Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Can you believe we've been here for a year?  

Some of our favorite places, not so far from our apartment:   Venice Canals, the jetty, and the marina.

And some a little further from our apartment, like this overlook.

And Santa Monica

Runyon Canyon

and the Griffith Observatory

The highlight of living here has been our visits from family and friends.  We've had 8 different visits and of course we do all the touristy stuff which means . . .  I have attended 5 tapings of The Tonight Show, 2 - Conan shows, 1- Jimmy Kimmel, 1- Bethanny Show, 3- tapings of The Talk, 5- Extra tapings, 1- Wheel of Fortune (but they taped 3 shows), 1-Dodgers game, a tour of Hollywood, a tour of stars homes, a tour of Warner Brothers Studio, and 2 movie premieres (yes, Kathy, the premiere we went to counts).  
Allison and Brian

Caroline and Dan 


Allison joined Natalie

Dorothy and Marshall


Steve hasn't attended as many shows but he's been to The Tonight Show, Docu- Day (which was a highlight), the Dodgers game, and we've taken some great day trips around California.  We've been blessed to have seen so much of the country this year with our cross country trip and also going to Ontario for Scott and Shelby's wedding.  

This year's been full of a lot of changes, amazing gifts, and difficult challenges.  And no, I'm not just talking about this guy.  
Walter at 5 months

Although he has changed a lot, 
                   and is such a wonderful gift of companionship to me, 
                                         and does continue to be quite a challenge at times.

Walter at 14 months

Originally, our time here was an 11 month assignment which quickly turned into 13 months, then 15, 18, and 21 months.  There's still no final word as to when we'll move back to Florida, but we want to embrace our time here fully and to see all that we can while given this opportunity.  Year two, here we come!


  1. What a great recap of your time there. Not a bad exercise for all of us, wherever we are....I'm thankful you have a year behind you! I'm rooting on Florida by ....201??

  2. How fun! I'm going to a taping of Ellen next month and can't wait. Might have already told you that in your last post. Can't remember :) Visits make the time go by faster and so much sweeter!! I LOVE Santa Monica. Montana Ave is my favorite. Have you tried R&D Cafe? SO GOOD! :)

    1. That's exciting about going to Ellen. I'm going in April and very excited about it!. Thanks for the recommendation for R&D Cafe- I'll have to try it. Love hearing favorite places to eat and shop. If you have more, pass them on!

  3. You are so lucky to be living here for so many months. There is so much to do and see. I am a native Californian and I am very grateful to live in this beautiful state with so much fun at our fingertips. I'm glad you are getting to do so much with your guests.

    1. It has been such an amazing gift! Trying not to waste it! I think California is the most beautiful state I've ever have been in! If you have suggestions of places to go and things to do, please pass them on!

  4. amazing pics!!!
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  5. Just catching up on your blog! What a great summary of some of your adventures! I hope we can come back again and so does Dan!
    Love you,