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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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