Santa Monica Pier and the View from up here

February 29, 2012 |  Category:   life travels


Can’t remember the last time I was up on a ferris wheel. Can’t say that I really liked it. Although she does like amusement park rides and really wants to go on a rollercoaster (no), Mia has never wanted to go on ferris wheels because she has a self proclaimed fear of heights, but somehow we managed to convince her (“oh look, it’s not a very big ferris wheel”). The view was great, however, whatever little remaining piece of me that liked amusement park rides in the past died with a nail to the coffin. It made me slightly queasy. Mia wasn’t that thrilled either. More than that, I tried not to freak out every time Claudine would peer over the edge, arms outside of the passenger car, sitting up on her knees (“Claudine!! Park your butt on that seat!!”). Who knew that between the 2 of them, she’d be the thrill seeker. I kept cycling through every freak amusement park ride accident that I ever read on the news as the wheel kept going up another round.


Damn. When did I become such a mom.

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  • Lauren February 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    This made me laugh out loud! I totally know how Mia feels. I am terrified of heights and fast rides. My sister, 3 yrs younger, is a thrill seeker who would hold her hands up on the roller coaster and yell “faster.” My family called me the purse holder every time we went to an amusement park.
    Your girls are just too precious!

  • Jhope February 29, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Just back from a week+ in MX w our 4yro. We’ve never flown w her before, and I felt like I needed to protect her from those great heights. Um, not really possible. I love the total glee you captured on C’s face. Beautiful.

  • gia February 29, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    That first picture is a gem… how fantastic!!

  • Mallory February 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Your pictures are just amazing and stunning. There is just something about the ocean and the sand and the mountains/hills in the distance..

  • Rachel February 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Oh I love the Ferris Wheel on the pier. I just went on it for the first time this past summer. Granted, I can’t look down when I’m at the top, but the view of the water and of the mountains (if it’s a clear day) are so amazing! Looks like you guys are having a great vacation!

  • Ronnie February 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Oh, I would be exactly the same on a ferris wheel with our boys! I love your photos though, and have always wondered – where did you get the ponchos for Mia and Claudine? They look so snug and comfy.
    Ronnie xo

  • Atsuko March 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

    I love how you asked Claudine to sit on her bottom. I will use your phrase next time. The girls are so cute, especially the fifth picture.

  • tooodayi March 1, 2012 at 12:51 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I just saw that you have been nominated on Apartment Therapy’s best family blog page.

    Good Luck!


  • kelly March 1, 2012 at 7:52 am

    oh i am such a scaredy cat. even more so now i am a mum. i fear that my little girl is a thrill seeker like her daddy though…ferris wheels? she’ll probably do a claudine so he’ll be taking her. mia’s frown says it all. thanks for making me smile today. great post! x

  • Samantha March 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

    That picture of Claudine on the ferris wheel is amazing!

  • Jenna March 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

    @Ronnie – those are from Ismodern, which you know is my friends line that closed recently. Unfortunately she doesn’t have anymore. They ARE snuggly. The girls didn’t want to take them off.

  • Cecilia Madden March 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

    i would have freaked out too. but i’m a notorious fun-killer.

    glad you guys are having fun 🙂

  • Jenna March 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    @Monika thanks for letting me know! And no pressure to vote for me or anything you guys. I find these contests more popularity contests than anything – or those who campaign the hardest. I don’t really see the point?

  • Amber March 1, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    These pictures are fantastic!! You capture such great moments. Thanks for allowing me to experience a little bit of your vacation! : )

  • Michelle March 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Hello Jenna
    Even though I m not a mum I love coming to your blog. Your writing, daily adventures are so real and heartfelt vs other blogs where every living room or picture looks prettily ‘fake’.

    I love your children and you can share that they have fans all the way from singapore!

    I love seeing them with their messy ‘real’ hair!:)


  • Jasmine March 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Haha, loved this so much. I usually love Ferris wheels… I’m just a bit wary of the rickety old ones that look like they haven’t been checked up on in decades. (COUGH CONEY ISLAND COUGH).

  • Nina March 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I’ve lived in LA nearly my whole life and just went on the ferris wheel for the first time last month when a relative from New York was in town. 🙂

    yup, once was more than enough.

  • Sue March 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I’m always smitten by your sweet pictures.

  • ashlely March 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    ah, the weather looks amazing there right now!

  • Kaisha March 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I never comment on here (even though I read your blog nearly every day) but I just have to say that your kids are awesome. I just wanted to say that because they really are great.

  • Jenna March 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    @Kaisha aw, thank you. And it’s nice to hear from you!