Get the Labor Out

Get the Labor Out

It’s the start of Labor Day weekend and the beginning of the end for Summer.

Zella knows now is the time to get the last of the Summer fun out of her system.

What better way to start than running around the Orange County Great Park and riding the Great Park Balloon?

Don’t Forget the Sprinkles

Don't Forget the Sprinkles

If there is anything to know about my kids, it’s that they love yogurt.

It doesn’t matter if it’s frozen or thawed.

Strawberry or vanilla preferred.

And for June, if it’s frozen yogurt from Yogurtland or Golden Spoon, don’t forget the sprinkles.

Don’t ever forget the sprinkles.

Hot Wheels to the Extreme

Hot Wheels to the Extreme

Imagine the cacophony of 1,100 Hot Wheels cars zooming across metal tracks. Led down tracks laid out in every imaginable direction. Pushed to the extreme, powered only by the pull of gravity.

Then throw in a few motorized trains for good measure.

What do you get?

One of the most mesmerizing art exhibits you’ll ever encounter. It’s as if it was born of a child’s fantasy dream. There are towers of buildings jutting out from the dense weave of tracks. Look closely at the photo and you’ll see an attendant standing in the middle of the chaos. This could easily fill up an entire apartment.

Trying to follow one car throughout the 100s of feet of track is practically impossible. There are layers and layers of tracks. The cars are continuously moving at ridiculous speeds in what must be a gesture to appease an audience of ADD sufferers.

“It” is Metropolis II, from the mind of Chris Burden, and is currently on exhibit at LACMA and is an absolute must see in person.

All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Did you know there are miniature scaled trains to ride in Orange County?

It’s every kid’s dream to ride on top of a train.

Needless to say, Zella was thrilled beyond belief.

R.I.P. Zoe

Super Sad Dog

It’s easy to remember things about Zoe:

- Her expressive eyes

- Her otter tail that wap wap waps with the beat of a truly happy heart

- Her absolute need to greet you with a toy in the mouth and cries of joy as you walk into the house

- Her belief that she is a lap dog and not 85 lbs

- Her French kisses

- Her protective growls, even though she is the epitome of the phrase “bark is worse than the bite”

- Her ability to coat the entire house in white fur right after it’s been cleaned

- Her food snatching skills unmatched by any other

- Her sharp yelps at the door in the middle of the night to let us know she has to pee because she knows to never do her business in the house

- Her calm and sweetness at full strength while being tormented by the kids

- Her “super sad dog” label despite her actually being the happiest dog in the world

- Her erratic hops around the house when someone gets the leash out for a walk

- Her natural talent to eat, eat, and eat

- Her stinky ears

- Her comfort whenever it is needed

- Her unconditional love

She is my first dog love.

This photo taken in 2011 will forever be my favorite of Zoe. It’s the quintessential photo that captures so much of her personality. Those eyes. Her expression. The cone of shame. All the while knowing that she is wagging her tail like crazy.

It will be hard to believe she is no longer with us.

Rest in peace our dear Zoe.










The Orange County Fair is in full effect.

With June now 2 years old, she can start to appreciate the fair.

And what better way to kick off a lifetime of fair memories than a huge momma pig sitting in her stinky pigsty?


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