While we were in California, Ben turned 14. We were in LA at the time so had fun celebrating with other family members. We were at a really neat restaurant that also had wandering entertainers. The belly dancer was very good and Ben handled the embarrassment well of her dancing around him and then with all the staff in the place singing happy birthday to him when they presented him with a cake!
We were totally impressed with the balloon artist. She was so talented — not your average clown who makes a dog or two. She made some incredible balloon sculptures.
We like being on the beach in March!
We spent a great few days in Carlsbad, CA which is near San Diego. It is a lovely small town right on the water. Good restaurants and near to Legoland which the children enjoyed.
All of our boys love Lego and so this was a lot of fun to be immersed in it all day.
We loved this one of the inauguration — very cool:
Here’s Charlotte and I love this as it looks as if she is on a balcony looking over a real city. But it’s a miniature Lego one!
Another one of Charlotte jousting:
Max — slightly nervous despite this guy being made out of Lego!
Ben is such a wonderful big brother. He rides many things that I know he cringes at but when it’s only for two — I take Charlotte and he helps out with Max. Such a nice guy.
We spent a great month in California during early spring. Always fun to hang out with grandma but especially since she and my brother got a new “puppy.” Of course since he weighs 70 pounds at 6 months of age it’s quite a handful of a puppy. Sebastian is a full bloodhound. He’s absolutely adorable but wildly crazy. Loves the children — Charlotte spent most of the evenings lying on top of him as a pillow. The other time was spent chasing him to retrieve the shoes, socks, bags, milk containers, pillows, logs… and any other thing not tied down that he could run off with and play chase.