Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
They are gracious, lovely women and our kids adore them.
Come to think of it, so do we! So thanks Grandma Dawny and Grandma Betty. We love you and can't wait to see you again.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Lest you get the wrong idea, the picture above is not a result of my own lack of self control.
She is the culprit! Lauren is lovely. And stealthy and small. For a good six months I routinely found the cheese nicely wrapped up in the fridge just how I left it. Minus a few small bites.
And now I find this. I find this about twenty times a day. Tyler is small but he is not stealthy.
He's focused and doesn't realize I'm documenting his crime.
Ok, now he's totally busted. Do you see the challenge in his eyes? He's busted but doesn't really care.
And even though he knows he's not supposed to be here? Hey, if I don't stop him..he keeps right on truckin. Who needs stealth when you've got determination?
And here he is holding the glorious prize. I think the little guy's drooling. I better get him some cheese.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
They turned out kind of pretty, don't you think? It was Sarah's idea.
So I gave them the salt, jars and string and turned em loose.
After they finished their own..
they made one for every neighbor kid within a ten mile radius. And then some.
Despite having to clean twenty salt encrusted canning jars that sat evaporating on my patio for six weeks, they really did turn out kind of pretty. Don't you think?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
and more beautiful gardens.
Ever try taking a picture of an enormous, exceedingly white building on top of a hill in full sun? Well, I hadn't either. So much light was reflected that most of my pictures looked completely over exposed. Live and learn I guess. And if you ever visit the Geddy take my advice and wear sunglasses! I've never been so thankful for them in all my life!
The water features and architecture were stunning. In fact, think I enjoyed these almost more than the exhibits.
So there you go. Come to L.A. Visit the Getty. Wear sunglasses and leave the kids at home. Oh, and come visit me while you're at it (Yes, I mean you Cheri)!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
I just love this picture. In my mind, this is Tyler’s perspective in life. Chaos all around and he’s this little ocean of calm. We’ve gone to this fountain enough that he knows what to expect.
Here we have the cautious approach.
And the nervous anticipation..
wait for it.....
and yet again...
and ohhh baby, one more time.
And now he’s made it to the center of the fountain. The eye of the storm. A place of peace and tranquility..if only for a moment. Seems like I should make some deep, profound analogy here. You know, about life, love, world peace..something like that. Instead I’m going to go make some kettle corn. It’s peaceful..and um, tranquil and really, really good. I’ll stop now.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
While scrounging around some berry bushes yesterday, (attempting to pick what had already been picked) we came across this gorgeous tree.
The ground was covered in what looked like cottonwood “fluff” and upon further investigation, we discovered the tree was full giant snowballs!
Seriously, do those not look like giant snowballs? So, of course, we had to get our hands on one and take it apart. They looked so soft, and heaven help me, I can’t resist anything soft!
But the really good one’s were also really high. No problem! We’ll just climb it.
Except that every branch looked exactly like this. This tree was the size of a mature oak and every single branch was covered in wicked thorns. Not the annoying little rose bush variety. I’m talking about the one inch puncture wound kind! So, of course, we didn’t climb. Rather, we looked around on the ground until we figured out the cycle of it’s seed pod. Yeah, I know, I’m a nerd. Can’t help it. I like to think of it as a gift. Instead of boring you with more details, I’ll just say it was truly fascinating! So even though the berries were a flop, we had a great time discovering the Silk Floss Tree.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Last night at dinner Lauren looked at me and said with her best British accent, " Excuse me Miss, you forgot to get me my spoooooon." I laughed so suddenly that I actually choked on my dinner. She is spontaneous, quirky, and lovely in the extreme. Happy Birthday little monkey. Everything is better when your around.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
A lotus flower. According to a really nice lady who worked there, they only bloom in the high heat of summer, and OH BABY was it hot today! I'd never seen a lotus blossom before. They're huge, like the size of Tyler's head, and so very, very pretty!
Bonsai tree. Lovin it!
This bridge is just a small part of the Japanese Garden. This garden was by far my favorite. I'd tell you why, but well.. I don't really know how to explain it. It was very emotional for me. Beauty makes me cry quite often actually. Can't help it. It's the way I'm made. Here's the garden in a nut shell. It was beautiful in a perfectly balanced kind of way. The lines and textures of each feature were simple and clean and... subtle. I get chills just thinking about it! I loved it. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend playing hookie for the day and spending it here.