July 13, 2017

1 Second Everyday: Jan-Feb 2017 edition

Better late than never, eh?  Way back in the new year, Middle Dude had a "man bun" (it's gone now, btw) and College Kid was home between semesters.  He got a new [to him] Soul [car, that is] and slept in. A Lot.  My always annual Christmas cards became New Year's cards.  There was weather and bodypump and crafts. We celebrated my big 5-0 and went to Hawaii.  There was weather there, too.  February included life mundane-ness & minutia plus a super neato trip to El Paso to visit Julie and her girls with roadtrips to Carlsbad Caverns & White Sands NM.

June 23, 2017

Reagan Library

Whenever my most favorite father- & mother-in-law come for a visit, we hit the road and go on some sight-seeing adventure.  This time we were going to grab everyone and spend the day at Universal Studios.  But when we heard rumor of the long lines & huge crowds and saw how much 7 tickets + parking was going to cost, we decided we would way prefer to go to the Reagan Library. (and the dudes all promptly decided to skip the library and go instead to their weekly ultimate frisbee game)   Btw, all photos via my phone: LG G4

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There were big crowds at the library, too; but no long lines for rides – woot!

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Pete Souza is a photographer whose work I much admire.  He has been the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama.  But way before that, he was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Reagan.  It was delightful to see his imagery larger than life…

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What a hoot this old 1744 map is.  CA is shown as an island!  A gift from Margaret Thatcher to Reagan…

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This huge window and the scenery beyond it … beautiful.

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A 10,000 jelly belly bean portrait …

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Big Dude listens in on the summit between Reagan & Gorbachev …

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And then, back at the ranch, he shares his insight and opinions with Ronnie while riding …
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At the risk of dating myself, I was there on the day this happened … and he was sooo tickled.  A fun memory.

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Reagan by Rockwell …

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“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”  A piece of the wall …

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And then we had to make our way thru Los Angeles traffic (bah. blech.  phtooey.  I’d go to more museums more often, if not for the traffic).

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And one for the dudes.  WAR is coming …

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“Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people.  Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.”  ~Ronald Reagan

May 12, 2017

May Gray in Laguna Beach … Orange County Family Photography

Southern California is a pretty mild climate all year round.  While other parts of the nation are under snow, we’re hitting the sand and slathering on the sun lotion.  We have a not-so-closely-held secret, though: while the rest of the nation is coming out of its winter, we’re often experiencing May Gray and June Gloom.  It’s our other “season”.  This lovely Texas family’s vacation overlapped with one such May Gray morning this last week.  But not the gray, nor the threat of rain, nor the 6’ high tide kept us from getting our pictures.

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The high tide, however,  did mean that we were extra vigilant not to turn our backs on the waves.  Feet up!

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The cold temperatures (what do you mean 60* isn’t cold??!!) meant that we did employ the hotel’s toasty fireplace to warm up the kiddos and grab more relaxed close-ups…

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We also employed jumping jacks to warm up!!

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And cuddling and tickling is a good way to chase away the cold, too…

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Thank you, Letz family, for braving the “cold” and the mist and the high tide with me!!