Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Beautiful California

Found this amazing time lapse video made by Hal Bergman.

Bergman wrote that his goal was to “cram all of the visually stunning things about the entire state, from coastline to mountains to deserts, from cities to wilderness and national parks, into four minutes.” This time lapse took Bergman over four years to make and the average clip in it took between three and ten hours to edit. (via Bold Italic).

You'll see the building where we live at 2:33. Can you find it? :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Angeles National Forest

After Reggie's bar mitzvah, we drove up to the San Gabriel Mountains. Jimmy went to college in Claremont, I went to Cal Poly Pomona about 15 minutes away. Whenever we needed to get away from college life, we'd drive up to Mt Baldy in the San Gabriel Mountains.

This is the exact spot that Jimmy proposed to me 24 1/2 years ago. I had just come home from visiting my best friend who lived in Florida at the time and jimmy wanted to go out to a nice italian dinner. Afterwards, he wanted to take a drive up to Mt. Baldy but I complained because I was so tired from the trip. I was pretty much like "dude i don't wanna drive up there I'm so freaking tired" but in 1990 lingo.

When we stopped, he hugged me like a normal hug but i could hear and feel his heart beating a million times a minute. I was clueless. Oblivious, said to him, "your heart is beating a million miles an hour". The rest is history.

We got up there just in time to watch the sun set. I had forgotten about how beautiful it was up there. There were so many layers and layers of mountains that stretch to the ocean.

We drove a bit more and caught this view of downtown Los Angeles before it got dark.

24 1/2 years later. Where does the time go??

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


My cousin and her family came up to the hideaway last weekend. She and her husband haven't been up in over 10 years, so of course that means it was their kids first time.

It was a short weekend so we didn't get a chance to do too many activities.
They wanted to do some gold mining. So we went down Jamestown, a historic goldmining town about 30 minutes from our hideaway.

While they didn't exactly strike it rich, they found a few pieces that'll serve as very nice momentos of their hard labor.

After they were done digging for gold, we took a steam train ride through the sierra foothills.

Of course a summertime evening at our hideaway means smores.

Even though we didn't have the time to do a full off-road experience on the atv, the kids enjoyed riding around the block a time or two.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mazel Tov

We celebrated a big family event this weekend.

The oldest of the 3 nephews had his bar mitzvah.

What a huge event and amazing rite of passage.

It was our first bar mitzvah but not our last. 2 more to go after this.

Jimmy and his oldest brother had a part in the ceremony.

Two of Max's brothers came in from New York. Reggie had his 4 most influential uncles up there supporting him.

I can't express how grateful I am to be a part of this family, how much joy they bring to my heart and how much love I feel for them.

I was honored when they asked me to do Reggie's video montage. They showed it during the reception after the ceremony. It was a lot of fun compiling the photos and add music to it. It's a pretty simple video, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Camp Retz Throw Back Thursday

The Bowen family hadn't been up to the cabin during the summer in 6 years. I don't understand how we let that much time pass!

I was reminiscing and looking back on old photos after everyone left last week...
Miss A and her dad, 1st time on a floaty.

Miss A and her mom, picking up a little bit of speed.

Mr. W with his dada.

Middle nephew, 5. Slow but sure.

Youngest nephew...not quite ready for the floaties, but so adorable posing on his dad's boat.

Oldest nephew, 7, figuring out his balance.

Smores are such a treat!

Oldest nephew used to love them burnt.

Graham cracker face!

Middle nephew prefers marshmallow-less smores. Just like his Uncle Jimmy.

Tired eyes. Ready to call it a night after a day on the lake and a belly full of smores.