So Blue

So blue.
Beautiful mural by Clyde Thompson in Tempe.
You can find it on the back side of University Inn at Mill Ave and 9th St.

I loved reading about the artist’s back story on Tempe Tourism blog. Thompson told the blog that he painted the two-story mural without permission.

“However, the owner of the University Inn liked it enough to keep it, and also hired me to paint a mural for one of his restaurants, which is how I began doing commissioned murals and pursuing art as a career,” said Thompson on the Tempe Tourism blog.

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Cactus League

Gorgeous night for a ball game.
Chicago Cubs taking on the Oakland A’s for first game of Cactus League.
#kvpaz Gorgeous night for a ball game. @Cubs taking on @oaklandas for first game of Cactus League. #SpringTraining #Baseball #MLB

Sunset in Mesa

Beautiful skies at sunset in Mesa.
Love these colors!
#kvpaz Beautiful skies at sunset in Mesa. Love these colors! #sunset #arizonasunset

Beach Walk In December

The weather outside is frightful.
Beach walk in Manhattan Beach.
#kvpla The weather outside is frightful. Beach walk in Manhattan Beach.

Ensenada Room With A View

Waking up with this beautiful view of the Pacific at Torre Lucerna Hotel Ensenada.
#kvpmexico Waking up with this beautiful view of the Pacific at @lucerna_ensenada.

Run Bunny Run

Run bunny run. Street art in San Diego’s Pacific Beach.
Run bunny run. #StreetArt in #SanDiego Pacific Beach. #mural

Exploring Ocean Colors

Keep on swimming. Keep on swimming…
Kid exploring Birch Aquarium.
I tried to recall lines from his “Ocean Colors” book.

Green turtle watches fish in the sea. How many fish do you see?

Alexander seemed more interested in kid/people watching.
Either way, what a lovely spot for kids and the next generation of ocean explorers!

Keep on swimming. Keep on swimming... Kid exploring @birchaquarium. I tried to recall lines from his “Ocean Colors” book. Green turtle watches fish in the sea. How many fish do you see? Alexander seemed more interested in kid/people watching. Either way,

Comfort

Kid woke up at 4 a.m.

He likes to fall asleep in my arms, on the bed in his nursery area. I stay by his side, hoping he falls deep asleep. If I’m lucky, I can get another hour or two of sleep.

My attempt at transitioning him back to his crib failed. I snuggled up with him.

Then I opened up my social media feeds.

I read about a country where crying babies are ripped away from their mothers and fathers. I read about a government willing to spend more money on separating families instead of keeping loved ones together as they request asylum. I read about American citizens, who were held in internment camps, and are now sounding the alarm about history repeating itself. They say they can’t imagine going through those camps without their parents.

The day before, I watched children sleeping under foil sheets, behind caged walls. I listened to children calling for their mamas and papas, because those are the only words they know and their parents, the only safe haven they ever knew, were taken away by American authorities.

My mind kept racing. My heart ached. Tears spiked my eyes.

Then… my sleeping baby turned over. We faced each other. His little hand covered my bicep. His binky slipped out of his mouth. His lips touched my shoulder. My 20-month old son comforted me in the middle of his dreams.

I am lucky.

Exquisite: Now I’ve Got You

One of the most exquisite sounds in the world: my baby breathing on my chest, snuggled up inside a wrap.
Baby Mine
Every day I have with my little man is precious. I didn’t realize how much until I saw the end of my maternity leave, just around the corner.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience

Look up!
Drinkers soaking up the ambience under an epic collection of taps at Hamilton’s Tavern.
Look up! Epic ceiling at ‪@hamiltonstavern ‬in #SanDiego South Park. #beertaps

Colorful lanterns greet tiki lovers and cocktail fans at False Idol.
False Idol

Something shady at Modern Times.
Modern Times

My entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience.