Monday, April 26, 2010

A visit to Coronado Island

The Small Press Idol contest continues to rule our days as we beg for votes online. With the weekend upon us we decided to sneak out!

On Sunday we took a day trip out to Coronado Island across the bay. As you can see Naomi was very excited to go on a boat!





It's a short trip across, maybe ten minutes. The girls wanted to ride up top.



Definitely the least windy ferry ride I'd ever taken.



We wandered about in the shops by the pier, and picked up some coffee (for Mike and I)and ice cream (for the girls). As we sat next to the public fountain this funny bird sat on a rock... He never left this spot for the entire day (we passed by again later on). I guess he was tired.




Coronado seemed like a nice little city.
Lots of beaches...






...Shops and galleries. The Dr. Suess gallery was very inviting for the kids.





I really liked his collection of "Unorthodox Taxidermy" as he called it...






After lunch and walking around we decided to head back.



In the bay near the ferry landing we found a giant sized couple.





Here are the kids by their feet...





This is the second "Giant Couple Sculpture" we've discovered while walking along a waterfront... A strange recurring theme for us!



After a long day of walking all over the island the children decided to take to the trees!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Say what? Oh, a hearing exhibit...

The Science Museum had an open house to come see (and hear) an exhibit on the ear.



This is Naomi learning about white noise.



And Phoebe assembling an ear.



They had an animated graphic of an ant crawling into an ear and dying. Then the ear gets all red and puffy. There was another part that showed a giant cotton swap bursting an ear drum....(shudder) It's been days and it still makes my ears hurt!

This was in another part of the museum...



It makes a big steam cloud!



Glowing blocks with many colors.



And, the tornado machine. Very cool but a lousy photo.



We're still in Round #2 of Small Press Idol and our comic is gathering steam in third place. I'd like to thank our friends, family and fans for supporting us in this contest. It means a lot to us that you've been voting!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Legos Underwater

This weekend we headed out to Sea Life Aquarium next to Legoland. In fact I think it's connected to Legoland. We had some free passes for the kids that were about to expire and Mike and I needed to get away from our computers for a while (the Small Press Idol competition is a 24 hour obsession for us...Please vote!)

Here we are heading inside....



Chloe stuck her head in a dome to view the fish from below.



Of course there were some beautiful fish,



Jellyfish!!!



Since it's a connected attraction there were lego themes everywhere.



Here's a lego palace.



People were allowed to add to it and change it.


If you push a button this lego man blew bubbles.



This was in the seahorse room....



Which was full of seahorse tanks and roots coming out of the ceiling (not sure why, but it looked very cool!)



This tank was full of stingrays.... The happy fish! They look like they're smiling when they swim past (I think their mouth is just shaped that way.)




This submarine in the Atlantis room is made of legos.... It looked great!


This was a tranquil room that surrounded you with a school of fish.



This tide pool was great and was flooded with simulated "waves " every few minutes.



Here's Phoebe at the touch pond.



A watery picture of King Triton in the Atlantis tank.




All in all a nice day, and yes I did run to my laptop when we got home to see if we got any more votes....
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Friday, April 9, 2010

Begging for votes...Small Press Idol

Round two has started in Small Press Idol and we need everyone's support! We've been working really hard on this and we rank near the bottom. To register go to the website and sign up as a member. Then you can vote for us .... Please!











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Monday, April 5, 2010

Back to Mexico, and an Easter Shake up!

Late last week we headed back to Tijuana. Mike needed to check in with his doctor (who said his mole was benign! YAY!), and we wanted to visit the Centro Cultural de Tijuana.



Here's Naomi out front.



This is a sculpture by the entrance.



We headed inside and went straight for some coffee in the garden.





The garden was beautiful and full of interesting artifacts.





This is Naomi near a small replica of a Mayan pyramid



Phoebe posing by a chain. (Not sure what it's for)



Naomi near the big tablet.





The girls loved these scuptures.



What's a Mayan exhibit without a giant head? I can only imagine what it would be like to happen upon one of these in the middle of the rainforest.


Here's Chloe inside the museum.


After walking around a bit we watched the "Amazing 3D Adventure" on their IMAX screen. The kids loved it and managed to keep up with the story in Spanish.

At about 3:30pm yesterday, we experienced our first significant earthquake. The floor was at first just vibrating, but then felt like a wave. Little objects fell from our shelves and my kids came running into the living room laughing and excited (Later on I realized we should have run outside, but I'm a clueless New Yorker).
The quake was centered in Mexicali (a nearby border city in Mexico), and was a 7.2 (that .2 makes it bigger than Haiti's back in January!). Of course here in San Diego and down in Mexico the buildings are designed for this kind of abuse, so I'm not sure there were any fatalities. I'm glad I wasn't on the highway though. Aftershocks have been shaking us pretty regularly. One 4.8 aftershock woke me up at 4am, and another 5.1 quake happened while I sipped my coffee at 6:15 this morning. Mike says it's like being on a boat, which is I guess where we'll be living if California slides into the ocean....
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