Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Reflection of an advertisement for the new TV show Huge reflecting in the window of Forever 21(headquarters for skinny people clothes) at the mall.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Two weeks of staying out of the sun, no lifting, no working out, I am losing my mind.

I decided to dig into some craft items that I have had FOREVER.

Here is the mess.

I will show the results later.

It's a surprise for McKenzie and I wouldn't want to ruin it for her.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Yesterday Dani went with me to have my stitches removed. She didn't go with me to hold my hand but to make us carpool lane legal.  Then we went to Blick Art Store in Old Town Pasadena.  She needed to stock up on supplies for an art class she is teaching to some kids.  Love Blick Art.  Love Dani's Art.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers Day

A Happy Fathers Day wish to my Dad.  He is a great guy who loves his family and would do anything for them.  Here we are in our younger days.  I am the little white, chubby, rolly-polly one on my Dads knee.

Fathers Day love also goes to the Father of my children.  I love this guy.  He has been and is an amazing Dad.  I'm so lucky to raise these kids with him and they are so lucky to have him as a Dad.

He is smart
He is adventurous
He is fun
He is a good sport
He is generous
He is crazy

He is spiritual

and now he is also a Grandfather.

and he is loved by his family.  

Friday, June 18, 2010

Coppertone and Anne Hathaway

One of my memories of childhood is this ad.  When I was a youngster my family lived in Florida on the beach .  I remember this ad so well and I remember us using Coppertone.  Sunscreen (I believe we called it tanning lotion back then) was nothing like it is today.  I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it was pure oil back then.    We used it but we were always sunburned.  

I recently ran across this photo.  This is where we lived in Florida. Now there were obviously kids with these moms if you take notice of the shoes and toys. We were surely playing in the water getting our suntan on.  I guess that beach chairs hadn't been invented yet.  The red keds are mine.  I remember them.  I hated them.  I wanted boy style vans but got girl style keds, but I digress.  That bathing beauty on the left is my mom.  The woman who is covered head to toe  is my Grandmother.  When I first saw the photo I thought wow my grandmother looks like a barrel of fun at the beach all covered up like that.  After this week I take back that thought and say "Wow she was a smart lady".

Here I am this week after having basil cells removed from my face.  Yes it takes a good 20 to 30 years for all that sun damage to start taking over our skin.  All I ever wanted as a teen was a good tan.  Now all I want is my face not to be puffy and sore and scarred.  Darn that coppertone look what they had promised us.......


Do I look younger?  I am now going for the shade I affectionately call Anne Hathaway.  

You must admit that she is a lovely shade of pale.  Just look at the alternative.

Be Cool.  Get Your Sunscreen On!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


"With each sunrise, we start anew."

This is a series of photos that I took while in Canyonlands National Park in April. Troy and I arrived before sunset. It was cold, and dark and then it was beautiful and amazing. As the sun rises the underside of the arch begins to glow. It almost looks like hot embers on a burning log. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Sitting there in your pajamas & all the time in the world & if I could keep any moment it would be this: watching you & holding my breath with the wonder of it all.  
Brian Andreas
McKenzie Mae
May 15, 2010
9:00 pm
7 lbs 11 oz