Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Mama's Birthday Adventures

Yesterday marked a big day (or decade) in our house--it was Mama's birthday! To celebrate her, we had a weekend of surprise adventures planned down in (and around) Hermosa Beach. She knew nothing going in to the weekend, and I'm pretty sure she loved the result.

We began with a little wandering around Hermosa where we ran into Polly's friend, Pixie, at a farmer's market!

On Friday evening, we took Mama out to an unconventional birthday dinner--a fish market on the Redondo pier where you get to pick your fish out and have them prepare it right then. Delicious!

After dinner we surprised Mama with a trip to the arcade right next to the fish market. It's been there for a long time, and it has some carnival type games along with the regular arcade games. We gave Mama a handful of quarters (quite the change--pun intended), and we all had a ton of fun!

On Saturday, we loaded up into the car and took Mama to the CA Science Center to see the Endeavor. She was like a little kid in a candy store. We were also able to watch a 3D IMAX movie about the International Space Station. So neat!

After some Peruvian food and a bit of rest, we again headed out and took Mama to Paint and Pour--a place that serves drinks and teaches you how to paint! We all began with a blank 16x20 canvas and ended up with an awesome picture of a wave. I had a BLAST!

Saturday evening ended at Ruby's for some milkshakes and fries (painting makes one hungry, you know!). We enjoyed lots of laughs trying to keep the paint off of the car and ourselves. I must say, I'd do this again in a heartbeat. It. Was. So. Fun.

And, as if the weekend was not enough, we also got to celebrate Mama's actual birthday with some close friends at Izumo for some teppanyaki. Great food. Good memories. Lots of laughs! Thanks everyone for coming out to celebrate with us!

As you can see, we are big fans of birthdays around here. We love them!!!  I'm not quite sure how we'll top it next year, but I guess we have some time to plan. :) 

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