Thursday, March 19, 2009

Air Force One

Yeah! Air Force One is visiting southern California and I couldn't stand it if I didn't go and see it! There's tons of security so we didn't stay too long... plus Shayna is still not 100% after having the stomach flu all day yesterday. The plane is parked over by the old Boeing buildings at the Long Beach Airport. I was really surprised to find so many people interested, let alone, there taking pictures of the enormous plane!

This is probably a once in a lifetime experience, so I just about forced Shayna to stand there and look happy for the
picture. She'll be happy that I took this shot... in oh about 20 years!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Orange Marmalade

Yesterday, my good friend & neighbor, Jenny and her daughter, Larissa, came over to make some orange marmalade. Mark and I pruned our orange tree last weekend and filled almost 4 buckets full of oranges. What to do with them was the question... well, we've juiced them, cut them up into a fruit salad, given bags of them away to the teachers at school... and finally, made some marmalade (although we ONLY used 7 or 8 oranges).

Here's the beginning stages of the marmalade.

Here, we are getting ready to put it into jars.

Here's how the girls entertained themselves! Worked for us!

The finished product! I don't know if I can wait 2 weeks for it to set!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Ditch Day!

On Thursday, I decided to join my friends, Lisa and Jayci, along with their kiddos, at the South Coast Botanical Garden in Palos Verdes. We got there a little early, so we explored the Children's Garden. here's Shayna on the bridge... She looks so much older than 4...

Here she is with her buddies, Luke and Mason, studying every sluggish move that turtle made. I don't even think it moved at all...

After the gardens, we headed over to the San Pedro Marine Mammal Care Center to visit the sea lions and elephant seals. Shayna and Camille befriended a huge sea lion by pretending to be sea lions themselves. Who knows what they were "barking" to the sea lion.

We ended our awesome day at Ports O' Call Village with some fish n' chips and of course... ice cream! It was a great day of fun with our friends and also a wonderful "educational" ditch day (shhhh, don't tell Shayna)!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Gotta love the Jewish holidays! Practically all of our holidays are based on this: Someone tried to kill us... We won... Let's eat! Purim happens to be my very favorite because it entails eating (and baking) Hamantaschen cookies! I volunteered, once again, at the "J" to help bake cookies for all of the children at the school. I made 2 batches of dough, but I hear the record was 14 batches by Selma! Way to go! I was one of 3 dough rollers. We rolled out so many balls of dough, it was mind boggling. Thank goodness we all brought wine! After all was said and done, we made 1000 cookies!!! I brought home 2 huge zip loc bags full! They were so yummy! Notice how I said, "were!"

Here is Shayna in her Purim garb, that she created, for her school parade.

Here is my good friend, Danielle, with her bag 'o cookies!

Here is my big girl playing with her buddy, Lucas, on the playground!

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