Wordless Wednesday: The Evolution of The Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm

Last Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, I took Angry Kid to Knott’s Berry Farm. He had no school, I had no work, and The Husband was working. Angry Husband works in retail and I know better than to be around the house on Black Friday, in between his nap periods. He went into work Thanksgiving night, came home in the wee hours, slept, and then went back. My son had been out of school all week, and I wanted to do something fun!

My son requested that we “immediately” head to the LOG RIDE several times. I told him that I wanted to enjoy some other rides before I got soaking wet. He obliged for about an hour and then we headed towards the log ride. We ended up riding the Timber Mountain Log Ride twice that day, but I’m sure that my son would have rode it several more times if I let him.

My husband got me a new camera for my birthday, and I was excited to take it. I love my Nikon DSLR, but it is a tad bit heavy. It was nice to carry the teeny tiny point and shoot camera along in my pocket. Even better, it is waterproof for adventures like this.

{Warning: Tons of Photos Ahead, Be Sure to Scroll Though!}

YAY, front row for The Timber Mountain Log Ride
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott's Berry Farm

Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.



Disclosure: Angry Kid and I went to Knott’s Berry Farm free because it was Knott’s Annual “Fire and Police Recognition Days”. Ahem, got in with my work ID. All of the pictures and the cute kid are mine!

Bubblefest at Discovery Science Center

Last week, Angry Kid and I attended a media preview of the Sixteenth Annual Bubblefest at Discovery Science Center.  Angry Kid loves science and gets excited every time we go to the Discovery Science Center.  This was our first time attending Bubblefest though.

Bubblefest 2012I had to get the obligatory photograph in front of their signs, of course.

What is Bubblefest?

Bubble Scientist Deni Yeng combines science and entertainment by performing bubble art shows.  Deni has entertained audiences around the world since age 4 with his marvelous stage performances.  At Bubblefest, Deni Yang performs along with the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show featuring a high-tech combination of art and science using bubbles, lights, special effects and lasers.

Bubblefest, the Science Center’s most popular annual event is designed to help visitors appreciate and understand the scientific principles and mathematics of bubbles, and to let them explore the world of bubbles in a fun, hands-on environment.  At the science learning stations, guests can create a bubble mini-wall, bubble domes and much more, while learning about math and science principles like surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, and geometry.

Bubblefest 2012

With brightly colored lights, and tiny bubbles…the show started off with a bang! All of the kids were grabbing at the tiny bubbles floating in the air. This was only a tiny glance of the bubble awesomeness that was about to come.

bubblefest 2012
bubblefest2012

Deni used various tools along with smoke so that you could see the bubbles better.  Seriously, I was amazed at how much could be done with bubbles. I was like a little kid again!

Bubblefest 2012

At the end of the show was an awesome multi-colored laser display.  And then tiny bubbles were released in the air everywhere!

Angry Kid had a blast at Bubblefest and I highly suggest attending the show.  There is also an outdoor festival at Bubblefest with an inflatable play zone, water spheres, and interactive science activities.

Bubblefest is only at The Discovery Science Center for a limited time, March 31st till April 22, 2012.

Entry into Bubblefest is included with General Admission to Discovery Science Center.

For more information about Bubblefest, please check Discovery Science Center’s Website.

Disclosure: Angry Kid and I were provided complimentary admission into Bubblefest for a media event.  All opinions and photographs are mine.

Wordless Wednesday: A Photowalk at Knott’s Berry Farm

Last Saturday, I was invited to Knott’s Berry Farm for an early morning photo walk before the park opened.  It has been a few years since I’ve been to Knott’s Berry Farm.  I had so many childhood memories come back to me while walking around.  I took a ton of photographs that day, but these photos are all from my iPhone.

Bakery at Knott's Berry Farm

The Bakery

Hello cinnamon roll deliciousness...going into the oven. #knottsphotos

Cinnamon rolls going into the oven

Love the Mine Ride @Knotts. #knottsphotos

The Calico Mine Ride

The only boysenberries still on the @Knotts farm. #knottsphotos

The last boysenberries left on Knott’s farm

I patiently waited with @cupcakescutlery until the Funnel Cake stand opened. Of course, I got boysenberries on mine. I even got a cup of boysenberry punch. Come to mama! #knottsphotos

A funnel cake with their boysenberry jam on it

Choo Choo, A Train at Knott's Berry Farm

One of the trains at Knott’s
The Silver Bullet @Knotts. The longest inverted coaster on the west coast. #knottsphotos

The Silver Bullet Coaster

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Welcome to “Angry Julie Monday’s Wordless Wednesday Linky”!

If this your first time here, HELLO! I do a link-up every Wednesday! Post a picture(s) and link back to it here. Wordless Wednesday is a great day to post an awesome picture that “speaks” for itself, no words needed.

Be sure to check out Wordless Wednesday Link-Ups at these other sites also:

Project AliciaBetter in BulkBy Word of Mouth MusingsCrazy About My BaybahDear CrissyFive Minutes For MomLive and Love…Out LoudNaptime MomtogParenting By DummiesSeven Clown CircusSupermomThe Divine Miss Mommy

Also, Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy does “What I Wore Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

And, I can’t forget Krystina from Lollipops whom does “What I Love Wednesday” every week with a great big link-up.

Disclosure: I was provided with free entry into Knott’s Berry Farm for the day.  I could have gone on the big roller coasters while I was there, but I admit, I’m a big whimp!



Hello Monday-The Fun, Food, and Fever Edition

Hello Monday!

Hell to a busy, yet crazy weekend. So many stories from this weekend, there’s not enough time.

Hello to Bubblefest at The Discovery Science Center. We got a sneak preview last Friday night. It was amazing!

We got a sneak preview of #Bubblefest @DiscoveryCube tonight. All the kids had a blast.
Hello to an early Saturday morning with Sharon. We headed off to Knott’s Berry Farm for a behind-the-scenes photo walk before they opened.

Hello to GhostRider Coaster at Knott’s Berry Farm.  The older I get, the scarier roller coasters look.

Love how the Ghost Rider coaster looks so eclectic and worn @Knotts. #knottsphotos

Hello to the bakery inside Knott’s Berry Farm and their famous boysenberry pies being assembled.

Watching boysenberry pies being made. #knottsphotos

Hello to Roscoe’s House of Chicken’ n Waffles with the girls.

Hello to a long 2-hour wait to get a table.

Roscoe's Chicken and WafflesHello to an unexpected febrile seizure at almost one in the morning on Sunday.

It has been three years since Angry Kid had a febrile seizure. We thought that he had outgrown them.

Angry Kid had a 102 degree temperature. After checking him out, some Tylenol and Motrin, we were released from the hospital a few hours later.

Sigh....the kid had a seizure tonight. In the ER tonight. Most likely a febrile seizure. It has been almost three years since the last one. Not a good way to end the night.

Hello to Angry Kid still sick, and possibly me too.

Hello to a day of doctor’s appointments and cleaning.

Hello to no work.

Hopefully Angry Kid will feel better soon.

Hello Monday and one week till Spring Break.

I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard and her Hello Monday Series.

Celebrating Stella’s 7th at Sky High Sports

My best friend’s daughter, Stella, and my son are two months apart in age. On the 16th of March, Stella turned seven. Angry Kid turns seven in May. This year Stacey held Stella’s birthday party at Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa.  Because Stella’s party was held on a Saturday, Stacey rented a private room. It was one of the best decisions that Stacey made in regards to the party.  The day of Stella’s party was a VERY rainy and stormy day.  It seemed like everyone in Orange was looking for something to do, so they headed to Sky High Sports.

Angry Kid and StellaAngry Kid and Stella posing.

Angry Kid at Sky High Sports in Orange County, CA

Sky High Sports is a trampoline fun center.  You can bounce forward, backward, or even do flips on the 360 degree walled trampolines.  They even have balls available for a little trampoline dodge ball game.  It was super fun to watch the kids bounce around on the trampolines.  Angry Kid had never been to a place like this and he had a blast.

We were supposed to go there during Christmas Break for their open play time, but unfortunately Angry Kid was sick.  They have several open play times during the week where you can pay a flat fee for an hour plus of jump time.

I utilized my iPhone during the party to take a bit of video of Angry Kid. I spliced several different videos into one, so don’t be hatin’ on my craptastic video skills.  After you see this video, you will understand why the kids were all so tired. Obviously my kid is the one wearing the green shirt and jeans. It was St. Patrick’s Day after all.

After some food and jumping, it was time for cake, well cupcakes.  Stacey purchased the lovely cupcakes from Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop, a local favorite.  I was able to get some pictures of Stella before and after she blew out the candle. I’m trying to make-up for my son’s birthday last year, when I didn’t get pictures of him blowing out the candle.
Stella blowing out her birthday candleUnfortunately, Stella’s present did not arrive in time for her party. I received her present via UPS this week. Stacey consulted with me on options, and I think Stella really liked her gift. Stacey had me order Stella a Spirograph. I hope that I’m not dating myself, because I loved mine as a kid. I could do those circles for hours and hours. I remember received one as a Christmas present.  I’m pretty sure that Angry Kid would want one of these if he had actually seen what it does.  Stacey and Stella came over on Saturday and we all went out to lunch together.

Stella using her SpirographHappy 7th Birthday Stella!

Medieval Times Premieres New Show

Last month I attended the premiere night of Medieval Times new show. This was not my first time at Medieval Times. Having grown up in Southern California, I have attended shows there several times. I actually spent my 30th birthday there.

I went with my husband, son, and my friend, Janice, whom was in town from Canada. My son has been there previously but attended with my parents time.  Now that he is six, going on seven, I knew that he would have a better understanding of the show.

This is the first time that Medieval Times has debuted a new show in five years. The writers in the Medieval Times corporate office polled fans on the website and Facebook page for content for the new show. They wanted the fans to give input on what they wanted in a show. The fans replied that they wanted more action!

When arriving at Medieval Times, we were given our team color, which was blue. This would indicate where we would be seated. We were all given blue crowns, and we took a picture with the princess. We were then directed towards our seating.

Medieval Times, Buena Park 2012
All of the Knights were led out onto the field and introduced.  We got to see and cheer for our Blue Knight!

Medieval Times, Buena Park 2012
Angry Kid was mesmerized by the jousting, fighting, sword fighting, and a performing horse.


We were served a delicious dinner which consisted of Tomato Bisque, Focaccia Bread with Olive Oil and Seasoning, Oven-Roasted Chicken,Larger BBQ Spare Rib, Herb-Basted Potato Split into Two Quarters, and Braided Apple Strudel which we ate sans utensils. They also accommodate vegetarians and food allergies.  I was laughing because Janice was unsure about eating her food without utensils. She even brought some contraband (plastic utensils) with her. But she survived and ate with her hands. Seriously, the food was delicious and there was so much I couldn’t even eat half of it.

Medieval Times, Buena Park 2012
Medieval Times was highly entertaining and the food was great. I was quite proud of myself also for preparing ahead of time. When I went for my birthday, ummm six years ago, I had a REALLY bad asthma attack. It seems that the hay and horses were not good for my allergies and asthma. I prepared ahead of time and took some medication. I had no issues.

I found a great YouTube video which features the commercial that Medieval Times is airing on television to advertise their new show. It almost looks like a movie preview, it is soo good.

This show will eventually premiere at all of the Medieval Times locations. We viewed it at the Buena Park location in Orange County, CA. If you are visiting Orange County, or even live here, it is a great event to bring the family to. The kids love Medieval Times.

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to attend this event via Medieval Times. All of the photos and opinions in this post are mine. The video is from Medieval Times.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

Last month we headed to The Discovery Science Center for The Science of Gingerbread event but we were also very excited about their current exhibit: Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, which continues though April 15th 2012.

As my husband and son are HUGE fanboys, they could not wait to check out this exhibit. When we entered the museum, we were immediately greeted by these guys. My husband was totally impressed. The kid, well he was a bit frightened and REFUSED the photo opportunity, total FAIL.

Look Who Greeted Us At Discovery Science Center

The Star Wars exhibit is in a separate area in the museum and is behind a closed door. The anticipation was so great and you did not know what to expect. Well, ‘Hello There Landspeeder”, upon entering the exhibit, I immediately noticed the Landspeeder. In the “Getting Around” theme area, Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Episode IV is on exhibit.

Star Wars at Discovery Science Center

Angry Kid was mesmerized with building a spaceport, moisture farm community and walled Jawa town. You place cards on a table, the physical landscape, and a computer superimposes a building on a site in virtual reality and real time.

Star Wars at Discovery Science Center
In the Robots and People section of the exhibit, Angry Kid got to see robots like C-3PO and R2-D2.  But this OOM-series battle droid excited him because it was a larger version of the one that was on Day 11 of his Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar. I’m pretty sure that he was making a robot face. My kid is odd sometimes, well not really, he’s just a typical 6-year old boy.

Star Wars at Discovery Science Center

Costumes from each of the Star Wars worlds { TATOOINE, KASHYYYK, CORUSCANT, HOTH} will demonstrate how the environment shaped the look of the Star Wars characters.  I love this photo of Yoda and Anakin from Coruscant.  A little trivia and randomness but Angry Kid was born the day that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith came out. Angry Husband attempted to get me to change or incorporate the name “Anakin” into Angry Kid’s name. No, I’m not joking. And yes, while I was in the hospital recovering from a c-section, a certain husband was watching a movie.

Star Wars at Discovery Science Center
Angry Husband also got to experience a virtual jump to lightspeed in a full-size replica of the cockpit of Star Wars Episode IV’s Millennium FalconI mean really, when do you get the change to ride in a Millenium Falcon? Never! 

Discovery Science Center (DSC) and Cartoon Network are partnering to present Star Wars: The Clone Wars Takeover Day along with several other Star Wars Fan Events:

Kids ages 3-14 get FREE general admission when they wear a Star Wars costume on any Fan Day! Limit one free admission per paid adult general admission on Fan Days only. General admission includes Fan Day activities, but does not include Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit (extra $10 ticket required).

Upcoming Events:

Clone Wars Takeover Day

Saturday, January 14 | 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Put on your favorite Star Wars costume and join us as Cartoon Network’s most popular series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, takes over Discovery Science Center! Don’t miss your chance to meet heroic Clone Troopers, spin the Star Wars: The Clone Wars prize wheel, pose in front of a Clone Wars green screen backdrop for a souvenir photo, and much more!

Star Wars Fan Day: A Galaxy Far, Far Away 

Saturday, February 4 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Venture to another galaxy on this special Fan Day with special presentations, fun photo opportunities and more! Don’t forget to wear your favorite Star Wars costume and brush up on your Star Wars trivia for our Trivia Challenge.

Star Wars Fan Day: Star Wars Mania

Saturday, February 18 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Join us for a day of everything Star Wars including special presentations, photo opportunities with some of your favorite characters, hands-on activities and more! Plus, wear a Star Wars costume for our costume parade and brush up on your Star Wars trivia for our Trivia Challenge!

Star Wars Fan Day: Empire Strikes Back

Saturday, March 3 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
This special Fan Day features exciting presentations teaching Galactic Survival Skills and a special presentation on “Speed of Light.” Don’t forget to wear your favorite Star Wars costume and brush up on your Star Wars trivia for our Trivia Challenge.

Star Wars Fan Day: Out of This World

Saturday, March 24 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Join us for a day of exciting presentations and activities featuring photo opportunities with some of your favorite characters, hands-on activities and more! Plus, wear a Star Wars costume for our costume parade and brush up on your Star Wars trivia for our Trivia Challenge!

General admission for an adult into The Discovery Science Center is $14.95 and $12.95 for children ages 3-14. It costs an extra $10 for Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination tickets, or $8 if purchase in advance online. The Millenium Falcon Experience is an extra $5 also.

Disclosure: My family was provided entry to the Discovery Science Center and the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit free of charge. All opinions and photographs used in this post are mine.

Friday Favorites: Roller Skating

When was the last time that you went roller skating? Seriously, I went roller skating all the time in elementary school. But as an adult, well….

On Wednesday night, I went to Holiday Skate Center in Orange for an impromptu birthday celebration for Kelly.  Carrie had this brilliant idea and it was all organized within 24 hours.  She even suggested wearing costumes.  Apparently, this is all the rage, because almost everyone was wearing some kind of unique outfit, and even the guys dressed up.

Holiday Skate Center

We had a great group of dedicated roller skating divas among us: Kelly, Carrie, Elise, Elizabeth, Lisa (not a blogger type), and me.

Photo via Carrie. Pictured: Kelly, me, Elise, Lisa, and Elizabeth.

I felt a bit awkward using rented old school lace-up roller skates.  It had been so long since I’ve worn a pair.  It was too funny seeing all of us growing women, all moms, and one mom-to-be, skating.  There were some people at Holiday Skate Center that I called “the regulars”.  They were really showing off, which made me laugh.  I had to channel my inner twelve-year-old self from 1987 to remember all those rad skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have rad skills now, and I didn’t in 1987 either.

Pink cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream icing....yum

We even snacked on some birthday dessert. I brought pink cupcakes that I had made earlier that day.

Rollerskating divas @thisiscarrie and @according2kelly at #HolidaySkate

I think Carrie would make an awesome Roller Derby Gal, don’t you? She already has the “mean face” down.  Kelly is smiles as always.  But really, Kelly was quite awesome on the rink.  Such a show off!

@according2kelly roller skating diva

We had a fun time, and I didn’t break any bones.  Seriously, my mom was worried that I was going to break my arm or leg.  She called me immediately on Thursday morning to see if I survived.  I told her that I was a bit sore, but nothing was bruised or broken.

I told Angry Husband that we had a fun time and might go again. Ironically he was really supportive and kept telling me that roller skating was a great workout.  I nodded and told him, “yes” but I wasn’t wearing stinky rental skates again. I’m sure Elizabeth will agree with me on that one.

I am very excited though, because now I have my own Official Team Sparkle skirt. Doesn’t the red look fabulous with my cropped jeans and roller skates?

Our next challenge? We all want to learn how to roller skate backwards!