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Crying in the Park September 22, 2012

Filed under: Babies,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 3:33 pm
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Last week, we enjoyed another beautiful day in the park with some of our new mama friends and their kids. Seven babies in all! It’s been so much fun meeting other new moms and introducing Adele to some new friends. It’s always a good time with lots of advice and stories swapping around.

Look at all the calm babies just quietly enjoying the nice summer breeze… oh wait…
Le Sigh.

Here is one of the few photos where Adele isn’t crying.

She’s lucky she’s cute.

Special thanks to Melissa for snapping some great shots of our family of three!

PS. how cute is this dress? My friends have good taste.
Thanks Linsay!


Endeavor Flyover September 21, 2012

Filed under: Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 3:29 pm
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I’ve always been fascinated with space. When I was little, I would set up my telescope and stay outside for hours looking at the moon and the stars. I vividly remember looking at the Hale Bopp comet when it came by. In fourth grade, I did a presentation on why Sally Ride was my hero. I wanted to grow up to be an astronaut. I dreamed of going to Space Camp (remember that movie?!) And I was so excited when my family visited the Kennedy Space Center in fifth grade.

So when I found out that the Endeavor Space Shuttle would be flying over Los Angeles today, I was pretty excited. Irving got up early to hike up to the Hollywood Sign. But since it was 97* out today, we decided not to take Adele up there. I sent him on his way solo with clear instructions to take LOTS of pictures! While he was waiting, he first took some awesome shots of Hollywood.





Then the big event!! Here comes the space shuttle!





But I was determined to catch my own glimpse of history, so I packed up the baby and we headed to Universal Studios (where it was supposed to also do a flyover!)
Don’t worry, Adele. Someday, you’ll learn about this day in school and you can say you saw it!

We waited in the shade at City Walk with a crowd of people. Tourists kept walking by saying “what are you all waiting for?” And I responded “We’re waiting for the shuttle” and they all thought I meant the Universal Studios shuttle. haha I corrected myself to say “The Space Shuttle!”

Finally, after two hours of waiting… it arrived!

And it was as magical as I expected. I actually got tears in my eyes watching it. A piece of history right above my head. Amazing.

So proud to have the shuttle in my new hometown of Los Angeles. Can’t wait to visit the exhibit when it opens!
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To infinity and beyond!


Adele Meets her Aunties! August 13, 2012

Filed under: Baby,Family,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 10:48 pm
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This week, Adele got to finally meet her Aunties, Sarah and EJ! Of course, it was love at first hug.

It was so nice having them visit. And Adele loved that there were twice as many arms to rock her to sleep. haha


We knew they wanted to have maximum snuggle time at home with her, so we didn’t do too much. But on Wednesday, we ventured downtown to explore for a little bit. Adele has a new habit of screaming in the car lately. I think she just doesn’t like sitting by herself (who would, right?) But the white noise app on my cell phone seems to do the trick everytime. It’s starting already… my daughter is already hogging my phone!

Of course, she fell asleep soon after, so we snapped her into the stroller and walked around downtown LA.

First stop: The NBC Olympic Village. (I miss the Olympics already!)


Adele gets the Bronze because she’s so little. haha

Our wanderings led us to the LA Public Library. (Side note: I think it’s one of the best kept secrets in LA. It’s awesome! So many cool things to see inside. They even have a flyer in the lobby you can pick up so you can do a self-guided tour. Worth a visit if you live local!)

We just happened to arrive during the Baby Story Hour!! Adele loved it! I can’t wait to take her to things like this in the future. I hope she loves books someday!

After that, we headed back outside to have lunch at Bottega Louie! EJ and Sarah remembered it from my blog a while back and requested to eat there as well! We were happy to oblige!

It was another great meal. Worth the wait and the price. Such a unique restaurant.

[insert a lazy afternoon at home]

And for dinner, we walked over to a local burger joint. EJ would like to point out her fine babysitting skills. Baby in one hand… beer in another. #winning

Just kidding. She was actually the token baby whisperer this weekend. She rocked, danced and fed Adele with all the love that only an Aunty can give. So sweet.

If you can get her to go to sleep that quick…. come visit any time! =)

And just for fun… cute shot of the day:


Drive-In Double Feature! July 13, 2012

Filed under: Los Angeles,Movies — Kelocity @ 3:04 am
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Saturday night, Irving and I had plans to go to a drive-in movie theater to see a double feature. I was at first excited… and then I started to get really anxious. The evenings are Adele’s fussy time and I didn’t want to have to stand outside the car all night rocking her to sleep. But Irving convinced me we should give it a try anyways, so we headed out to Pomona to the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater.

We decided on Magic Mike and Ted. I fed Adele right before the previews started and she fell asleep soon after. Irving held her in his arms while we watched Magic Mike. After that movie was over, I closed my eyes, and ended up sleeping all through Ted! Adele slept the ENTIRE TIME! That’s almost four hours!!


It was SO much fun to get out and do something fun. It was my first time at a Drive-In! We got home close to 1:30am (Party Animals, I know). And Adele slept all through the night! We’ll have to do that again sometime. It was fun!!


Park 2.0 July 9, 2012

Filed under: Baby — Kelocity @ 5:00 am
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We had so much fun in the park last week that we decided to do it again when my parents were here! I think this is going to become a weekly tradition. Adele was much more awake this time. The fresh air under a shady tree is always welcome in my book.
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We let her nap outside for a while while we did some people watching and food-truck consuming.
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Burrito Baby: Park Edition!
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Same time, same place next week!


Back in Time at the Paramount Ranch July 8, 2012

Filed under: Family,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 5:55 am
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Ok, I know I was just preaching that there is more to do in Los Angeles than just Hollywood attractions…. but places like Paramount Ranch are still exciting to me. It’s an outdoor Hollywood movie set that looks like the Old West. They shot all kinds of Westerns there back in the day and it’s now public property.
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We thought it would be fun to walk around there for a bit to get out of the house for a morning.
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After we got our fill of Hollywood, we walked around the back to hike a little trail for a while.
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It was getting pretty warm out, but it was fun to do a little off-roading with the stroller.
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Spoiler Alert…apparently something punctured a tire on the stroller on the hike because we found it later it went flat!
Note to self: Carry a bike pump in stroller at all times!
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Paramount Ranch was on my LA bucket list, so it was so fun to check it out and cross it off the list!
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Anyone else know of any fun hidden gems in Los Angeles like this? I need to compile a list and do a post about things like this soon!


A Day in the Valley July 7, 2012

Filed under: California,Family,Los Angeles — Kelocity @ 12:45 pm
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One day while my parents were here, we headed up to the Reagan Presidential Library up in Simi Valley, California. I think this is a must-see for visitors to LA. Regardless of your political party, it’s an excellent museum full of all kinds of American history. I LOVE going up there. The last time I was there was Valentine’s Day last year! And this time, we’re visiting with our baby!
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I wonder if Adele was one of the youngest visitors (she was three weeks old!)
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I think my parents really enjoyed it too. They remember a lot of the events that happened during his presidency, so it’s exciting to see the exhibits.
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The highlight for sure is the actual Air Force One plane that had been used for SEVEN presidents! Nixon all the way through Bush!
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Adele loved the big plane too. See?
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My parents really loved it. It was an excellent way to spend the morning.
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After we were done, we headed over to the town of FIllmore on a whim. They have a historic train village that my dad wanted to check out.
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Apparently the whole town shuts down on Mondays, so we couldn’t see too much, but it was nice to get a walk in anyways.
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After we got our fill of trains, we headed back for a relaxing afternoon at home. I love doing fun out-of-the-way touristy things when people come to visit. There is so much more to LA than Hollywood and the Beaches.
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One of the many reasons why I love Southern California! Adele is so lucky she will grow up here! I can’t wait to explore more with her as she grows!


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