Summer Vacation

We just got back from another great trip to the Bahamas! We had previously gone in 2013 and loved every minute of it, so we decided to go back.  It was awesome to spend a full 6 days.  We saw more of the main land this trip and it was wonderful.  It saddens me the amount of poverty in that country because the residents are so nice and genuine.  You just don’t see angry, stressed out people.  We also took more advantage of the pools and water slides.  The prince went on every slide  we would let him which really surprised me.  After the tube through sharks I had my fill and was done.  My happy place is laying by the pool or beach soaking up the rays.  The kids experienced the sea lions this trip and loved every minute of it.  I couldn’t get enough pictures of everything we did, the beauty of the island or the smiles on every ones face.  I am so thankful my kids will have these memories.  I live for the summer!

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Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Moving Forward

Easter has come and gone and I have slowly merged myself back into social media.  I have consciously decided to not put the apps back on my phone, but to access them on my computer when I feel its necessary.  I still have chosen to not post anything, but merely use it as a way to stay in touch with friends and family I don’t see or talk to on a daily basis. The first week was rough, I constantly found myself looking to my phone when I was bored, but that eventually passed.  I can’t say I found other things to do with my time I was just more aware and devoted my attention to the things that needed it. Its now May and there have been some very significant things that have changed in my life recently and I am looking forward to moving forward and putting things behind me.

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Social Media

This time of year most Catholics observe Lent beginning with Ash Wednesday. I do not participate in the traditional sense of the holiday, but I do like to give up something for the 40 days ending on Easter Sunday.  This year I chose to give up social media.  I think this is a very important thing and a big step.  Over the last several years society has been consumed with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. I fell victim to all of it.  You look around in every setting and you see people glued to there phones.  We as a family have a rule that there are no phones at the dinner table, but I am sure not many families do this.  I have started to notice its a distraction. Instead of actively being in the moment I am distracted by my phone.  I get bored, I go to my phone. I am on day three and I can honestly say I find myself going to my phone to scroll through social media. Thank goodness I deleted the apps! Habits are hard to break. I have to admit I will miss keeping up with the day to day updates of friends and family from out of state, that is why I succumbed to Facebook to begin with.  I get most of my news from Twitter, I think this is the one I will absolutely bring back after the 40 days.  Now Instagram, I am a photo junky, I love taking photos and Instagram allows me to share them. Maybe that is the lesson in all of this, does everything really need to be shared in the internet? My husband would absolutely agree with that, he is probably happy to hear of me giving up social media. As for Snapchat, I only recently discovered this and that was merely to keep tabs on the teenager. I don’t think kids really understand the affect social media has on there lives and the dangers it presents.  So hears to 40 days social media free!!

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Adventure Playground

This week I took the little prince to  Adventure Playground. I heard about this fabulous park through social media.  The park prides itself on unconstructed play, allowing the kids to create there own fun.  Once you enter the park there is only one entrance and exit.  This eases your mind if you have wandering children. Once you walk in you immediately have to sign in and provide an emergency contact.

IMG_5024The first section you see are tables with covers for shade for parents to sit and watch the children. This area allows you to see the entire play area. Music played in the background for children and parents to enjoy. There was also a crafting area for kids to do various crafts.

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The prince was so excited to see all the various things to play with. Water table, slides, standard playground, giant legos and mud area. There were several children out and about.

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He enjoyed the playground so much we spent and hour and half before they closed down.  The park opens each day at 10 and closes at dusk.  If your children are 8 years of age you can drop them off to play while you go run errands.  There are two employees there to supervise the children the entire time. There is also clean restrooms within the park area as well.  We will definitely be coming back to Adventure Playground!

Hope you all have a great day.  I ♥ you! oxox

Groundhog Day

Once a year we take advise from a groundhog in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  If its cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its den then spring will come early.  If its sunny the groundhog will see its shadow and retreat back into the den and we will have six more months of winter.  Groundhog day was adopted in 1887. According to meteorologist, Punxsutawney Phil (try and say that fast 10 times) has only been right 39% of the time.  Today the rodent failed to see his shadow predicting an early spring.  What do you believe?

Have a great day! I ♥ you! oxox

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I can’t believe it’s been three months since I have written a post. It’s like I went on a summer hiatus. So many events have gone by, we went to AZ, LV, Lake Mead, made it through soccer and Labor day. If you follow me on Instagram you see my life in pictures. Lately I have been binge watching Sex and the City. I was never a big fan of the show until the movie so I thought I would give it a shot. The lil prince played soccer this summer with his baseball buddies and he loved it. I have a feeling we will be playing soccer again in the future. The princess ended her club season in AZ at the volleyball festival. It was 100 degrees, we spent our mornings on the court and afternoons in the pool. We stayed with my aunt so it was great to spend the evenings hanging out drinking with them. Then came our annual house boat trip to lake Mead. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. I love making these memories every year, the kids look forward to this trip. It’s like the week is never long enough. Next we had our long awaited trip to Las Vegas. We were meeting all of our friends to celebrate 40th bdays this year. JPs and Carlins flew in from TX, Michelle and Johnny came up from SD, Brian Danielle flew in from Reno and we drove in with Ed and Erica. Thursday – Monday was a long time to be in Vegas but we all had a blast. We saw Heart at the House of Blues, Straight Out of Compton and ate at FoGo de Chao and Gallagher’s. Monday night some of us to get a memory of the trip permanently inked on our body. It was a great trip with great friends. Labor Day John and Nicole flew in from Denver to visit us. We went bar hopping in old town on bikes. That is always a night to remember amongst us. Never a dull moment with them. Sunday we went to the street fair in Orange and came home to continue our drinking and play games. ALWAYS good times. I was sad to see them go Sunday.

Next thing I know the kids are back in school, baseball and volleyball season has started and I am exhausted every day.

Hope you all have great day. I ♥ you! oxox

Adventures in San Pedro

Sunday I decided to take my lil prince on adventure. We headed to San Pedro. San Pedro has a lot of fond memories for me as a child. My grandmother use to work at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and during the summer I would spend many days with her at work. After going over the first bridge to Terminal Island, the Gerald Desmond Bridge,

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I noticed how different things looked. There was no sign that the Naval Shipyard even existed any more. It was all shipping containers and cranes. This made me sad. The we proceeded over the second bridge, Vincent Thomas Bridge, 1024px-Vincent_Thomas_Bridge

which takes you into Ports O’ Call. As a child I was always afraid to go over the big green bridge. Our first stop was the San Pedro Fish Market. Eating here is not for the faint of heart, you literally pick your food fresh out of the tank and watch them kill/cook it or grab it fresh from the ice and carry it over to the kitchen to be cooked. Once your food is cooked, you take your tray piled high with fantastically seasoned fish and potatoes out onto the deck and watch the ships sail by. We were surrounded by families pounding on tables cracking the crabs, drinking lots of beer and mariachi music in our ears. After eating we walked along the docks and looked at many shops and vendors.

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Next we went about 3 miles down the street to the Cabrillo Beach Aquarium. This is a great learning place and is completely free. You get to observe, touch and inspect various types of animals from the sea. The lil Prince loved every aspect.

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Before we headed home we went about a mile up the hill to the Korean Friendship Bell. This is a great lookout point off Fort McArthur. The bell is quite large and exquisite. This was a gift from Korea to the US on July 4, 1976. The bell is located on part of Fort McArthur so there is a lot of old bunkers and gunnery bases to explore as well.

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It was truly a great day with my lil man.

Hope you all have great day. I ♥ you! oxox

The Getty

Yesterday Matt and I enjoyed a beautiful day off. We have both wanted to go visit The Getty museum, neither of having been there before so we decide to make a day of it. We got there at noon and spent three hours viewing beautiful works of art. There were 6 different pavilions with 2-3 levels each. We saw everything from sketches, painting, sculptures, photographs and decorative arts. I believe our favorites were the sculptures and paintings. Matt said viewing all the decorative arts was like antique shopping. We ran out of time and were not able to see the Conservation Institute and Research Institute. The 4 paintings below were the highlight of my trip. To be in the presence of these works of art was amazing.

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From Left to Right: Sunrise – Monet, Femme – Picasso, The Abduction of Europa – Rembrandt, Irisis – VanGoh

The museum is nestled on the hillside along the 405 fwy overlooking Brentwood and Westwood. From the museum there are breathtaking views, great for panoramic pictures.  Admission was free, however you have to pay $15 to park. I wouldn’t recommend this museum for small children. The museum has several collections that are only temporary so be sure to check there website before you go for the current exhibits.

Hope you all have a great day. I ♥ you! oxox

 

Weekend Wrap Up

I can say this weekend was a perfect one in my books. Woke up Saturday morning to rain! I loved it. We had a bday party at Chuck E Cheese, and the little Prince was extatic. He always asks to go and we adamently say no!  I guess you can say we are a bit of germaphobes. Its  amazing we all survived our childhoods right!  So this was a treat for him, but you can bet I came equipped with a bottle of hand santizer. After the party we chilled at home. Matt made dinner and I settled in for a movie marathon of Twilight.  Exciting lives we lead right.

Sunday the girls wanted Peppers for brunch and then swapmeet, it was raining we were only able to get bunch in. After breakfast I began to clean out cubbords, drawers etc. PURGING! I filled an entire trash bin with crap. I also managed to set aside several items aside for a garage sale very soon.

Hope you all have a great day! I ♥ you! oxox

#tbt

Heres to that year I decided to take part in the 365 Project amongst photographers. Basically you take one picture a day and post it. Trust me its a lot harder than it sounds!!! But even with that in mind I have decided to do it again for the year 2015. Look for me to add a new page with all the new pictures starting Jan 1. Take a stroll down memory land and see all the daily pics I took in 2011. (CLICK HERE)

Hope you all have a great day! I ♥ you! oxox