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The Hallowedding October 30, 2013

One of my favorite friends from Emerson got married last weekend in an epic event dubbed “The Hallowedding”. It was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever been to! Michelle and Alex are the funnest couple I know, their love for life and each other is contagious. I had a blast!
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It took place at the Carousel on the Santa Monica Pier. How cool is that!! We got to ride the Merry-Go-Round all night long!! That right there makes it the best night ever.
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It was fun hanging out with my friends Noah and Janet too!
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Oh, you’re probably wondering why they have Sheep hats on…I forgot to mention… since it was the Hallowedding, all the guests had to come in costume! And if anyone knows Emerson, you know people take their costumes seriously. Janet and Noah were “Sheep in a Jeep”!

There were some amazing costumes there, some of the best I’ve ever seen! Made mine look so amateur. I forgot I was in Hollywood, among some of the most creative people in the industry. But I had fun with my costume… I went as a Silent Movie Star.
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Black lipstick. Hmmm. there’s a first time for everything!
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But enough about me, let’s talk about how gorgeous the bride was!
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They put some much thought into all of the details. They had a “Flipbook Photo Booth” where all the guests did a 7 second skit in front of a camera and it prints out an actual paper flipbook of your actions!! And they got video files of everyone’s hilarious acting.

There was also a beer pong tournament, a polaroid camera guestbook, and a bar… but not just any bar… they turned the merry-go-round ice cream parlor into the bar! Which meant you could order milkshakes or sundaes… spiked with alcohol. I should have tried one! Now I wish I did!

But I did have my share of sweets from the awesome dessert buffet. S’Mores cookies and Cookie Dough cupcakes? Yes please!
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They promised “surprises” throughout the night, and that included a midnight delivery from Taco Bell! I can officially say that my first Taco Bell taco EVER was consumed at the Hallowedding. Yes, I know. How did i go 30 years without ever trying one. It was pretty awesome.

It was a great night out and I was so thankful to be a part of Michelle and Alex’s special night. Congratulations to you guys! And as I said in my guestbook message: “May your marriage be as fun as your wedding.” It was fantastic!
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Congratulations!

 

2013 Fall Festival of Love October 23, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Family,Friends — Kelocity @ 4:34 am
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It’s that time again! The Fall Festival of Love! Irving and I started this fun little fall tradition back in 2005!

A look back:
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This year we carpooled with some friends and met up with a few more people there! Adele’s friend Claudia sat next to her in the car… and even brought toy remotes for them to play with. She thought that was awesome.
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We checked out the animals for a while. The goats were a hit. We didn’t go into the petting zoo section, but that’s something I’d like to do with Adele soon!
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Then we found the hay bale pyramid. I didn’t think they’d be too into it, but they wanted to climb to the top, so we indulged them.
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Um… where did my baby go?
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Up and down, up and down…
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Even though it was a million degrees out, we headed to the pumpkin patch for some more photos.
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That tongue!
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Little miss independent over there!
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Hee hee, that tongue again!
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Can’t believe last year, she couldn’t even sit up without propping her up with pumpkins!
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And this year, she’s walking around!
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Miraculously, we got one great family photo! Not easy these days with a curious squirmy toddler!
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Some more photos from the day!
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Oh hey, new haircut!
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And my absolute favorite photo from the day! Love this girl.
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We came home with two cute sugar pumpkins and one mini baby pumpkin (half the size of the one she’s holding above). She’s been carrying the baby pumpkin around with her everywhere lately. It came with us in the car on the way to daycare this week. She’s a fan of fall too! Just like her mama!
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Old MacDonald Had a Duck October 14, 2013

Filed under: animals,Boston,Friends — Kelocity @ 4:38 am

While I was home, I wanted to get together with some of my friends and their kids! Seems like yesterday we were all 16 and driving to the beach together, but now, I counted 12 kids between us! It’s so much fun. We found a local farm to meet up at where the kids could see some animals, have some donuts and play. The weather was great, a perfect New England fall day.
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Adele thinks anything with a beak is a duck, so she was quacking at the turkeys and the peacocks. haha
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(PS. these pants. Love!)
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It was fun to catch up with my friends too. In between tantrums, cranky babies, sleeping babies, dirty babies, hungry babies and running babies… we somehow managed a few minutes of actual conversation. Kinda. At the end, all the kids were melting down, it was actually pretty funny. That’s what it’s all about, right? Nothing a little pumpkin ice cream and some cider can’t fix.

I love this picture of Adele and Harper because I’m pretty sure I have one just like this of Shelby (Harper’s mom) and I at a farm when we were this age too! I have to find that!
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I had big plans for a big group photo of all the kids, but it just wasn’t in the cards this time. Shelby and I stayed a little longer and let the kids wander around the pumpkin patch and chase ducks. Wish we lived closer!
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When we got home, Adele wanted to take Gizmo for a walk. Out of all the animals at the farm, I think she still likes doggies the best.
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Red, White and Blue! July 7, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Family,Friends — Kelocity @ 8:14 pm

We had an amazing four-day weekend over here! We started off not having any plans, and ended up having a lot of fun filling in our days as went.

On Thursday, the Fourth of July, we woke up early and headed out to march in our neighborhood parade. Adele somehow slept through the whole thing– marching band, drums and all.
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I know, I know, mom fail… who puts their kid in GREEN on July 4th?! I realized my mistake and quickly changed her into a more patriotic outfit.
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This was a hand-me-down outfit that I am so in love with. Patchwork Patriotism on a baby. Is there anything cuter?
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We grilled up some chicken kabobs with onions, peppers and pineapple and served it with rice for lunch. It was a wonderfully lazy afternoon, we just relaxed, enjoyed lunch, and got some good quality time in.
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In the evening, we headed to a friends house for a BBQ! It was an awesome spread of food and even better company. We had a great time, thanks Caitlin and Howard!
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Wave those flags, baby!
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We headed back home before sunset, gave Adele a bath and started getting her ready for bed. But at the last minute, I decided to keep up up just a little bit later and we snuck off to our roof around 9p to watch the fireworks! We saw a few and then called it a night. Adele promptly passed out as soon as her head hit the pillow mattress.
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Neighborhood Parade: Check
Lunch Grilled Outside: Check
Red, White and Blue Outfit: Check
Family Time Celebrating our Great County: Check
BBQ with Friends: Check
Fireworks: Check

I hereby declare 2013 the best 4th of July EVER!

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Happy Birthday, America!

 

Friends, Farms and Fun July 2, 2013

Filed under: Food,Friends — Kelocity @ 12:49 pm
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When I was back home, I reserved a full day to hang out with my friend Shelby and her adorable kids, Harper and Sullivan. I turn to Shelby weekly for advice on everything from sippy cups to bedtime routines. When we talk on the phone, we could go on and on for hours. The kind of friend anyone would be lucky to have. I miss her SO much! I got up at 6am to make the two-hour drive to her house so we could maximize the day together. Adele woke up just after we arrived and we all had a blast together!

We started our adventures at a local farm. Since it was a weekday, we had it all to ourselves too!

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I think Adele was a little sleepy at first, so she enjoyed the animals from the luxury of her stroller.
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But these two were so cute exploring together! They loved the bunnies!
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Later, Adele decided to wake up enough to see the beautiful peacock!
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So pretty!
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The farm makes its own ice cream on the property and the kids were excited to introduce me to the best ice cream in the whole world!
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It was SO hard to choose! But ultimate, this “Ice Cream Pizza Slice” won me over.

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I’ll pause while you look at this picture. The ‘crust’ was cookie dough. Not a cookie…. cookie DOUGH. Then a layer of ice cream, then whipped cream… then Oreos and sprinkles. Yep. Just as amazing as it looks.
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Is now a good time to tell you we had these ice cream treats at 10am? Ice cream for breakfast? That’s how we roll on warm summer mornings with friends we don’t see very often. We create memories (and sugar highs) one bite full of delicious ice cream at a time. IMG_8770

I hope these guys stay friends forever. I look forward to it as the years go on!

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Harper got excited to see my cell phone so we had a little fun with the camera! Hi!
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We spent the next few hours playing dominos, chatting and chasing kids around the house. It was awesome. Wish we could do it every week. Love you guys so much! xo

 

1st Birthday Party July 1, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Birthday,Family,Friends — Kelocity @ 10:36 pm
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Yep, if you’re counting, this was Adele’s third birthday celebration. And her third smash cake. What can I say, go big or go home, right? The first birthday is special enough to be celebrated three times, right?
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Aunty Mikaela graciously hosted her party, it was so cute!
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Adele, watching her guests arrive!
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Haha, Aunty Laurie remembered that both Irving and I had a birthday candle, so she bought Adele one! YAYYY!!!!!
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Soon it was CAKE TIME!!! Adele was getting tired and cranky, but as soon as she had one taste of frosting, she was 100% focused on the job at hand.
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I think Adele would have sat there and ate that whole cake if we let her! Grandpa to the rescue!
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I am so lucky to have so many great high school friends, even after all these years. Love these girls!
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Adele is such a lucky lady, she was surrounded by love on her special day.

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Soon, the birthday girl emerged after a quick bath, ready to open her presents!
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Lots of mama’s friends…
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…and lots of baby’s friends!
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Happy Birthday, Adele. So happy you had such another wonderful day to celebrate. You are one lucky, spoiled little girl. Thank you so much to all of our friends and family who showered her with love. xo

 

Adele Meets Shamu April 22, 2013

Filed under: Baby,California,Friends,Nature,San Diego — Kelocity @ 9:50 pm
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Irving and I woke up early and drove down to SeaWorld for the day on Sunday! My friend Courtney was in San Diego and since it’s only two hours from LA, we thought SeaWorld would be the perfect opportunity to catch up and do something fun!
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We started our day by going up the Sky Tower (a ride that takes you 328 feet up above the park)!  We could see all the tanks below with the dolphins and whales swimming around.
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Adele loved it, obviously.
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Then we headed over to ride the roller coaster! Daddy and Adele chickened out, but Courtney and I rode the Manta and LOVED it! I giggled and screamed the whole time, it was awesome!
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We brought our new umbrella stroller and I think Adele liked it. What a life, right?
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Ok, Adele. Where should we go next?
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Yea? You want to see the dolphins? Ok, let’s do it!
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All around the park are individual aquariums, so we checked out the Sea Turtle exhibit next. These guys are awesome!
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It was nice to be able to go from inside to outside so we never got too hot.
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I think her favorite part of the entire day was watching the roller coaster go by. haha Maybe because it’s so big and loud, but she was pretty mesmerized by it.
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Adele was excited to hang out with Courtney so Irving and I could check out the Shark exhibit together. haha It was like a 3 minute date! haha We even held hands when we walked through. Awe.
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And then it was time! Shamu Time!!
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Hey, buddy!
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Then it was time to see Shamu in action!
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Adele took a 10 minute nap ALL day, so she was pretty zonked by this point, but she still paid attention and watched, even from up high!
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After the show, we walked around for a bit hoping Adele would fall asleep (spoiler alert: she didn’t), but we got to look at the Penguins and the Beluga whales! So awesome.
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What a great, great day. Adele was amazing and we all had a blast. It was nice to remember that San Diego is really in our backyard.
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Then, to keep it interesting, we headed to Old Town in San Diego for some amazing authentic Mexican Food. Yes! I almost don’t want to tell you about it because we like to keep it our little secret. (*cough*cough* Casa Guadalajara *cough*cough*) We ordered way too much food and left stuffed to the gills. We also ordered Adele food from the kids menu for the first time! Quasadilla with rice & beans with a side of fruit. She had plenty of leftovers, but she enjoyed it. Suffice it to say, she slept in the car for the entire two hours it took to get home. (and then another 12 hours straight after that!) Yea, she was tired.

I think Courtney needs to visit us more often!
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