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Happy Birthday to you! June 17, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Birthday,Palm Springs — Kelocity @ 4:44 am

I’m going for the record of ‘most 1st birthday posts ever’. How am I doing so far? ha! I can’t help it. My Mommy-and-Me teacher told me to celebrate as much as I want. So we did! After all, you only turn ONE once!

After our fun lunch, we set up a drop cloth (the same one from our studio photo shoot! And… yes. It still had cake crusted on it from that cake smash.) Anyways, we found a shady spot under a big tree that looked out over the hotel golf course, and we let the birthday girl enjoy her first official birthday cake.

She wasn’t sure what to make of it. I don’t think she realized it was food. She wasn’t too interested at first.


So we gave her a few tastes…

And then it clicked. Cake is good! I love cake! I want to eat more cake!


So that’s what we did… we sat in the shade, and we ate cake. And we celebrated our #1 girl.



Here’s a video of us singing “Happy Birthday” to her for the first time!!!!



I’m pretty sure Adele ate half the cake by herself. Who was I to stop the fun!

After all three of us were covered with pink frosting, we cleaned up by jumping in the lazy river and doing a little bit of swimming. Then when we all came down from our sugar high, Adele took a nap in the room while Irving and I chatted. I love mini-vacations!

When the birthday girl woke up, we headed out to the restaurant where birthday dreams are made of: The Cheesecake Factory. Yes!

The waiter saw Adele’s birthday hat and brought her a special birthday treat! Her very own bread basket with baby-sized bread and a sliced banana! Isn’t that so cute!?

Adele went to town on it! She knew it was just for her.

We had a great meal, it was so much fun. Happy Birthday, Adele! Hope you had a great birthday weekend! We love you so much!



Lunch at The River June 12, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Birthday,Palm Springs — Kelocity @ 10:55 am

Across the street from the Rancho Las Palmas hotel is a small, but pretty, mall with lots of great restaurants. They call it “The River” for the water features that run through it, it’s really nice. On Saturday afternoon, we headed out in search of lunch. We ended up choosing Michaels Pizzeria and we were pleasantly surprised.  The food was really authentic (reminded me of Rome!) and the atmosphere was fun. And there were crayons!!

Adele prefers to eat crayons, instead of draw with them. Kids.


She loves being at the table with us. I really enjoy eating out with her.


While we waited for our pizzas and calzones to bake, a table photoshoot occurred! A celebratory birthday lunch deserves pretty photos of the birthday girl!

Once our food arrived, we gave Adele bites here and there. We ordered her a vegetable/farro salad, but she was really lusting after my pizza. In addition to some yummy bites with sauce and cheese, I ended up also giving her my crust to gnaw on at the end and she LOVED it. That seriously kept her busy for 20 minutes and at the end, it was pretty much gone.

After lunch, it was time for cake! Birthday Cake! Here’s a teaser!


1st Birthday Weekend Celebration June 11, 2013

Since our families don’t live close by, we decided to skip on the iconic ‘1st Birthday Party’ and celebrate just the three of us with a quiet weekend away instead. On Friday night, we headed to Rancho Mirage (oh, hey President Obama!) to stay at the Rancho Las Palmas hotel. The room was great, we kept the AC blasting to combat the 102* temps outside!



In typical Adele fashion, she settled into the big king bed nicely.


We traveled with our Pack N’ Play and set it up in the bathroom. She slept great, all night long, both nights we were there. We kind of missed her though and wished she was cuddling with us, but alas, baby needs her sleep.


After we were done exploring the room, we decided to brave the insane temperatures and venture out for a walk. We ate at a BBQ place across the street that was pretty fun. Adele dined on Jalapeño cornbread, sweet potatoes and parts of my hamburger.  I’m trying to remember if there was a vegetable in there somewhere…. [thinks for a second] oh yes, the corn in the cornbread. Does that count? Good times.

The next morning was a special day. Adele turned one. June 8th. When we heard her wake up, both Irving and I ran in to grab her and smother her with kisses and hugs. We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her twice. A special day indeed. We let her open up some presents! Her friend Sophie gave her the best gift ever. A book that lights up and sings. Mind blown.

And we wheeled out our gift from the closet…. check her out!

We got her the SmarTrike dream and she LOVES it! I mean, it has a cell phone, come on!
Cell phones are tasty!


Eventually, the trike converts (little by little) into a big wheel tricycle! I like quality toys that grow with the child. A+ so far (which is more than I can say about the piece-of-crap plastic shopping cart we tried to buy her at target… yea, that will be returned asap. You win some, you lose some).

Happy Birthday, Adele!

Part 2 of our trip coming soon!!



The Marilyn July 25, 2012

Filed under: Baby,California,Palm Springs — Kelocity @ 5:45 am
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Look what else we found in Palm Springs!

Remember when I saw this statue in Chicago last August

Well the city of Palm Springs bought it, so we went to visit her again!

They set her up in a nice park at the base of the mountains. I think she fits in well there.



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I LOVE this picture. It melts my heart. She thinks Daddy is SO funny!

Ok Adele. You can now check Palm Springs off your bucket list. (But we’ll come back again soon anyways!)


Adele in the Desert–Part 2 July 24, 2012

Filed under: Baby,California,Family,Palm Springs,Travel — Kelocity @ 4:36 am
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The next morning, Adele woke us up at 6am (After sleeping for eight glorious hours through the night!!) She and I walked with Daddy over to the golf course. It was so beautiful and not too hot yet. We said bye to him and we went back to the room to hang out while he played a round.

So what do two girls do when they are by themselves for a morning? PHOTOSHOOOOOT!

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And my favorite of the day…
Oh my gosh, how is she mine?! She’s so beautiful!

We played and napped (both of us!) until we got a text that daddy was on the 17th hole! So we headed back over to the clubhouse to meet him for lunch.

It was definitely warm out, but I kept the baby in the shade!

I wish she could have seen how beautiful it was outside… but we’ll have to come back in the winter when the heat isn’t so bad!


Mmmm Burgers!

We splurged and ordered fried dill pickle spears! (I know, we’re getting crazy over here!)

We chatted for a couple of hours overlooking the golfcourse and taking turns holding the baby. It was so nice to get away from home and escape our routine for a bit.

She loves her daddy!

Family picture!!

Irving played a second round of golf in the afternoon (don’t ask me how he was able to be out in that sun all day long?!). Adele and I went back to the room while she napped and I watched trash tv. No shame.

Once he was done and the baby was rested, we jumped in the car and headed to downtown Palm Springs for dinner.

We walked the streets and did some people watching. So many awesome shops and restaurants down there.

When we got engaged, we were staying in Palm Springs, so it brought back a lot of memories for us!



Even though there were a ton of great-looking restaurants, we ended up at The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is one of my FAVORITE restaurants ever. EVER! (Every meal comes with a salad, bread, a drink… AND DESSERT!) Adele was a little fussy and we took turns pushing her stroller around the parking lot… you win some, you lose some, I guess. To her defense, it was a late dinner and she was DEFINITELY ready for bed. Whoops!

When we got pregnant, our biggest concern was if we’d be able to keep up the pace at which we like to travel… but this weekend really gave us the confidence we needed to know that life doesn’t end when you have kids. Travel is a huge hobby of ours and we’re so excited to share it with Adele now. It just keeps getting better!

Got any other kid-friendly So-Cal weekend getaway destinations?


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