Los Angeles, California: It was once again time for the annual fundraiser dinner/dance/auction for Leo and Lucy’s school. The theme this year was a Roaring 20’s scheme (very popular as this year is 2020). We arrived to Los Angeles just as the kids returned home from school Friday afternoon, and enjoyed a fun afternoon playing. The last time we were in LA, Lisa, Lucy and Lenny had the flu (not THAT flu) and we stayed only long enough to drop-off Leo before hitting the highway back to Indio. We missed everyone SO MUCH!
Lisa prepped another delicious meal and we spent the evening together, catching-up and building LEGO palaces.
Saturday was ballet for Lucy (photo above, after class, with nose-sticker?) and piano for Leo. Leo is learning Baby Shark for a talent show performance (with dancers), and Lucy is studying seriously for her upcoming ballet recital. Lucy is 5; Leo is 8.
Leo’s piano teacher is some sort of genius. Leo has improved 1000% since his new instructor stepped in.
After lessons, while Lisa and Lenny were helping set-up for the fundraiser, we took the grandchildren to yet another perfect slice to Tomato Pie Pizza Joint. They make one of my favorite pizzas ever: The Syracuse. It’s like Buffalo wings... except on a pizza.
Lisa and Lenny dressed up in their best Roaring 20’s finery and went out for the evening, leaving the ‘rents in charge. Seriously, what a beautiful couple.
Dave and I took the kids to a local Vietnamese pho place for dinner. This noodle soup restaurant served such a massive bowl, we had the kids split a bowl. They finished their soup, and then Leo came begging for more from my bowl (DT had a rice bowl.) How can a 44 pound and a 33 pound kid eat so much? Back at the house, we gave the kids a yellow “GO DUCK” candy from Mary and Captain Jim. Sugar over-dose.
Sunday morning, everyone was moving a bit slow (party people v kids staying up late to watch the Ducks beat Stanford in basketball). We went to the local farmer market:
Such beautiful produce! Organic! We had such a great time shopping and chatting with so many neighbors and schoolmates. It was only 66 degrees this afternoon in Los Angeles (a great day if you were running the LA marathon).
Leo had a recent run-in with a water/drinking fountain at a ball field, requiring stitches to his chin.
He is still absolutely perfect.
We are now back in Indio and pondering our hotel reservations and expensive tickets to the PAC-12 men’s basketball tournament in Las Vegas Wednesday.
Will they stay or will they go?
Until my next update, I remain, your virus-free correspondent(s)