Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday Thirteen 07/07/2011

Summer is here!  I've been quiet lately because I've had so much going on.  My daughter has been going through assessments for preschool placement.  Plus, both my husband and I got sick.  Bleh.  Then we had our trip to Texas.  Anyway, I finally have a chance to write about the past few weeks, so here we go:

1.  We often go on what my kids have named "Family Walks".  Usually, it's through our neighborhood just to get out and get some fresh air or to go to the park or to get a treat, like frozen yogurt.  This summer, though, we're going to find different trails around the city.  They may be near the beach or up in the hills or even a site seeing neighborhood trail, but we're going to try and do as many as we can during the summer.  Our first was at the Venice Canals.  This was really just an intro for the kids, so it was obviously in a neighborhood in Venice which, yes, has canals!  And beautiful homes.  Gorgeous, expensive homes.  The kids had fun, especially when we got to walk the bridges over the canals.  They loved seeing the ducks and the butterflies.  Afterwards, we walked just a couple of blocks and enjoyed lunch at an Italian Trattoria.  It was a relaxing day, which for me, is rare.  I'm usually on the go, non-stop, always thinking of what needs to be done.  I don't know how to relax anymore.  Even as I'm typing this I'm watching the clock because I plan on going for a run.  See?  Non-stop.

2.  My son's social group threw the parents a party.  It was so, so cute and fun.  Everyone brought a  dish.  We brought fruit salad upon my son's request, which I appreciate since it's the healthier option.  As my daughter and I entered the room, my son escorted us to our seats and gave us the menu he wrote up (each child wrote the menu for their parents).  On it was hummus, salsa, pita chips, tortilla chips, fruit salad, carrot cake, strawberries and strawberry lemonade.  One of the kids got creative and incorporated the Angry Birds game into the menu, writing things like "Red Bird Strawberry Lemonade" or "Three Little Blue Birds Pita Chips".  After taking our order, my son filled our plates and served us.  My daughter said, "This is the best restaurant ever!"  It only lasted 45 minutes but it was so much fun.

3.  I've signed up for my next Half Marathon.  Of course, it's a Disney one, again.  I couldn't resist signing up for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  I've been told to run with fairy wings, but that's to be expected so I'm trying to think of something else, being a rebel and all.  Hee-hee.

4.  So, waaaaayy back in October of last year I mentioned that I had purchased a Christmas present for someone (it was my youngest sister) but that I couldn't blog about it because it was a surprise.  Well, now I can finally blog about it.  I went to a book signing by Bakerella (the wonderful woman who introduced me to the world of Cake Pops).  I got my sister Bakerella's book personally addressed and signed by the Cake Pop queen herself.  I even got a picture with her:
Isn't she a doll?