Sunday, January 31, 2010

This is why you live in LA

If you have kids, LA is hands down, a great place to live. Year round, outdoor messy fun. After the rain, hike day at school becomes mud day! Cold, wet, squishy mud makes my daughter and her friends squeal with delight. Letters are drawn with sticks, angels appear in the dirt and songs are made up along the trail. It is pure joy to witness childhood memories being etched in- and that is exactly what this here lucky girl got to do on this January day. When a kid needs a good nail scrubbing and has a few fresh scrapes, usually this means they have a good story to tell. I look forward to each one.

Monday, January 25, 2010

5 years

Today is my daughters birthday. She is 5 years old. Wow. Wow. What an amazing big little person she has become. In the scheme of things, 5 years is not a lot of time, but so much life and love has been packed into getting to know this little girl. Guiding her, learning from her, but, mostly just trying to keep her safe and letting her be. I still like to gaze at her little face while she is sleeping. I know now that will never change. Over the weekend, the rain cleared and the sun came out. Balloons appeared and kids with smiles came in droves. Ready to party. It's so joyous to celebrate the life of a 5 year old. Don't need much, really. Just the essentials: A disco ball, good music, lots of wigs, some feathers, rainbow cake and sparkly drinks for all... Oh, Happy Day.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Deluge

It doesn't rain very often in California. But when it does, it really rains. For days. And days and days. And hard. Last night it actually hailed. The drama of's so very Hollywood. Walls crumble, roofs leak, mud starts flowing, lights go out, palm fronds fly and crash, grass grows and things get green! Hot baths are drawn, soup is made for sudden sniffles, popcorn is popped, movies are watched and socks and slippers are your best friend. A bit of weather to shake things up is always welcomed in my book.