August 31, 2014

Fiero Concert

I had the pleasure of photographing Fiero over the weekend. The group came out to Riverside to perform at La Sierra University's Hole Memorial for a concert.  The group features Andrew Harrison on the soprano saxophone, Isaac Lopez on alto saxophone, Emma Reinhart on tenor saxophone, and John Hallberg on baritone saxophone. All four members are currently attending USC. I've heard Andrew play many times, however this was the first time I've heard his entire quartet perform. As a group they sound amazing, mixing classical and contemporary pieces to create a truly unique music experience. 

August 26, 2014

train rides and a birthday

A beautiful day for the beach. Sabbath morning our family boarded the train and road the rails to San Clemente. For a weekend in August, the beach was empty. Not that I minded...I prefer empty beaches...more room to spread out. The tide was high, and the water was refreshingly cool. Lucas enjoyed digging in the sand and wading in the water. He was so busy that he forgot about the yummy snacks packed away. At the end of the day, we were all ready to board our train and head home. I had hoped that Lucas would sleep on the way home, however there was too many interesting things to see outside of the windows. Thankfully, our train car was nearly empty and we avoided bothering other passengers. It was a great way to end the summer and spend my birthday.

August 16, 2014


With over 840 miles of coastline, California is home to some amazing beaches. For C's birthday, we headed down to Oceanside's Harbor Beach. It was a lovely day. The kiddos played in the sand, digging holes and creating castles. At first Lucas was hesitant about going near the water. He would cautiously walk towards the water, then suddenly run away as soon as the tide came in. Finally, at the end of the day he timidly put his toes in...a wide smile slowly spread across his face indicating that he finally got over the fear of the ocean water.  We ended the day with one tired and dirty baby boy. 

August 3, 2014

Our Trip to PSR

We celebrated my husband's first bar exam free weekend by heading up to Pine Springs Ranch. About one year ago, Pine Springs Ranch was forced to evacuate due to a wildfire. This would be our first visit after the fire and we were curious to see the changes. This place will always have a special spot in my heart. I was happy to see that with the winter and spring rain, many of the small shrubs and native plants were growing back. Its going to take years before the mountain is covered in pines again, but I did noticed that many small trees had been planted all around camp.

The weather was perfect...cloudy and cool...with an added bonus of rain off and on all day. I'm so thankful that at the last minute I grabbed jackets for Lucas and myself.....unfortunately I did forget Richard's jacket on the kitchen table. 

He was a trooper. 

 Lucas had a blast playing in the mud, jumping in water puddles and kicking pine cones. Camp is his new favorite place.  

One of the buildings that burned down was the fort. The new fort is much bigger, with high walls and stronger gates. In addition to being a place for night programs, the new fort has been designed as an outdoor sleeping area. On a hot summer's night, I could definitely see campers enjoying sleeping out under the stars.  

We ended the day with Saturday Night @ the Ranch where Richard rocked the house on his guitar! It was good to see him back on stage in his element singing about Herman the Pig.  :)