The three airheads

There are times in your life when you really realize your age.
Sometimes it’s seeing an old friend after many years.
Sometimes it’s seeing the kids you used to babysit with their own children.
And sometimes, like today, it’s when you try to keep up with your own kids.

And that’s just what I did. In fact, I think I did a pretty good job considering I’m not even in my 20’s anymore (not even close, in fact). A few months ago I had purchased a Groupon for Air Heads. Air Heads is a giant indoor trampoline and it’s tons of fun. Click on the link and watch the video and I dare you to tell me that it’s not fun! We had an hour of jumping fun but by 13 minutes into the hour, I was out of breath. I should have paced myself. There was heavy breathing, some sweat and lots and lots of laughs! Ethan was more willing to jump for the camera:

I’m linking this picture of Ethan with Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Jackson obliged but wasn’t in the mood to keep at it until I got the perfect shot:Ethan even got behind the camera to take my jumping picture. Before you judge my hairdo and overall appearance, please know that this was at the end of an HOUR of jumping:

When our hour was up, we spent a few minutes in the arcade. Enough time for them to get a bajillion tickets.

I realized it was all worth it when we left the building. As we walked out of the doors, Jackson stopped and gave me the biggest hug and kiss and said, “Thanks mom. I didn’t know it was possible but I love you even more.” I love my kids. 

Acoustic Alley with Friends of Giants

Last night, two thirds of our band, Friends of Giants, recorded an acoustic set on the beach. We met up with William who films a series called Acoustic Alley for The Blue Indian. He recorded us performing two of our songs. It was so much fun. We even had a few onlookers from the boardwalk. I love doing different things like this and hope to do it again sometime.

Since it was pretty dark, my pictures didn’t come out that great. Even the iPhone can’t create sunlight.

Once the video is done, I’ll update this post with a link. Have a great weekend!

Interview with an interviewer

Just a short little post today. I went to CTN (Christian Television Network) to tape a segment for the show Homekeepers about my interview with Roma Downey. The episode will air on CTN (Christian Television Network) in about a week. It wasn’t a long interview but they’re going show a clip of my interview with Roma as well as a clip from a Little Angels episode. Oh yeah, I also baked a pie on the show! It was my Chocolate Chess Pie (Jackson’s favorite). In case you wanted to see my interview with Roma, you can check it out here:

I didn’t take any pictures while at the studio today; I was too focused on not sounding like a complete dork. Have a great evening!

Found ’round

One of the things I’d like to start doing is sharing with you things that I’ve found ’round the internet. I still need a title for this series but until I figure one out, enjoy these videos… 

I’ve always had this grand idea that I could be a great dancer. In the mid 90’s Ken & I even took our share of swing dancing lessons. It was a fantastic time and I’ll never forget getting dressed up to go swing dancing in Ybor. The Sugar Palm is now closed but I’ll always have those memories. Here’s a great dance video that celebrates all types of dance:

And how amazing would it be to sit in the middle of this show? This is the neatest video I’ve seen online in a really long time. {Note, it starts off as a slide show, so don’t close the video thinking it’s just jumpy}

I’m not sure about this last one. I always considered myself the soccer mom dare-devil. Meaning I’m the mom that will go on all the roller coasters with Ethan and his friends while their moms wait with the younger siblings. But doing this? I don’t this so. While I think it’d be a great documentary to watch, you won’t find me dangling by a tight rope, parachute or not!

What have you been finding around the ole internet these days?

The year of the camera

For the Chinese, 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. But for me, this is the Year of the Camera. Remember when my friend Vickie gave me this camera? Well, for my birthday I got two more cameras! Can you believe it? Vickie sent me this Brownie with a box and owner’s manual!! Look at this baby:I can’t wait to get some film and see if it works! Even if it doesn’t work, it’ll be a great addition to my collection. Then, a few days after I got home from my California trip, my other friend Raegan gave me this little number:This is a Metascoflex TLR (TLR stands for twin lens reflex – instead of today’s SLR, single lens reflex).This one didn’t have an owner’s manual but came in this awesome leather case.It has a little window that pops up on top and becomes your viewfinder!And this is probably my favorite picture I’ve taken in a long time. 

305/365:

Thank you, friends! You’ve sent me over the moon with your gifts. See guys, I told you I had the best friends anyone could ask for!

California’s Venice canals

This is my last post for my California trip. Hopefully I haven’t bored you to tears with the last few posts. The morning of my last day, I headed to the shore just one more time to soak up the sounds of the Pacific Ocean. I even scooped up a bit of sand to take home with me. 

Since I didn’t have to be at the airport for a few hours, I decided to hit the Venice canals. You read right. They’re just like the canals in the other Venice. Well, maybe not exactly but pretty close. The last time I went to California they were under construction so there was really nothing to see. But there was plenty to see this time! I think I’ve found my next place to live:

The houses were amazing here. Don’t you agree?


I’ll take the one on the right, please. All the houses were fixed up so pretty with flowers, plants and perfect outdoor furniture.

This house even had matching flowers:

This was the neatest place. Nestled in the city is this quiet neighborhood. You’d never know it was here unless you knew to look for it. I’m so glad I had the time to stop by and see it. And as soon as I move into one of those houses, I’ll let you guys know and we can have a great big party!

 

I love technology

Here’s another movie for you: Napoleon Dynamite. Did you see it? Did you see the song at the end? Where Kip sings to his bride about his love for technology? If you haven’t seen it, click here for a 30 second clip of the song. Just like Kip, I love technology. And here’ why: all through my vacation, I was posting photos & updates on Facebook so my family & friends could follow along. I emailed a fellow blogger from the shore and even had a couple of friends download the Find My Friends app so they could follow me on my adventures (thanks Anthony & Melissa!). It was so delightful sharing my fun experiences in and around Santa Monica.

After my time at Leo Carillo Beach, I was hungry. Before I even left for California, my friend Vickie from Lilacs and Cupcakes had told me that I just had to eat at one of her favorite cafes. She couldn’t remember the name, couldn’t remember the address but knew it was across the street from the beach & the Malibu police station. But when I looked up the police station, it was miles from the beach. We went back and forth with text messages and she told me it was right in the middle of a shopping center on PCH. We were getting close: I only saw two shopping centers on PCH. I took a guess, pulled into one, took a picture & sent it to her asking if this was the right one. Lo and behold, it was! Now do you see why I love technology? My friend in Missouri was giving me “directions” to a cafe in Malibu! 

I had a delicious burger at Coogi’s Beach Cafe. Inside, it looks more like a diner than a cafe but the food was divine. I had the pesto burger and oh.my.gosh. So very good.

When I left Coogi’e I decided to head up toward Los Angeles. My friend, Kevin (who lives in Florida), has a brother, Tom, that works at Fox Studios and I was going to meet Tom for dinner. This isn’t something I normally do; meet strangers for dinner but I just had a feeling that this would be fun. Since I still had a couple of hours before dinner, I thought I’d drive around Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive for a bit. I posted on Facebook that I was heading that way and I really felt like everyone at home was cheering me on as I went. I got requests for pictures (but they felt more like threats if I didn’t get pictures). I rushed to get there before dark but the California traffic was working against me. I got there in enough time to snap this picture from the car:

Not a great picture, but proof that I made it! While receiving directions from my dad over the phone, I found The Witch’s House. This old house was in several silent films and can also be seen in Clueless (one of my guilty pleasures).

I told Facebookland that I was now heading to Rodeo Drive. Again, I got requests (or threats) for pictures. Most of the stores were closed when I arrived but, like Beverly Hills, I got some pictures to prove that I was there. I didn’t realize that the window displays are so extravagant there.

Ralph Loren:

Chanel:
Most of the other pictures are too dark to see much of anything but I still had fun wandering around pretending that I could go into any store and buy whatever I wanted. From a new Hugo Boss suit for Ken to some jewelry for me from Cartier. And then I found the mothership: Paper Source. It’s a cute little shop with all things paper and paper crafts including books, wrapping paper, cards, rubber stamps, home decorations. I could have spent an hour in there! But I think the craziest thing I saw at Rodeo Drive were parking meters that take credit cards. Super convenient and a great idea but I never thought I’d see this.

And now it was dinnertime! I followed Tom just a few minutes down the road to Farmer’s Market (be sure to watch the video). And this is why I love meeting people that live in places that I’m visiting: I would never have gone to this place, I would have missed it completely. I highly recommend this place. There’s something for everyone at Farmer’s Market. It was so much fun. So many different places to eat and if I wanted I could have picked up some fruits and veggies. We walked around and decided on a place for dinner – The French Crepe Company.

We ate dinner and then walked around The Grove. Tom is the most fascinating person I’ve met in a long time. He’s a foley editor currently working at Fox Studios. In case you don’t know what a foley editor is I’ll tell you. Anything you hear in a movie that isn’t dialogue is the direct result of foley artists. Background noise, footsteps, cars crashing, keyboard tapping, punches being thrown…all that is created by the foley guys. I could have sat there and listened to his stories for hours. Wait…that’s exactly what I did. Let me stop here and say that I really hate people that are name droppers just for the sake of impressing others. And Tom was nothing like that at all. He had story after story of people he’s worked with but never made it sound like he was trying to impress me or those around us. I know the secret (maybe it’s not a secret but I like to think that it is) of how they made the sound for Face/Off when the boat crashes. I know how they got the sounds for the fight scene. I know that Jim Carrey is most likely a great guy to work with but I probably wouldn’t want to work with director William Friedkin.

Tom and I spent four hours talking movies, his journey to working in the movies, my interview with Roma, houses, the economy, Florida, California. It was so much fun. And like I said, not something I normally do, but I trusted my friends Raegan & Kevin and it payed off. I feel like I have a new friend for life now.

My California trip is quickly coming to an end. My dinner with Tom marked my last night in California. I was to leave the next day. I’ll only have one more post to tell you about the canals in Venice. This was not something I had seen on any of my previous trips to the West Coast and it was amazing. Can’t wait to show you pictures!