The kids and I came down for a week to see Paskie and have a little vacay. We ate at Forest Gumps the first night and passed the Forest Gump trivia test with flying colors. It is our all time favorite movie, and we quote it all the time.
We visited the Long Beach Aquarium on Easter Sunday. We had fun petting the stingrays and the giant crabs were incredible. I loved the seahorses. We have been to a lot of aquariums, and I prefer the one in Monterey, but this one is really nice, and has an arboretum outside with sweet little parrots that perch on your shoulder and drink nectar from a cup.
We went to Knotts Berry Farm, Had the famous Chicken Dinner and the Berry punch. I couldn't ride anything with my shoulder still in a sling, but had a lot of fun walking around with my honey looking at all the museum exhibits and shows. It was fun to watch the kids running from ride to ride deciding on which one they wanted to go on first.
Pascual had to work during the week, so the kids and I went to the La Brea Tarpits museum on Tuesday. It was cool because it was free day, but there were HUNDREDS of elementary school kids running around on a field trip and it was difficult to see some things. If you are in the Los Angeles area with kids, definately check this place out. Kayleigh enjoyed seeing all of it because she had just studied it in school. Standing next to a mammoth skeleton, you really get a feel for how huge they actually were. It is a cool experience, and they have the lab there with glass windows where they work on things and you can watch the technicians as they clean the bones.
We went to Philippes for lunch after the tarpits. My great Grandpa used to take my grandpa here, and my grandpa took my dad and his siblings. This has been here since 1907 or something like that. They make the ORIGINAL french dip sandwich. The legend goes that a police officer came in to get a beef sandwich and the sandwich maker accidentally dropped the bread into the meat juices. The police officer told him to use it anyway. He came back the next day with several friends for another of the french dipped sandwich. They aren't sure if it was called that because the owner Philippe was French or because the officer's name was French, but the sandwich was born. They were so good, Zack ate two of them. It was a quick but fun trip. We haven't been on a family vacation in 5 years, and it was so fun to get to experience a new area, and see some of the touristic parts of our soon to be new home. I think we are going to love living down here, once we get settled in.
I'm a self Proclaimed Art Junk Gypsy. I live in the beautiful Napa Valley. I spend a lot of time trudging through thrift stores and antique shops looking for hidden treasures. I have been spotted all over the country, scrounging, dumpster diving and sidewalk shopping (picking through the trash on the sidewalk on big neighborhood clean up days). There is no trip too far for the Art Junk Gypsy. From upcycling fashions and jewelry to reuse crafts and furniture makeovers... if its crafty, old, shabby, rusty or sparkly, I can't resist it. My current passion is jewelry making. I love to travel with my Spaniard, exploring places we've never been, learning about new places, making lovely friends along the way.