G drove 2 hours down from her neck of the woods for a visit and I was so touched. We had a nice leisurely lunch together and she followed me on my school pick up run. Together with the Nats, I brought her on a mini sightsee tour of my ‘hood and showed her my favouritest coast line drive and we saw some pup seals which are oh-so-cute! It was a great time spent with a colleague-turned-friend and it was indeed amazing how we are here in the same Bay area at the same time!
Nat eats lunch in school where it’s a standard menu for everyone (different food for each day and we parents get the menu a month ahead). I let him eat whatever is on the menu as I know this gets him to eat things out of his comfort zone, like enchiladas, tacos etc. I need pack Min’s lunch as her pre-school does not provide food (too much allergy issues to cater to,I guess). Usually, I pack a sandwich (cheese or kaya bread), fruits and a snack for her. And she usually comes home with the bread partially eaten. I figured she’s Asian-at-heart and needs some carbs so I decided to make fried rice for her.
The result? Her lunchbox came back empty. I had to asked if she polished them off or threw them away. Hah. Guess that makes the extra cooking after dinner the night before worth the while. So, Nat gets packed lunch on certain days too.
We scooted off to Disneyland on Friday after school and it’s surprising(or not) how the promise of Disneyland gets both Nats to be in such a cooperative mode in the morning. And both woke early on Saturday, bright & cheery ready for Disneyland, instead of the usual whiney-Im-still-tired-mode, even though we all had a late night due to the 6 hrs drive.
We went with 2 other families and the 6 children had alot of fun, taking the rides together. As usual, it’s a full-day affair for us, from the time the park opens till the fireworks at night. The best part of being with a part of 12 is that the long Qs don’t seem that long after all, as the children’s antics kept us occupied or entertained.
The next day, it was time for the long drive home. Somehow, the journey back always seems longer. We made a pit stop at Camarillo outlet and I managed to snag 2 pairs of TB wedges and that’s all the shopping for me that day. We also made another pit stop at Lake Cachuma and I thought it was a lovely quiet recreation area with a great view of the lake.
Onto photos of the week!
May 13 – Sunrise/Sunset :: Taken at 824pm. When I rise at 630am, the sky is already bright. Long Spring days…
Still better than short days when it gets dark by 6pm! Just that it gets a bit dis-orientating when it’s bedtime and it’s still bright out.
Usually the outlet carries limited range of retail products. Yes, outlets have a separate different range from normal retail boutiques, thus explains the price difference. Outlets nowadays no long carry “off-season” items, but have a separate line produced for sale. Happened to walk into the outlet near home after lunch with G.
May 15 – 7 o’clock :: Some reading after dinner. Very rare, as they usually prefer play over books anytime.
But I am thankful, they like to thumb through books and Min has started an interest in wanting to know to read, asking me – “what’s this word?” She’s far from being able to read and identify words of course but I am sure this is fuelled by Nat’s ability to read and her wanting to be like gor-gor.
May 16 – Mailbox :: I get mostly junk mail, coupons through this. And bill and magazines…
May 17 – Season :: where the vineyards are green.
Will miss being able to drive 6 hrs to get to the “happiest on earth” over the weekend. One can never get tired of Disneyland, right?
It was a lovely huge recreational ground where one can picnic, boat in the lake, BBQ or even camp - tent-style or RV-style. Both Nats had some good fun, getting down on their knees (remind me NEVER EVER buy white pants for children. What was I thinking!?), picking up sticks and digging.