Sunday, 24 August 2008
Thursday 9th August 07
Yay! They’re here. Shirine, Geoff, Hannah and Naomi arrived this evening. We went to meet them at LAX. The plane landed at 7.40, but it was about 9.30 when they got out of the airport. And by the time they got the car it was 11pm.
When we arrived home we had supper on the patio. It’s lovely to have them here.
Sarah invited us out for coffee this morning. She meets a friend each week and the little ones play together. Brigid, Darien and their friend Tomas kept us amused as usual.
It’s been a lovely day.
Friday 10th August 07
We had lunch at Sissler’s today,
This evening we met the Edelmaiers for supper at the farmer’s market in Covina.
Clare, Lilly and Angela bought “Fancy Nancy” hats, they looked lovely. Brigid had her “Fancy Nancy” hat on too.
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Tuesday 7th August 07
Angela went to work but had to come home early as she wasn’t well. Peter went to collect her, poor girl. Poor Angela spent most of the day in bed, so we relaxed then, later, went to Target.
Angela has some Love Doves nesting in her hanging baskets. They’re so sweet, the parents don’t care that we’re milling about underneath the nest. When we arrived here there were babies in the nest, they’ve now flown and the parents have swapped baskets and are sitting on new eggs. They don’t even mind us taking photos of them.
Wednesday 8th August 07
Sarah brought Brigid and Darien round for a swim, they really are very sweet little girls.
Later, Peter and I went shopping to Michaels while the girls went to the cinema. We had a 40% discount voucher from the newspaper so I bought a cropper-hopper. With the discount it cost me $25 (about £13), bargain. I couldn’t decide which one to buy so Peter was taking them all out of the boxes and trundling around the store with them!
We went out to dinner at The Outback with Denise and Eric, delicious food.
Geoff, Shirine and the girls arrive tomorrow, I’m looking forward to seeing them.
Friday, 22 August 2008
Sunday 5th August 07
We were pretty exhausted today after the journey home, so relaxed – guess where! Yes, by the pool. It really is lovely by the pool.
Sarah, Cameron and Brigid came over. It’s always nice to see them.
Monday 6th August 07
Angela had to go to work today so Peter took the girls and me shopping. We went to Scrappin’ Good Times, the Scrapbook store in San Dimas. I don’t think it was as well stocked as it was on my last visit, two years ago, but I had my crafting fix anyway.
Denise and Eric came round for supper and I cooked curry.
We wondered if it was hot enough to fry an egg so we had a go. It didn't fry, it just went crinkly.
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Saturday 4th August 07
We travelled back to Covina today. It was even hotter than it was on the journey to Las Vegas. The thermometer at Baker showed 113 degrees!!!
In one of the chapels a film crew were there filming, they invited us in to have a look and the actress was bound and gagged, we weren’t sure what sort of film they were making!
It was nice to be “home. After the long hot journey it was very pleasant to cool off in the pool.
Wednesday, 20 August 2008
We had a fantastic day today, the temperature was 102 degrees! HOT
Clare and Angela went on the New York New York roller coaster before we walked along the Strip and visited some of the posh hotel – The Belagio, The Paris and Caesar’s Palace.
The New York New York
We stopped to watch group of Hawaiian dancers in a shopping centre and Lilly was asked to dance with one of them, Tomasi.
After dinner we went back to our hotel, the girls went up to the room and Peter, Angela and I had a fantastic time gambling in the casino. We played the 1c machines and were given free cocktails all evening. We spent around 10 – 15 dollars each, which of course we lost, but we had a fabulous couple of hours. I lost about 20 dollars over the couple of days here, but it’s been such fun.
We go back to LA tomorrow, it should be a bit cooler there.
Wednesday 1st August 07
On the Lake
We’ve extended our stay here for another day, it’s so lovely. I think Lilly would spend the rest of the holiday here, by we’re of to Las Vegas tomorrow.
We spent another lovely day on the boat. We had a picnic lunch and swam in the lake
IT WAS COLD!
This evening we took the boat to the village and had supper there. I had fantastic ribs and Lilly had the most enormous dish of seafood pasta.
We will be sorry to leave tomorrow, but we’ve got Las Vegas to look forward to.
Thursday 2nd August 07
On To Las Vegas
We left the cabin early this morning to travel to Las Vegas.
The journey was long, but the scenery was interesting and we came across some interesting little places on the way.
We stopped at Peggy Sue’s diner for breakfast. It’s a fantastic place and the owner’s dad showed us around. There are pictures and memorabilia of all the 1950’s stars all over the place.
We also stopped of at the world’s largest thermometer which showed the temperature to be 104 degrees!
We arrived in Las Vegas and after booking into our lovely rooms at the New York New York hotel we had a look around.
Las Vegas is an interesting place, completely different after dark.
We have walked so far along The Strip that our feet ache!
Tuesday, 19 August 2008
Monday 30th July 07
We’ve borrowed a cabin by Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains for a couple of days.
It was an interesting drive up here, but it was worth it. The lake is beautiful and the cabin in spectacular. There is a boat here but we can’t find the key to start it. This evening the girls, Peter and Angela jumped off the back of the boat and went for a swim, I took photos!
Before leaving this morning I had my nails done and a pedicure at San Dimas Nails.
The Cabin:Lilly and Peter having fun on the boat:
Tuesday 31st July 07
On The Boat
This morning the owner of the cabin sent a driver up to us with a key for the boat so we were able to go out today. We pootled around the lake looking at the lovely houses, then moored and had a picnic lunch, it was fabulous.
After lunch we found a little village which we had a look around. The shops had very expensive items in, obviously the people that own these cabins are very rich!
We were going to go out for an evening trip but it got too dark so we didn’t.
We had a barbecue on the veranda and had a lovely evening.
Monday, 18 August 2008
Saturday 28th July 07
A Girlie Day
We were going to visit a small castle in Covina today but Angela wasn’t feeling good so we stayed at home. Peter went diving so us four girls sat in the pool and chatted.
This afternoon Angela felt a little better so we went to the Mall.
Denise, Eric, Sarah, Cameron and Brigid came over this evening for a BBQ.
Lilly and I are getting a bit burned so we’re going to stay covered up tomorrow.
Sunday 29th July 07
We had breakfast at the diner this morning and I had a very impressive cup of tea!
After breakfast we went for a walk along Rodeo Drive. We went into quite a lot of the shops and most of the assistants were very nice, especially when the heard we were from England!
Here the girls are enjoying a break from shopping.
Friday, 15 August 2008
I thought it might be an idea to blog my entries from my journal and show you some of our photos.
Thursday 26th July 07
We stayed at Jane and John’s overnight before getting the flight from Heathrow at 11.15 this morning.The flight was OK as far as 11 hour flights go!Peter and Angela were at the airport to meet us. It was a long drive back to Covina in the rush hour traffic.When we arrived here we all sat with our feet in the pool – heaven!We went to a lovely Mexican restaurant, Casa Moreno, for dinner. It’s Peter’s favourite restaurant, they serve fab food. When we got back home the girls cashed out and Peter, Angela and I went for a dip in the pool to cool off.I’m exhausted now as I’ve been up for 24 hours - ZZZzzzzzzzzz
This is a photo of the view flying over Greenland taken from the back of the plane. What a fantastic view.
Friday 27th July 07
We had a lovely relaxing day by the pool today. We went out to get supplies from the supermarket and went to the sports shop to buy some crocs, which Peter insisted on paying for!!
This evening we went to Covina’s Farmer’s Market and had dinner there. It was lovely, we met Sarah and Brigid there.
Today Sarah brought Brigid and Darien over to play. Brigid is 2 ½ and Darien is a little younger. We all had a fantastic time playing with the new pool toys.
Brigid and Darien are fab kids, they have a lovely time I think. I’m looking forward to seeing them again soon.
Clare and Lilly relaxing by the pool
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Anyway here are the June pages of my garden journal.
And here are the June pages of my SYD journal.
Sorry the photos are not very good. I don't know why my camera wouldn''t focus properly.
I've also done two double lay outs for a journal I'm doing for my daughter to take to uni with her. Most of it is going to be about her school days and friends she made there so I can't really put many of them on here. however here's one I did of all her school photos. It really shows how she's grown up.I think that's all I've got for today, I'm tired so I think I may have an early night.
Sunday, 10 August 2008
My daughter's been in hospital for an operation on her shoulder, she's OK now but she couldn't do much at first. She's in a sling for six weeks!
It's the school holidays and as we're at home for most of it I decided I'd do some decorating. I've just finished my craft room. This is the colour it was, it's been like this since we first decorated after moving here eleven years ago.
Before it was my craft room, this was the dining room. We're lucky enough to have plenty of rooms downstairs as our house used to be a police station so we moved things round after having the cells converted into a kitchen. That meant that I could have this room as my craft room.
I wanted to paint the walls in a pale cream colour, unfortunately (I suppose) it's a lot brighter yellow than I'd hoped. Now everything's back in, it does look nice and I'm very pleased with it. I will give you a guided tour.
This is my decorated door. I made the banner at a workshop (my friend Julia is a fantastic crafter and does some fab workshops). I had some of the Cds and jigsaw pieces from swaps I did some time ago and some I made myself. Two of the Cds were made for me by my six year old nephews. I wonder if you can pick them out.
This is the area to the right of my desk. Behind the paper storage is a fireplace which we never use.
And this is behind me as I sit at my desk.
I haven't put anything on the walls at the moment, but I've a few things I will put up. It's all too new to go banging nails in! One thing I want to put up is my family tree. I'm researching it at the moment and I think it will look pretty cool written up on one of the walls.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of my room.