HB Air Show 2017

Jeri, Justin, Victoria, and Jeffrey went to the Huntington Beach Air Show on Saturday. Nicole, Jason, Joanna, Lizzie, and Josiah went on Sunday.

Jeffrey, Justin, and Victoria eating lunch at the air show. Click photo for full size.
Victoria and Jeri. Click photo for full size.
The Blue Angels viewed from the beach. Click photo for full size.
Jeffrey, Justin, and Victoria taking pictures at the air show. Click photo for full size.

LA County Fair 2017

Today, Jeri, Lizzie, Josiah, and I (Tim) went to the LA County Fair. The weather was pleasant…partly cloudy with a high in the low 70s. Good thing that we brought our jackets when it cooled down later in the day.

Our first stop was the Magical World of Dragons, Wizards, & Beasts. The place had *lots* of fun kids stuff including animated dragons and a “spinning” tunnel to disorient you.

Here’s Josiah with a live owl in the background.

Josiah with a live owl. Click photo for full size.

One of the highlights of the day was the food. This year, a vegan food truck was at the fair, Plant Food for People. We had lunch there and came back at the end of the day for more.

Jeri, Josiah, and I had the vegan tacos.

Tim and Josiah with vegan tacos. Click photo for full size.

Josiah absolutely loved his!

Josiah with a plate of Loaded Tacos. Click photo for full size.

Here’s a picture of them.

Plate of Loaded Tacos. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie wasn’t so sure about the “jackfruit” (though they had other/soy vegan meats). So she opted for a HUGE plate of Mexican curly fries…which she readily shared.

Lizzie shared her plate of Mexican Curly Fries. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie and Josiah needed new sunglasses. We found a place and all of us ended up getting a new pair. It was one for $10; two for $15; three for $20. He sold us four for $25.

Jeri, Josiah, Lizzie, and Tim with new sunglasses. Click photo for full size.

We then saw a little magic by Brian the Wizard. For one of his tricks, he had fun pulling money from a little boy’s ear, hair, sleeve, etc. and filling a can with coins.

Brian the Wizard Magic Show. Click photo for full size.

We did a lot of walking and ended up with around 16,000 steps for the day.

Josiah and Lizzie at the LA County Fair. Click photo for full size.
Jeri and Tim at the LA County Fair. Click photo for full size.

We always enjoy seeing the Chinese Circus of Beijing. They had a number of amazing feats. One guy had plates spinning on rods.

Spinning Plates. Click photo for full size.

Another guy did amazing feats with a pot…he could catch it with his head and back.

Amazing feats with a pot. Click photo for full size.

The literally breath-taking feat involved setting four glass bottles on a small table. Then one by one as he climbed the stack, the guy would slowly add a chair. Each time that we thought that he was done, they would bring out another chair. Finally there were six chairs and he was nearly to the ceiling. First he does a handstand on top.

A top of six chairs. Click photo for full size.

Then he balances himself on one arm.

Balancing with one hand. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Josiah and Lizzie in front of a burger truck. Some of the meat eaters in our family would have enjoyed the Double Diablo burger that they were selling (see the sign above Lizzie’s head).

Double Diablo. Click photo for full size.

The sign read “Ghostpepper Cheeseburger – Fresh All-Natural Angus Beef, Ghostpepper Cheese, Sliced JalapeƱos, TastiChips, Avocado, JalapeƱo Cheese Sauce and Chipotle Mayo on a Fresh Pretzel Bun.”

Josiah and Lizzie near a burger stand. Click photo for full size.

We got some Dole Whip (non-dairy ice cream).

Lizzie, Jeri, and Josiah with Dole Whip. Click photo for full size.

And watched a show by Cirque Mechanics.

Cirque Mechanics. Click photo for full size.

We visited the historic train engines kept at the fairgrounds.

Tim, Lizzie, and Josiah on a steam locomotive. Click photo for full size.
Josiah in the caboose. Click photo for full size.

This train engine looked a lot like Bill Peet’s Smokey.

The Santa Fe 3450. Click photo for full size.

Here’s Bill Peet’s illustration.

Smokey – (c) Bill Peet. Click photo for full size.

We loved the vegan taco place so much that we returned for an evening snack. We got an order of their nachos. Muy bueno!

Loaded Nachos. Click photo for full size.

Lizzie bought a sleeve of cookies…freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Josiah and Lizzie with freshly baked cookies. Click photo for full size.

We ended our day looking to buy a sleeve of fries. But we couldn’t find the place that we had seen earlier in the day.

Night time at the fair. Click photo for full size.

Labor Day Open House

Normally our church has a Labor Day picnic. But since one wasn’t scheduled this year, we took the opportunity to host a gathering at our house.

The weather cooperated very nicely! Thank you, Lord! In the week prior to Labor Day (including the day before) the temps had been in the low 90’s with high humidity. But, today, it was cloudy with a high of 74 F!

Quite a few people (nearly 20) showed up. Some of the guys headed across the street to play four-on-four basketball. The ladies played Scattergories, Catch Phrase, and Marrying Mr. Darcy (a strategy card game based on “Pride and Prejudice”).

Ladies around the table. Click photo for full size.

Lots of people brought food to share. And someone even brought burgers with the fixin’s.

Jeffrey is our family’s master griller. (Jeffrey is standing next to the grill.)

Jeffrey grilling. Click photo for full size.

We had plenty of food.

Ready to eat. Click photo for full size.
Guys outside. Click photo for full size.

Later people played the favorite game from New Year’s Eve, the “fruit” game.

Playing the fruit-wacker game. Click photo for full size.