Thursday, July 27, 2006

Make way for Livie.....

Last Monday, Violet's Brownie troop went to Build A Bear at Temecula Promenade, to spend some of their hard earned cookie money. It was nice to get out of the heat, into the nice air conditioned mall. We spent several hours there hanging out. We had a some Chinese food, did some window shopping, and played in the kid's play area for a little while. Violet made a little bear named Vanilla, and Olivia made a Superman bear. In the play area, there is a tree with a bear that comes out and tells stories, so the girls cuddled up and listened for a little while. Thought it so cute the way Violet held hands and cuddled up protectively next to her little sister. PS Violet thought up the cute title for this entry, while humming "make way for Noddy".

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I'll Tumble for ya! (MSO)

The girls "tumbling" in the backyard of our prior house in Horsetheif Canyon in Corona, CA last summer. Olivia in her ever present diaper. She still loves to run around in a diaper (or less!). Can't keep clothes on her for very long! Violet doing her handstand. She took gymnastics at Tumble Jungle in Temecula last year. She really got quite good. See more "tumble"s at MamaSaysOM......

Monday, July 24, 2006

Convenient Sushi and an Inconvenient Truth (or dinner and a movie!)

Friday, my friend Spramani and I took our kids out for Sushi to Kokoro Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Bar in Lake Elsinore. The girls dressed up in their kimonos that we had bought them for the Girl Scouts International Day earlier this year. The food was really great and so were the prices. Olivia had on a little pink Chinese dress (I found it a thrift store). Violet wore a beautiful kimono I had bought on eBay, new, for only $5!!! (Gotta love eBay!!!) Violet tried the California rolls, and also tried a "little" bit of sashimi, which was in a tempura roll. She said she like it, but I think she liked the teriyaki steak better.....they all enjoyed the edamame. We all had a really good time. Afterwards, Spramani and I dropped off the kids at my mom's, and went out and enjoyed pedicures at the mall, coffees, and a movie. We had both wanted to see An Inconvenient Truth, and have husbands who did not particularly want to see it! It was a very eye-opening, inspiring movie. I have always tried to be conscientious about recycling and conserving, but after seeing this movie, I am even more so. I highly suggest this movie to everybody.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

And in the News.....

My brother sent me this neat link, where you can create your own new's headline & story, you can find it here.

Monday, July 17, 2006


A lion "relaxing" at the San Diego Wild Animal Park recently. It was 100 degrees out. Poor cat....they had misters for the people all over the park, should have had some for the cats too!!! We didn't last long. Fortunately we have passes and will come back either in the evenings or when it's cooler. Check out Mama Says Om for other "relax" themed entries.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Summer BBQ at the beach

My husband's company, Neal Electric had their company's summer picnic at Mission Bay in San Diego on Saturday. It's always great fun for the whole family. We even brought my mom and dad, and my cousin Alina, who happens to be visiting from England. The girls got to do some crafts and games, my husband played tug of war (that's him in the blue, it was office crew vs. field crew-guess who won?!), and volleyball (see Dan teaching Violet to serve), and we ate some really good bbq, which was catered. It was 100 plus at home, but down by the beach it was low 80s, and a light breeze, so it was perfect weather. The girls both got wet in the bay.

Last week Violet decided to be "make-up artist" and did a makeover on Olivia. Doesn't she look lovely?

Later in the week, they asked me to do the makeover, this time with the help of "Wild Things" make up book......

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Hope I got this right. I'm submitting this to Mama Says Om blogsite which has a weekly theme. This week it is "whimsy". I had to look it up to make sure I understood exactly what it meant, and found it on Wiktionary;
whimsy (plural: whimsies)
A whim, or quaint and fanciful idea.

I thought these photos from our trip to Chino Valley, AZ last week rather whimsical. The girls had a "whim" to put the whipped cream on their noses while decorating their 4th of July cake. I thought it rather cute! Also, dad, on a "whim" decided to take the girls for a wheelbarrow ride in Grandma Shirley's backyard. They had a great time, and of course, asked for "more! more!"

Monday, July 10, 2006

Birthdays in Chino Valley, AZ

We enjoyed a few days' vacation visiting my mother in law, Shirley and her husband Don in Chino Valley, AZ over July 4th week. In addition to our country's birthday it was also Shirley's 70th birthday. So we celebrated with this American Flag cake, that the girls decorated by themselves, with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries.

We took hwy 8 out of San Diego, and drove through El Centro, Yuma, AZ, Hope, Quartzsite, Skull Valley and Prescott. It was a long, but scenic drive. The girls both did very well. Brought plenty of books, and toys to keep them occupied. We brought along our Flat Travelers; Glasses the ballet bunny and Arrow the Jersey Woollie from Inidana, and Maggie from Illinois. It was 107 F in Quartzsite, and by the time we got to Prescott, it was 62 F (sorry don't know how to make that little o for degrees!!!), and it was thundering, lightening, and hailing! It scared the girls a little, but we finally arrived in Chino Valley, where it was cool, but not raining. We've gone there the last 3 years, and this was the first time it was cool there. We enjoyed the lightning show from the front porch.

During our stay, we went into Prescott for the Arts and Crafts show in the square. We enjoyed lemonade at Le Crepe Company. We enjoyed the southwestern themed artwork and I bought the girls some July 4th decorations to wear. We also went to Youngs' Farm in Dewey during our stay. The kids got to pet the farm animals and we enjoyed a fried chicken meal at the restaurant there. Mid meal it started raining hard on the tin roof of the building, and started to leak on our table. It was quite a storm. We got drenched going back to the car.

We went to the fireworks show at the baseball fields in Chino Valley. Fortunately, no rain, so the kids were able to enjoy the bouncy slide, face painting, and dunk tank (no tank, just dunked with water!) Dan and Don enjoyed a game of horseshoes. They were challenged to a game with two ladies there, they claim they won.....

Violet, Shirley and I went to a few thrift stores in town, while the boys watched Olivia at home. Of course, I left with more books...... One evening we ate in town at Potbelly Pigs. Everytime we come out there, it's a different owner, but, the food is always great. We shared a chocolate covered, whipped cream dessert for Shirley's birthday, yummy! On the way out of town on Thursday, we ate at the Red Barn. We ate out back with chickens and roosters roaming around. The momma had baby chicks, and she was teaching them to scratch for food. The girls had fun chasing them around the yard. The food was great, although most of the toast went to the birds. There was a covered wagon out in the yard, and a really cool cowboy boot birdhouse (see arizona sunset) We had a great time there, and plan on keeping the tradition going. Happy Birthday Shirley. And Mom, thank you so much for watching our house and taking care of our pets. Hope the ants didn't bother you too much! Sorry about that......