To Disneyland... It's Tradition!
We departed home at 10:00 AM sharp and got to Catal at 10:45 AM because of the 5-K Run they had this morning! Of course, we proceeded directly to the bar and who did we see first... Irene.
Then Nicole, a new Mommy-To-Be showed up with her world famous smile!
Hey girl!! I'm going to join the club real soon!
Miss Robin joined us at the bar
Bob and Paul downed a Mojito
Did You Know? - Mojito (/moʊˈhiːtoʊ/; Spanish: [moˈxito]) is a traditional Cuban highball.
Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, soda water, and mint. The original Cuban recipe uses spearmint or yerba buena, a mint variety very popular on the island. Its combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus, and mint flavors is intended to complement the potent kick of the rum, and has made this clear highball a popular summer drink. The cocktail has a relatively low alcohol content (about 10% alcohol by volume).
When preparing a mojito, lime juice is added to sugar (or syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded.
Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with crushed ice and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.
The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs. There are several versions of the mojito.
...and for the ladies... Champagne!
Grandma Sue and Nick... Bellies up to the bar
It is ready for us to "officially arrive"
We are first in the room... Irene is right with us... The Duda's come next
Bob shows Michele where to sit...
Craig and Marianne made it after fighting the traffic
Speaking of bubbles...
Robin is in full swing... Stories go flying
"We really really enjoy family around us!"
Irene gets the latest scoop
Did You Know? - With Mother's Day being celebrated on Sunday, it's only natural to wonder how this great tradition of honoring mothers of the entire world ever evolved. Although roots of Mother's Day can be traced in the U.K. and the United States as of the late 19th century, the origins of the famous holiday go back to the era of ancient Greece.
Ancient Greeks used to hold an annual spring festival in honor of the mythological maternal goddesses. They used the occasion to honor Rhea, the Titan daughter of the earth goddess Gaia and the sky god Uranus, which by classical Greeks was said to be the mother of the Olympian goddesses and gods, but not an Olympian goddess on her own.
In early traditions, the figure of Rhea was strongly associated with Cybele, which was received as a rather foreign, exotic mystery-goddess who arrives in a lion-drawn chariot to the accompaniment of wild music, wine followed by disorderly conduct and orgiastic dances.
P.S. This does NOT mean that Irene is an Ancient Greek!
The new Lisa...
Marianne makes the rounds
Joined at the hip!
Our new health nut... Paul is going to hire Lisa as his PT
Slurp... Gurgle... Burp!
We talked and ate from 11:00 AM until about 3:00 PM
These kids are looking good!
Put these three together and it is giggle time!
Bob looks worried!
Not so much Grandma Sue
She looks around at her family and friends...
Awaiting arrival of additional champagne supplies
Donna has powerful thoughts!
Oh oh... Two blondes putting their heads together
Paul had the Scotch Egg
Did You Know? - Scotch eggs are a common picnic food. In the United Kingdom packaged Scotch eggs are available in supermarkets, corner shops and motorway service stations. Miniature versions are also widely available, sold as "mini scotch eggs" "savory eggs", "picnic eggs", "party eggs", "snack eggs", "egg bites" or similar. These contain chopped egg or a quail's egg, rather than a whole chicken egg, and sometimes contain mayonnaise or chopped bacon.
In the United States, many "British-style" pubs and eateries serve Scotch eggs, usually served hot with dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, hot sauce, or hot mustard sauce. At the Minnesota State Fair Scotch eggs are served on a stick. Scotch eggs are available at most Renaissance Festivals from Maryland to Texas.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, Scotch eggs may also be called vogelnestje ("little bird's nest") because they contain an egg or eierbal ("eggball"). In Italy they are known as polpettone, consisting of a meatloaf filled with eggs.
We saved four seats for Joe and Amy but the Disneyland traffic and parking
was too much... We sure missed them!
We love our family
Michele and Paul had great seats
The menu was quite nice today!
"I am not asleep.... I just take after Daddy Paul!"
Beautiful eyes! Beautiful person!
We were so VERY happy to have Irene join us!
See Irene for the translation!
"OK... Dessert is a nice substitution!"
Zero calories! IF and ONLY IF you just look at it!
What do You see on the top of the cake?
Craig gets a "Bunny Dip"
Did You Know? - The Playboy Bunnies were waitresses who served drinks at Playboy Clubs. There were different types of Bunnies, including the Door Bunny, Cigarette Bunny, Floor Bunny, Playmate Bunny and the Jet Bunnies (specially selected Bunnies that were trained as flight attendants. They served on the Playboy "Big Bunny" Jet). To become a Bunny, women were first carefully chosen and selected from auditions. Then they underwent thorough and strict training before officially becoming a Bunny. Bunnies were required to be able to identify 143 brands of liquor and know how to garnish 20 cocktail variations.
A Bunny also had to master the required maneuvers to work. These included the "Bunny Stance", a posture that was required in front of patrons. The Bunny must stand with legs together, back arched and hips tucked under. When the Bunny is resting or while waiting to be of service, she must do the "Bunny Perch". She must sit on the back of a chair, sofa, or railing without sitting too close to a patron. The most famous maneuver of all, the "Bunny Dip", was invented by Kelly Collins, once renowned for being the "Perfect Bunny"; to do the "Bunny Dip" the Bunny gracefully leaned backwards while bending at the knees with the left knee lifted and tucked behind the right leg. This maneuver allowed the Bunny to serve drinks while keeping her low-cut costume in place. Strict regulations were enforced by special workers in the guise of patrons.
We stopped by to "visit" Mom!
She's coming up on her 90th birthday... Wish she were here!
We spent 90 minutes in line for a 5 minute ride around the world.... Time for dinner!
Back to Catal for dinner... Yep! Paul ate again!
Valerie greets the munchkin! Miss Lily
Watching the pictures from her visit to see a princess
They must be pretty good!
Why all the fingers?
Great Grandma has her hand warmer
A beautiful mother! Indeed!
"No your not!"