Our church had their usual picnic at Murdy Park today. The main activities are eating, talking and playing.
Here’s Lizzie wearing her “smart” glasses. She really doesn’t need glasses. But since Jeffrey has been wearing glasses to look smarter, Lizzie had to do it as well.
The weather was sunny with the temperature around 70 F…which is really nice. However the location of the picnic tables plus maybe the canopy creates a wind tunnel effect. So it is ALWAYS cold sitting at the tables.
Victoria and Joanna enjoying the day.
Josiah trying badminton.
Volleyball is a favorite sport. Here’s Jeffrey serving the ball.
We finally gathered up enough people to play Ultimate Frisbee. Here’s Jeffrey (near the center) preparing to throw the Frisbee.
Tim looks to pass the Frisbee.
Jeffrey goes up to catch a pass.
Justin (yellow jersey) and Andrew go for a pass.
Tim tries to catch a Frisbee.
From left to right, Jeffrey Pau, Christeen, Tim Pau, Tim, Stephen, Justin Pau, Lizzie Pau, and Jason Pau (slightly cut off).
On Sunday, Jay met up with Jason, Jeffrey, and Tim on Fashion Mall on the Strip in Las Vegas. We ate supper and then enjoyed wandering around seeing stuff.
On Monday, Josiah, Sarah, Joanna, Nicole and Tim drove to the Strip and saw some sights. One of the things that Tim and Josiah did was get in virtual reality pods that give the sensation of moving. It was pretty realistic!
We saw the small version of the Eiffel Tower.
On Tuesday, the entire family (minus Jeffrey who flew back *early* Monday morning for coding school) made it down to the Strip. We arrived just in time to see a show of the famous Bellagio fountains.
We drove to see the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge and the Hoover Dam. The weather was nice. A little on the cool side…sunny in the 60s. The bridge was completed in 2010 and now allows traffic to avoid crossing the Hoover Dam.
We walked across the bridge into Arizona and then back. Here we are on the bridge.
Here’s a picture of Sarah and Justin taking pictures.
Here’s a picture taken while we are on the dam with the new bridge in the background.
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.
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.
Josiah absolutely loved his!
Here’s a picture of them.
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 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.
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.
We did a lot of walking and ended up with around 16,000 steps for the day.
We always enjoy seeing the Chinese Circus of Beijing. They had a number of amazing feats. One guy had plates spinning on rods.
Another guy did amazing feats with a pot…he could catch it with his head and back.
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.
Then he balances himself on one arm.
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).
The sign read “Ghostpepper Cheeseburger – Fresh All-Natural Angus Beef, Ghostpepper Cheese, Sliced Jalapeños, TastiChips, Avocado, Jalapeño Cheese Sauce and Chipotle Mayo on a Fresh Pretzel Bun.”
We got some Dole Whip (non-dairy ice cream).
And watched a show by Cirque Mechanics.
We visited the historic train engines kept at the fairgrounds.
This train engine looked a lot like Bill Peet’s Smokey.
Here’s Bill Peet’s illustration.
We loved the vegan taco place so much that we returned for an evening snack. We got an order of their nachos. Muy bueno!
Lizzie bought a sleeve of cookies…freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies. Yum!
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.