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Tuesday, April 30, 2013


...his new favorite game is to pretend to serve me from his restaurant. I'll tell him, "I'll have some french fries.", to which he'll mutter "ya" as he feverishly nods his head, then runs off to some abstract corner of the room to fetch the fries. "What about ketchup?", I'll say, and the same response will ensue. I can keep him busy running around the room, fetching me french fries, ketchup, milkshakes, bananas, oatmeal (his restaurant is one of many cuisines) and finally at the end, I'll say "How much do I owe you?" and his response? Usually "One!" - it's a very affordable dining establishment!
...I also noticed the other day when he was putting away his toys that he was scanning every single item, as if he was a teller at a grocery store.

...his favorite foods these days seem to be eggs and avocado (I'm not complaining!)
...he's taken to blindly diving off of the couch, assured that we will catch him every single time, even if we're across the room. It's frightening.
...we started swimming lessons last weekend. As you can see, Hayes needed a little more time to warm up to his instructor, Eugene... 

He spent the entire 15 minutes shrieking "All done! All done!" and crying hysterically. We'll try again on Friday and hope he starts to enjoy his time in the water!
...he's incredibly bossy when it comes to whether you have your shoes on or off and where you choose to sit down in the family room.
...when Hayes thinks something shouldn't be somewhere, or something shouldn't be done a certain way, he'll laughingly say with such authority "Oh, no no no no!" as if it's the most obvious thing in the world. I often wonder if we're the idiots for thinking that his bedroom is an okay place for one of his toys, when it so obviously shouldn't go there!
...he's obsessed with Curious George, but only in book form. I tried to get him to watch the television show and he angrily demanded for "Gaga" (Yo Gabba Gabba) to resume. Yes... Iamslowlygoingcrazy with Gabba.
...speaking of George, he thinks any monkey is George. He has a couple of pairs of patterned monkey pajamas and whenever he picks out his sleepwear, he insists on wearing the "Gohwge" ones.
...Brushing his teeth has never been easy, but lately he's been quite willing to let me get in there to get all of the animals out. So I'll say to him, "I see a birdie in there, can I get him out?" and he'll excitedly open his mouth while I brush and mutter "tweet tweet tweet". A few animals (and weirdly Nanna Susu is always in there too) later, we've got some clean teeth!
...Hayes has failed a few hearing tests lately and it's been determined that he has some liquid in his ears. Before going to ear tube route, the ENT suggested we try a daily nose spray, which as you can imagine, I was absolutely dreading. Turns out, Hayes loves himself a good nose spray! I actually use it to bribe him to brush his teeth. After we brush, we get "nose spay!" - I think he'd go through the whole bottle if I let him.
...he recently started soccer, which sadly I haven't been able to take him to yet, but here's a clip my friend captured of him and his little buddy Gavin earlier today. I think he's a natural ;-) (and that's Nanna Susu in the pink sweatshirt)...

...we are fully ready for summer around here. Bring it on.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Happy Birthday GG!

Happy birthday to Grant's grandmother, Hayes' GREAT grandmother and somebody who I consider a dear friend ;-) We love you!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Del Mar Bliss...

We had an AMAZING weekend getaway to Del Mar, perfect weather, great food and lots of time relaxing by the pool and enjoying each other's company. Grant and I realized that this was our first "beach" trip solo since the boy was born so we were long overdue. I really think it's so important for everyone - parents and baby - for mom and dad to escape every once in awhile to reconnect and be able to miss their kiddos. Plus, Nini and Pa could not have been happier to watch the boy for the weekend (or so they told us, at least) so it was a win for all involved!

We drove down to Del Mar first thing Saturday morning so we could enjoy the day there. It's a quick couple hour drive door to door from the Kibbutz to our hotel, L'Auberge Del Mar, so we were able to get there right before lunchtime and take advantage of early check-in. The hotel upgraded us to an adorable room on the top floor, with access to a sprawling roof deck that we shared with the rooms on either side. We never saw another soul up there throughout the whole weekend and as you can see, it didn't take long for the huz to slip into vacation mode ;-)

After a quick bite across the street at Pacifica Breeze Cafe, we set up shop at the pool for the rest of the afternoon, only moving when Grant wanted to check the score on the basketball game or to order some refreshing lemon sorbet as a mid-afternoon treat. We hit the gym for a light workout, then showered up and headed over to Poseidon for a sunset cocktail (raspberry mojito for moi, dark & stormy for Grant) and coconut shrimp app. Then, we walked up the hill to Sbicca, a locals restaurant that was recommended to us and that couldn't have been more convenient to our hotel, which was right across the street. The mains weren't anything to write home about, but we shared a crab cake appetizer that might have been the best we've ever had - perfectly seared on the outside so every bite had a crispness to it, accompanied by lemony chunks of crabmeat. Dessert was a chocolate chip bread pudding, which you obviously can't go wrong with! We were back at the hotel and sleeping by 10:30 - my kind of vacation! (I know, I've gotten old!).

Saturday morning, we woke up early and after a pit stop at Starbucks across the street, we headed to the Torrey Pines State Reserve to go on a hike. We figured we'd kind of wing it once we got there and we certainly had lots of options. There were tons of trails that led to scenic outlooks over the Pacific and lots of friendly people who were quite willing to snap our photo when asked. This was one of the cleanest hikes we'd ever been on - I don't think we saw a single piece of garbage along the way - and we finished it off by walking back along the beach. I think we did about 3 miles total and as you can see from the pictures below, it was beautiful.

After chowing down on some sandos from Board & Brew, we resumed our positions at the pool and spent a leisurely afternoon reading and playing cards. We wanted to make sure we carved some time out in our trip to visit The Brigantine as we had been told they had the best fish tacos in San Diego, so we headed over there for happy hour. The tacos were delish - crisp beer-battered whitefish on a warm corn tortilla, with sauce-soaked cabbage and a side of coleslaw and homemade potato chips. Washed down with a couple of cold brewskies and they definitely hit the spot!

We headed back to the hotel to clean up, then drove on over to Encinitas to go to Solace & the Moonlight Lounge for dinner. Another tasty meal (especially their cheddar & chive biscuits and ginormous piece of coconut cake for dessert!) and all we had the energy for after that was to roll ourselves home to bed.

On Sunday, we hit Starbucks and the gym and after pit-stopping in Northern San Diego to have lunch with Grant's grandmother, Shif, we headed to Laguna to meet up with Nini, Pa and the boy and to celebrate Pa's birthday. We gorged on BBQ at Bad to the Bone and then headed back up to LA and back to reality.
Kisses for the birthday boy...
We absolutely loved Del Mar and will definitely go back. It was the perfect weekend getaway that felt like a nice long vacation - especially since I think we really lucked out with the gorgeous weather we had. 

Hope y'all had a good weekend yourselves!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cheers to the freakin' weekend!

I apologize for the blog silence as of late. It's my busiest time of year at work, with our biggest event, the Tour of California, right around the corner so my days have been spent actually earning my paycheck lately instead of keeping you all up to speed with the happenings of me and my loves...

I wanted to do a quick Friday check-in to let you know that I hadn't forgotten about you and give you a snapshot of life around here lately.

Horsing around with Dada in the hot tub at Pelican Hill...
With the grands at Modo Mio in Newport Beach...
Pre-dinner story time with Nana...
New obsession: mummies...
Although the pictures above say otherwise, I'm sad to say that the terrible twos have arrived in full force. Our once sweet angel boy is expressing his individuality in every aspect of life - both when conscious and supposed-to-be unconscious - and it hasn't been a walk in the park. I find myself absolutely exhausted at the end of the day, wondering how stay-at-home moms do it. We're encountering full-on tantrums, whining, hitting and a lot of forceful "HAYES!!!" whenever we go to help the little guy out. I know it's completely normal and healthy for him to be asserting his independence but sometimes I wish he would just chill the f out and not be such a weirdo emo toddler. Is that terrible for me to say?

We also have a new nightly camper in our room. After weeks of us alternating hours sleeping on the floor in Hayes' room, we decided we'd try a different strategy and tell Hayes that he could either sleep in his comfortable bed, or he could sleep on the floor in our room. I know it looks like child abuse, but I think he really likes his new sleeping arrangement (and therefore we're a little worried that our strategy isn't having the long-term desired effect!); he creeps into our room every night between 3-4a, plops down on his pillow and is out until 7:30a. Everyone is getting more sleep, thankfully, so I guess that's all that matters! 

Grant's loving his new job but has been on the road a lot the past couple of weeks (which probably makes these trying times with Hayes seem even worse!). This weekend, we're off to a little getaway to Del Mar, a sleepy beach town just north of San Diego. We're leaving the boy with Nini and Pa and we intend on taking full advantage of our freedom by lounging by the pool, eating at various recommended establishments and going on a leisurely hike (sans stroller - bliss!) at Torrey Pines, which is supposed to be beautiful. I'll be sure to take lots of pics to share when we return next week.

In the meantime, hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are. It's 82 and sunny here in LA so the boy and I are off to the park to kill a few hours before the weekend officially begins ;-)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Prayers for Boston...

For those of you who don't know, I work in the Event Marketing division of an ad agency that handles Nissan Automotive's sponsorships and events. A large platform of ours is 'Personal Achievement', and within that platform, we sponsor 15+ running and cycling events throughout the country. Boston Marathon is one of our Tier One events, where we have a huge presence in the form of cars and people to help bring the brand to life in front of an influential audience of health and wellness enthusiasts.

Grant and I attended the marathon last year and were actually at the finish line around the exact same time the bombs went off yesterday. Luckily, for various reasons, I decided not to attend the event this year, but my mind keeps wandering to the what if... and I can't seem to stop thinking about how close to home this whole thing is. Thankfully, nobody I know who was there was harmed (a colleague of mine ran in the race and crossed the finish line 7 minutes before the first bomb went off. 7 minutes!) but I just feel sick about the innocent people who were there to participate or spectate an event that was supposed to bring a city closer together and promote some good in the world.

Anyways, I didn't mean for this to be a somber post, but feel that it's important to recognize what happened yesterday, personal ties or not. I squeezed Hayes a little tighter last night and was sadly once again aware of how lucky I am to have everyone I love in my life. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My Loves...

'Tis the season and I'm full on embracing my passion for a serious guilty pleasure of mine, Cadbury Creme Eggs. Yum!

Loving these new magenta smoking slippers my MIL brought me a few weeks ago. They add the perfect amount of unexpected color to an otherwise tame outfit.

I've recently discovered the slow cooker and am in love. We've had one since we got married (a slow cooker, steamer and rice maker 3-in-1, in fact) but I'd never used it for anything but a steamer - and a failed attempt at rice - until this year. In my quest to be more adventurous in the kitchen, I decided to dust it off and put it to use and boy am I glad I did. Obsessed with this recipe for slow cooker chicken tortilla soup. It's seriously delicious. Feel free to send more recipes over if you've got some winners!

Bright nail polish. I'm welcoming Spring full on and am currently sporting Essie's Turks & Caicos on my fingers and Looking for Love on my toes. Loving the colors ;-)

 Aren't these vintage name bracelets adorable? A hayes version is on my lust list...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


We had a lovely Easter weekend filled with lots of festivities. We had brunch plans down in Irvine on Sunday morning so knowing we wouldn't have a lot of leisure time to hang around in the morning, we convinced the Easter Bunny to visit the Kibbutz during naptime on Saturday so the boy had a hunt waiting for him when he woke up.

He quickly caught on and was even more delighted when he realized that the eggs contained chocolate. The Easter bunny even hid some of mama's favorite Cadbury creme eggs in the basket, which we still haven't corrupted Hayes with but I'm sure they'll get enjoyed by somebody in the household (who... me?!?).

On Sunday morning, we headed down to Irvine to meet Pa for brunch at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. I have to give the husband credit for this one - he was in search of a classic Easter brunch and he found a gem. Hayes enjoyed his French Toast and cubes of cheese (quite the combo, eh?) and after we finished gorging ourselves, he partook in the Easter hunt the farm put on and even exchanged a high five with the scary looking Easter bunny.

Dressed in his Easter finest...
Easter hunt at the farm...
Checking out his haul...
Oh, you're the one who brought me all those treats?
I'll take a picture with you but don't get too close...
We lounged around on Sunday afternoon, the boys going to the hot tub and golf course and the girls at Tootsies, where I indulged in an Easter pedi, and finished off the day with a classic Easter feast of ham, scalloped potatoes, asparagus and a delicious arugula, fig and burrata salad.

Happy Easter, love the Cohens...
Hope you had a nice Easter with your loved ones!