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MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: MAY 6–12, 2019!

A weekend away in the desert with my family for Mother’s Day. Plus a visit to the Living Desert Zoo and Cabot’s Pueblo Museum.

Enjoy!

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All the pieces trimmed last week now ready to be glazed.

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Tried a new tool to make these lines and I’m pretty happy how they turned out after the bisque fire.

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Bye babies, hope you come out!

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Can’t stop eating really expensive acai bowls.

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Major shoutout to Zach who not only gifted me these prints, but he took the time to cut a custom mat so they could be hung up…wahhhh.

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Fruit on fruit on fruit

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Was gifted a bunch of loquats from my parent’s tree. The best snack at work.

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We are heading out to my annual Mother’s Day weekend trip with my family so we spent most of the week worrying about making tacos and prepping for that.

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Lazy dinner

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At the Villa for the day

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Spending the day with interviewees

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Wrapping up around 7pm. That night I drove from Malibu all the way to Indio…it was a bit rough.

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I interrupt the weekly photos to bring you this dog.

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Good morning! The night before we arrived in Indio for our annual Mother’s Day weekend, and in the morning we all rushed off to the Living Desert zoo and gardens.

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You could actually pay a little extra to feed the giraffes, but we got out of there to check out the rest of the zoo.

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Warthog

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Goat petting area.

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Majestic!

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Surprise hummingbird

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Fennec foxes aka Sufis

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Only part of the family was here since it was Friday.

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Impressive climbing ability

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We packed lunch

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Love these creepy carousel animals

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LOVE THESE LIL’ BABIES

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Purple cactus

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Can you believe how cute

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Icecream break

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Heading back to the house

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At this point it was super hot, so we wanted to just be inside with a game of Ticket to Ride.

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My mom bought a bunch of stuff to try to make butter mochi for later.

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Still hot, so time for some afternoon swimming

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But I had to go back inside because it was my meal to prep for the family. We made tacos in the crockpot, guac, queso, etc.

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The most pleasant time of day is dusk, it is still warm in the desert but the hot sun is behind us. Also my cousin found a dead snake. Enjoy!

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A lovely night outside.

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Saturday morning! Kicking off the relaxing with the family with a puzzle.

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Of course we brought our own cups and labeled them. One cup per person for the weekend.

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Lunch!

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We blew up the wubble bubble and ran around the yard with it for an hour or so.

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Then we went swimming again, you have to!

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The puzzle is complete!

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Dinner time, the kids worked on their own personal pizzas.

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The butter mochi was made!

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Lasagna and bread, ha, I’m trying to avoid dairy and gluten but it was impossible with this one. Delicious though!

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After dinner we played an intense game of volleyball (so intense my cousin hurt his shoulder hah)

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Hitting some “meatballs” (yes, my little cousin calls these practice balls that are tape and newspaper ‘meatballs’)

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Ended the night with a birthday party! Last year was a baby shower, this year, a birthday!

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Sunday, actual Mother’s Day! Moms and kids.

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The whole fam who made it out to the weekend!

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We had to check out of the Airbnb pretty early, so everybody parted ways after our breakfast and photo session.

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Since we were already in the desert we went to the Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, which I read about on Atlas Obscura.

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Cabot Abram Yerxa was a homesteader who arrived in Coachella Valley in 1913 after learning of the desert land act. He returned to this plot in 1945 and built this residence that he lived in, offered rooms to passersby and artists, and more. The historic house museum today focuses on his life and arrival in the valley and life in Desert Springs in the mid 1900s.

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“Cabot’s Pueblo is marvel of engineering and design. The home was built beginning in 1941 and was always intended to be a museum in addition to the residence for Cabot and Portia Yerxa. The Hopi-inspired building is hand-made and created from reclaimed and found materials from throughout the Coachella Valley. Cabot used recovered lumber from his original homestead built in 1914 on the other end of Miracle Hill. Additionally, he purchased abandoned cabins and dismantled them to use the materials for the Pueblo, going so far as to straighten out used nails. Much of the Pueblo is made from adobe-style and sun-dried bricks Cabot made himself in the courtyard. Filled with Native American art and artifacts, souvenirs of Cabot’s travels around the world, displays on Native American Rights, and Cabot’s own works of art, the Pueblo Museum officially opened to the public in 1950. The Pueblo has four stories, is 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows, 30 rooflines, and 65 doors.”

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Some interior shots for ya

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Secret bear (Cabot spent a lot of time in Alaska)

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This area is Cahuilla Indian land originally—at the Cabot Museum they mentioned that a lot of desert settlers after the land act learned survival techniques from the Cahuilla tribe, however, they didn’t realize the tribe would move to the mountains near Palm Springs during the hot unrelenting heat of summer. Whoops. Desert life is hard.

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And now we drive back to Los Angeles, and do nothing for the rest of the night.

Thanks for reading!

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A question that you may or may not feel inclined to answer? So! Let’s do it. I invite you to answer in the comments:

What was your favorite activity or game to play in a swimming pool as a kid?
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Much love friends.

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

3 replies on “COACHELLA VALLEY AND THE LIVING DESERT

  1. your family time looked like so much fun ❤ those kiddos will remember that stuff forever! so glad you documented all of it.

    when i was smol, my dad would throw quarters into the pool and i'd dive for them. is that a game? 😀

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  2. I love The Living Desert! So happy to see they had baby big horn sheep this year.

    Your big family get-togethers always provide the best food pics….it always look so goooood.

    Growing up we always used to play this dumb game in the pool where we would dive to the bottom and then sit down cross-legged and mime having a tea party. That and creating whirlpool in the jaccuzzi by running around it in circles haha.

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