. I basically try to make my parents suffer for putting me in there by crying as loud as I can, for as long as I can, until I fall asleep. Also, there’s something wrong with the hotel’s bathtub… they don’t have any mirrors or toys. That kind of freaked me out the first few nights, but then people brought me presents! After that I had toys to play with in the tub, so it was much better. I did enjoy crawling all over the hotel bed and making out with myself in their mirror.

Speaking of people bringing you presents, were you excited to meet your family and friends? Those people were the best. Any time I said ‘ha,’ they would clap their hands, sing songs, and get all excited! They were so easily entertained, it was awesome. A couple of times they tried to get me to sit down and eat dinner with them, which was not cool. Sitting is just way too boring. So I whined and cried loudly to let them know I wasn’t having any of it. A lot of them also tried to hold me. I was like, you’re not my mom so, no. 

I see. Well we also heard that you sampled many different foods that you hadn’t had yet. What was your favorite? Grass.

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Really? Not the bread? Grass.

Scrambled eggs? Cookies? I liked the grass. And the sand. The sand was good too.

How interesting. Now, we have a couple of photos here…the first is when you were at Myrtle Beach, the second is from your recent trip to Laguna Beach. Tell us, how does it feel to have had your feet in both coasts before the age of one? Terrible.

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You’re not excited about it? Well the first time, I was a little unsure what was going on.

Yes I was going to remark that you look like you have some mixed emotions in the first photo. There was all this wet stuff, and squishy stuff and I just didn’t know how I felt about it. But when my mom and dad took me to the beach this last time, I knew exactly what was going on. And I did not like it.

It wasn’t exhilarating? No. It was cold. It was loud. My parents held me there just so they could have a picture of me crying in the ocean. It was terrible, just terrible.

I see this is a sensitive subject for you, let’s move on and talk about activities. What did you do with all your time? Certain people had concerns that there wouldn’t be enough to entertain you during your stay. The question should be what didn’t I do? I went to the playground, I talked and waved to everyone in the stores, I made artwork on the floor with my food, I went to the playground, I chased seagulls, I chased doggies, I went to the playground… did I say that last one already? Because I really, really liked the playground. There were all these other little people! But they were moving so fast! And on only two legs!! It was fascinating, really.

Now that you have a cross-country trip under your belt, will we find you traveling elsewhere soon? Currently I have no set plans, but perhaps later on in the year. We’ll just have to see what happens!

Well thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your latest excursion. It certainly seems like you had a wonderful time. It was the best.

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 *Top, third, and last photo credit: Alma Alvarado*