We took a peaceful stroll among the cherry blossoms at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park.
Both boys had 8am games, at different sports fields, so we had to split our coverage. I saw Connor’s first game, but had to miss Gavin’s, so it was his turn for me to spectate.
Gavin spent the game playing 3rd base and right field. He got a walk, 3 stolen bases (including home), and a single. He didn’t get to pitch this game, but he has 3 games next week, so I’m sure his arm will get a work out soon.
Poor Connor was sick and had to miss the run. I stayed home with him so Aliciana could still go help, and take a few photos of Gavin sweating. I still don’t understand how Fun and Run can go together.
Thank you to all the family and friends who donated to the boys! Turtleback Elementary raised a lot of money to fund their science programs and technology improvements.
The whole Loera Clan headed to Loma Linda to visit Walo, who turned 91 years old a few days later. The kids all helped sort his recyclables and do some yard work.
The last photo is of La Gota Cafe, a restaurant in Redlands that Aliciana’s Great-Grandparents (Walo’s parents) owned during the 1950’s through the summer of 1980.
Gavin had his first scrimmage of the season (it went only 3 innings). He got to pitch the first inning, and did well: He struck out 3 while only giving up a walk and a single. He also got a long single and a stolen base.
On Sundays you’ll usually find us down south, letting the boys run around at their grandparent’s backyard. Hector was there this weekend, to play with his two favorite cousins.
We started off the afternoon looking at some beautiful gems on display in the Nat’s new minerals exhibit. Then we went up to the roof to check out the view, which was open to the public for the holiday week.
Next, we headed across the plaza to the Fleet, to play with electromagnetism. The boys learned how a telegraph works and practiced their Morse code skills.
Another nice and sunny San Diego Christmas. In the morning, the boys opened their presents. Then we headed to Eddie and Sally’s house in the afternoon, for Christmas dinner and a few more presents.
During the holidays, the Zoo celebrates with Jungle Bells, where it decorates with light displays and remains open late so visitors can enjoy them.
The animals were all asleep once the sun went down, so there wasn’t much to see besides the lights, but it was an interesting experience.
I’m amazed any of my photos turned out, because I was shooting in the dark with no flash.