Wednesday, August 29, 2012
I was bound and determined to make it make fun. One way or another.
So far, we are having a good time going on our journey.
I wanted the girls to go see a TV show taping but most shows were only allowing 18 and older to get in.
SCORE! We were going to a tv show taping!
This was going to be new for all of us.
I left it up to the girls to pick.
Good going girls! I'm proud of the way you all budgeted your money.
We found the location, parked the car and took the short hike up the hill. It was a nice clear shot but not as close as we thought it would be.
Next time we are going to the top and find the back side of the sign!
I felt really old because these girls didn't know most of the stars. Here they are with Tom Cruise and they didn't even know who he was.
The girls weren't really that thrilled. They were more into the "monster" that was taking pictures with everyone for $5.00.
The girls love scary things. Monsters, ghosts and so on. So I thought of a place they may like.
Plus, when we were working our Family Tree and talking about our family members who died, the girls had asked to go to a cemetery. This would take care of that request too.
Only, we were met at the gate and told we couldn't get in. The cemetery was closed "for a private funeral".
We later found out it for the director, Tony Scott. He directed Tom Cruise in Top Gun.
We then drove up to Griffith Park and stopped at the Observatory.
We also agreed we were going to go back soon.
We couldn't bring any cameras in so I left mine in the car.
Once inside the girls were excited to see how things were set up. I explained about the tape on the floor is where the actors stand and the cameras will be during different shots.
The thought it was interesting to see that the rooms were set up with real stuff. Real furniture, pictures, rugs and so on. It looked like a real home but with only three walls.
We got moved down from our seats to the 2nd row. We were right in back of this boy who turned out to be the brother of one of the actors. He was a lot of fun.
In between takes, the crowd would do fun stuff like sing, play games, dance and if they did they would get small prizes or raffle tickets.
Trinity and Jesse sang and Liz was in one of the games. I was happy to see they were not shy acting and got into the fun.
It took about 3 1/2 hours to finish taping a 1/2 hour show. While they were filming I told the girls to take note of the different jobs, how many people it took to do one show, how they had several cameras shooting the same shot so they could get different angles and things like that.
I think they learned a lot but I know, without a doubt, they had a wonderful time!
On the way home we stopped for dinner and then it was home for everyone.
They were given an assignment to be thinking about writing a short film but they all agreed they would rather do a commercial about a made up product. I was fine with that.
I can't wait to see what they all come up with.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
We had a long drive up there. With traffic and stopping for lunch, it took us about 3 hours to get there.
We finally made it and the girls were besides themselves with joy.
They didn't even ask the adults for help. Way to go girls!
It was hot while we were there. So the girls took a break before getting down to business of making dinner.
We went over all the "rules" of camping and keeping us all safe.
Our first night we had "walking Tacos". Normally, you use a bag of Doritos and crumble them up in the bag. They you add all the other goodies that go into a taco. Things like, meat or beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and salsa.
The dishes got much cleaner this way.
Even though only two girls had the job of dish washing, the other girls ended up coming down to talk to them and play around until they were finished.
They were like pros! It was me that was scared to cross over. They were all fine. Plus, it really wasn't very far if they fell any way.
The camp ground had a lot of fun things for the kids to do. We took a trip over to the play ground area so the girls could play around a little bit.
But, once the learned how to make the wood fire get going, that was easy too.
We all got our own pans and went to town on putting in all the yummy goodness in them.
This worked out perfectly.
It was so funny watching they try to do this.
Once the coals are in, we put a rack on top of some empty cans and the pans on top of the rack. The box had a lid that we closed but left a little opening so the air could get in and feed the coals.
After the required time was up, we checked the brownies and they were cooked.
Everyone was amazed at how well the cardboard box worked like an oven.
I heard yelling. "Don't let go! Hang on to it!". I had no idea what was going on. Then I saw, Verenice was stuck on the line. She was to light to get all the way to the end. Almost, but not fully.
So they were handing her a poll to hang on to so they could pull her in.
She was so brave! I would have been freaking out. Not her. What a trooper!
They all did great and couldn't stop talking about it!
We really had a great time. All the girls said they had so much fun, learned a lot and got to do so much more then they dreamed they would do.
I'm really happy we got to go.