I have been a lazy blogger as of late but it has been a conscious decision. After we got back from Kentucky at the beginning of August, we had exactly one month before today (the first day of Mack’s second year of pre-school). During the past four weeks I have discovered a new addiction, battled tiny bugs, explored an island, played in a creek bed and enjoyed tried and true SoCal summer fun. Below are some of the things that have prevented me from blogging this past month…
26 Miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me…
I’m embarrassed to say that I have lived in SoCal for the last 16 years and have never been to Catalina island. It’s always been there…a looming mass of land amid a deep blue sea that I can see on clear days from our local beach. Still, I never took the hour and a quarter ferry ride across the Pacific to this amazing destination and neither had my husband nor my son. Mack usually refers to these sorts of trips as “adventures” and since none of us had ever been it was truly a very special family adventure.
We started our journey at the Port of San Pedro (which has a beautiful new ferry terminal) and boarded the Catalina Express. As we cruised out of San Pedro our boat was met with an enormous pod of dolphins splashing and playing alongside the boat. It was a good omen. A brief hour and 15 minutes later we were docking at Avalon and it felt like we were stepping into another world. The island is 76 square miles and most of it is completely uninhabited. We spent our 3 days playing a lot of mini-golf, renting a golf cart to explore the town of Avalon and its surroundings, riding in a glass bottom boat and a submarine and swimming and enjoying island life. We stayed in the lovely Pavilion Hotel and are already planning our next trip back to the other end of the island where the only other inhabited city of Twin Harbors rests.
Strolls to the Casino along Via Casino Way, golf cart rides and of course the Avalon Fire Department.
Mini golf, ferry boats and submarines.
Might as well face it, you’re addicted…
I also found a new addiction this past month. I’m totally late to the party on this one but recently my evening activity has revolved around plopping myself in bed, donning my husbands Bose Noise Cancelling headphones and escaping into the medieval fantasy land that is Game of Thrones. Being a non-cable family we don’t often indulge in too many television shows but after my best friend shared her HBO Go password with me, my iPad has become my gateway to addiction. I could do an entire post about all the reasons I adore this show. For now I’ll just say it’s a good thing I’m only 2 episodes from the end of Season 2 or my son might be showing up lunchless at school. I will have to patiently wait until April, 2013 to satiate my appetite for more fun with the Stark, Baratheon, Targaryen and Lannister families.
Arya Stark, my favorite character on Game of Thrones.
Flea, Fly, Flo
As the families in Game of Thrones continue their fighting, I waged my own war with some tiny little bugs called fleas. Yes, my strictly indoor cat became flea-ridden and his favorite spot for sleeping is in my son’s room. It has literally taken me an entire month to rid the carpet from these pesky little hoppers. Shubert the cat is now on a strict regimen of monthly Advantage treatments and after vacuuming Mack’s carpet 4 times a day for 4 weeks, it seems I have won my battle. For those of you who don’t know… apparently August is prime flea time here in SoCal… I recommend treating your pets year-round, even if they are indoor only.
My chosen weapon for battle against the fleas.
I am a Child, I’ll last a while…
We also spent a great day at an amazing children’s museum called Kidspace in Pasadena. I’d been to this little gem before but it seems now that Mack will be four in a couple of months he really can enjoy everything this place has to offer. He and his friend Bennett hit the ground running and spent the day racing tricycles, crawling through ant holes, spraying water guns, exploring a creek, climbing the 40′ Raindrop Climber and shooting ping pong balls from an air cannon in the newly opened Galvin Physics Forest . I’m pretty sure I had just as much fun and was just as exhausted simply from watching Mack and Bennett be their rambunctious selves. Nestled between the Rose Bowl and the Rose Bowl Aquatics center, it may be a trek from the westside but it is well worth the drive. We can’t wait for their Pumpkin Festival during the last weekend in October!
Bennett and Mack explore Kidspace.
Another Day in the Park…
And then there were just so many gorgeous days of playing at the beach and the parks near our home. We are so lucky to be able to walk to the ocean or to one of the five nearby parks in our neighborhood. We had barbecues with friends and picnics in beautiful Will Rogers State Park. And so…farewell Summer of 2012, and thank you for an abundance of magical memories.
A beautiful end of summer sky over Will Rogers State Park on Labor Day.