Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday recap

It's been a busy week, celebrating the holiday all across California on our biggest road trip with Em.

After spending Christmas Eve here in Los Angeles with my in-laws, Santa paid Em a visit.
Christmas Eve

I don't know who was more excited Christmas morning -- me or Em. She adores opening gifts, loves identifying Santa (even if she was too scared for the annual mall visit), and finds such excitement in the little things. Holidays really are amazing through a child's eyes.

Em loved everything, of course.
Our artiste
In addition to the big 2-sided easel you see above, she received more Play-Doh, sidewalk chalk, hand puppets, an alphabet magnet set, a new Magnadoodle, an Aquadoodle, crayons, amongst other things. Santa was pretty good to me and Brent, too. I got more TOMS wedges, a Hello Kitty zombie throw (softest thing ever) and a remote for our DSLR in the hopes that we can take more pics of the three of us.

Obviously, Christmas is more than gifts. We look forward to time with friends and family, too. That afternoon we headed up north to see my mom.

It was a quick visit -- just one night -- as we had a couple more destinations and given that my mom is coming for a girls-only visit while Brent is traveling for work next week. We enjoyed the short time we celebrated with her, and now Brent and I are the proud owners of matching leopard Snuggies.

My mom is the proud owner of a calendar we made for the grandparents.

I have to share this photo of the three of us, even if my mom and I are all squinty.
I want YOU

Sunday we headed up to Northern California to visit Brent's family in Walnut Creek. I love Brent's family, and one of his cousins has kids, ages 2, 4 and 6. We've all been looking forward to seeing them with Em again.

They played with a seesaw from Santa.

They enjoyed dining together.

And they watched Toy Story.

Tuesday we left to visit some friends in San Jose. On our way, we visited the Children's Discovery Museum.

As we drove up, Em spotted the giant inflatable duck on the roof. When she posed for this pic, she was yelling, "Duckie! Airplane! DUCKIE! AIRPLANE!" The scene was one Yo Gabba Gabba cast member short of her mind exploding.
It's a bird! It's a plane!

Once inside, Em fell in love with exhibit after exhibit.


There was a special Bob the Builder section. While Em isn't familiar with his body of work, she had fun exploring.
Bob the Builder exhibit

Bob the Builder exhibit

(I promise -- she had fun, despite her lack of smile here.)
Bob the Builder exhibit

We got there shortly after it opened, and by the time we left it was wall-to-wall kids.

That afternoon we visited Matt & Nicole. We hadn't seen their new house yet, where they regularly host fun parties for their friends, including a recent elf-themed party. Em looooved the disco ball they had yet to take down.

Dance party!

After a night there, it was time to make the 6-hour drive back home. Em was such a good girl during the trip, and she did surprisingly well in the car.
On the way to Grandma's

As this post is my last entry for 2010, it seems apropos to tell you all that I won't be concluding posts with related quotes anymore. After six and a half years of blogging, I feel like I've exhausted my resources. You might see them pop up as a post title if I happen upon one that I just can't resist.

With that, I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Sleigh bells ring. are you listening?

May all your holiday wishes come true!

For Santa



"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." - Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, December 20, 2010

Steppin' Out Saturday -- 12-18-10

Hey, Em! Let's take our pic for Steppin' Out Saturday!

Where'd you go, Em?


Oh, we're posing like that, huh? Sure, I'll try it.

How 'bout something a little more traditional, Em?

Pink tank, Old Navy
Black top, Old Navy
Jeans, Tommy Hilfiger from Macy's
Shoes, Payless
Robot necklace, Forever 21

Dress, H&M (gift)
Leggings, Baby Gap
Boots, Old Navy

I'm still on a quest to find the perfect winter boots. I found these skinny jeans to go with non-existent boots. Boots, oh boots, where are you?

"You're right. Something *is* missing. But what? I've got the beard... the coat... the boots... the belt..." - Jack, The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

One of those days

It started with an Everest-sized tantrum from darling Em. Despite my prodding, pleas and hugs, she refused to give me any indication as to the cause of her meltdown and refused to leave our bedroom. Rather than try to bribe her into submission, I left her alone to work it out -- or cry it out, as the case may be.

A minute after she quieted down, I went to check on her. Our little gal tuckered herself out with her tantrum!
Post-tantrum nap

Why, yes, she DOES have her hand tucked inside a plastic jar. She loves that damn jar, and apparently it soothed her during the meltdown.

After an hour of napping like that on our floor, she awoke as a brand new toddler.

Then it turned into one of those days where we were "ladies who lunched," nibbling on grilled cheese. When we ran out of fries, Em decided to eat the ketchup straight up. My giggles turned into her giggles, which lead to more giggles from me.

It was one of those days where we wore silly hats.
Bunny hop

We molded Play-Doh into pumpkins and balloons. We scribbled with crayons on the nearest papers we could find. We pretended we were aboard a train, where the toddler in the car behind me admonished me for daring to look back at her. "Mommy, tur' 'round!"

I gave her braided pigtails for the first time, and she, in turn, gathered my locks and nodded in admiration of her own toddler hairdressing skills.

We danced to The Wiggles (thanks, Netflix via Xbox), and Em squealed when we spotted a Santa hat on a mannequin. "It's Christmas!"

We shook our booties to Christmas music in our living room, and we admired our ornaments.
Decking the halls

It started out as one of those days, and then ended as one of those days. I much prefer the latter.

"Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives."
- Maya Angelou

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Steppin' Out Saturday -- 12-11-10

Here are Em and I as we left for our annual holiday brunch with some of my girlfriends Saturday morning. One of these days we're going to give ourselves enough time to snap a good pic of Em actually looking at the camera, I swear!

Steppin Out Saturday - 12/11

Shrug (sweater), Old Navy
Tank top, Old Navy
Jeans, Old Navy
Shoes, Target
Bracelet, Lia Sophia
Necklace, Stella & Dot

Cardigan, Baby Gap
Top, Baby Gap
Jeggings (jean leggings), Target
Boots, Old Navy

Saturday night Brent and I had dinner at Upstairs 2, where I was delighted to see that they offer 2.5 oz glasses of wine -- perfect for a non-wine drinker like me who was in the mood for just a little wine! We followed that up with a quick visit to Randi & Mike's annual vodka & latke party. Today we ended our weekend at the Unique LA show to see our pal justjenn.

I really love weekends like this, filled with good food, good drinks and good friends!

"Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

This little light of mine







Thanks again for the gorgeous pics, Gretchen!

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine." - This little light of mine

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Steppin' Out Saturday -- 12-04-10

This was another one of those running-out-the-door-super-late photos. Our friend, Gretchen, wanted to use Em as a photo muse yesterday afternoon, and of course Em decided to nap later and longer than usual.

Steppin' Out Saturday - 12-4-10

Sweater, Old Navy
Tank, Old Navy
Jeans, Old Navy
Shoes, Mossimo from Target

Shirt, Baby Gap
Skirtalls, Baby OshKosh B'Gosh (from a consignment sale)
Leg warmers, Babylegs
Boots, Old Navy

And a little bonus look from later that day. Same outfit above, but also sporting a brown sweater from Old Navy....and a brown wig.

wiggin' out Hairy

"Just keep your cool, now you're starting to drool. Hey, fungu, I'm Sandra Dee." - Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee, Grease