we love our zoo

Last night's 44th Annual Beastly Ball raised 1.1 million for the L A Zoo. An evening at the zoo with Betty White brought in a winning bid of $55,000! Go Betty! Please support your local zoo. They are filled with dedicated people, working hard loving and saving our animals and our planet while educating others about our precious wildlife/habitats. Congratulations Los Angeles.


Sam*E as Wall*E

how adorable is my grandson?   

my son and daughter-in-law are genius.

which way to the good stuff?

sammy baer collects treats .

sweet dreams, little waste allocation load lifter earth class.  




12.31.2012 ... calendar box

this is our version of
a 10 year calendar box.

ev made the box.
he also cut and 
date stamped every card.

scout decorated the month cards.

and special day cards.

i chose the month cards
from a vintage pack i found.

we decided to use 
a mixed color index card

this box we made
for jon cody, val & sammy baer
for Christmas.

today we are 
making our own.
ev is stamping dates as i type.

to use this memory box
you simply write the year 2013
on the first line each day.
next to it jot a phrase
about something that happened,
you created, you made for dinner,
you did for the first time...
{you get the idea}
on that day.

make it a habit.
it's easy.  really.

each year repeat this.
in 10 years you will
have a miniature
calendar journal
all in one small box.

so what are you waiting for?
you still have time to make yours.
if you need a box, you can
substitute a small fruit
box - like blueberries
and raspberries come in.

let me know 
how yours turns out.

thanks for stopping by.   
until next time. 
 happiness to you. 
from me. 
with heart.  

 ox joon



12.1.12 ... disneyland ii

i know this is a month overdue.
              but here i am, as promised.
making the collages turned out to be 
bit of a challenge and life kept getting in the way.
better late than never.  
i do like them.  
hope you enjoy them, too.

evan had to have red velvet cake.
it was delicious.

i love the cleanliness and the
wonderfully designed and 
individualized trash and recycling bins.

disney california is just
another spoonful of genius.
love it there.
we feel fortunate that we happened
to visit just before the tim burton
frankenweenie display left.

as you might expect,
it is incredible.

yes we are disnerds. 
these photos are from our second visit.

we've since gone another five times.

can't wait to go back.

and i'll return at some
point with another plethora
of photographic memories.

and this is before my new iphone
arrives.  i'll be a mad woman with
tha camera once it is in my 
hot little disney lovin' hands.

sweet dreams, everyone.  
thanks for stopping by.   
until next time.  
happiness to you. 
from me. 
with heart.   

ox joon


11.01.12 ... scout flynn rider


*** we interrupt the disneyland posts to bring you a special edition***

i love that scout is still as creative and fun loving as she has always been.
18. not a speck of bah humbug here.

oh that we all could catch a piece of that.


she started off by going so far as to have me move her long awaited hair cut up a few days. 
the plan has been that she would cut her hair once she has her official college acceptance.

so it has been on hold since january.


dedication to the craft.


she had pascal and he was her first inspiration for the flynn rider choice. having always been a phoebus fan, she has a life long history of admiring the men in disney's life.
flynn was the natural identity.


now she had the chameleon and the hair. 
how did she pull off the costume?


of course she needed the soul patch.


perfect smolder.


found the great jacket (which i modified once we were home),
boots and extra belt at a local thrift store. 

and lucky us they were 50% off yesterday!
(for example the boots and belt were a whopping $1.50 each.)
the pants and blouse we had.
the satchel is crazy fate. it's a vintage coach bag i found years ago.
we use it for our movie camera bag. i removed the black 1990s camera strap
and whipped up a more natural fit
using a perfectly suited long fabric scrap.


frying pans. who knew, right?


and she, pascal and her trusty frying pan were off to music class.
they had a wonderful time. 

it was a lovely halloween. 
how was yours? 
sweet, i hope.

***i'll be back with disneyland part ii in a day or so***

thanks for stopping by. until next time. happiness to you. from me. with heart. 

ox joon


10.27.12 ... best week update


after 326 days in california we finally fulfilled our dream of 
bringing scout to disneyland.


here she is with her first visit pin and her sparkling new annual passport.


it's beautiful and the weather was perfect, too.



and we were ready to roll!


ev had never been to disneyland either. 
and he'd only been to disneyworld once. 
he was pretty excited.


after walking down main street u. s. a. and enjoying the sights there 
we headed right to adventure land and ...


...the tiki bird pavilion.


it was such fun seeing this attraction again after so many years. i first visited disneyworld during its premiere year and the last time i was there was spring 1983. my one and only single day disneyland visit was in spring 1985. seeing the tiki birds through ev and scout's eyes was precious. a great start.


we had a superb day.
here's scout loving her second run on autopia - a definite favorite for her.


disneyland deserves its reputation as the happiest place one earth.
i can't believe we are a mere 40 minutes away. 
the next 12 months are going to be one of our happiest years on earth!
tomorrow i will share a little bit of our second visit. 

so stay tuned. 
and i'd love to hear your disneyland or world memories. 

hope you'll leave a comment.

thanks for stopping by. until next time. happiness to you. from me. with heart. 

ox joon

ps: thanks to scout who took all but two of these photos.