Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recent Adventures

Mothers' Beach at Marina Del Rey is the most polluted beach around, but it also has a playground and no waves to speak of. We had great fun.

Park with friends.

Art show and other year-end festivities at Jackson's school. He's now out for the summer. 

Jason joined me at the tire store. (I broke a tire.)

Birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese was fun for all ages.

We got two chickens, Golden-Laced Wyandotte hens, to be specific.

Jackson and Aurora (or was it Michelle?) went up a hill at Sofia G.'s wonderful art party at Kenneth Hahn.

Jason zonked out at the market.

Chickens live mostly in a cage under the sycamore. They eat kitchen scraps and scratch, and we let them out to "free-range" around dinner time.

Grandma Sylvia hosted a backyard party for Memorial Day.


Dark glasses.

Bunnehs! I took Jason to the Polleria for chicken supplies and he was pretty happy to meet some baby rabbits.

More to come. Watch this space.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Backyard Habitat: Southern Alligator Lizard

While clearing out our bramble berries in anticipation of some upcoming construction, I came across our resident southern alligator lizard, and I even found some of his recently shed skin.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day Show at Preschool

Jackson's teacher Ms. Vargo painted this whole array of African animals as part of a unit study of the continent, leading up to the "Yion King"-themed show above. I love this school and I love Ms. Vargo!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Field-Trip Sunday: Los Angeles County Arboretum

This was "Springtopia" weekend at the Arboretum and they had children's activities like this peacock-feather rubbing. We also learned the names of the various types of feathers like "eye feather" and "T feather."

The ponds at the Arboretum are full of huge carp, turtles and more.

Also, good ol' fashioned ducks.

I wouldn't let Jackson go all the way up these stairs (around the waterfall) without me, but next time we go with a second adult.

Non-honeybee (wasp?) pollinator on white yarrow.

Lizard living in the yarrow bush.


Jason takes in the waterfall.

Honeybee pollinating California horse-chestnut.

Jackson climbing the underplanted herb spiral.

Goldfinches snacking on the lavender.

Hollyhock pollination.

Honeybee pollination on little orange flowers.

The landmark Queen Anne Cottage; hard to see but there is a Canada goose and gosling on the lawn in front.

This male peacock put on a display for us, but Jackson was more interested in the bunny in the background.


Monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed.

Long shadows and Canada geese on the lawn in front of the cottage.


Friday, May 02, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter Egging

Forgot I had these pictures on my camera! Thanks so much to my mom for putting together such a beautiful Easter-egg-dying spread for Jackson and Jason.

Traditional hot cross buns!

Teddy bear sunflowers.

Jason looks so grown up here!

Final product!