Monday, June 13, 2011

My California Adventure: including Kid B's pigeon impersonation and the scariest gang at Muscle Beach

Hey y'all! I'm back. Sorry for the blog silence on Friday. We decided to make the drive from Dana Point, CA to Salt Lake City in one day, and it was 11 hours in the car. 700 miles.

Yep, that's kid C watching a movie on the computer and Kid B watching the car's dvd. Because apparently the earth would stop rotating if the two of them actually agreed on a movie. What do people do with three kids?

Anywho, it's time for a...

RUNDOWN OF THE TRIP! (Dun Dun DUN) *cue timpani drums*

Grab your snacks now, because this is gonna be long.

We... played at the beach.
Kid C running for his life
Kid C thought the "Watch out for rocks" sign at the beach really said, "See how many secret places on your person in which you can hide sand!" He's still sneezing the stuff.
Kid B preferred one degree of separation between him and the water. He would put a sand dolphin on the beach, and then patiently wait for the water to wash it away.
Kid B: Daring the water to get any closer. Just cross this line.
Every once in a while, the water took the challenge.

My nephews Josh and 4-year-old Asher played smashball. It only took them two hour to smash their record. Which was one in a row.
Why is the ball so tiny?!
We also invaded the famed Muscle Beach at Venice Beach. The reason why the gym is empty in the pic is because this pack of hoodlums threw down the gauntlet and the girlie men ran away. Actually we just told them there was a sale on "Juice" down the block. We meant orange juice.
the gang, imposing their lack of muscles, and flexing the fleshy part of their elbows.
We also fed the birds. Because everyone knows the pigeon population is endangered.
Kid B does his pigeon impersonation. He made a buck-25 in change from passers-by who thought he was a pigeon, but then were delighted to discover he was a boy.

Here he is, about to take off.
Venice beach also had the nerve to charge 20 bucks for these Luigi and Yoshi backpacks. Good thing we're not suckers.
These so-called "backpacks" fit all of two quarters inside. Which we had to give the woman selling the backpacks. For "insurance".
Next up was the happiest place on earth: The Lines at Disneyland!

We made the kids wear matching shirts. Because we didn't want to look like tourists.

Kid B and Asher: Thinking to themselves: "Does everyone realize the street behind us is fake? Seriously, adults. It's a wall. A painted wall. Did we pay money for this?"
At one point, we told Kid B he was in charge of crowd control. He actually believes he's leading these people.
Follow me, my people. I shall lead you to the promised land: the Fastpass lane.
Speaking of Fastpasses, I rocked them. Seriously. Check out this stack.
If my writing career ever falls through, I'm going to become a freelance Disneyland guide.
How do I get so many passes at once? It's all in the wrist.

I know it's called Splash Mountain, but why do we have to get so wet?
Check out Kid B's expression. It's like he's too terrified to scream.
I was soaked after this ride, and all I could think about was how many places that water had been. And how many people it had touched before me.

Okay, this post is getting too long. I'll leave you with this hangman board from our game with Kid C. The clues we gave were:

1. Villain
2. Star Wars
3. The villain from Star Wars.

Kid C never got it. Anyone out there have any guesses?

This week I'm going to the world's best writing conference WIFYR. Pronounced Why-Fer. Hope to see some of you there!


  1. Sounds like you had tons of fun! I love the Splash Mountain picture. You know it's just water, right? And, that the water that touched you didn't touch anyone else because it was still on them. Plus, that's why it's riddled with chlorine--clean the germs! :)

  2. Way to go to those Utah muscle beachers. You showed 'em!

  3. Jenni- inordinate amounts of chlorine do not make me feel better about that water! Plus, how many people have spit in it?

    Donna- They certainly are a formidable bunch, aren't they?

  4. Super jealous of your CA trip. I want to go enjoy the lovely beach and water and all that Disney happiness.

    I've contemplated getting a Nintendo DS just so I can have enough electronics for my kids to all have something to keep them busy in long car trips. Keeping the peace is well worth it. :)

    Have fun at WIFYR. Say hi to Olivia and Rachel if you see them, they're in Holly Black's class.

  5. Debbie- We can't have DS's in the car. If Beckham even looks at one, he'll start puking. He can't even glance at my iPhone.

    I'll say hi to Olivia and Rachel for sure! When are you going to do a class?

  6. With three kids, you tell them that a movie needs at least 2 votes or we don't watch it. If they can't figure out how to get two votes on a movie, they can stare out the window. Works at home, too. :)

  7. I can't tell who is sitting infront of your dad, but I love that he's using them as a shield!

  8. Robin- ooh! I need to try that. It would work for two kids too, right?

    Marianne- haha! That would be my mon who my dad is using as a shield. He he.

  9. LOL--I don't remember how it works with two. I only had just two for two years, and they were both too young for much fighting. I've had three now for almost 6 years.

    Still, work-it-out-or-be-bored conflict resolution skills are important for any number of kids. :)

  10. Someday your boys are going to read your blog and laugh their tushies off! Glad you had a fun time. I didn't realize you were still gone. I left two books on your doorstep. Did you get them? If someone ran off with them, or the dog across the street who accompanied me to your doorstep (all the while invading my personal space) ate them, let me know and I'll replace them immediately!

  11. Cath- I got the books! Thanks! Sorry about the dog. That's Hank, and he's sort of protective of me. :)

  12. Ahaha! Looks like y'all had tons of fun!! The hangman board with clues cracked me up. :) I love all the pictures.

    Oh, and I really enjoyed reading your New York posts! Those were great! :)

  13. Is the villian "Earth Pacer?" Because there is nothing more sinister than walking at a steady, consistent speed as an expression of anxiety.

    As always, love the photo captions!

  14. Kristin- Thanks, girlfriend!

    Amanda- Ha ha! Yes! It was totally Earth Pacer, the famed storm trooper villain of the Star Wars trilogy. You are so smart. :)

  15. Looks like you had a blast! I'm slightly jealous...but mostly that you're going to WIFYR. Most of my writing group is there this week, too. Say hi to Chersti for me! :) Hope you have an awesome time.

  16. Shallee- If most of your group is there, why aren't YOU there? Next year maybe? I'll definitely say hi to Chersti. She's everywhere at that conference!