The girls and I had a long three-day weekend in mid January to celebrate and honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr. Although I reflected on his vast contributions to the civil rights movement and to our larger society (and felt frustrated at the recent steps we’ve seemed to take backwards with our current American “leadership”), the girls didn’t understand why they had an extra day home from daycare and preschool. Vivian is old enough, certainly, to understand some of Dr. King’s tangible roles in breaking down race barriers, but, honestly, she is still so young and innocent and I’m not quite ready to even tell her what race and color are and that people have been and still are discriminated and victimized because of these things. So…we kept things light and spent our time together riding the carousel, Ferris wheel, and train at the Irvine Spectrum Center; hiking about 4 miles (round trip) to Red Rock Canyon in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park; and picking (and eating!) strawberries at Tanaka Farms.
Irvine Spectrum Center Rides
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Hike
Tanaka Farms Strawberry Tour
At the end of the weekend, just like last year, we spent some time at the park. Vivian has been practicing riding her new bike to the park and is getting pretty good at it!