Friday, March 24, 2017

Spring Cleaning
Here's the tedious cleaning part--plus income tax prep:
Here's the gorgeous spring part:
Poppies and Lavender,
Lemon Blossoms,

Friday, March 17, 2017

Museums and Visitors

 Visitors first...


Wyatt Berrier and his co-workers who are participating in a Chain Saw Internship in the forests outside of Santa Barbara came to LA for the International Women's March.
They pitched their tents and camped out in our back yard. 

Hardy (and very sweet) crew!

Next, a visit to LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with Jess' mom Amelia and Suzanne Siegel.  Fun get-together and fabulous museum.

An Indian chest I particularly like there--that orangy-rose color!

Toby still has that twinkle in his eye


as he had a few years ago:

And, for those wondering about our New Zealand crew,

it's getting into winter there and the Panama contingent are feeling the cold!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Great trip to the Atlanta area to visit Chris and Francie, meet up with Linda and Jeff.
This lovely Gibbs Garden--
filled with millions of blooming daffodils.
Riding the tram,
mugging for the camera.
Gorgeous branches.
Dinner that night with the Peakes:  Caroline, Emily, Sara Cate and Whitney with Auntie Lou.
Rings on Sara Cate's fingers. 
At the Speers' cozy cabin in the mountains.
Better than brownies?  Licking the spoons.
Fun, fun visit. Thank you all!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Last Week
Lea came to visit--
Very silly selfie.
Walking back from Maddie and Max's school.

Toby in van on the way to a neurology appointment.  He loves these rides--the bumpier, the better!

Showing Toby domino tricks at his board and care.  Sam videoed the chain reaction when they all fell down.

A cool mural sent by the folks in New Zealand.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Taking Maddie Shopping...
to Michael's, the candy store for crafters.
Things that were enticing
but beyond her budget.
Maybe for her birthday?
So we took photos
of everything she liked
which was a lot. 
After that, we went to Planned Parenthood to volunteer making posters for their upcoming demonstration.  Maddie's was, well, quite pointed.
And two days later, Maddie was awarded "Student of the Month" for her class.  
Congrats to a busy lady! 

And a whole bunch of smiles from our New Zealand clan!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Women's March on Washington DC

Didn't think I'd get there, but I did!
Stayed in a VBRO near DuPont Circle with a cool group of women: artists, professors, analysts, accountants, students, and one mid-wife:  all activists and all wonderful.


Rode the metro in our pink pussy hats. 

Joined the march 

but stayed together as a group (not easy in that crowd although our white sashes helped.  They also caught the attention of reporters from the Huffington Post who interviewed us).

So many different people there, all extremely friendly!  Loved this man in his child's kitty hat--loved the good men supporting the women.

The signage was amazing:  

my favorite-

Signs came to rest at the fence facing the back of the White House.

March over, marched back to our VBRO, tired legs, sore feet, but finally found a place to eat dinner.  
Happy, happy campers!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

As the New year Started...

Rachel and David and Gwen and Simon arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday evening all set to fly to New Zealand for the year.
Sam and Jess and Maddie and Max arrived at the same time from Cleveland after their week-long whirlwind visit to family and friends on the east coast.
They met in the terminal!  There was much hugging and many hellos and then goodbyes as the Page/Bethel clan left for their 13+ hour long plane trip to halfway around the world and the Page/Kender clan left for the much shorter trip back to their home in Burbank.