Monday, April 4, 2011

bootsie's bday extravaganza!

Hannah is 13!!! Can you believe it?! I can't. I want her to stay little forever. If you know Boots, you know she is VERY into movies, tv, celebrities, etc. She knows every line from every movie and can name all the obscure cast members. So, naturally, she wanted to celebrate her birthday in the fabulous city of Los Angeles! We had a BLAST doing all the touristy things.

First stop- Universal Studios. The tour was fabulous, we got to see all kinds of cool stuff, and it was such a beautiful day. Universal Studios has the most gorgeous view of the valley!

Later that night, me, Chase and Padre got to go to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel. It was SO fun! Jimmy is hilarious and the set is so tiny. Can you spot me in the background?

The next day the boys went down to Oceanside and us girls had a day in Hollywood. Boots is hilarious... she would get so excited to see the stars of people like the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, etc. She is such an old soul. And if you know my mom, you know she screamed and almost cried when she spotted the Carpenters star. We did the whole Hollywood Blvd thing and I've determined it's probably the best people watching on earth.

After that, Boots wanted to take a tour of the Warner Brothers studio. We went into it with pretty much no expectations, and let me tell you, it was AWESOME. Seriously one of the coolest things ever! We started out in the backlot, and it just so happened to still be set up for Hannah's favorite tv show Pretty Little Liars. She. Was. In. HEAVEN. It's funny how many tricks tv plays on you... all the girl's houses are really next door to each other, and the school and city hall are the same building.

This is Emily's house in PLL

And this is the High School

Our tour guide was awesome and she actually got us onto the real Pretty Little Liars set! We got to see the inside of the school and the girl's rooms. It was so exciting and the perfect thing for Hannah! We got really lucky because the set is usually closed and they were beginning filming the next day. We also went on the set of Chuck, which was so cool! They make the tour really personalized and it is SO worth it. We took a little stop at this classic set...

Recognize it? Mmmhmm... Central Perk from Friends! They've kept it exactly the same as it was when they filmed the final episode.

I really can't say it enough... this tour was a blast. I would recommend it to anyone who is even remotely interested in tv and movies. They have this really cool museum that is full of all sorts of costumes and props that were used, like Serena and Blair's school uniforms from Gossip Girl and the clothes Will Smith wore in I Am Legend. A whole floor is dedicated to the Harry Potter movies, and Hannah about died when they had the real costume Robert Pattinson wore in the 4th movie. And we got sorted by the real sorting hat they used in the first movie- Yarm, I thought of you! They don't let you take cameras in there so you all need to go see it for yourself!

We ended the day at Santa Monica pier. It was freezing but me and boots had fun on the roller coaster and ferris wheel. It was the perfect ending to Boot's perfect birthday!

And to top it all off, we got to spend the rest of the weekend in Oceanside, laying out and watching March Madness games. I'm pretty sure it was the best weekend I've had a in a loooong time. Love you Bootsie, thanks for sharing your birthday with me!



Melissa said...

looks like you guys had fun!!! im jealous. i wanna go back to la to visit!!!

Chase + Destiny said...

im so jealous you were at the PLL set. Im in LOVE with that show.

Jackie Welling said...

I would just love to say that I LOVE boots's sassy 13 year old pose in EVERY pic!!