Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Angels Game: Friday Fireworks

My mom purchased massive amounts of Angels tickets for the whole season, and so she invited the whole family to the game last Friday night. I was slightly worried how Peyton would be in a high confined space for such a long time, but with her dancing cousins, food, the rally monkey, lots of happy screaming, a little booing,  and a great firework show at the end she did absolutely wonderfully. Sadly the Angels lost, but we had a great time anyway.




We even met Vernon Wells (an Angel player) after the game in the parking lot. He smiled really big and waved really nice at Peyton and said "hi baby". He is now my official favorite player on the team. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Henry Hamilton and The Treasure of Yosemite

And at last....


Background:
While my family was in Yosemite this last July, the little boys met Cole. Cole was the coolest 11 year old... EVER! The boys spent every waking and available hour with Cole. They developed little man-crushes on him. Their faces would light up when they would hear Cole approach, or he tried to contact them on their walky-talkys. And, Cole was such a nice, polite, patient boy with Ryan (7) and Carter (6). During this time, Cole, a hopeful director, decided to shoot a movie. So, with the creative efforts of Ryan and Carter, the 3 of them made 'Henry Hamilton and the Treasure of Yosemite' together. He has been keeping us up to date on the release via email and the last week their movie debuted. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Walking Tall

Remember a month ago when I mentioned that Peyton started to get the whole "walking" thing... well since then she has taken it and run with it. Almost literally.

She is so dang cute walking. And, I must admit, I like the fact that she is actually walking now. It keeps her cleaner, it keeps less things out of her mouth, and she has more fun while we are out and about.

Needless to say, Peyt's walking has been a wonderful thing! And, she almost does it exclusively.

My girl is walking tall!!!

 
 
 
 Some videos that show off her walking... and the 2nd shows off some of her finer skills.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

The Magic Castle

Ryan has been raving about the Magic Castle in L.A. for over a year now, so when he said he would be getting a months membership and we could go as his guest we jumped on the opportunity. Even if it was on a Monday night. Plus, how could we resist going to the place of employment of Gob Bluth? (Club-sauce anyone?)

So, as I mentioned before we left Peyton with Wes' wonderful parents (we are so lucky to have great, trustworthy family to leave her with, that not only saves us a few dollars, but leaves me in particular feeling okay about leaving her with anyone else... I still have issues with that) and we headed into L.A. for a magical evening on the town.
Our first stop was at The Habit with Danny and Sarah (see our last post), and then we headed straight there. The building itself is awesome. It was an old house they converted into this exclusive club. Read more about it here. In order to enter you have to say the magic words, abracadabra, for a bookshelf to open in the wall and allow you to walk through. The magicians probably can't tell you this as it might break the "magicians alliance".
Once inside, you can go a number of different ways to see shows, eat, drink, watch Irma the ghost and her parrot play at the magic piano (you request the music), or watch any number of magicians performing at tables located around the building.

We joined Ryan, his parents, Bill and Jayne, and his sister Kristin. All of us were able to participate in the shows at one time or another, and can therefore attest to the fact that we knew nothing of the illusions prior to the performance, and yet they still worked and blew our minds. The magicians (cheesy as some of them were) could do some awesome things. Some we still can't wrap our brains around!!!

I mean, how does someone make a bowling ball fall out of a notebook, seriously?! Or how does Wes not realize their is a sticker with his exact card stuck to the inside of his forearm under his long shirt and suit coat?! Really though, their illusions were unbelievable. I could have done without the obnoxious drunk girls in our group however. Really though, who is so desperate to throw themselves at a magician... a magician?

And, because we were baby free and wanted to make a night of it, we headed over to Mel's on Hollywood and Highland (next to the El Capitan Theater) and got a waffle sundae to share after we left the club at about 1 am... I know we are party animals. We really had such a fun night!
We ran into an old friend here at Mels. You might remember her from here, though we've seen her a few times since.

If you ever get the chance to visit the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, and like magic and a good show, I would not hesitate to go!
 
 We made Ryan (who was our host, and the person who introduce us to Arrested Development) pose like Gob in front of the Magic Castle... against his will I might add.
 

 BTW, we weren't allowed to take any photos inside, and what, with being surrounded by magicians, I just didn't dare. Who knows what kind of tricks they've got up their sleeves.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Quest: Part 3

Challenger: The Habit Burger
Reigning Champ: Umami/In N Out 
 (I haven't sold myself 100% on Umami, though Wes is all about it. So I will put it in a different category (gourmet burgers) based on the fact that their burgers are too different to compare).

We've heard great things about The Habit Burger from a number of friends and family. Well, it just so happens that Camarillo happens to have a Habit Burger that Matt and Jaime really enjoy. Er go, we made the journey there on our quest for greatness accompanied by Matt, Jaime and family.

Yummy!!!!!!!! Need I say more? Well, I suppose I do.

It reminds me of 5 Guys Burgers. Wait for it... only better!

It wasn't quite as heavy or greasy. I enjoyed the taste more. I added bacon on my char-burger and it was spectacular. It was crisp and fresh and delicious! Wes also added avocado, which if you like avocado he
says is a must. (I like guacamole, but not straight avocado, though I don't despise it or anything).
To make this place even better is the fact that they have good fries, with great ranch to dip it in. AND, the best sweet potato fries. They were, how should I say it... the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Consensus: This is a hard debate. And, the decision is not an easy one.

Umami: Really stands alone. It is the best burger of its kind... gourmet! I really cannot compare this burger to any others I've had... yet. So, it stays as top dog, but in a different category.

I know I am going to make some enemies here, and let me say, In N Out is still one of my favorite places to eat ever. I have grown up on it, and it is hard to compare any burger to In N Out. I love their sauce and their awesome burgers. However, I loved how the Habit had options. Things to add on, different sandwiches, sweet potato fries (mouth salivating) and it is cheap. Comparable to In N Out for sure! So, I think I will say I go with The Habit now. Reigning champ!!!!!!

In fact, we liked it soooo much we brought Danny and Sarah to the new one in Chino Hills just recently and shared our love for this awesome burger!!!
 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer of 2011....

What a strange summer. I feel like we spent the entire time at the hospital visiting Will, or worrying about Wes' Grandma Gubler who is very sick. Plus, with it being hot and not having a pool and only 1 car, sadly we spent a lot of time inside. But, even with all that going on, we did have a wonderful summer, and did some pretty fun things.

Our summer: