a monsoon has hit southern california today. at least that's what us LA folk like to think of it as. (yes, we're lame). so i've forbidden us to leave the house and forcing the children to play "super fun" indoor games. i guess living in california we take our usual beautiful weather for granted. i realize how lucky we are to have so many sunny, warm weathered days in our pockets. it truly is a gift; takes me back to this family hike the day after christmas. 70 degrees and sunny that fine day. are you serious?! yes, yes i am. not many people get to have that. taking a moment now and always to be grateful for a lovely place to live which allows us to experience all that it has to offer. here's to more beautiful days in 2016.