I have been dying to take the kids to the beach. Last year we did get to go to the Oregon coast, but before that we hadn't been since Sam was a baby! So we headed on down to L.A. and stayed with Dan's sister Laura (what a lovely sister, to let us all crash at her place).
First thing: Go to the beach and play a little rugby (as well as get completely soaked jumping the waves).
Next day: We went to Griffith Conservatory. It was very cool. You should go there. Jack had said he wanted to see the Hollywood sign and Dan figured we could see it from there (which was true) but when we pointed it out, Jack pretended he never wanted to see it in the first place. Don't you love Charlie refusing to be in the photo? Typical.
Next stop: Tommy's burgers. It was my request, but it wasn't as good as I remembered. That chili is kind of like slop. I'm not even really sure what's in it. Sam was the only one brave enough to try a real chili burger. Everyone else just had everything plain. (Dan and I had chili dog and burger).
We discovered Randy's donuts somewhere close to the beginning of the trip and went there daily. The donuts are cheap, great tasting, and how could you pass up a shop with a huge donut on top of it? Apparently it's famous and in tons of movies (including the new Iron Man).