Down south I think these are called Magnolias.

Springtime for birds and bees.

We meant to get to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral last year to see the tulip tree.  Today we had a lovely brunch with Don and Norma.  She made a fluffy airy souffle (I think it was my first souffle ever) and some Hot Cross Buns (also my first time).   Then we stopped at Trinity to see the tree.  AMAZING.  The most beautiful tree I have seen.  

The warmup.

We went to Oaks Park Amusement Park yesterday since the weather was so nice.  The kids "practiced" riding rides to get ready for Disneyland.  Carson was sad to learn that she was a little to big for some of the kids rides, but excited that it meant she was ready for the bigger ones.