Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day in Carpinteria

Dave and I have decided that in a few years, when we're wealthy, and Dave can work from home, we're going to live in Carpinteria. The Motel 6 that we stayed in this weekend was the first place that Dave and I "went away" to, now almost seven years ago. Although it's since been remodled, some things haven't changed. The pool, for example, was still freezing. So, we decided to let the afternoon sun warm it up while we went for a hike.

We love the Santa Barbara Zoo. We rode the train and saw all of the animals in less than an hour and a half. Perfect timing for a much needed nap.

Here's Bea opening up Dave's Father's Day present - a much needed pair of sunglasses.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Camping at Jalama State Beach

Here's Dave getting back to his caveman roots.

Bea loved all the attention she got from her friends Katie and Melissa (and Andy and Jeff.)
We found a sea star with four rays.

Friday was my last day of work for three weeks. After our workdays were done we packed the car and headed up to Jalama State Beach for a weekend of camping with our friends Andy, Katie, Jeff, and Melissa. They had set up camp early in the day so when we finally got there at midnight we were all ready for some sleep.
Bea and I walked out of the tent the next morning to the fresh ocean air and a seagul flying above us. Bea's eyes were wide with amazement. The rest of the weekend was spent taking long walks and exploring on the beach, climbing cliffs, grilling and talking. I'm hooked. I can't wait to do this again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Adventures in Malibu State Park

Aunt Katrina took us on a hike through Malibu State Park. As soon as Bea saw this rock pool, she knew she'd have to take her pants and diaper off.

This view makes me crazy that we don't leave Pasadena on the weekends. The weather was perfect. Even though the sky looks like it's about to open up, it did little more than mist enough to cool the air.

Here's Dave bravely carrying Bea over the roaring rapids and, below, surveying the trails ahead.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Just Keep Swinging

After we went to travel town and took a nap on Thursday, we met Jessica and AJ at Garfield Park.

Look at the way she hangs off the swing. This kid has no fear! She sees the big kids doing it and figures she can do it too. Turns out she can. These kids may be big but they still love a good monkey swing.

Bea took AJs hand and tried to lead him through the playground and get him to go down the slides with her. Pushy.

Travel Town

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dodger Game June 1st

Bea and I took the gold line through Pasadena. Dave picks us up there when we go to Dodger games. This was an especially exciting ride because Bea learned to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

It's really important to wear the right kicks.

Guess who got herself put on the big Dodgervision screen!?!

Dave steeling a kiss.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Sunday Funday

Dave had to work Botcon (a Transformer's convenition in Pasadena) on Sunday. So Grandma, Lala and I took advantage of the cool weather and took Bea to the LA Zoo. We have a membership but each visit is new and exciting when you're nearly two.

Bea was not crazy about this mommy Gorilla. She wanted to know where all the baby lions were.

I expected to have a photobooth picture to commemorate this day but this machine took our $5 (Yes, $5!)

We spent the rest of the day in the backyard with Dave. Relaxing and watching Bea push her cars around.