February 18, 2008

On the Birthday Honea Express

Saturday we traveled a great distance to party with Zane, Whit and some of our other blog friends.

LA Daddy entertained TheMonk by giving him a nickel for a wooden train he was carrying around and then pulling a quarter out of his ear. I pocketed the thirty cents (that was 10% of a gallon of gas!) and, upon arriving at home late Saturday night, placed it on a table along with five tootsie rolls that somehow made it into my pocket. TheMonk, upon waking up the next morning, saw the quarter on the table as we made our way to breakfast and knew where it came from. “The man took that coin from my ear. That’s silly.” he told me.

Other highlights came from watching TheMonk and Ronen negotiate who gets to play with the wooden train (the same train TheMonk sold to LA Daddy for a nickle some time later). Ronen drove a hard bargain but eventually settled for a San Francisco cable car while TheMonk got to keep the coveted wooden train. (Although I think TheMonk may have thrown in his sister to sweeten the deal.)

The kids had a blast. Swee’Pea was in dog heaven and ate her weight in jelly sandwiches. TheMonk made the rounds of toys, climbing structures and sand boxes but fell in love with the trampoline. For a kid who has trouble staying on his feet on level ground, he did pretty well bouncing around.

Best of all, the kids traveled well. We hit traffic through L.A. (an accident – stupid L.A. drivers) so our trip took us about 4 hours to get home but it was worth it. We got to hang out with parents and kids and new-found friends and the kids got to shovel anything that resembled food into their mouths for an entire day. A win-win all the way around.


  1. Sweet! Love the photo thingy.

    Comment by Becky — February 19, 2008 @ 6:10 am

  2. Trying to swallow my jealousy that you got to play with L.A. Daddy…

    Love the photo thing at the bottom.

    Comment by Redneck Mommy — February 19, 2008 @ 7:46 am

  3. You sure know good looking people!

    Comment by Whit — February 19, 2008 @ 8:50 am

  4. Nice to see you again, and to finally meet the wife and kids. I was a little confused, however — you called them by some very strange names.

    Comment by Rattling The Kettle — February 19, 2008 @ 10:14 am

  5. It looks like you all had fun! Sorry about the return traffic, though.

    Comment by Deanna — February 19, 2008 @ 1:15 pm

  6. I loved looking at the photos…and putting some names to faces…that way instead of a lurker I can be a stalker (just kidding- you are all safe-jeeesh I don’t even drive).

    But I gotta say- please ask the birthday boy’s parents to get a cage for their trampoline! I hate to think of the squashed doggies and dented cars let alone injured toddlers. We have a trampoline (with a net- acquired for the firstborn before we had that silly idea to try for secondborn) and I have to say it’s the best toddler work out ever (well except for when that law of twin attraction comes into play -”no matter how big the playspace, twins will run into each other” ). My girls have been jumping with both feet since around 18mths – I am positive this is because of the daily bounceathon.
    So are you up for a drive to NJ ?

    Comment by Twinshere — February 20, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  7. Yeah, you can always count me in for a good “He’s silly” comment.

    Comment by L.A. Daddy — February 20, 2008 @ 8:34 pm

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