Sunday, June 28, 2009

Any Takers?

Lainy Ann has informed us that she is running away from home. She doesn't want to, but she has to. Apparently she was done tickling yesterday and the game continued. So, since we don't listen to her she will have to leave.

So I set down the ground rules which led to another outburst of tears.
1. She can't cross the street.
2. She has to live with someone we already know.
3. She can't take any of her belongings that I have purchased.

So are there any takers on our block? Remember, she can't cross the street.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Stitches - Take 2

There are many types of screams. The one I hear most often is the my-sibling-is-bugging-me-Mo-om. There is the frustrated-scream, which is usually high pitched and annoys me as early as 10 am which prompts a no-more-talking-for-the-rest-of-the-day-rule. But on Saturday it was a we-are-going-to-the-hospital-scream. I was in the shower when I heard Caskey yell, "Leslie come here". So, here I came, dripping wet and left the water running in the shower. One look and I new it was time to go to the ER. Connor and Lainy Ann were so helpful in gathering things for the diaper bag, cleaning the water off the floor, and cleaning up the front yard as we got ready at a break-neck speed. No shower for me though.

Then I started the phone calls. I wanted someone to watch Lainy Ann and Connor so they wouldn't have to wait with us at the ER. Unfortunately my most frequently used babysitters were out of town. So I started on the 2nd tier. The ones who will help, but I hate to intrude on their family life. Score! I found someone who wasn't doing something on a Saturday night. And the bonus, she is on the way to the hospital.

We recount the story to the ER folks. William had his helmet on and ready to go outside to ride his scooter. He tripped on the front rug as he was heading out the door and landed on our shoe rack/shelf. The kicker? Its the same shoe shelf that got him in the temple nearly 18 months ago and prompted his first set of stitches. *sigh*

Saturday, June 13, 2009


Or is it Shawn? Lainy Ann starts screaming out a warning or in fear, "Sean"! Who is Sean you ask? Our pet Roly Poly.

We are having some yard work done and poor Sean has had a bad day. First he was dug up and his home of ivy was destroyed. Then he was man-handled, um, kid-handled. He has a house of bricks and they gave him some food of berries and sticks. No dirt. I don't know how well he will do living in his new home But they have been entertained most of the afternoon; gathering, collecting, and building. As the workmen got ready to leave they first used a leaf blower to get rid of the extra dirt on the driveway. Poor Sean was caught in his own roly-poly-tornado.

UPDATE: He was found and has been returned to his rightful place; a brick house in the driveway. Poor Sean will be squished later when I decide to move my car . . . . .

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Educational Things-to-do

A friend and I were chatting about how lucky we are to live in an area where there are so many educational opportunities for children. I am planning on visiting a lot of them this summer. But for now I want to get the list together. Please be patient as its a work in progress.

Kidspace Museum
This one is the most obvious. We have been dozens of times and they have lots of special events too. If you can afford it a season pass is worth it.

Skirball Center
Located at 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
They are currently having a hands-on Noah's Ark exhibit. Also, Thursdays are free admission.

La Brea Tar Pits
Located: Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits 5801 Wilshire Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-PAGE (7243)
Its a smaller museum so you can easily get through it in half a day. It is very stroller friendly, however expect to pay for parking. You can also have a child's birthday party at the museum.

Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 (626) 405-2100
This is more than a Library. It is acres of gardens, a library, a children's garden which includes a water play area, and even a brunch or tea on special occasions. It is a real treat. Please check before going, but I believe third Thursday of the month is free admission.

Discovery Science Center
We visited the Discovery Science Center for the 3rd anniversary of the twins death. You can read about how much fun we had, and see pictures, here.

Planes of Fame
7000 Merrill Ave., #17
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 597-3722

Descanso Gardens

Griffith Observatory/Park

Griffith Travel Town

Petersen Auto Museum

Dodger Game

Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
A must have season pass for the stay-at-home mom. A season pass pays for itself in just 2 visits. There are many special events through out the year as well as day camp for kids in the summer. They have been steadily renovating the zoo for the last few years. A new gorilla enclosure opened up in 2008, a new elephant enclosure is underway, and a new reptile and insect house is also in the works. The zoo is on a mountain. For those with difficulty walking take the zoo tram to the top of the hill, have lunch at the newer playground area for kids, and have a leisurely walk down the hill.

Miracle Mile - Many Museums

Getty Center

California Science Center
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Click here to see about our adventure to the California Science Center.

Alvera Street

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707

China Town

Adventure City (Anaheim)

Franklin Canyon Park

Eaton Canyon Park

Pismo Beach

Angels Flight
Bunker Hill
Los Angeles, CA

Orcutt Ranch Horticultural Center Rancho Sombra del Roble
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument # 31
23600 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91304

Los Angeles River Center & Gardens
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is located at the former site of the Lawry’s California Center, near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco, close to Elysian Park and downtown Los Angeles.

Point Vicente Lighthouse
31550 Palos Verdes Drive West
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Museum of Flying
3100 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
Phone: 310-398-2500

Riley Farm Oak Glen, CA
Activities year round including horses, fruit picking

Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

San Diego:

Wild Animal Park

San Diego Zoo

Sea World

Old Town San Diego


USS Midway
We spent a half day on the USS Midway for the twins 4 year anniversary. I would love to go back or even attend a private event on board. Its a lot of walking, so be prepared. Read all about it and see pictures here. TSNY Los Angeles Trapeze School in Santa Monica Good idea for a birthday party! Zimmer Museum Zimmer Children's Museum Check calendar, unusual days they are open and closed. 6505 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles, CA 90048