Because we missed Dexter at Comic Con

The desire to go to Comic Con this year, here in San Diego, was strong. Two of our favorite television series was going to be there; Breaking Bad and Dexter. Even more urgently, for each of these shows, it is their last season. Sadly were weren’t able to go. What did we do instead? We spent Saturday finding locations from season 2 of Dexter. They mostly shoot their episodes in Long Beach, which from Carlsbad, is only a little over an hour away.

I had never been to Long Beach, but when I hear the name, I think of Newport Beach or Laguna Beach. This is what I had in mind when driving there. It must be told, it is nowhere near the visual I had in mind. Jake informed me that the music groups, Sublime and Snoop Dog originated from this place. Long Beach would have been extremely disappointing if it wasn’t for the excitement of finding these locations seen on Dexter.

Rita’s House:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/RitasHouse.shtml

The website explains why this house looks a little different from the one in the show.

Dexter's girlfriend, Rita's home.  This neighborhood was actually pretty nice compared to my expectations.

Dexter’s girlfriend, Rita’s home. This neighborhood was actually pretty nice compared to my expectations.

Where Debra and Lundy ate sandwiches’ and where Dexter docs his boat:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/CoralCoveMarina.shtml

Leeward Bay Marina

Leeward Bay Marina

Where Dexter drops in his tool bag, expecting a diving class will find them. Which will then, frame Doakes for being the Bay Harbor Butcher:

http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/ShortPier.shtml

Next to the Bayshore Playground. 14 54th place Long Beach, CA

Next to the Bayshore Playground. 14 54th place Long Beach, CA

The Cabin where Doakes was held captive and Lila exploded:
http://seeing-stars.com/Dexter/Cabin.shtml

This was the highlight of the our trip. The Botanic Garden’s land was first used for mining, then it was a sanitary landfill, but you wouldn’t believe it. It’s vast surroundings are tranquil with beautiful, lush vegetation. With a light mist of rain, a couple was getting married. A large banquet dinner was set up and getting prepared for its guests. Because the place was closing we only had a half hour to find the lake. On the map, it looks like a long walk but it wasn’t. The lady who helped us was super friendly and we were able to use our San Diego Botanic Garden membership to get in.

South Coast Botanic Garden. The reason why Ayzia has this look on her face is because the tree has some scary looking knobs on it.

South Coast Botanic Garden. The reason why Ayzia has this look on her face is because the tree has some scary looking knobs on it.

Possibly the spot where the Cabin was. Another movie is being filmed here and this is part of their set.

Possibly the spot where the Cabin was. Another movie is being filmed here and this is part of their set.

South Coast Botanic Garden

South Coast Botanic Garden

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The Jedi’s and Jesus

We went to Big Bear, California over the weekend. For the most part it was fun and we all got along. I did feel the girls were fighting too much, particularly over our condo key. When they would go outside to play, each of them wanted to be in charge of getting back into the room. This was a cause of contention throughout the trip. I was struggling to find ways on how to parent without losing my dignity, so I prayed about it.

Yesterday evening when the girls were arguing again, the idea occurred that hymns about Jesus needed to be played. So I hooked my Iphone up to a speaker and sang songs. It helped…for a half hour or so. Eden still needed a long quiet-time-out in my bedroom. It was difficult to get her to put herself there, but she made it. I think after that, the night was without incident.

We bought passes to Legoland recently and they have a huge exhibit of Star War scenes and characters. So at Big Bear, Jake and I thought it would be fun as a family to watch 4-6 Star Wars Episodes. The girls loved them!! When we got home today, Eden and Ayzia were having a friendly debate about who saves the earth. Ayzia says to Eden, “You can talk about Jesus and I can talk about super heroes.”(Super Heroes, meaning the Jedi’s)”