Sunday, July 13, 2008
Perfect sliding form, from Campbell ...keen eyed Russian judge gives her a 9.2...very good score, with this degree of difficulty!
*bodacious; from The American Heritage Dictionary:
Based on these outstanding results, am quite certain the Olympic Committee will want to add Water World ~ Long Jump as an exhibition sport on to their slate at the London Summer Games, 2012. Everyone ... keep practicing and get ready to pack your bags!
Aunt Lori, you are a trail blazing Super Trouper**, every niece & nephew's dream!
Folks, the Paparazzi has confirmed these stars are our own Campbellina & Hairball, The Magnificent.
And where is Uncle Rick?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
The Getty Villa in Malibu California houses J. Paul Getty's collection of mostly Greek and Roman antiquties from 500 B.C. to 300 B.C. ~ Modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a first-century Roman country house in Herculaneum, Italy, it was first constructed in the early 1970s by the architectural firm of Langdon and Wilson. ~ The Villa closed in 1997 for renovations and re-opened for visitors May 2006.
Word is, the landscaping details are based on elements from ancient Roman houses in the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae. What I can tell you is the water features and gardens are absolutely beautiful!
Later that afternoon, we're at the overlook above Newport Harbor watching boats return from a day at sea; making final notations in their Captain's logs. The red boat is the Harbor police, so hopefully those folks are ship-shape.
At one point, Betty turned to us and asked "Are you two going to take any pictures, or are you going to chat all day?", our collective response was school children-esque giggles!
I followed Betty around, listening and watching what she chose as subject matter. Not any surprise, she's a popular mentor of other club members too. I picked up a lot, listening and observing; the ever happy apprentice!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
They say pictures speak louder than words...and these say it all. By the way, the big boy (my sweet husband "Captain Kirk Sparrow" ) in all of the king of the raft shots, told me he slept really well that night. Taking on 3 teenagers the better portion of the afternoon, humm, no kidding! The only things he has "on them" are:
1) height:6'3"/leverage...to which they are quickly catching up ( Richard 5'11", Becca 5'5"; Missy 5'7"); and...
2) age: as the ole adage says: "age will over come youth with it's skill & cunning" As they are all A+ students & are on to his wily game, they will soon catch up here too; unfortunately!
He did admit to me "they (now 13-14) are all much stronger this summer!".
Needless to say the Pirates of the Mc'Craribbean all had a wonderful time, on this fine June Sunday afternoon!
When my family arrived, Kirk was attending a guys-only wilderness event in Joshua Tree National Park: rock climbing; zip lines;' orienteering' (huh?); cooking out doors; etc...(bad coffee, lots of sand & dirt; sounds fab?!)