Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Blog!

I finally decided to utilize my husband's web developing potential and have him start a better blog for me.
If you're wondering, it's here.
See you over at the new blog! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Burbank jokes were a hit.

The women's ministry at church held a "connect" at Barnsdall Park on Saturday. Not only did I get to fellowship with the lovely ladies (and Baby Jude!) of Reality LA, I got to do it next to Hollyhock House.  The weather was spectacular. Cold and a bit blustery,  the sky was as blue as you could want it to be. 
My sister came along for the day. I got to play Hollywood tour guide, which is pretty much the best version of tour guide. 

This was my first amazing parking spot of the day at Barnsdall.
One good parking spot is God's mercy. A second one later in the day is God's grace.
That's how it works in LA. ;)

The Gallery Theater had quite the collection of vintage movie posters.
Including this terrifying Shirley Temple number.


I kept telling her that it was great to see "all the sites of New York City".
It doesn't translate well here, but obviously my jokes were hysterical.

After the Women's Connect, we stopped by another  wonderful bit
of Hollywood architecture: Cinerama Dome. We saw the most giant version of
Ryan Gosling you could possibly see- the screen is 86 ft wide and the dome itself is 72 ft high.

Here's Lauren in the theater before the movie.
Let me just say that you haven't seen a
movie until you've seen it on this screen.

After Gangster Squad, we stopped by Amoeba records since it's a block away. I managed to find a Soundgarden cassette tape (yes, that's correct) and vinyl. 

I knew that I had to take Lauren to Griffith Observatory after seeing the gorgeous shots of it in Gangster Squad. First of all- Griffith Park is a turd to get to. Everyone and their mom wants to be up there at sunset. People will run you over to be up there. You have to wait in a long line in a canyon and maybe get a parking spot. You will be honked at by wealthy people who deem you "unworthy" of being near them. I fought through all of this and scored a parking spot near the observatory. I almost gave up. I did not. I parked. I conquered. 

It was freezing cold. 
However, the sunset was gorgeous. You could see the outline of Catalina.
It was the perfect end to a Hollywood tour.

Freezing her tush off. 

Here's my giant face that is 12 years old.

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Brewers: A Year in Pictures.

The year started off with a bang. 

Cameron made himself a celebratory pair of Lt. Dangle hot pants/nevernude shorts.

He quickly involved our innocent 5 year old.

I found the most awesome of all benches.

We discovered that LACMA was one of our favorite spots in LA.

The kids went to their first show- Ben Kweller at Amoeba Records.

Mae and I even ended up in a music blog with our picture taken by a pro.

We managed to meet up with lots of new (and old) friends at Disneyland. 

We had fun at church and small group. 

It was sad to say good-bye to some friends.
Especially when you both love Jesus, jelly shoes and My Little Pony.

As husband and wife we got to get away for a few different fun days.

San Diego in February. 

We also spent a weekend shopping 
& seeing THE Ron Swanson (aka Nick Offerman).
We got to see Five Iron Frenzy at the Glass House.

We had the fanciest date ever. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and
                                   Dark Knight Rises at a 21 and over showing at The Arclight.

We spent our 7th anniversary in Lone Pine.

Earl came along.

We were Redwood Originals for Halloween.

We planted lots of plants- in our community garden and on our porch.

We played with our friends. 

We explored LA.

Easter at The Gibson.

Pre-Season Dodgers with Sarah May-May.

The Old Zoo.

We hung out on the stoop and had an apartment style pool.

We added fish to our zoo.

The kids made Daleks to prepare for the premiere of new Doctor Who.

Mae talks to France via iPad.

Our friend Pip drew all over the walls in the kid's room.
Usually this is not socially
acceptable, but in this case we asked him to.

Mae makes a brillant hobbit.

We went out to Yucaipa quite a bit.

An MC protects family members of a fallen soldier from the
Westboro Baptist "church"
at my old church in Yucaipa.

This kid wore a bow tie to a wedding...

Jeremy and Emily's wedding!

Mae had this pic snapped of her by the wedding photographers.

We took part in a few special days...
Record Store Day

Opening day of Avengers.

Free Comic Book Day.

We played...

Vacation was fun...

My Mom became a west coast rapper...

Mae received her first manicure- it was free because the lady's name was Mai.

We went to Cars Land.

Mae was a grim grinning girl at her Haunted Mansion themed party.

Cameron got a new tattoo.

Josiah joined up with the Sons.

Mae tried slack lining.

Mae got the best pair of shoes ever.

Mae got to try on flower girl dresses since my brother is getting married.

Ashley got to try on dresses since she is marrying my brother. ;)

We slept in a cabin in Julian.

There were many "firsts" this year.

Josiah got his first guitar.

First Ballet class.

Our first van.

First Capoeira class.

Josiah caught the first fish.

Of course, Josiah's First Day of School.

I went to my first Soundgarden concert.
Front row.
I have too many teeth in my mouth.

We bid Orange County a final fair-well when Cameron found a job in the valley.

I learned that the valley had many fun music related things to 
offer me.

I was thrilled to spend time with wonderful friends.

Opie and Mickey Mouse even hung out.
Weirdest fan crossover ever.

Josiah had an Oswald and Mickey themed birthday.

...and later in the same month managed to be a total ham at his Christmas recital.

We had a fantastic Christmas.

2012 was a year of big change for us.
We are thankful for the people, jobs and opportunities God has given us.
We love it here.

Here's to another year full of Brewer-awesomeness.