Sunday Salon: Scenes from a Stay-cation

With the kids on spring break this week, I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done.  I reviewed one book (Shanghai Girls) and read another one (Foreign Tongue– not yet reviewed), but that was it.

I did, however, have a blast with my girls!  We couldn’t go away (dad had to work) but it’s easy to have a stay-cation when you live in the LA area!  

Along with swimming at a friend’s pool, riding bikes, seeing the Hannah Montana movie, having a sleepover, and dinner with cousins, we did some tourist-y stuff.  On Thursday we went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, explored the shops around the Kodak Theatre and did some people watching in Hollywood, had lunch at Johnny Rockets, and had churros on Olvera Street.  Then yesterday we went to the planetarium at Griffith Park, watched my brother (an AV guy) work on a Capital One commercial downtown with the vikings (“What’s in YOUR wallet?”), and took in the sights at the Santa Monica Pier.  We had a great time, as you can see from the pictures!

Back to reality- school and work- tomorrow, but we made some nice memories..



19 Responses

  1. We had a similar reality this spring break, but like you, we live in a great city for fun – DC. Hope your reading picks up for you this week. I am reading Unaccustomed Earth today. Happy reading!

  2. Sounds like you had a great time! =) You are lucky to live in such a fabulous area with so much to do.

  3. What a great week! Our son was home for the weekend and it really affected my reading too.

  4. Great pics. You guys had a blast. We try to have an outing every weekend but it doesn’t always work out. Love the Mohawk pic. Gotta love Hollywood and all of its interesting inhabitants.

  5. Sounds like a great staycation!

  6. Fabulous pics. You are so lucky to live in such a lovely place. We live by the sea, so we had a good Easter holiday too. I couldn’t get much read either as my girls kept me too busy too. Happy Sunday.

  7. Sounds like a vacation to me, but I guess that’s just because I rarely leave the east coast 🙂 Your daughters are so cute! They look just like you!

  8. Looks and sounds as though you had a great week!

  9. Hi guys, thanks for all the comments! We really did have a fun week. No one is looking forward to getting up early tomorrow!

    Frances, I’ll be interested to know what you think of Unaccustomed Earth. I haven’t read it yet but have read The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies- both great.

    Meghan- thanks! Yes there is a lot to do around here.

    Kathy, I know just what you mean! But time spent with kids is priceless.

    Ti- I am a people watcher so Hollywood is a lot of fun for me! The kids’ jaws dropped at that particular hairdo- the tips were blue and sparkly- plus he had a few tats and piercings. The girls were horrified that I took a picture but at least I didn’t do it as he walked by us! I waited until he got on the escalator and was half way up.

    Linda- it was!

    vivienne- we live near the sea (8 miles) but wish we were closer.

    Belle- Thank you! We are all blondies.

    Gwendolyn- we really did! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. What a fantastic stay-cation. You guys did so much stuff! I loved the Jimmy Kimmel sign pic and the funny face one too. Sorry we missed y’all tonight. We had to finish the Ollie-Wall-O-China and Deanna had her Language Arts poetry report due. We’ll try to make it next week.



  11. Wow that’s the best stay-cation I’ve ever seen!

  12. Looks like you had a great week – thanks for sharing the pics!

  13. I miss California.. 😦

  14. We don’t live in a major city (although it is a city) and have done the stay-cation before ourselves. We even stayed in a hotel in town once just so it felt more like vacation. We have visited history and art museums, gone to our world-class zoo, gone to new restaurants, been to the theater. It’s always great fun and so much cheaper!

  15. What cute pics! Looks like you had a great and busy time.

  16. Thanks for sharing your pictures!

  17. We’ve been loving the stay-cation, too! And some of your shots are of places we go to all the time. My kids’ school is a stone’s throw from that part of Hollywood Blvd., and I love the observatory. Also, the Santa Monica Pier is one of my kids’ favorite destinations. Great pics!

    Looking forward to next weekend!!!

  18. Did you buy one of those cool guitars?

  19. Sher- we missed you guys!

    Alea- it’s pretty easy when you live in S. Cal. to find things to do.

    Dawn- we really had fun!

    Shelle- We miss you too!!

    Lisa- it’s nice when you can find things to do locally- it’s so much cheaper than going away.

    Anna- thanks! It didn’t feel overly busy but we did do a lot. It helps that things are so nearby.

    Steph- thanks! For once I remembered to take the camera.

    Tracy- that was our first trip to the observatory since the renovation. They did a great job. Now we have to go back at night and look through the telescope! Can’t wait until Saturday for FoB!!

    Char- no, we didn’t get a guitar, but we DID get an accordian! Yeah, that was a long ride home..

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