Friday, April 18, 2008

Jenn's Photo Challenge #8 Snooze

This was taken the last morning of our San Diego vacation. She was pooped.

Disneyland Friends

Pluto was being a little silly, let's just say he wasn't Megan's favorite.
Goofy and Megan
Minnie and Megan
Aeriel and Megan

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Poetry Anyone?

The Guesthouse by Rumi

This being human is a guesthouse
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness
Some momentary awareness
Comes as an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they're a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture
Still treat each guest honorably
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight!

The dark thought, the shame, the malice
Meet them at the door laughing
And invite them in
Be grateful for whoever comes
Because each has been sent
As a guide from the beyond

Translated by Coleman Barks

Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi) was a 13th century Persian muslim poet, jurist, and theologian. His name literally means "Majesty of Religion". He was born in Balkh (now part of Afghanistan) and died in present-day Turkey. His works are widely read in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and are in translation in Turkey, Azerbaijan, the U.S., and South Asia. He lived most of his life in, and produced his works under, the Seljuk Empire. Rumi's importance is considered to transcend national and ethnic borders.

I found this poem on this poety blog. I have added it to my favorite blog links.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mission Beach...brrr

Megan and Daddy
Mission Beach was beautiful but, man was it cold. It was about 78 degrees when we left our hotel which is about 15 miles inland from the beach. We thought it was perfect beach weather even when were walking from the parking lot to the beach, we still thought this is really good weather. Then, we cross the board walk and get down to the beach and the wind was whipping off the cold water and we (mostly I) were suddenly freezing. I couldn't believe how cold that wind was. In all of the pictures all I could think was...I'm really going to freeze to death. Mind you, Megan is running around in the water in swim suit refusing to acknowledge how cold she really was or should I say how cold I thought she was. After about 10 minutes of freezing I went to a shop and bought a fleece jacket and cotton jacket for Joyce (she was also freezing) and the rest of our Mission Beach experience was great. After we played on the beach and walked to board walk, Kenny met us for lunch. He took us to a very yummy Cheese steak place and it was the perfect end to our day at the beach.Me, trying not to freeze to death, Joyce, Gary and Megan looking for shells.

In this picture, I know for sure I'm going to freeze.

I know this picture is deceiving...don't they look warm.

Megan burying Eric's feet in the sand. Before, I went to buy a jacket I thought I towel would keep me warm enough but, I could barely hold on to it since the wind was blowing so hard.
Megan and Grandpa

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Old Town Parrot

We were in Old Town San Diego and we came across this parrot outside on of the shops and I just love animals so we had to stop. He was saying hi and hello to me. I petted his head, we had a real moment.

So, as we were walking away he said, (with his parrot accent) "had enough". Too funny!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Face Painting and Cotton Candy

Face Painting..what a beautiful face.

Yum, Cotton Candy!

Megan's First Ride at Disneyland

Ok, don't we all look happy. Well, the ride was Snow White's "Scary" Adventure and Megan found it really scary.
This is the beginning of the ride. The rest of the ride she had her head on the bar and didn't look up until the end. I didn't get a picture of it but, I really should have.

Some scenes along the ride...which Megan didn't see.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Pet Hospital YUM YUM! - California

We saw this sign when we stopped for gas on our way back from going to the casino with Kenny and Jackie. It was dark out and the sign was lit up, there's a banner under the Yum Yum that and isn't shown in this picture but, at night the banner just looked really made the Pet Hospital Yum Yum stand out. I thought it was hilarious, and the only way it could be funnier is if it said teriyaki under the Yum Yum. We didn't have the camera with us so, we had to go back the next day. Megan thinks this is hilarious also. Out of the blue today, she told me that I need to put this on my blog and told me what to say. I think it's funny that she is advising me on blogging :)!

Icewine Plants in California

I just love these plants. We could see them from the airplane, they were just huge patches of bright, beautiful color. They plant these along the freeways as ground cover. I was just so impressed by them.