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A Morning at the Americana September 21, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:23 am
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Last week, while Grandma was in town, we did a few fun things together. One day, we had brunch at Foxy’s in Glendale (hands down, best breakfast joint around). Then we headed across the street to the playground at the Americana. It was a pretty walk checking out the fountain and the shops…. but then when we got to the playground…. we noticed it was GONE! Did we imagine it? Didn’t there used to be a playground in the center court of the Americana? Are we crazy? Oh well. Instead, we snapped some pictures and took in the scene.IMG_0532
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Adele was watching the dancing fountain in these photos! Wait til she sees the Bellagio in Vegas next month!
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One of the best perks about that outdoor mall is that they have a cute kids area for changing/entertaining little ones. I thought it would be a great introduction to chalk!
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Adele has a requirement that anything she holds has to come in ‘twos’.  One for each hand, obviously.
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I think my sidewalk chalk days are still a little ways off (I’m already excited for Easter when she’ll probably find some chalk in her easter basket!), but she had fun regardless.
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This outfit makes her look so grown up!
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Since Adele was born, we find ourselves at the Americana often. For a while we were going once or twice a week! It’s fun, new, convenient… and there’s a TARGET (cue the sound of clouds parting and the sound of god chiming through!) And we have a trick for finding the best parking spot in the whole mall…. the key to scoring this prime spot means arriving at the mall before it opens…. which we’ve been known to do on a few occasions. Hey, you can always kill time at Foxy’s across the street! Win, Win!
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Okee Dokee Brothers at the Getty…Twice! August 8, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:58 am

I’ve been listening to the Kids Place Live channel on XM Radio everyday in the car with Adele. Some of those songs are just so funny and clever, I actually really enjoy them. One of my favorite bands is the Okee Dokee Brothers and when I heard they were coming to play at the Getty Center, I put it on my calendar right away.

The Getty is up on a mountain above Los Angeles and I forgot how gorgeous it is up there. Adele loved riding the tram to the top too, she was laughing as she pointed out the window on the way up the hill.
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We met up with some friends, spread out some blankets and enjoyed the music in the fresh air.
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Can you believe we got photobombed by a one year old? Haha, Claudia! Love her.
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We brought a toddler-friendly picnic and there were bites of grapes, cheese, crackers and fruit being shared all around.
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We danced and clapped along to the great music and had an absolute blast.

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Someone even practiced her dancing skills on her own two feet!

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We had so much fun that we actually went back on Sunday for the encore show!!! This time, instead of taking the tram, I pushed Adele in her stroller and walked UP that hill (3/4 mile uphill)!!! Whew!
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The show was just as good the second time around. Surrounded by some more great friends (and even more toddler food)! I don’t know who enjoyed it more!
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We are SO lucky to have all these great events for kids here in LA.  I may be absolutely exhausted by the time our weekends end, the laundry may still be piled up from Friday, and the sippy cups may still be in the sink waiting to be washed, but it’s so worth it to get out and have some fun together. Make the weekends count, right?
photo 5Yes, those are sleepy eyes… that’s the face of a girl who had way too much fun with her friends, lots of fresh air and music and a full tummy. That’s the face of a girl who will sleep well tonight. =)

 

At the Zoo! May 25, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles,Zoo — Kelocity @ 6:40 am

Last weekend, we decided to brave the California heat and visit the LA Zoo! A bunch of our mama and dada friends came with us too, it was so much fun! It’s crazy that we have such a nice zoo so close to where we live. We’re thinking about getting a season pass so we can pop in and out all year long.
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Adele slept through most of it, sadly (we didn’t know it at the time, but she was working on cutting TWO teeth the next day!)
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I always love watching the monkeys, but I think this time, the baby giraffe was the most exciting. Look how cute!
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His momma was close by too, don’t worry.

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Looking forward to our next visit already!

 

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.

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I love this one of the two girls telling secrets. =)
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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.
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Adele may be an LA baby, but she still loves nature. Even if you can’t tell from this picture. haha

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

 

 

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium April 1, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Beach,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 10:01 am
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Saturday was such a fun day and it totally made up for the quiet day we had on Friday. Irving, Adele and I joined seven other babies and friends for a day at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. There were twenty-four of us total! The aquarium employees were impressed that we all drove down to the South Bay to visit. (Totally worth the drive, by the way).
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It’s not an exceptionally large aquarium, but they had a few really fun exhibits that we all thought were pretty neat. For example, check out this new adorable breed of fish that has just been discovered!
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Hardy, har har. But seriously, there were some really neat things that even I have never seen before. They had the usual octopus, seahorses and starfish, but I was most impressed by the baby sharks! Not only did they have actual baby sharks… but they had an exhibit where you could see live shark eggs…. AND see them forming inside! The eggs are a little transparent, so you could view them at each stage of gestation. It was really cool.
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The kids all liked the big tanks where they could gaze in wonder at the little fishies swimming by.
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And of course, the dads had to climb into the viewing tunnel to view them from the inside too!
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Hi Fishies!
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Watch out for those sharks!
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Even the littlest kids enjoyed the touch tide-pool!
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After we had our fill of educational things, we enjoyed some sunshine on the beach! There’s a cute little playground with swings and slides right on the sand! So fun!
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File this one under #LuckyToLiveInLA
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By then, we had worked up quite an appetite and after a little googling, we found a restaurant nearby that could fit our large group on short notice. It was the Pacific Diner and they were great! We walked in and said “We’ll take all the high chairs you can give us”. They were SO accommodating.
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If you ever wondered what it’s like to dine at a table with EIGHT babies 5-10 months…. let me assure you that it was actually a quiet, fun and enjoyable experience. All of them were so well behaved and we had a blast hanging out with everyone. So lucky to have this wonderful group of people. Looking forward to many more adventures together as the kids grow up!
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After lunch, we split off and a few of us walked the San Pedro Pier for a bit until the sun and wind was enough and then we all headed home.
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I think everyone slept well that night. It was nice to get out of LA and enjoy a new neighborhood too. This city is pretty amazing.

 

 
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