Ian Ross Art Show at the Oceanside Museum

On January 12 the Oceanside Museum of Art's "Artist @Work” series featured our friend Ian Ross.   The series was set up to give insight into the artist's creative process. Ian did just that when he stepped aside from his live painting to share with us his evolution as an artists and where his inspiration comes form. Guests enjoyed sushi and a hosted beer and wine bar. We also had a chance to walk the museum to see the other installations. For more information on Ian and his artwork, click here.


Hello 2012

The 5th Annual Mammoth NYE trip started off a little different than years past. Since there was no snow in town, we had to come up with other ways to entertain ourselves. Kit and I only rode 3 out of the 6 days we were there, a record low for us this time of year. I was riding my new board with factory wax, and felt like I was ice-skating most of the time. What a deathtrap! We dealt with the painstaking lack of snow by hanging in the lodge a LOT more usual, having in-house dance parties, playing Things in a Box, and consuming the requisite Mammoth Mixes. Luke and Jeff cooked us another impressive New Year's Eve dinner. Once finished those omnipresent Mammoth Mixes started flowing again before heading to Mammoth's Eagle Lodge party. Happy New Years! Hoping 2012 ushers in every good thing  you want it to.

Kelly & Aussie Dane
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. In December. No snow. Anywhere.


Christmas 2011

The week before Christmas found us kicking off the holidays by taking out a sailboat for the Newport Beach Boat Parade. It was freezing out, but we had a great time. The Sponge Bob themed boat was my favorite. On Christmas Eve, the entire family went to see White Christmas  at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. It was a tremendous production, and having not seen the movie made it even more fun since I did not know the story. I did however know some of the songs they performed. It was set in the 1950's, one of my favorite eras. It was ironic that the setting of the play was set in a Vermont ski lodge with no snow, because the weather we experienced over the Christmas holiday this year was almost identical. The song's in the play definitely made me feel more 'festivous'. After the play, we all went to my family's house and enjoyed a great dinner, watched Elf, and  played Things in a Box with the cousins. It was a great way to spend the night, and I am so glad we were all together, since it was the first Christmas without Grandpa. This was the first Noel for Kit and I. Although he had to fly out to Sedona later in the day, it was  nice to spend the morning together. After waking up at the house, Kit and I went to my parents to open gifts. We drank Baileys and Coffees, ate cinnamon rolls, and opened gifts with Christmas Vacation playing in the background. (Another solid Pearson family tradition). Kit gave me a pair of Hunter boots, and although we were all shocked at the bright red color (he thought he ordered black) I decided I loved them. We got Kit an Kindle but forgot to give it to him! (I did not realize this until later that night). After dropping Kit off at the airport, we all went to the neighbors house for Brett and Danae's 3rd Annual neighborhood Christmas Day party. They had a bloody Mary and Mimosa bar set up, and it was fun to spend the afternoon playing with all the  kids and enjoying the good company. We are fortunate to have such a fun block. It feels like an extended family and I look forward to growing our family someday.
Sponge Bob

Jasmine & Jade

The Smith's Christmas Card: Javelina's in Sedona!