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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!!



Cabrillo Marine Aquarium April 1, 2013

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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).

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!

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.

The kids all liked the big tanks where they could gaze in wonder at the little fishies swimming by.


And of course, the dads had to climb into the viewing tunnel to view them from the inside too!

Hi Fishies!


Watch out for those sharks!

Even the littlest kids enjoyed the touch tide-pool!

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!
File this one under #LuckyToLiveInLA

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.

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!

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.
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.


Outside the Box February 21, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:10 am
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We took Adele to a class at Outside The Box on Monday. It’s a playgroup inside a mall near us that offers unique educational classes for babies. From their website:

“Outside the Box is an educational and developmental program consisting of facilitated classes which focus on brain  development for infants, toddlers, and young children through multi-sensory stimulation and specialized learning techniques.  Focus is placed on cognitive development and reached through playful and fun activities which foster attachment and bonding and create neural synapse activity the brain.   We play with a purpose!”  

I signed us up for the ‘Older Baby’ class, which is for babies who are crawling but not yet walking. There were about five babies in the class that day and it was SO much fun. Adele seemed shy at first, but she totally opened up by the end.

We started the class by singing songs and doing motions with our hands. But instead of typical baby songs, we sang new songs… in Spanish! It was very fun.

I get to do songs in my mommy-and-me classes, but it was new for Irving so I enjoyed watching the two of them participate together too.

Then our sensory play began! We listened to tribal-type music and played with silk scarves for a few minutes. The parents threw them in the air and the babies touched and grabbed them. Lots of pretty colors were flying around.

And then we moved on to Magic Carpet rides! All the babies were placed on a pillow on top of a blanket and the parents dragged it around the room in circles. Surprisingly, the babies didn’t fall off. It’s a great exercise for their balance and coordination. Adele was giggling out loud. She was LOVING this.

Sure, Adele didn’t fall off, but somehow her right sock did in the middle of the ride. haha

After this, they brought out a kiddie pool filled with biodegradable packing peanuts for the kids to play in. Adele was hesitant at first, but then warmed up to the idea.

They said we could put them in their diaper so they can feel the textures on their skin. It must have been a neat experience for a little baby.


And as if that was enough stimulation… they threw in some Mardi Gras beads too! It was like Christmas in there!

After this, we did a drum circle and the kids had a blast banging on big loud drums and swinging tambourines. And we ended with a laser light show and light up super balls. Picture fifty oversized balls all blinking and glowing in the dark — all at once. It was cool even for the parents!

We all had SO much fun at this place. We will be back! I hear they have Pasta Parties once a month too. They fill the kiddie pool with cookied pasta (coated in olive oil) and they let the kids play inside of it! They also have Jello Parties where they get to swim in Jello!!!! Seriously, think about that. How awesome would that be? These kids are so lucky!


Zimmer Children’s Museum February 6, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:49 am
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Last weekend, I organized a play date at the Zimmer Children’s Museum in downtown LA. It was a blast and we had 8 babies and 15 adults come! The museum is so cute and I’m sure it’ll be even more fun once Adele is older and walking. But I would still highly recommend it for the little ones as well!


They have a whole area called “VIB” (Very Important Babies) and it was AWESOME!

The whole room is padded, making it the perfect environment to roll, tumble, crawl and play. All of the babies had a blast hanging out in there.

Plus they have baskets full of squishy blocks and toys that they can play with. I think all the kids were tuckered out by the end. So much fun!



Um, hi. She can stand? When did this happen? She can even stand without assistance for a couple of seconds now too!


The rest of the museum encourages imaginary play and other sensory learning areas. Irving and I were more excited than she was, it was awesome!





We put Adele in the ball pit. She was not a fan. And I’m pretty sure she’s traumatized for the rest of his life. “It’s ok, honey. Just smile for the camera, you’re fine”. Parents of the year. Yes.


My Little Pumpkin October 19, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 3:43 am
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Yep, more Fall Festival of Love posts. What can I say, I look forward to this day all year long.



Pumpkins are cool… but throw in some hay, and it’s the most fun ever!







Three cheers for Pumpkins!

This face kills me. Why is she so funny?

Whoo hoo! More Hay!

Next year, we’ll be chasing her all over that pumpkin patch!

Fall Festival of Love: 2012. You did not disaappoint.






Adele’s First Fall Festival of Love! October 17, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 4:10 am
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Irving and I started a tradition in 2005 where we visit a farm in LA each year and call it the “Fall Festival of Love”. It’s a fun excuse to get out of the city and experience a bit of ‘the country’ for a day. Last year when we went, we had just found out we were pregnant!

This is me recreating what my big belly looked like just four months ago!


I remember thinking how fun it would be ‘a year from now’ when our baby was here with us! Crazy what a difference a year can make!

Of course, the day we went, it was 90+ degrees out and it most definitely didn’t feel like fall (so annoying). But we made the most of it. It was an awesome day.

Stuff like this is so much fun as an adult, but to experience it with a baby too gives it a whole new meaning. I was SO excited to show Adele the pumpkins and look at the farm animals. I’m sure it will only be more fun the older she gets too.
We are so lucky to have such an easy-going baby. Despite the super hot weather, Adele was a champ and seemed happy no matter where we put her.

Can’t quite sit up yet. haha whoops!

She was fascinated by the pumpkins. She’s so curious about everything!

I love these shots of Adele with her daddy.

Hey, mom was here too!

I’m so excited to create memories for Adele. I know she won’t really remember these things we’re doing now since she’s too little, but I want to establish the tradition of doing fun family things.

Some of these cute photos are courtesy of Erica!

I can promise a few more Adele-In-The-Pumpkins posts. Too many cute pictures for just one entry. Stay tuned!





Introducing Adele to Cleopatra September 30, 2012

Filed under: Cairo,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 2:50 pm
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On our maternity leave bucket list was visiting the California Science Center to see the Cleopatra Exhibit. Last week, we seized the opportunity and headed downtown.
Cleopatra Exhibit (1)

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Irving and I visited Egypt a couple of years ago, and have since been fascinated with the history. It’s crazy to think that these pieces traveled all the way to Los Angeles for us to see.
Cleopatra Exhibit (2)

There weren’t too many artifacts, but the ones they had were pretty significant. Most were found under the sea in Alexandria and they were preserved really well.
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PS. I am so impressed with myself that these photos with no flash came out!
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I wonder if Adele will be intrigued by ancient Egypt like I was too. Don’t all little kids want to be archeologists?
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We did our usual walk through the giftshop after, imagining what Adele might pick out someday.
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I love museums. We are so lucky to have so many close to us here.
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