this week b and i took two days off in the middle of the week as a little pre-summer vacation.
it was only a couple of days but it is AMAZING how happy we were with our little break -- i love having a weekend right in the middle of the week! however, i will admit that when it's as hot as it has been around here, sometimes i am glad i have to be stuck in an air-conditioned office for 10 hours a day -- i felt like i was sweating the entire two days. but that's okay! i'll take what i can get.
we know how to party, too. wednesday we spent the day at disneyland, thanks to my awesome friend karla -- we followed her down there and went on a few kiddie rides with her and owen and paige. d-land is a whole different place when you're there with kids; it was cute. then we spent the rest of the day on grown up rides with niki & matt, two of our favorite people:
we had a total blast -- lines were short, sun was hot, rides were fun. i got drenched on splash mountain, and for the record i still ADORE soaring over california. we ate all our favorite treats like dole whips and giant pickles.
for some reason, i have stopped trying to take pictures at d-land -- maybe because we've been so much the past few years that i don't try to document the park anymore. here's the best shot i got of me & b -- you can see the pirate ship in the background and that's about all i can offer you as scenery.
the park closed early at 8 p.m. but we were tired and ready for dinner around 7 p.m. i wore my trusty converse tennis shoes and had some comfort problems starting around lunchtime, but powered through because i mean HELLO we were at disneyland! unfortunately, i could barely walk by the time we hit downtown disney on the way back to the car -- and on the way to dinner i took off my shoes to find one full of blood. awesome. i am also in possession of a 2nd degree sunburn on my neck...so i guess our day at d-land was successful.
day two we ventured to the huntington library, a famous museum and conservatory right here in p-town that i had never been to (though both my siblings went there numerous times on school field trips; apparently i got shafted in that area).
it was free day (thanks again jean for the swap-a-roo on tickets!) and we had fun exploring all the different gardens. i'll admit i was a bit skeptical of this place because it's big draw is it's botanical gardens, but it did NOT disappoint. we saw some beautiful and unique plants and flowers:
craaaazy plants that resembled alien life forms (this one reminded me of jack and the beanstalk -- please note b's miniature stature in comparison):
mostly i just felt like i was walkinng around in jurassic park all day, which is totally fine with me because that movie is toward the top of our 10-favorite-films-of-all-time list. the place was just so relaxing and peaceful and beautiful and i loved it!
the funniest part was that we ran into people we knew just about everywhere we went -- we saw four friends from our ward in pasadena and five friends from our old ward in l.a.! what can i say, we mormons love free stuff.
oh, and of course -- reinforcing the hypothesis that i have the mental capacity of a five-year-old, being unable to choose appropriate footwear at ANY time -- i chose to wear flip flops that i'm still breaking in. by the end of our two hour visit i was required to walk barefoot back to the parking lot because my feet were hurting so bad -- i now have huge gaping, oozing blisters on both feet. yes, double awesome. i suck.
anyway, we spent the rest of thursday swimming in our pool, eating ice cream, going to target, ordering pizza, watching 30 rock, wearing shorts -- and it was a thursday! i could seriously get used to this lifestyle. isn't that what all you sahm's do every day anyway? :)
by the time we headed into work yesterday [on a friday! woot] we were totally relaxed and ready to hit it again -- for eight hours, of course, before we hit the real weekend. yessss.
we love living in such a fun place with so much to see and do. what the world needs now is less perez hilton and more staycations.