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Monday, May 30, 2011

Water Fights

May was the month of many things, but water fights were a definite highlight! We continue to enjoy the new house and it’s slowly filling up with furniture! Steven was a away a bunch this month with trips to Argentina and New York, but he more than made up for it when he was home.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Street Art Show at MOCA

Really enjoyed this show at Moca that Esther and I visited. Banksy has always been a favorite and this is just a great piece. I think he got high school students to do the graffiti here - the piece must be 20 feet high.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hawaii on my mind!

So how good was Hawaii? Well for a resort-type experience it was amazing - wonderful pool, great beach, the service was outstanding and the weather just peachy. All that being said, the jetlag took us by surprise, I guess you forget that it’s a three hour time-difference and for some reason that hadn’t registered with me. For first few days the children were a touch grumpy and that’s putting it kindly, but as someone reminded me yesterday, we had just moved house so it really has been quite an upheaval for them.
Maui is a great island and I would recommend Wailea for families with lots to do. We took an Atlantis submarine ride, which was perfect for the kids, just two hours and they got to see some fish and even a shipwreck. At 4 and 5 they are still too young for a snorkeling expedition really, but not us grown ups! We did go snorkeling, sailing out on a Catamaran for the day which was thoroughly enjoyable. Another excursion was the Sugar Cane Train ride which I’d read about. I would NOT recommend this. The train itself is delightful, but the view, well, unless you are in the mood for peering into people’s backyards the entire time, it’s not exactly picturesque.
All in all it was a wonderful trip. I would do it again, but a week was enough.
Now we are back home and getting ready for summer!

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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Move

So we finally did it! After much deliberating we decided to move out of Venice. It was opportunistic really. we had started looking, expecting it would take at least 6 months to find a place in the neighborhood we were interested in - but then we got lucky. So we are now living in a place a good bit bigger than our old house in Venice and are so happy. The kids have their own rooms which is a bonus, but more importantly we all just ahve a bit more space. The street is a quiet cul de sac, close to the beach. Feels closer to nature, great walks nearby. Very very happy.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Lola and the Tooth Fairy

About a year ago Lola was using her teeth to open something, despite numerous parental calls of “Teeth are not a tool!” In frustration she pulled a bit too hard and tears and a little blood followed. She complained the tooth hurt so Steven took her into the dentist who said something may, or may not result, we would just have to wait and see.
Well one year later and 6 months of increasing wigglyness and the tooth has gone. Now I have two children with prematurely absent front teeth.
Of course we had just been watching that hilarious (thanks to the sublime Steve Merchant) movie The Tooth Fairy, so Lolie was fully prepped on what needed to happen when one loses ones tooth. The tooth itself was never found, but the tooth fairy was undeterred and Lola got her first dollar.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

First Love

Oliver told me today that Sogna, his classmate was his girlfriend. “Oh” I replied, “does Sogna know?”
“Yes, I asked her and she said yes”
“So what does this mean, that she is your girlfiend?”
“Well, we get to play together”. Pause. “And when I grown up I guess I know who I’m going to marry”
For a couple of days there was hand-holding before class and general closeness. And then. it was over. Just like that. No exclamation, instead “Can I have a playdate with Tiare?” Ruthless, I tell ya.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Turning 40

Reflecting back on turning 40 I can’t say I experienced it as the turning point people often talk about. It really just passed like any other birthday. Some anxiety about the festivities, followed by much enjoyment of the festivities. Any middle-aged angst - what am I doing with my life type questions? Well, let’s just say not any more than usual.
There has been so much going on this year, to those that know us you know what I’m talking about, most of it good, amazingly good. I don’t feel I’ve had a moment to stop and think. The biggest decision was deciding to get an au pair. I’m hoping that out of that, I’ll have a bit more time to think about finding some kind of job, or maybe going back to college doing some postgraduate work. Maybe an MA. There I said it out loud. We’ll see. I need to figure out first what in. Photography seems the most likely. I did do a creative writing course, but didn’t really stick with it. That’s my main problem right now, sticking with things. I never used to be such a flake.
So maybe that’s it, the big lesson about turning 40s. Time to commit to something. Time to figure out, now the children are getting a bit older, what’s next…

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pooltime fun!

My birthday was a chance to get away this year. There was a big party that needed organizing too, but as the big day itself fell on President’s Day weekend, it offered a chance to get away. We stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs - highly recommend it for anyone heading out that way. Especially if you are still single or not toting the little ones. Our kids loved it, but I think in retrospect somewhere a little less rockstar may be more up our alley.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Lola!

January is a busy month here, what with Steven and Lola’s birthdays coming at the same time. This year for Lola it’s all about painting, rainbows, wings, sparkles, rainbows, unicorns and princesses!

Happy birthday sweetheart - wishing you many more rainbow-colored adventures to come!


Sunday, January 2, 2011


We had such a great time this New Years. We ended up renting a house up in Montecito which was fantastic. Right on the beach, perfect. The weather was a little blustery and refreshing let’s say, but we got some good walks in. Claudette and Loring stayed with us which made it extra special for the kids. Ringo didn’t have a bad time either.

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