Sunday, September 14, 2008

Lake Elsinore

I get antsy easily. As much as I like being at home, I also get cabin fever on a regular basis and need to get out and explore. So we took a day trip up to Riverside County and the little town of Lake Elsinore. We are only 40 minutes away but have never really stopped to look around. We at lunch at home and then took off in the Scion for a little jaunt north. The boys napped which gave Allan and I a chance to 'catch up' and talk without being interrupted for a change. It was an easy drive-no traffic to speak of. The city of Lake Elsinore is a sleepy little town with an old fashioned downtown and lots of antique stores. (Most were closed-I guess they still observe the 'blue laws' of stores being closed on Sundays. I thought that only happened in the midwest!) Lake Elsinore has grown from about 12 thousand to almost 50 thousand in the last decade. The lake almost dried up in the 1930's and was refilled in the 1960's. It flooded its banks in 1980 and destroyed many homes around her shore. Since then the city has made provisions for flood banks and although the past decade has been plagued with drought, there are now a marsh and canal which has been created to hold back the waters should it try to flood again. We did find a master planned shopping area (but somehow missed the outlet stores. We forgot about those! Guess I am not the shopper I once was...) east of old downtown, and stopped for a much needed Starbucks. With the smell of roasted coffee, the boys woke up and were ready for their own chocolate milks and madeline's. We drank and talked in the shade of the umbrella provided by Starbucks. We noticed the heat, too. It was 92 degrees. The wind helped to make it comfortable. We found our way to the shore of the lake. It is a large lake with lots of room for motor boats, kayaks and jetskis. The boys changed their minds about fishing and decided to take a dip in their undies, instead. We are used to the shocking coldness of the Pacific ocean, followed by a numbing chill so the warm fresh water of the lake felt like bath water to us!. Here are some pictures of the boys enjoying Lake Elsinore.






Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

I had a great birthday. It started with dinner at my favorite restaurant, Macaroni Grill last night. I broadened my palette by ordering something new: Chicken with artichoke, mushrooms capers and procuttio...YUM! It may replace my old standby favorite: pasta rustica. Today we all went to San Diego-first to Seaport Village where we enjoyed the Embarcadaro, the shops and Ben and Jerry ice cream. Then we went to Balboa Park and the Natural History Museum. The boys enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit and the we all learned a lot about water in the H20 exhibit. The boys had a blast jumping around in the giant fountain in front of the museum. I planted a letterbox in the park, as well.(www.atlasquest.com) It was a lovely happy family day. Here are some pictures of the celebration of the 9th anniversary of my 29th birthday. Check out the picture of the old ladies-I want to be like them when my time comes! You go, girls!!