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Friday, April 27, 2012

The weekend is here - yay!! -  and what do we have on tap? For the first time in over 3 weeks, we have no house guests, no trips to go on, no activities planned...NOTHING! We're very much looking forward to having a low-key weekend at home and spending some time just the 3 of us ;-)

Grant has been gone all week, traveling the country like a professional business man. He's en route to LA as we speak and we're anxious to have him back. As you can see, the boy missed his 'ole dad terribly, as evidenced by these photos I snapped this morning of him looking for Daddy in bed after he was finished with his morning milk (a ritual of sorts):

Dad, are you under there?
No Daddy here, what the hell?
This afternoon, Hayes and I are headed to The Grove to meet up with some old friends, Kara and Colin, who we haven't seen in almost a year. Kara is a mom I met while on maternity leave - we used to do Mommy & Me yoga together and her son, Colin is about a month older than Hayes. We reconnected a couple of weeks ago when I saw on FB that she was prego with her second and decided we were way overdue for a lunch playdate. I'm excited to see the littles together again (when we did yoga, the bulk of their interaction was them lying next to each other like two bumps on a log, sometimes even sleeping - ah, those were the days!) and also curious to hear how she's feeling about welcoming another little babe in the next couple months. 

Tonight, our hip-as-can-be neighborhood is having a block party, complete with food trucks and a DJ, so we're going to walk on over to that with the boy and enjoy a casual evening of some of our favorite delicacies, including the Nom Nom Truck and Coolhaus. Delish!

No plans on tap during the day tomorrow or Sunday, just a whole lotta lounging about. Tomorrow night, we're headed to Sunny Spot in Venice to celebrate our dear friend Josh's birthday with friends. It feels like forever since we've seen that crew so we're excited for that as well.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

La Costa...

We had a great weekend in San Diego with the Cohen clan. Weather was a little crummy unfortunately, but I got an amazing massage (one of those ones where you think you've actually fallen asleep at one point - the.absolute.best) and Grant got in a round of golf. Top it off with a delicious dinner and lots of babysitting from Grandma & Grandpa and I'd say we celebrated Darryl's birthday quite nicely ;-)

Besides the whole weather not being nice problem, the resort we stayed at La Costa, seemed like a really great place to bring a family. Rooms were nice, lots of grass and lazy hammocks for adults and kids to play on, tons of pools (even one with a large slide that I'm still kicking myself for not going on) and a couple of good dining options. Spa was pretty heavenly, there's a golf course and gym and even an adorable little market/gift shop where you can pick up snacks and coffee (which we've learned is a must have for when we travel with Hayes).

I was on my own with the boy for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon and to pass the time, Hayes and I went down to the main area of the resort to people-watch and share an ice cream. It was so fun being able to do such an adult activity with my boy and as you can see from the pictures below, he definitely enjoyed our scoop of strawberry...

Here are a couple of other pics from the weekend. Enjoy!
Hayes had a good snooze on the way down to SD. Look at those luscious lips!

Wild man hair...
I've been in single-mom mode all week while the huz travels the country on business - he's hit up Detroit and Chicago and tomorrow he's off to Atlanta before returning home on Friday. We miss him terribly but we're passing the time by going on runs together with the BOB (I'm on a mission to get my buns into shape before we go to Cabo in 2 months), catching up on trashy television (current obsession is Guiliana & Bill) and oh, just eating Mama's toes... ;-)

Love that kid.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Bahn Mi Playdate...

We've already gotten our weekend off to a good start around here, kicking it off with what we like to call a "Banh Mi Playdate" with our friends Liz and Ollie. 

Liz is a friend of mine who I've become close to since having Hayes; she's the daughter of Jane, the woman who owns Laguna Beach Books, which happens to be right next to Tootsies, my mother-in-law's store. Liz and I were pregnant at the same time and seemed to have endless similarities - her husband, Paul is Canadian/I'm Canadian; they live right by where we used to live before we moved to the Kibbutz; we were both due with boys around the end of February. We kept hearing about each other throughout our pregnancies but never met because, well that's kind of weird and awkward and both of us already had friends of our own and didn't think we needed anymore! It wasn't until we both went into labor on the same day and ended up delivering our guys within 25 minutes of each other that we decided we were meant to meet and I'm so glad we did - she instantly became one of my closest mom friends. Oh and I quickly realized that you can never have too many friends - especially ones with kids - and have made them through far more awkward ways since having Hayes!

Anyways, Liz introduced me to the most delicious sandwich at a restaurant in LA called Mendocino Farms. It's a take on the traditional Banh Mi, which is a Vietnamese meat-filled sandwich - in this case, the meat is pork belly and it's accompanied by carrots, diakon sprouts, jalepenos and some sort of delicious sauce spread on crusty ciabatta and thrown in a panini press. Divine. My mouth waters just thinking about it. 

To make a long story short, when Liz and I get together for Ollie and Hayes to have a play date, we always treat ourselves to a delicious banh mi, hence the "Banh Mi Playdate". H and I headed over there this afternoon and after enjoying some lunch, the boys played around with each other. They've known each other since they were a month old but they've finally gotten to the point where they actually interact when they play now, which is adorable to watch. Ollie is a bit of a bully (there was biting and hitting on more than one occasion!) and Hayes seems like a bit of a pushover, but I guess that makes them a perfect pair!

It was nice to spend the day with the boy as I feel like our one-on-one time has been lacking lately, what with all of my travel and actually being busy at work. After his nap this afternoon, we played around in the backyard and lo and behold, we discovered Hayes has quite the penchant for iced coffee! Who says coffee is an acquired taste?!

Auntie V and Uncle Andrew come into town tonight and tomorrow, the whole clan is headed down to San Diego to celebrate Grant's dad's 60th. I think Hayes will avoid the pool (he's still getting over his eczema, which looks worlds better but isn't completely gone) but we're looking forward to lounging around outside and enjoying the good weather (and free babysitting, courtesy of Grandma, while Mama gets a massage!). I know the photos have been lacking on this 'ole blog as of late so I'll try to snap lots of pics to share with you next week.

Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


The huz and I did a mini-East Coast Swing this past weekend, traveling to Boston for Marathon weekend (Nissan is a sponsor) and making a pit-stop in Rhode Island to attend a wedding of one of Grant's fraternity brothers.

We really lucked out and got some ah-mazing weather - so amazing that we actually had to buy more appropriate clothing while there for the high temps (who would've thunk that visitors from California wouldn't have the right clothing for Boston in April?!). Marathon Monday had record-breaking temperatures - we were sweaty just walking around the city so I can't imagine what it would have been like to run in that... I guess that's why 3,800 participants dropped out - yikes!

The wedding in RI was a tame one (bar closed at 9:30 and we were back in Boston by 11p) but we were grateful for that on Sunday morning when we awoke feeling refreshed. And it enabled us to do some old-fashioned day drinking around my old stomping grounds after watching the Sox beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (with not-too-shabby seats about 10 rows behind home plate - gotta love being the client for once!). 

Congrats Calendas!
Danielson Hall - my home for 4 months in 1999...
Go Sox!
One of many lobster rolls we enjoyed... It was basically oysters and shellfish for every meal!
Overall, it was a really fun weekend - good to spend some quality time with each other sans baby, although we missed him terribly. Grandma and Grandpa Cohen were more than happy to step in as mom and dad this weekend and care for the boy, who unfortunately came down with a cold, an extremely bad case of eczema (like the worst I've ever seen) and - brace yourselves - hand, foot and mouth disease (?!?!) right before we left. Yep, that's a thing that still exists, even though it sounds like it's from the 1800s - it's basically just a virus that's passed around kids (kind of like the chicken pox) which results in little sores all over their hands, feet and mouth (hence the name). Supposedly very, very painful, but not much that can be done about it besides just letting it run it's course. Happy to report that he's doing much, much better now and is definitely on the mend, although I think it'll be a couple weeks before his skin completely clears up. Good thing too, for as you can see from the below pic, he's a busy, busy boy with lots of places to go and people to see!

We've got a couple days in LA this week (well I do at least - poor huz was on a 7a flight up to SF this am and we didn't get home until after midnight last night!) and then Auntie V and Uncle Andrew come to town on Friday for Darryl's bday weekend. We're headed to San Diego for some R&R - hoping to get some pool time in and a much needed massage... Then we don't have any plans to go anywhere (on the weekend, at least) for the next couple of weeks and are very much looking forward to vegging out at home in LA - April has been a whirlwind, to say the least!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter: Then/Now

One year ago:

Bunny ears were loose fitting and Hayes was content to sleep through Easter brunch...
Auntie Whitney was visiting and we celebrated in Palm Springs with the Cohens...


Bunny ears fit JUST right and serve a bigger purpose - hold back that mop of hair!
We celebrated with Nana and Papa at Pelican Hill, where it was VERY sunny!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Teething + Mastering a Monumental New Skill = No Bueno

It's the cutest thing in the world watching Hayes master how to walk. He's all clumsy, hands up in the air trying to find balance, not quite using the entire area of his tiny little feet for support, eventually swaying and falling down 9 times out of 10. Sometimes he falls down forward so hard, it's a miracle his tiny little arms don't break in half and I'm always sure a full on bawl-fest will ensue, but it's quite the opposite; he thinks it's high-larious! 

Greta's worst nightmare comes true...
Grant and I find ourselves hovering over him, covering sharp corners and stone walls in the fear that he'll take a trip and smash right into them. I guess it's bound to happen and we'll get used to it eventually and just let him be, but boy-oh-boy is it nerve-wracking for these first time parents...

We're in Newport Beach this weekend, staying at Pelican Hill with my parents. A quick weekend getaway for Grant to play some golf and for myself to hopefully log in some relaxation time. Unfortunately, we think Hayzey might be sprouting some new teeth as he's been extra fussy as of late (thank god for Infant Advil!) and has a seriously runny nose (which we realized was a tell-tale sign last time he got some new chompers). This, coupled with that whole mastering how to walk thing means his sleeping - and ours - has been disrupted so that's been kind of a bummer. Mostly I just feel bad for the little guy - he's got a lot going on right now!

We brought Hayes along to dinner at House of Big Fish & Cold Beer in Laguna Beach last night - the views of the sunset were amazing and the food and beer were pretty damn tasty as well, but dining with an over-hungry and tired 13 month old was anything but enjoyable. Lesson learned - I think we'll be leaving Hayes at home for dinner for awhile to come, it's worth the money for the babysitter!

Grant's out golfing with my parents as we speak, the boy is napping and I'm about to dive into the latest issue of InStyle, while enjoying the amazing view our villa has of the Pacific Ocean. We'll meet everyone for lunch and a swim after Hayes wakes up and then my mother and I are heading down to Tootsies this afternoon for some much-needed pedis.

Watching Daddy, Nana & Papa on the golf course... The view isn't too shabby
Tonight, we're going to my absolute favorite Italian, Modo Mio with both sets of grandparents (but are leaving the little man at home with a sitter - phew!). And tomorrow, we'll cap off the weekend with a delicious Easter brunch at Pelican Hill. Hoping they have a stellar eggs benny - doesn't get much more Easter than that!

The next few weeks are going to be a whirlwind - work trip to Milwaukee on Mon/Tues, headed to Boston/RI for a work trip/wedding next Fri-Mon, then Auntie V is coming back to town and we're all headed to San Diego for Darryl's 60th the weekend after that. So I'll try and post as much as possible in between, but am fair warning that it might be a little slow around aladyandherloves. And that's the last time I'm going to make excuses for it - it is what it is and that's that!

Hope the Easter bunny is good to you all and you have a Happy Easter, wherever you may be!
Photo Credit - Pinterest

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Craaaazy Week!

Busy, busy, busy this week, but wanted to send the link to Mr. Hayzey's You Tube channel as I FINALLY had time to upload all the videos from his first year.

Like I said last week, there are A LOT of them - many just a couple seconds of a moment I couldn't resist capturing, but it's a great way to look back and see just how much he's changed over the past 13 months.

Unfortunately, I haven't quite figured out how to sort them so they follow a chronological order so it's kind of a hodgepodge but I've done my best to describe what each is so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Here's a personal favorite as of late, the new sniffing game...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The game has officially changed...

Folks, this isn't a sporadic step here and there... we officially have a walker on our hands!

Oh boy...