September 2, 2010

there goes my baby

by Shelly

Ellie with her sassy new page boy hair cut/bob and her pink polka dot backpack!
Who knew that this stay at home mom for the last three years, would have such a hard time sending the little one off to preschool two days a week.  Ellie started preschool today. She is going to have a BLAST….that is for sure! And I will finally get two days a week to work, get things done, maybe have lunch solo..or get a mani/pedi!! Ok, now I’m giddy. 
Sending the little one off…this was before I finally teared up.
Now friends, it’s not like I NEVER did any of those things before. It’s just that I use to have to hire a sitter or ask my mom to watch her while I did any of those things.  Now it’s different. She’ll be learning, meeting new friends…etc. etc.
On another note…we are also leaving this afternoon for a little getaway this Labor Day weekend. The tot is going to Far-Mor and Far-Far’s house (that’s Grandma and Grandpa is Swedish). And we…ahhh..we are going to the Central California coast, Morro Bay to be exact to spend the weekend at the in-laws beach pad. Wine tasting in Paso Robles, surfing in Morro Bay, long hikes with our black lab, lazy breakfasts at a cute little cafe we like to go to… Sounds like just what we need right now! 
Hope you all have something fun planned to celebrate this holiday weekend or at the very least, have a great time relaxing and doing nothing! That sounds pretty darn good too. I’ll be sharing highlights from our trip with you very soon.

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July 27, 2010

off to the library…

by Shelly

Last week the little girl and I headed to the Huntington Library in San Marino for a playdate with one of my oldest friends and her little one Declan.  The Huntington was one of my favorite places to go in my teen years actually.  I’ve always been very into art (I have a degree in Art History) and I grew up with a family of passionate gardeners (I’ve also become one).  The Library not only has a collection of rare books and manuscripts, but also an art collection and botanical gardens.  It’s a wonderful place to go for a date with your love, but take your kids to for a little something different.
Declan exploring the lily pond.
Stunning.
 The lotus flowers were all in bloom! So pretty in person!
It’s difficult to see, but there is a giant spiral cut into the grass that the kids had a blast exploring. There’s my little Ellie running towards me.  The Library is seen peeking through the trees.
There are lots of sculptures scattered throughout the gardens.
Pretty trails that lead to other gardens with a new theme.
The kids loved the “little trees” all lined up in the Japanese garden.
The best part for the kids was definitely the childrens’ garden. Little doors for little ones were fun!
As much as I harped on Ellie NOT to drink the water.. Well you can see that didn’t really work out.
Plenty of places to play jungle! 
The perfect end to a perfect day trip/play date! CUPCAKES!
Yep..she’s a happy camper!

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April 26, 2010

Weekend wrap up…

by Shelly

Daddy went out of town this past weekend, so the little one and I got to spend some fun time together.

Ellie got her first manicure and pedicure! Seriously funny! I loved watching the poor girl doing her nails try to repaint her smudged fingers every 5 minutes or so. I actually told them NOT to paint her fingers because I saw that it was not going to work. She didn’t hear me..so what are you going to do?
I was sitting across from her getting my mani/pedi and yelling “Ellie, robot hands sweetie…don’t bend your fingers!”. It sort of worked, but I spent the evening trying to scrape off pink polish from her clothes.
Then I treated my little girl to her very first In n’ Out cheeseburger. She ate a bit of the burger, but her heart was set on the french fries and lemonade. 
The next day my mom joined us for an early morning trip to the Santa Monica Flea Market (I’ll post my finds tomorrow!) and to the Long Beach Farmer’s Market after. How pretty are all those berries!
Lots of beautiful, colorful veggies..we bought a TON!
A woman was buying all of those flowers piled on the table when I was browsing the booth! 
The orchid man is always a huge hit with the locals.
Hope you had a fantastic weekend and your Monday has been painless!

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