Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Headed for Hollywood

Even though Russ is a native of southern California, he had never visited Hollywood. That's kind of weird, right? Sunday morning, we decided to brave the constant traffic jam that is Los Angeles and take a walk on the Walk of Fame. But first we got to show the kids the pollution, graffiti, trash, and bums that were everywhere. So glamorous! I was a little nervous carrying my expensive camera and purse, so I held on tight. I felt like we were in a third world country... it was that bad! We took a selfie across the street from the Chinese theater (that washed out building in the background), which Brando was too stubborn to be in.

Somebody offered to take our pic, and since he had a wife and a baby in a stroller, I figured he wouldn't run away with my phone.

There were just a few stars with names that the kids recognized (and to be honest, I couldn't recognize even half).

The pickings were even more slim when we got to the area with the hand and footprints. Luckily, we found Morgan Freeman, who was the voice for Vetruvius in Lego Movie. Paige was disappointed to find out Will Farrell didn't have a star yet, but he is supposed to be getting one this year.

I finally convinced Paige to get a picture by some of the prints, and the only other ones that were even remotely familiar were the stars from the Harry Potter movies. She was less than thrilled about the whole experience, but she eked out a smile.

Next we stopped by Russ' star for a picture.

After a few more blocks of stars, we were ready to head home. Goodbye Hollywood... you are totally overrated!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Park Roast & Pi(e)

It was March and over 90 degrees in San Diego, so yeah, we were roasting! That didn't stop us from having fun, though. Russ and his brother got all the fixings we needed for a picnic lunch, and they even prepared it, too!

Cousin time!

Didn't we just barely get all the sand from the beach cleaned off? Here we go again!

This is a familiar scene... the brothers most likely talking about movies while their mother stares into space, bored out of her mind.

Slide action!

Kallie is always a favorite.

So glad the cousins brought such fun games to play.

This kite was wrapped around the ramada pole, and the kids untangled it so they could try to fly it.

It was busted, so this was about as good as it got.

The boys decided to give it a try and had a blast running all over the park.

They just wouldn't give up on it!

After park time, we headed up to Temecula to hang out with my aunt and uncle and cousins. My youngest cousin is Paige's age, and they spent most of their time together playing in his giant buckets of Legos.

Later on, we met up with some friends who used to be in our ward to celebrate "Pi" day at Marie Callender's! This holiday was obviously thought up by some genius... get it? (Who wouldn't want pie?) Apparently nobody sent the memo to Marie, though, because they were short on pies due to this delicious holiday.

The next day, we took the kids to Hollywood, which means just one more California post and then we're back home! (Will I ever catch up?)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Beach n Boomers! (Again?)

I guess I'm skipping Thursday because there wasn't much to report. We went to lunch with Russ and I went into the office to visit my old co-workers. It was nice to see everyone, but no pictures to share. Friday was beach day. We borrowed beach toys from the cousins and headed to Mission Beach... along with a bunch of other Zonies!

Running up to the receding water and then running back toward the beach when the wave comes in never gets old.

The water was SO COLD, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the kids. I'm convinced they would have been happy all day.

After the water play was the sand play (the part I dread!).

I took about a zillion pics, but it was worth it. So handsome.

The bucket had a hole in it, so one of them tried to plug the hole while they both carried it in. The look on their faces is pure fun.

This was Kallie's idea for a pose. Future surfer?

Rinsing off... if only there was a clean path back to the car!

I "hurried" back to the in-laws' house in rush hour traffic (almost a complete standstill sometimes) to get ready for our double date. I tried to come up with an interesting date idea, but no one went for the magic/comedy show. I bargained with them by requesting the Brigantine for dinner in exchange for the goofy golfing activity. A little pricey, but totally San Diegan, and the sole piccata was divine!

After dinner, we headed to Boomers for goofy golf (though a different location than Monday night's activities). Somebody's ball got stuck in the giant pumpkin.

That's the scorecard, not his undies.

Most likely getting another hole in one.

Will she get a hole in one? NOOOO!

Before the last hole, Russ decided to add up the scores to check our standings.

So much suspense... will Russ win? (Oh wait, that was a given.) Sadly, I let Adam edge me out of the number two spot. Curses!!

Our standing rule is that winner buys ice cream... which almost always means Russ. So we went to Cold Stone to celebrate. YUM.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Get ready for picture overload... this momma likes to take pictures of everything!! Since the Lego Movie is one of my kids' favorite movies, you know I scored AWESOME points when I hatched a plan to take them there on spring break! Then, just to secure my crown for mother of the year, I invited our friends to come along. Does it look like they are happy to see each other?

The kids did not hesitate at all when I asked what they wanted to ride on first... the cars!!

Then it was off to the helicopters nearby. I got a selfie with my little man. We got to ride together a lot since there were several rides that he could not go on unless he had an adult with him.

My kids also loved playing with the baby. So cute!

Can you imagine how excited they were when Emmett showed up on the scene? Everything is AWESOME!

They had the set of the basement in the Lego Movie, and the kids loved spotting things from the movie... especially the cat poster. BELIEVE!

The moms were trying, but we couldn't seem to get away from this area of the park. I guess it was just AWESOME! The kids had fun riding in their own boat while the moms followed.

The leaf boat was much more our friend's daughter's speed than the next ride we picked... she looks a little concerned about the first real coaster ride. Peer pressure got her on.

Brando and I scored front row seats!!

Kids, this will teach you what happens when you submit to peer pressure... you find out that things you were afraid to try are AWESOME! Oh wait... scratch that. This only applies if your friends are good and smart and AWESOME (and approved by Mom).

Next was the joust.

Too bad I didn't realize until the end that this ride was keeping score when I shot the targets with my laser gun... I would have tried harder!

Little pilots. Well, one little pilot and one little Little pilot.

Paige was begging me all day to go to the Lego building area... FINALLY! Paige and the boys went with me to build cars while the other girls went on some more wild rides with my friend.

When they met up with us again, they wanted to join in the fun, too.

Next we made our way through Mini Land.

One AWESOME thing about Legoland is that it has places for the kids to play with legos while the adults do the boring job of standing in line.

(Stands to reason since EVERYTHING IS AWESOME! I just can't stop saying it.)

Friends! Moms! Grandtastic "brave the amusement park with a bunch of kids and no dads all while keeping a smile on your face" people. Are we smiling because it's closing time? Hmmm...

Right before park closing, we rushed into the line for the kid powered coaster. I warned everyone that it wasn't that cool, but they wanted to go anyway.

Wouldn't you know it... they thought it was AWESOME!

You can't pass this sculpture and not take pictures...

At the end, I let all three kids build a mini. Lucky!

On the way out, we had to get the classic photo in front. Everybody say, "AWESOME!"

Afterward, we met the dads at Costco for a dinner of champions. And allergic people. It was such a fun day!!