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TinkerBell Half Marathon Weekend is in just a few short days. This half holds a special place in my heart as it is my first! In honor of my first half, I am giving away a Momentum Jewelry Wrap to two lucky winners! In order to win, please click on the link below and make sure you follow my Instagram!

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Pretend City Children’s Museum

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This past week the boys and I visited Pretend City Children’s Museum. Before visiting I really didn’t know what to expect, all I knew about the museum was it is designed to teach children, “how the world works.” When we arrived, we were given a tour and learned about each exhibit which made up a miniature city. The exhibit’s are all interactive and designed to allow children to explore them on their own. This gives a child the ability to be creative and to exercise their cognitive thinking skills. Each exhibit will tell you why it was created and how it will help your child’s development. Some of the skills a child will be building include: critical thinking, fine motor skills, social-emotional skills, leadership, appreciation for diversity, and the list goes on!

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Just a small view of “The Farm,” which also features live baby chicks!

What really I liked about the Museum is it has a little something for all ages. Baby Baby is almost 3 and I felt he was a good age to explore all the exhibits. He really enjoyed the farm, amphitheater, grocery store, and science center. For younger children, there is a soft playground area in the center of the city which helps build balance and coordination. For older children, the exhibits will allow them to develop their critical thinking skills. I also learned the Museum hosts different events, from Baby Steps to Autism Event Nights. I love this, since it allows Parents to connect with the community, gain knowledge and support.

There is so much to do at Pretend City, I felt the first visit just got Baby Baby’s brain thinking. I know we will definately be planning to go back. As he grows older, I can see him exploring each exhibit from a different prospective. I’m also excited to see how Little Little will grow with the city, once he learns to crawl. I included some pictures from our adventure. I couldn’t get all the exhibits, we did have other favorites such as the marina, beach, and home. After all, it is just like a city! Stay turned to future adventures, which I’m sure I’ll post on Instagram.

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A glimpse of the bank, grocery store, post office, and gas station!

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Baby Baby grocery shopping! He loved naming the fruits and veggies along with their colors!

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The amphitheater! This was Baby Baby’s favorite, he loved playing with everything from the props to the soundboard =)

 

Tanaka Farms – Strawberry Tours

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Ready for picking!

This morning Baby Baby and I ventured over to Tanaka Farms during their Open House to do some strawberry picking. It was a gorgeous day and they had some perks if you went during their Open House; fresh veggies, tastings, wagon rides. Tanaka Farms has been around for decades and at their current location in the heart of Irvine since 1998, over the past few years they’ve become known for their “Pumpkin Patch.” Which is great during the Fall however they’re open all year long. With a variety of fruits and veggies the farm offers, I was excited for strawberry season. Growing up in Irvine… you kind of have to be. As a kid we had strawberry fields that lined, “Jeffrey Rd” just past the 5 to Irvine Blvd and spread out as wide as to the El Toro Air Base (Sand Canyon.) Amongst orange trees and windbreaking eucalyptus trees this was Irvine. One of the first things I did when I got my license was drive along a side road known as “Trabuco Rd” with my windows down to smell all the fresh strawberries. Those fields don’t exist any longer, a Great Park replaced the air base and homes now are where those rows of strawberries once laid. Today’s adventure to Tanaka Farms smelled like being a kid in a once very green green city!

Fresh Veggies =)

Fresh veggies =)

Once we arrived we entered through the market stand and was given a bag which was soon filled with fresh veggies. Baby Baby ran in as he remembered the farm from October…straight for a haystack and tractor he went. The strawberry tour was $10 and children 2 & under were free, the $10 included a carton to put your strawberries in while you pick them, you’re allowed to keep the strawberries you pick as long as the lid closes when you leave! While waiting for the strawberry tour wagon we sampled some juices and veggies. The wagon ride was great. We ventured through the farm and our guide shared with us the different veggies and fruits planted around us. It wasn’t long before you could smell the strawberries and soon see them…rows and rows of them =). The best! We were given about 20 minutes to go and pick our strawberries. The best part, you can eat strawberries while you’re picking strawberries. Baby Baby took full advantage of this! I loved it.

Strawberry picker or taste tester??

Strawberry picker or taste tester??

When we were given our 5 minute warning to head back to the wagon, I took advantage of some photo ops. How could I not??!! The fields were beautiful and Baby Baby was having the time of his life. A wagon ride back to the market area and the tour was complete. We still stuck around for a little bit and enjoyed the gorgeous morning out in the sun. A few more wild boy jumps off of the haystacks and a water break then we called it a day at the farm. A nap was definitely in the works ;p All and all, the strawberry tour was a fun adventure I got to share with Baby Baby. I’m looking forward to him growing up with the Spring smell of strawberries.

The juicy strawberries we picked! yum!

The juicy strawberries we picked! yum!

Christmas 2015

We were all on the Nice List!

We were all on the Nice List!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Our Christmas started out bright and early Friday morning. Mav made reservations early November for Christmas Breakfast at the Plaza Inn inside Disneyland. I was a little nervous to be heading to the Parks on Christmas but, having reservations worked out in our favor. If you make reservations inside either Park around the time they open you are able to enter through a “special line” on the side. This saved us time by skipping the main lines and also let us run around a non crowded Main Street USA on Christmas Morning!!! How cool is that?? We’re such disnerds it’s not even funny ;p

Christmas Morning at the Parks!

Christmas Morning at the Parks!

Plaza Inn is another buffet style resturant at the Parks that feature dinning with Disney characters. As you eat, different characters come up and say, “hi.” It’s fun and adds to the experience. After breakfast, we decided to jump on a few rides before we headed out (and it got busy.) We made it on Dumbo and King Arthur’s Carrousel!

 

Such a happy boy!!

Such a happy boy!!

We arrived home around 10:30 AM and was wondering if Baby Baby was going to nap or not….nope, no nap! So, as I made sure the video was rolling. Mav took Baby Baby in our room until I gave him the “okay.” Baby Baby ran out and around the corner; his face was priceless when he saw the presents! All our handwork had paid off =)

I really was so nervous to get Baby Baby more toys, especially with a late November Birthday. There’s a few after Baby Baby opened them I set aside. Is it bad that I want to ration them out over the next few weeks? lol. I guess it keeps for busy Mommy <3

Just a few of my favorite things....Santa and Mav did well ;p

Just a few of my favorite things….Santa and Mav did well ;p

I on the other hand is all about less is more. A few years ago when I refocused my life, I started wanting more adventures versus things. As somethings are important; a safe car, a roof over your head, etc. If someone asks me what I want as a gift; I want to explore, trips, a nice lunch…. memories I can keep forever. So with that said….Mav was spot on with his “main” gift choice for me this Christmas and that is he paid my entry fee for The Tinkerbell Half-Marathon! I can’t wait to experience the run! I was so happy I cried yeah, total nerd moment! I guess my Valentine’s gift to the boys will be a section in the chEAR Squad ;p hahaha.

Mav’s and Baby Baby’s First California Christmas was amazing! The day started out great, a perfect late morning playtime, and in the evening we grilled some steaks! I love my little family =) 2015 has been such a fun year…I can’t wait for us to take on 2016!

Run for a Claus 

Another successful run =)

Another successful run =)

This past Saturday, Baby Baby and Mommy ran another 5k. It was a challenging course around the UCI campus, hills for days…..lol. Nonetheless, the run was super fun and had a lot of great aspects.

The race was hosted by OC Marathon. I’m noticing this organization hosts a lot of the races we run. I love the charities they work with as well as the way they organize their races. From the pre-run to post-run there’s always so much going on, it’s the best! What a great group of sponsors and familiar faces.

Even though I checked out the course online, I didn’t really set myself up for how many hills I would encounter. Don’t get me wrong, I love hills (mostly up ;p) however, they’re intense with a jogger. By now most the races I run is with Baby Baby but, you always forget about the extra weight until you are challenged. I went into the race expecting to average 8 min/mi. However, I fell short by 2 mins. We ended up finishing the race at 31:07 at a pace of 10 min/mi. Not too shabby, I was a little bummed though. After all, it is a fun run but you can only want to challenge yourself and improve each race. On the bright side, we were the second stroller/jogger to come across the finish line and first if you count sex ;p hahaha

My Rankings

My Rankings

The races we ran this year were all very different from each other.  I feel like we had a variety from the scenery to the surfaces we ran on. It made each one special and fun.  I wrote in my last race post, I’d like to put a hold on 2016 registrations. A lot was due to my knee issues, which with physical therapy has helped relieve some of the pain. We’ll just have to see. One race at a time, right?! lol

 

The Two-Year Checkup

Today was Baby Baby’s two-year checkup. It’s crazy to think he’s almost two and it feels like yesterday, I was just blogging away for his first year review! As I mentioned before, I wanted to find a better fit for us since his 18-month checkup. So, I had to do a little research and work with our insurance to find a new pediatrician. I think his new pedi is great and she’s a lot closer to us as well. New surroundings kept Baby Baby preoccupied as we entered the medical center however, once we were in the office…even with toys, he had an idea of what was coming next =/ A fussy toddler was quickly weighed and marked for height. Drum roll please…..weighing in at 25 lbs and 35.5 inches tall, my silly goose is such a big boy now!!! Only a 1/2 inch more and he’s tall enough for some of the big kid rides at the Parks ;p

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy!

The Best!!! Such a Happy Boy! When you get shots…you can have fried chicken ;p

He received two shots today that follows his vaccine schedule as well as some immediate blood work, that came back good. I think as a Mommy this check-up was a little harder than others. The last six months my schedule has changed drastically from where I was at all his other check-ups. I took it a little hard when I didn’t have all the answers for the pediatrician, even though my husband did. During the first year and a bit into the second, I was the one that would chart everything. I knew what made Baby Baby fussy while breastfeeding and exactly to the ounce how much he would drink. I really never thought I would find myself balancing so much. I guess what’s important is that he is always surrounded by family and loved ones and because of this, he is a very strong, bright, and independent toddler. I guess all I can do moving forward is get back on those spreadsheets, lol.

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

Having Fun at the Lego Store =)

After his visit,  we ventured around the corner to the Mission Viejo Mall. Where we took advantage of grabbing an early dinner and letting Baby Baby run around. It’s some of our small adventures I cherish the most. Looking back at this year, if anything I’m happy to live somewhere my husband can be home every night, where we have the Parks ;p and of course, loved ones.

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Christmas has arrived at the Parks! Baby Baby loves it!

Christmas has arrived at the Parks! Decorations went up early November =)

It’s November and I’ve been lagging a bit. The end of October and beginning of November was a bit hectic but, it helped reorganized our month! I’m excited to get back on track and breathe easy for a little bit. Even with the little break, I was happy to find a full inbox! I love receiving emails from my Mommy readers and I hope to be able to share some of the new products I’ve been introduced to very soon =)

November is a big month for us…I’m starting to believe every month is a “big month” for us ;p As with everyone it’s the start of the holiday season. For us it’s also Baby Baby’s Birthday month! Woohoo. Baby Baby’s 24 month check-up is next week and the following week he turns 2!!! We have a big week planned for his birthday; a birthday party, to breakfast and a day at the Parks. The MIL will be in town for the week of activities as well as Thanksgiving! I’m looking forward to a great holiday season, a fun run and blogging/vlogging more =)

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2015

Peter Pan, John Darling, and Wendy Darling <3

Peter Pan, John Darling, and Wendy Darling <3

Our favorite time of the year at the Parks is Halloween Time. What makes it better is the Annual Mickey’s “Not So Scary” Halloween Party, which is hosted select nights during September and October at Disneyland. This year we opted to go to one of the later dates as the party is our main “trick or treating” event for the family this Halloween. Last year’s party theme was hard to top as Baby Baby, Daddy, and Mommy did a Star Wars theme; Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. This Year we decided to go with Peter Pan and since you have to purchase tickets early as the event sells out. I started planning in August =X hahaha. Which gave enough time to get all our costumes together.

Trick or Treating Peter Pan!

Trick or Treating Peter Pan!

Baby Baby, Daddy, and Mommy were Peter Pan, John, and Wendy Darling. This time around Baby Baby had a lot fun, at 23 months he’s fully aware of when we are at the Parks and even more excited about candy, hahaha. Since the night was special, we also introduced him to his first Mickey “Pumpkin” Cake Pop and we couldn’t leave the event without a orange light up Mickey Balloon! The “Trick or Treating” sections at the Park left us with a lot of candy and what’s fun about being Annual Passholders is the section they set up in Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A. For the 60th Anniversary they gave out little 60th Anniversary backpacks and cake rice pops! It makes for a fun perk to being a passholder. From the decorations to the haunted harmony….everything about the event is spooky fun (how could not be when it’s Disney, lol.) Also, seeing all the costumes people come up with is a great sight! We couldn’t have been more excited about this year’s party and we can’t wait to plan again for 2016!

Cake Pop Time!!!

Cake Pop Time!!!


Peter being more interested in his candy than taking a pic ;p

Peter being more interested in his candy than taking a pic ;p

Surf City 10 

A perfect Sunday Funday!

A perfect Sunday Funday!

In order to continue our streak of October being our busiest month of the year. This past Sunday Baby Baby and Mommy participated in the Surf City 10 in Huntington Beach, CA. The race consist of a run along PCH, it offers a 10 mile, 10k, and 5k. We decided to run the 5k portion of the race and I’m very happy we did. As I prepped in the upcoming weeks, I’ve been having trouble with my right knee.  I knew I was in for a positive mental adjustment when my knee started acting up only a 1/2 mile in. I was able to focus on my surroundings and clear my head in order to finish the race close to the time I anticipated (30:00.)

Aside from my ouchies, the race was amazing. Running along side the ocean and at 66 degrees was so nice. Baby Baby was all snuggled up in the Bob, it never fails …. he always gets a better time than Mommy ;p We finished the race in 31:01 and our gun time was 31:58. Not too shabby and better than our last race. When Baby Baby and I run it’s for fun…I’m not going to lie though, it feels good finishing at a good time.

After the run there was a costume contest. Baby Baby had a lot of fun and we had a little trouble getting him off the stage (future performer perhaps, lol.) He won a gift bag from one of the sponsors.  Overall, it was a early Sunday Funday and a great morning adventure. My ultimate goal is to run a marathon….all in time though. Right now I’m putting a halt on 2016 registrations for personal reasons. We’ll just have to see what the next few months brings. Our next race is in December. We’ll be running another fun run in Irvine called, “Run for a Claus.” The race is still open for registration! So come run with us!

Date Day =D

shameless selfie ;p

shameless selfie ;p

Mav and I had a long overdue date day this past Saturday. We got the idea to go to “it’s not dead fest” in July but, wasn’t sure if it would all work out until the day of. We both share a love for music and the line-up was hard to pass up. One band we were really excited to see was The Descendents. Since the venue was about an hour and half drive. It gave us time to blast our punk rock/ska playlists and sing along like we use to before Baby Baby. The best part about our date day was just being together, acting silly, and running around like kids!

the bands and set times

the bands and set times

We ran into a few old friends and caught up on our lives aside from Facebook posts ;p Watching The Descendents play our favorite songs was amazing. Overall, just watching bands we both grew up loving and being together made me fall in love all over again.

The Descendants =)

The Descendents =)

The highlight of the night was our drive home. Mav and I talked the whole time with a recap on our last 5 years.  Discussing the changes and challenges we’ve face together. I opened up about the challenges I’ve had to face alone but, with a helping hand. About 2/3 of the way home, I asked Mav if he wanted to take a “detour.” He laughed and said, “of course.”

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Showcase Theatre as it looks today =(

It ended up being more of a detour then I thought, considering I don’t really know the Corona area but, always knew how to get to “Showcase.” Since the exit was closed, I took one exit up and back tracked. The Showcase Theatre was a concert venue from 1993 to 2008. It was in that group of venues that most of the bands I loved would frequent while on tour, like Chain Reaction, Koo’s Cafe, Glasshouse, etc.

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683 s. main street =D

10 Years ago on August 3rd I met Mav at Showcase. As I mentioned, it no longer exists but, the building still stands. Looking through the front door glass you can still see the ticket booth and a beat up hallway that leads into the venue. I saw many great shows there but, never thought I’d meet my husband there. It took another 5 years for our hearts to find each other, a cross country move, and the rest is history. It’s such a bittersweet place for us and was the perfect way to end our date day. The night reminded me how grateful I am to have Mav apart of my life and how love is patient =)