Family Day

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Uncle Bobby with "Sam and Mira" in the Spooky House
I slept late this morning and it felt oh so good.  Unfortunately my sister said my snoring kept her awake for a long time.  She should have kicked me or something.  She did that enough when we were kids!  Don't all kids do that?

We left the house at about 1.30 or 2 to visit our nephew-in-law's
"Spooky House" - a Halloween tradition.  What started as a neighborhood joke on October 31st has grown into a business.  Bob now has three or four haunted houses running in the Los Angeles area.  It was so much fun and Leslee, Alanna and Devin were also there.  Bob took Jag and me through the scary house and it was great fun.  During the day he will have kids working as ghouls and bloodied bodies.  They have a ball, running from place to place within the complex.
Todd and Hayley with "Sam and Mira"
  They take their jobs very seriously.  That is what makes it so cool.

We could not stay long, however.  My grand-niece, Montana, was going to be performing during the 100th anniversary celebration of the school district where she attends Highland School.  My niece, Hayley, Montana's little sister, Tess, and her dad, Todd were all there.  It was delightful to see all of the children so enthusiastic, singing and dancing.  Unfortunately the sun was furnace hot and Viv, Hayley and I were beginning to really feel somewhat ill.  We found some shade, then left for the
Westfield Town Center Mall in Santa Clarita, not far from where  Hayley and the family lives.
"Sam & Mira" with Tess, Hayley, Montana and Auntie Vivi
  It was so nice to be in that air-conditioned building.  The mall is huge and very beautiful.  It is very child-friendly.  The kids rode on a double-decked carousel a few times, enjoying it thoroughly.  It was a lovely merry-go-round.  I took pix with my cell phone, but I do not have the cables to download the photos yet.  After the carousel, we went to another part of the mall where they had a children's play area.  Montana loved looking at the puppies at the pet store while Tess found a little friend and the two of them played for about an hour.

We next went to a wonderful restaurant,
South Point Bar and Grill within the mall complexIt features Argentine cuisine and it was relaxing and the food was terrific.  I had Dijon chicken and found it to be really tasty.  Instead of the usual rolls and butter, they served crusty French rolls with chimmichurri, an Argentine "sauce" with parsley and garlic (a lot of garlic) in olive oil.  Yummy.  With fully stomachs, we said goodbye to our family and returned to my sister's house.  We leave for home tomorrow morning.
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Uncle Bobby with Sam and Mira in…
Uncle Bobby with "Sam and Mira" i…
Todd and Hayley with Sam and Mira
Todd and Hayley with "Sam and Mira"
Sam & Mira with Tess, Hayley, Mo…
"Sam & Mira" with Tess, Hayley, M…
Our whole family outside the Spook…
Our whole family outside the Spoo…
Montana and Todd
Montana and Todd
Hayley and Tess
Hayley and Tess
Tess with The Reading Man
Tess with "The Reading Man"
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photo by: jagnroz