Surf and Turf



In January we went to Arkansas to visit the Wirthlin family.  The first day there, we toured the Bachman-Wilson House at Crystal Bridges.  Frank Lloyd Wright built it back in the day and then it was disassembled and rebuilt here.  There was some caveat that it would always have to be by running water.  (There is a creek right next to it.)  The house itself is odd.  Super tiny dorm-like bedrooms and very narrow halls.  But he did that on purpose:  so that the family would WANT to be in the common areas together.  That reasoning is pretty cool.
When the kids got home from school, it was time to play on the trampoline with Papa.
Tanner and I played "baseball" in the house every day.  Usually a FEW times a day.  I would toss ping pong balls to him and he would hit them and then run around the homemade bases.
And while we were there, they had some snow flurries.  Actually, it was very cold the whole week.  No problem.

And then we found this shop in Rogers.  Wouldn't that be so fun to have a franchise??
Cheri, Sadie, David and I went to lunch one day at The Wooden Spoon.  It's run by the Mennonites and the place fills up very quickly.  Wonderful food and great desserts as evidenced by Sadie.
And then all too soon it was time to say goodbye.  That's the part I hate.  Oh the tears . . .
And when we got home, the Byram's came to visit!
While the rest of his family went to Lego-Land, Joshua got to stay with David and I for the day.  We had fun and he didn't miss his family at all.
 At the park where his mommy played as a baby,
And then he had his first oreo cookie.  I think he likes it.
Watching the BYU basketball game with Papa.

On my birthday, we decided to do some exploring.  We've lived here in LA for 33 years and had never been to the Griffith Observatory or hiked to the Hollywood sign.  It was time.
We walked around the observatory first and got first-rate views of all of Los Angeles.  Because it had rained the day before, it was perfectly clear.  We really do live in a beautiful place.
This picture was taken on the trail to the Hollywood sign.  The observatory on the hill with downtown LA in the background.
The hike was 7 miles round trip.
This is as close as you can get.  Good enough.
 And then a throw-back to December:   Little Lincoln was blessed in our ward.  He wore the same tuxedo that his dad wore for his blessing.
And here is Lincoln at 3 months.  Growing like a weed.
Two more months until we see our Rexburg grandkids.  Too long!