I uploaded a bunch of pictures last night before we went to bed and this happened:
I love it!! I had a bunch of similar photos and Google animated them for me. It is so cool! Anywho... here are more pics and some highlights from our time with Annina in Venice Beach.
Venice Beach with Baniener!
We got to Venice Beach quite early so we decided to go to our parking spot from last year and hang out until it was time to check in. We set up the boy's tent in some grass under a tree. (smelled like pee and poopies... but it was shade) Jonny skated to get ice and supplies and we had a nice afternoon in Venice.
As our time approached to check in we decided to go find the place and then scout out the area. It was easy to find. Then we found some grocery stores and Jonny went into Ralphs and got some food and supplies for us. We went back to our home and used the combination which release the keys to the house. Inside the door was a locked mailbox to put the deposit and cleaning fees. (The manager came by the next day to collect them... not the same guy I e-mail... )
|Jonny going into Ralphs to get some groceries. This was right before we went to our new place.|
|hanging out in the parking lot playing games!|
|Casablancas - Pat and Pam's little restaurant.|
|The taco truck that sits in front of our house... but it isn't there everyday... Fri - Tues. I think!|
|Nap time in the Venice home.|
|The CVS pharmacy by our house.|
|Chilling on the patio in one of Jonny's "safe areas."|
|Picking up Annina at the airport.|
|Christian is watching TV.|
|Apres surf hot tub and drinks!|
|Jonny found these cool teething treats - you fill them with fruit or veggies and freeze them. Must feel nice on the new top tooth that is poking through. (Google combined these photos too...?)|
|watermelon juice cheek|
|Annina and I are walking|
|New water bottle nipple.|
|Cool living wall in Santa Monica|
|Gymnastics on the beach|
|We have a blender to make juice!|
|Abbot Kinney - not that interesting... sushi place was closed.|
|We found sushi on Main St. (Not Vancouver prices!)|
|Venice beach walking|
|Who is that beside me?|
|Annina and Christian... making faces|
|An empty star..|
|Annina surf star! hahaha!|
|In - n- Out Burger shot|
|Hollywood site seeing|
|The boy is checking out Annina... always has an eye on the ladies!|
|Can you see it?|
|Too bad we will miss Pepe's show!|
|Crab Pot straight ahead!|
|I think Jonny just started to run!|
|Eating some bread...|
|Muscles.. or clams... or something|
|Taking a break from the crab and looking at the boats.|
|Helping mama clean|
|More crab pot shots... sorry.. too many photos.. all mixed up!|
|Chinese theatre.. Hollywood.|
|This is where Annina rented her board and wetsuit. He gave her a really good deal - $100 for 5 days.|
|This place even came with frosted mugs in the deep freeze!|
|What is this guy doing? He has been down like that for a while.|
|Tramp on the roof?|
|Haven't had one this year yet....|
|Venice skate park|
|This little guy was awesome.. I will add video later..|
Our destination for the next day day was Zuma beach. Annina and I walked up to the beach and there were dolphins swimming. We asked the old life guard that looked straight out of Baywatch if this was normal and he said the dolphins are there everyday and they come in closer if the waves are bigger because they like to play in them.
There was no fighting for waves. We had this little part of the ocean to ourselves and a lifeguard to watch over us... and dolphins! This was our favourite beach of the trip. We went back here the next day too.
Thursday there weren't enough waves to go surfing so Annina and I took the cruiser bikes and tried to ride them to Manhattan beach... hahaha.. we didn't even come close to making it. We got to the end of the path here and it turned to go around the marina through the city. We turned off the bike path too soon and did our own tour of the canal neighbourhood and when we finally found the bike path again we decided our buts had had enough and we should head back to our own beach... where we got frozen yogurt (where you can put whatever toppings on you want! yum!) and sat on the beach (after walking our bikes across the sand).
Then... Jonny made us another salad.. we had another hot tub.. and then it was off to LAX. (Where we had to go through a police block and there were cops everywhere.. looking for someone trying to escape! So exciting.. they let us pass.) Good-by Baniener!! You are an awesome friend for coming to surf with me and to hang out with my little family!!