12/31/11

Looking at the Field Trips of 2011

This year 2011 has been a year with many new experiences for everyone in my family. Early Spring 2011 my family and I  traveled to Central California and had a blast visiting Monterey Bay Aquarium, The Mystery Spot and Dennis the Menace Park.  Along the way up and coming home we visited the Missions that are along the California Coast. Each Mission was rich with history and spirit. One mission was so unique it had a secret passage. We accidentally used it. It was closed off to the public, but we had to go to the bathroom and got lost. By accident we found the secret passage. We completely found that experience amazing. Then Summer 2011 came and we spent days at the beach, gardens and parks enjoying the sun and water. The pool in our Irvine Community was not bad either. We did lots of swimming. (I did lots of watching not swimming.) Then as soon as September came it was back to school volunteering and running around driving kids to and from school. In all that crazy family life I added work and blogging. My family and I have had a successful year full of love, compassion, friendship and most of all of memories. My family and I want to wish you a very successful 2012 full of Love, Compassion, Friendship and lots of fun field trip memories.  Happy New Year!


Olden Days

Mystery Spot not a Mystery any more

Residents of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Call us Farmers

Too Young and Too Old to go on this ride.

We were invited to an exclusive kids playground!

 A few miles from home.

Muy bueno! My new thing...

Can you say Creative writing. Fair winner!!!

Zoomar's resident. Please be nice!!

Add painter and artist to hubby's title.

Greek Celebration in Irvine. You should go once.
Downtown Los Angeles, California



Reviews: One of the most informative guides you will find! Voted Best Family Guide Book by Los Angeles Magazine! A valuable resource for anyone who lives in the area or is looking to visit.
(source: SunBelt Books)

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12/29/11

Pasadena - New Year 2012


This weekend there will be lots of fun things to do in Southern California. One of the most exciting events is the "Pasadena Tournament of Roses". The event is a parade of beautiful floats decorated with roses, flowers, seeds and herbs that are stories high. Image a building walking down the street decorated with roses. These floats are super tall and amazing works of art that smell rich with floral rose fragrance.  In 1890 Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club began the parade to draw people from the East Coast to come to California to see the life without snow and experience paradise. Every year it is celebrated on January 1st except never on Sundays. This year it falls on Sunday therefore it will be celebrated on Monday January 2nd, 2012. It will be broadcasted on Television for the world to see and for those who can not make it to Pasadena. After the parade the floats will be parked for all to view up close. 

We will be going after the parade to see all the beautiful floats. We pack a light lunch and wear our most comfortable shoes and take our time walking around. The kids love just getting out and riding the bus that takes us to the floats. They think that taking a bus is cool and fun. The bus is a short ride through Pasadena. We see all the local shops in our route to see the floats.  Once off the bus you see people. I won't lie. There is a ton of people of walking and looking at the floats.  But because the floats are so fantastic it does not matter how many other millions of people are there as well. Just make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

There are lots of other fun places in Pasadena and surrounding area. Plan ahead and have fun on your next field trip/ travel adventure.  Here is my list of must see or experience:

  • Armory Center for the Arts
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Art Walking Tours around Pasadena
  • Brookside Golf Course
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Castle Green
  • Carnegie Observatories
  • El Molino Viejo (The Old Mill)
  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Gamble House
  • Public Memorials and Monuments
  • City Hall
  • Kidspace Children's Museum
  • Norton Simon Museum
  • Old Pasadena
  • Pacific Asia Museum
  • Pasadena Museum of History
  • Pasadena Museum of California Art
  • Places of Worship
  • The Pasadena Symphony
  • Rose Bowl

    Reviews: One of the most informative guides you will find! Voted Best Family Guide Book by Los Angeles Magazine! A valuable resource for anyone who lives in the area or is looking to visit.
    (source: SunBelt Books)

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12/27/11

Parks and a Large Sandbox!


Living in Southern California means that you can play and have fun 99% of the time. My family and I enjoy playing outside and getting sun by going to Castle Park aka Northwood Community Park. Another place that you will find me is at the OC Great Park that is a few minutes away. There you can ride a hot air balloon for free and have a picnic. There is also free Carousel rides. Not too far is the beach where you can go watch the waves crash and relax while the kids play in the largest sandbox.



This Spring the OC Great Park will be hosting Free Field Trips for the 1st grade students in  Irvine, Tustin and Santa Ana. Please tell your teacher if you live in those cities. It is a great opportunity. Read more...
    Reporting Live from the Orange County Great Park

     Field Trips

    Reporting Live from the Orange County Great Park

    Every Thursday and Friday from March 15 to June 15, 2012

    Cost: FREE, no fee for students to participate
    Open to: First-grade classes from Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin unified school districts.
    Transportation costs are fully reimbursed through support from ScottsMiracle-Gro .
    What is it?
    Reporting Live from the Great Park is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)-focused program for first graders using “disguised learning” to build knowledge of scientific investigation, physical science, geography, earth science, technology, language and visual arts.
    What will the kids do?
    Children ride the Great Park Balloon and tour the Farm + Food Lab, conducting fieldwork and experiments, then articulate what they learn by recording a news report at the OCGP-TV Studio. Garden instruction is conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners.
    How big is the program?
    Last year, more than 400 first graders participated in this program and in 2012 the program is being expanded to host 2,000 students from the Irvine, Santa Ana and Tustin unified school districts.
    Space is limited and will fill quickly – register today.
    Registration closes January 20, 2012.

    To register, please contact:
    Gina Staropoli
    Orange County Great Park
    949-724-6593
    gstaropoli@ocgp.org
     
     
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    12/4/11

    Traditions, Hope and Miracles.

    Each year around the holidays, we visit La Placita Olvera, aka Our Lady Queen of Los Angeles, in the heart of Southern California. My family and I visit early in the morning and light a candle for our loved ones. This historical place is known for miracles and reviving hope. The birth place of Los Angeles has many more reasons for you to visit. Continue to read and we will share our list.

    We visit the church during the happiest times of the year to offer prayers for our loved ones. This is our way of sending a gift with love to those we care about. Many in the Hispanic community have told stories of miracles taking place after placing a candle in the church while rejoicing in prayer. We think that miracles are possible and this is a holy site.
    Sometimes, we leave prayer requests for friends and families who we know are having a hard moment. Other times, we will light white candles and pray for miracles to shine upon us and others. You could say that it is a religious road trip. 

    There are so many other reasons why you should visit this cultural mecca. The church hosts many special events throughout the year. These events include Virgin de Guadalupe Celebration, Los Posada, Blessing of the Animals and Dia De Los Muertos celebrations. All these events celebrate a rich Mexican history within the Catholic Church. 

    Another reason for visiting the church is the rich history that it holds. La Placita Olvera known for being the birthplace of Los Angeles. It is the first Mexican market plaza in Southern California built and created in 1930. The Market place has now been in business for over 80 years. 

    Nearby, you can also visit other historical buildings that offer a peek into Los Angeles’ past. Within a short walking distance of La Placita Olvera is the Chinese-American museum and Los Angeles’ first fire-station, now a historical museum. It is very thought provoking that everyone can visit a holy site and feel its history. We suggest that you visit this historical place with family or friends.
    The prayer of St. Francis


    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, 

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    where there is injury, pardon;

    where there is doubt, faith;

    where there is despair, hope;

    where there is darkness, light;

    where there is sadness, joy;


    O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; 

    to be understood as to understand; 

    to be loved as to love.


    For it is in giving that we receive; 

    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; 

    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


    Source:http://www.prayerguide.org.uk/stfrancis.htm


    If you do decide to visit "La Placita Olvera" look with your heart not with your eyes when you enter. May God keep you well and bring much happiness to you this holiday season.

    Merry Christmas, 


    Alma


    The small business owners of Olvera Street share their beloved holiday tradition annually with all on Olvera Street, preserving the best of both cultures with their children and grandchildren, as well as the public.



    Las Posadas runs on Olvera Street from December 16 to 24. The children's piñata breaking and entertainment begin at 6 p.m. Processions starting at the Avila Adobe at 7:30 p.m.


    The public is invited to participate at our Las Posadas on Olvera Street!
    http://www.olvera-street.com/Calendar/Las-Posadas/las-posadas.html
    Olvera Street
    Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    12/16/2015 - 12/24/2015
    6:00 PM


    Las Posadas on Olvera Street



    Las Posada is the name given to the traditional way of celebrating Christmas in the

    villages and homes of Mexico and other Latin American countries. This celebration of

    the holiday season is presented by the Merchants of Olvera Street for nine nights

    beginning December 16th and ending on Christmas Eve, December 24th.

    In Spanish, Las Posadas means “the inns” or “shelters.” The journey of Joseph and

    Mary to Bethlehem is depicted each night in a candlelight procession, led by the

    Merchants of Olvera Street. Each night the procession stops at a different shop, or puesto
    on the street serving as the posada or inn where the group asks for shelter.

    The procession starts from the historic Avila Adobe and winds its way around Olvera

    Street with the merchants leading singing traditional hymns and holiday songs in

    English and Spanish. Free champurrado and pan dulce is served after the procession

    as well as a piñata for the little one to enjoy.

    Many of the founding Merchant families continue to preserve this wonderful event,

    sharing the joy of the season with their children and grandchildren. We warmly invite

    you to make our tradition a part of your own Christmas celebration and we thank you
    for joining us and being a part of one of Los Angeles oldest and Christmas events.
    Las Posadas

    11/29/11

    A Candy Makers Witness.

    Did you know why the candy cane has those stripes and how it got it's shape?  A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness of his faith, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols of the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

    He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and sinless nature of Jesus; and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

    The candy maker made the candy in the form of a "J" to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as the Savior of all mankind. It could also represent the staff of the Good Shepherd with which He reaches down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs, who, like all sheep have gone astray.

    Thinking that the candy was some what plain, the candy maker stained it with several small red stripes representing the stripes Jesus received when He was beaten before His Crucifixion; the stripes that the Bible says we are healed by. The large red stripe is for the blood shed by Christ on the cross that mankind would have the promise of eternal life.

    As time passed the candy became known simply as a candy cane. It is now a standard decoration we see at Christmas time, but not nearly carrying the meaning that was originally intended. But the meaning is still there to those who have "eyes to see." Perhaps this story of the origin of the "candy cane" will help you to witness the wonder of God's Gift at this blessed time of the year.

    Source: Santa Search

    11/21/11

    Candy Cane Making Field Trip to Logan's Candy Shop

    Christmas and Candy Cane's go hand in hand.  Today, I took my friends and family to a very special place where they make candy cane's by hand.  Logan's Candy Shop is located at 125 W. "B" Street, Ontario, Ca 91762.  Every winter Jerry, the shop owner, hosts handmade candy demonstrations most evenings at his candy store.  Reservations can usually be made starting in September by calling the store.  If you have a small party or it is late fall, you may want to call to see if he has any cancellations.


    The candy cane demonstration begins outside the shop.  Patrons gather outside the big store windows to see the candy maker twist, mold and create sweet treats for us.  The moment is very magical with the cold weather outside and festive candy being made. Standing there you will want to reach in and take a bite.  Be patient kiddos, everyone gets to try warm, freshly made peppermint candy canes as part of the tour.




    After watching the candy being boiled in a large copper kettle, poured onto the cool granite counter top and folded over and over on the table, we were escorted inside to see the rest of the demonstration.  Jerry made the whole process seem effortless.  In what seemed just a few minutes, he had us tasting fresh candy canes. 

    In the picture above, you can see all the beautiful candy canes ready for tasting.  There weren't any candies left after we got done sampling. This was a field trip we won't soon forget.  The experience got us into the spirit of the season.  Happy Holidays.

    Here is video from 2010 found on YouTube for you:



    Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored event. We paid a group rate to attend this demonstration. All thoughts and opinions are all my own.

    11/19/11

    What I am most thankful for this holiday season...

    Let's begin with saying "Thank You"!


    I want to say thank you to all who have read my blog and who continue to read it. I hope that my writing inspires and touches you. My hope is to challenge you to do more and love more.  

    What you should know is that every post that has been written was done with fear. I was fearful no one would read them.  As of today "Field Trip Mom" has received hundreds of visitors on this blog. I am very thankful to all who have read my posts. 

    Thank you!!!

    What makes me so Thankful this holiday season:

    The luckiest girl is me! I am married to a wonderful man who supports my Lucille Ball hair-brain ideas and does not complain. 
    I am thankful for him and for his love. He loves me unconditionally and with all his heart. (Tim, I hope you know I love you with all my heart too!)

    The luckiest mom in the world is me! My oldest son told me the other day he loves his life. He gave me a hug and said he always loves to go places. My youngest son tells me I am the most beautiful mommy. I won the lottery when it comes to having a fun and loving family. Love my kids to the end of the Universe and back.
      
    I have the best friends a girl could ever have in the world. Although I can't name all that inspire me, but I will name a few: Araceli, Brenda, Cathy, Janiece, Letty, Paula, Rachel, Senida, Susan, Violeta and Mrs.Hui have believed in me and have encourage my hair-brain ideas. These ladies are only a few of many great people that are in my life. They love me just the way I am with all my faults. Great people who have shown me unconditional love. I am thankful for having them in my life. Thank you!

    In the end I am thankful for all the things I did not get, because things happen for a reason. Thank you God for all your blessings and all your gifts.

    Happy Holidays!!!


    Alma like Alma Mater


    11/18/11

    In the Middle of the Night....

    In the middle of the night when all my work is done, I Sometimes write a little poetry. It brings me back to when I first began to love writing.  My draft of what is happening right now in my head. 

    I wonder...
    I often wonder what you will be when you grow-up
    I wonder how you will look and what you will do when you are all grown-up. 
    I wonder if you will remember all the fun field trips we shared.
    I wonder if you will love paper and pencils just the way I do.
    I wonder if I showed you enough love and kindness.
    I wonder if you feel loved, protected and cared for. 
    Most of all I wonder if you have learned that I love you with all my heart

    In the middle of the night, when everything is quiet, I often think how lucky I am to have such a loving family. Then morning comes and my day begins. Rushing to get ready, to eat, to leave, to make it on time. I hope I will remember to slow down enough to love and be loved.

    Happy Holidays,

    Alma like Alma Mater

    10/24/11

    Farm Adventures with Grandma and Grandpa (Knott's Berry Farm that is!)

    Ever since I was a kid, I can remember driving past and on a few occasions going to Knott’s Berry Farm. There are so many fond memories that bring back excitement and joy when thinking back. From the “E Ticket rides” to the “Western Stunt Show”, panning for gold and the famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinners, great memories come from these words. Although Knott’s in the 1970’s and 1980’s was far different than it is today, however, it still has that great fun feeling. Knott’s Berry Farm has had a very long history, starting out as a very simple business concept and emerging into America’s first amusement park. Now, I know what you are thinking…Knott’s isn’t for small children and Grandparents with all of those speedy roller coasters and huge dropping devices! That could not be further from the truth….Knott’s Berry Farm allows Grandparents to re-live their youth and enjoy memories with their Grandchildren. Sit back and enjoy the rides.

    Our Adventure to Knott’s Berry Farm
    Last week, my parents came into town from Fargo, ND to visit with their Grandchildren. My Dad, remembering how we kids loved Knott’s wanted to take our kids for their first trip to the park! Honestly, I think he was excited himself to go remembering all of the fun times our family had in the 70’s and 80’s attending the park. Not sure if he was looking forward to the trip for himself or for the Grand kids alike!!! I took the day off work simply to help them with the boys. The aches and pains Grandmas and Grandpas have don’t cooperate with the excitement and quick legs of 7 and 4 year old boys. 


    We arrived to the park and discovered that a small, soft sided cooler was allowed in the park for water and juice boxes. When we walked in, we were greeted by photographers wishing to capture us, excited for the day and allowing us to collect a memory photo later in the day. We dashed off to Camp Snoopy and Grandma quickly jumped on several rides with the boys. They were so excited to have them there, especially since it was my kids’ first visit to Knott’s Berry Farm.


    Next we headed through the Old Ghost Town and straight to the Calico Mine Rider and the Timber Mountain Log Ride. These were our family favorites when I was a kid and it brought back many conversations and memories that we shared with my boys. Grandma and Grandpa were having a great time, talking with the boys, teasing them and playing in the park. Soon, we found ourselves playing some of the carnival games and my youngest won his first stuffed animal throwing a ping pong ball into a bowl floating in a water pond. It was a proud moment for Grandpa! Next, my oldest and I played a game of chance tossing small balls onto a board with colored circle cut outs. He won himself an “Angry Bird” stuffed animal. 

    Grandma was ready to visit the old fashion candy shop and the boys were attached to Grandma’s hip like they had been glued to her. We walked the complete park, hopping on the Merry Go Round, the Fiesta Village rides, and more Camp Snoopy rides. We finished our day in the Old Ghost Town looking at all of the wears for sell. 

    It was a great day, my kids were exhausted, Grandma and Grandpa were satisfied and I was proud of the moments we got to share together! It was a great day. Thank you Knott’s for the past memories, providing my parents with more great times and for the fun my kids had at your park. I know we will be back soon!!!! 

    Tickets
    Tickets can be purchases on the website or at the box office in front of the park. Group discounts and annual passes are available. Be sure to look for discount offers provided by local Southern California retailers or with the Automobile Club. For the latest discount offers, please see Knott’s website. Go to www.knotts.com for more information.
    How to Get There:
    Located at 8039 Beach Boulevard Buena Park CA, 90620. Knott’s Berry Farm is easy to find from the 5 and 91 Freeways. Exit either of these 2 Freeways at Beach Blvd, head South on Beach Blvd and Knott’s is conveniently located on the corner of Beach Blvd. and La Palma Ave.


    Scan this QR code with your smart device for quick and easy address information about Knotts.


    Special Thanks Are a Must 

    Special thanks to Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, OC Blogger Bash, Moms LA, Cedar Fair and Knott’s Berry Farm in which this piece is dedicated. Without their support, generosity and very exciting events, this piece would not have been possible. Knott’s Berry Farm knows how to show its’ guests a good time. Again, on behalf of my parents, my kids and I, Thank you Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau and Moms LA for the OC Blogger Bash and Thank You Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair! You are all one of a kind!!!!

    Apple Farm - Riley's Apple Farm Adventure

    October is the perfect month to visit the apple farms in Southern California. One of our favorite places is Riley's Apple Farm in Oak Glen, CA.  On a beautiful October day, I headed on a family field trip with my two kids.


    My plan was to meet up with a group of friends and their kids for a fun filled day of picking apples and drinking cider.  The drive was really easy because we made a few stops to rest and stretch our legs.  My two little ones were very cooperative and super excited to see apples on a tree. 

    On the way there, I encouraged my boys to look out the window and tell me what they saw.  Making fun games out of reading road signs and giving directions helps pass the time with longer travels.  I gave a few instructions on signs to look for and how to read them.  My plan was to cover maps, roads and apple education all in one day.  Of course, I made it into a fun game with music and dance (light movement).  The dance was more like moving your upper body to the song while in your car seat.






    As we drove through the cities, the boys would point out funny signs or things that were different.  As we approached Beaumont, I suddenly heard my boys say, ”Mom look at those trucks?  There are a lot of them on the road!  They look like the ones in the movies?”  I looked over and there were several Military Humvee's driving down the freeway.  It broke my heart to see the young faces inside those Humvee's.  It gave me a lump in my throat.  I decided to be brave and tell my boys about war, something I did not want to discuss.  I explained that not everyone likes Americans so we have soldiers to protect us.  The military Humvee's carry very brave soldiers, who fight for our freedoms.  America needs them; otherwise without them we could not go on these field trips or any other fun adventures.  I asked that they wave to the soldiers and wish them well.  We said a little prayer and off we drove past them. 


    We finally got to our destination and headed up the mountain using my phones GPS.   A few miles into the drive up the mountain, my cell service started to fade.  We turned to the old Thomas Guide Map for the rest of the way, (always carry one).  Up a winding road to Riley’s Apple Farm we went.  No phone service meant I had no address or contact information.  So I stopped at the first place that said Riley’s Farm. 


    It was so beautiful from the parking lot.  The clean air, the waterfalls and all the trees that surrounded the farm.  We walked up to the farm lawn there we saw people doing a civil war reenactment.  It was really educational.  I then realized that this was not the tour I had signed up to attend with my boys and the moms group.  I went into the office and asked about where my group was stationed.  They were not able to tell me, because they did not keep a list of the groups for all the different Riley Farms tours.  The lady behind the counter told me that Riley’s owned several farms.  She told me to start up the road and try the next one over.  We all got back in the car and headed up to the next farm.  I still did not have cell service, so calling anyone in my moms group was out of the question.  As we drove to the next farm, we saw the moms from our group and were excited.  We quickly parked the car and jumped into our farm tour.


    At the farm, the kids learned many things.  One of them was how to make rope and smooth out the loose threads.  Next, they got on a hayride to visit the apple trees and pumpkin patch where the driver narrated to us about the farm.  He would point to the apple trees and their history, sharing stories about the farms water system and how they cared for the apple trees.  He also shared how they pruned the apple trees for easy picking.   As we drove through the apple orchard listening to the history and how to care for apple trees, a little stream of water seemed to flow throughout the apple orchard.  The scenery reminded me of the Little House on Prairie.  Our final stop was feeding the mama pig that had just given birth to her babies.  The driver feed her a fresh apple from one of the trees.  All of the kids loved watching the pig family.  After the hayride tour was over, we headed over to lunch. 

    The picnic tables on Riley’s Apple Farm were next to a wall of raspberry bushes.  Large trees hangover as canopies to the picnic tables.  In the distance, you could see the sun trying to share its rays of light.  In the background, you could hear the stream of water traveling throughout the farm.  We all sat and ate lunch surrounded in these wonderful conditions.  After lunch, the kids played by finding rocks, leaves and sticks to use as toys.  When the playing was over, we headed back to the apple orchard to do our apple picking.  For only $2.55 per pound, you can pick your very own fresh apples and we did!  Each child asked for a bag and off we went to pick apples in the apple orchard.


    Walking up and down the rows of apple trees made the kids thirsty and tired.  We paid for our apples, said our goodbyes, and headed home.  As the kids said good-bye to Riley’s farm, our feet started to feel tired.  Both kids fell asleep the minute I began to drive off.  On the way home, there would be no dancing or singing.  The only sound I heard from the back seat was snoring.  The time flew by and it seemed to take only a few moments.  We spent about seven hours in driving and walking around the farm but what an amazing day.  Where does time go when you are having fun?

    Want to see more pictures of gorgeous places....go to Facebook and type in Field Trip Mom.

    10/18/11

    Halloween Pumpkin Decorating ideas-Non-Carving #Pumpkin Carving Art

    Pumpkins and hardware go together this Halloween season. Get creative and try this new way of carving pumpkins. Your children will enjoy working with tools, wires, washers and nut bolts to make an art piece. 
       
    Field Trip Mom
    This weekend we attended a very special art class hosted at the local grocerystore "Produce World" in the city of Orange. The art class was offered by "Dragonfly Shops and Garden". We arrived a little late to class, because my kids wanted to stay home to play the Wii. It was Saturday and they did not want to do anything. To get them in the car I promised them a fun time with pumpkins. As we drove to the class my kids asked many questions. What is non-carving pumpkin carving? Why do we have to go? Are we going to get candy? I answered the questions as best as I could. We finally arrived and I was ready for the kids to get curious.
    We walked up to the table and noticed that there were no paint brushes or paint. The tools and decorations were from the hardware aisle of Home Depot or Lowes. There was a table full of  bailing wire, thumb-tacks, washers, nails, screws, bolts, pipe hangers and hammers. I am sure there might have been more hardware items on the table for decorating the pumpkins, but I was busy helping the kids to notice anymore. The instructor was Libby Williamson a soft spoken lady with a great smile. She quickly gave instructions and off we went to create our own "Non-Carving Pumpkin Carving" creation art piece.
    In that second the kids forgot about the Wii and thought it was really great to use a hammer on a pumpkin. My (4) year old had the screw on the pumpkin in seconds and made it look like it was the pumpkins eyes. The (7) year old saw the fun in adding hair out of bailing wire.  Both kids wanted to make the pumpkins themselves. They used washer for eyeballs, screws for feet, paperclips for ears and pipe hanger for a nose. My kids were naturals at creating pumpkin art with nails and pipe hangers. I watched and held the pumpkins while the kids decorated the pumpkins with hardware. We all had so much fun.
    Non-carving Pumpkin carving in a produce store with hardware as your paint. Who knew?
    When we were done with our non-carving pumpkin, we walked over to see the other pumpkin creations. The little girls on the other side had made cat faces, princess and cute fun faces from the hardware. The pumpkins all seemed to have their own personalities. It was really a great class for the kids and adults. In that moment I saw that art is in all of us and in everything.
    The pumpkins were fresh and came from "Produce World" in Orange, CA. The art class was held in front of  "Produce World". It was a rare event, because most classes are held at their location down the street from "Produce World". What a great idea! 
    Inside produce world there was a 92 lb pumpkin waiting for someone to take it home. It is the biggest that they had in the whole store. If you are in the area stop by and  see for yourself. Maybe you will want to take it home. Make sure you visit the produce area as well as the selection of gourmet foods and coffees. Produce World has been in Orange, CA for 30 years. I was very grateful to them, Dragonfly Shops and Elite Social Management for inviting me to this great event. Thank you!




    Produce World
    1885 North Tustin Street
    Orange, CA 92865
    (714) 974-1830
    The Dragonfly Shops & Gardens
    260 North Glassell Street
    Orange, CA 92866
    Telephone: 714-289-4689
    Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. All thoughts and ideas are all my own.