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Last weekend my In-Laws paid us a quick visit from their winter home in Arizona.  It was a nice visit and I got a date night with Mr. BAW as well as getting out of going to one of the kids' friend's birthday party.  In addition, since it was a beautiful weekend, we took everyone to  the Terranea Resort for some hiking.  Then, we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Eatalian, for dinner.

View of Catalina Island from the resort.

The hotel has a birdman who gives a little show-and-tell with exotic birds.

The lovely hiking paths along the resort.


I was amazed by the line of pelicans skimming the water for fish.

So much goofiness.

Having a nice dinner at Eatalian.  Gelato makes everyone happy!

Chilling at the resort.
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Posted March 23, 2015


Happy Spring, aka Vernal Equinox!  This is the first day of Spring and it was a beautiful day in Southern California.  To celebrate this event, I want to show you a few blooms in my garden and balcony.  My flowers have been very good these days.  My roses have several buds but they have yet to open.  I have also added a few more plants into my garden from my parents' and my aunt's garden.  In particular, I got a pomegranate tree!  In other news, Venus has been very prominent in the evening skies and Ahgoo is an expert at spotting it.  

I love these Kalanchoe plants.  They flower like crazy and the flowers last for months!

My new red Geraniums!  I got these from my aunt's garden.


I discovered that Primroses are great in the shade so now I have some on our balcony and side yard where we don't get too much sun.  They are doing so well that I think I can split them in a few months.

My Azaleas are still blooming like crazy.
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Posted March 20, 2015


Last October we spent our very first Autumn in the neighborhood since moving into our home.  Our neighborhood has wild peacocks roaming the streets and hillside.  What we discovered was that they molt their tail feathers in the fall!  So we set out to try to find some beautiful long peacock tail feathers  But by the time we realized that they molt, all the feathers were gone.  This year, we'll start the feather-hunting sooner than November!  So since they molt, the tails must grow back right?  Yes, they do!  In fact, we recently saw one with a beautiful long tail.  The funny thing is, a few days later, Ahgoo woke up one morning and said to me,"Mama, the peacock lost his tail!  But we don't.  We don't have a tail!  Mama don't, Dada don't, [Buzz] don't, but Toby does!"  It's just funny what kids think about randomly.  

Peacock sighting in someone's yard.

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Posted March 10, 2015


Oh boy, February went by way too fast.  Not only the fact that it has less days than any other month, but I thoroughly enjoyed February this year!  With Ahgoo getting older, traveling with the kids are definitely easier and more enjoyable for me!  My MIL is an amazing help when it comes to the kids, I look forward to having her visit us more often. :-)  Also the kids adore her!  

So I bid a fond farewell to February and here we are in March.  This month is a BIG birthay month, not only for our little princess but we literally have a birthday party to attend every weekend.  One Saturday, we even have TWO parties to attend!  I'm already prepping for Aghoo's big day at the end of the month.  But boy, after March, I'm so looking forward to not having to throw another birthday party til December  2016!!  That's right, my rule is to throw birthday parties for the kids every other year...it's odd birthday years for us.  One thing I do look forward to in March is the time change.  I can't wait for the longer days!  I miss being able to take walks with the kids after work.  Until then, I want to share some pictures of our little walk down to the coast near our home from a month ago.  It was a little cloudy and a little chilly, but I can't complain.  The kids had tons of fun and got some energy out of their system before bed time.

Rock climbing with gusto!


View of Santa Monica to the north in the distance.

So much goofiness.

The kids love to pick wild flowers.

Some quiet time.
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Posted March 5, 2015






















































































































































































































































































































































































































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