Summer Time!

•July 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Oh summer, how do we love thee?  It’s impossible to count.  And I’m already too far behind to do much commentary, so we’re going for a series of slide shows.  I’ll try to be chronological, at least.

First was Jacob’s baseball trophy lunch at the park.  Here’s a baseball trophy recipient, who has just graduated from coach pitch.


And the team, one last time.


Then the next day was Father’s Day.  Here’s a slide show of our trip to the car show, all decked out in their car gear finest (that would be BMW shirt and hats…).


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And then a day of play with friends at the park:

IMG_6802Then we took a quick trip to Ventura and the Channel Islands.  It was amazing.  There were boat rides (which evoked both awe and shrieks of “this is a torturous death trap”) and gondola rides and the island which was spectacular and amazing food and a beach hotel and botanical garden and so much more.  As you can see…

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Then we came home and the kids did a week of camp while I worked and we did a quick turnaround to meet Jacob’s best friend up at Pismo Beach for a vacation.  There was much swimming and game playing and crab and ice cream eating and loads of beach time.  We also went to the elephant seal rookery, and in the off season there are still a few hundred seals!  We are totally going back for the baby season, which happens to be Rose birthday season.


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And then home!  Jacob is doing his fencing, while Molly is doing clarinet.  I don’t have pics of Mol playing (but I will at her end of summer recital!), but here’s Jacob fencing.  He’s getting so good!

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Whew!  Now on to the 4th long weekend, which is kicking off tonight with Shakespeare in the Park…

School’s Out!

•June 18, 2016 • 1 Comment


Which means it must be summer.  So before diving into the past week of summer fun, I want to catch up on end of school.  Like the picture above, which was school spirit “tropical” theme day.


Let’s stay on the school theme and show off their end of year big project, which was to plan and build the community of the future.  Molly is above on the right.  She built a house and the high school: EHS, which stand for Environmental High school.  It’s the big green building near the front.  Jacob built the town hall (right behind the tall checkered building, with red o the bottom), a house and a restaurant:


And of course they got awards.  Though Molly  didn’t get the reading award!  Because, as she said, “I don’t care if they know I read. I know I read more than anyone.” And she didn’t turn in her reading journal.


Jacob is mastering the photobomb.


This isn’t school, but it’s smarties at work, so it comes next.  They’re building a time machine.



Moving on to wrapping up baseball this year.  Today was the awards ceremony and team banquet, but those pictures are still on my phone, so backing up to the next to last game.  This was Mol before it.


And the baseball boy.  (It was a hot day; he had a fan.)


Then we went to the batting cages with the team.


After that, they won their next game 17-3.  So we will be going to the batting cages a lot next season.


And the season ended:


We also went to Topanga Country Days.


This was Chuck and Molly listening to the Bowie tribute band (they were actually amazing).


This is discovering the wooden weapons table at the fest (yes, we came home with a bow and arrow set, but not the long sword).


This is Molly’s Game of Thrones moment:


This, randomly, is us furniture shopping for a new table.

So is this:


This is our first trip to the polo matches this year.


Which of course devolved into something less civilized.


And even less…


Games done, we hiked up to the stables.


And down to relax at the Will Rogers house:


And lastly, timely to get these up before Father’s Day tomorrow, we celebrated Chuck’s birthday.


With kisses.


And shopping for a new guitar.  Like father, like daughter:


Next up: pictures from our Channel Islands trip and Father’s Day!


New Tricks

•May 13, 2016 • 1 Comment

First off, we went to the doctor today for their 9 year checkup, and they are about the most perfectly healthy kids ever.  So that’s a relief.  Jacob is officially 1/2 inch taller (still) and 20 lbs heavier (still).  But they’re both perfectly on their growth curves.  And last night we had a girls night (Molly and I went for cocoa or coffee and then to see the symphony – the kids orchestra teacher was playing in the west coast premiere of Stewart Copeland’s new symphony and it was amazing!) and a boys night (Jacob and Chuck went glasses shopping, burger eating and then played Minecraft).  And now I have some pictures from the last few weeks to catch up on…IMG_5631

It’s baseball season!  Which means we had picture day.  These are the ones I took, behind the team photographer.


And this is crazy girl, waiting, trying on the batting helmet.


And hanging out with their friend, who is on Jacob’s team.


Then we had a performance week at school.  It started with the talent show, where Molly was in her first play (playing a Hefalump)


(Terrible picture, but it was dark in the auditorium.) and getting her first post-show flowers with friends…


The very next day was the first orchestra performance.  Here’s Jacob seated with the violins:


And Mol with the clarinets:


And Jacob in a cute moment chatting right before it started…


I took some video.  It’s shaky and dark and frankly horrid.  Luckily, the Orchestra took video during rehearsal, when the auditorium lights were on and no parents were in the way.  You can see the kids clearly in it, too.  And definitely hear what we’ve been hearing for weeks. (You have to click on the link, for some reason it won’t let me embed a video right now…)

Here they were in the morning before school:


and waiting for carpool.


Then we had a crazy Sunday.  It started with me and Molly going horseback riding withthe Girlscouts.


She was super nervous.


As you can see.  So the woman that led our ride took her for a walk.


She got comfortable and we took off.


And pretty soon she was splashing her horse through creeks and up hills.


And she totally fell in love with her horse, Summy.  She now LOVES riding.

We rushed from there to take Jacob to his “epic” nerf gun shoot out.  It was a little terrifying.  The boys all had nerfs and we went to the Old Zoo for a crazy attack party.


The scene looked like Baghdad, with the rocks and sand…


But no one got hurt and a truly epic time was had by all…


So now we’re caught up!  Tomorrow we have a baseball game and then a Harry Potter birthday party to attend, so we have to go make pumpkin juice and a treacle tart before bed.  And Sunday we plan to go to the Topanga Fiddle Fest, which always yields some gorgeous pictures, so hopefully I will actually take some and remember to share them next week!






This Is How We Look

•April 24, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I thought that I have so many pictures from the last two week that perhaps rather than a whole story behind each, I could tell you that “this is how one looks when…”

So…This is how they look now.


This is how you look when you’re waiting to see the Percy Jackson musical.


This is how you look when you have to go to your brother’s opening day for baseball.


This is how you look when it’s your opening day for baseball, and you lead the team in running the bases.


This is how you look when you’re waiting for your game to start.  And you have a twin and a best friend there…


This is how you look when a meteor is about to hit the dugout.


This is how you look when you realize you won your first game 8-3.


This is how you look when B.J. Novak is reading you his awesome “Book With No Pictures” at Milk & Bookies.


This is how you look patting the cutest 2 week old baby goat ever.


This is how you look playing with the goats 8 week old cousins.


This is how you look when you’re begging for more ginger beer at Artisanal LA.


This is how you look taking silly pictures at the end of a long day there.


This is how you look when your beloved Daddy gets in on the action.


This is how your living room would look if the men in the family took over decorating.


This is how you look:



When this is happening:


And this is how you look:



When this happens:


This is how you look when Joan gives your Girl Scout troop a private tour of her kitchen.


And this is how you look at the end of dinner at Joan’s.



This is how your troop and their brother’s look half an hour later with loads of sugar, compliments of McConnell’s Ice Cream, in little systems.


This is how you look when you’re waiting for your parents to finish preparing the Seder dinner.


And this is how you look when your sister is reading from the Hagaddah.


And this is how the family looks when they’re taking turns with the 4 questions.


This is how you look at Sunday brunch in LA.


And this is how you look when you get home from brunch (today) and your parents put you to work cleaning the pation furniture so you can eat dinner outside.


And now if you look in the mirror, you’ll see how you look when you’re all caught up on what’s going on in Molly & Jacob’s lives…

Easte, Spring Break and Woah, Museums

•April 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a while.  And I’ve been shocking about the pictures.  Like I took 600 one day at the Broad museum and 2 of spring break (I’m not exaggerating) and 10 of Easter.  So… this is a lopsided update, but I don’t want it to get later, so here goes!

Let’s start with a slideshow of images I took at the Broad Museum, because it was so visual.  And it ends with one from the Getty where we saw a Fado concert with the kids. (Click on the first picture to launch the slideshow…)

Then we went to Portland for spring break.  Where I took two pictures!  One, when we had a surprise run into Lisa at the chocolate shop, which thrilled everyone (the boys were off playing video games, this was a girls only chocolate outing, made complete by seeing Lisa!).


The I snapped this, of much of the way we spent the rainy days:


We got home in time for a Girl Scout hike and flower activity in the woods…



Here’s Molly working on her flower doll, and Jacob did one too.


And the three girls who were able to do the hike:


Now Easter!  First thing, we dyed eggs (no pictures, because I am lame), then we made bunny bread.


Cute bunnies shaping cute bunnies…


Then Easter morning.


And unusual “Easter bonnets”


And finally, egg hunting:


Back to school was busy, with a publishing party for the books they wrote in Spanish…


Which neither wanted to read aloud.


And then a performance of School House Rock for the Spring Concert.


Lastly, they had a Daddy outing where they went bowling.  They are each so very very much themselves.  Always.





And that catches us up to this rainy weekend, where both kids are at sleepovers tonight (which is how I have time to finally update this!), and we hope baseball practice isn’t cancelled before opening day next weekend, and we have tickets to the Percy Jackson musical and to Artisanal LA and reservations for sushi.  I will try to be better about documenting all that, and updating before another month passes…

Magic, Writing, Art & More

•March 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment

So, another dump update of all the crazy stuff we’ve been up to… just images, a few brief words and even one video…

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Let’s start here with a visit to the Getty.


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And a visit to the reading room, where they geeked out on the Greeks.  The Percy Jackson books have been an all consuming obsession, which is making the Getty even more fun.

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And a reading boy, too…

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Speaking of Percy Jackson, on “Dress as your favorite literary character day” at school, Molly was Piper McLean from the books.

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And Jacob was Bond, James Bond.

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Here they are, together and in character:

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Also at school, they had a publishing party in class.  They wrote books about a subject they are experts in.  Here’s Molly with her book:

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And Jacob reading his book to a friend:

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They’re doing a LOT of writing right now… this is them in the afterschool Literary Magazine class.  (I’m teaching it!)


They’re always so very them.  Even when writing.


We went to the opera for Molly’s birthday gift.  It was AMAZING.  One of the best productions of any kind I’ve ever seen (The Magic Flute, done in a crazy silent movie, Melies, German Expressionist style with projections…) And the kids were adorable.

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And a lovely girl (in her kitten heels).  She told me “it’s hard to walk up stairs in heels.”  Tell me about it.

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Look at that long girl!

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And she’s in the phone booth at the opera, here.

Then we went to Greystone to relax…

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The boys were fishing.

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And Molly was playing coy with the koi.

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While Jacob conducted experiments.

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We also hit the Bowie exhibit:


I love this picture:


She’s a huge Bowie fan. Finally, this week we took one of their friends to thier first 4D movie.  They were excited.


Movie’s about to start:


And one last shot of them each.  Molly and I went to tea at the Langham hotel.  Pretty baby.


And Jacob had his last fencing class of the series today.  He’s awesome and loves it.


You can watch for yourself on YouTube:

And that catches us up to the minute.  We have play rehearsal (Molly for the talent show) and Baseball tryouts (Jacob), a fado concert for us all and tickets to the Broad museum this weekend, so that should be just the right amount of fun with out too much rushing around!

9 Years Old

•February 20, 2016 • Leave a Comment


Those are the faces of 9 year old kids (one of whom does not like having his picture taken!).  Can you believe it?  We can’t.  And sadly, this year was such a flurry of activities that we didn’t even really stop to take pictures.  So I have a sad assortment to offer up, documenting birthday celebrations.  I’ll just put them all up in order.

First, Jacob had an “epic” sleepover with 3 friends who all love video games, nerf and sushi almost as much as he does.  So that’s what they did.  Throw in a little pizza, Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail, waffles and bacon and you have their sleepover in a nutshell.  The only time they sat still was for sushi, so that’s the only picture I have:


Their actual birthday we woke up to all the boys and waffles & bacon and rushed off to another friend’s birthday party at a rock climbing gym.  What started with fears and tears ended up lots of fun.




Whereas I think this is the highest Mol got off the ground, it was still a major accomplishment in fear overcoming:


And she had a blast playing with old friends.  Like friends from early pre-school, so she’s now been friends with them for more of her life than she hasn’t.  Which is terrifying. But cool.


Then present time (we actually skipped their cake on their birthday until the next night because they were too full from Fiona’s birthday cake and then their own sushi dinner….)


Someone got a new tshirt she loves.


Jacob loved his pyramid excavation kit.  Not as much as his nerfs, but I can’t bring myself to take pictures of those.


And Molly is becoming quite the weaver.


The next weekend we had our first Girl Scout cookie table, a friendship dance at school and a long weekend with lots of friends out of town, so Molly’s celebration waited until this weekend.  But here’s the Girl Scouts


And a Chinese New Year celebration we went to


And finally Mol’s slumber party last night, which was a fondue/dance/perfume making party.  With brunch at Republique this morning.  Tres fancy!


Turns out, kids (except Jacob, who ate this bite and then asked for pizza) love cheese fondue!  The real deal stuff, with kirsch and emmentaler cheese!


While perfume making was fun, but stinky.

And the night capped with chocolate fondue, which in case you’re wondering, is a HUGE hit with everyone.  I must mention that in addition to fruits and pretzels and marshmallows, Molly requested matcha green tea poundcake to dip…


The candle is there to toast marshmallows before dipping, per Birthday girl.

And that brings us up to date!  My plan tomorrow is to head somewhere sunny and beautiful so I can grab a couple of good pics of the newly 9s hanging out and staying still.  They are beautiful, brilliant and more inspiring every day.






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