the stories of a los angeles violinist

mother's day

Added on by Jordan Martone.

one downside to being a busy musician is that sometimes you have gigs on mother's day, so you can't spend the day with your mom. but you celebrate mother's day two days early at the huntington library and make it a girl's day with your grandma (affectionately, nana) and it turns out to be wonderful.

(warning: lots of pictures. my computer is freaking out right now trying to cope with all of them.)

my nana came to visit from northern california for a mother's day weekend. this day of natural beauty and an afternoon tea at the huntington tea room was the most magical thing. i thought "this will be a nice thing for nana. she loves gardens and art, it will be a nice thing to do." and oh, was i naive! this place ended up being just a joy for me as well as my nana and the rest of the girls. 

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 alissa and kenna adventuring.

alissa and kenna adventuring.

 the two red-heads.

the two red-heads.

 i'm under that tree, you just can't tell. where's waldo?

i'm under that tree, you just can't tell. where's waldo?

 pemberly?

pemberly?

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 beeeest friends.

beeeest friends.

flowers! trees! green! for a girl who grew up in the mojave desert, where nothing but tumbleweeds and joshua trees grow, i was in a little slice of heaven. and everything screamed "pride and prejudice!" a rose garden, mr. darcy. a beautiful green lawn, mr. darcy. a marble sculpture, mr. darcy. a towering oak tree, mr. darcy.

we are ridiculous.

but the japanese garden was by far the most magical part. it was one of the most peaceful and beautiful places that i have ever been. my mouth was hanging open the entire time. ("close your mouth, we are not a codfish!" -mary poppins, anyone?)

 i mean, wow!

i mean, wow!

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 the koi were so delightful! coming to greet us as if we were long lost friends. 

the koi were so delightful! coming to greet us as if we were long lost friends. 

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 like an adult desk-top sand box.

like an adult desk-top sand box.

 this photobombing vine is hysterical.

this photobombing vine is hysterical.

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 bonsai!

bonsai!

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alissa has a deep love, that i cannot yet fully comprehend, for small, fuzzy animals. bunnies, puppies, etc. so, when these baby ducklings (more like teenagers, really) came waddling by with their mama, alissa had to have a moment. how precious!

hope your mothers had a wonderful, relaxing day. they deserve so much more.