(above: Ginger in her favorite spot – under a tree!)
We went to the Los Angeles Science Center last week! Paprika and Violet love the wind tunnel that mimics a hurricane. It’s their favorite thing at the museum, I think!
I love the LA Science Center because it’s an amazing world-class museum (they even have the Space Shuttle Endeavor there!) – and the cost of admission is FREE! It’s such a neat place, and every time we go there, we see something new.
Ginger (7) has very severe anxiety – and honestly, a lot of depression as a result. She’s had this since she was about 2 years old. We are working on natural ways to overcome that – and we had a breakthrough recently that was amazing! More on that in a later post.
Anyway – on the day we went to the Science Center, Ginger had a panic attack there. So, I took her outside and we spent the afternoon in the Rose Garden, and then we walked to USC, which is nearby. That was really neat because USC is where Evan and I met when we were both studying for our MFAs in Film. Ginger and I walked through the mostly-empty campus, and enjoyed the picturesque scenery. Ginger loved it and said she really wants to go to college there.
This is a cute one of Violet (5) and Ellie (2) in their pink Barbie convertible. I’ve started jogging/running behind them to get in shape. They are basically my personal trainers. Ellie cheers me on while Violet drives. If they get too far ahead of me, they stop and wait for me to catch up! One of these days I’ll be able to run as fast as them (hopefully). In the meantime, it’s a lot cheaper and more fun than a gym membership!
Ginger (7) loves to read to her little sisters. I love it when the house is really quiet, and I go looking for them and find this:
I took Violet (5) on a date last week to Islands. I let her choose the restaurant, and that’s where she wanted to go. After lunch, we walked around the mall, then we went to a park, and THEN we went to Barnes and Noble, where we read books and I let her pick out a small gift. It was so much fun for us both. I really cherish the one-on-one time.
Violet posing in front of Islands – it was her idea to take the picture:
Playing games and coloring at Islands:
A picture of the two of us:
This is Ginger (7) before bedtime reading the Kindle. She loves to read mysteries like Nancy Drew – I think she’s read almost every single one. I check them out for free from the Library and they are delivered right to the Kindle. So cool!
Paprika (10) and I are getting along SO well now. There was a stretch that was hard – mostly because of her autism/asperger’s – and how she’s adjusting to that as she grows. I suspect that there will be hard times in the future, as we are both learning. But for now, we are at this amazing place and we have so much fun together. Usually after everyone else goes to bed, Paprika and I stay up and talk just the two of us for about an hour – and oftentimes more! We mostly talk about movies, because she can talk about that forever. She knows more than I do about movies, and I went to film school! Haha.
I just love her so much – and want to be the best parent for her that I can. It’s such a process learning, and I love how our relationship grows and changes as she gets older.
Ellie is 2 years, 3 months now and is the comedienne of our family. She loves to sing, dance, and hug. Her favorite words are ‘Gussin (disgusting) and ‘Licious (delicious).
I think she is very ‘Licious. 🙂