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Adventure Days- Family Time On The Farm

20 Jun

My husband and I love taking our two year old daughter out to new places to learn about the world. We try to do it as often as possible, this time we got to go to a birthday party at a local farm. We all had a blast! Madeline got to experience new things, riding a pony, feeding farm animals, petting farm animals (sheep, bunny, pig), taking a hay ride, etc. It was a great idea for a birthday party since all the guests get to run around, play, and explore for a good part of the party which alleviates the hosts of having to keep everyone occupied the whole time. I also think that it’s a great idea for kids to see farms so that they are exposed to where their food comes from and how it grows.

We watched an animal show and Madeline learned all about different animals that they brought out and after petting the animals we talked about ‘what all the animals felt like” (texture) and what colors they were. This wasn’t our first time at the farm but since it’s been a while and there were less people there this time, I think it gave Maddie a chance to explore more. Here are some of the pictures from our adventure day at the farm:

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To The Sea

21 May

When we took Madeline to the beach she kept asking to see boats, fortunately for us there just happened to be  a couple boats that passed by while we were there. This eventually lead to her asking to ride on the boats (as she asks to ride on airplanes when she sees them or ‘drive daddy’s car’ when he comes home). My first thought was – Oh geez we are going to step foot on a boat and she will totally freak out or try to run off the boat or have a complete meltdown when she cannot leave the boat upon her whim to do so. I also was thinking, what kind of boat can I take her on? I thought about what was nearby and since the ocean is only about 30 minutes away- that was a whole lot. It hit me, a harbor tour! I checked out the website for the Ventura Harbor and found out that it was an enclosed boat and it was only 40 minutes long. I thought that might be a little long for a two-year old to sit through but it was not terribly long.

We wanted to skip traffic and still be able to get things done on Sunday so we left our house at 9:15 am (even though we get up early every day it still seems unfair to have to do it on a weekend). There was no traffic what-so-ever so we got there very quickly and had some time to kill before the first tour at noon. We took a nice little walk around the harbor and Madeline was super excited to see all the boats and look around. Almost immediately she asked: “ride a boat?”, we told her we had to wait our turn and we would take a walk first. Randomly it happened to be the 75th anniversary of the Ventura Harbor Yacht Club and the yachts were all decked out with their flags and did a little parade as we noshed on some shrimp and chips and clam chowder from Andria’s before ourDSC04559 DSC04561 IMG_1663 boat ride. IMG_1627DSC04510???????????????????????????????















We were pleasantly surprised that Madeline did not in fact freak out, but instead she was really excited and interested in all the things to see, the kayaks, paddle boarders, pelicans, other boats, etc. She only got scared once when we were taken out past the breaker and the waves were rolling up and down and we were bouncing around a little. But once the boat got turned around she was just fine.

We were so lucky to have such nice warm perfect weather and we didn’t even hit traffic on the way home. Another adventure day down, still thinking about what to do next with our little adventurer.
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Street Fair Treat

15 May

Our town was having a street fair over Mother’s Day weekend which in the past had been something I would avoid, the crowds, the traffic, the whole ordeal of it all. But this year is different, this year I have made a huge effort to not only do things that were outside my comfort zone but also to have what I call ‘family adventure days’ in which we spend time most weekends doing something new with Madeline (or if not new, at least something family and kid-centric) so this weekend when I saw that there was going to be a street fair only a couple blocks from our house I was intrigued. The advertisement said there would be food and local vendors, “food?!” I thought to myself, “I like food”. It was decided. Since we already had a jam packed weekend I knew we needed to go early which was a good thing since it turned out to be almost 100 degrees which is not typical of Mother’s Day weekend in our area.

The street was lined with vendor tents and colorful merchandise, aromas of tasty treats like hot dogs and kettle corn. There were many community and local organizations promoting their businesses and religious or political interests, and upcoming events. We received many coupons and freebies to try out new things like gymnastics classes for our daughter, a pediatric dentist, beauty salons, etc. Madeline was quite excited to receive two balloons from a pre-school and after school program in town. I, of course was on the hunt for something tasty, I settled on one of my most favorite treats – kettle corn and I also  had a sweet and tangy ‘homemade’ lemonade. I loved the sign shop that was selling handmade wooden signs and metal vintage signs, we purchased a “Ventura” sign for our daughter’s beach-themed bathroom, I also bought a (probably overpriced) soy candle that smelled amazing. Despite the heat we had a great time walking around, seeing all the vendors, running into people we knew, and sampling some treats. Here are some pictures from our family outing.
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Family Time: Zoo Day

10 May

Since Madeline was born we have had a lot going on, we have been in a couple weddings, had business trips, spent 3 months preparing to sell our house, then spent another 5 months selling said house, then had to move twice (once to a temporary apartment while our home was being built and our final move), and bought a new home. Things are finally slowing down for us and we are making a concerted effort to to have more ‘family adventure days’. These may not be an adventure to Dan or myself, but to our two year everything new is an adventure.  Since we live in the LA area there is so much to do and we want to be sure to take advantage of the proximity of all the events and attractions in our area.

Madeline was very excited for our trip to the zoo and seeing all the animals! She has been talking about the ‘big tigers’ and ‘swinging monkeys’ all week. She rode a carousel for the very first time, which was a big step since she hates even being on swings. We also got to see the LA Zoo’s new addition: a baby giraffe named Sofie (pictured with her parents below). Here are some pictures from our adventure:

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Food trucks!

5 May

Yesterday my hubby, daughter and I had an adventure day beginning with a trip to the Los Angeles Zoo and then a food truck charity event and finally dropping my daughter off so we could see a movie with friends. I happen to be a big fan of food trucks, they are a fun alternative to traditional restaurants often with creative fusion foods. Our hometown hosted a charity event in support of the troops and promised live entertainment with lots of delicious food trucks. I of course was intrigued. Now this is my first time going after beginning the Veg Project (becoming a vegetarian with my bestie) so I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to find something to nosh since a lot of the food I’ve gotten in the past at different food trucks have been very meat centric.
There were a lot of fun trucks- grilled cheese, Asian fusion, Thai fusion, BBQ, burgers, cupcakes, etc. We found an acceptable length of a line at Sam Choy’s Pineapple Express. There was a lovely sweet pineapple and ginger fragrance coming from the truck. I ordered shrimp tacos with a pineapple slaw on corn tortillas, and they were delicious, grilled shrimp and a tangy and fruit slaw- a tasty little party in my mouth. After listening to some live tunes and devouring our delicious lunch I knew it was time for something sweet! We checked out the other trucks and found Pie ‘n Burger which has one of my very favorite things right in the title- pie!! Right at the top of the listing was the apple pie, immediately I knew that had to be it! I live for apple pie and it did not disappoint! Sweet, cinnamony, tangy apples engulfed by a flakey, buttery, perfect crust. I was one happy- and full mama when we left!