Knocked a few more things off the 'ole Summer Bucket List this past weekend; some small items, like Family Movie Night (we watched the Lego Batman movie for the umpteenth time) and have a picnic (our backyard was being re-landscaped so we needed to escape the house) and a bigger item as well, the Griffith Observatory (which I never need to go back to!).
In all honesty, it was kind of an annoying weekend, where Grant and I looked at each other multiple times and asked, "why do we do this to ourselves?". The original plan was to go up to Angels Camp to see the Greats but they're going through a serious heatwave right now so they suggested finding another weekend in the summer to come up, when the kids could partake in more outdoor activities that wouldn't require enduring 100+ temperatures.
|looking through the telescope backwards...|
Since we had the days pretty much cleared work-wise, we decided to try to do a big bucket list item, hence the decision to go to the Observatory. We've lived in LA for 14 years and have never gone, which seemed insane. So we loaded the car up with the kids, picked up lunch along the way and drove the 45 minutes up the hill to the iconic landmark. Problem is, Henley HATES the car, so 45 minutes feels like 4 hours with her screaming the entire time. Parking is a logistical nightmare, there are about a thousand people there (seriously, did we miss something? I don't get it) and the museum itself feels super dated. Sure, we had a nice lunch with amazing views but the whole thing was a tedious snoozefest that I'm not looking to repeat anytime soon.
|Greyson covering his eyes as he did not want to see any stars...|
|See that Hollywood sign in the distance? That was probably the most exciting thing we saw...|
|Silly boys... are we the only parents who have resorted to bribing our kids to take good pictures?|
At least we managed to get a decent picture of the fam!
Since we'd scheduled our landscaping to take place over the weekend, we wanted to be away from the house as much as possible, so we decided to head down to Laguna on Saturday morning with the intention of spending the day at the beach and the night at Nini and Pa's house.
We went to the beach - for half an hour, while the boys played in the freezing cold water under cloudy skies - then followed that up with tortilla soup at Avila's el Ranchito (delicious, but not really my idea of a beach day, if you will). Henley flat out refused to sleep in the car on the way down or in the pack n play at the grandparents so after an afternoon swim, we decided to cut our losses and head back up to LA.
|Check out those pig tails...|
I insisted that we stop at Balboa Island en route to make the schlep down to Orange County seem somewhat worth it and after inhaling some balboa bars and chocolate dipped frozen bananas, we went for a quick stroll (that place is seriously adorable, if you haven't been), bought the boys some souvenirs (Greyson got a huge plastic shark - Mr. Sharky Shark, he's calling it - and Hayes purchased his first mood ring, which I'm a bit embarrassed to say I've probably worn more than him - turns out I'm always in a state of perpetual calmness - who knew?!) and headed back up to LA.
|Frozen chocolate dipped bananas, maybe Greyson's favorite thing ever...|
The boys had a sleepover in their tent in their room and Grant and I enjoyed some take-out from a fave Italian place we frequent, Brunello Trattoria. And even though the day's activities seemed like a fools errand, we made the best of it and I'm happy to report everyone had a good sleep that night, which was the whole intention of returning home in the first place!
Boys started camp this week, Hayes at Iverbe Sports Camp and Greyson at GBCP. I've never seen Hayes so enthusiastic about a camp, which is so refreshing and makes my heart swell hearing him talk about how much fun he's having. Grey's having fun too, but that was to be expected since his camp is really just an extension of his pre-school at one of our favorite places.
So far, Summer is off to a great start!