Monday, March 16, 2009

A Wonderful Exhausting Day

As daughter and grandson are leaving California to live in the Mid-West they wanted to see some things first. Funny, we've lived in California for over 30 years always within 2 hours of Los Angeles area and we'd never taken in the sights. Daughter asked us about it. Well, while our children were growing up hubby and I were usually working weekends. At one time hubby worked three jobs to keep us afloat. At one time I left home for work around 6 a.m. and didn't return until 10 p.m. Evidently that is why we never took in the sights.

When our oldest daughter moved to LA area I would visit and we'd do something...she took me to Malibu, Santa Monica Pier, Zuma Beach just to name a few.

When a brother visited us from the Mid-West I got brave and took him to Hollywood. It was my first time there also. We parked right smack dab in front of the Pantages Theatre. Walked all over the Stars Walk of Fame taking photos. Drove up a winding road to get the best view of the Hollywood Sign. It was a great day for me.

When a sister visited from the East coast I once again braved the traffic and took her and our oldest grandson to The Getty. What a day that was. So much to take in at one time but all of us enjoyed it so much. During her visit hubby had surgery. A few days before we took her to Hollywood to see the sign...poor hubby we walked him all over. It was his first time there and he enjoyed it.

This past Saturday we took daughter and grandson to Hollywood. We walked Rodeo Drive, took pictures, entered the Jimmy Choo store (her dream is to own one pair of Jimmy Choo shoes). Hubby took a short drive through a few neighborhoods just aweing over the size of the homes. Then we took Santa Monica Blvd to the Santa Monica Pier where we spent five hours. We had a great time. The three of them rode the roller coaster, we inhaled a funnel cake, saw colorful people, and the ocean was breathtaking.

It was overcast when we arrived but that didn't deter anyone from enjoying the day. The water was cold, we suspect, but there were dozens in the water.

We watched a couple fishermen untangle a large crab that had gotten caught in there net.

On the beach a group, Veterans for Peace, had set up an "Arlington West" Iraq War Memorial. It was very somber reading names and seeing photos of all who have lost their lives for our freedom. I'll not go on about this as everyone has their own opinions on the subject and right now I'll keep mine to myself. Hubby was in the Vietnam War as was one of my brothers and my ex-husband...I'm thankful every day they came home.

Now let's see if I can get a few photos from our Saturday posted.

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