Dearest Clark and Grant,
Mommy sends you her love and greetings from L.A., California! I thought you might like to see what mommy has been up to since she boarded the plane on Sunday.
Yesterday the group from Iowa went to the convention center and mommy helped all of the finalists from Iowa set up and clear their projects. No problems - all went well.
We walk by the Staples Center every day on our way to the Convention Center. I'll let daddy explain it's importance. Basically it is where a basketball team plays.
Today was our tour day. Many of our Iowa group decided to take the subway train to Hollywood. When we got there mommy and some friends headed to Grauman's Chinese Theatre. This is a very big deal.
But I thought you might like the dragons that guard the doors so I took a picture for you.
This is a picture of mommy next to the pavement where Roy Rogers and Trigger have their foot/hoof prints.
When mommy gets home she and daddy will need to find the photo of the day Roy Rogers and Trigger actually stepped in the cement. In the picture will be your great-grandpa (daddy's grandpa) standing right behind Roy. Great -grandpa Alfred Sloey used to sing in a group that sang with Roy Rogers. This was long before your mommy and daddy were born. In fact, your Grandma and Grandpa Spencer were very young at the time - maybe just a little older than you.
We also saw John Wayne's autograph. John Wayne is from Iowa and was a very famous actor. In fact, both of your grandpa's like John Wayne a lot (so do mom and dad)!
And I couldn't resist a shot of Gene Autry and Champ's foot/hoof prints. Again another great cowboy singer/actor and his horse.
After sight seeing we stopped at the Disney Soda Fountain for a chocolate shake.
On our way back to the subway station I saw this dinosaur that I thought you both would like.
Finally we took the subway back to the convention center and went to the Nobel Laureate panel. I know this probably won't mean much to you now but I hope someday you will be excited enough about science to appreciate the contributions made by these scientists. My favorite each year is always Dudley Herschbach. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986.
The one thing all of these distinguished men agree on is that their family has always brought them the greatest and happiest moments in their lives. Greater even than winning such a distinguished prize. I think that says a lot. So I want you to know how much you both mean to me and how very much I miss you!
Mommy loves you both so much! Take care and be good boys for daddy and grandma!