Monday, April 5, 2010

Visiting my parents in California

I grew up just south of San Francisco, near Stanford University. I am 5th generation Californian on my mom's side of the family. My Parents still live in the house that I grew up in. Built in the late 1950's it is in a neighborhood nestled in the hills overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

This is my father Jim Lawson, 84 years old. Walks two miles a day and goes to the gym to workout with Todd, his personal trainer, three times a week. He is in amazing shape. Every evening he looks forward to watching Jeopardy with a glass of Two Buck Chuck. Always eats an artichoke with his dinner and has for 15 years.

My mom, Jacqueline Lawson is 85, raised three kids through the 60's and 70's. She says it just about did her in. Says her life changed in 1967, which coincidentally was the year I turned 13...HA!

Now her favorite child is a rescue dog named Freddie Brown. A Cockapoo who is the cutest thing on four legs, except for Sophie. Besides walking the dog, she works out at the gym everyday—WOW!

My little brother James. Sometimes it is hard for me not to think of us still as kids. I look across the room and wonder "who is that guy", and think, "wasn't it not so long ago that he was just an annoying little 10 year old kid?"

Here we are, still going strong. It must be all those artichokes! That's me in between my parents, the oldest of three kids.

19 comments:

Sandy said...

What a gorgeous family, good genes for sure. Thanks for sharing it all with us.

Sandy in Michigan said...

Ok, I have to ask - what in the world is "Two Buck Chuck?" I'm starting to feel like I know your family. I love the style of your sketches and, even though I don't always leave a comment, I've enjoyed every one of them.

Cindi said...

Cheers to artichokes!! What a lovely post!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

The marks you have made capture the love you hold in your spirit for your beloved family...JOY! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

ffyrebird.com said...

Wonderful post! All of your portraits are so amazing. Thanks for the introduction to your folks. they sound great, and really energetic!!

Shirley said...

I love your family paintings! What treasures. And it is so nice to "meet" you in the photo.

Kisiwa said...

Love your sketches. Might try to capture my parents on an upcoming visit at well. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sandra said...

Awesome, as usual! Neat parents.

Ramona Davidson said...

Really love your portraits and stories that go with them. Great art.

Revelle said...

Your portraits are so good. I have a hard time doing a quick portrait of anything except maybe a cartoon character!

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

A VERY handsome family! And yes, I still feel like a kid, too. My KNEES don't but I do...

Love the sketches...

Janene said...

Wonderful portraits! I am taking a portraits in watercolor class in a few weeks and I would be happy if mine turn out half as well as yours!

Gallery of My Broken Art! said...

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Barbara Weeks said...

Wonderful sketches - actually I'm really loving all the portraits you've been doing. Glad you had a great time in SF!

Arty Velarde said...

what a wonderful family pic.
nice family

Margaret Ann said...

OOOOH MY! Such a fabulous post! Nothing in the world can beat good family time...How wonderful you were able to visit before you travel again. :)

There is such joy in your brushstrokes and in your words...I "see/feel" both your mother and father in your spirit and your energy. You seem to be at a really good place in life...it is evident in all you do!

Your art always brings a smile to my face...You really are an inspiration!

curiouscrow said...

A couple of lovely enjoyable posts, - words and sketches - thank you.

sue said...

What a great photo, Jennifer--you all look great! Love your portraits of them.

Judybec said...

wonderful post -- It's nice to meet you and your family! I'm so enchanted by your sketches -- and your portraits are right on!