Ah, yes. The Katy Perry song I love to hate has been playing long and loud in my house this past week. Why, you ask?
Well, because my girls and I are heading down to California ourselves (only four more sleeps)!
It all started as a dream around this time last year. With my marriage disintegrating, my oldest daughter’s anxiety at a peak and my own health in decline, I held on to one tiny ray of hope: one day, when all this is over, I’ll take the girls to Disneyland.
And now, a full year later, I’m doing just that.
It’s not going to be one of those YouTube moments where I wake the kids at 4:30 a.m. to surprise them with bags packed and Mickey Mouse hats for them to wear on the plane. No, I’m not that good of a secret-keeper, and besides…my kids have been pestering me to go so badly that I would never have managed to fake them out anyway.
No, my daughters are in on this plan. Yeah, like, one thousand percent in! We’re all very excited, but that anticipation is tempered with the knowledge that this will be our first big trip as a threesome. For me, it’ll be my first time travelling internationally with my children as a single mom. It’s going to be fun, and wonderful, and thrilling, yes. But it’s going to be different, too. And over the next two weeks, I’m planning to document this big milestone in our lives right here on my blog. Join me for the ups and downs of planning, packing, departure and all our wonderful adventures while we’re in California. To top it all off, my oldest daughter (aged eleven going on eighteen) will be keeping a journal and I’ll be posting her thoughts along with mine for that ‘tween perspective.
But here’s the best part: we’re not just going to Disneyland. We’re going to hit the high spots that California has to offer, all in eight short days. Thanks to support from Omni Hotels, who are sponsoring our California adventure, we’ll also be taking in San Francisco where we’ll check out the famous sights based out of the comfort of the Omni Kids Suite furnished by Pottery Barn. Next, we’ll drive back down the coast to Los Angeles, where we’ll check out some amazing Hollywood attractions courtesy of the Hollywood CityPASS (stay tuned to my blog this week for details on an amazing giveaway from CityPASS)! Then it’s on to San Diego, where we’ll stay in the Omni San Diego Hotel and head out to tour the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Then it’s back to LA for a weekend of visiting with family in Pasadena, and then we head back home to Calgary. Whew…I’m tired already!
But despite the somewhat challenging logistics of trying to fit so much excitement into such a short period of time, I know we’re going to have a wonderful holiday. Come what may, the weather will be warm(er), there’ll be no school bells ringing, and I’ll be with my girls, cruising the freeway in a cool convertible.
What’s that? A convertible?
Oh yes I did! Cashed in all my air miles to rent not just a car, but the ultimate California road trip vehicle.
See ya, suckas!