“Case of the Monday’s”

Have you ever seen the movie Office Space? If not, stop immediately what you’re doing and find a way to watch it! I promise it will be worth it! Anyways, I know everyone at some point in their life has had or does currently have a “case of the Monday’s.” I’m fortunate enough to be a stay at home mother, but, I dread when Monday’s roll around because my husband has to go to work and our fun weekend family time comes to a pause. Take this past weekend for example: we had just gotten our new beach cruisers, as you probably saw in the last post, and we couldn’t wait to get out and cruise around on them. Well that’s exactly what we did ALL weekend! From 8am till about 4:00pm on Saturday, and then from about 6am to about 2:00pm on Sunday. And let me tell you, riding beach cruisers especially with my amazing little family is one of the most therapeutic experiences I’ve ever had! It’s so relaxing to not only be able to see so much more than if you were walking around, but to be able to look at the ocean while riding your bike or watch surfers catch a gnar gnar wave, there’s just something amazing about it! So until our next beach cruising adventures next weekend, here’s some photos of our lovely rendezvous! If you want to check out more of these pictures, add me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AmandaKnudsen26. Here are some pictures of our adventures this weekend:

 

Riding around Huntington Beach

Riding around Huntington Beach

 

Newport Peninsula Point Beach

My husband and our little dude out on Newport Peninsula Point Beach!

 

 

The beautiful Huntington Beach Pier at sunrise.

The beautiful Huntington Beach Pier at sunrise.

 

Back side of houses that have a small water channel that they can pull their boats up to to dock!

Back side of houses that have a small water channel that they can pull their boats up to to dock!

 

I Found My Hippie Side This Past Weekend

So this past weekend, my husband, son, and I visited the Newport, Balboa Peninsula.  We had always wanted to rent beach cruisers and just ride around the city, but never had, even though we go there almost every weekend.  Well this past Sunday we did just that, and we are hooked!  I can’t be-lieve we never got beach cruisers and rode around!  The wonderful thing about this area is the Pacific Coast Highway runs along many beaches down here, and there are a ton of bike lines, pretty much every where you go!  So we rode up to Huntington Beach and rode around that little town and then rode back and rode around Newport, Balboa Peninsula. This was probably the most relaxing, fun having time I think I’ve ever had!  Which we’ve now decided, we need to invest in beach cruisers and a little seat for our Peanut Butter to sit in so we can do this every weekend!  We feel so blessed being able to live down here in SoCal, and to be able to go ride bikes every weekend in the beautiful weather we get down here!  My hippie side came out also while riding the bikes, and I loved being able to enjoy the scenery while cruising around and not having to worry about traffic or other cars, and I also like that we weren’t polluting the air by driving around, plus we got some amazing exercise!  I felt like even though it was only for a little bit,(but this will be more often now that we’re hooked! 😉 ) like I helped cut down on air pollutants and some how, some way, that made my heart smile!

Stay Classy San Diego

So this past weekend, my husband, son and I went to Sea World, and also visited the downtown area of San Diego.  Now I know there are a lot of fans of that city, but I’ve come to the decision of not being a fan of it.  I’m originally from Seattle.  I know what bums are and Seattle definitely has them, but San Diego is another story.  I never thought there could be such a large population of bums in one city.  There was one bum in particular that really stood out to me.  We had stopped to use the public restroom over by a restaurant that serves seafood.

While waiting for my husband, I curiously observed this bum.  He was wearing a large flannel button up jacket that went down to his knees, hadn’t had a hair cut in probably 10 years, and had very long fingernails.  There was one trash can container he kept working at to score something from.  After watching him, he finally popped open the side of the container and was able to pull the actual can out and retrieved a single, plastic soda bottle out of it.  He had to have been attempting to open this container for at least 5 minutes.  And all of that for a plastic bottle (that’s only worth maybe 3-5cents depending on where he would take it for recycling).  As the bum walked away, I noticed him eating out a bag he had also found in the garbage.  I’m assuming, it could have had some sort of seafood in it (since the seafood restaurant was right beside this trash can) and I thought, wow, I can’t imagine having to eat out of a garbage can especially if it had seafood in it.

This is when it all really hit me. I’ve always had a part of my heart that really felt bad for bums.  But there’s another part of my heart that doesn’t feel bad for them at all.  I’m really torn on how to feel about this situation, and am not sure if I’ll ever come to a conclusion.  This being the reason:  If you help out one, they’ll all want help.  And how do you tell if you’re helping the right one?  I remember when I was younger, there was a bum that became a famous millionaire off of pan-handling the streets of Seattle.  If I were to help them all out, I’d end up being one of them.  Also, there are people that dress “down” so to speak to go earn tax free money by doing this.  And I’ll be honest, I don’t want to help those people out.  Or the ones that say they’re veterans…..whew, don’t even get me started on those ones.  Or even better, the “mother’s that have babies, and don’t have food for them.”  There are programs out there!  And then there are also the pan-handlers that believe it or not actually prefer this style of living, or if you tried to help them out, they’d either take it as an insult, or take everything you gave them, and then be right back out on the streets.

So what’s a person supposed to do?  I was raised to ignore them, but when being in a city like this, that’s so full of them, it’s pretty hard to do.

 

On a lighter note, we had a blast at Sea World!  It was our little Peanut Butter’s first time, and he is obsessed with anything that has to do with the water, so it was a lot of fun to see all the facial expressions when he saw everything!  Here’s some fun pictures!

Peanut Butter was so excited to see the Walrus swimming in the water

Peanut Butter was so excited to see the Walrus swimming in the water

 

Peanut Butter At Sea World

 

Peanut Butter was having so much fun playing with the dolphins!

Peanut Butter was having so much fun playing with the dolphins!