LA landmarks part 1: the getty center

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it's only been a few days since donald trump won the presidency and life as i know it is far from normal. i doubt it will be for a long time. i am sad and worried for what will come of this. but i'm trying to move forward. like most of us are. every day is a new day. at least that's what i keep telling myself in between rants and bouts of disbelief. this is not a bad dream. it's really happening.

yea. 

so where to go from here? well, i am still figuring that part out. there are tons of organizations already out there that just need our help. i promise to keep you updated on what i find, on ways we can help fix this mess, or at the very least do our part to make it better. 

for now i am sharing our visit to the getty center a few weeks ago, when i still had hope for our first female president and some political certainty in my life. i really thought she'd win. i am missing that time a lot. but i am also reminded that i can find that hope again, and, as hillary said in her beautiful and encouraging concession speech, "this loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it. it is, it is worth it."  

now to start getting a bit of my normal back... on with the post!

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as the title of this posts suggests, this will be a new blog series! yay! i chose to start with the the getty center for two reasons: (1) we just went a few weekends ago; and (2) because it was my visit here years ago with josh that solidified my plan to move here. it's crazy to think how much i resisted making this city my home. my complaint about LA was what you always hear, the traffic sucks, ew smog and it's just way too crowded. a visit to getty center sets to trump (haha) these gross exaggerations and make you believe that, perhaps, a piece of paradise is nestled in the hills just adjacent to the 405 freeway, which is indeed the worst stretch of road on the planet. 

coming to the getty center with the boys was completely different than when i came with josh. it wasn't chill, we did not take our time, nor did we leisurely stroll through the galleries. we most certainly did not have a relaxing picnic on the grounds either. but which was more fun? i'd call it a tie.

a few photos...

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one of the coolest aspects of visiting the getty is taking the monorail to the entrance from the parking lot. FYI the getty is FREE! parking is around $15 per car. you can also walk to the top but seriously why? the monorail is awesome. i knew the boys would love it.

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upon arriving we thought it would be best to check out the family room. knox hated it! he was much more impressed with the grounds and screamed until i carried him out. max had fun though!

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reunited! 

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the garden maze is spectacular.

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blooms with a view...

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floral on floral.

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this dress is what dreams are made of. it literally twirls on its own. 

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it was beginning to look like fall...

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my handsome cheeky. thank you for bringing me here!

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maxwell took this picture of me and i absolutely love it!

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these kids have zero qualms about what anyone thinks of them. they rolled, and ran and squealed all over this place. i followed.

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the best thing about toddlers?

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hugs for no apparent reason at all. 

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and for our dramatic exit... i give you "max waiting for a tram." not sure where he picked that last move from. but i like it.

what LA landmark will we explore next?! stay tuned.

xoxo,

sony 

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