Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hodgepodge California...Final Post!

OK, it has taken me WAY to long to blog our California trip.  We have now been home almost a month.  So this is going to be the last post and a bit of a hodgepodge, but wanted to get these in for family record sake!

We had a wonderful visit with Steve's Grandma Dorothy.  

She has a beautiful orange tree in her backyard, and she sent us home with some.  Those oranges were sooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.  Three weeks later, I found one in the bottom drawer of the fridge and it was still sooooooooooooooo good.

(Steve thought these were both pictures of the same kid picking oranges, but the one on the left is Seth and Caleb is on the right. Their profiles look very similar!)

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that Seth loved Grammi and Grandpa's chocolate lab Shurman.  

Oh my.  He LOVED Shurman.

We had a nice evening with Steve's mom.

Steve and I were able to go out for one long, glorious day by ourselves! First, we headed to the Huntington Library.  It is a Library Collection, Art Collection and Botanical Garden right outside of Pasadena in San Marino.  It used to be a private residence and sits on over 200 acres. There are over 6 million rare and historical books in the libraries, and the art galleries and botanical gardens are spectacular.

We took the self-guided audio tour through some of the art collections.  

There were several different themed gardens, including a Chinese garden.

Sadly, I have no photos from the rest of our day.  But we ate a late lunch at a great place in Pasadena called The Sandwich Story.

Then we headed to Hollywood where we were in the audience at the Jimmy Kimmel Show!  Steve's cousin is married to a super sweet girl that is a writer for the show.  She offered to get us in very late notice (she was at Seth's party on Sunday and we went to the show Monday!).  We were headed to Hollywood and she texted me that she got our names on the list for the Green Room before the show.  I was wearing flip flops and jeans, felt like we were way underdressed, and thought people were going to be all kinds of Hollywood in the Green Room, but it was very laid back. When we checked in out front of the theater and told them we were on the Green Room list, he said, "Go down the sidewalk, turn after the canopy, follow that back to the alley, then take another right."  We followed his directions uncertainly until we spotted a podium and a big guy in a suit with an ear piece in.  He looked like he worked for the CIA, but he had the Green Room List on his podium and got us where we needed to be. Free drinks and pool tables and flat screen tvs.  After about 30 minutes, we were escorted to our seats and then "trained" on how to be a good audience. Very fun experience!!

Finally, we headed down to Santa Monica.  We ate a late dinner on the 3rd Street Promenade at Cafe Crepe then walked down the pier.

We made it home in time to see the Jimmy Kimmel Show air at 12:30am.  I saw the back of my head, and that is the end of the never ending California blog posts!  We will miss you sunny California...until next time!

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