Big Sur

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The drive between Monterey and Santa Barbara was beyond gorgeous.

And long.

We do car trips pretty regularly, but this was one of the longest we’d been in the car at one time.  We left during Adelaide’s nap time hoping to get a long stretch of the road under our belt before she woke up.

Forty five minutes.  That’s how long she slept on our 6 hour journey.

The first part of the trip we were smitten by the breathtaking views.  But then the kid got fussy and mama had to pee and why is this road so twisty?

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taking pictures with a toddler is fun

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waving hello to the ocean

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We ended up stopping at Hearst Castle along the way because it was one of the only stops during the entire trip.

I paid $7 for a slice of cheese pizza.

Even though the ride was long (and everything with a toddler seems ten times longer), I’m so glad we decided to drive.

And for the wine when we got there.

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Monterey

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Jon needed to be in Los Angeles the week after we were in San Francisco, so instead of flying we decided to drive down the coast via the scenic route.  We chose to have overnight stays along the way in Monterey and Santa Barbara.  Unfortunately we only got one night in each place, so by the time we arrived it was time for dinner and then bedtime for Adelaide, so we didn’t get to explore very much.  We had to leave fairly early the next morning to get on the road to our next destination, so not much time for the sites.

The only thing I really wanted to do in Monterey was see the sea lions (I remember them from a trip there as a kid), but the first place we went turned out to have a whopping zero sea lions.  We were literally on our way out of town when a quick search suggested a nearby pier might have some sea lions.  As we’re walking to the end of the pier we were still unsure if we’d walk away without seeing any once again.  Then I heard a sound off the side of the pier and we all looked over to see two sea lions snuggling on a rock.  We were just a few feet above them, and I would have been happy if that’s all we got to see.  It was pretty awesome to see this beautiful creature so close up.

We kept walking to the end of the pier where we saw hundreds of sea lions.  They were sleeping on rocks, climbing all over each other, playing in the water.

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They were also right up against the fence.  See that tail sticking out?

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Yea, Adelaide did too.

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Our next stop was Santa Barbara, which I literally have zero pictures of.  We only got to see a tiny bit of the town, but I would seriously move there in a heartbeat.  We stayed at The Canary hotel, which I can’t recommend enough.  After driving six hours with a toddler we walk in and the front desk staff asks if we’d like a glass of wine.

And also, the wine reception starts in fifteen minutes.  God bless you, child.

Also worth noting is the dinner we had a few blocks from the hotel, at Pascucci.  That was some good Italian.

Seriously.  I dream about it.

Regularly.

 

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Hotel Room Chronicles

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By now Adelaide has spent quite a bit of her life in a hotel room.  It’s not terribly different from our everyday lives, except when I leave to run errands I get to come back to a clean room and a bed that’s been made.  The main downside to hotel living is that once your kid goes to bed you have to be QUIET.  We’re used to sleeping in the same room as her since we live in a one bedroom, but we aren’t used to tiptoeing around her after she’s down for the night.

Jon’s started to look for hotel rooms that have a separate living space so we have a space to go once Adelaide’s asleep.  After staying at a few hotels that didn’t have a separate living space and dragging the desk chair over to the corner next to whatever other random chair might be in the room outside the bathroom isn’t ideal.  Plus I’m sure housekeeping wonders what the heck we’re doing.  Having a space with a couch to crash is definitely preferred.

One of Adelaide’s current favorite “songs” is “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”.  She’ll stand on the bed and wag her finger “no” while she starts jumping up and down.  I couldn’t resist getting my camera out and snapping a few photos while she played around.

(See past hotel photos of a teeny tiny Adelaide here and here)

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I just love this little girl’s excitement over the little things.  I pray she always has a fun loving spirit and a kind heart.

And that she won’t fall off the bed.

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San Francisco Sightseeing

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Even though we were in San Francisco just a year ago, our trips were drastically different.  Last year Adelaide was a baby and couldn’t even sit up, and she had no opinions on what we did.  I shopped and ate out and browsed the Farmer’s Market.  I drank wine while she slept peacefully in the stroller.

This year was drastically different because toddlers have much louder opinions than newborns.  We were staying in the Union Square area, which is touristy and doesn’t have a ton for little kids.  So while Jon was at work one day I decided to take the cable car up to Ghiradelli Square.  I unfortunately don’t have any photos of that ride because it’s hard to take a selfie on a very crowded cable car while babywearing a toddler.  (Seriously, thank goodness I didn’t decide to try to bring the stroller on the cable car because that would have been a disaster.)

We got off the cable car one stop early at Lombard Street so I could snap a couple of photos.  Except I didn’t take into account that the sidewalk that runs along Lombard Street is made up of a million stairs.  Stairs that my toddler thinks she can run down once I took her out of the carrier.  I kept putting her in place to take a photo and before I could get the camera to my eye she had run up a few stairs.  So I tried a couple of times before finally giving up and walking the rest of the way to Ghiradelli.

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We sat down to share a brownie sundae, which despite what these photos may depict, Adelaide barely touched.  She had maybe two bites of the ice cream before refusing to eat any more.  Wouldn’t even touch the brownie.  So I was forced to eat it on my own.

The things a mother will do for her child.

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We shopped around the stores in Ghiradelli Square (I got Adelaide a little cable car and the book Larry Loves San Francisco! which is seriously adorable and is available for other cities, which we may just need to get.  Adelaide loves to read the book and say “woof woof” everytime she sees Larry.  Very fitting for this dog loving little girl that the main character just happens to be a dog.

Afterwards we walked down to the waterfront so Adelaide could get some energy out before hopping the cable car back to our hotel for nap time.  Of course Adelaide hates to get dirty though, so she wasn’t a big fan of running in the sand.  After a few minutes she was over it and sat down to clean off her feet, which of course just got her more sandy.

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Oh kid, you kill me.

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Golden Gate Bridge

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The last time I was in San Francisco was almost a year ago to the day.  I told Jon the only must see thing was the Golden Gate Bridge.  Not because we hadn’t seen it before, but because we had seen it before.  I’m a sucker for taking photos in the same spot, years later, to see how far we’ve come.

When we visited the bridge last year Adelaide had a pretty bald head.  Whenever I think her hair is still non existent I’ll refer back to her bald head here.  We took these photos on a Friday evening as we were on our way to a friend’s house for dinner.  Adelaide was tired.  So tired.  We try not to mess with bedtime but sometimes when you travel you get to break the rules.  And then your toddler reminds you why you never break the rules.

Because… you have a toddler.

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I love seeing how much has stayed the same and how much has changed in a year.  San Francisco will always have a little bit of a soft spot in my heart.

And the chocolate and Full House backdrop certainly doesn’t hurt.

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What Trying to Get Photos of a Toddler Looks Like

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Well, she’s got focus and dedication.  I’ll give her that.

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Brooklyn Bridge Pool

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Making my way down to Brooklyn to get to the pop up pool had been on my bucket list all summer.  I had hoped that my last day of work would be in June, but had agreed to work until we had hired someone to replace me.  And that’s how I found myself still working into August.

So when I woke up early on one of my first days as an official stay at home mom, with summer’s end rapidly approaching, I knew it was now or never.

I was intrigued by this pool specifically because it’s owned by the city so it’s totally free and because of the views of lower Manhattan.  Who wouldn’t want to enjoy the pool and sand with views of some of New York’s most popular landmarks as your backdrop?

The downside is that, from my apartment, it’s a solid hour on the subway.  With a toddler.

Adelaide kept herself entertained for the majority of our time on the subway with the locker lock I’d brought.  Whatever makes you happy, kid.

The pool was ice cold so Adelaide flipped out when I tried to take her for a dip.  So instead we played in the sand under the umbrella while sipping some fresh squeezed lemonade.

It was fun, I’d do it again.  We even managed to make it back to our apartment by nap time, which is a definite win in mom world.

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I love getting to do all of these things with Adelaide.  As many great days as we’ve had, we’ve had hard days.  Days where naps don’t come easy (or at all), days where bedtime leaves us both in tears, days where I’m not sure I’m cut out for this.  So I hold these good days close as a reminder of all the things I’m thankful of.

For this sweet girl.

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Biking in Central Park

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A few weeks ago I randomly got it into my head that I wanted to take Adelaide on a bike ride.  I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike, and I’ve certainly never done it in New York City or with a baby on the back.  I asked my friend Tomi if she’d want to go with me, and she immediately agreed.

I think I was secretly hoping she’d say no so I could be all, “Well, I tried” and call it a day.

So we found ourselves on the Upper West Side renting bikes and helmets and baby seats.  We peddled a few blocks to Central Park where we joined other bikers and runners on a trail.  I’ve never really thought of New York as a hilly place, but ohmygosh, this specific part of the park had so.many.hills.

Let’s recap: I haven’t ridden a bike in forever.  I’ve never ridden a bike with a kid on the back.  And, THE HILLS.  Plus it was just about the hottest time of day on a very hot August afternoon.

Basically, I was dying.

We stopped for a while at a pretty cool playground we came across, and then decided we should probably head back and return the bikes because nap time was rapidly approaching.

Yes, nap time.  That’s why we stopped.

Before we left the park I made Tomi take ten million photos with me because I’m pretty sure I’m done with bike riding for a very long time and I wanted lots of proof that I did it.

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Abigail and Adelaide have become such good buddies.  I love seeing her relationships form.

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From the playground when we stopped to let the girls stretch their legs (and not at all because this mama needed a break!) 

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When we were literally two blocks away from returning the bikes I had to pull over because Adelaide was trying to take off her helmet.  We got readjusted and were back on our way.  Two blocks later I hop off my bike to realize that Adelaide is asleep.  Asleep!  Here I am about to pass out from exhaustion and this kid is taking a nap with the wind in her hair.  She was clearly not impressed by our adventures.

A few days later we were at Target and she spotted the helmets, put one on her head and refused to take it off.

This kid.

She’s all about the accessories.

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Peach Picking

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Jon and I drove upstate a few weeks ago to visit my friend Kelly and to pick some peaches at the orchard up the road from her house.  We were too early for apples, but got there right in time for peaches.  Adelaide lovesss peaches so it worked out well.

This is the third year we’ve visited the orchard, and I always enjoy our time wandering around, eating fresh fruit as we go.  Last year when we went Adelaide was just a few months old, and the year before that when I was a few months pregnant.

Yesterday Kelly boarded a flight for Switzerland.  She quit her job and sold almost all of her possessions.  It’s so crazy brave to make such a big life change, and I’m so excited for all the adventures she’s sure to have.  While I’ll miss my best friend here, I know she’s just going to thrive and flourish there.  We love you so much Kelly!

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Adelaide is obsessed with her rain boots.  Seriously wants to wear them all.the.time.  I have to hide them in the apartment or she’ll whine until I get them down for her.  And then she’ll put them on the wrong feet, whine until I get them on the right feet, walk around, take them off, want them back on again.

Toddlers.

Her other current obsession is keys.  Specifically car keys.  She has a major meltdown anytime we start the car because she wants to hold the keys.  How do I get her to understand we need them to drive?!?

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We had so much fun picking our peaches at the orchard and eating them that week.  If anyone knows a solution for getting peach stains out of toddler clothes, let me know.

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Little Helper

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I convinced Jon that we needed a step stool for the kitchen so that Adelaide could see what I was doing on the counter and “help”.  I wanted to start getting her involved in what I was doing and giving her simple tasks to help me complete.  I was making cake pops for Ashley’s shower, which I would normally do during nap time.  I decided to have her participate, which surprisingly worked out well.

She helped me put the cake into the food processor and hit start, mix the icing in and form the cake into balls.

She also ate some of the cake.

Okay, a lot of it.

I really felt like I was winning when she was helping me with the cake pops.  We were engaging in a new project, doing new things together, having a baking lesson.  But then Adelaide realized that she could use the stool to get into things she previously couldn’t reach.  Like the microwave, the knife block, the sink.  So the jury’s still out whether this was a good purchase or not.

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Her babydoll was also on the counter, which she took breaks to feed with the bottle.  Such a good mommy.

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I dipped them later that night when she was in bed because it’s a pretty time sensitive art.  I set aside a mini one for her to enjoy the next day.

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She got one bite out of it before dropping it and Brady snatched it up.  Oh well.

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