It was smokin hot at the Villa during our visit. Temperatures reached above 100 which is a pretty rare event. To keep cool Pops had the girls get in the fridge.
We took a jaunt into the city one day to try and keep cool. I had planned this as one of our outings and hyped it up to the kids. I imagined walking the Pier, seeing the seals, riding the cable cars, visiting the chocolate factory and taking them to the build a bear Max took me to when we were 16. I had grand visions of being the ultimate tourist and foolishly thought the kids were old enough to enjoy the sights of the city.
But it ended with a bowl of chowder! Some of the best clam chowder I have ever had.
Everyone was a fan.
We ate every last crumb.
Even Hank enjoyed the chowder chow time.
During our road trip the kids watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I excitedly told them when we got to California we would get to visit the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory. I think they were a tad disappointed with visions of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers in their heads that there was just big vats of chocolate and no Willy Wonka to greet them.
So they played by the fountain with Max and Pops.
They would be lowered like a ballerina to touch the fountain. One foreign tourist asked if we were doing a religious performance or just for fun. LOL
We did have a fabulous chocolate banana split!
I was really hoping to ride the cable cars but the lines were long and the kids were pooped. Luckily we will have many visits to the Villa ahead of us where we can make it happen. Instead we jumped on the electric bus back to the ferry. This was Hank's favorite part of the day. Go figure!
We walked through the market and got a hearty laugh out of this sign. Tasty salted pig parts. Now we are talking! While it wasn't the day the kids or I had imagined, it turned out to be a pretty nice way to escape the heat wave and eat some tasty San Francisco treats!
Hailey had a fun birthday at the Villa this year. She had the quite the adult breakfast. Since it happen to be Father's Day, Anna had planned salmon and bagels and for a special treat she got Pops caviar.
The kids all enjoyed the salmon and bagels, however, Hailey was the only caviar fan.
We always try to let the kids dictate the menu for their day and Hailey's favorite breakfast of all time is creamed eggs. So we had another round of breakfast for brunch.
We went for a water expedition. Hank loved riding in the kayak with Max.
My big girl paddled herself all around the estuary.
Anna booked it!
Pops and I ferried the little ladies around. It was a fabulous rendezvous!
During nap time Anna gave Hailey a manicure.
In the afternoon the boys played bocce ball. Hank did throw a ball and break one of Nana's big pots. Sorry!
Paella for dinner!
Anna gave Hailey one of her horses from her childhood collection. "Phoenix" has become the leader of Hailey's herd of Breyer horses. :)
It was a busy and long day. In typical Villa fashion, dinner wasn't until 9 pm and we didn't the kids to bed until 10:30. Karlie was trying her best to hang in there.
It was a grand day for a grand girl!
I have to say that our Arizona welcome has been warm. The week we moved in were record breaking hot days. I think my car was having a nervous break down. That read 126 degrees! I don't know if it was really that hot, but I do know it went above 120. Even the locals were saying how hot it was. When it is that hot you just can not be outside. It made leaving all the doors of the house wide open for the movers particularly enjoyable.
All of the dessert's finest creatures came to welcome us as well. Thus far we have had 3 live scorpions in the house. One in Karlie and Kaitlin's room. I am not happy about this welcome. We had the pest control come the second day we were here and he said we have to kill their food source because the poison doesn't work very well. We had a cockroach and cricket infestation. After he sprayed there were hundreds of dead cockroaches surrounding the house. Thankfully the birds came and cleaned up the mess.
The bug man said the best thing to do for scorpions is to go hunting for them at night. He said to get a black light and they will light up like the fourth of July. Sure enough, they look just like this.
Our fearless scorpion hunter gang. The found 10 of them. Max's boots served as the lethal weapon.
If cockroaches and scorpions were not enough, this snake came to greet us on our doorway the third day. We are unsure what type he was. His tail rattled back and fourth and was swollen but we couldn't hear any noise. One of the movers offered to kill him but he slithered away. I hope Mr. Snake doesn't feel the need to make a return visit. He is not welcome.
Apparently Max and I have a curse of bringing record weather to Arizona. When we came for his interview in February they had the "40 year freeze." Then Tuesday the haboob of the century welcomed us. It was raining dust for hours. Here are some pictures I found on the net.
You should follow this link to watch a video of it rolling in. Remarkable. Just wish I wasn't here when it happened. The Haboob of 2011!
Our robot tried in vain to clean the dust out of the pool.
Dirt remained to hang in the air all day and it was recommended you stay inside. It was so thick we couldn't see nearby mountains. I felt a bit like a nuclear explosion survivor. However, it did make for a pretty sunset. I appreciate the warm welcome we have received from Arizona, but I am not interested in being friends. I would appreciate it if they would all back off. :)