Skirball Center — Check!

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Oh, you guys!  Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Center is simply the most amazing thing ever.  A must-see mix of interactive kid museum meets Burning Man meets Swiss Family Robinson meets DIY Reduce Reuse Recycle heaven meets indoor playground meets activity and art party meets baby drum circle meets a Bible story you read years ago.

The pure fun of Noah’s Ark was exquisitely balanced against the simultaneously heavy and ethereal ‘Women Hold Up Half The Sky’ exhibit.  It’s a visual and emotional journey based on the book,  Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  I didn’t leave with dry eyes and I sure wasn’t the only one.  A participatory exhibit that made me open and think and feel and exit ever so grateful for the life I’m living.

SkirbalI: I can’t wait to go back!

Kimberly Crest

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We couldn’t have been more thrilled when we pulled over for gas randomly in Redlands and decided to take Griffin to a park before we got back on the road.  Just imagine being lovers of grand old houses and gardens and stumbling into Kimberly Crest.

And then imagine if, by some stroke of luck, the Executive Director, who as a child used to play in the house while it was still the home of the Kimberlys was giving your tour.  And imagine the only other two people in the tour were an architecture buff and a historian.  We got to see so much more than most people touring the home.  We learned so so (ahem, So) much about the home and what life was like in California from the turn of the century through the 1970’s.

A girl could do worse than to spend a glorious sunny day in a French Chateau style home built in 1897.

And what a lovely, lovely day it was.  Afterwards we shared a yummy if off-topic dinner at Oscar’s Mexican restaurant.  Redlands has a charming downtown and if you’re in the area I would recommend it as a destination.  We’ll be stopping there again!

Onward!

Happy New Year at Matador Beach!

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Um…okay, so we’re a little behind in posting and a lot behind in 40 Waysing.  No matter.  We are having fun and WOW!  Matador Beach is gorgeous.  You must go.  Truly.  It’s a Big Sur vibe without the (huge) drive.  Don’t forget your camera.  Take a picnic.  (A lightweight one, because there’s a lot of stairs.)

And if your baby randomly grabs your apple out of your hand and starts to eat it, let him.  The expressions of amazement and joy at his first taste of a real live fruit in natural form are so totally worth it.

A beautiful way to start a beautiful year.  How blessed we are.  How blessed we are.     How blessed!

Welcome 2012.  You’re beautiful!