Sunday, January 04, 2015

Till We Meet Again

We ended the year taking in some of our favorite parts of LA (and reminding ourselves that we need to get out to La-La Land more often). We started the New Year on a more serious note with departures of short and longer duration. 

The best time of year to go around on LA’s freeways has to be during the week between Christmas and New Year’s when all the commuters are home on vacation. We encountered minimal traffic by Southland standards. On Monday, we went down to the California Science Center to tour the Space Shuttle Endeavour exhibit and play with all the hands-on displays.

It's hard to describe the scale of the ship.

Afterward, we went to the Coliseum,

and then to Philippe’s,

and finally to Olvera Street

¡Pero que chula estás!

On Tuesday, we went out to Westwood in LA to get our teeth cleaned where Mike’s sister Emily works. We then got them dirty all over again by getting ice cream sandwiches at Diddy Riese.
Sharing a game with another little girl who was also waiting

Kudos to Aunt Emily for getting Eliza to sit still like a big girl! 

The boys got haircuts, and then we went over to Grandpa M’s house to celebrate his birthday. Well, most of us. Eliza had a tantrum so she and Mike had to stay home. 

Diamond, Mike, and his mom flew up to Salt Lake on the same flight on New Year’s Day. After some delay, the flight landed late, and after some more delays, Diamond was on the road back to Rexburg, and Mike and his mom were on the road to Peoa.

On Friday, Hallie and the kids hung out at the house and started to put things back together after the holidays. During the day Hallie found out that a member from where she served her mission who now lives in Alberta was going to be passing right by our neck of the woods. The two families were able to meet up for lunch at In-N-Out, and the kids clicked and had a lot of fun hanging out for a bit. 

The early evening was spent with the kids playing with the neighbors riding bikes, scooters, and skateboards. Eliza had some quality time with Hillary making necklaces and being painted with pixie dust. Pizza and a movie night ended their day.

Aunt Karen was laid to rest in Marion on Saturday. Family members gave her a beautiful memorial, and we are grateful for all the well wishes and remembrances. We felt a real appreciation for the impact she has made on so many as a friend, work colleague, and member of the family. We’ll miss her!

Back home in Camarillo, Hallie reported that chores were done and cartoons were watched. A full-out pajama party was had by the three. Hillary came over in the late afternoon, and the girls painted nails while Landon played with Legos. After dinner, Grandpa Boulter read Eliza a book while Hallie and Landon started a craft project for his room. Landon was ready to paint, but when he found out what was happening he was a bit bummed and disinterested in the project. Hopefully tomorrow Hallie can get him interested in working on the project.

On Sunday, Mike and his mom visited friends from Utah. Many thanks to the extended Andrus family, and especially Irene and Riney and their brood, for so many kindnesses and accommodations extended to us!

Hallie and the kids went to church at our new time slot of 9:00 AM.

After getting to church, Eliza complained of a tummy ache. Hallie took her home, and then our little Energizer bunny got sick. Good thing Mom and Fergus were there to comfort her.

Good thing too that Grandma and Grandpa B. could take Landon over for a while and make Hallie a yummy dinner. We're very grateful and can't wait for everyone to be back home!

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