On day one we had to drive to Torrance (out past L.A.) to recover Wes' stolen wallet which was found by police. Police happened to make a routine traffic stop and pulled over a couple only to find over 100 wallets in their car, Wes' being one of them. So to save effort we drove way out there to get his belongings. And since it was quite a drive we tried to find something fun (but not too time consuming limited amount of time because of traffic) while we were out there. Which ended up being a fun park, with the BEST view and a little picnic.
Look at little Mean Muggins...
The park was appropriately called Rocketship Park and was in a wealthy area where lots of nannies had their charges with them.
But it gave great views of downtown L.A., LAX, the ocean and the many cities surrounding us.
Of course during our time off we did lots of walks, bike rides, park days but the funnest things we did were our hikes.
Like Pumpkin Rock in Norco.... we blazed our own trail right up the side and it took all of 5-10 minutes. It was too scary going down that way with the kids, so Wes went back down the steep way to get the car while the kids and I took the trail back until we got to a park to play for a while. It was a great little hike and a perfect day.
Right before this photo was taken the girls were walking a ways in front of me and the sun was slanting down on them as they held hands and stopped together to look for lady bugs. It was one of those moments I was overcome with emotion. It was such a simple, happy moment and I desperately wanted to remember it for forever. And here I am struggling to write down the details and my feelings because that is life and memory is faulty. But I am grateful for photos and this blog to write down even snapshots of time and try to remember sweet fleeting moments that are gone too soon.
These 2 had to stick together being surrounded by all those girls.
These pandas found their afternoon snack
Crying over a stick, or maybe the caterpillar she couldn't find anymore, or that everyone else had more roly polies than her. I couldn't even say at this point. But it is also when I knew it was time to go.
And we ended week one of Spring Break in Chino at their Grandparent's house with cousins eating ice-cream. Which in my opinion is a good way to end the week.