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Showing posts from December, 2011

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

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 float

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...                    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

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 r