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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Staycation Day #2

One of my favorite Christmas presents this past year was a gingerbread house and gingerbread man kit.  It came with a note telling us to enjoy making them together as a family.  Well, we had every intention of doing so, but the business of the Christmas Season took over, and we never had the chance to make them.  That's where I got the idea for:

Envelope #1:  Let's make a gingerbread house and gingerbread man and decorate them for Easter!

Happy Easter!

Boy were the kids excited!  And how fun to be able to spend time making them without feeling rushed or pressured for time.  I think this will be a lasting memory for them!

Envelope #2:  Beach Bike Ride with Daddy!  We will eat dinner somewhere along the way, and then go get some Cold Stone for dessert.

Getting the bikes ready is half the fun, right?

Hagen was unhappy with his helmet, but he was happy once we started moving!

Gotta love patio seating!

What a fun afternoon!  We ended up riding a full 14 miles on our bikes.  We started at Torrance Beach and rode all the way to Dockweiler Beach near LAX.  We stopped at Ruby's in Redondo and ate dinner on the patio.  It was great because we were the only diners there, and Hagen was able to run around while we ate.  To our surprise, when the bill came we discovered that KIDS EAT FREE!  When they asked if we needed parking validation, we proudly told them, "no, we rode our bikes."  Later at home Mark took the kids to get our Cold Stone ice cream.  The night ended with a family game of cards and some laughs.  It was a perfect day!

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