Category Archives: The Joy of Family – Husband, Child, Household Duties

Nature Park

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Had to get an oil change and oil rotation so went to Allen Tire Company. In the past I would get tires at Costco because they are cheaper but to get them changed and to go back for tire rotations takes at least a couple of hours if not a few each time. Before having a child that was ok but I don’t have that kind of time anymore. So Allen Tire works well for me. Prices aren’t too bad, you can get in and out in an hour or so, there’s a Starbucks across the street, a little playground nearby, the bathroom is spic and span (what? yes, clean!), and the manager is trustworthy.

I didn’t feel like sitting at Starbucks, my daughter was not with me so was going to take a walk while I waited. Jesse, the manager, recommended I check out a park quarter mile away. It was very nice. So now another plus for using Allen Tire in Lake Forest! Or a nice park to have lunch at after a playdate at Pump It Up Lake Forest which is just across the street.

Good tree for climbing

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Short little nature hike

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Benches along path to enjoy the seclusion

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A little of nature

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Grass area for playing and tables for picnicking

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Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies and more!

So after I fed some delighted college students with Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookie Two one of them mentioned a neapolitan Oreo so I couldn’t resist. And I like mint so got some of those Oreos too. And for a bonus got some Caramel Delites Girl Scout cookies and this is what you get!

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It was a great finish to our Asian- themed meal.

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Anepalco’s Cafe

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Had a little lunch date with my hubby this afternoon and tried out Anepalco’s Cafe in Orange. It’s a Mexican-French fusion place. Nice and tasty food at a great price. I think he had the Poblano Chicken Sandwich. I had the Chipotle Creamy Chicken Crepe. Will definitely try some other items on their menu the next time we visit. Give it a try the next time you’re in Orange!

Here’s their website Anepalco’s Cafe.

Birch Aquarium

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We visited the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego today and it was a great outing for my almost 4 year old.

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Great hands on things for kids to do and learn. My daughter played with this for over 30 minutes making and changing paths for boats to float down.

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Great view of La Jolla shores

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And I was reminded looking at all the marine life this verse in Romans 1:19: “For the invisible things of Him, both His eternal power and divine characteristics, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being perceived by the things made, so that they would be without excuse.”

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It is just amazing what God has created!

San Diego Air and Space Museum

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We happen to be in the San Diego area since my husband had some work here so I was flipping through the hotel binder looking for something my daughter and I could do indoors. Recommended was the Air and Space Museum. Perfect, I thought! It’s indoors and my daughter likes planes and rockets or at least has some interest. And, another bonus, Macy’s has a coupon for half off admission for several museums in the area. How can I not jump on a deal? Well, I’m glad I did because I wouldn’t pay regular price ($18 adult, $7 child) to go again unless you really want to know and see history! And Ripley’s Believe It Or Not was on exhibit there too for just a little more for admission. You always see some interesting things there!

How long did it take to make these?

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Those are all made from match sticks!

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It’s a car boat and actually floats!!!

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This is made out of toilet paper! Now that’s a cheap wedding dress! Actually probably more expensive because so difficult to make without tearing it!

And now on to the main part of the museum…

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Butterfly Flier Craft

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We have children over almost every Sunday for singing, stories, snack and craft. We had a great time singing and the younger ones are the ones who sing the loudest! We have fun with hand motions and seeing who can really sing loud. Today we talked about love, a basic characteristic we would like all our children to have as proper human beings. We talked specifically about the love mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:4 and 8. “Love suffers long. Love is kind; it is not jealous. Love does not brag and is not puffed up.” What a love!

For craft we made butterfly fliers. The kids had a blast but we had 6 younger than 6 so we had to do a lot of cutting! The older ones can handle everything themselves.

Got the idea and instructions from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.

After everything was glued together we stapled the roll to the butterfly to fully secure it.

It’s a lot of fun to play with! Just be careful of yarn burns on your fingers!

Rainbow cookies

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Was making some chocolate chip cookies for a group of college students on Thursday night except a little healthier substituting the butter with applesauce and my daughter wanted to make them colorful so this is what came out of the oven! Oh, and she had to add sprinkles!