Easter Sunday At Disneyland... The Happiest Place On Earth (Page Three)
We are off to Disneyland for awhile prior to going to Catal for dinner at 5:30 with the Finch's, Zaitz, Duda's.
We are indeed blessed with our family and friends!
We took the monorail from the parking area to Disneyland park!
The castle look glorious on this Easter Day
We had to get the moat into the picture
Did You Know? - Easter 2014 - Join the fun.... We had an afternoon of laughs and giggles and ended with full tummies and 72 beautiful Easter Eggs! It's fun to be with family and share in these events which will last forever (We remember egg coloring from 50-60 years ago!)
Mr Duck was quite happy moving from lake to lake
The water was calm until they began to swim
Did You Know? - All ducks have highly waterproof feathers as a result of an intricate feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread on each feather while preening. A duck's feathers are so waterproof that even when the duck dives underwater, its downy underlayer of feathers will stay completely dry.
We had to do the paddle wheeler!
Fantastic day on the Mark Twain
Did You Know? - Traditional terms for soundings are a source for common expressions in the English language, notably "deep six" (a sounding of 6 fathoms). On the Mississippi River in the 1850s, the leadsmen also used old-fashioned words for some of the numbers; for example instead of "two" they would say "twain". Thus when the depth was two fathoms, they would call "by the mark twain!". The American writer Mark Twain, a former river pilot, likely took his pen name from this cry. The term lives on in today's world in echo sounding, the technique of using sonar to measure depth.
It's a quarter of five so time to head for Catal
It's almost like a family restaurant to us since we know them so well!
Slurp... Gurgle.... Nick gets his liquid intake
Speaking about liquid intake... Martini and Mojito (Brian and Bob)
The ladies are Merlot and Cab (Jan and Donna)
Robin reminds Paul where we are!
As you can clearly see the glass count is growing
Paul attempts to cover up the evidence but with that shirt there is no way!
(Courtesy of Bob Z)
"Psssssst Paul, put on your innocent look!" (Courtesy of Bob Z)
That's as innocent as it gets (Courtesy of Bob Z)
Catal brought us a round of champagne... Thanks to Valerie
"Pssssst I am going to mix my drinks... Champagne and a martini!"
(Courtesy of Bob Z)
Sue checks out the champagne... This is the good stuff...
Catal does everything right! (Courtesy of Bob Z)
Paul does his friendly look! (Courtesy of Bob Z)
The Duda's celebrate Easter with us
What are these two up to?
Nick, Bob and Robin
Valerie popped in!
Peter was kept busy this evening... Donna is studing the menu
trying to play "stump the waiter"
"What... You are switching to root beer floats?"
Did You Know? - An ice cream soda or float (United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and East Asia), coke float (United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand) or Snowball (New Zealand), or spider (Australia and New Zealand), is a beverage that consists of ice cream in either a soft drink or in a mixture of flavored syrup and carbonated water.
The ice cream soda was invented by Robert McCay Green in Philadelphia, PA, in 1874 during the sesquicentennial celebration. The traditional story is that, on a particularly hot day, Mr. Green ran out of cold ice for the flavored sodas he was selling and used vanilla ice cream from a neighboring vendor, thus inventing a new drink.
It's a Catal tradition!
Must be good... We got a double-thumbs-up from Nick
Did You Know? - The gesture's popularization in America is generally attributed to the practices of World War II pilots, who used the thumbs up to communicate with ground crews prior to take-off. This custom may have originated with the China-based Flying Tigers, who were among the first American flyers involved in WWII. The appreciative Chinese would say "挺好的" ("ting hao de"), meaning "very good," and gesture with a thumbs up, which in Chinese means "you're number one."
Oh oh... There is root in the root beer!
Brian will be in the UK for his birthday so we decided to do something early
The proper number of candles would have required the fire department to have
a crew on duty... We decided one was OK
The heat is getting intense
An interesting card... You had to blow it out
Brian does good! The candles are out and the music starts
The trusty iCam at work
Brian had to take a second look
Nick also blew out the candles
The card made a hit
"Psssst Jan, you are reading it up-side-down"
Donna also blows out the candles!
It looked pretty good before we all attacked it!
It is disappearing!
"OK Nick... Penny for your thoughts"
This is a good indication... Paul is upright and smiling
Peter did the honors...
We all headed for home after a great evening together
Paul and Sue stayed for a while... It was so cold downstairs that
we had our drinks moved upstairs and continued our visit