Tuesday, April 20, 2010

California Part 5: Queen Mary and Aquarium

While in Long Beach, every tourist should check out the Queen Mary. Waveland, enjoyed steering the ship. It isn't as easy as it looks.
All that steering wore her out.
Communication headquarters on the ship. Waveland was still wiped out on her daddy's shoulder.
It was pertinant for the adults to take a break on the deck of our stationary ship.
Ah yes, revived from a nap and some delicious food. Waveland is ready to head to the aquarium.
"Daddy, I finally found Nemo!"
Here, she is counting all of the baby 'nemos' and 'doreys.'
The Queen Mary and the aquarium were a big hit. Waveland had lots of fun. So did Mom, Dad, Jo and Mikey. Thanks for our California adventure, Jo and Mikey.

Friday, April 16, 2010

California Part 4: Koi and Baking

Mikey and Waveland are taking in the beauty of the Japanese Garden.
And it wouldn't be a Japanese Garden without Koi fish. Here, Waveland and Mikey are feeding the fish.
They literally eat food out of your hand! Maybe it's just a little creepy.
After feeding the fish with Mikey, Waveland tried her hand at making cookies with Aunt Jo. "Don't worry Mom, I washed my hands."
Mmmm....chocolate chip!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

California Part 3: The Ocean

It wouldn't be a trip to So Cal without a visit to the ocean.
Waveland is showing her mommy the way the waves crash against the beach.
And what is the ocean without seagulls. Waveland was much more afraid of this little guy than he was of her.
Taking a walk by the ocean definately requires a parasol to shade yourself from the sun and potential surprises from all the birds flying around.

And just a short ferry ride away...Balboa Island. Waveland loved walking along the wall next to the water.
A different view of the ocean.
"It's cold!"
"Daddy, where's Nemo?"
While on the boardwalk, Waveland also took up the sport of "shooing" the loitering pigeons. This became her favorite game! "Shoo Bird....Shoo Fly....Don't bother me!"

Saturday, April 10, 2010

California Part 2: Star and Friends

While in Long Beach, we visited Shoreline Village, which includes shops, food, water, and of course, every kid's dream.....amusement rides for 50 cents. Waveland lovingly named this yellow horse "Star." Here she poses for a picture before the ride began.
And....after "Star" took off!
After riding on "Star," Waveland decided to take a break just to hang out with Mikey and Jo.

Now, back to the rides. This time she is driving a purple submarine.
Of course, it's much more fun to ride a carousel with friends, even if they exceed the size limit on the rides.
What a fun day with Jo and Mikey!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

California Part 1: Playing with Mikey

At the end of February, Rochelle and Waveland were able to accompany Jordan on a business trip to California. While Jordan worked, Rochelle and Waveland hung out with Mikey and Joanna in Long Beach at their home.
Waveland immediately talked uncle Mikey into being her playmate. Here she is trying her hand at football.

Align Center
Waveland discovered that while Mikey likes football, he loves frisbee. She of course wanted to try her hand at it too. However, it was not as easy as Uncle Mikey made it look.
Waiting for Mikey to toss it.
Trying to toss it herself.
After awhile, she seemed to have gotten the hang of it and was demonstrating some new passes for Uncle Mikey, such as this over the head, behind her back move that she liked to call the 'Waveland Special.'
After playing outside, Waveland decided to make Mikey her very own 'post-it' bulletin board. Mikey LOVED this game! What a great uncle!
Thanks for all the fun, Uncle Mikey.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Catching Up: Texas

In February, we went to visit our family in Texas.
Peek-a-boo! "Mommy, come look! There is a deer outside!" Waveland rarely gets to experience wildlife other than squirrels and birds outside her door in the city, so she talked about the deer outside Onna and Papa's house for weeks. It was probably the highlight of her entire trip....well that, and being able to 'go potty' outside.
Here Waveland is spending time with her great-aunt, Penny. They had been enjoying themselves on the dance floor at her Great-great Aunt's anniversary party.
Here she is taking a break with her great-uncle Bud and her Papa. She LOVED the big red strawberries! Bud and Papa weren't nearly as excited about the strawberries as Waveland.

Back to the dance floor for a little fun with Onna! Thanks for all the fun in Texas!