Illuminating Stella

May 2014 archive

10 Recently Enjoyed Things

1. Sharing shaved ice with Sofie at the Farmer’s Market.

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2. Grocery shopping in Molly’s hand-me-down ballerina dress. She refused to take it off to leave the house, so we are officially the kid that goes shopping in costume.

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3. Giraffe naps.

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4. Sneaking a brunch date at Pandor, the new bakery on 2nd Street. We walked down to the shore and she fell asleep, so yay for us! We really enjoyed our omelets and will definitely will go again. All of the pastries behind the counter looked amazing. Notice Stella’s stroller tucked away behind John.

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5. Celebrating Genna’s 2nd Birthday at the park with buddies.

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7. Celebrating Nathan’s First Birthday at the Rainforest Cafe. Stella loved the animals and when the whole place went dark for a thunder storm.

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8. Checking out a possible new bed at Ikea and scoring the cute owl in her arms.

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9. Color coordinating with the jungle gym.

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10. Super fun play dates.

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Afternoon at the Zoo

My Sister and I took the girls to the Santa Ana Zoo last Friday. They enjoy that place a lot. Though sometimes I wonder if they are more excited to play on the playground and ride the carousel and train than they are to check out the animals. We did get to see the camel up close today and practice counting his humps. They also loved running holding hands, though Genna decided to go off track and hopped the fence into one of the exhibits. Little Jane Goodall in training perhaps. Fortunately it was one where the fencing was doubled up, so she couldn’t actually harass any animals, but that kid ran around in there for a few minutes before my sister coaxed her out. We also ventured into the party area where we reminisced about Stella’s first birthday party we had at the Zoo almost a year ago. It’s so amazing to compare a photo from last year to this year (see below).  My baby is growing up so fast.

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Last year…..so teeny!

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Bunnies, Selfies and Light Sabers

On Sunday we drove down to my parents for dinner. We decided to leave a little early to allow time to stop at South Coast Plaza and let Stella ride the carousel. I noticed immediately that the carousel horses had been replaced by adorable hopping bunnies.  I guess this is a spring tradition I have failed to notice before, but it’s really cute. Stella got to ride the carousel twice, once with each of us. She was so excited waiting in line, yet patient.  It’s been nice to observe her slowly accepting the concept of waiting her turn. I think she’s getting that if she waits like a good girl, something really awesome will happen. Once on and waiting for the carousel to actually start moving Stella and I snapped some selfies.

After two rides we headed to the Disney Store which is artfully placed about fifteen feet from the carousel. We happened upon a “May the Fourth Be With You” Star Wars event. They were handing out inflatable training light sabers and teaching the kids some Jedi moves. Adorable stuff. Stella ran right into the center of the group, figured out what was going on and wiggled her way up to the front and got the attention of the guy handing out sabers. She scored one of course and absolutely loved playing with it, until she bit a hole in it. When will everything stop being a chew toy?

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