We’re going to the market, we’re going to the fair

..to see the senoritas with flowers in her hair!

Does anyone remember that old childhood rhyme? I forgot whether it was a hand clapping game or one where it was a bunch of kids dancing in a circle, but it included lyrics that went like “shake it shake it shake it, shake it all around..” My guess is that perhaps its the latter–a dancing in a circle type of game.  Then that got me thinking, as a kid, I learned these little childhood games from my playground friends. Do kids still pass on games like this anymore or are these things now obsolete? Should I have written down these little playful games so they can be passed on? What do kids do now in the playground?

One tradition that we hope to continue with our kid(s) is to attend the annual San Diego Fair, formerly known as Del Mar fair. We took Kyla last year when she was about 6 months, and although it was fun, it wasn’t nearly as rewarding as it was this time around. Kyla curiously petted the cow, stared at the award winning bunnies and guinea pigs, thoroughly enjoyed some corn on the cob, bravely rode the pony, and shook it shook it shook it to some lively gospel music.

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Del Mar Beach

Finally a real day at the beach with Kyla! Lawrence and I recently went to the beautiful Del Mar Beach where Kyla enjoyed our day in the sun and shade. Speaking of shade, I am in love with this Shade Shack that I bought from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002KRZQMS/?tag=googhydr-20&hvadid=38200428687&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=17202493180990121698&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_6q086l24gf_b)

It’s an awesome pop-up tent that goes from a compact 18″ circle to a generous sized tent to provide instant shade from the harsh sun. There are pockets where you can add sand to weigh it down from the wind or you can pin it down to the ground (ie grass) with some spikes.  Kyla and I laid inside the tent while daddy Lawrence got his tan on outside the tent. Perfect.

Kyla then had some beach fun by happily dipping her toes in the water and stomping her feet in the sand.

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(Kyla is wearing Gymboree striped one-piece swimsuit)

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dads out there who have sacrificed so much to raise their sons and daughters. And a special happy Father’s Day to the single moms out there who have played the role of both parents.

Kyla’s outfit this month is dedicated to Father’s Day. I had Lawrence pick out an outfit that he wanted to wear on Father’s day and made a matching corresponding outfit. Lawrence picked out a white dress shirt and a matching blue with white polka-dot bow tie that he got from Banana Republic. I found a blue polka with silver polka-dot cotton fabric that was similar to Lawrence’s bow tie, but decided to make Lawrence a bow tie as well. I found a pretty simple bow tie pattern thanks to Sew Like My Mom: (http://sewlikemymom.com/mens-bow-tie-tutorial/). The outfit turned out pretty good!

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On Saturday, I took my 2 “models” out to Solana Beach to this cute design-center street called Cedro St for a photo shoot. Kyla initially didn’t want anything to do with it:

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But eventually she warmed up and the Father’s Day photoshoot turned out really well.  Lawrence fell into the “model” role because as we stopped by a couple stores after the photo shoot, I found myself carrying everything including Kyla, my camera, and my props bag, while Lawrence was strutting around empty handed. When I asked Lawrence for some help he said “Oh I thought I was still playing your model.” Haha. Oh Lawrence.

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June’s themed outfit

Every month so far of Kyla’s life, we’ve been taking monthly pictures of her. After she turned 1, Lawrence wanted to continue taking monthly pictures but I was a little hesitant. How much do toddlers really change over time? Besides us, who will really care about these pictures? Can we really commit to remembering to take pictures every month for another year? We both work full time, when will I have time to do this?

But one idea kept me interested: I can take themed pictures of her every month!

I only started to sew a few months after Kyla was born. It started with making little bows (because I was too cheap to buy $10 bows at the store), then making homemade dresses. When Halloween came, we decided to dress up as a family to our friend AJ and Muoi’s Costume-themed wedding. Two years prior, Lawrence and I dressed as ghost busters and we wanted to re-use our costumes. This past year, marshmallow man had a baby:

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And then from there, I took off. I made Kyla a baby white coat using one of Lawrence’s old dress shirts for Pharmacy Week:

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Then as Thanksgiving rolled around the corner, this happened:

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So when Lawrence insisted we continue taking monthly pictures after her 1st birthday, I decided that we will do it…but we will do it with a monthly theme. Yes. Every month this year, we will take themed pictures of Kyla whether or not she’s up for it. So then, this happened:

February:

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March:

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April:

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and May, by far our favorite yet. It’s our little Cinco de Mayo mariachi girl:

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I think it’s pretty hard to top off last month’s themed outfit. There isn’t too much going on for June except, the wonderful Father’s day, a day Lawrence whole-heartedly deserves. This month will be matching father-daughter outfits. Here’s Kyla’s homemade shirt-dress and matching bow ties:

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So far we are 5 for 5 with this monthly themed picture process. As the year gets busier, hopefully we can keep up with what we signed ourselves up for!

A few minutes at the beach

Day off today for Kyla’s allergy appointment. After a morning of waiting at the doctor’s office, being skin pricked for allergy testing, and poked by needles for blood draws, I decided to take her to the beach for some fun and a quick photo op.

The only parking I could find was a 20 minute limit parking spot by the post office. I was wasn’t sure how much Kyla would like the beach any way, so I thought maybe 20 minutes was a nice “trial” amount of time. So I quickly lugged Kyla, my DSLR, and my chunky purse down a couple blocks to the sandy beach. Plopped her in the sand, and…SHE LOVE IT! These pictures tell it all:

 

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(Kyla is wearing Gymboree polka dot ruffle romper and Children’s place sunglasses)

Vegan blueberry muffins

Kyla is allergic to eggs, dairy and nuts and it’s been a challenge to find things for her to eat sometimes. But challenge accepted! Kyla LOVES her blueberries. Since it’s blueberry season, we have a surplus of blueberries in our house (hello $3 for 18 oz sale!). I decided to make blueberry muffins and tweaked this recipe (http://www.inspiredtaste.net/18982/our-favorite-easy-blueberry-muffin-recipe/) to make it egg-free and dairy-free. This recipe is simple, uses common pantry ingredients (except the chia seeds), and doesn’t take too much prep. I found using mini-muffin pans yielded the perfect hand-sized muffins for a little toddler.

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Vegan Blueberry Muffins:

(makes about 24 mini muffins)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Spray mini-muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray (you may also use cupcake liners).

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, together in one bowl. In a separate bowl, mix oil, chia seed mix, milk, and vanilla extract. Combine the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Make sure to not overmix. Then add blueberries and fold to evenly distrubute. Spoon into each muffin pan and sprinkle sugar on top of each muffin (optional) and bake for 15-20 minutes at 400F.  The tops of the muffin should be lightly brown when done.

Enjoy!

First post!

Finally, we did it. We created a BLOG! I’ve always wanted to create a blog with every different phase in my life. For example, I had my high school/college/pharmacy school Xanga days, when Xanga existed. Then I posted a few blogs during my time in Hong Kong studying abroad. Then again during my “foodie” days, and again during my time living in NYC. Needless to say, I never committed to any of them. I guess partly because those phases were short lived, and I just sucked at keeping up with them.

Now here we are. Another blog yet again. But this time, the entries will be much cooler. You see, I have an awesome 1 year old daughter now and she’s willing to pose for me to take pictures like this: IMG_0362

I am finding myself being more crafty, eating a bit more healthy while keeping things convenient, and loving a lot more of everything. Here you’ll find me writing about these very things. I have a feeling this blog will be here to stay because this is going to be a long drawn out, but interesting phase in life: parenting! I hear this phase doesn’t end. 🙂