The Getty Center + coincidences

February 28, 2012 |  Category:   life travels

Whenever people find out that Mark and I have never been away together without the kids, they immediately urge us to take a trip together on our own. I see their point, but the girls are such good travelers that I can’t really see ourselves doing that anytime soon. I mean, they’re totally FUN to travel with (also, since Mark and I have known each other for 20 years, there was plenty of traveling pre-kids already). We don’t have heaps of money to go on vacations all the time so I can’t think of leaving them behind. Someone once told me – and maybe it was right here as a comment on the blog – that of all things remembered and treasured from childhood, family vacations are right up there with the best memories. I think this is totally true. The few family vacations I took growing up were never long, fancy or far from home, but I remember them well. I’m glad that I’m able to create these memories for them.


When I booked our flights for LA, I knew that if we only had time for 1 museum, I wanted to take them to the Getty Center. Not so much for the art – though Claudine recognized a van Gogh painting that she learned about in preschool and the girls kept asking if these were the “real” actual paintings – but to walk around the grounds of the museum. Too bad the landscaped garden was closed. A blog reader who works at the Getty left a comment on the blog a few hours later saying that she spotted us from afar getting back on the tram. How funny and random.


This reminds me of the time the girls and I were playing at a community garden in our neighborhood when a stranger walked by and did a double take because she was AT THAT MOMENT reading the story about me and the girls in Time Out NY Kids when she spotted us as she was walking by with the magazine open to our page. Weird, huh? Or like the time a few weeks ago when a woman stopped me on the street in our neighborhood to say hi because she recognized me, but coincidentally had JUST bought a package of our cookies at the local store and they were in her hand bag right there. Crazy coincidence. Or like the time I tweeted something about my grad school on Twitter and someone, who happens to work at Etsy and also happens to be an alumni at that very same NYU grad program (and as I later found out, went to the same college in WA as Mark and I), caught my tweet while at that moment eating ONE OF OUR COOKIES. I mean, c’mon. That is super nuts.


Sometimes chance meetings are meant to happen.

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  • neta February 28, 2012 at 2:14 am

    I totally agree about what you wrote- treasured memories!
    we have been taking our kids with us since the oldest was 6 weeks old ( she’s 21 now ) and we have been all over the world. I can’t imagine travelling without them. Now that they’re older it’s harder to plan travelling together, but we still try. It is the best family memories ever!!

  • Katie February 28, 2012 at 2:43 am

    haha, those coincidences are really sweet!

    yes i definitely agree, childhood holidays are some of my strongest memories, & i remember getting super excited about a month before going!

    katie x

  • Pink Ronnie February 28, 2012 at 8:05 am

    You’re right – I remember my vacations with my parents well. I’ll remember that as the boys get older! Those coincidences all sound so cool!
    Ronnie xo

  • Tragic Sandwich February 28, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I’ve only been to the Getty once–we went for my birthday when I was seven months pregnant with Baguette–but I loved it! I think it’s a great choice, and I’m sure you all enjoyed it.

    My brother and I were widely traveled as children because of our parents. When we were three and five, they went to Hawaii and left us with our grandparents. They spent much of the trip saying, “Oh, the kids would love this!” And the next year they went back with us to show us all the things they thought we’d love. After that, they decided it was cheaper to take the family of four the first time!

    I’m not saying you should never take a trip that’s just the two of you. But if you enjoy traveling with your children, make the most of it. Most people don’t get to once their children are grown.

  • yen February 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I wasn’t making the connection that you’re in LA right now, but if you have time for one more visit, the Chris Burden exhibit at Lacma looks AWESOME. It’s been on my want to do list for ages now.

  • Meghann Chapman February 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Its small world, indeed.
    I’m with you on the traveling with kids. We don’t have money to do it often and if we were to take a trip and live Lil behind, I’d feel like we were just leaving her out. We’ve talked about making an adult trip to the northwest, sometime, but even those plans include a trip to Omaha for her to visit grandparents.
    Plus, I just love seeing the wonder and awe that comes with discovering new places.

  • Jenna February 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

    @Yen – Yes, we are back home now. We were in the LACMA area on Wednesday looking at the tar pits but the museum is closed on Wednesdays 🙁

  • Stuart February 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Ha, that’s funny. I work at the Getty too. And I was at Evergreen at the same time you guys. I totally remember Mark from the deli. It would have been nice to run into your family while you were here.

  • Jenna February 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    @Stuart That is crazy! I think a lot of Greeners knew Mark from the deli – it was a highly “visible” job, haha! That is really funny. Yes, it would have been nice to bump into you.

  • Samantha February 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I really wish that my folks would have taken my brother and I on vacations when we were younger. In all fairness, I can imagine us being horrible kids to travel with. Still though, I feel like it would have brought MORE of a sense of togetherness than them escaping to the tropics every winter for some time away from the kids.

  • Cecilia Madden February 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    those coincidences are so funny. (and it’s cool that you’re kind of semi-famous.)

    my parents never went away by themselves when we were growing up. same thing: not a ton of money, and it was so nice to travel all together. now that my sisters and i are grown and on our own, they travel a lot more than we ever did. you and mark will have that time too, somewhere down the road.

  • Anika Yael Natori, aka The Josie Girl February 28, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I love the Getty. I went to school east of LA and would always take trips just to walk around outside. It’s so beautiful. Glad you got to share it with your family. I also know how hard it is to leave kids behind…we just left our 2 year old for the first time and although it was nice, it really felt like we were missing something.

  • hyzen February 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I feel the same as you about taking kids on trips–ours are ages 3.5 and 1, and as hard as it is to tote them (and their stuff) around sometimes, I wouldn’t want to take a trip without them. A dinner or an overnight mini-getaway now and then, *maybe*, but never a vacation. The combination of being away from them so long, and having them miss out on quality time with so many neat new experiences, just sounds unacceptable to me. Have fun on your trip!

  • Elle February 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    My parents took me and my brother (and my aunt/grandma and cousins sometimes) on a ton of road trips when we were young. I have tons of great memories of driving to Yellowstone, Vancouver BC, Banff, Disneyland, Crater Lake, etc.
    We have great memories of staying in cheap motels (sleeping anywhere outside the home is cool when you’re kids), eating snacks and meals my mom packed, stinking up the car with our farts (this is super fun and gross), drifting off to sleep in the car with our pillows, and getting to see so much cool scenery. They are fond memories indeed.

  • melanie February 29, 2012 at 12:45 am

    ooh i love the Getty. Got to visit there a few years ago when a friend was living out there. i also love chance meetings and coincidences. creepy but cool! always gives me chills.

  • Susan February 29, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Thanks so much for this post. I love travelling with our kids and can’t imagine leaving them behind to go on holiday. Your photos of the Getty really inspire me to get us all there one day.

  • Samantha February 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I agree completely – my favourite memories of my childhood were all the camping trips and road trips my family took (both short and long). Kids are sponges and every new sight is fantastic.

  • Karmen February 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    my husband & i will talk about planning a “just us” trip and then as we throw out places to go we’ll both look at each other and say “BUT Max would LOVE to go there too!” so it’s fun to hear other’s who have this same outlook on travel!

  • Patricia March 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    love the grounds of this place!

  • Jen Laceda March 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    this place looks lovely!!! you know, i have 3 kids now and travelling (which I love to do) takes a backseat nowadays. We wanted to visit some friends in Singapore and I researched airfare for 2 adults + 2 children + 1 infant under 2 (no seat)…and the total from Toronto-Singapore came to $5,600!!! That’s just the airfare. I guess road trips for us for the rest of our lives…i wish i could afford grand family vacations, because it is true, those are my most cherished childhood memories – the travels with my family.