Sea World and My Hiatus

 Ahhhh….I’ve been on Hiatus for a while. I feel like I’ve been saying that every time I post for the past couple months. LOL! But what can I say! I’ve been living life! I do however look forward when it’s not so busy with the “musts” but full with the “I get to do what I want to do”, like post more often, take more photo’s, spend long nights at my parents pool, wander in the desert, all that good stuff. Soon! I’ll be done with school in December so I’m hoping for some time after that. That’s if I don’t roll straight into the masters program. Shhhhh!!! Not sure how many people will be happy with that decision, but sacrifice in the present will lead to benefits of plenty in the future.  Or that’s what I like to tell myself anyways!

 

So I owe you all a HELLO, well anyone that still reads this, but I’ll just let the polar bear wave for me. As you can tell we went to Sea World last weekend. I was in La Jolla for work last week so the family came down to spend some time at the amazing hotel and hit up Sea World. Sal and I also caught a football (soccer) game on Wednesday. We watched Real Madrid vs. Guadalajara Chivas. We had a great time, and Sal was like a giddy little school girl watching Christiano Ranaldo play. He had the camera and I think the majority of the pictures are of him. Which is fine by me!!!

Roman recently watched Free Willy from beginning to end and is now in love with whales. So we got up Friday morning and headed to Sea World to meet all of Sal’s sisters and kiddo’s.  We knew we had to see Willy (Shamu- but try telling Roman that) and didn’t have anything else planned. There were so many of us that we didn’t really make plans besides that. Before the show started we stopped to see the seals. We fed a couple of seals, and one blasted seagull that took a sardine right out of my hands. Damn him! LOL!

We saw Nemo and Dori too! 

I have a photography challenge coming up where I will be in low light so I tried my hand at high ISO with no flash. I thought it turned out pretty good. Not good enough, but not bad. Maybe a little more brightness in LR? Anyways, this was the shark exhibit that Roman loved. He usually runs through these tunnels not really paying attention, but this one had his full attention. What is it with guys and sharks? For any of you interested, it’s shark week right now. LOL!

Finally, in the artic area a beluga whale giving the crowd a show :).

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Death Valley

We took a little trip to Death Valley. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, but something I had gotten some resistance on now for some time. I won!! Lol!  I’ll give you the scenic pictures first…

We went the “back way” through Olancha and ended up getting to Furnace creek about 3 hours later. Haha. Yeah…I thought that was the only way to get there. Apparently it’s not. And apparently the only way to get to Trona besides Ridgecrest is through Death Valley. I’m telling you, I learn things by leaps and bounds every day! Anyways, we stopped at the Furnace Creek Resort. Its built into the side of a mountain and you go through this tunnel and take an elevator up three floors to get to the lobby. My pictures of the tunnel do it no justice. Jake however has taken some amazing pictures of it if you want to see something cool.

We got a room for the night even though we weren’t planning on it at all. We had no change of clothes no toiletries, nothing! But the offer they made us was half price what it normally is, and we were tired of driving. So we went swimming and strolled the grounds, exploring the natural springs. The pool is a natural spring and the green is all from the springs. Nothing piped in from a well or city water. A true oasis in the middle of the desert.

Isabella’s Birthday

We celebrated this pretty little girls birthday on Saturday. Her name is Isabella, but everyone calls her Isa. She’s Sal’s Goddaughter, and she is the sweetest cutest little girl ever! She, and her parents live in Carlsbad, CA so we don’t get to see them nearly as much as we would like. Though, it does give us a good reason to go to the beach! The whole time we are driving there, I hate it, but once we are there and see the family and explore the San Diego area, it’s completely worth it.

I can’t quiet figure out how to get the color cast out completely and I don’t shoot in RAW so I cant do it manually. Maybe I should upgrade to Photoshop or Lightroom and figure it out huh? Any suggestions or favorites for what program to get?

We brought a pinata that Sal got for his birthday that we never broke into. The kids had a blast breaking it open.

The newest addition to the Ramirez family is above. Her name is Juliana and she is the cutest sweetest thing I have ever seen. Okay, they are all cute! Love them to bits!

Legoland Aquarium

We headed down to Carlsbad on Friday to check out the Legoland Aquarium.  Roman is really into sharks and whales right now, and we were going to be there anyway for his cousin’s birthday, so we decided to make a trip out of it.

It took us about 2 hours to make it through. It would have taken longer, but Roman was running from one room to the next with excitement. They have these cool little bubble things where you can actually look at the fish from the middle of the tank. Loved it!

We didn’t notice the “Do Not Climb” sign. Haha. Were rebels!

Sal pointed this sign out to me. I wish!!!

They even have little “tide pools” where you can hold star fish and sea cucumbers. We had a ton of fun! We have another trip planned next month to a different destination. Not sure if he will remember all of this stuff, but its worth it when he’s having a good time :D!

Whiskey Flat Days

Every year there’s a little festival in Kernville, CA called Whiskey Flat Days.  It’s a festival that reverts to the day’s of gold mining.  A lot of people are dressed up representing the era, and there are small booth’s of trinkets as well as food everywhere. They also have a small rodeo and tons of stuff for kids. I havent been for a while and it had been even longer for Sal. We had a small break in the weather today so we headed out of town. Doesnt it suck when you have a four day weekend and the weather just doesn’t cooperate?! Oh well, we made the best of it.

Unfortunately we didn’t stay for long. It was cold and windy when we got there and Roman doesn’t do well in either. He’s a desert rat for sure. So we got a couple of tri-tip sandwiches and some home-made soap and headed back.  On our way back though we stopped in Onyx, CA which is tiny! They have an awesome little general store though that I used to stop at all the time when I was little and get some home-made pickles. I got one today and it was yummy!

I wanted to take pictures of the inside of the store but unfortunately they had a sign that explicitly said to pictures inside. Too bad, it was sooo cute inside with a little wood burning stove and copper posts everywhere.

Our next stop was the Cottage Grove Cemetery. I have a thing for cemeteries. I don’t know why, I just do. 

All in all it was a pretty good day. I’m pretty tired though and have some reading to do for school so I bid you goodnight!

Terrorism, For a Dog Anyways.

My parents are out of town right now, and left their dog (who used to be mine a hundred years ago) with us until they get back.  This dog (Klyde) and my dad became so attached when I had my dad watch him for a little while, way back in the day, that there was no way I was getting him back.  However this week he’s all mine again.  Klyde is not a very friendly dog. He’s stolen food out of Romans hands many times, nipping him in the process a couple, he barks forever, he’s aggressive or standoffish towards other dogs, and he constantly needs to be held….when he’s at my parents. However, he’s completely different when he’s at my house.  He steers clear of Roman when he has food, he barely barks, he listens, doesn’t need to be held constantly, and he tolerates my dog.

Im sure my dad freaked out as soon as he read this headline muhahahaha, but everything is undercontrol okay.

Our captor guest hanging with Roman, willingly of course.

Klyde, waiting for a hero.

All kidding aside, Klyde is fine and is in bed with Roman right now sleeping the night away, together.  See you this weekend Mom and Dad!

It’s a Zoo Out There…..

The excitement continued today with a trip to the L.A. Zoo. There are so many things I don’t like about California, but I love the City of Angels (minus traffic). This (above) is Roman excited to see the elephants. He could hardly contain himself. We had a great time looking at all the different animals and running through the Zoo. I think I got my daily workout in :). 

I am absolutely in love with monkeys. They always seem to be at the window when I am at the Zoo and the fact that you can communicate with them without even speaking (or so it seems) amazes me. 

Ahh the giraffes. They are always so pretty.

These two looked like they were in love.

These two look like they could be famous :)! Well, all in all it was a fabulous day with lots of things to see and new animals to learn. Roman behaved wonderfully and got a little alligator toy to take home. Pretty close to perfect if I do say so myself.

Post For a Long Weekend

This weekend was full of fun!  Sal and I started out on Olvera Street, CA yesterday. Basically it’s little Mexico.  The street isn’t that long but it’s full of history. The oldest house in Los Angeles is actually on Olvera Street. Apparently there is some movement to tear it down. I hope it doesn’t happen. I don’t understand why we have to tear down something so beautiful and historical to make room for something new. I took a ton of pictures but I’m only going to put up a few. Enjoy.

After Olvera Street we headed to our hotel and relaxed for a little bit before the USA vs Chile game. The game was at the Home Depot Stadium. The stadium was great! I don’t think that you could get a bad seat in there. The game was a ton of fun with USA and Chile tieing.  It went by so fast that I wanted it to keep going :). So far Hockey and Soccer are my favorite sports to watch live.

Since I don’t want to cheat, here’s a fast picture that I took of the sunset on the way home. It’s not anything special but I HAD to have a picture for today. I hope everyone’s weekend was as good as mine!

Packing

This bag symbolizes an internal struggle for me. Sal and I are leaving tomorrow for the weekend, and we packed Roman’s bag tonight so things would go smoother in the morning.  I have been so excited to get out-of-town and spend some time with Sal one-on-one, but as I look at this bag I start feeling like I don’t want to go. I do this every time. If I go on travel I have the same struggle, if Sal and I go somewhere, yep, same struggle. He was such a perfect little guy today it makes it even harder! He was silly and lovey. My favorite combination. Its making me sad just writing this, so I think I’m gonna go watch a movie or do some homework. Have a good night.