Kelocity.com

A runner with an appetite for adventure!

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.

1395238_10152010852493804_1281509121_n

We dined at Saddle Ranch beforehand and ended our meal with their infamous cotton candy.
1378619_10152010851293804_465984825_n

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.
1382177_10152010855598804_815933557_n
1381640_10152010854688804_1467667385_n
1382409_10152010861188804_1062796915_n
I feel like Hollywood gets stranger and stranger every time we visit, but it was fun.
1395274_10152010858593804_623875209_n

And of course, we had to make a visit to the Hollywood sign. Mikaela wore her veil! Love it!!!
IMG_1146

IMG_1182

IMG_1164
IMG_1172
IMG_1174
IMG_1185
Yep. Jumping with babies. Totally safe.
IMG_1187
IMG_1190

And a jump with dad too:
picasion.com_72d2b75eb281fe1c39823de1f6acbe07

IMG_1194
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:
l

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”.
20131012_175925

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.
IMG954229

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
20131012_173935

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!
1383228_10152010866028804_898494920_n
1385968_10152010867323804_319857301_n

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

 

Hike to the Hollywood Sign May 4, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Hiking,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:06 am

Last week, the weather was perfect (as always in LA, right?!) and I was dying to get outside for a fun hike with Adele. My friend Melissa and I packed up our girls and set out to climb to the top of the hollywood sign.

IMG_5565
I love this one of the two girls telling secrets. =)
IMG_5566

It was pretty warm, but the girls were slathered in sunscreen, covered in hats and sipping water along the way. They LOVED it. Both of them were babbling the whole time. They especially loved watching the horses come down the trail.
IMG_5570
Adele may be an LA baby, but she still loves nature. Even if you can’t tell from this picture. haha

IMG_5571
We may or may not have gotten lost and missed TWO turns in the trail, but eventually, we made it to the top of Mt. Lee (also known as the Hollywood Sign!) We were above the sign looking down at the iconic letters. Sometimes I can’t believe that we live here. The city of dreams down below there!
IMG_5582

The walk back down was fun and Adele snoozed for a while til we got back to our cars. Nothing like a sleeping baby while getting some exercise and catching up with a friend!
IMG_5584And yes, I wore my Boston Marathon hat in support of my hometown!

It was Melissa’s birthday(!!) so we finished our day with some pizza and a playdate back at my house. These two have a blast together.
IMG_1922

And they have matching pants, so that pretty much makes them inseparable.
IMG_1900

So thankful for the wonderful friends I’ve made since having Adele. What an awesome day, thanks Melissa!!

PS, All of the hiking pictures are courtesy of Melissa too! 

 

 

Tiny Tot Tuesday: Wreck It Ralph November 11, 2012

Filed under: Hollywood Events,Movies — Kelocity @ 8:10 am
Tags: , , ,

Disney’s El Capitan Theater in Hollywood has always been a favorite of ours. The theater itself is gorgeous and it’s a nice throwback to the glory-days of cinema. Ticket prices may be a little bit more expensive than a regular theater, but your ticket also includes a live show before each movie that is usually top-notch. And who doesn’t like to see Disney movies (new and old) on the big screen? We’re so lucky to have this in our backyard!
WP_000389

Last week, we were invited to experience the El Capitan’s newest  event: Tiny Tot Tuesday! Though we know Adele is a bit too young to really enjoy a movie (and technically, she’s not supposed to be really watching tv anyways), we couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  During ‘Tiny Tot Tuesday’ screenings, parents and small children can enjoy the movie in a Tiny Tot-friendly way––complete with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels.

The movie was Disney’s newest release: Wreck-It Ralph in 3D.

“From Walt Disney Animation Studios and Emmy®-winning director Rich Moore comes “Wreck-It Ralph,” a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping adventure. For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.” For more information, visit Disney.com/wreck-it-ralph, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/WreckItRalph .

91_75final_CMYK.jpg_rgb

To see what all the fun is about watch a You Tube clip here:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qge0duS80Uw

Irving and Adele went together for a daddy-and-me-date and they had a blast!
WP_000395WP_000398

Irving said the stage show beforehand was really great. Adele dozed on and off throughout the show, but she had fun listening and enjoying the whole movie experience. I am looking forward to bringing her to many shows at the El Capitan as she gets bigger!

 

Baby’s First Rock Concert May 5, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Hollywood Events — Kelocity @ 8:14 am
Tags: , , ,

I’ve been dying to see Coldplay live for SO long! They are one of my favorite bands and I didn’t want to miss them this time around! Tickets went on sale months ago and I pretty much just told Irving we were going no matter what. He reminded me that I’d be almost 9 months pregnant, but we decided to go for it anyways. Baby loves good music.
Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (1)

The show was at the Hollywood Bowl and for some reason we got there 2.5 hours before the show started. I should know better that shows never start at the time on the ticket. We clearly don’t go to enough concerts.

Everyone in the audience was given one of these funky 80s bracelets and were so excited to see what they were for.
Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (3)

Turns out they were actually part of the show. They all lit up different colors to the beat of the music they were playing. It was so cool to see thousands of them blinking in rhythm at the same time.

Here’s a video I found on Youtube:

We loved the show, they had tons of energy and the lasers, lights and wristbands were really fun.
Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (4)

But we were surprised that all those wristbands went to waste after. They didn’t recycle them or have collection bins. Kind of a bummer.Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (5)

I think the baby liked the show, I could feel him/her dancing around in there.
Coldplay at Hollywood Bowl (6)

Now we’re more excited than ever to play this CD over and over when the baby gets here! YES!
ref=dp_image_0 <—–click here to here the songs!

 

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express! April 26, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Family,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 12:33 pm
Tags: , , ,

Scan

Picture from the Warner Brothers Studio Tour two weeks ago! Looks like baby wanted to ride the Hogwarts Express!

 

Hamburgers, Hollywood and Heat April 21, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Family,Food,Hollywood Events,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 1:33 pm
Tags: , , , ,

It was so nice to have my mom in town this week. We had a blast at my shower and it was so cool she was able to be there. The rest of the week was filled with a mix of relaxation, touristy things, and putting the baby’s room together.

Sunday night after the shower, we stayed in and cooked sliders on the grill. Delicious!
IMG_2317

Monday, was ‘Marathon Monday’! Wish I could have been there to cheer on all the runners! I heard it was super hot! Can’t believe it’s now been TWO years since I ran it!
IMG_2321

We decided to go enjoy downtown Los Angeles for the day. We went to the gorgeous Public Library and then to City Hall. You can go to the top of the building and see the amazing views of the city. I had never been!
IMG_2322

Mom is afraid of heights, but I think she really liked it.
IMG_2324

We saw the Disney Concert Hall, where we took some photos a few weeks back!
IMG_2325

We were told to put our ‘visitor’ sticker in an ‘obvious place’. I chose my belly since you can’t miss it!
IMG_2327

 

IMG_2341

It was SO hot that all that walking downtown really did me in. I was completely pooped by the end. We spent the rest of the day home after that.
IMG_2339

Tuesday, we had a VIP tour of Warner Brothers scheduled…. or so we thought. Apparently I had booked it for the wrong day. Oops, blame the baby brain! But thankfully they let us on anyways. I had been on the WB lot before, but I had never done the official tour.
IMG_2405

This was the old exterior set of ER! It is supposed to look like the L-Train in Chicago.
IMG_2350

This is the soundstage that ‘Friends’ was filmed in!
IMG_2355

They still have the ‘Central Perk’ set assembled in another building.
IMG_2374

The famous friends couch!!
IMG_2361

I wear sunglasses inside because we were in Hollywood and I have to be cool. Bahaha.
IMG_2366

I just realized how coordinated our shirts were! Totally on purpose.

IMG_2373

IMG_2378

We saw a bunch more sets and got to visit the prop house. If anyone needs a ‘Seal of the President’, take your pick!
IMG_2383

I believe after the tour, we went home to take an afternoon nap, but before sunset, we headed out again to snap some photos of the Hollywood Sign.
IMG_2426

IMG_2418

IMG_2421

IMG_2417

Hi Daddy! Can you believe our baby will be born in Los Angeles? So surreal we live here!
IMG_2460

I have some more pictures from this little photoshoot, but I’ll save them for my weekly update. =) Oh, the suspense!

After this, we made a simple ‘Make-Your-Own-Tacos’ meal and then headed over to see a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Show. PS. This was the first time my mom had ever had guacamole! What?!
IMG_2463

The last day of my mom’s visit was all about baby. We had an OB appointment first. Baby is expected to be around 7lbs, 9oz! We’ll see if that’s accurate! Heartbeat is still strong and baby is still head down. YAY!

That night, we had our maternity tour at the hospital. It was awesome. I’ll fill you in on that in my weekly update post as well.

 

What a week! Had a blast! And now I need another nap. ha!

 

Salzburg: The Hills are Alive October 7, 2011

(Just one more Trip Recap post left after this one! Bringing it back to Salzburg!)

We awoke on September 10th in beautiful Salzburg. Our bed was so comfortable I didn’t want to leave the hotel, but we had an exciting day planned. I would never sleep away a day in Europe. Too many fun things to explore!
IMG_9683

We had Clif Bars for breakfast and jumped right into our Sound of Music Tour! When I did this tour in 2003 it was in a small 8 person van. This time, we were on one of TWO huge coach busses filled with tourists. I was a little annoyed, but it was still an excellent tour.
IMG_9708

The tour brings you to all of the famous shooting locations for the film. Recognize this? It’s where the back patio and lake scenes were shot. Remember when the kids tipped over the canoe?!
IMG_9685

IMG_7980

IMG_9686

We didn’t get too close, but this is where they shot the front of the house (see that yellow building in the background?) It’s also where Maria sang I Have Confidence when she first arrived at the Von Trapp house.
IMG_9699

And right around the corner from that is where we were yesterday (at the Crazy Fountain Palace). We were so glad we took pictures the day before because this is what it looked like today:
IMG_9702

We got a brief glimpse of the abbey up on the hill:
IMG_9710

And then we headed off into the countryside to see a bit of the lakes region and a few more filming locations. The scenery was absolutely beautiful.
IMG_9733

Is this where Maria sang The Hills are Alive? I don’t think it actually was, but any of these hills looked like they’d be excellent contenders. I love Austria, seriously everywhere you look there was something gorgeous to look at.
IMG_9717

IMG_9720

[Flashback 2003] Last time I was here it was cold and snowy!
sound of music tour

IMG_9738

Next time I come back here I’m going to explore the outdoor activities a little more. See the skydiver?!
IMG_9740

After a bit of driving, we arrived into the town of Mondsee where the wedding chapel scenes were filmed. Where Maria married the Captain.
IMG_9749 IMG_9752

IMG_9753

We had an hour for lunch so we found a cute restaurant across the street>
IMG_9754

And ordered some quick pizzas. Delicious!
IMG_9756IMG_9755

IMG_9757

After the tour, we drove back to Salzburg and watched some of the scenes from the movie on the bus. Once we got back we explored Mirabell Gardens where most of the Do Re Mi sequence was filmed. Remember this scene?
steps [source]

Here it is! Irving looks like Friedrich doesn’t he? “I’m Friedrich. I’m fourteen and I’m impossible”. LOL
IMG_9766

And remember this?
arbor

Here we are!
IMG_9780

IMG_9774

IMG_9782

IMG_9784 IMG_9783

IMG_9792

IMG_9793

[Flashback 2003:
Me and a girl i met in salzburg

And Now!
IMG_9762

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Just a week after we got back from our trip, we went to the Sound of Music sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl.
IMG_8032

We try to go every year because it’s just so much fun. This year was extra special since we just got back from Salzburg!
IMG_8035

Erica brought popcorn (love that girl!) and we brought Mozart Balls to share. I love me my Mozart balls! Anyone know if you can buy these in the states?
IMG_8040 IMG_8030

Before the show, all of the actors who played the Von Trapp kids came out on stage!
IMG_8044

My favorite part was when the (super hot) Captain sings Edelweiss and everyone holds up their cell phones. So funny. I love bowl nights. 
IMG_8045

A great end to the bowl season too.
IMG_8038

One last Europe recap post coming tomorrow!

 

 
%d bloggers like this: