Last day in LA

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I was on the early shift with Benjamin again today, so we went down to the lobby at 5ish and had a lovely cup of organic black tea until the sun came up at 6.30ish.  We then had a lovely long walk along the beach watching the sun get brighter and the joggers doing their work-outs. 
The weather was absolutely gorgeous yet again so the family had breakfast at a beach cafe and Brad and I enjoyed a proper chilled out morning while the boys played happily in the sand.  A perfect way to start the day.  

As the sun got stronger we went down to the sea and the boys had a brilliant time running in and out of the waves in their underpants.  Benji stripped down to his nappy as well - after initially thinking that sand was the worst thing ever, he realised that beach means water/sea so also got stuck in.

The beach looked like a set from Bay Watch, complete with cool life guard trucks and helicopters powering up and down the beach, but minus the beautiful bodies.  In general we have been surprised by how un-worked-out and fit the people in Santa Monica are and how normal everyone looks.  Having said that we have seen a good few Californian nutters as well:  an 80 year old roller blader in top-to-toe dayglo green, a woman with a bird cage and bird on her head, and numerous old male hippies with long plaits and beardy-weirdy clothing.  
We packed it in today: after lots of fun on the beach we went back to the room where the kids wrote some poems about what they had seen on the beach (Zach's idea, not mine!) then we went to the pool for a bit.  After that we popped down to Rodeo Drive where we took some pictures of the Dean Close bears doing some sightseeing, and had a last minute shopping spree in Barneys.
With only a couple of hours to go before the flight I had a minor sense of humour failure - don't like rushing the packing/leaving thing so generally got stressed for a couple of hours while we pulled everything together, and of course left perfectly on time with plenty of time to go....

Zach's Poem (aged 4 1/2)
There was a wave bashing, crashing
People surfing, falling
Boats floating, 
catamarans blowing in the wind above the ocean
Fish swimming in the ocean
Sharks hunting for crabs and fish
There was a shark hunting for turtles
Fishing boats looking for fish.

Jamie's poem (aged 6)
People surfing
Children screaming
Seaweed flying through the sea
Footprints in the sand
Crashing, splashing waves
Boo Boos really liked it
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Wendy on

You have budding poet laureates there! Breakfast on the beach sounds amazing, not so much the 5am start. xx

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