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Like most of San Diego, this week is spring break for Kayla. That means 9 days of no school in a row. Naturally I had grand plans of all the things we would do, see, make and eat. Naturally those plans went out the window when Blake wound up sick for the first 4 days. Yup.
While I was drowning in mom guilt and toddler boogers, I forgot just how resilient 7 year olds are AND how little it takes to turn things around. Apparently one Italian Ice and a trip to the craft store for puffy stickers will do it. That’s the amazing thing about kids, they are so emotionally nimble.
Peering over the freezers at Rita’s, Kayla saw a few flavors that were different from our last trip. Cotton Candy, Jolly Rancher Green Apple and Dr. Pepper. Sarah our favorite Rita’s employee remembered us, was all too happy to let her try a couple and greeted the little boy who came in next like a friend. It made me smile seeing a neighborhood store where kids come first and people matter.
The Jolly Rancher Italian Ice is brand new, delicious and provides plenty of childhood nostalgia. Since I was really going for it in the make up for lost time department Kayla went for a 50/50 split of Cotton Candy and Jolly Rancher Italian Ice and topped it with Rita’s signature vanilla custard to make it a Gelati. Of course she couldn’t resist the crushed Jolly Rancher topping.
We popped on our sunglasses and enjoyed some quality time on the patio chatting about everything and nothing. I got my fill of grade school playground humor and Kayla got some quality one on one time with yours truly. Just like that we were back on track to spring break vibes.