Saturday, January 30, 2010

Happy Anniversary

Today is the 29th anniversary of my first date with David. Actually it didn't start out as a date; as the home evening group leader I had asked David if he could drive some of our group to the ice rink on Provo Lake, so truth be told, I'm the one that asked him out!
The ice rink was a section of the lake that was frozen over and had a fence and lights put up to contain the skaters in a safe area. Perhaps it was that I had my own skates, or maybe because I was the only one that had spoken to him before so I was a bit familiar, but once we got there, Dave asked if I would like to skate with him for a bit. Of course I said yes, he had given us a ride there! When the end of the evening came, we were still skating together, and the rest, as they say, is history.
So happy anniversary to my sweetheart! He has been the perfect man to ride with behind that big Zamboni called life.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Rainy day sing-along

We are actually experiencing rain in Southern California! And it is not just the usual type of heavy mist rain, it has been full fledged, no sun, with occasional down pours-rain. So in honor of the occasion, I found the "Rainy Day" song from Sesame Street. It was one of my favorites growing up, so I hope you will like it too. Perhaps it will help you appreciate the rain as you are cleaning up the after products of the storm. Especially if it is the river that flows through your garage!
Join's a rainy day, it's a rainy's wet outside and I can't go out to play... but I like the rain...anyway...

p.s. I just couldn't resist my all time favorite- "Ladybug Picnic". It is guaranteed to make you smile.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Live Oak Trail

Happy New Year to one and all! To start things off on the right foot for 2010 (ha, ha) the Ticklers went for a beautiful hike in O'Neill Park. Joining us were my favorite man and beast: David and Abby.
As you can see, the Live Oak trail was a beautiful place to be, especially on such a perfect Southern California- in- the- winter day.
While the park information page said dogs were allowed, when we got to the summit and the decision was made to try a different trail back to the car than retracing our steps, we noted that some of the trails sported signs stating dogs were not allowed. One trail, that we were sure was the one we needed to be on, had a sign depicting a dog sitting with a "not allowed" circle over it. In an effort to obey the sign, Martine and I were about to claim defeat and turn around and head back the way we had come up the mountain. But never fear, we had Dave with us, and I should know by now not to underestimate the powers of his legal mind. He informed us that the sign stated that "sitting dogs" were not allowed on the trail, and that as long as we did not curb our dog (I'm not sure what that means, but it sounded impressive!), Abby was allowed on the trail. I love that man! So down we headed, making sure that we did not let Abby sit, and enjoyed a truly beautiful part of O'Neill Park. Once down the hill we walked under beautiful oak trees that created shade and quiet and serenity.
The hike was a bit strenuous, with a 600 foot elevation gain in about 1 mile, but it was definitely worth the effort. Beautiful scenery and fun conversation, a bit of civil disobedience that Martine and I are still chuckling about...what more could you ask for?!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The 2010 Rose Parade

And I was there!!! It was such and amazing thing to actually see the floats and bands passing by that I can hardly believe I was there. We had grandstand seating towards the end of the parade, so we saw some things that the tv doesn't show...that 2 floats broke down and had to be towed, the huge applause that the clean up detail behind the horses receive and how incredibly beautiful the flowers are! I was so enthralled watching everything that I forgot to take photos, but here are a few of the highlights:
The jellys and puffers were one of my favorites.
Most inspirational? This Band from the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Only in Pasadena-shirt sleeve weather on the first of January!
What a great adventure to start off 2010-here's to many more!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Evan + black belt = watch out world!

This December, Evan was awarded his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Doe. It has taken 4 work filled years, and lots of determination and bruises, but he did it.
This is Master Ferrer, a member of the 1988 Olympic Martial Arts Team, tying on Evan's new belt at the ceremony.
This was a proud moment for Evan, and for his family!
So now when help is needed, you know who to call on. With his lightning fast reflexes, sweet defensive skills and secret nun-chuck moves from the government, Evan is ready to save the day.