Weekend Recap: The Library, Margaritas, and Alex G!

Ah, Monday is here. We had a pretty fun weekend. Weekends are pretty much always exhausting. It doesn't matter what we are doing, we could be hosting a party, running errands, or staying at home. Either way, just having kids is exhausting. True story! So, this weekend was busy, but fun and easy going. 

Friday
Friday was a super fun day for the little ones. I saw on my Facebook via Our Town El Sereno that the Sea Mobile from the Natural History Museum was going to be at our local library. Next month we will be visiting the Natural History Museum as part of my Summer series and the Sea Mobile was a cool intro for the girls. And since my girls fail miserably at whispering, they hadn't been to the library yet, so this was their first time. 
The girls got to walk through the Sea Mobile and see different creatures from the sea, sit at a computer and use their software and experience a bit of sea life. 

Then, I had a surprise for the little lady, Lacey. First of all, she had no idea we were going to the library, and she was even more surprised to find out that she was getting her very first library card. The librarian explained the responsibilities as a card member, she signed her name, and borrowed her first book Pilgrim Cat by Carol Antoinette Peacock Illustrated by Doris Ettlinger. 

Yes, I made her pose! My eyes watered a bit when I saw her sign her name on her library card. It was just such a big moment in her little life. She will be starting preschool in a couple weeks, and I am slowly preparing myself for that moment. I love books and love to read, and I already see that trait in Lacey. Her favorite books are The Bible, a Bug Encyclopedia, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She can't read any of these books but she loves them. I think she will love reading. 

Saturday
While doing a little shopping for Lacey's school clothes at The Children's Place, a man dressed as a banana walked in and said, "Hey! Jamba Juice is having free smoothies for kids today!" So, naturally, our next stop was Jamba Juice, which was really cool, because they had some coloring pages and crayons out for the kids too.
Then we drove 50 miles to Norco. 
Since my husband's birthday was during the week this year, my in-laws didn't get a chance to celebrate with him. So this weekend we had a birthday BBQ for my husband and his family. 
This was our spread. 
Carne asada for tacos, corn on the cob, Mexican rice, potato salad, and beans. 
Although I only had one (BS anxiety) I highly recommend this Margarita mix from Costco. It's a good mix of flavor and strength. Super yummy at club prices, Lol! 

My nephew picked out an Avengers pinata for my husband's birthday BBQ, and when we jokingly asked if Grandpa wanted to hit the pinata, he went for it! 

My husband beating his pinata! 

Pinata equals smiley kids.
Smiley kids smiling in 3 different directions. Of course. 

Being a parent means never being able to blow out your own candles on your birthday cake. 

Sunday- Date Night! Woohoo!
For us, our weekends are always about our kids and spending time with them. Once in a big ass blue moon we get a night to ourselves. 
Here are a couple of my instagram pictures. 
We live 5 minutes from Downtown LA and I can see the skyline from my bedroom window, but I still think it's beautiful and always try and capture a good photo.
So, as we drove through LA, we stopped for dinner at Komodo. I've had their food once before at a food truck festival. Their motto is Dangerously Good Food, and it totally is! Sorry, I only got a picture of their truffle fries, which are delicious, because I was hungry. (I kinda suck at being a food blogger)
Our plan for the night was to go to the Roxy on Sunset Blvd. to see Alex G. If you don't know Alex G, you can check her out here on her YouTube channel. My husband is a huge fan of hers, he loves her covers and I actually hear her versions of songs before the original. 
So, Hanna Carter was one of her opening acts. She was a super cute, talented young girl. My husband and I were really impressed at how well she performed. 
This is Marissa Jerome, she won the Alex G contest to sing at the Roxy and be one of her opening acts. She has over 4 million views on this video (WARNING: It's a Justin Bieber cover). She has a pretty rad sound to her though, I liked the rasp in her voice! 
This dude Danny Padilla was hilarious! He was another Alex G contest winner and he was a pretty bad ass beat boxer. Check him out
Oh yeah and then Alex G performed! She has an album of originals coming out soon, so keep an eye out for her. She's pretty talented. 
Here she is singing with Tyler Ward
So, that was a fun night out. Pretty low key with some chill music. If I haven't convinced you to go check out any of these artists, this video has over 12 million views! Check it out. 

So that is my weekend recap! Was your weekend eventful or laid back? 

Bully

Recently while scrolling through Netflix, I found a movie I had been wanting to see for a while, the award winning documentary Bully. I first heard about the film when it started making the press rounds last year because people were trying to lower the rating from R to PG-13 so that more children would be allowed to view it. The film directed by Lee Hirsh was originally released in 2011 and follows the lives of several young kids that were being pretty severely bullied in school. 
This is my badge from The Bully Project site.
The site gives kids an opportunity to take a pledge to not Bully others and to stand up for those who are being bullied. The site states they will reach 1 million kids this year. 
The bullying in the film was pretty intense and as a mom and a former educator it was difficult to watch most scenes. The scenes where kids were being physically abused while sitting on the school bus or walking down the hall, were hard to watch. But the most difficult for me had to have been when a mother described the morning her son's body was found by his brother after he committed suicide because he had been so badly bullied at school.  

The film made me feel uncomfortable, which is always a sign of a good documentary. The mothers of these children had no idea how badly their children were being bullied and to what extent. Once the filmmakers and producers witnessed the danger that one of the kids was in on the school bus, they decided to show his mother the footage for his own safety. The other tough aspect to the film, was that the teachers and principals felt as though their hands were tied. They felt they did everything in their power to protect these kids, but I don't think that was true. There should have been harsher punishments or consequences for the bullies. It is not okay to brush it off and say, "Boys will be boys." Not anymore, especially when we are in a world where victims of bullying feel that bringing a weapon to school can solve their problems, and innocent children are being killed.

Personally, I don't remember witnessing overt acts of bullying growing up. I may have been too busy in high school to notice, which makes me sad for the kids that were being bullied. That means I didn't notice them. I didn't bully them, but I also didn't notice them being treated so poorly. Growing up in East Los Angeles in a predominantly Mexican community bullying may have been an issue, but the answer was always fighting. It may not seem like the best solution, but in a community where fathers bleed machismo and mother's most often say, "aye, just don't let your dad find out," that really was the best choice.   

I recommend that this film be watched by kids as young as Junior High School and all through High School  those are some of the cruelest years and, although some kids may be too immature to handle the language or actions in this film, for some kids it may open their eyes. We are raising the next generation in such a difficult world, I think the film Bully can be used as a tool to encourage parents and teachers to talk to kids about the effect that words and actions have on people. 

 Recently, my neighborhood Facebook page Our Town El Sereno shared a link to a video titled "If you only knew" it shows various students making the point that you never know what people are going through and that harsh words can hurt. The video was made with students from my former high school, Woodrow Wilson High School in East Los Angeles. Thank you to Joey Faraon who created such a cool video and allowing me to share it with my readers.