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December Wrap Up Part I - Wednesday, January 2nd 2013 5:20 PM
I hope everyone's 2013 has gotten off to a good start! I'd like to wrap up 2012 with catching up on December. It was definitely a busy and fun month. Unfortunately, I started...
Happy New Year! - Tuesday, January 1st 2013 10:18 PM
All November in a Day - Thursday, December 27th 2012 5:18 PM
 November was an eventful month:  We hit the beach no less than four times (no surprises there, I suppose!). Ryan went on a school field trip and got his...
Last Beach Trip in October - Wednesday, December 26th 2012 2:44 PM
 I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! With this post I am officially wrapping up the month of October. Now if I can just manage to somehow catch up with...
Merry Christmas! - Tuesday, December 25th 2012 11:51 AM
Christmas Lights - Monday, December 24th 2012 2:23 PM
 I hope the Christmas season is finding everyone in good health and good cheer! This past Saturday, JoAnna and Ryan and I, along with JoAnna's parents, Monica and her...
Summerland - Sunday, December 23rd 2012 3:09 PM
 On Oct. 20th, my parents and Ryan and I went to the beach. The facilities were closed at Tar Pits, so we went to our old haunt, Summerland, instead. The change of scenery...
Winter Solstice - Friday, December 21st 2012 12:57 PM
Happy winter solstice!There are so many beautiful winter images out there, it made it hard to choose. This fantastic shot taken on Dec. 22, 2007, comes from NASA. For today's...
Celebrate America on the Blvd. - Tuesday, December 18th 2012 1:22 PM
 On Oct. 13th, my parents and Ryan and I went to Lombardi Ranch for their Halloween/Fall festivities. That evening, my dad and I also went to Celebrate America on The...
I Rent a Shipping Container - Monday, December 17th 2012 4:45 PM
 When I moved back home in 2007, I had a houseful of personal possessions and nowhere to put them so I rented a storage unit. I honestly didn't think that five years later...
Avocado Fest 2012 - Tuesday, December 11th 2012 3:50 PM
 On October 6th, my parents and Ryan and I went to the California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria. It was a beautiful day and we got a fairly decent parking spot. Honestly,...
Long Beach - Wednesday, December 5th 2012 10:13 AM
 That weekend in September was hectic but things kept right on rolling the next day, Monday, Sept. 24th. I was fortunate enough to briefly attend the California Women's...
A Very Busy Weekend in September - USA Dance LA Showcase Performance - Sunday, December 2nd 2012 1:27 PM
 The weekend of Sept. 22nd was an extremely busy one. On Friday the 21st, not only was there Endeavour's flyover, it was also Ryan's school's first monthly Spirit Day of...
Farewell, Endeavour - Friday, November 30th 2012 9:26 AM
(Photo courtesy of the Curtis family.) Friday, September 21st, was a bittersweet day. The Space Shuttle Endeavour, on the back of its specialized 747 carrier, made it's...
Beach and Streets of Lancaster - Thursday, November 29th 2012 1:35 PM
 Tuesday, Sept. 4th was the first day of school. Can't believe Ryan's in third grade!  After making it through the first week of school we went - where else? - to...
Birthday - Wednesday, November 28th 2012 9:41 AM
Happy birthday, Uncle Archie!
End of August: AV Fair and the Beach - Friday, November 23rd 2012 12:15 PM
 On August 21st I drove down to Indio to pick up Ryan. Joyce and Ryan were flying in the next day. In the meantime, I had a great time visiting with Norm. In the morning I...
Happy Thanksgiving! - Thursday, November 22nd 2012 8:54 AM
Tehachapi Mountain Fest 2012 - Tuesday, November 20th 2012 6:38 PM
 August 18th, my parents and I went to the Tehachapi Mountain Fest. We were sans Ryan, as he was still visiting his dad. On the one hand, it was nice to be able to peruse...
End of July, Beginning of August - Thursday, November 15th 2012 1:27 PM
 The day after we went to the Observatory, Ryan had an orthodontist appointment. He had a palatal expander put in. That was definitely not fun. Not sure who suffered more -...
Veteran's Day - Sunday, November 11th 2012 7:06 AM
Griffith Observatory - Friday, November 2nd 2012 9:38 AM
 Ryan had never been to the Griffith Observatory so I thought it would be fun to take him. We went on July 17th. It was a weekday during summer vacation so while there...
Halloween Festivities - Thursday, November 1st 2012 1:15 PM
 Autumn is by far my favorite time of year. I'm excited about all the fall and Halloween festivities we get to do. The fall fun kicked off on Saturday, Oct. 13th, with our...
Picnic and Lake Arrowhead - Tuesday, October 30th 2012 10:44 AM
 On Sunday, July 8th, my parents and I picked up Ryan and headed to Wrightwood. It had been a while since we'd gotten sandwiches at Jensen's and had lunch at Arch Picnic...
Independence Day 2012 - Monday, October 29th 2012 9:52 AM
 The 4th of July found us - where else? - at the beach. When we first arrived we were greeted with live entertainment: a tandem sea kayak making it's way through the rocks...