Big Bear manure, I mean manor

Pre-baby Kyla, Lawrence and I used to take day trips up to Big Bear mountain to snowboard. Early in our dating times on our way up the mountain, I would read random signs like “City Market” or “Alpine Slide”. Then we passed by this place called “Big Bear Manor” and I yelled out “Big Bear Man-oooooor”. Lawrence looked at me and said, “you mean Big Bear Manor, not manure right”? Uh yes, new boyfriend of less than a year, I did mean man-or. (insert embarassed face here)

7 years later, and here we are, driving up the same mountain again, this time with baby Kyla and my gargantuan extended family for my nephew Lucas’ 5th birthday party and 4th of July celebration.

We’ve never been up the mountain during the summer, but after being here, I can’t imagine why we haven’t been here more often. The lake was awesome with a beach side, kayaking, and boats on the lake. Instead of skiiers and snowboarders heading down the mountain, we now have bikers zipping their way down the slopes. This was also the first time in a long time that my parents and siblings and all their kids got together and took a trip. It was nice.

We somehow fit in 12 adults, 5 kids, and 2 dogs into a 3 bedroom cabin. That’s how we roll. 🙂 Our trip met some thunder, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake, and rain showers, but luckily, we continued to enjoy a short hike and a pretty awesome fireworks show by the lakes.

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The clan:

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Our personal family photo. Kyla and Chewy were like “what the heck Molly!”

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Our bad boy Chewy:

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Our contemplating Kyla:

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It rained during our hike, but I think Kyla left with a few drops to the nose.

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Kyla enjoying the fireworks show:

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In the end it was a wonderful trip to all be together. As we left our beloved cabin, we passed by Big Bear Manor again, and I proudly said to myself “Big Bear Manooooor”.

 

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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)

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)

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. 🙂