After slacking all year long, I'm almost up to date. :) I'm not too worried if anyone reads our blog, but it is a good place to write down our memories.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
We took off on Friday night and stopped in St George. While it was quite cold the kids still decided it was time for a jump in the hotub.
We stated at Aimee's lovely home and had street tacos at Andrew's house.
We spent a day at the LA zoo, with Dani and Wally, where I hadn't been since I was a teenager. The kids especially loved the komodo dragon and the koala bears.
La Brea Tar Pits. I don't think the museum has been updated since I was a kid, but the kids didn't seem to mind. Their favorite part was trying to pull these polls out of the tar.
While Lonnie waited at home with Trent to pick up Dani at the airport Andrew and Tom took Max, Maya, Stella and Sam to the Petersen Auto Museum while Aimee, Laura and I went to the LA County Art Museum, which was a wonderful treat. We took the kids back later after the Tarpits just to take photos in this awesome installation. Maya also wanted to see a Degas pastel drawing of ballet dancers and after seeing the painting made me promise I would buy her oil pastels.
Manzanar for a sober glimpse at what fear and prejudice can do. We then spent the night in Bishop before heading to Mammoth Lakes. The weather was perfect. These small lakes were frozen over and people where sliding all over the lakes. The kids had a great time.
Obsidian Dome near Mammoth.
Our friend Leah, from New Zealand, came to visit and we took a drive out to Antelope Island. We can see the island from the windows in our living room and sometimes we like to pretend we are looking out at the ocean with Rangitoto in the distance.
It was a beautiful day. We saw bison and the kids discovered their own rock playground. It made me again remember how much I love the desert and especially The Great Salt Lake.
Max dressed up as a snake, using a costume his cousins Kelly and Stella have both worn many times.
Trent dressed up as a dog.
Maya was a sheep.
They insisted that we decorate the front porch and the kids helped carve pumpkins for the first time.
Three months later we are still eating the Halloween candy.
It is not often that all three kids sit still for photos so I had a hard time choosing just one...