one of the greatest lessons from my mom about living with kids, is to not put off nice things, but to invest in your home and fill it with things you love. teach your children to appreciate that and you don't have to worry about them getting marker on the sofa or being careless with the good china.
p.s. the shape magazine in the top picture actually made me laugh out loud. xo
and here we are again, three years later and the little is up to bat for the 5th grade students vs. staff baseball game. the tradition of this is deep. i have neighbors who had kids here in the 60s and 70s who remember attending their child's game. so sweet.
bittersweet, in this is really the beginning of the end. this has been an incredibly special group of kids.
they met in preschool, and quite frankly, i think mine was a little overwhelmed by the big personality of the other.
then they spotted each other again at middle school orientation, and have been inseparable ever since.
then (the end of preschool)
now (the end of 8th grade)
this fall, they will be walking to high school together, and i couldn't be more proud of them both. and grateful for their friendship. and our families' friendship. they are still quite different. sassy and serious. (i think i can say that safely.) both strong and smart. they compliment each other. help each other be brave when it's needed - whether that's in speaking out, or in holding back. excited to see what the future holds for them both. and hopeful that their friendship can weather whatever comes next. (they talk about it openly. the challenges and opportunities ahead of them. and how they too hope their friendship can endure.)
we started our evening with dinner at The Original Farmer's Market (sadly our favorite spot over there, Short Order, has closed). the Farmer's Market is always a good choice though, as there really is something for everyone. and the ice cream. oh the ice cream. we couldn't resist sharing a banana split from Bennett's
then on to LACMA - which, I think, is always extra special to visit in the evening. their courtyard is the perfect party spot.
Study of Man in the Phonebooth, 1969 by Charles Garabedian
and we had to deek out of the party and visit Chris Burden's Urban Light. so sad to learn this week of his death. he was an amazing artist, who i first discovered as an art student back in Manitoba. such an integral part of the Los Angeles "scene". he will be missed.
we are excited to return to LACMA next week, when his final work, Ode to Santos Dumont, 2015 debuts. it promises to be just as inspiring as his previous work.
this kid. so funny. so sharp. so much good energy. such a treat to have this one-on-one time with her.
it was a full weekend. E showed for the first time yesterday at the Los Angeles Equetrian Center. that meant helping transport 11 horses saturday then support friends in 26 different events sunday! she tested in Dressage Intro Level C (walk, trot, canter) and placed 4th. pony's first test too! sweet neesa is a fjord belonging to E's friend and has only been training since last fall. we are so very proud of both for them.
I was so moved by the support the other TEE riders gave E. it really was a team effort.
while E rode, K spent the day as a groom. i have never seen that girl work so hard so happily. it was wonderful to watch.
*the photo shows moxie waiting while I tuck in the girls for our nightly television hour. d and i have been picking a series on netflix or amazon prime and watching it through, one episode a night. we've done madmen, orange is the new black, house of cards, shameless (uk version), and now just finished up the americans. moxie knows the routine (she knows all our routines) and seems to look forward to the quiet hour. so do i. its nice to just sit side-by-side at the end of the day. not talking or planning or anything. just being together. xo