My mom was down visiting and we decided to go visit…where else? Disneyland.
My mom bought the boys bubble guns. Aram wouldn’t put his down the entire day. Samuel preferred to be in the center of the bubbles, rather than be the bubble-maker.
I have a few friends recently who have told me that they don’t want to brave Disneyland with their kids because it is a disaster waiting to happen. I don’t blame them. After being there twice this week I saw bigger meltdowns than Fukushima and Chernobyl, combined.
I doesn’t have to be that way!
I’m spilling some of my secrets.
And here is my list of in-park food that isn’t horrible:
Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland
Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square (Clam Chowder and Gumbo, only)
Sit-down: Cafe Orleans
And that concludes my list!
The doors opened an hour earlier for us. It was so calm and quiet, I loved it.
There are certain places that I like to have a lot of people and hustle-and-bustle. Aquariums and museums are not on that list. The emptier the better.
A few days ago we received an invite to a special screening of the PBS Dinosaur Train Movie!
Dinosaur Train is such a fun show for kids, and also touches on adoption and transracial adoption. Buddy (the main character) is a different kind of dinosaur than the rest of his family:
Anyway, it was really fun! We received free concessions and refreshments (everything from popcorn to apple chips) before during the movie.
After the movie we went to the backyard that was set up with stations and games for the kids with the fun look of a garden party.
“Buddy” came out for a meet and greet before and after the movie.
On the way out we received goodie bags with free tickets to the Discovery Science center!
It was a really fun day!
Brian and I were discussing bucket lists a few months ago, and came to two conclusions:
They are slightly morbid and depressing.
They give you no real time-frame and make people less likely to complete them.
That is when we figured a bucket list with an actual stopping point (besides death) sounded like a great idea.
We decided a Pre-30 list. Brian is turning 30 in November, so we had to up his to 35 😉 – I have exactly 1726 days to accomplish my list!
I went on a friend’s blog and found out that we are not the only ones with this great Idea. They decided on a “Pre-Baby Bucket List.”
So without further ado, here is our list:
The staff was very friendly and I met the nicest people attending and presenting. I was as happy as a clam because they fed me. We had a wonderful brunch, and were given gift bags filled with freshly baked cookies from their award winning pastry chef.
The longer I live in this area the more I wonder why Beverly Hills gets such a bad reputation. I’m assuming the people who criticize it, and say it is filled with fake and pretentious people, have never lived here. This is one of the few places where I’ve felt completely welcome and at home.
Thanks again to Alexandra for a really fun morning!
Hm… I’ve decided that is not my favorite place.
This may sound weird coming from me, but I think that it is mean how the animals are treated there. Hold your calls to PETA, I still eat meat and Obi was still my favorite pet.
Also, feel free to pack some heat. There are no metal detectors.
Maybe the San Diego zoo is better.
Yesterday, Brian and I took the kids to an indoor play room.
That is a big deal for me. About a year ago I finally started getting comfortable taking Aram to the park.
I still will not just take them to any old indoor place. This one is said to be special, and I have to say, I was not disgusted.
The Tree House Social Club Is a small eco-conscious play room that does not have an overbearing amount of children.
There is a giant treehouse you can play in, a room to color, a room to play on computers, and a room to just throw balls around in.
The parents can sit at tables or on couches throughout the space. Ordering lunch was my favorite part. The adult menu is delicious ( I ordered the turkey and brie sandwich with apricot jam, and a mixed green salad) and their kids menu won an award:
The city’s most family-friendly place to eat that satisfies
discriminating palettes of all ages.
What keeps the kids out is the fact that it is not cheap for entry.
It was $60 for lunch and $14 just for entry of the two boys. There are monthly and yearly passes you can buy, but it is as much as a yearly pass to Disneyland (and not the cheap one)….
Weekends and Fridays are closed for private parties, which is something we are definitely going to do in the future.
The only problem with that is if you only have weekends off, this place is not for you.
I’m back tracking a little, but we had a GREAT Easter!
On Saturday night we attended an Ethiopian Easter service in Oakland, California.
My grandma and cousin decided to join us.
Trying to be as multicultural as possible, we decided to go with Chinese food for dinner before the service:
When we got to the church everyone was dressed in their white clothes (including Samuel, Lori, Grammy, and me) It was so much fun. Everyone was unsurprisingly kind.
We took off our shoes and entered a beautiful church with amazing wood ceilings. It was packed, but the church is very hospitable to obvious guests and even though some people were standing outside the sanctuary, they demanded they we come inside- and they made room for us. Due to the limited space Grammy happily was separated from us with Samuel. She has a way of completely immersing herself in her surrounds. The Ethiopian people sitting next to her kept looking over in adoration of her and Samuel and her spirit.
The ceremony started with women dressed in white singing hymns and walking down the isle. I kind woman next to me was translating the meaning of the songs.
Then the men came out and the drumming started! The music picked up and the women made these fun noises (sounds like “lalalalala”. I always wondered why they did that and someone told my grandma, but she forgot what they said! Here is a video and the women make that same noise. The drum is also in it…..(it took me forever to find it, so I hope you watch!)
….. Good luck clapping to the beat- it doesn’t work like that to these songs. The clapping still confuses me- it is totally beyond me when to do it.
Samuel was clapping and singing along in Amharic. The only one in our group that could!
They brought out their prayer canes and began dancing with them.
Unfortunately by this point it was 9PM and we needed to get the boys back to bed. So we had to go outside and put our shoes back on 🙂
Next year we will probably leave the kids home and stay until 3AM like the rest of the people there.
Easter morning was so much fun, but I already posted about that.
After we went to church my aunt, uncle, sister, her husband, and their kids all came to my parents’ house.
The kids played in the sandbox and we had a great time outside, followed by a very satisfying dinner.
On Monday morning we went over to Grammy’s house for bishi! That is an Armenian breakfast treat. It is a little like a sopapilla (only better), with no cinnamon or sugar….and we serve it with honey.
My cousin Bryan and his kids were there, and so was my cousin Lori- we brought my niece, Jessie with us.
And that was my Ethiopian-Armenian Easter……