The boys loved watching out the windows. We played the alphabet game for the majority of the trip!
They were also quite excited when we saw a city bus covered in Minions!
Lila needed a diaper change and, I'm not going to lie, I was super impressed with the changing station in the train. Way to go, Amtrak. (Who takes a picture of the changing table? Me.)
We rode the train to Union Station, then walked to Olvera Street (think Little Mexico). Side note: the last time we went to Olvera Street, a random stranger stopped us, gave six-month-old Reed and Ryan a once-over, then told Ryan, "He has your legs" referring to Reed. Weird, right?
We had a good time checking out Olvera Street. The boys loved every single tiny shop and wanted to play with everything they saw.
Sadly, I forgot Lila's pacifier. Nice. So she spent most of her time not sleeping.
Though she did eventually fall asleep in the carrier...for twenty minutes. Luckily, she doesn't really get fussy, no matter how tired she is.
After Olvera Street, we walked to Chinatown.
In Chinatown, we were drawn in by the tiny turtles and decided to rescue a pair from the cramped conditions.
We went through many iterations of names (my favorites being Gru/Minion and Geaorge/The Turtle With the Yellow Hat), and have finally settled on Dalmation-Justin and Squidgie (from the show Justin Time. It's a cute one.). Dalmation-Justin and Squidgie seem to be much happier now that we've moved them to a larger tank. Dalmation-Justin prefers basking in the rocks and Squidgie prefers swimming. They are both very cute.
We had some crazy good Mexican food, then hopped back on the train to Simi. We came home, turned on our air, then went out to dinner while the house cooled down. While we were driving, we discovered that while we were gone, the Spring Mountain area caught fire. In some parts of the city, ash rained down and the air was horrible. Thankfully, we were far enough away that we weren't really affected. And, thankfully, the fire was contained eventually, though it did burn about 28,000 acres.