Monday, April 14, 2014

Park Day: Spring Break Afternoon at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Chasing ducks at the upper pond.

Path beside the stream between the upper and lower ponds.

As per above, Jason was amazed by the babbling brook and signed water repeatedly in amazement.

Turtle. Boy with stick.

Portrait by the rushes.

Yellow irises in bloom by the water.

View of the pump jacks at Baldwin Hills oil field, as seen through the treeline.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Freelance Field Trip: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios

At the last minute, I was asked to cover the opening of the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride at Universal Studios, so since we love that movie, I packed up the kids and we headed to the Valley. A good time was had by all. Here is Jackson winning a Minion doll of his very own.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Baby with Egg Cup and Egg

Greetings from Jason and all of us. Here are shots of Jason playing with his Etsy-sourced, handmade wooden, Montessori-inspired wooden egg and egg cup. Heh.

Also, he's amazed by his own buttons. He wears collared shirts so rarely that he finds them an amazing and special phenomenon.

 Happy Easter and Passover to all!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Field-Trip Sunday: Kidspace Museum in Pasadena

Loved this place! Pretend City, Natural History Museum and now this place are three reliable locations where you can easily and safely spend a whole day doing kid-appropriate and entertaining stuff. Yay for big-city options!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Gaze Upon the Rare and Precious Wildflower Seed Packet Success!

In my day, I have spent untold fortunes on packets of "California native wildflower seeds!" that vanished into the ether. Too wet? Wrong sun-shade balance? Pigeons ate the seed? Who can say, but for whatever reason, this year the seeds germinated and we have a nice little colony in one corner of the yard. The honeybees are cracking out, and it makes me smile.

Scarlet flax

Wish I knew this little guy's name.

Butterflies and skippers seem to appreciate this tall one.

This is self-seeded borage (not part of the seed packet), and the bees ADORE it.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014