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The kids and I took a nice little walk to our neighborhood library and, lo and behold, we saw an adorable new addition!  This beautiful statue of a rabbit titled "The Story Teller" by Michael Ezzell was dedicated to the library in early May.  The statue was donated by the Long Family Fund and I love Marilyn Long's words about sharing art in public.

“We, as human beings, all hunger for beauty in this world and sculpture adds richness to our lives.  It enhances a community that is artistic, vibrant, and energetic.  Sculpture is free to all people.  This sculpture is outdoors; you don’t need to buy a ticket to see it.  It stimulates conversation and enriches us.  Sculpture provides a platform for an artist to bring creativity, innovation, and imagination to weave a story that others can enjoy,”

I also love that we are within walking distance to a lovely library that has a strong focus on young children.  Hopefully, the kids will have fond memories of our library walks when they grow up. 


A close up look of the adorable little Story Teller.
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Posted May 27, 2015


I love the internet!  Last night we were watching a little TV after the kids went to bed.  We happened to be in the mood for some comedy so we decided to watch an episode of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  In this episode, Kimmy happened to be wearing a beautiful coat that I just couldn't stop staring at!  It was beautiful.  So afte the show, I immediately grab my laptop and did a quick Google search for "Kimmy Schmidt blue coat" and got the source of the coat!  The site even had a link that took me directly to Boden and the coat.  Granted they no longer carry the blue version, but I snagged the red one in my size (which probably would've been my choice anyway) for a hugely discounted price!!!  I even got free shipping for orders above $50.  I completed the order minutes after we finished watching the episode.  Gotta love the internet!


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Posted May 20, 2015


Last month, Mr. BAW got to cross out another bucket list item.  To celebrate his big 4-0 birthday, he climbed Machu Picchu.  And the best part?  He got to climb it with his 72 year old father, the same man who climbed to Everest Base Camp two years ago.  My MIL stayed with us to help me out with the kids during their trip.  Mr. BAW took over a thousand pictures on his trip.  So I obviously can only show a few representative pictures here.  But even so, I will have to break the blog pictures into three groups because there are so may pictures to show.  Here is the first installment of pictures and it's all taken during the hike up to Machu Picchu.  Machu Piccu pictures will follow in the second installment.  The third installment will be pictures of the beautiful city of Cusco.  For this set of pictures I only did minor cropping to a few pictures, they are beautiful without editing.  Enjoy! 
 
Melvin and Abigail, two super soft alpacas followed them home.









Looking back down at trail the group hiked.


At the top!!
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Posted May 17, 2015


Today we were struck by the first of two cold storms.  So we had periods of heavy downpour followed by patches of beautiful blue skies.  In our house, we have an exposed wooden roof so the rain sounds much louder than at our old house with a traditional ceiling.  But the sound of rain is lovely when you're all cozied up in a warm bed.  But for today, I want to share some pictures of a little activity I do with the kids sometimes.  On lovely sunny weekend mornings, Mr. BAW would sometimes go down to the beach to play a few games of volleyball.  I would take the kids on various adventures in our neighborhood.  This time, I decided to have a picnic with them consisting of only snack foods.  The kids absolutely LOVE the idea.  They don't get sweet treats too often so when they get to have some, they are in pure heaven.  I used their toy tins to put little snacks in them.  The snacks were little bags of m&ms, raisins, squeezy applesauce, sliced apples, and maybe a cookie.  We all had a wonderful time and they call it "snacky-snacks".  Sometimes a peafowl or two will join us. 
 
The kids' toy tins.


Enjoying their yummy snacks.

Not a bad view for a snacky-snack picnic.

Lastly, Toby wanted to say a proper goodbye to a Facebook friend of his, little Sammy.  Her human parents had to let her go earlier this week because it was simply her time to go.  But we'll all miss little Sammy and hope that her human parents will always have wonderful memories of her. 

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Posted May 14, 2015


Happy Mother's Day!  This year, both of the kids' classes were prepped for a Mother's Day brunch complete with some performances.  But we chose to take the kids' to Disneyland on Friday instead, before our passes run out.  Although we had a great time at Disneyland, I was rather bummed that I missed out on the kids' class performances.  But then the next day, Mr. BAW took us to a wonderful brunch at the Inn of the Seventh Ray (which I will share in a separate blog entry) and when we drove home, he said to me,"Happy Mother's Day."  At that point, Ahgoo started singing "You Are My Sunshine" to me in the car.  It took me a second to realize that she was performing her song to me, the one she had been practicing and would have performed to me at the school brunch if I had gone!  It was one of the most sweetest moments I can recall!  Then Buzz, following Ahgoo's song, sang his Mother's Day songs to me too.  I was so happy that they wanted to still perform their songs to me that I teared up!  I still have to open the gifts they made for me at school.  But the songs they sang were the best gifts I can hope for.  I hope that my two favorite mothers are both having a wonderful day as well.
 



Me and my babies on a hike to walk off my huge brunch.

This Mother's Day, I can't help but think about my cousin's family and how his wife must feel on the first Mother's Day after losing their daughter.  How do mothers who lost children feel on this day?  I can not imagine the sadness in their hearts on this Mother's Day.  A few days ago, my Gardenia plant finally blossomed almost six months under my care!  Gardenia plants are extremely difficult to bloom.  I dedicate this beautiful flower to my neice and hope that her parents hearts will slowly heal with time.  

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Posted May 10, 2015




This boy turned 13 on Friday!  These days Toby is becoming even slower than ever, if that's possible.  He's not interested in even taking much of a walk.  He'd walk down to the end of our street willingly but refuses to walk any further.  He's been a little senile as well.  He's had a few incidences of marking in the house during the day so we've had to keep him in the kitchen during the day.  But other than that he's been the same sweet old guy.  He asks for so little that I feel guilty at times because some days I barely have time to even give him a gentle pet.  But I hope he knows how much we all love him and that he will always be my little baby, even at a ripe old human age of 91!  
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Posted May 8, 2015




Today was a gloomy day.  May gray has definitely struck LA.  I looked out of the window from my office and suddenly realized that I do not have enough music in my life. When I was in graduate school, I used to listen to music radio stations when I drove to work.  Now, I listen to the news when I drive to and from work.  I probably haven't listened to any music nor songs in over a year!  Music is not a priority for me, and it's probably a very sad thing.  I then looked down at the ipod sitting on my desk...yes, an ipod circa 1996, and there's a layer of dust on it.  I used to listen to more music at work. But I can't think while listening to music, so I can only use it if I'm doing something mindless and repetitive, which is rare in my work these days.  But today was a rare day.  A day I savor, a day without meetings nor fires to put out at work.  So the first thing I selected from my ipod was Jewel followed by The Voice by Russell Watson to match May gray day.  

Last year, I was inspired by Restoration Hardware to frame a sheet music for Ahgoo.  Her favorite song to sing last year was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  I got a $7 frame from Ikea and hung it over her bed.  I love the look.  Maybe this will inspire me to listen to more music.
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Posted May 5, 2015




Even I have to do a double take in order to tell if this is Ahgoo or Buzz's first dental appointment picture!  At her very first appointment, I told the receptionist that we could try taking X-rays, but don't be surprised if she won't let them.  Even the dentist was a doubter.  But after Buzz got his X-rays taken and his cleaning done, Ahgoo stepped right up to the plate and hit a home run!  She let the hygienist take X-rays and did the entire cleaning with no problems!  At the end she told me that the X-ray plastic thing hurt her "a little bit."  But other then that, she was a superstar dental patient!   Then both of them happily went to the "prize room" and picked out their toys, stickers, and balloons.  

By the way, last week, I told Buzz that he will be going to the dentist.  I always have to give Buzz fair warning whenever we have a doctor's or dental appointments because he does not respond well to surprises.  He needs a few days to come to terms with having to go to the doctor/dentist.  This time however, his reaction to the dental appointment was hilarious...he clapped and did a little happy dance!   He LOVES going to the dentist because of the toys he gets.  So bribing works well in this case. :-)
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Posted May 1, 2015































































































































































































































































































































































































































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