Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tyler took a picture of me in my poncho and he did a very good job. Anyway, the show started and we were prepared to get soaked but Shamu's splashes in our section didn't reach our row. Our legs got a little wet but that was it. We were kinda bummed so we will plan our seats better next time.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
See? My kids don't need toys to entertain themselves. All they need is an ottoman & sofa to play "crawl under the bridge".
Tyler is getting a workout holding up the Sky Tower.
Here is a view of the dolphin show from the Sky Tower and it looks like it's a full house.
Tyler posing with Mario (a guy behind us in line won this huge prize). We asked to take a picture with it and he was kind enough to let us.
Friday, May 25, 2007
We will first drop by Hector's mom to wish her a happy birthday which is on Sunday. Hopefully the traffic won't be too horrible but we're looking for to our stay at the Embassy Suites (trying to rack up the reward points). Our plans are to visit Legoland and Sea World because our last trip was kinda cold and I was hoping that the weather would be warmer this time. So far it looks like the low 70's but the kids will enjoy it no matter the temperature.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Here are the kids with Grandma (my mom) on Mother's day. She watched Tyler from the day he was born on the days I had to work. He really loves his Grandma very much.
She watched Josh too for a bit until I decided to stay at home. Josh was a little more difficult to watch all day but Grandma babysits for a few hours when we have our alone time. The kids love to visit Grandma who loves to spoil them.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Josh survived the outing with the help of his Gameboy, the tram ride back to the parking lot and the firework display.
On Saturday morning, I had to register Tyler for soccer in the fall. I'm not sure why we still have to show up in person to register since you can do the pre-register forms online. Last year I waited an hour but this time I was actually very lucky to get a good parking space and the wait was only 40 minutes. So after that, we were free to go to Mulligan's, a local family fun center. As we entered the driveway, a person was sitting next to a sign that Mulligan's was closed for a private event until 4 pm! What? So Hector had to think of another mini golf place because he promised the kids. We ended up at Golfland in El Monte about 25 miles from our house and had a great time playing. The kids had a great time playing and Josh always picked up his ball to place it closer to the hole. We would have stayed longer but our friend Dan called to say his son locked the car keys inside the car and they were stuck in Echo Park. Could we go to Longo Lexus in El Monte to get another key? What luck we had we were already in El Monte! The only problem is that dealers don't let just anyone come pick up a key and the newer cars have a chip in them to start the car otherwise. Dan had to call his home dealer to communicate with the Longo dealer to release the key to Hector which took about an hour. The key they give out is only the key with the top part cut off which opens only the door and not the car. At least the Longo dealer has a VERY nice service center...a nice seating area with big screen TV, 2 refrigerators with cold drinks and water, a coffee machine, a computer center and a kid's play area with Xbox and cartoons. Our kids enjoyed their wait while we watched The Preakness.
Then we were off to Echo Park to deliver the key to Dan and his kids. We couldn't visit or stay too long because we had to head home so Hector could go to work. Phew...
Lupe had driven out to visit on Saturday so we spent most of our time trying to work on a slide show for her son's graduation. I didn't really do anything but we spent a lot of time just trying to find pictures and files that I won't get into but it was exhausting. Next time I want to do a slide show, I know I can ask Lupe since she's the "expert". :)
Sunday was our day for rest and relaxation. The kids went to Sunday school and we had dim sum for lunch. I took a nap and then we went to Korean BBQ for dinner. A very nice end to our busy weekend.
Friday, May 18, 2007
The kids enjoyed the demonstration where a car is on fire and a person needs to be rescued. The car is left burning for a bit to get the dramatic black smoke and flames then the fire is put out while firefighters use the "jaws of life" to remove the car door.
We ran into some friends and their kids so we went back to the firehouse for another visit. Some of the halls and doorways were blocked off but Hector found a door marked Pole that wasn't blocked so down he went! That stinker. Tyler likes the girls especially A (they were in the same kindergarten class) and he knows how to pose with them.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
We had a nice ride back home over the Vincent Thomas bridge where I saw the Coral Princess cruise ship and the docks. Then we zipped over to Palos Verdes where the smells change from ocean to horses. As usual our date time flew by and it was cool to have some quality time with my cheeseboy.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
The hat came out really cute so I decided to try and make a baby version. A friend is due next month and expecting a little girl so I made a little hat with purple and green yarn. The hat is very stretchy so hopefully she can wear it for a while. I had to find Joshua's Monkey to model the hat (too cute). Ha, Tyler saw that Monkey got to wear a hat so now he is requesting a hat for his Torchic!
I'm still trying to figure out what activities Tyler will do this summer. I had to write a list to make sure none of the dates interfere or overlap. So far he will have soccer camp (5 days) , church camp (5 days) and hopefully summer baseball. I think that will keep him busy and entertained.
Monday, May 14, 2007
Then we were off to Cucamonga to spend time with Hector's mom. L made some red chile and it tasted very good even though she hadn't made it in a really long time. We'll give you 2 thumbs up for the great dinner, L!! I have lots of fun with Hector's family since there is a totally different dynamic going on with his sisters, nephews and our kids. It can get very noisy and crazy with all the stories and antics. Hector's mom is amazing in that she had 7 kids and remained sane. I can say that I am her favorite daughter-in-law which was a piece of cake since the other one is MIA (long story). :) And there is L, Hector's sister is a great mom too. Her sons are growing up fast and hopefully she will devote time to herself soon. Las Vegas, maybe?
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I've already looked up other locations and there is one in Rancho Cucamonga so I can get my fix while visiting Hector's family! Woot.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Our first stop had a view of the Queen's Necklace which includes Redondo Beach all the way up to Santa Monica and Malibu. There was a little bit of haze but it didn't obscure the view of downtown Los Angeles. Hector decided to sit near the edge but I stayed back!
We continued our ride past Trump's golf course on toward San Pedro and Point Fermin park. This park is really lovely with huge trees and views of Catalina island. It is set on a cliff where every so often people jump the wall and try to walk to a path that leads to the ocean which results in someone falling to their death. I was taking pictures with my zoom lens of the cliffside path and noticed a man making his way down. A few minutes later, I looked for him and he was in the water but now, he was naked! Of course I had to take some pictures of him. It seemed that this guy is homeless because he was washing himself in the surf. He thought he was out of sight tucked behind the rocks but my zoom found him. Gotcha!
Monday, May 07, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
BAD: Hector's motorcycle still was not ready this morning at 10am. and he dropped it off on Monday. Grrr...last night when he called to check on it, it was in the shop almost finished around closing. So this morning's excuse was that it was ready but it needed to be test-ridden and cleaned. Annoying to have to come back but that leads us to...
GOOD: We decided to drive and get something to eat. After a few minutes of discussion, we settled on Alfredo's, a Mexican drive-thru. Great choice. I had the 3 rolled tacos (taquitos) with guacamole and it was so delicious. That alone improved my mood for the rest of the day.
*Hector has his motorcycle again so he is a happy cheeseboy and Josh is his normal active self so we'll see how he does tonight.