Monday, October 25, 2010

L.A. County Fair

So, it seems we've been spending lots of time in L.A. County. Actually, the L.A. County Fair is nestled in the Pomona Fairgrounds on the easternmost part of the county; only a hop and a skip away from our lovely city. Anyway...

We were able to secure tickets and a parking pass for FREE because a friend was leaving town and wouldn't be able to use them. Lucky us! We met our neighbors, the Ingrams, there. The had also conveniently scored some tickets and with them came Ben's best friend, Ava.

That day there was one of those amazing end of summer thunderstorms. You know, the kind that is warm and windy with scattered showers but makes the sky look like someone threw paint at it. This is what we saw:

It was beautiful. That streak of light reaching the mountains is actually a rainbow, but these were taken at sunset so the colors were insane.

The first stop we made was to see the animals, which just so happened to be on the opposite side of the fair (lucky us).

Ben's reaction was mixed with delight, fear and reservation. He liked to touch animals if and only if they were on the other side of the fence, Ava was touching them, or he was being held. He had a deep respect for them.

As you can see, he was a little afraid.

Yep. Still a little afraid.

Sophie enjoyed her outing in the stroller.

Ben and I went down a slide together. One of those huge carnival slides. The kind that you look at and realize that it had been disassembled and reassembled recently and then wonder how safe it is and how healthy it could possibly be for a slide to be disassembled and reassembled so often. Nevertheless, we went down together. He was delighted and I was afraid.

Going down together.

The only picture taken of me that night... Ben's thinking, "Mommy, what's wrong with you?"

Ben, of course, wanted to go down again but we were conveniently out of ride tickets.

Ben's favorite FAVORITE part of the fair were the trains. Pomona Fairgrounds has a permanent train display of retired engines and coaches. He and Ava love Thomas the Tank Engine and they love trains. They can't get enough and run around our houses screaming, "Choo choo! Choo choo trains!" They got to go in the cabs and look inside the trains.

We had a great time.

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Los Angeles Zoo

Since I'm already behind on the posts, I figure I'll just start wherever I want. So... how about our trip to the L.A. Zoo?

It was a great day to go to the zoo. It was overcast and a little rainy, so there were less people and more animal activity. Perfect!

We got to use the new "Sit n' Stand" stroller and, let me tell you, it is AWESOME. It can be stripped down to just a platform and one seat, built up to have two seats, or stripped to just be a double infant seat carrier. I love this double stroller.

So does Sophie.

We went with some of my friends who also have cute kids, including our next door neighbor and her daughter Ava. Ava is Ben's best friend and we can't say her name at home unless we are going to see her. Ben gets really excited and then really disappointed if we accidentally let her name slip.

Here they are sharing lunch:

And here we are as a group:

The kids had a lot of fun looking at the animals.




Here's a pic of all the older kiddos. We had to bribe them with fruit snacks to get them to stay still:

We had a blast!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lame, I Know

I am super lame for being super tardy in writing something new on here. ESPECIALLY with a new baby and then destroying my goal of updating on a regular basis. Like Sophie's two month check-up.

Side Note: I thought I lost the camera. It's not really my camera in that it was Stephen's birthday present from his wonderful parents (though they fully intended for me to use it, too). I thought I lost it and couldn't bear to tell him for almost two weeks. I'd finally given up searching for it and began confessing my crime, when he laughed and said he hid it and knew exactly where it was. It was on his desk about four feet from my computer in a mug he got from Germany. Stinker. Thus, there have been no pictures lately. :)

Ben's newest antic is pretending to hurt himself. He'll throw something on the ground like a car, a piece of train track or himself and yell, "OW!" then peek at me, wanting a hug and a kiss. It's really cute (until he's done it about 25 times).

Sophie's two month check-up went great. She's had what I thought was a bad case of baby acne on her face and the doctor revealed that she has eczema. We've been battling it for about two weeks now and it's slowly improving. I've had about 5 people highly recommend Aveeno, so that's what we trying starting today. She gets really itchy though, so we're treating it with hydrocortisone as she needs it, plus she has to wear her little mitten things (which I've never really used on my kids). So, why was the check-up great? Because we've solved the mystery of the bad case of baby acne!

Did I mention I'm a little tired? Sorry if my thoughts are a little garbled.

She's 11 pounds now and all her measurements are about 50th percentile. She's very healthy (except the eczema thing). I feel like a lame mom because I want to take her to get pictures taken and I'm being vain about it and waiting for the eczema to clear. I need to just get over it and take her since I bought an ADORABLE dress and just need a big, fat bow for her head. Anyone know where to go to get bows?

I'm experiencing a little nerdy excitement because the release date for the next World of Warcraft expansion was announced for December 7th! Stephen and I are excited. Sometimes for a hot date we'll stay up after the kids are in bed and play the game together. Aw, nerd love. Anyway, I'm looking forward to it.

Pictures to come.