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Where’s the Caterpillar? May 26, 2014

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Irving plays a game with Adele where he throws the Caterpillar across the room and Adele has to find it. He asks her, “Where’s the Caterpillar?” and she gets excited when she finds it.

When we were packing up to leave for China, I said, “Don’t forget to pack your Caterpillar!” and Irving and I both looked at each other and decided we should pack it as a joke and take pictures with it for Adele.

Without further Ado… where’s the Caterpillar?
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Equinophobia: Is it hereditary? April 8, 2014

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I’ve had a fear of horses for years. It’s irrational, I know, but you couldn’t pay me to ride a horse now. The last time I did, over ten years ago, my horse jumped up and I ended up walking a few miles back to the base while someone else pulled my horse. haha
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Well, it appears my daughter has inherited this fear as well… we brought her to the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round this weekend and this picture pretty much sums up that experience:
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The Merry-Go-Round is 75 years old and still looks the same as it did way back then! It’s really cool to ride actually. But she was so scared, I felt so bad!
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Truthfully, I think the music is creepier than the horses. It’s old-fashioned carnival music. It fits the ride perfectly, but it’s really loud and ‘scary-clown’ scary for sure. haha
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Even though she didn’t love it while we were riding, for the rest of the day she talked about how the horses went “up and down”.

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Feeling braver now that she’s on the other side of the fence. ha!
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Well, baby’s first merry-go-round experience… time will tell if there will be a second!IMG_4893

 

A Little Rearranging March 12, 2014

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My, what a difference a baby can make. For many reasons… but today, we’re talking about our house. We rearranged Adele’s room— again. 

Ch-ch-ch-channnnges.

Before she was born, we took her room from this:

…to this. {Remember our time lapse video?}

And over the weekend, we changed it to look like this:
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That couch has now taken up residence on all three sides of the room so far!

What did we take out to make room? These:
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We actually haven’t had the computers on those desks for a while now. They’ve been camping out on our dining room table for a few months. We finally got sick of them taking up space, so we set up a work station in the dining room:
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Sure, not ideal, but they are a little hidden back there, we get our table back, and Adele gets extra space in her room. Win-win-win.
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She now has the whole floor to play on, a table to play at, and a kitchen and shelves of toys/books to play with. All in one place.

 

How does this happen? March 10, 2014

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How does THIS:

Become THIS???

 

Winter at the Beach February 18, 2014

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I know, I know. The timing of this post is pretty awful given the crazy storms hitting the rest of America… but over here in our LA Bubble, it’s been mid-70s and beautiful! (Don’t send me hate mail!)

Last weekend, I was feeling a lot of anxiety for no good reason. The week felt unbalanced, like I just didn’t have enough time to properly devote myself to anything. I was missing my girl and feeling like I need to re-center myself again. To hit that reset button and to remind myself what’s really important.

So when I woke up on Saturday, I packed up the car with a beach chair, enough pails and shovels for army, a cooler full of snacks and a pile of magazines and books. I drove without any real destination in mind. I just headed west towards the ocean until the right spot revealed itself. I ended up an hour away in Malibu. I almost paid $8 to park in a lot, but then decided to keep going down the road a bit until I found the perfect parking spot.

Yep, this looks like the perfect place to park, yes? No joke, I literally parked on the sand, we were THAT close. And it was freeeee! A good sign this adventure was meant to be!
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When I got there, Adele was napping in her carseat, so I rolled down all the windows and read a couple of magazines while enjoying the view. It was so peaceful and quiet. At one point, I looked into the rear view mirror and saw Adele’s eyes quietly looking back at me smiling.

I picked her up and hauled her, a chair, and three big bags across the sand towards the ocean. We found the perfect spot and spread out a big blanket. There were only a few people on the entire beach. It was perfect!
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My beach chair soon got taken over by my toddler, but she was so cute, I let her take it.
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A little beach reading!
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We did get a little sand castle building in there too. But really, the most fun game of all is taking all the shovels and pails and putting them on the beach chair… and then taking them off… and then putting them on… Life with a toddler, you get it.20140201_143156

This day was exactly what we needed. It was one of my most favorite days with Adele, ever. Just the two of us, with no plan, no schedule. She had so much fun I think. We’ll have to ‘getaway’ more often. 20140201_140911Tear is from the wind I think. Nothing but smiles at the beach, promise!

 

Our Beautiful, Messy Life February 1, 2014

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Whether we’re in our house for an hour or a whole day, after Adele goes to bed, we look around and see that our entire place is upside down. We’ve completely given up on cleaning throughout the day because it’s a futile waste of energy. I longingly remember back to the days when ‘infant Adele’ would be entertained by a single toy, book or a chain of plastic rings. I now spend 1-2 hours every single day tidying everything up. It’s exhausting. But to us, a clean house means a clear mind… and at this point, I need all the sanity I can get.

Here’s some ‘Before & After’ photos of our house this week…well really it’s like “Before & After & Before” because it is an endless cycle of Elmo, spilled milk, strawberries crushed into the rug, random Mrs. Potatohead pieces all over, emptied out toy bins and miscellaneous tupperware spread out everywhere. Welcome to our beautiful life:

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ADELE’S ROOM – BEFORE
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THE KITCHEN – BEFORE
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THE KITCHEN – AFTER
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Tell me we’re not alone here! Share your “Before & After” pictures! We’re keeping real here!

 

Ringing in the New Year January 1, 2014

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When my friends asked me what I was doing for New Years this week I told them all I was hanging out with my mom and going to bed at 9pm. And that’s exactly what I did. And then at 12:01am as the East Coast was ringing in the New year, Adele woke up yelling “Mama! Down!” She was wide awake. My mom and I alternated picking her up, rubbing her back and trying to get her to fall back asleep. Eventually I dragged her into bed with me, which to her meant playtime. We were lying there in the dark and she was talking up a storm.

“Cookie?” –no baby, it is the middle of the night. No cookies.

“Milk?” –here, have a sip of water. “Milk?” And she practically pushed me out of bed so I would get her some. “Cookie?” No cookie. Just milk.

“Daddy?” — yep, we will see daddy tomorrow, but we have to go to bed first. And then she made the ‘shhh’ sound. That’s right, we have to be quiet and sleep.

“YODEL-DEE YODEL” Adele, grammie and grandpa are sleeping. Go to sleep.

Eventually I strapped her into the Ergo and walked around the dark, quiet house. She slept on me into the wee hours of the morning. Just the two of us enjoying the first moments of 2014. No one else I would rather celebrate with (except irving of course).

Being a parent is tough sometimes, but when there are snuggles to be had, I will take it. Happy new year!

 

 
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