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The White Stuff December 7, 2013

Filed under: Christmas,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 7:57 pm
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This weekend, I took Adele to a neighborhood Christmas Stroll and one of the stores brought in real snow for the kids to play with! It was actually wet and cold and could even be formed into snowballs! Adele was totally into it!
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Even though her little hands were shaking because they were so cold, she refused to put her snowball down!
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Snow in LA! Even if it was on just one street corner, it was still pretty special!
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Hike in the Angeles National Forest November 13, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Healthy Train,Hiking,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:55 am
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On Sunday, Adele slept til 9am which meant everyone was happy and rested when we all got up. We took full advantage and headed out to the Angeles National Forest…. making a quick stop at Jamba Juice for some breakfast on the way.
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We had only been to the park once and didn’t really know where to go, but we found a trailhead, parked the car and headed out. We ended up hiking to the top of Vetter Mountain. It was a fairly easy 1.7 mile trail each way. It took us 2.5 hours or so.
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Irving carried Adele in the backpack for most of the way. She looks so different in it this time than she did 11 months ago!
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She did ok on the way up, but got really whiny on the way down. I think she was hungry/tired/bored. Close to the bottom, we let her walk the rest of the way back to the car.
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She was so excited to pick up sticks and rocks. I got giddy thinking of all the nature hikes in our future. Just like when I was a kid!
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And just for fun, here’s a video of Adele galavanting down the mountain. And bonus… you can hear Irving singing. Pretty awesome.

 

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!

 

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.

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We dined at Saddle Ranch beforehand and ended our meal with their infamous cotton candy.
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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.
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I feel like Hollywood gets stranger and stranger every time we visit, but it was fun.
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And of course, we had to make a visit to the Hollywood sign. Mikaela wore her veil! Love it!!!
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Yep. Jumping with babies. Totally safe.
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And a jump with dad too:
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After all the jumping, we needed some fuel… in the form of Sprinkles Ice Cream! <— I only link to important things on my blog.
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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:
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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”.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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

 

Reading and Walking September 22, 2013

Filed under: Baby,library,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:53 am
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One of my favorite places in the whole world is inside the walls of a great library. Actually any library. I don’t know what it is, but libraries feel magical to me. The possibilities, the stories, the idea of it being community space that’s free to the general public. I love it. The LA library gives library cards to children as soon as they can sign their own name… you better believe the day Adele does that for the first time, we’ll be at our local branch signing up for a lifetime of books! 
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Last weekend, we drove into the depths of downtown to visit the Central Library. It’s a huge library with a big Children’s room. (We visited there last year when Adele was 2 months old!) Truthfully, I’ve found better children’s rooms at the smaller branches around LA… The central branch doesn’t have puzzles, games and comfy corners to read in, but it does have lots and lots of books… and a puppet show theater! We played in the library for an hour waiting for the Puppet Show to start (it was a Pirate theme this week!) But I think all that book reading beforehand tired Adele out and we didn’t make it to see the actual show. I’ll time it better next time.

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But we still had a blast pulling books from the shelves, finding pictures of “Bananas” and “Doggies” within the pages, and walking. Lots of walking.

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