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Road Trip and Anniversary

For our anniversary we made a last minute decision to pack up and head to southern California for the weekend. It was such a spontaneous and spur of the moment decision that we literally decided the night before leaving. We planned to have a nice anniversary dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Mastro’s, and also go to Disneyland. I packed for the whole family in under an hour, and it was so much easier packing for a road trip than for getting on a plane. I didn’t have to worry about liquids or stress about getting to the airport on time. It was great. But why do kids need so much stuff?? I feel like I have to overpack for them because they are constantly spilling food on their clothes!

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Well Disney didn’t happen because Pie got sick and had a fever, but at least her fever kicked in after our anniversary dinner at Mastros, so we were able to enjoy that. It’s so hard to plan anything with kids because it seems like something or another will get in the way!

Because this was our first driving to Southern California from the Bay Area, we weren’t sure which route would be the best to take. We have never done this before, so we decided that going there we would take the 101, and on the way back we would take the I-5.

Driving on the 101 was long and with traffic and multiple stops to feed kids and change diapers it took us about 11 hours. But the view made it completely worth it. It was beautiful!!!!

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One minute we were driving through enormous rocky mountains and the next minute we were nestled between the sea and mountains, it literally took my breath away.

We stopped for lunch at Santa Barbara. What a cute little town! Next time I would like to explore it more.

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When we finally arrived to OC the kids were exhausted as were we. But we got ready and went to a relative’s home and the kids had such a blast there with their relatives from hubby’s side.

Hubby feels like Orange County is his second home, since it’s where he lived before we started dating and when we first started dating, so going back there time to time is fun as it allows us to de stress, take time off from doing chores and hang out with friends and family who live there. Disneyland is also a nice little perk. Next time we go back, we will plan a Disney trip and hopefully no kids will get sick and we can go!

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We left back on a Monday, and took I-5 back to Bay Area, and drove mostly at night. I thought the journey back would be somewhat pleasant as the way there was so beautiful, but I could not have been more wrong. The route was scary, with crazy elevation (4,000 feet above sea level) that gave me altitude sickness. It was literally hard to breathe as it was so high up. And then coming down was so steep that the car had trouble braking, and without breaking it was on it’s own going 80+mph. Had we not had kids I wouldn’t have minded, but driving with kids up 4,000 feet, in the middle of nowhere, and driving a few hours straight without any exits in sight, no gas stations, or any signs of civilization, left me FREAKED out.

Then we finally got off an exit- which is about the half way point, Kettleman city. There was an in n out that we ate at, went to the bathroom, then continued our way home. Except that, on our way back to our car, there was a BUG storm. They looked like huge flying ants, and they were EVERYWHERE. They would fly into us and we were all screaming running back to the car, and quickly buckled the kids in and drove off at the speed of light. Then about an hour into driving, one of the flying bugs managed to get into our car, and ATTACKS hubby while he’s driving. He swerves and starts whacking his hands all over until he kills it. Then the entire time back we were both on edge thinking any minute now there’s going to be another bug that will attack us.

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Looking back it seems hilarious, and I will often make jokes about how hubby flipped his $h!t, and we will both laugh like it was the funniest thing ever.

However, future trips we will definitely be taking rt 101 to Southern California and back. I would rather drive 5 extra hours than to go through a bug storm and up 4,000+ feet.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.