Chuck had a last visit of the summer up to Montreal to wrap season two (yay!), and we packed many a sleepover and outing into that week, and then were so happy to have him home for Labor Day weekend that we packed a lot into this weekend too.
Of course, I forgot to document all of it, but I got a few snaps. Like this one of the kids meeting the coolest owl before the hip hop show at the Ford. Where we all learned that we love owls, love the new renovations at the Ford and really really love hop hop street dance.
From there we went to the library, because it’s another happy place for us all. And they just looked so grown up, they cracked me up and I had to take a picture.
I happen to have a pic from that night’s sleepover, because they made (and ate) a cookie white house. Which they awesomely decorated, and practiced their Nixon impressions. (Not pictured!) and talked about Donald Trump. It was pretty funny.
Here’s the back of Jacob’s head as he watches, for the second time, Romeo and Juliet as done by Pokemon. It was pretty awesome. Actor’s Gang, we love you.
And we made it! Barely… to the Hollywood Bowl before the season ended. For Shakespeare at the Bowl night. Their first experience with Antony & Cleopatra, which is intense. But fun, and gorgeous at the Bowl at night. You can see the Hollywood sign in the hills behind the stage…
And weekend! Friday was sleepovers and craziness, and Saturday we kind of relaxed and read and played and watched Harry Potter #6 – as both kids have finished that book. Jacob is almost done with book 7, which means we have two more movie nights filled with HP coming up this fall. I think I’m more excited (or as!) as the kids. And Sunday we went to the first ever LA Fleet Week.
Mixed emotions – it was amazing, and we all learned so much. Including a huge ,huge appreciation for the men and women of our armed forces. They were so incredible and kind and patient with the kids, explaining all their gear, and jobs and toys (the helicopters were fascinating, including the Osprey, which you can ask Jacob all about how it changes from a helicopter to a airplane – you can see in the pictures that he is giving a thumbs up in it, which does not begin to convey his excitement about it). And Jacob was floored and fascinated by it all. Especially the guns. And therein lies the dilemma. While the search and rescue missions were incredible to hear about, seeing the kids with guns gave us horrible pits in our stomach. But lots of places for good discussions. Just had to mention how conflicted we felt before showing the pictures of kids beaming with weapons. But the upside was all the incredible technology on display, and that captured their imaginations as well.
Here’s a slide show of pics from the day, many of which Jacob took as he took over my camera, for some selfies and Molly pics. I took the ones of Jacob.
Then we needed some peace. So we went to Terrenea for lunch, and that was heaven.
And a cliff walk:
and one more…