UNITED STATES: San Diego – Family Fun Time

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

By some welcome miracle, my bags made my connecting flight to San Diego. I finally caught a break after two months of serial debacles. My flight out of Chicago was delayed by snow and other technical difficulties, and I was already resigned to adding baggage to that list. Out of all the countries I travel through, aviation in the United States is the most problematic of developed nations.

You expect problems in the Caribbean or Indonesia, but the good old USA tops the list for delays, canceled flights, lost luggage, and endlessly long waits on security and customs entry.

But that’s all senseless distraction at this juncture. Now it’s all about the kiddies, and family time recharge.

ARIA – Chubby Cheek Giggler

MIA – The Grabby Goofball

BEST MOMENT OF THE YEAR – Mia dresses all in black to honor my return. She pranced about like an Audrey Hepburn pixie.

TANYA & MIA

STEVE & ARIA – ARIA UPSETS THE ICE CREAM CART

TRICK OR TREAT – Monarch Butterfly, Wonder Woman, Witch, Owl, Witch

PUMPKIN SNOW MAN

MIA – WONDER WOMAN HITS THE BRICKS

UNDETERRED THEY NOGOTIATE NUMEROUS SPOOKY DECORATIONS

SCARY ANIMATRONIC WEREWOLF

HAYLEE – PARTY ON WAYNE

SPOOKY GHOSTY THING WITH CLAWS

JOLLY PUMPKIN CLUSTER

ARIA – BUTTERFLY

DISNEY – A VERY SCARY CORPORATION AND DESTROYER OF THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE

DINOSAUR

WONDER WOMAN & AELA CLAIM THEIR CANDY

DINOSAUR SKELETON

WONDER WOMAN “MIA” TOTES HER CANDY BUCKET

REAL HAIR – I THOUGHT IT WAS A WIG

MIA SHOWS OFF HER CANDY TO ARIA

SATISFIED WITH THE QUANTITY OF HER CONFECTION, MIA TRIUPHANTLY HEADS BACK TO THE VAN

WHAT LURKS IN THE GIANT SPIDER WEB?

A MONSTROUS ARACHNID

PUMPKIN CLUSTER

ARE YOU YEARNING FOR THE DAYS WHEN MOM CARRIED YOUR BUCKET HOME AT THE END OF THE NIGHT?

 WONDER WOMAN WAITING FOR DADDY BACK AT HOME – HE IS PERMITTED TO PARK WITHOUT INCIDENT

 

 

DINA, THE HIGH PRIESTESS OF BAKED GOODS DECORATION PREPARES NEW CREATIONS

GIRLY ACCESSORY COOKIES FOR MIA’S FRIEND SAMMY’S IMPENDING BIRTHDAY

DINA’S LATEST BAKING EXTRAVAGANZA

MIA BUILDS A MAGETILES TOWER OR ROCKET SHIP

CAWFEE TAWK

 

THE GOOFBALLS

 

 

Yelena MUSMANNO – Untitled – 2019

Upon my return, I encountered this abstract that was produced by my former wife. I was well aware of Yelena’s talents, but these two pieces were completely different from her former works. Already impressed by the quality of the abstract, I was then shown the piece you see below. It is a reproduction of a photograph taken of our granddaughter Mia a year ago.

Yelena MUSMANNO – Mia – 2019

This painting of Mia is beautifully rendered and reminds me of the works of Edgar Degas. I think if Degas had gone in for toddler portraiture, this is just the sort of thing he might have come up with. It’s already reminiscent of his renderings of ballerinas.

Edgar DEGAS – Danseuse Rose (Pink Dancer) – 1878

5 Comments

  1. Doug
    November 2, 2019

    Whoop whoop. Home sweet home!

  2. Doug
    November 3, 2019

    Excellent Hallowe’en pics!!

  3. The Travel Zealot
    November 3, 2019

    It’s been good being back.

  4. Jason
    November 4, 2019

    Whoa Yelena painted that? Holy cow! Nice to see the Halloween pics. Welcome back!

  5. The Travel Zealot
    November 5, 2019

    Yeah Jason,
    She painted both of them. Mia is an instant family classic and the abstract is very high quality.

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