|Matty working on his homework|
Mike & Karen were able to explain "bobas" to us, which we first experienced in a Vietnamese restaurant in Simi Valley. We ordered an avocado shake, and the waitress asked if we wanted bobas. We had no idea what they were, and the waitress in her broken English, could only communicate they were round like balls, and cost 75 cents extra. They were indeed round like balls, darkly colored, about the size of a large blueberry, and had an almost bouncy, chewy texture. Shanan cried when she ate her first one, but the girls' competitive nature set in, and they ate them, but we still had no idea what they were, and since they weren't listed on the menu, we didn't know how they were spelled and had trouble looking them up. Mike & Karen to the rescue...bobas are tapioca! Here's an explanation online. We had another chance to try bobas in our taro shakes (yum!) at the Vietnamese restaurant with the Delotes. Still don't love the bobas themselves, but they are actually a lot of fun!
We also enjoyed watching movies in their totally awesome movie room, which I discovered doubled well as a napping room for Jake, and I got totally caught up on laundry finally. Meanwhile, our girls learned that boy toys aren't so bad after all; they played with cars and transformers. Mike & Karen also treated them to new Barbies, their first new toys since moving out of our old house! And Jake made fast friends with their cat Chatter, such a fun & friendly kitty that reminded us of our old cat Simon that we lost three years ago. We all hope a cat like Chatter is somewhere in our future.
|Great times with old friends and Thai food!!!|
|Shanan loved the Thai tea|
Steve helped finish moldings in their house and also attempted to help Mike install a brand spanking new double oven in their kitchen! It didn't quite go as planned; the removal of the old oven was uneventful, but apparently Steve had forgotten precisely how to measure for the new double oven. Yeah, the first double oven Steve picked up & installed wasn't exactly the right size. Oops...making memories, right? ;)
We so enjoyed our time here that we revised our plans to leave to visit San Diego before heading back east. We'll save San Diego for another visit; for now, we're soaking up time with friends before beginning our trek back to Texas for the holidays.
|They totally spoiled the kids by letting them pick their own toy for a gift.|
|We had a pizza-making party one night.!|
|"Smile but don't open your mouth"|
|Even Genna loved the yummy Indian food!|
|Mike took us to the best Indian restaurant in town.|
|Jake loved his Auntie Karen!|
|Jake loved Chatter, and Chatter enjoyed Jake. It was fun to watch them play!|
|Last night get together|
|Matty was a little unsure of having girls around at first, but he warmed quickly to it|
|Matty was sad to see us go, we were sad to leave him|
|Hard to say goodbye|
|Mike let me drive his camaro on the freeway, what a treat!|