LTJG Husband has a huge inspection on ship coming up and he spent the week working overtime to prepare, which meant sleeping on ship twice this week since he also had duty on Saturday. By the end of the week, we were both wiped out and really needed a little Sunday funday action. Nana offered to watch the boys for an hour or two so we could slip away and get some much needed time together (I think we’ve had about 45 minutes together without the boys since he got back this month). We agreed immediately: We needed brunch, and we needed the beach. We headed to Leucadia for some brunch at Le Papagayo and to get our tired bums in the sand at Beacons beach.
We are huge fans of Le Papagayo, especially their live music, fresh Mediterranean food, and all-night happy hour on Tuesdays, but this was our first time trying their brunch. Two guava mimosas, a bloody mary, a dutch-oven style blueberry hotcake, a “luxury” california burrito, and a classic eggs benedict later…I think I can safely say their breakfast is now one of my favorites in Southern California. We headed down the trail to Beacons fat and happy and ready to soak up some sun.
Jake and I have very different beach styles. He is miserable just laying on the sand, while there is almost nothing I would rather do. In about 4 seconds I was half-way to being asleep in the sun, while he had already gone sprinting into the ocean. When he does that, he’s usually gone at least twenty minutes and he swims so far out I can hardly spot him so I was surprised to find him plopping down in our beach chair just a few minutes later. He sat there quietly debating whether or not to say anything before admitting his swim was cut short because he got a nasty counter-attack after stepping on a stealthy stingray. Because he is such a sweet, tough hunk of a man, he insisted on not cutting our beach time short and spent the rest of the hour lounging and laughing with me. Thank you, Mr. Stingray?
To be honest, day dates as parents can definitely have some down sides, which is why we haven’t done them much in the past. Being out alone during the day means LTJG Husband is missing out on precious time with the boys, whereas during night dates they are already in bed. They are also harder for me because I have to make sure I am back in time to nurse the baby (who eats about every 3 hours at this point), which can make them feel pretty rushed.
That being said, we had a really fun time despite it being so short and I think day dates have generally been too underrated in my mind. As much as I love getting dressed up and going out at night, our day date was way more “play” orientated, and got me looking forward to hopefully planning a lot more of them in the future.
On that note, what are your favorite day-dates? We’re always looking for new ideas to try!