The A-man and I took an impromptu vacation! We're enjoying a relaxing 5 day furlough in semi-sunny Orange County. A's a natural traveler. He flirted with the flight attendants, chugged his bottle, and passed out until it was nearly time to return our tray table to its upright and locked position. We're having a fantastic time at my parents', and yesterday, A had his first oceanic encounter. While not super enthusiastic about the feeling of damp, cold sand between his itty bitty toes (a neat freak like his daddy, methinks), he seemed intrigued overall. I doubt it will be long before he's charging headfirst into the water, properly SPF'd and life jacketed by his very protective mama (and grandma), of course. As always, it's great to see the familia. We flew in on the same flight as Megan, dad gets in tomorrow, and Mikey on Wednesday. We head back to Austin on Thanksgiving, in time to celebrate the evening with J and unfurl my 85 boxes of holiday decor. Random sidenote: For my friends as obsessed with superficial reality television as I am, yesterday we saw Lauri and her sugar daddy husband from the Real Housewives of OC. The hubby is a little cuter in person, Lauri is much shorter in person, and Lauri's lips are just as crazy ginormous in person as they appear to be on television. Now, aren't you a better person for knowing all this?