We still have not mastered the dining with children stage. Although, Carter does have a longer attention span, now that he is two. Which means he can entertain himself longer with the salt and pepper shakers, crayons and paper or a cup full of water and ice.
There’s so much to think about when doing a family outing now. Stuff like, does Carter need a nap, when will Caden eat again, should we bring the single or double stroller. All these thoughts make what really matters cloudy.
What really matters today, is that Andrew is home and we are going to lunch as a family. We are together and that makes my heart so happy.
Andrew is really good at surprising me and kept the lunch spot a secret, until I asked where we were going when we got in the car. I asked because I wanted to know, but mostly because I needed to know. I love to look up our destinations in my maps and see if there is traffic, accidents or any hazards on our route. It’s a habit I can’t seem to rid myself of and Andrew hates it haha.
I could not contain my excitement because he planned for us to spend the afternoon in Malibu and at one of my favorite restaurants, Malibu Farm for brunch! This place is definitely on my Top 5 list for Best Restaurants in L.A.
It felt like a perfect warm Spring day in Malibu. We parked right by the pier and arrived 30 mins before Malibu Farm opened. Which meant I could make the boys take pictures to pass time. Hehe. I say make as if I held them down and forced them. Wait. I did do that!
I’m obsessed with Malibu Pier and all the picturesque surroundings. Malibu Farm has done a great job basically taking over the entire pier, and I’m not complaining about that! I love the bright white paint on the walls and railings, the instagram-able ocean views and stylish design of all their restaurants.
After snapping a good amount of photos and preventing a toddler melt down, it was time to enjoy Malibu Farm’s amazing food.
I’m so thankful servers and bussers get the whole “family life”. They promptly brought out our Prosecco and Carter’s Kale Smoothie. Followed by Vegetables and Hummus and Chicken and Pasta. Carter ate 3 breadsticks and that was it haha. Andrew and I enjoyed all of that and we also ordered the Skirt Steak which was so delicious! Caden gummed carrots and red bell pepper slices and was in in complete heaven, the whole time.
Carter was no longer entertained by said entertainment listed above and he’s not much for doing anything on the phone, so he just went wandering, and climbing all around the restaurant. He fell back off of a railing he climbed and bumped his head so hard on floor. I hate when he cries, it just breaks my mama heart to pieces. At this point people were looking and maybe even judging our parenting skills so this was our cue that it was time to go!
Our reality is messy, wild, normal family of 4 awesomeness and it’s good, y’all. So good.
I loved today.