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Go Take A Hike

I was scrolling through Facebook yesterday morning when I came across a post by a local city guide. The post had a picture of a hiking trail surrounded by yellow flowers that can only be found in Southern California (Pentachaeta lyonii). The picture was so pretty (flowers as far as the eye could see) that I decided…

Opening Day

As you know, we are a big baseball family. Mike and I grew up playing baseball and softball, and we love to watch major league baseball games. When our kids were born, we hoped that they would like baseball like us (you may recall Mike and I even have a joking “arrangement” for choosing their favorite…

Surfing Sunday 02.26

When I woke up on Friday with a still-painful head, Mike and my parents insisted I go to the doctor to get checked out after my fall. I went to the doctor, where she determined I definitely had a concussion. Since I’m on an anticoagulant for my clotting disorder, she wanted to do a full…

I’m The Thud

Have I told you guys that I am a champion fainter? I started fainting back in elementary school and I’ve only gotten better at it with age. When I was a kid, I fainted when I had a headache, didn’t get enough sleep, or hadn’t eaten enough. I’ve fainted in restaurants, classrooms, and my personal…

Surfing Sunday 02.18

A few days ago, Southern California was hit with one of the biggest rain storms I can remember. I know everyone likes to make fun of how everyone in LA “freaks out” over a little rain, but this was most definitely NOT a little rain. Our city is just not built to accommodate the massive…

More Than She Can Chew

This lovely little puppy has brought so much happiness back to our house. The kids adore her, and she loves to chase them around the house when they get rambunctious. I love having her curl up next to me when the kids are at school. It’s nice to have peace and quiet without being alone….

Ringside Seats

On Sunday night, we went out to my nephew’s favorite restaurant to celebrate his tenth birthday. We were seated at a nice long table in a room just off the entrance. I always call these the “large party with kids” rooms – close enough to the main dining room to feel like you’re part of the…

Surfing Sunday 02.12

On Friday, Annabel’s school had a 50s-themed sock hop. She was SO excited about it, she talked about it every day for weeks leading up to the big event. She said that she and her best friend were even practicing dance moves at school in preparation. The dance was super-cute. The school’s multi-purpose room was…

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