Monday, June 18, 2018

living the lake life (for an afternoon, anyway)

last week, we were sitting around the house trying to think of something fun to do for the whole family.  after chowing down on some delicious mochi waffles (that i kind of want to make again, stat), we decided to hop in the car and head up to lake arrowhead.  with the temperature hovering somewhere around the mid-90s at home, we knew we'd find some much nicer weather up in the mountains.  not to mention, we hadn't been up there in years.  8, to be exact...holy cow.

it was a gorgeous day up there, just as we'd anticipated.

like we usually do, we'd parked in the village area so we could walk around the shops and find some lunch.  and as much as i'm not really a coach fan, we had to go into the outlet shop because it's just what we've always done whenever we go up there.

the entire store was 60% off, and i was super tempted to pick up this buttery-soft leather jacket.  i'm still kind of kicking myself for passing it up.  i've always wanted a fun moto-style jacket, and this one was pretty perfect without giant logos all over the place.  oh well.

although the hub scored a sweet deal on a leather duffel bag that he's actually been needing for awhile, since his old one is pretty beat up.  in fact, i'm pretty sure we bought it here during our last visit.  heh.  but i did scream silently a little, because that pretty much foiled my plan for father's day.  he's not easy to buy for because he never really wants anything, so i was going to pick up luggage of some sort as his gift this year.  bah.

inside another shop we found a whole wall of silly little home decor that we stopped to read and giggle at.

nope, didn't buy any of those either.

we headed across the way into this restaurant, which was new to us and a nice change from the other ones in the village area.

we ordered their beer-battered pretzel-crusted cheese curds, which the bean tore right into.

the old lady opted for the buffalo chicken salad:

her special friend went with the "red hot" hot dog, topped with fried jalapeƱos, bacon crumbles and spicy mayo:

and the hub and i split a burger made with american kobe wagyu beef (which the bean also ordered).  it was tasty.

the old lady had this strawberry-lime hard cider.  she let me have a sip and it was light and refreshing, so we're now on the hunt to find it to have at home.

afterwards, we strolled around the lake a little and i made the bean re-enact this old photo.  hahahahahahahahahaha.

she managed to sweet-talk her daddy into getting us a boat ride for an hour, and i have to was really nice to cruise around the lake, taking in the views, looking at the gorgeous homes, wind in our hair, relaxing on the water.  i could get used to that.

 afterwards, the old lady asked for a photo (which the bean just had to get in on).

and while she's outgrown the rides at the little amusement park she wanted to pose in front of it anyway.

it was a lovely afternoon, and maybe we'll have to head back up there again soon.  maybe we'll buy a boat!  but the lake is private and all the boat docks are owned by locals.  maybe we'll buy a lake house!

hey, a girl can dream.  actually, that's more the hub's dream.  i'd rather have a beach house, personally.  but i suppose i'd be happy with either one.  right?  right??

Thursday, June 14, 2018

fourteen years later

the girls and i had every intention of heading down to the 'land yesterday afternoon, but when the old lady got home and we were just kind of hanging out, the thought of driving down to anaheim (likely in traffic, and most definitely to a park full of families finally out of school for the summer) just didn't appeal anymore.  not to mention, the bean was happily snoozing away on the couch and looking really comfy.

when she woke up, we tried to come up with something else fun to do - her cheer team was having a fundraiser at a local mexican restaurant.  but it didn't sound good to any of us, and that idea was vetoed pretty quickly.  we revisited the idea of going to disneyland even just to grab some fun treats and maybe watch fireworks, but the laziness won out.  and then as i was perusing the showtimes for the local movie theater, i found it:  an incredibles doubleheader on the IMAX screen.  there were still a handful of seats available, so i bought our tickets using the app and that was that.  even better, the IMAX shows always have assigned seats.  i hate having to find seats when we're walking in at the last minute.

we had just enough time to feed the dog, grab some mcdonald's grub so we wouldn't be hungry, and walked in just as the first movie started.  apparently when it's a special event like that, they don't prolong it with a bunch of previews, and i was glad that we had all seen the first incredibles movie plenty of times so we hadn't missed a thing.

it was fun to see the movie up on the big screen again, and i hadn't realized that the first one was 14 years ago.  that's a long time to wait for a sequel.  when it came to an end, the girls headed out to grab something to drink and a small popcorn for us to share while i stayed in my seat and waited for the next movie to start.  the intermission wasn't very long, and i was a little alarmed when the theater went dark again and the girls weren't back yet.

the writer and director of the movie appeared onscreen to introduce the movie, along with some commentary by the cast.

i'd forgotten about the adorable-looking short that we'd see before the movie started, and the girls still weren't back.  yikes.

they finally returned to their seats a couple of minutes into the short, and i was finally able to relax and enjoy.  i won't spoil it for you, but i will tell you that i definitely cried at the end.  heh.

movie time!

i really liked this one.  they picked up right where the first one left off, and even though it was a little longer than a lot of animated movies (almost 2 full hours!), i was completely entertained through the whole thing.  the bean said she really liked it too, although the old lady wasn't sure if she liked it or not.  but since she'll get another chance to make a final decision about it when she takes her special friend to see it.

it comes out in full release tomorrow.  go see it!  you'll love it.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

scavenging through downtown disney

are you tired of my disneyland posts yet?  because guess's time to renew our passes and you KNOW we aren't letting that shit expire.  heheheheheh.

one of the bean's favorite team bonding outings with her cheer squad is the scavenger hunt at downtown disney.  last year it was a little awkward in the beginning since she only knew a couple of the girls on the team, but this year i lost her to her cheer BFFs as soon as we arrived at the meeting spot.  she gave me the eyes when coach asked a parent to walk with each group of girls, and so instead of participating in the parents' version of the hunt i had to chase them around with the help of one other mom.

a list of things to find and places to go was sent via text message to all of the parents, and off we went.  the first one told us to find a yellow wall and take a group photo, which we found at the lego store.

there were about 8 or so tasks to complete, and we scurried around the downtown disney area from one end to the other a few different times to get to them all.  the girls were successfully thrown off by another team during the last challenge, making us the last group to get to the end despite having been in the lead for a good majority of the time.  oh well.  

we got together for one big group photo before everyone went their separate ways.

you know we weren't going to be all the way down there without going into the parks if even for just a little while.  not to mention, we were hungry after all that running around.  being a saturday afternoon, it was pretty busy at disneyland, and we ended up at the hungry bear restaurant after using the app to place our food order as we made our way through the crowds.  i decided to try their new cold brew coffee to wash down my (very dry and rather tasteless) burger:

and we shared this churro funnel cake, which was just as delicious as you'd imagine a churro funnel cake would be.

since we were back there in critter country, which is an area we don't typically visit, we decided to visit winnie the pooh and friends (the 5-minute wait didn't hurt).

you may have heard about the updates to pirates of the caribbean - with "redd" the redhead being switched over from one of the brides up for auction to one of the pirates.  there was a lot of uproar over this, with people who don't like to see change in the parks complaining about the "sensitive snowflakes" who didn't love the auction scene to begin with.  i mean, i don't know...i've never been a huge fan of that scene either.  i used to wonder when i was little why the women had to stand there like cattle while the gross dirty pirates got to sit there and "buy" them, and i always thought it was just icky.  

anyway, despite the 45-minute quoted wait time on the app when i checked while we were eating, we found that the line wasn't all that long when we got there.  and so we went for it, moving through it pretty quickly and looking forward to getting inside where the air conditioning was blaring.  as we went through the line we noticed this elevator off to one side and wondered where it went.

by the time we were seated on a boat, we'd only had to wait for about 25 minutes.  not too bad for opening weekend of the refurbished ride, and on a saturday afternoon to boot.  i'd heard that there were a few other changes, but this guy was the only major one i noticed as we rode through:

and then we rounded a corner and came upon the new auction scene, with redd right in the middle.

so it is a little different.  redd is right in the middle, and you actually get to hear her speak every now and then.  they still have the women lined up for an auction, only now instead of being auctioned off as brides for the pirates they're holding livestock for sale.  if you'd never been before, or hadn't listened to all of the chatter about the changes, you probably wouldn't even really notice much of a difference.  either way, it's still a fun ride and a great way to cool off for a good ten-plus minutes on a hot summer day.

and outside, we got to meet redd in the flesh.  she spoke with a delightful irish accent (which is probably fake, but she pulled it off really well).

obligatory castle selfie!

we decided to suck up even more a/c with a stop in the theater in tomorrowland, which had finally switched over from a recap of the star wars storyline to a preview of a new marvel movie coming this summer.

another one of our favorite things to do when the lines for the rides are super long is to hop onto the disneyland railroad.  it's a nice leisurely ride around the park, and a great place for a quick catnap.

when we hopped off the train at the main street station, our intention was to walk right on out of the park and head home.  but when we realized that the pixar play parade was starting in just a few minutes and there was a prime spot open and waiting for us, we decided to stay and watch.  while i held our spot, the bean walked across the street to pick up a box of popcorn for us to snack on.

while we munched on our popcorn, the parade began.  it kicked off with dancers, a giant pixar ball and the pixar lamp.

roz from "monsters inc." and "monsters university" came slinking past.  the bean used to think she looked like one of her great-great-grandmas.  ha!

we managed to snag this great selfie with russell and kevin from "up" in the background:

the characters from "toy story" are my favorites.  

i think mr. potato head might have forgotten to look in the mirror before coming out, because his eyes were a

slinky dog brought up the rear.

and since we were leaving at a weird time, we had no problems catching the tram back to the parking structure.  so much fun, and it just never gets old.  can't wait till we can go again!
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