July 27, 2010

off to the library…

by Shelly

Last week the little girl and I headed to the Huntington Library in San Marino for a playdate with one of my oldest friends and her little one Declan.  The Huntington was one of my favorite places to go in my teen years actually.  I’ve always been very into art (I have a degree in Art History) and I grew up with a family of passionate gardeners (I’ve also become one).  The Library not only has a collection of rare books and manuscripts, but also an art collection and botanical gardens.  It’s a wonderful place to go for a date with your love, but take your kids to for a little something different.
Declan exploring the lily pond.
Stunning.
 The lotus flowers were all in bloom! So pretty in person!
It’s difficult to see, but there is a giant spiral cut into the grass that the kids had a blast exploring. There’s my little Ellie running towards me.  The Library is seen peeking through the trees.
There are lots of sculptures scattered throughout the gardens.
Pretty trails that lead to other gardens with a new theme.
The kids loved the “little trees” all lined up in the Japanese garden.
The best part for the kids was definitely the childrens’ garden. Little doors for little ones were fun!
As much as I harped on Ellie NOT to drink the water.. Well you can see that didn’t really work out.
Plenty of places to play jungle! 
The perfect end to a perfect day trip/play date! CUPCAKES!
Yep..she’s a happy camper!

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valerie July 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Wow, that was some estate sale! And you are some shopper! what terrific finds! I have been looking for those candlesticks….are you interested in selling them? Do you know where I can find more if not? I love that they convert and that they are silver! Thanks much hope all is well.

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