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Julie's birthday wish in LA

Forty and fabulous, Julie!
Julie and I walked across the street from the NBC studio for a quick break.My sister, Julie, turned 40 on November 1. We have a family tradition to get together when each of our siblings turns 40 to celebrate it together, and Julie was the fifth and final one to reach that milestone. Julie, who lives in Utah, thought it would be fun to have everyone go to Los Angeles and be contestants on one of our old favorite game shows, The Price is Right.

Julie later changed her mind and decided she wanted to go to the Ellen show instead. In the meantime, some hearts were set on the first plan, so we divided into one group going to TPIR and another going to the Ellen Degeneres show on the same day. It was a long day of waiting in lines, or in the holding pen, as Ellen show guests do, but it turned out to be a fun adventure.My sister, Valerie, and her husband, Sean, took my mom and my dad--who are no longer a couple and divorced when I was five-years-old--to see Bob Barker while the rest of us went to the Ellen show with the birthday girl. Valerie got called to "come on down!" as the second person called on the TPIR show which will air on December 22. She bid on a marble fireplace and was the top bidder. She didn't win any more beyond that, but loved being up on stage with Bob.The Ellen show that we were on was actually two shows. One episode was this past Friday with Brittany Murphy on the show, the same day that Janet Jackson appeared. However, the segment with Janet had been recorded with another audience on a previous day. Then Ellen changed clothes and the "surprise guest" that she had there with us the latter half of the day was Robin Williams. That show will air tomorrow, November 15. I couldn't complain about the long wait too much after getting my new karaoke machine and Happy Feet compact disc and penguin, which was given to everyone in the audience.

I am in love with Kevin Costner and snapped a photo of his star on Hollywood Boulevard when I saw it. I also took one of Robin Williams since we were in the same building as him last week.
Later that evening, we bowled at the Lucky Strike Bowl, the night of a new Jack Black movie premiere. There was paparazzi and red carpet everywhere, and people watching to see the stars arrive, but we didn't hang around to observe. It was my first time there and it was kind of fun to check out.
We went to the Getty Center the next day and I have several pretty pictures from that outing to add. Left to right, it's me, Tracy, Marc's wife Penni, Marc, Julie, and her husband Tom. Valerie wasn't here for the siblings photo op. From birth, it goes Tracy, Marc, Kelly, Valerie, and Julie.


Heidi said…
That is a really fun tradition you have in your fam! Looks like a great time. I love the Getty but haven't been since high school.
Anonymous said…
Looks like lots of fun! I guess being from Cali we take for granted all those things people go on vacation to see. My cousin was on TPIR years back and won everything, inc the showcase showdown. It was such a trip. We still scream and laugh every time we watch it on VHS as if it was the first time seeing it ;-) VHS...That's how long ago it was.
mom23angels said…
Devin has always wanted to go on TPIR! Don't guess we'll make it since Bob is FINALLY retiring.
Kelly said…
"Anonymous" quote is from Summer.

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