End of year trip

Hehe I know I haven’t posted too much in the last recent while and that’s just because I’m but on Friday, we took a quick trip to Southern California to get away from things here. 🙂

Our flight was I think around 6:30pm and we left the house around 3, it was starting to snow and well we wanted to get to the airport early and it’s a good thing that we did because it was very busy.  Unfortunately the flight was delayed for about an hour so we sat in the plane and well that’s always an enjoyable experience.  We landed in Los Angles at around 11pm, Brandon was all amped up so he was still with us, we rented a car then drove to the hotel.

Unfortunately since we were going to be late, Maggie emailed the hotel that and for some reason they gave our room away so we ended up calling a bunch and stayed at a Best Western just north of Hollywood blvd.  Saturday we went to Universal Studios and it was pretty awesome…

I enjoyed the Simpsons portion the most since I love the show but the rest was actually kind of boring.  Brandon was a bit scared of the Mummy and other rides and he started to cry while we were waiting to get into The Walking Dead exhibit so Maggie took him out while I continued through it.  It wasn’t scary, but then again I guess I didn’t have the right frame of mind since I wasn’t trying to scare myself.  Harry Potter was kind of bleh too, at least the other rides and attractions gave a bit of a back story, having never read the books or watched the movies (not a fantasy person) I had no idea what was going on.  We did buy a wand for the little guy and those stupid things were $50!

The Water World attraction was not bad though, lots of action an neat scenes, Brandon said he enjoyed it so that’s good.  All in all Universal Studios is not big and we were able to see everything in a day which is nice. 🙂  We had burritos and tacos for dinner, mmm I love Mexican food!

Sunday we checked out of the hotel and walked around Hollywood Blvd and frankly it was a bit of a waste for me since I don’t care about the entertainment industry one bit.

A lot of other tourists were taking pictures of the stars on the ground and I did take a pic of the Chinese theater but I was pretty bored. After a bit of walking around we drove to San Diego then hit went to La Jolla cove and man is it beautiful there!

Brandon loves the water and we played on the beaches for a good few hours.  I took some videos as well and they’ll go up shortly but man it’s beautiful there and I absolutely loved spending time with the family just relaxing.  Probably as close to paradise as can be, Maggie and I talked maybe of moving there in the future. 😉

We had Thai food for dinner, it was alright Maggie and I wanted to stay out longer but since Brandon was still on Toronto time, by 5-6pm local time he’s already really beat.

The next day we went to Sea World and it was pretty great there too.

Sea World was pretty awesome, the rides were well regular amusement park style but you can get really close to the sea life here and they did a lot of really cool tricks.  Again I guess due to it being so close to xmas, we were able to see everything in a day and the little guy loved it.  He’s so damn lucky, when I was a kid we never went anywhere.

After breakfast on Tuesday morning at the hotel, we drove back to LA so Maggie could do some shopping then in the afternoon we just drove around the city to check things out.  LOL by accident we drove through some slums and I told Maggie we better lock our doors.  You can tell you’re in a poor area because all the windows and doors have security bars in front of them.

Dinner was of course, Mexican food then we dropped off the car and took the complimentary shuttle bus back to the airport.  We got there a few hours early, our flight was at 11pm and well I wanted Brandon to get some sleep.  We landed yesterday morning at 7am and well that day was pretty much a write off lol.

I’m on the holiday break so today I did a lot of cleaning and getting back into the grind at home, we had a great time and definitely will miss the nice weather!

Nerf night!

So moving forward Monday will also be a no TV night so we played Nerf in the basement and the little guy had a lot of fun. 🙂

So it seems Brandon is more of a spray and pray type player. 😉  He’s so easy to make happy and lol yes even if no one is shooting at him, when we play with Nerf guns anywhere, he’s got to have his safety glasses on.

What a busy weekend!

I did stuff last weekend and during the week but was just lazy and didn’t post about them.  Some fun stuff was done but meh forward we go.  Anyway this weekend was the Eco Spirit hike for the Beavers and the kids had a great time.  It’s something I really enjoy doing and am glad I can share it with Brandon, unlike when we did it two years ago Brandon was not afraid of the dark and I was very proud of him.

Hehe of course I had to bring my PVS-14 along and I love being able to see everything just in case one of the kids runs off (and they do!).  We were at the Blue Springs Scout Reserve from 2-9pm and the second we went into the car Brandon fell asleep as he had a very full day.

Today we went to Estelle’s place for lunch and it was great.  She made spaghetti and it really reminded me of when we were in Italy last year. 🙂  Brandon and I also had a Pokemon raid event with some of our Valor group and my little guy became the youngest level 40 player in the world. 😀

The current record holder is 11 (10 when he hit that mark) and Brandon is just 7.  We started his account back in Oct of last year and it took just over a year to get to 40, now I don’t know what I’m going to play for but we’ll continue our journey together.  Some of the guys & gals in my group says I should get Maggie’s account to 40 and man that’s a lot of work lol.  I might boost it to maybe 35 but it’s just not worth it with the current version of the game.

A very fun filled weekend and I’ll need to recover from my busy weekend during the upcoming work week.

Disney World 2017

So over the Easter weekend, our family went to Orlando to go to Disney World and we didn’t have enough time!  After having gone there I’d say one really needs a full week in order to see everything, I guess fortunately in our case Brandon is young and we really only did the kid stuff.  Our plane on Friday afternoon was delayed so we didn’t reach Orlando till around 9:30pm, a shame because we had some local sight seeing planned (packed schedule) but meh that’s alright.  Saturday morning we went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it was fun.  While there were obviously a ton of animals in the park, I was a bit disappointed at all the fake animals used to showcase certain rides.  

Hehe the cutest thing was when we went on the A Bug’s Life show, there’s a point where the bad bug takes over and it’s loud with a lot of flashing lights.  Brandon as so startled he curled up in a ball with his knees at his chest and his hands over his eyes and I thought it was so cute.  Hehe my little chicken but to be fair a lot of the children in the cinema were shocked and crying. We walked around the whole day going on rides and playing in general and Brandon had a wonderful time.

During the Lion King show, they were looking for some volunteer children and lol we made Brandon go out, to which he had a lot of fun leading the other kids in the activities.  We left the park around 4:30pm, Brandon and Maggie were pretty tired from walking all day (we walked over 20k steps) and for dinner we ate at one of the touristy restaurants close to our hotel.  We had an awesome table right next to a river.  Later we walked through the Disney Springs shopping area and I thought the Lego picture was pretty darn cool. 😉

Sunday we went to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and I certainly had more fun there because there were a lot more rides and “adult things” to do.  

We went on a few roller coasters and Brandon loved it when I pretended to be scared.  I took less pictures this day because some of the rides had poor lighting.  Hehe during the haunted house ride, Brandon again was very scared and both Maggie and I had to reassure him that nothing would happen, that he’d be safe with us.  Brandon also really enjoyed driving around the track chasing Maggie, later he remarked to me that he now knows he’ll be a good driver haha. It was hotter this day and Maggie & B were tired so again we called it a day at around 4pm.

On Monday we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this time during the Hollywood Classics ride, there’s a part where a gang fight erupts between rival robots and this time Brandon went to hide where people’s feet were.  The lady sitting next to Maggie laughed at how cute Brandon was. 😉

Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise there were a lot of characters from the movies walking around and the ride was pretty good I’ll admit.  My favorite show was the Indiana Jones one, it was a huge production with large moving sets and they did quite a few bits (modified) from the Raiders of the Lost Ark movie, lol Brandon thought it was so funny to see the female lead also beat up the bad guys.  

Hollywood Studio is much smaller so in the early afternoon we went back to the hotel so he could play in the pool.  In the evening we met up with aunt Agnes & uncle Paul for dinner and it was great.  They’re both so much fun and it was great to have some quality time with them.  LOL in the garage uncle Paul gave Brandon a ride to our car in his Porsche, Brandon says we should get one too. 😉

We left Orlando on Tuesday and since we had a connecting flight, we didn’t get home till about 8:30pm which sucked and the work day after sucked a lot too but the vacation was well worth it and I’m glad Maggie made me go lol.  Brandon had a wonderful time and I hope he remembers at least a little bit when he’s older. 

Back safe and sound!

So we returned from Orlando late last night and I’m happy to report that we’re safe and sound.  The trip to Disney World was amazing and I really owe Maggie a thank you for always pushing for us to go away as a family more.  I took a ton of pictures and will edit some tonight, I’ll get them up shortly as I know a lot of friends and family members are asking. 🙂

Off to Orlando!

I know i haven’t posted much in the last little while, life’s been busy but whatever today the family is going to Orlando!  We’re going to take Brandon to Disneyworld and it’s going to be fun.  Will post some pictures later. 🙂

Pokemon wants to get shot

Hehe so today I went to Silverdale with Marcia, Mario (who just got his license) & Shawn and it was great except all the darn pokemon popping up! 😉

Hehe Shawn was a newb so I couldn’t join Marica on the competition range but it was still fun and I missed shooting while I was away. The PSA 10.5″ 7.62×39 AR15 upper was great I had one misfeed in about 200 rounds but it’s still pretty new and needs some “break in”.

Other than that today was pretty relaxing, not too hot and overall very pleasant.  Noticed one of the local gyms is now a level 10 and look who’s king yeah that’s right haha.

Pokemon Go European conquest

As you know we’re addicted to Pokemon Go and Brandon and I played a lot while we were in Italy and here are a few pics of our Pokemon holding the Italian gyms. 😉

Hehe I guess I’m most proud of holding the gym at the leaning tower of Pisa, with Maggie in tow we actually held that place for around 5 hours. 🙂  On the 7th day of the trip Maggie and I caught the European specific Mr. Mime, a super goofy looking thing but yeah a special one because it’s not available here.

LOL I bet the local players around my home thought I was banned, nope away on a trip, leveled up and powered up my guys.

A few videos from Italy

As promised here are some videos that I took while we were in Italy, they were taken with the Canon 70D, my 24-105 f4L lens & Rode shotgun microphone.

I’m glad Brandon can be happy anywhere…  The Gondola ride was 80 Euros for 30 minutes (was more like 20 minutes though) but it was totally worth it!