Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Night Out at the Game

Even though we spent this week with one kid home sick after another, we all felt well enough by Wednesday to head out to the Aztec's women's basketball game with some friends at Viejas Arena.



They were giving out these fabulous wigs at the door!



They also gave out these banners (It stands for San Diego State University).



This was the best shot I could get of the players. These ladies were incredible to watch. They never stopped moving and running for 2 hours!


It was riveting! YAY! Aztecs won!


On Monday Chloe was honored with many awards at school. Excellence in Science, a 4.0 GPA, an "All Star" award, and and Honor Roll Certificate. Go Chloe! OK, that's enough parental bragging. :)



Today our hearts go out to those in Chile, as they suffer the aftermath of an earthquake 500 times stronger (an 8.8) than Haiti's recent disaster. Chile is an amazing and beautiful country, and I do hope to return one day. Sadly they get much more than their fair share of natural disasters

California has been on tsunami alert, the waves hitting the coast are very high and the beaches have been closed.
They say a tsunami is coming,and fortunately my family does not live in a danger zone, so our life goes on.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year)

Yesterday there was a Chinese New Year Festival downtown, in the Asian, Pacific Historic District.




Right away we found this shiny dragon to pose with...







Chinese New Year began on the 14th and lasts 15 days. We learned that there are a lot of Chinese Cultural Museums here in San Diego.



Then we found a craft tent to keep the kids busy.



Here they are painting and drawing tiles.




In China they clean their house the day before the New Year to wipe away all the "bad luck" from last year. They also get new clothes and a haircut! We just went to the festival, though (my girls wanted to go shopping!).




We then went and watched the "Dragon Dancers"



They were incredible!



This year is "Year of the Tiger" just as it was the year that Chloe was born. I really loved these lamps. Many people were dressed in red and on the New Year they give each other red envelopes with money inside.




As the girls posed in these cutouts, a man from "The Trilingual Academy" approached me. He said that they teach Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English in their school. It's a public elementary school in the district and the children who graduate are able to communicate with 75% of the world. Part of me wanted to enroll the girls right away, and I wish they taught 3 languages at all public schools, but I can't switch them. They are adjusted to their school, and they have suffered from 2 language changes already. I'm not fluent in Spanish after a year and a half of immersion, and Mandarin Chinese is THE most difficult language for an English speaker to learn.... Excuses, excuses, oh well, the tower of Babel still leaves us divided.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A comic Expo and A Mardi Gras Parade

So today we were off to yet another comic convention (or "Expo" as this one was called). The goal is always to promote our work and connect with other industry people. It's sort of effective.

This is Chloe walking up to the Convention Center.




As we arrived we saw an interesting car display. This was Magnum PI's car from the TV show.



Here it is with Chloe.



This is the time traveling Delorian from the "Back to The Future" movies. The sign on it says it costs $10 to pose with it, but even though we just watched the movies, I couldn't do it. (Maybe it was because of that $10 I'd just spent to park).




This car was cool. They redesigned it to be as much like an X-Wing fighter (from the Star Wars movies) as a car could be.


Here are the girls with R2D2 on the back.



Of course later we met up with Darth Vader (that's Leah in the background)



And here's Naomi with some "Victorian ladies".



We talked to some publishers and some other creators including Angus Oblong, creator of "The Oblongs" animated series... He was dressed as a clown and accosting midgets to pose with him in photos...Unusual guy. :)

Anyway the girls grew tired of the con and we just grew tired, so a walk down the pier was in order in pursuit of coffee.


Here's Naomi looking out at a docked ship. As we walked along a Mardi Gras parade appeared...




This guy is from Bubba Gump Shrimp.



Some festive segway riders. (Segways are everywhere around here, they do tours all around San Diego on them).



Belly Dancers.



The parade just went on and on. They gave us beads, coins, toys for the kids... Naomi even got a T-shirt!



This man stopped to help Naomi with her necklace.


...And what's a parade without a couple on stilts!

The parade was a hit with the kids and after a bit of wandering we found our caffeine fix at the Borders cafe and headed back to San Diego. The trip back was best forgotten with overstimulated kids and a car sick Phoebe, so we were quite glad to pull in at home.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Not Quite Pool Weather

The last two days I have spent turning these pencils (by Mike) for this page of "The People That Melt in the Rain"....



...into this...


...it's harder than it looks.

My kids were under the impression that since the weather here has been like summertime for the last few days, that it was time to jump in the pool. So they did. It was freezing. So they rushed into the hot tub. Then spent 40 minutes daring each other to jump back into the pool, which they did. Then they ran back to the hot tub. Back to the pool and on, and on, and on. So, of course cases of the sniffles have descended on this house. Oh well.... Summer will come soon enough. In the meantime, it's on to the next page.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Masks and Music in Little Italy

Last night we took the kids down to Little Italy for their "family friendly" Carnevale.



It was crowded with people in costumes and masks and entertainers.





The man shook Naomi's hand (she was dressed in her princess ball gown from Halloween).



Face painting and balloons!



Chloe holding still for a spider on her cheek.



The stores were giving out snacks, chocolates, and of course Mardi Gras beads. With street performers everywhere, and chocolate in our tummies in was like wandering the streets of Bariloche in the summer. It was a really nice evening out.

Here's another image from the film "Final Resting Place"



Happy Valentines Day to everyone!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Whale Spotting

It was a beautiful day yesterday, so we decided to meet up with some friends at Cabrillo Monument and search for grey whales at their annual whale event. Here's Mike at the entrance with Chloe.




After wandering about the different booths we walked over to the water and watched this ship leave the harbor.




This is a rather good shot of Cabrillo Monument.




With all the kids.



"So, let's head up to the lighthouse!"



Stopping to study the scale model of the lighthouse ahead.



Finally here.



Inside.



Here we are outside, trying to spot a whale.



There are thousands of migrating grey whales in this picture. Can you see them? We didn't either. Next time we'll use a boat!




From here we headed down to the water to study tidepools.



The clouds started to look threatening.



The girls found some interesting seaweed.







Here's a tidepool.



This one has anemones!



Time to head back.



Another beautiful day on the ocean.
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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