11 February 2016

January Long Weekend

We're headed into a long weekend in February but before we enjoy no school, warm weather and our one year anniversary of arriving in California, I want to make sure to document our January long weekend.

I love that we have a three day weekend smack dab in the middle of January. I always feel like we're still recovering from Christmas and torn between still wanting to play and wanting to buckle down and get organized. We did a little of both over MLK day weekend.

We began the weekend where we begin many weekends. I thought January was supposed to be the "slow" season at Disneyland but I have never seen so many people in one place in my entire life. It didn't help that there was a marathon that weekend and we were there the same night Elton John was performing in a live concert. I looked down main street at one point and it looked like Times Square on New Year's Eve with wall to wall people.
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We opted to head to the beach the next day which was deserted in comparison.
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The boys made all sorts of pulley contraptions on the lifeguard stand while they waited for the rest of us to get bikes ready.
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Riding bikes along the boardwalk at Newport Beach and then taking the ferry over to Balboa Island has become one of our favorite traditions.
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Especially because Balboa Island usually means Balboa Bars.
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We love to walk through the book store, candy store and toy store as well. The lady running the toy store entertained Blake and Nash for a good long while with games and tricks before we dragged them away to catch the sunset.
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We cruised along the boardwalk and stopped at a playground where we watched dozens of stunt bikers do tricks as the sun slowly disappeared.
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We kept the rest of the weekend simple. Troy and I went on a long overdue date and like most weekends, I spent hours preparing to teach music to the children at church. Before Blake's swim practice on Monday, we ventured out to what Crew calls the "putt putt park." 
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What began as putting practice ended as a competition to see who could make the best presentation of flowers for me.
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Sure love those boys.
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And I sure love long weekends.


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