38/52 AND A GETASTAYCATION

We booked a last minute weekend at Terranea to celebrate our wedding anniversary – a resort 40 minutes or so south of where we live – so I dubbed it a Geta-Stay-Cation. We actually felt like we were a million miles away. We kept our phones packed away and spent time taking in the views, hiking along the resorts trails and lounging by the pool. (oh, and eating lots pancakes, naturally). Lu felt right at home, so much so she was referring to our room as such within a few hours. She said hello & goodbye & good morning to pretty much everyone who we encountered. Her confidence makes me so proud. She spent more time in the “cuzzi” (jacuzzi) than a baby probably should, but she’s a clearly a girl after her mama’s heart! We also discovered that Sushi/Japanese restaurants are pretty much the best place to take Lucy out to eat (why didn’t we think of this before? I have no idea). Chopsticks for entertainment, miso soup, edamame, fried rice? Toddler home run.

Terranea is luxe, and it’d be nice to go sometime just the 2 of us, but it’s super family friendly as well. Great pool (with slide), lots of grass lawns to play, tons of food options, a beach cove to comb & discover. I hope we’ll be back!

{ The 52 Project, Practising Simplicity. }

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“A portrait of Lucy once a week, every week, in 2014.”

We’ve started going to a great music class in the neighborhood that ends with “magic carpet ride”. Calm music & soft blankets for Mama’s, Daddy’s & nanny’s to pull the kids on. Lucy LOVES this. I’ve really never seen her be so calm. She’s asking for them at home now, we’re happy to oblige. (although the home versions tend to be a little more wild of a ride).

{ The 52 Project, Practising Simplicity. }

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“A portrait of Lucy once a week, every week, in 2014.”

We hiked through Devil’s Postpile & Rainbow Falls, it was beautiful and hot. We skipped the first tram back out of the Valley to have time for an ice cream at Mule Trading General Store. This was a good decision. Clearly, Lucy enjoyed!

And a few more for happy photos from this little sweet tooth…

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{ The 52 Project, Practising Simplicity. }

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29/52 AND AN LA DAY

We have the good fortune of living a bikes ride to the beach. Which means most of our weekends are spent on the sand (and I’m not complaining), but it also means there is lots to our town we have yet to explore. So this last Sunday when the coast looked a little gloomy we decided to nap Lucy in the car and head not just east of the 405, but the 110 (crazy, I know). It was an awesome day, we’ll be taking more family field trips across town soon – it really felt like exploring on a mini vacation. Here’s a peek and some LA spots perfect to wear out a toddler!

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We visited the Griffith Observatory, overlooking the Hollywood sign. Total tourist-ville. But Lucy was all about running around the roof of the Observatory and Jason geeked out on the Tesla Coil & Foucault Pendulum (Lucy and I liked it too, it’ll be a great place to bring her when she’s a little older for a science lesson). We ran out of time before lunch to visit anymore of Griffith Park’s attractions, but there are a few things we’ll come back for – namely the Merry-Go-Round and the old zoo picnic area (ruins of the former LA zoo – it looks so strange!)

 

This is Lucy’s latest face – she’s smoochin’!

We set out for lunch at Forage in Silver Lake, but it’s closed on Sundays. I was bummed until we walked past Pine and Crane – a new Taiwenese-Chinese restaurant I’ve been looking forward to trying since I read this blog post. It did not disappoint! The space is beautiful (picture above from their website, c/o Elizabeth Daniels Photography) and the food is unique, fresh and delicious. The staff was super welcoming and maintained patient smiles as Lucy very impatiently squirmed through lunch!

Lucy fell asleep in her stroller after lunch so we took advantage of her nap and popped into a few shops around Sunset Junction. We’re making an effort to treat any opportunity like a date! I picked up finishing salts at Spice Station – fully inspired by the latest issue of Kinfolk. (we tried it out on an heirloom tomato salad later that night, my favorite summer dish). We also picked up a ceramic hanging plant for our bedroom from Reform School.

Then we ate Gelato at Pazzo (don’t tell Lucy) and oh, man, I kinda wish we hadn’t. I’m a mint gelato connoisseur and I’m pretty sure everything I’ll have from here out just won’t compare. Pazzo, you ruined me! Also, the Almond Fig. SOOO good.

Last stop: the new Grand Park Downtown. The park has a giant splash pad with about an inch of water and constant fountains. So fun! Lu’s a bit hesitant on some of the parks where the fountains turn on and off, she prefers to approach the water versus it approach her! Her face cracks me up – this is totally my soccer playing face, everyone always used to warn me I was going to bite my tongue off. (side-note: Grand park is right across the street from the Disney Concert Hall so there’s that to look at too).

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Happy Summer!

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