Thursday, January 22, 2015

Another Snowy Day!

After our week in California, Autumn and I are ready to move there! But for now, we're taking advantage of snowy days and having fun with Kylie.

 Let's find Santa!
(I think Kylie thinks we are staying at the North Pole)

 ♪ Do you want to build a snowman? ♫


 Uh oh!

 A beautiful winter day

 Time to rest

 Oops! We're going backwards!

Morning workout!

Penguin style!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park

Today I finally realized a dream I have had since my first visit to a desert park some years ago in Arizona.  I got to see Joshua Tree National Park!  This was a special treat for me as someone who loves the desert and never thought she would have any reason to be here.  Never say never!!

Let's do this!

The Mojave Desert-scape, complete with mature Joshua Trees.

The weird rock formations were just as stunning as the trees.

Joshua Tree close up.

All travelers out enjoying the day.

It may not be a cactus, but I love me some Joshua Tree.

This pic got a favorite on Twitter from the park.  Yay!

Very definitely and credibly rock climbing!  (In Havaianas...)

The desert in life and death.

Joshua Tree poms in the sun.

The surreal landscape, like something out of a movie.

 Say Quesoburgesas!!

Put your hands up!

"Kylie can climb rocks too!!"

A hazy day at Keys View.

But everyone loves Joshua Trees!

Looking into the Joshua Tree forest.

Then we crossed a boundry, and the Mojave Desert turned into the Colorado Desert, and the Joshua Trees turned into fields of Cholla Cactus (!!).

I am just a little excited about these cactuses.

 And they even bear fruit!

It was a really fun day in the high desert with family.  Thanks to Eric for driving, Ron for the company, and Kylie for being cute in pictures and quietly watching Frozen the rest of the time.  Joshua Tree National Park was spectacular, I am so glad we had the chance to visit this national treasure!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

La Brea Tar Pits

Both Autumn and I have had a weird fascination with the La Brea Tar Pits, and now we have a curious two year old, so it seemed like the perfect morning activity before heading back to Palm Springs. After visiting the pits, and hearing, "That one fell into the pit too!" from Kylie at every single fossil in the museum, we grabbed a bite to eat from a food truck and drove along on our way. 

We checked into Ron and Julie's million dollar mobile home and had a great night visiting and playing.

 Welcome to the pits!

Beware of tar pit!

 Bubble trouble!

 We're in a tar bubble!

 It's a mastadon!

 Oh no a saber toothed tiger!

 Sculpture park @ LACMA

 Alexander Calder mobile

 More fun at the pit

 Oh no! We're sinking!


 Kylie examining a piece of the Berlin wall while waiting for kebabs!

 Photo booth!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Disneyland 2

After meeting Belle, "Aurora", and Snow White, nothing else was quite as amazing for Kylie, but we still had a ton of fun, especially in the afternoon, after Kristen joined in on the festivities. It was so great to catch up after TEN YEARS! It was like a day hadn't passed (other than the fact that we had at least one million stories to share). We watched the parade and then attended a Frozen play before heading back to the apartment for some Mexican food. (Side note, Autumn had to physically restrain Kylie from running up on stage to hug Anna & Elsa during the play). As usual, we stayed up way to late and had way too much fun, but it was worth it! Can't wait 'til next time, both for Disney and for Kristen! Let's hope it doesn't take another ten years.

 Wheel of Fortune was taping this morning!
Hi Pat & Vanna!

 I gonna hug a princess!

 I am having so much fun!!!


 Where are Anna & Elsa?
Oh....California Adventure...

 Time for face painting!

 So pretty!!



 More teacups!!

 I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!

 Whoooo are yooou??

 Knock! Knock!

 Nobody's home!

 Ready to roll on the mighty Mississippi


 The happiest place on Earth

 Mickey & Minnie


 Hi Genie!

 I gonna hug those princesses again!

 Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook

It's Burt & Mary Poppins

Kylie and Tiana!