Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Jemma O'Keefe

Our girl loves to paint, paint, paint, paint, paint. Her favorite book, coincidentally, is "I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!" Jemma loves to use her hands, the brushes, the ends of the brushes... she puts us to shame with her creations - well, we're a bit biased, but we've seen lesser works in greater spaces... We take 15% commission if anyone's interested...

The Moon and Our Stars

We had a wonderful evening at the Griffith Park Observatory with our friends, Mary Frances, Chris and daughter Grace Li Qi. The girls had all sorts of questions about our planets and then spun around and around on the great front lawn to defy gravity themselves.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Zoella & Maddie

Here are two of Jemma's best pals from nursery school, Zoella and Maddie. We've had a few playdates with these girls and they are always wild and fun. Pictured are two quiet moments - RJ, Maddie's dad, got the girls to rub their bellies and tap their heads, and the other is a picture that Jemma took of Maddie and Zoella taking pictures of each other - how post modern chic! And, oh, we didn't intend for it to be a clothing optional playdate but alas, the girls were not having any of their ultra chic hand me downs that day!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Daisy & Rosie

We always have fun when we hang out with the Yorkes and their two girls, Daisy and Rosie. They had a super high-end swing set and the girls wore themselves out. Then we had a delicious dinner of white lightening chili and while the adults indulged in a fresh strawberry tart, the girls snuggled on the couch and watched their favorite TV show, Ni Hao Kai Lan and learned some Chinese from it. The best part, though, and we should have had a video for it, was when the girls sang and danced the entire opening song of Ni Hao - talk about cute!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Jemma's First Campout!

We went to El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara with our friends Shannon, Clara and their daughter Franny. Our tent was perfect, already set up for us, and while it was cold at night, we all snuggled under our down quilts. Franny introduced Jemma to her first piece of taffy and roly poly bugs. We had a wonderful time cooking over the fire, eating s'mores, and playing in the dark with the flashlights. On Sunday, we spent the entire day at the beach and the next day took a long hike up to the meadows to see the animals. Our only regret... no dogs allowed!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Coloring the Eggs

Dying eggs took on a new twist with rubberband wrapping. Everyone enjoyed dipping twice - oh, wait, that's what you do on Passover! The fun part was watching Jemma peel the eggs the next day and gobble them up - dye and all!

Good Egg Hunting!

Our friends Clara and Shannon and their daughter Franny, joined us for some Easter egg hunting. The girls were thrilled with the idea that a huge bunny hopped into our yard and left all these eggs filled with candies. Jemma kept retelling the story over and over again, partly because she was so excited and partly because she was so hopped up on sugar, as it were!

Easter Bunny!

We didn't do our usual "Eastover" celebration because Easter was much earlier than Passover this year. But we celebrated nonetheless, and it was magical. Here are Jemma and Anna - two super cute bunnies. And speaking of bunnies, Easter's not a holiday without the basket or the bunny cupcakes!