Natural History Museum - April 6, 2013
We joined our cousin Connie and her kids at the Natural History Museum. It is located just outside of USC at Exposition Park, which means that this was the perfect opportunity for us to ride the new Expo Train. There is a train station 2 blocks from our house and there is a train stop literally, right outside the Natural History Museum. It was perfect.
We ended up leaving the house for the train station fairly late, around 3:30, since Caitlin got up from her nap past 2pm and we needed to feed her lunch, nurse her, and get her dressed for our excursion. After arriving at the train station, we had to figure out how to buy tickets, then we were on our way! after a 14 minute ride, we arrived at the museum at 4pm. Now, keep in mind the museum closes at 5pm, but 4pm was the earliest we could get there! Luckily, tickets are half price after 4pm and we used our student id cards and got an even bigger discounted rate :D.
1 hour at the museum with a baby in tow is more than enough for us! We saw dinosaur bones, gems, and went to the kid-friendly discovery area.
After the museum, we all went back to our house, so back on the train we went. Connie drove straight to our house and arrived before we did! I guess at certain times, driving in LA traffic is actually faster than taking the train.
can you find adriana?
swimming with Shamu
Natural History Musuem
900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Mothers Beach (Marina Del Rey) - April 20, 2013
This day was one of the warmest day of the year. Perfect beach weather.
Of course, I'm not a fan of flocking to the popular, crowded, beaches like Santa Monica and Malibu (don't get me wrong, I like these beaches. I just hate crowds). But we didn't want to drive too far either. Which beach to go to?
Then I remembered, earlier that week, I got an email from my Meetup group suggesting a play date at Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey sometime in May. Hey! Why not go to Mothers Beach?! It's very baby friendly (which is why it's called Mothers Beach) with no waves and it's actually quite unknown because it's tucked away within the marina. There's shouldn't be too much of a crowd, I hoped.
If it wasn't for my Meetup, I would have completely forgotten about that beach; it's just not one of those beaches that ever comes to mind because it's not along the shore and no one ever talks about it. But we have actually been there once, back in maybe 2007. We found it because we were in the mood to grill some burgers at the beach but most beaches do not allow grilling along the shore. The internet finally pointed us in the direction of Mothers Beach, where there is a covered picnic area with plenty of grills, just footsteps from the water. So we went, grilled, ate, had a good time, and completely forgot about that place... til now.
Once again, we left the house at 3:30pm and arrived there close to 4pm. We paid for 1 hour at the meter, figuring that Caitlin would be done playing after an hour and we could head off for an early sushi dinner at 5pm. Boy were we wrong. Caitlin had so much fun we had to go back and add another hour to the meter and canned the sushi dinner idea. Caitlin was too busy having fun scooping sand, throwing sand, snuggling in the sand. Then she had EVEN MORE fun leaving our beach blanket, crawling right into the water, and splashing up a storm! I swear, that kid is suicidal. Luckily for us, Mother's Beach is so baby-friendly, that there were no waves to pull her away and the water was incredibly shallow so Caitlin was able to splash around without fear of her drowing. Of course, Jeff and I still nervously hovered over just in case, like the helicopter parents we are.
Mothers Beach. calm waters
we made sand imprints
ginger steps to the water
dove head first into the water
she loves splashing
it's like we were the only people there
drenched from head to toe
Marina Mother's Beach
4101 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
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