Hey guys! So if you follow me on Instagram you know that Andrew and I took the girls to Irvine for the weekend recently. Believe it or not, it was the first time we had taken the girls just the two of us anywhere for two nights. Astoria at Central Park West offered to let us stay for the weekend in one of their furnished two bedroom places. Irvine is about an hour from our home so it was a nice way to get away, but it was nice to not have to spend that much time in the car with our little ones.
They also showed us around and there is a great gym, pool, lounge area and personal wine cellars for residents!
Our place was so stunning. It had beautiful modern decor and huge windows which allowed so much natural light. The complex really reminded me of staying at a hotel, rather than an apartment. They have valet service all day long, a stunning entry, and gorgeous elevators that take you up to your place. The layout of our place had the two bedrooms on opposite sides with the kitchen, dining and living space in the middle. We set up two pack n plays for the girls in the second bedroom. At night we could just keep their door open and could hear them when they woke up, but it was nice that they weren't right next to us because they move a ton when they sleep. And I never sleep well with them in the same room as me. I always bring their sound machine when traveling to keep things somewhat normal for them. Same goes with their zip up blankets. I try to keep everything as close to normal as home so they don't have to adjust too much.Right when we got there, we put the girls down for a nap and I headed to the grocery store to get a few things for the girls. There was a cute natural foods market right across the street which was amazing! Health food stores make me soooo happy. I can't explain it haha. This one was called Mother's and I got a delicious juice. Highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area. It was super convenient being right by the apartment complex.Something that I loved having was a Keurig! We used to have one when we first got married but ended up getting a normal coffee maker because we drink a lot of coffee! But not having to clean out the coffee maker every time was such a treat! P.S. Tully's is my favorite coffee! I used to go there in Seattle all the time.
At night we headed to South Coast Plaza to just walk around. It was fun to see all the holiday decorations and the fancy stores. The only store we ended up going to was the Disney Store haha. June went crazy when she saw all the plush toys. She wanted to kiss all of them and give them huge hugs. Violet was a little hesitant and wanted to stay near to me the whole time. It's so funny to see the differences between the two of them. It's also so sweet to see them take in new things every day.
The girls loved running back and fourth in the long entryway of our place. They started chasing each other and hiding behind the walls. They sure are entertaining to watch! Check out June's face and tummy in that pic!
This was our attempt at a family photo! It's near impossible to take family photos right now.
The second day we drove to Newport which was super close, I mean less than 10 minutes. We put the girls in the stroller and took a little stroll. The morning air was nice and crisp and I could smell the ocean which was so refreshing.
For lunch we went to Lemonade, one of my FAVORITES. If there was one really close to me I would go all the time! So when I saw there was one across the street from our place I was so excited! It was in the same shopping center as Mother's. Something that we found really tricky traveling with the girls at this age was feeding them. When you don't have highchairs to strap your babies down it can be very difficult to feed them! We would literally sit them down on the ground in the apartment and sprinkle food on the ground or hold them on the counter while they tried to squirm out of our arms. SO, if you can, go out to eat so you can take advantage of highchairs. It's nice to be able to enjoy a little food while your kids are occupied. A very rare thing with twins! When we do go somewhere to eat, we eat really fast. It's like a race against the clock I swear. And if you haven't tried Lemonade before, you have to go! I got their new ahi dishes along with the strawberry arugula salad.Like I said, getting a picture with these two!That night we met up with a friend of mine and took the girls to Downtown Disney, which again, was really close! It was the first time we had taken the girls, and they were a little overwhelmed. We didn't last long haha. We had intentions of eating dinner, but like always, plans change quickly with twins. We ended up eating back at our place with some wine and had a great time actually. I'm a homebody at heart, so staying in is always okay with me! Overall, we had a great time during our stay at the Astoria apartments. Everyone who worked there was so kind and helpful. It was such a treat to get away for a little bit and show the girls new things! If you are in the Orange County area, I highly recommend checking these luxury apartments out. They are so stunning and really equipped with everything you need. It also helps that everything you need is really close by. From restaurants, to theme parks you are completely set! And if any of you have twins or little ones, I'd love to know some of your travel tips! Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!
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