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I want to warn you that this is a long post, with lots of pictues from our recent trip to the South Coast Botanical Garden.  We live close to this lovely garden but we don't go often enough.  However, we drove by it recently and saw a couple of giant lego blocks at the parking lot entrance and were intriqued.  Turns out that they are having a temporary exhibit by Nature Connects displaying the lego creations of Sean Kenny.  So we spent an afternoon there because Mr. BAW and the kids all enjoy legos.  I must say, the lego creations are beautiful, they were all life size or larger.  My favorites were the fox and the rabbit.  But they were all pretty impressive.  The sculptures were littered throuhgout the garden but they do have a map to guide you.  We found most of them but missed a few.  If you get a chance to see it, is well worth the price of admission.  Also, Northrop Grumman sponsored a little lego area for the kids to play with.  The weather was beautiful and the kids had a lot of fun.  By the way, I'm serving jury duty, so that explains why I have time to edit all these pictures.

I have a new appreciation for drought-resistent gardens.

Humming bird and flowers.


A giant red rose, the kids had fun pretending to be Alice and made me the Queen of Hearts.


My favorite lego display.

A seed germinating.

The little gardeners.

A giant gardener.

The buffaloes.  Notice the little bird perched on the mama buffalo.

A koi jumping out of the pond...wonder what the real koi think of him.

A giant wasp.  He was quite impressive.

A beautfiul butterfly behind us.

My favorite veggie, the artichoke!!

Being Jane.

The pergola in the rose garden.

The giant Banyan trees offered shade and a natural playground.

Dessert garden.

Perfect weather.

The most beautiful butterfly ever!

The kids felt like Alice in Wonderland.

Will she kiss the frog??

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Posted April 11, 2016


If you are still just eating regular ice cream then you need to branch out, get out of the carton!!  In LA, there are so many unique, innovative, and delicious ways to eat ice cream.  After our Caltech visit, we walked a few blocks over to Afters for an ice cream sandwich.  These guys run out of an old time converted gas station.  The charm is just oozing out of my bones!  I wish I was a student at Caltech just to be able to walk to this place.  They NEED to put one in near every university!  So, they literally serve unique ice cream flavors between two sweet buns.  The buns are akin to a Crispy Kremes donut, you can get them normal or glazed.  The ice cream flavors range from Vietnamese coffee to jasmine milk tea.  Then, you can add an assortment of toppings like rice crispy treats and peanutbutter mini cups.  We all shared a sandwhich because we were still full from our early dinner.  But next time, I'm getting my own!  If you happened to be near an Afters location, you need to get a sandwich!

My other ice cream delight lately is the shaved ice cream.  No, it's not shaved ice, it's shaved ice cream.  They literally take a frozen block of ice cream and stick it onto a machine that would shave the ice cream into this creamy, fluffy dessert.  Many places serve them now but I like Block Heads Shavery.  You can also get various sauces over it as well as toppings.  Yummy.  





Strawberry shaved ice cream!

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Posted April 8, 2016


So you already know that I love univerisities.  One reason that I love them is actually for their "wildlife."  One can argue how "wild" the campus animals are but one thing's certain, they are smart!!  What wildlife you ask, besides the wild late teens??  Well, at UCLA the squirrels run the show.  They are so bold that they will literally jump onto your dining table and grab your muffin.  I always thought that one day, they'd wise up and start attending classes carrying tiny little backpacks.  At USC, the cockroaches used to roam campus.  They were not your ordinary roach, they were supersized roaches!  They would drag their huge bodies across paths and you'd literally have to stop for them.  Haha, gross I know!  Cal State Long Beach has a gorgeous Japanese garden where the giant koi fish live.  They are like dogs, they'd all swim up to you begging for food.  

Well, the other weekend, after visiting my parents, we took the kids over to Caltech for a stroll.  We wanted to visit the turtles like we did four years ago.  The Caltech turtles are super smart, the second we knelt down they swam right over to us.  I had forgotten how big they are!  I happened to have cheerios in my purse, as any mother would, and I gave some for the kids to feed the turtles.  Well, to our surprise, an entire swarm of turtles swam over!  There must have been over fifty turtles in that pond.  Then a few giant koi fish swam over and were clamouring to get cheerios amongst all the turtles!  Next thing we knew, the turtles started to climb out of the pond coming after us.  These turtles were fast, I was struggling to get the cheerious out of my purse.  We decided to leave the pond when it appeared that all of the turtles were going to climb out. Then we headed over to a smaller, upper pond where a turtle decided to chase Buzz away when he got close.  I think it might be a mama turtle protecting her nest of eggs.  Overall, we had a blast on campus.  There were a few students around and the temperature was perfect for a late afternoon stroll. 
 





The turtles were getting agressive, I couldn't bring out the cheerios fast enough for them!

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Posted April 5, 2016








Before leaving March, we celebrated Ahgoo's fourth birthday!  Eeek, I can't believe she's four.  I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday.  When Buzz was born, I was a mess.  I was so scared of being a mother that I never got to enjoy being a mother.  But with Ahgoo, I had experience under my belt.  So it was with her that I got to fully experienced the joys of motherhood.  I remember her baby smell, her smiles, her cubby legs, and her beautiful cheeks!  Now, at four years old, she's the funniest, silliest,and smartest person I know.  I keep telling her that she needs to use her brains for doing good things in this world.  She just replies, "Know that,  Mommy!"  She is still obsesssed with coloring, painting, and drawing.  She loves cats and tells me that she will get a cat when she grows up but I can't visit the cat because I will sneeze (she knows that I am allergic to cats and so she won't get to have a cat until she's on her own.)  I told her that I will take allergy medicine so I can visit her and her cat.  She continues to pick out her own outfits every morning and will always pick out silly socks (they don't match).  For her fourth birthday, we kept it low key and did our own little celebration at home.  We then took her to Disneyland.  Her favorite thing that day was meeting Minnie Mouse.  I love this little girl so, so, so , so , so , so ,so, so, so much...as she loves to say.
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Posted April 5, 2016









































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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