This is how you celebrate Birthdays!

On Sunday Julian and Audrey were up early and excited to help celebrate Auntie Mary's birthday. Audrey quickly got to work in the kitchen helping make fruit salad for birthday brunch.

Kitchen Helper
After preparing for birthday brunch friends Katie, Maria, Chelsea, and little Leah arrived to help us party!

The kiddos creating masterpieces for the refrigerator
 After a lovely brunch we moseyed down to the Farmer's Market where many goodies were procured.
Chelsea, Leah, Katie, Audrey, and Mary post-Market
Then we walked up to Memorial Park (picking up donuts along the way) where the kiddies showed off their swinging skills and demonstrated great slide technique.

Ellen, Chris, Katie, Maria, Chelsea, and Dan enjoying some Grizzly donuts

Leah exhibiting great slide form
 After saying farewell to the girls. We hung out at the house, ate some snackies, then had a fantastic birthday dinner of Dan's famous vegetarian Bahn Mihs topped off by chocolate hazelnut cake.
Audrey, Julian, and Mary showing off their birthday chocolates
Audrey and Julian were kind enough to help Dan put the candles in the cake and even offered to help me blow out the birthday candles; lucky me! :)

Audrey, Mary, and Julian blow out the birthday candles!
 After dinner and dessert we skipped up to Pomona College where we arrived just in time to enjoy James Turrell's Skyspace: "Dividing the Light". The box in the middle is the night sky - look how it changes depending on the light displayed on the surrounding ceiling. Aunt Mary and Aunt Patty know how cool this Zen-like space is. All you others who have yet to visit Claremont: look what you have in store for you:

Admittedly, Julian and Audrey were more interested in the merry go round in the science area
We have been so lucky to have so many wonderful visitors lately! Gee, who would have thought Claremont would be so much more popular than SouthWest Missouri?!?! Up next, Uncle Peter will be in Claremont from San Francisco for a quick work trip.


  1. My favorite art work! Captured on camera. Cool. What a happy birthday for YOU.

  2. Agree with Pat. I still can recall my sense of amazement and disbelief at what I saw there.


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