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California Science Center April 7, 2014

Filed under: Babies,California,Dining Out,Family,Happy,Los Angeles,Weekends — Kelocity @ 7:56 pm

Yesterday, we ventured down to the California Science Center to enjoy some time with Adele. We started the day with breakfast with our friends Melissa & Robb and their daughter Claudia! She and Adele have been friends since the womb! We did prenatal yoga together. It’s so cute to watch them play together.

They kept each other on their best behavior and we all enjoyed a relaxing meal al fresco. Nothing better!

After breakfast, we said goodbye and headed to the museum. We hoped Adele would nap in the car on the way there, but she sang the whole way down. Our plan B was to bring the Ergo and Stroller, walk around and then maybe she’d nap on one of us while we explored some more….but we were silly to think that, she was WAY too excited to sleep! I mean, there are fish!

The kelp forest is awesome. Lots of fish and sharks! And even a tube you can walk through. Toddler approved!


At one point, i just sat on the edge, with Adele in my lap, and we sat together talking about the colors of the fish, and the size of the sharks. And we watched the fish swim ‘up, up up’ and ‘down down down’. I enjoyed it so much. The Science Center is free and I foresee us spending lots of time with the fish in the future!


I can’t get enough of pony tail silhouettes!


We had to literally drag her away from the tank, she loved it! We also saw some Turtles, mice, lizards and birds! There were so many other exhibits to visit, but we will have to save those for another day. We didn’t want to overwhelm her, and she was already pushing her limits without a nap.

But we did sneak in a little ‘toddler’ town action first. Check this out, it’s a ‘sand box’ but instead of sand or rocks, it was made out of shredded rubber tires! If I ever have a backyard, I’m getting a truck load of this stuff, it was awesome! And I loved their additions of vegetables to go hunting for! So healthy and cute.

We thought for sure she’d sleep in the car on the way home after all that stimulation! But alas, no dice. We waved the white flag and hung around the house for a couple of hours when we got home. Then we decided to squeeze in one last errand of the day and within 2 minutes of the drive… she was out. Yep. We’re officially ‘those parents’. The ones who swore we’d never resort to driving to get our child to sleep. We enjoyed a blissfully quiet ride and then i sat in the car for an hour checking email while Irving meandered around Costco. All in all… the perfect day full of friends, family… and finally, a nap. =)


Hollywood Honeymoon October 29, 2013

My sister (and new brother, Chris) honeymooned in California after their wedding. They had an AMAZING time up in Napa and Sonoma. Their pictures were so fun and they had such a great time up there. Then they continued their California adventure down in LA and San Diego. One night, we got a babysitter and went with them to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios. It was SO fun.


We dined at Saddle Ranch beforehand and ended our meal with their infamous cotton candy.

We stayed out at Universal until 2am! (I haven’t seen that time on the clock in about 14 months. HAHA ) I was all nervous about the time, thinking Adele would be up at 6:30a (she was sleeping in our closet so Mikaela and Chris could sleep in her room– don’t worry, it’s a big closet). But she decided to sleep in til 9:30am!! WHATT?? We were so excited, we decided to reward her for her amazing sleeping talents by visiting Hollywood & Highland.
I feel like Hollywood gets stranger and stranger every time we visit, but it was fun.

And of course, we had to make a visit to the Hollywood sign. Mikaela wore her veil! Love it!!!


Yep. Jumping with babies. Totally safe.

And a jump with dad too:

After all the jumping, we needed some fuel… in the form of Sprinkles Ice Cream! <— I only link to important things on my blog.
1235113_10152010860708804_893607500_nCan you see Chris’s cone? That’s what he ordered. That’s smaller than a sample bite! Are you kidding? Clearly he doesn’t know what he’s missing!

I have no pictures of what I ordered, but let me paint that delicious picture for you…. Red Velvet ice cream sandwiched between two CUPCAKE tops (Red Velvet and Vanilla)!! Are you kidding me?! A cupcake ice cream sandwich! It was as amazing as it sounds, I promise. It kind of looked like this:

The only thing that would have made this better was if there was ICING on the cupcake tops…. Cupcakes are vehicles for icing… if anything, Sprinkles should know this. Oh well.

No one shared with Adele, so she got bored and fell asleep. Usually it’s “Snooze, you Lose”… but in this case, it’s “Lose, you snooze”.

The original plan was to say Bon Voyage to the newlyweds as they took the Amtrak train down to San Diego for the last few days of their trip… but before they were slated to leave, we found out the train was shutdown due to track construction and they were offering a bus as an alternative… that didn’t sound remotely romantic to me, so we volunteered to drive them down to SD in our awesome minivan. Minivan>Bus.

I brought a map and looked for a beach to pull off into so Chris could touch the Pacific ocean for the first time. We randomly picked one in San Clemente and pulled into a parking lot. And wouldn’t you know… that was the EXACT location of the train track construction!!! Out of the miles and miles of track, we stumbled upon the road block. It was quite ironic.

To get to the water, we had to hike down a hill, traverse along a cliff, climb over a ledge, cross the train tracks, and jump down a sand dune…. and Irving did all of that holding a carseat with a sleeping baby in it. #DadOfTheYear

It was worth it for the amazing sunset we caught while we were there. We got some great shots. Here’s some of my favorites!

We had a great time hanging out with the honeymooners for a few extra hours. We topped off our exciting day with dinner in Old Town, San Diego before dropping them off at their hotel. We were so excited to be part of their honeymoon adventure. Hope you guys come back and visit soon!! XOXO


Adele’s First Giggles January 24, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Happy — Kelocity @ 11:44 pm

Adele’s been smiling and laughing for months now, but I think this week we got our first fit of giggles out of her. (Correction: Daddy got her first fit of giggles out.) We had just gotten home from our Zion roadtrip (almost 8 hours in the car!) and we were playing with her before bed.

Who knew a simple game of peek-a-boo would generate such laughter! Her giggles are the cutest thing we’ve ever heard.


Squeezing the Nectar November 15, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Happy — Kelocity @ 10:29 pm
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Adele and I get home around 6p every night. She usually goes to bed around 7:30p, so there’s a lot of pressure to get as much time with her as possible before she goes to sleep. I miss her so much during the day and I really love our hour together in the evening. Irving is at work, so it’s just us two girls. Tonight was one of those nights that I always want to remember.

6p – Arrive home. Adele is asleep in her carseat, so I start dinner while she snoozes. On tonight’s menu: pasta with homemade pesto (from fresh Basil Irving bought this week). I’m usually not this ambitious, past dinners this week included PB&J, Grilled Cheese and a simple salad. But tonight, I was excited to make something yummy.

6:15p – Cook Dinner. Adele woke up in a good mood, so I dragged her exersaucer over to the kitchen so she could play while I cooked. She was loving it. She’s in a stage now where she cries whenever I leave her sight. So she’s happy as long as she can see me.

6:30p – Dance Party. When I turned the food processor on to make my pesto, the loud noise scared her and she started crying. I picked her up, we turned up the Kid Songs music and we danced around the kitchen together while everything finished up. She was smiling, grabbing at my hair and looking around. We had a blast.

6:45p – Eat at the Table. I ate my dinner while Adele played in her high chair next to me. We’re getting ready to start Baby Led Weaning soon, so I’m excited to get her at the table with us as much as possible now. She was content playing with her toys while I ate. It was a treat because usually I eat alone after she’s gone to sleep. We listened to more music while we sat.

And in case you want a video of Adele listening to B-I-N-G-O and you want to hear my annoying mommy voice… here you go!

7p – Bath Time. I gave a Adele a nice long warm bath tonight. She’s always loved the bath, and now it’s even more fun because she likes to play with her toys! She loves her cups, her duckies and her bath books. But tonight, she was mostly interested in playing with her washcloth. Everything goes straight into her mouth now. She also loves to practice sitting up! In the tub, this is especially fun because she can splash around in the water at the same time. She’s stay in there all night if I’d let her!

7:15p – Milk Time! After I change her, give her legs a massage with delicious baby lotion and blow strawberries on her soft little belly, it’s time to nurse her. We watch a Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War while she eats. She doesn’t eat great, but she gets enough to feel content and we play on the couch for a while.

7:30p – Cuddles. I take her into our room and play with her on our bed for a little bit. I sing songs to her, kiss her cheeks and cuddle next to her for a few minutes. Once I see her first eye rub, I know it’s time for her to go to bed. (awe, sad!)

7:45p – Bed. I think she had too much fun tonight and she’s having a tough time winding down. I go in to soothe her a few times and it’s still not enough for some reason. I end up picking her up and rocking her for a few minutes til her eyelids begin to droop (I miss rocking her to sleep, can you believe it?) Finally, I force myself to put her back down in her crib even though I want to hold her a little longer. She’s out like a light.

As a working mom, it’s all about squeezing it in and making the most of the time that you have. There will never be enough time with Adele, but I want to always remember that in nights like this, I’m squeezing the nectar out of life and giving her 110% of what I have. I made more fantastic memories of her in that 1.75 hours than I had all week. I really took the time to pay attention to her, to look at her eyes, to stroke her soft hair, to listen to her laughs, to watch her play…. This is what I always want to remember.

And now, I’m enjoying a cup of hot cocoa and admiring the christmas lights I hung last night. I’m so excited to experience this holiday season with my littlest friend. I hope she enjoys the sparkle as much as I do!

G’Night Friends!


A Saturday: Day in the Life October 27, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Happy — Kelocity @ 10:00 pm
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Written at 10pm after a wonderful Saturday. This post is a little wordy, but I wrote it primarily as a journal entry for myself to someday remember what our life was like with an almost five-month old Adele. 


Today was the perfect Saturday. One of those days that made me so thankful for my little family. This is exactly how I envisioned it. This is what it’s all about. Days like today define happiness for me.

I heard Adele making some noise around 7:15a and went to find her on her belly! She knows how to roll back and forth now, but sometimes she gets stuck on her belly and needs a little assistance. I fed her and we all snuggled together in bed for a while before we all got up for the day.

We don’t really let Adele watch TV, but she loves our smart phones!

Then we skyped with Aunties EJ and Sarah for a little bit! So fun to ‘see’ them, they just got back from a week in Italy (jealous!)

Adele went down for a nap and we cleaned up the house, had breakfast and hung out. She slept for 1.5 hours! (So excited her naps are now becoming longer! Thank you, daycare!) Once she woke up, I fed her again and we left to do a few errands (Target, Lowes and Costco). Adele was awake for a little bit, and then graced us with a nice nap so we could grab some lunch after. She’s so great, we had her in her carseat for a good four hours while we were out and she didn’t make a peep. She just loves to look around, chew on her teething rings and coo at strangers. It kind of felt like life was before baby.

On the way back home, I fed Adele while we were in the car. (We use the Podee bottle for times like this! She can basically feed herself with it!) After a bit of playing back at home, Miss Adele was clearly ready for a nap, but she wouldn’t sleep. We tried both in her crib and in our bed with us. Irving did fall asleep though, so we let daddy nap and the two girls headed out on a walk. I had Adele in the front carrier pack and she was asleep with 5 minutes of walking, so I turned around, came home, and transferred her into her crib so she could sleep there.

I sipped on some tea and caught up on a few things while my two favorites were both snoozing away. Part of me was jealous, but I relished the quiet house and took advantage of my hour and a half alone.

Once everyone was up and the baby was fed, the three of us headed out on a walk together in search of some take-out for dinner. We decided to throw together our own meal from two different restaurants. Vegetable Tempura from a Japanese place and Pho Soup from a Vietnamese place. We also stopped at Trader Joes to pick up a few things while we were out too. So here we were walking down the street carrying two bags of dinner and one bag of groceries (and Irving was wearing Adele at the same time!) We chatted with some neighbors, looked at some Halloween decorations and listened to Adele make the cutest sounds as we walked. In fact, it was Adele’s ‘talking’ that sparked the conversation with our neighbor. She’s making friends for us already!

When we got home, Irving gave her a bath while I put away our groceries and prepped dinner. Then we swapped and I nursed her. It was waaaay past her bedtime at this point, but she was content watching us eat, so we let her sit with us while we dined.

Irving and I had a great conversation over dinner about how fun our life is now. We talked a little about the day she was born and how much she has changed since then.

She fits in so well in our family. She belongs here. She’s just so happy to be here, she lets us know that every day. I can’t wait to fill her beautiful little life with memories, experiences and wonders. Feeling very thankful tonight.


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