The La Mesa Children’s Book Festival

I did a really fun thing last week: I made my way to the La Mesa Children’s Book Festival.  I had a lot of fun, and I have no idea why it’s taken me a week to blog about it.

I heard about it on Jeff and Jer, which is a local morning radio show.  Jer wrote a children’s book called My Personal Panther, and I really wanted a copy.  So I went, got a signed copy, and also looked around.

There were lots of authors, and 3 different “stage.”  One had entertainment, and I saw the Lakeside Middle School drama club perform songs from Seussical The Musical.  There was also a storytime stage, where different people read from picture books.  The last stage had some sort of illustration thing going on.  I saw some kids drawing though.

It wasn’t as big as I thought, but there was still a lot going on and a lot to see.  I thought there would be a range of books, from picture books to really short novels.  But it was mostly picture books, which is fine because I don’t usually look at picture books.  It was nice to see something I don’t normally look at.

I did end up with a few picture books.  Of course, I got My Personal Panther, which is awesome.  I just loved it!  The illustrations are beautiful, and it just jumps off the page.  And I love the story too.

I also got Kathryn The Grape’s Colorful Adventure, which is very colorful.  And while I’m not someone who normally looks for meaning or messages in books, I think there is a pretty good message in the book.

My last signed book is The Tooth Fairy Meets El Raton Perez.  I haven’t read it yet, but from what I can see, it’s a pretty cool book about how different cultures have similar ideas.

I also have a book called The Monster Princess, which I have yet to read.  I love princesses, but it looks cool, and the colors in the illustrations seem to be slightly darker than what you’d normally see in a picture book.

The last book I got is It’s Kind Of A Funny Story.  It’s a YA book about a guy who ends up in a mental hospital.  The cover is really interesting, and it’s nice to see a book about a guy who has issues.  There’s nothing wrong with a female dealing with mental health issues, of course, but it’s nice to see something different every once in a while.

Overall, it was a really fun trip, and I’m really glad I ended up with a few picture books.  I so rarely read children’s books, and I definitely want to read some more of it in the future.

Field Trip Pictures, Part 2

Here are the rest of the pictures from my trip to the San Diego Mission!

Remember that ladder in the Casa De Los Padres?  It led to the upper level in the picture below.

In the same building, you have some Franciscan robes on display, because they were the ones who originally ran the mission.  Now, it’s run by the Diocese of San Diego.

Here’s another picture of the garden.

I thought the brick cross in the background was pretty cool.  In the garden, there are a couple of statues.  Here’s the one of St. Joseph.

I liked the statue of Father Serra, the guy who founded the mission.

I thought this was pretty cool.  You can see a little bit of the garden, but I didn’t want to walk through it just to get a closer picture of the statue.  I suppose that’s what the zoom buttons are for, but either way, I like the garden too.

Here’s the St. Didacus statue.  I liked the white statue with the blue tiled background.  Plus, another name for Didacus is Diego…he’s the saint San Diego is named after, in case anyone is wondering.

Here’s a little…thing that was next to the Kumeyaay hut.  I’m not sure what it is, but now that I think of it, there may have been a little sign explaining what it was.

I thought this fountain was really pretty.

This cross is dedicated to Father Luis Jayme, who is the 1st Christian matyr in California.  He died in an attack on the mission in 1775.  I think we’re on the 5th church.

And while I didn’t get a picture of the inside of the church, I did get a picture of the church bells.  They rang at noon, so at least I got to hear the church bells.  And here’s an interesting tidbit of information: the church (which is still an active church) was named a minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1976.

Granted, you can’t see them too well, but I was trying to take the picture while the wedding in the church was going on.  I didn’t want to be that weird person with the camera standing in front of the open door to the church.  Hence, the weird angle.  Plus, it seemed like the best angle at the time.

I’ll leave you with one more picture, at least for now.  There are still a few more pictures, which may decide to post at some point.  I’m just not sure yet.  Anyway, the last picture for today is a picture of a sign.  I think the sign is pretty self-explanatory.

Field Trip

I went on a little field trip yesterday.  And it was fun!

After reading Night Walker, I definitely felt like going to the San Diego Mission.  Which I didn’t do…until yesterday!

It was pretty cool, especially since I had never been there before.  I totally thought I did, until I got there, and realized I had not been there.  I even took pictures!

First, we have the Casa De Los Padres.  So, there’s a replica of the mission back in the good ‘ole days.

Just ignore the fact that part of is cut out of the picture.  This was the best angle I could get.

This is what one of the rooms may have looked like.

Above is the only picture of the church I took.  There was going to be a wedding, so I just took a quick look around.  Besides, taking pictures in a church felt a little weird, like I shouldn’t be doing it.  So I didn’t.

I didn’t get to go in the sanctuary, because it was closed off, so I moved on to the garden.  The flowers were pretty and it felt very peaceful.  Plus, there were several statues.

This is the St Francis Of Assissi Fountain.  There’s also one of St. Joseph and Father Serra.  And one in the Pieta Garden.

I took a couple of pictures in the Father Jayme museum but there was a glare because of the glass case they were in.  It was pretty cool, because they had a lot of Kumeyaay artifacts, like baskets and vases.

From there, I went to the St Didacus Statue and the Pieta Sculpture.  You can see the Pieta Sculpture below.

After that, I saw a Kumeyaay hut.  The Kumeyaay are pretty important in both San Diego and California history.  Sadly, everything I’ve learned about them in elementary school is long-forgotten.  The Kumeyaay Hut can be seen below.

After that, I saw the Archaeological Site, which was pretty cool.  The thing that stuck out the most was the fact that they haven’t found any burial grounds at the Mission.  Apparently, there were pretty strict rules about where people could be buried, and they have yet to find any there.  You can see it below.

I definitely have more pictures, which I think I’ll share sometime this week.  It was really cool to see a part of San Diego I’ve never seen before, and considering it’s the 1st of the California missions, it’s a pretty historical place.  It was definitely worth the trip!