Saturday, July 5, 2008

All systems clicking

So far, so good. The kids are getting along *pretty* good, with just a pillow fight this morning. But it was a *happy* pillow fight. I have the three kids in the room with me and it looks like a war zone with bras holding down the bathroom,'s vacation.

Today we are going to Universal and also (the thing I can't wait for) meeting my nephew Jacob. He is 2 (almost 3) and we never got to see him. My brother named him (middle name) after my husband (middle name). He (my brother) was upset because he was waiting for us to come out to tell us that. These are the things it hurts to think about.

Yesterday we did the whole tourist-y thing. The Chinese theater, pictures with ragged characters (we got the kids and their Uncle with "Jack Sparrow") and a visit to the new Highland shopping center. My purse strap broke (why does that always happen on vacation?) so that was a good thing. I got a new one (bigger and roomier for all of "their" stuff) with well sewn on straps. We then went to Rodeo Drive and, sadly, (or good if you think about it) most of the stores were closed and/or closing. I came *this close* to getting a Coach purse, because I always tell myself I'll do it some day... but I am to cheap to actually do it.

Last night was dinner and watching fireworks at my brother's. We were thinking about going to Newport Dunes... but you have to get up rather early and we slept in. I wanted to meet a dear friend of mine (none of that appears to be working out) but it was too late to find a parking spot. We'll have to plan something else I guess.

I love my nieces. They are so sweet and funny. For 6 and *almost*4 they are very smart and very good talkers. Also, very good huggers. Which is just the medicine that Auntie needs when surrounded by so many painful memories.

So that's what's going on with us. What is going on with you?


J at said...

Well, the dog has an eye infection, so we're dumping her off of relatives and going to Hawaii for a week! Yay! Actually, Hawaii has nothing to do with the dog, just coincidence.

I can't tell you how nice it will be to just relax after the crappy winter and spring we've had around here. Not that a week in Hawaii will bring my mom back. But who knows...maybe it will help me somehow to let her go.

Kathy said...

Hi Laura, We're getting to play with 3 grandkids. We're heading out on an over night fishing/camping adventure in the Sierras in a few hours. We are busy busy busy. This grama is tired tired tired. Enjoy your visit. Thinking of you!

BetteJo said...

Mosquito bites. Gah.

Sounds like your trip is going well - any excuse to buy a new bag, y'know?

Betts4 said...

I love Universal - I bet you and the kids will too! I really enjoyed Seaworld and found that more fun then Disney. Gasp. Enjoy yourself!!!!

Jeanette said...

Hi Laura We had a busy weekend so far between working in the yard, going to a BBQ and just trying to relax a little before work tomorrow. Sounds like you are having a good time. Keep hugging those kids, good therapy!!

Ronni said...

Well, you're doing better than I am at getting The Trip together! Mine id down to Brendan and myself at this point. I am just sick about not being able to take Aidan, but I can't manage both boys AND a strange car for 3,000 miles.

Rach said...

Hi Laura!

It sounds like you are all busy and having a fun trip. Yay!

I say splurge on the Coach bag--you'll never regret it. ;oP


artemisia said...

Glad to hear vacation is going well. Enjoy all those hugs. Those are the things that help us all carry on.

Courtney said...

I got a Coach while in NY in April. I love it. You should just do it!

Cherry said...

Funny enough, we were also vacationing in LA this past weekend. But we missed ya on Hollywood Blvd by a day.

I also went into the Coach store, my husband even picked up one of the bags I've been eyeing. He was surprised I didn't buy it but really... my Target pleather purse works out just fine. hmm... $15 or $150.

Hope the rest of the vacay is going well!

Donna said...

So glad you're having fun with the kids sweetie!! Enjoy!!hughugs

Ortizzle said...

My summer so far: cleaning and organizing the house and reading stuff on the grad school reading list. Your summer sounds way more fun. Glad you are having such a good time, dear.

P.S. Buy the purse! *This close* is not good enough, lol.