Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kemosabi, jump on it, jump on it

From our nightly dance party

That's Sugarhill Gang's Apache, one of Brent's all-time favorite songs.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Steppin' Out - 7-24-11

This weekend we drove up to San Jose to celebrate at the baby shower of our friends, Matt and Nicole.

Here are Em and I before the party.
Steppin' Out
(Excuse me while I yell at my photographer for not noticing the stray halter straps from my dress over my shoulder.)

Dress, Ross
Shoes, Target

Dress & Hairbows, Gymboree
Shoes, Payless

Then Em and I had a pose-down.

Em won, of course.

We had so much fun at Nicole's shower. Em ADORES Matt and Nicole, and spent the entire drive down talking about them.

Here she is with the mom-to-be.

Em was super excited for cake.
Cake, please!

How cute was Nicole's owl theme? The cake matched the invites!

Other than actual babies at the shower, Em was the youngest kiddo. I was thrilled that despite skipping naptime, she was great. Everyone loved her, and Em gladly accepted a little toy dog from Nicole's mom, who is going to make an AMAZING grandma very soon.

I laughed when Em took the hostesses up on their offer to settle in next to Nicole as she opened gifts.

She enjoyed the chance to check out the gifts up close, too.

We are beyond excited to meet Matt and Nicole's little boy. He's one lucky kid to be born into such an amazing family.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Explaining Carmageddon

Hey, Em! They closed the 405 freeway this weekend! People called it CARMAGEDDON.

It's a vital 10-mile stretch of freeway, which is ALWAYS CROWDED!

Can you imagine the potential chaos on the surface streets near our house? We're not far from the 405, ya know!

But, as it turns out, people heeded the warnings and all the streets and freeways were empty!

It was so nice!

What'd we learn? People need to stay away from the westside, yo!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Steppin' Out -- 7-16-11

Steppin' Out


Dress, GAP outlet
Shoes, Old Navy
Bracelet, gift from Brent

Dress & shoes, Old Navy
Headband, Baby GAP

We spent Saturday afternoon at the Eat Real Fest, an event to celebrate local, fresh food. When we told Em that we were going to a food festival, she insisted that it was a Dragon Festival where we'd see her cartoon pal Kai-Lan. She finally got on board with our plan when we assured her that, yes, there would be hot dogs there.

I wasn't planning to wear a dress, but I rediscovered this recent purchase in my closet -- and it's sooo comfortable! While it reminds me that I really need to get fitted for a bra (Allie did a great post about her experience here), I adore this dress.

And the shoes? Oh, the shoes. They were a total clearance steal at Old Navy. I think I paid $12. They were also sooo comfortable when I tried them on at the store and again when I put them on today. I even told Brent before we left for the event, "These things feel like I'm wearing slippers! Love it!"

Fastforward two hours later, though, and it was a different story. They flipped from velvety to torture in a split second. Strange, but true.

Minus the sore feet, the festival was great. Lots of delicious food, and the weather was sublime. She was excited when we found Grandpa and Uncle Tyler.
Eat Real Fest

I also had my first encounter with a complete stranger who recognized me from my blog! (Hi, Lynn!) She was sweet and didn't stab me!

For all you locals, the Fest continues tomorrow. Check it out!

Hope you've all had a great weekend!

Monday, July 11, 2011

More than you ever wanted to know about my colon and nose

Hi, Nanette. This is Cedars hospital calling to see how you're feeling after your colonoscopy on Friday.

Oh! Well, I was fine, but as soon as I left the office, my nose started running. I think it was an allergic reaction to the oxygen tube they used, well, not the tube itself but the actual oxygen because I was laying on my left side and that's the nostril that was bothering when I left the office, and it was so bad ALL DAY, and on Saturday, which was the night we were going to celebrate my birthday so I just wanted to feel better. I decided to call the on-call general practioner, and he told me what OTC meds I could take that would be OK with my Zyrtec and Flonase -- those meds weren't helping at all, but the OTC stuff kicked in and it got better. It was so bizarre, but I knew I wasn't alone 'cuz I looked online and found a bunch of folks who'd had the same issues from the oxygen after their colonoscopies, and it was strange because this didn't happen when I got my first colonscopy six years ago.


But I'm OK now!

OK, great! Hope you had a great birthday!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Steppin' Out - 7-10-11

Steppin' Out



Dress, H&M
Shoes, Coloriffics (from my wedding -- in 2006!)

Romper, Janie & Jack (Thanks, Grandma!)
Shoes, Payless

Sunday was my 34th birthday. Man, I feel old just typing that!

This is what I wore out to our big celebratory dinner Saturday night. It was partially for my birthday and partially a make-up dinner for our 5th wedding anniversary in April that I ended up too sick to celebrate. I was excited to wear the dress that I bought back in March for our anniversary date that wasn't, and I paired it with the shoes that I wore on our wedding day. (P.S., I may be sporting that dress at BlogHer next month, for my fellow attendees.)

Brent and I enjoyed dinner at The Bazaar, while Em hung out at Grandma and Grandpa's. That adorable romper was a gift from Grandma after I fell in love with it recently. Em wasn't in a posing mood, hence the grumpy pic above. She can still it rock it, though, irate or not.

We managed to distract her with a backyard flower at the grandparents' to get a family pic.

Family pic

Sunday we started with a birthday brunch at Bru's Wiffle, a wonderful local waffle joint.
Birthday brunch

We left Em at my in-laws' for the afternoon and caught a matinee of Horrible Bosses, which we enjoyed probably more than expected.

My in-laws presented me with a tiramisu cake, which was delicious, and then we ended my special day with dinner at my favorite sushi place.

All in all, it was a perfect day filled with family and a gazillion lovely birthday wishes from friends. I have a feeling it'll be a great year. How can it not be with these two around?
Birthday sushi

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand

When we learned we were having a girl, my mind fast-forwarded to a sweet little girl in pigtails and dance classes. I didn't imagine both scenarios at once, but as it so happened, it worked out that way for this post.

We did a trial dance class at a local studio to see if we liked what they offered and if Em was into it.

She was head over ballet slippered heals in love, so we signed up for the rest of the session.

She listens intently, and follows instructions like a champ.


She hangs on the teacher's every word.


She loves to pretend she's a bunny. (Or a lion or a bear, upon request.)

She concentrates.

And she's picked up a few cool moves.


Twinkle toes

She was near tears when it was time to leave the studio. And each time we mention "dance class" throughout the week, she perks up and says, "I want to put my shoes on and go to dance class! Right now!"

Who knows how long this fascination will last, but knowing our girl, she'll be a dancing machine as long as we let her.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Fangirl in the house

t's been one of the most fun-filled concert seasons I've had in ages.

Back in May, my friend Ceci and I saw Julian Velard at Hotel Cafe. Minus the parking ticket, it was a great show. We also got some one-on-one time post-show. He was a doll and recognized me from my Twitter stalking conversations.
Julian Velard & me

Not long after that show, Brent and I enjoyed a date night with ourselves and Prince at the last of his dozen or so LA shows. Prince has been on my concert bucket list forever, and his show did not disappoint. He played FIVE ENCORES.

Let's not forget Sesame Street Live a couple of weeks ago. While we were at the Sesame Street show, I received a text from Ceci, asking if I'd like to join her at a private concert she'd just won tix for. The artist? Gavin DeGraw, my friends. GAVIN DEGRAW.

The show was hosted by a local radio station in its private performance area. Ceci and I were joined by just 18 other fans, and we found ourselves in the front row of his 3-song performance. Here's a video from that day, performing his newest single, "Not Over You."

We had a chance to meet him after the show, and when he said, "I'm Gavin. Nice to meet you," I said, "Well, I've actually met you twice before. Last time was at your BlogHer performance. I'm a huge fan." He seemed scared touched.

My fangirl ride hit the ultimate high on Friday night when I joined five gal pals at the New Kids On The Block/Backstreet Boys show.

Left to right -- Jordan, Jonathon, Donnie...Wait a second...

Beyond getting to feel like a 12-year-old (when NKOTB was popular) and a 22-year-old (when BSB was popular), that show was like nothing else. I don't think I've ever been to a show where it was perfectly acceptable to just be crazy-go-nuts over the musicians. Even with John Mayer and Maroon 5, I feel like there's an expectation to be more about the musicianship and songs than the hotness of the boys. Friday's show was more like Chippendales who sang -- at least to us fans in attendance.

We all had/have our favorite New Kids/Backstreet members, and many of us woke up the next morning to little or no voice left after all that screaming. It was all worth it, though, and I'm praying to the concert gods that they'll do it again soon.

In a couple weeks I'll see Gavin DeGraw again, this time opening for Maroon 5 and Train at the Hollywood Bowl. It doesn't feel like summer if I don't get a good show in at the Bowl.

The last on my concert list is Yo Gabba Gabba Live in November. Technically, that's for Em, but Mom and Dad happen to be excited about it, too.

Seen any amazing shows lately?