Monday, August 14, 2017

L is for Lion King

As many of you know, our house has been alllllll about The Lion King as of recent weeks, with either the movie or soundtrack playing constantly wherever we are, and Graham quietly humming “hakuna matata hakuna matata” to himself wherever he goes. Imagine my delight to discover not only was there a local theater showing the original film so he could see it on the big screen, but it was a SING-ALONG version.

BOOM, we're there. 

There is little I love more than a good, loud sing-along. 

I can only hope my offspring feels the same. 

(Spoiler alert: he does.)

The El Capitan Theater is really old, exceptionally beautiful and immaculately clean. Like, I could not believe how clean. Eat popcorn off the floors clean. Not a single bit of gum stuck to the seats clean. It stood in stark contrast to the scummy sidewalks of Hollywood Blvd teeming with weird characters offering to take a picture with you selling discount sparkly fidget spinners sure to break in under ten minutes just outside. 

Graham loved the procession of picking up our tickets at will call, checking in at the box office, making our way to the popcorn line, and ceremoniously being led to our seats by a very sweet, very enthusiastic usher, who even offered a fancy movie theater booster seat for G's viewing convenience.


And then the show began. I thought it would just be a screening of the film, with subtitles during the songs, yeah? Good lord, it was so much more intense than that. The first curtains go up and a marquee light show begins. That curtain pulls up and reveals a light-up screen of the Hollywood Hills completely with twinkly Hollywood sign, upon which another light show begins. A pop rendition of Hakuna Matata blasts on, Timon struts out on stage and the kids go nutso. Confetti cannons boom and the audience is showered with delicate tissue paper flower and leaf confetti. It was so intense, I thought Graham might be a little nervous, but he was taking it all in wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

Highly recommend. Weird dance sequence and all. 

Afterwards, we went for a stroll along Hollywood Blvd (woof) and found some fun stars!

I've been raving about the experience to anyone who will listen! So much entertainment for the price of a regular ol' movie ticket. And Graham keeps saying, mama remember when we went to lion king singalong?" pronouncing each syllable ever so carefully.  *swoon*  Worth the price of entry right there. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

What a Weekend in Nipomo

Just G and I headed up for the weekend, and only Jamma was in town, 
so we had a nice quiet relaxing time.

Lunch at Costo IS THE BEST.

As are walks in Avila, followed by fro-yo.


Continuing our weekend of favorite things...

car wash, LJ's, ice cream and tractors. 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017


On the suggestion of a friend I used to play softball here in LA with, who now has a two year old son, Graham and I went to the Petersen Automotive museum one Sunday afternoon when it was just to do anything else. Having no idea what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised at how fantastic it was!


First thing when we arrived, Graham got to meet his idol - Lightening McQueen!


Doc Hudson was there too, but not nearly as exciting as Kachow himself. 

There was an awesome interactive kids room, which we spent a LONG time in. 




They had a ton of cars from different movies, which was for a not-super-into-cars person like moi.

He kept calling this "the Dalmatian car" which i thought was weird until I realized

Graham loved all of the interactive stuff, most of all the car he was allowed to "drive." We had to get off several times to give other folks a turn to take a picture, then BOOM he was right back up there ("My turn again??") steering and honking and fiddling with all of the gadgets.

And of course, we spent some time browsing in the gift shop.



Best museum day ever!!