New Years Week

This week has been a fun and exciting week for our family! This has been a welcome surprise, since Chris is on night float and we weren’t sure how busy it would be. The week started with a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach with our good friends Terah and John Samuel. They go frequently, but this was our first time. It’s $25, so a bit pricey, but for $90 our family can go as much as we want all year. We opted for the membership! It is a wonderful place for kids, and we look forward to taking Chris. Here are some pictures from our adventure.

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Michigan State, our alma mater, was also in the Rose Bowl this week. We weren’t able to go to the game (expensive and Chris needed to work), but we were involved on New Years Eve. We went to a pep rally (pepper alley according to Clara) with 27,000 Spartans by the Staples Center and then drove the parade route in
Pasadena. Hopefully we’ll see the parade and game in person another year! As an aside, people camp out for the night or even a week on the parade route for non-ticketed seats!

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On New Years Day, we went to pick up a free set of classic books for Chris in Encino. While we were there, we checked out a wonderful new park. There is a lake, nice paved trail, bikes for rent, and Clara’s favorite- a huge playground!

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After a wonderful Rose Bowl victory by MSU, we enjoyed my first poached pear and saw Christmas lights in Beverly Hills.

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Yesterday, Clara went to the dentist (good teeth) and we went to the Hammer Museum (see my post from the summer) in Westwood, which is free on Thursdays. Chris got all of the good pictures there, but you can see them on his Facebook.

Today, Clara and I took the Expo line of the train to the Natural History Museum with some church friends in town from Ann Arbor. We also got a membership here. Clara is free until 3, but now I can take myself and any guest all year. It’s worth removing barriers to going to museums by not having to pay each time. The NHM is in Expo Park with The Science Center, a free museum housing the space shuttle Endeavor, a beautiful Rose garden, and a few other attractions, so it’s a perfect place to take visitors. There is also a Chick-fil-A nearby, so how can it get any better?

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Phew! That was a busy week! Although we love Michigan and our family and friends there, we’re thankful to be in LA with so many opportunities and above 0 (okay above 70 degree) weather!

A final addition from my friend Andrea!

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