Monday, June 21, 2010

Strawberry fields forever

We celebrated Father's Day weekend with a trip to Tanaka Farms, a place that continues to come up in recommendations from friends.

Now it's my turn to share my kudos. It was well worth the hour-drive to Irvine.


As you can see by the sign above, they have fun things year-round, but we were there just in time for the strawberry tour. The last day to do the tour is this Sunday, the 27th!

We slathered Em in sunscreen and put on her big sun hat. We bought our tickets and waited for our turn for the tour.

Securing her hat

Em & Daddy

Em & Mommy

They do tours every half hour, so it wasn't long before we loaded into the tractor-pulled trailers.

They grow lots of different produce.


All protected by some creepy scarecrows.


Throughout the tour they stopped to let us taste some of the amazing produce. Straight out of the ground, they rinsed each selection and handed out huge handfuls.

Green beans
Green beans

Snap peas
Snap peas


Carrots. I've never thought as carrots as "decadent" until now.

Then the trailers stopped for the big finale -- the strawberry fields!
Strawberry patch

Our guide explained that everything grown there is organic. They plant onions between the rows of strawberries to serve as a natural insect repellent.
Strawberries and onions

Everyone on the tour gets a container to pick a pound of strawberries. Because it was Father's Day weekend, all dads on the tour got an extra pound. So we had three pounds to pick.

In addition to filling the containers, we were allowed to stuff ourselves silly with fresh strawberries -- all we could within the 15 minutes we were there. Em trailed between me and Brent while gobbling fresh strawberries.

In the strawberry fields



It's a wonder that we filled our containers, given the number of strawberries with which we stuffed ourselves. The weather was perfect so the strawberries weren't hot -- just the perfect temperature to enjoy them straight off the vine.


After the tour we returned to the market stand.
Market stand

That's where Brent spotted these onions, which were hard to miss.
The size of Em's head

It was a great way to celebrate Father's Day weekend, and we're already looking forward to touring again next strawberry season.
Family photo

Or maybe even for the pumpkin patch!
On the wagon

"Living on a farm, your sense of smell gets very sharp. For example, there are beets in the condo two doors down that way. And someone over there, I believe, is a big fan of olives." - Dwight, The Office

Sunday, June 20, 2010


Wishing dads everywhere a happy father's day!


Em and I framed these three pics for our favorite dad! As you may have noticed, I couldn't get her to sit still without the enticement of Mommy's keys.

"I want it to be a perfect park with state-of-the-art swing set and basketball courts and off to the side a lovely sitting area for kids with asthma to watch other kids play." - Leslie Knope, Parks & Recreation

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reunited and it feels so good

Brent and I recently traded in our tin cans and strings for awesome new phones -- Sprint's HTC EVO 4G phones. Try saying THAT four times fast. It's such a step up from our old phones. It's fast and shiny, and has a killer 8 megapixel camera. I don't know what that means, but it's impressive, no?

The convenience of having a fabulous camera built into my phone makes it that much easier and tempting to take more pics of Em and whatever randomness I find.

This includes my excitement over Em's pig tails:
PIggy tails!

And Em's glee. Sorry for the blur. I didn't let it focus, but this is still too cute not to share:

Playtime at the mall
Mall play area

Playtime at the park
At the park

Last weekend was my 15-year high school reunion. It was a little smaller than I'd have liked, especially considering the number of people who are still local but didn't come out for either of the two gatherings (mid-day and at night). I planned to make 3-hour trek, thinking that the majority of the 75 people who RSVPed on the Facebook event page would be there, but alas.

Having said that, I had a really nice time with the folks who did take the time to come out, including my bestie Stacie. She and Shelby are the only high school pals I've never lost touch with over the past 15 years.
Stacie & I

Oh, yeah - I chopped 5 inches off my hair this weekend, too. Heh.

Even though so many of us reconnected on Facebook a while ago, I enjoyed reconnecting with folks in person, reminiscing about the "old days" and other alum. Looking forward to doing it again in another 5 years!

"Hey Romy, remember Mrs. Divitz's class, there was like always a word problem. Like, there's a guy in a rowboat going X miles, and the current is going like, you know, some other miles, and how long does it take him to get to town? It's like, 'Who cares? Who wants to go to town with a guy who drives a rowboat?" - Michele, Romy and Michele's High School Reunion

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Yo Gabba frame of mind

I may or may not have bought this set of DJ Lance hat and glasses on a whim from Kids.Woot last week. He's the host of Yo Gabba Gabba, the only kids show Em really likes.

It may or may not be my second Yo Gabba Gabba-related purchase from Kids.Woot.

I may or may not be hoping that Em will wear it to the Yo Gabba Gabba Live show we're taking her to in November.

I may or may not wear this shirt.

Em may or may not have agreed to wear the glasses when they arrived today.

I may or may not have had a hard time deciding which pic to share, so I'm sharing them all.





Em may or may not have refused to wear the hat.

I may or may not be the biggest dork ever.

"Don't...don't...don't bite your friends!" - Yo Gabba Gabba