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Today is our wedding anniversary! I’m glad to be married to someone who knows that a good marriage takes effort and is willing to put in the work. Six years later and I still can’t wait for tomorrow, next year, the rest of our lives, and eternity with you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, if you find yourself in Oakland, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint’s temple on the hill is worth a look. Obviously it has a ton of emotional significance for us because it's where we got married, but it's also just an amazing architectural landmark with beautiful gardens. See if you can catch the sunset from here because the views of the city from the top are unreal! Open 9 am-9 pm daily, parking and admission are free. #getglobetrottingtemples #getglobetrottingbayarea @shermanchuphotographer
Did you know I have 7 older siblings? They are all just as into traveling, history, and mostly fun as I am. My sister Celia is in charge of The Tabernacle of Moses in Antioch CA this weekend. The ancient tabernacle was basically a portable ornate temple of God. The Israelites packed up and transported the tabernacle with them on their journey through the wilderness as chronicled in the book of Exodus. My sister has assisted in setting up a life-size, interactive re-creation of the ancient tabernacle. You’ll also find exhibits on the historical and cultural significance of this important building. Will be especially interesting for those who identify as Jews, Muslims, or Christians and those who are interested in religious history. Plus you can meet her and get a guided tour! Kid-friendly, museum is outside. If you’re not in California, watch for this exhibit coming to your area! It travels, just as it did in the olden days.
Address: 2530 Jeffery Way, Brentwood CA 94513. Parking: park in the big lot adjacent to the exhibit. Hours: 10 am-9 pm Oct 18-20, 3 pm- 9 pm Oct 21, message @heyceliafae and mention Get Globetrotting for a free guided tour. Admission is free. #getglobetrottingsfbayarea
We love the Bruder Truck Factory! This place is like a toy library. The shelves are loaded with scale replicas of every vehicle a toddler could imagine. Your child picks one out and they get to “test” it in the Toy Test Area. I always try to nudge our kid toward the ambulances but his favorite is the giant working garbage truck. You can switch your vehicle out every 10 minutes. Best of all, the entire endeavor is free! To get there, follow Inglewood Blvd from the 405 in Hawthorne. Turn on 145th street and it’s the industrial building at the end of the cul-de-sac. Park in the lot to the left of the entrance. The showroom is open 9-5 on weekdays. #getglobetrottingsouthbayla #getglobetrottingla
As we travel, we try to find activities that define the communities we visit. Manhattan Beach Hometown fair is one such event in our community. During the first week of October every year, Valley Drive hosts booths staffed by small business owners. For us, it’s a chance to see the beauty of our favorite places through the eyes of local artists. Every time Alex and I go we are tempted to blow our budget on the photographs and paintings of our regular beach spots. This year we got to visit my friend Laurie’s @personalspacemb booth. She travels to Asia to search out talented designers. They work together to market the designer’s modern upscale furniture pieces in the US. I want it all for my house one day when I don’t have a toddler that will smear popsicle on all available surfaces. The MB Hometown Fair runs today and tomorrow from 10-5. We found metered parking easily behind the library, but there is also a free shuttle that runs from the Northrop Grumman Space Park parking lot on Marine. #getglobetrottingLA #getglobetrottingsouthbayLA
I’m a sucker for good historical fiction. Yesterday I attended the Hollywood premiere for the movie Jane and Emma. I got to walk the red carpet which was a new experience for me. According to my screenwriter friend @lulupacker14 it is actually easy for normal people to do if they are subscribed to the right email lists. More on that in a subsequent post.
The movie was about Jane Manning James, one of my heroes since I learned about her in my church history class at BYU. She lived from 1813-1906 and was a woman of staggering faith. At the beginning of her faith journey she walked from Connecticut to Illinois after being refused passage on a ship because of the color of her skin. She was welcomed by the prophet Joseph Smith himself. She had a close friendship with Joseph, his wife Emma, and his mother Lucy, defying customs of the time. She lived in their house until Joseph’s death and was treated like family. Jane’s journal reflected Joseph Smith defending her against racism from both church members and non-church members. Those who knew her spoke of her determination and faith.
The movie focused on the relationship between Jane and Emma and it was unlike any church movie I’ve ever seen. First off, it is the only religious film about women by women. It showed the humanity of historical figures that I respect, simultaneously knocking them off their pedestal and increasing my admiration for them. Most importantly, it started a conversation that needs to be had in the Mormon church (and in America!) about how to begin to repair past sins of marginalizing minorities and women. If you’d like to see the movie, it premieres in SLC on Oct 12th and then goes to select theaters around the USA. #getglobetrottingla #getglobetrottinggirlpower
The Coco soundtrack is on repeat at our home by toddler request. I love that it teaches about the importance of eternal family bonds and that death is not to be feared. Every time our child sees a skeleton or skull Halloween decoration, he is excited and says “Coco Mama!” instead of being scared. So when we heard about the Coco exhibit and show at Disney’s California Adventure from we had to go! To see the show, enter DCA and head toward Plaza de la Familia which is near Jumping Jellyfish and Goofy’s Sky Coaster. If you want a front row seat you’ll need to be seated on the yellow line 30-40 minutes before showtime. We rotated and one person walked our toddler around Plaza de la Familia while the other held our spots. Shows are every hour from 3-7 pm until Nov 4th. Have you seen Coco? It’s on Netflix! #getglobetrottingdisney #getglobetrottingla
The Proud Bird is a funky food bazaar in the path of LAX’s landing strip. You dine with an up-close view of huge jets making their final descents, hypnotizing toddlers and adults alike. The retro decor makes you feel like you stepped into a time when people dressed up for air travel. The interior features rotating exhibits chronicling the history of aerospace in the area. Outside there’s a huge courtyard dotted with old-fashioned planes for aviation geeks to admire. We recently had our child’s birthday party here because he is obsessed with airplanes. I was expecting to pay about USD $200 to rent a room. When I called their event planners they suggested we hold the party in the dining area due to our party’s small size. The staff was welcome and helpful the day of the party. After making us two massive pans of bacon and eggs the total came out to only USD $40 for everything. Hooray for parties where kids and parents can have fun without breaking the budget. #getglobetrottingla #getglobetrottingsouthbayla
In our last home exchange how-to post I will delve into how to be the best guest possible. This will come easily to those who have used Airbnb. When you arrive, crawl around at your child’s height and move anything breakable. Text your hosts when you get there and when you check out. It’s ok to contact them occasionally if you have any questions. However, do not contact them every hour for obvious stuff (look for the blow dryer a few places before asking). Keep in mind that not everyone lives exactly as you and that’s part of the fun of swapping!
When you’re getting ready to leave, replace anything you ate that they didn’t specifically say you could eat or leave a bit of cash to cover the cost. Practice LNT or leave no trace by sweeping, washing dishes, emptying trash, and generally picking up. No need to scrub everything down, but make sure it looks welcoming when they get home from their trip. Lastly, we always look for a small gift and write a short thank you note. You learn a bit about people staying in their home. We try to use this knowledge to choose a gift that will be meaningful to them. Our very first home swap guest left us a succulent. She could tell I love succulents because I have them everywhere! I keep it by my kitchen sink so I can see it as I perform my daily tasks of motherhood. It reminds me that we don’t have to have unlimited money, quit our 9-5 jobs, or leave our child to take a dream vacation. The world is open to us through home exchanging!
Although I’ve finished home swapping guide, I am available to respond to any questions you may still have in the comments. #getglobetrottinghomeexchange