I would hazard a guess that he thinks I'm going to write about how wet and chilly it was in Southern California during our visit and that I'm going to tell all about each of our families losing days of carefree fun to sick children. He probably also thinks I'm going to bitch about how I was discriminated against because
That all happened, but in the 48 hours we've been home, those aren't the memories that really jump out to me.
|Room for everyone on the swingset|
|Zac and Andrew in a tree. I don't think they're supposed to be up |
that high, but all's well that ends well.
I would be remiss not to mention that roller skating is a very good rainy day activity and I can report that it's kind of like riding a bike. Though it had been at least 25 years, it all came back to us adults quickly. I should also document that four kids had four different styles of learning to skate and they all worked, though the styles of the two youngest resulted in sore shoulders and elbows for their parents. For them, skating was a contact sport.
I will also tell you that while Griffith Observatory is indeed closed on Mondays, the drive there is worth the trip and walking around the grounds and capturing the views offered of the Hollywood hills, downtown LA, the Pacific Ocean and the famed HOLLYWOOD sign were all great fun. Having the Train Museum in the park all to ourselves was fun too. Not many people braved the tempermental elements that day and the kids had the run of the place. We even had our own private tram driver.
|Griffith Park Outlook. If you look carefully you can see the |
Hollywood sign iin the background.
|Deserted train park|
|The Bugs' Life train ride. Exhilirating it was not.|
|Zac on the Bugs' Life bumper cars. We were starting to get somewhere now.|
|On the Disney Midway|
|Andrew, Zac, Mark & Eric rode this rollercoaster. When did they grow old|
enough to do this?!
|What Maria, Claire, Thomas and I did while the boys rode the rollercoaster.|
The kids had a blast and while I won't speak for anyone else, I did too.
I'm also going to show you that a well-stocked costume trunk can provide hours of fun - both for the kids wearing the costumes and the adults being entertained by them.
|The coveted rumble seat.|
So, while Eric thought I was going to remember total chaos as four, five or sometimes even six kids shrieked and ran and yelled and wrote on each other with markers and shrieked and played, he's wrong. I remember that it's a gift for these kids to play together, for hours on end, so well and for them to wake up each morning asking when we're starting the day's adventures together. I'm also going to remember a lot of good food consumed and oodles of good company.
I will remember that it's a good idea to check ahead for operating hours, but if they don't work with your operating hours, Plan B will probably be just as good. And, I will also remember how lovely it is to spend a week at Casa Henderson where food is prepared on your behalf and the trash cans are always empty, without my having to lift a finger. Thank you!