Summer Recap {2018}

With Sarah back to school, I have been having major summer withdrawals. The lazy mornings, the fun adventures and the kids sun kissed cheeks. I miss it! In no particular order, here is our top TEN.

TRIPS

Back when I only had Sarah my moms group put together a Camp Mommy for the summer. Thursdays became Trip Thursdays. In spirit of that summer we spent most of our Thursdays going on adventures and checking things off on our summer bucket list.

Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center

California Science Center

Watermelon Festival

American Girl Cafe

La Brea Tar Pits

BASEBALL

Every summer we pick a date where the whole family goes to see our favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

HOLIDAYS

Every summer we celebrate 4 holidays/occasions. Shavout, 4th of July, 7/11 day and hubby’s birthday.

TRAVEL

We like to take at least one vacation every summer and this year we drove to Las Vegas.

And I took a couple of solo trips to Palm Springs for my sister’s bachlorette and to Florida for my sister’s bridal shower.

WATER

What’s summer without the beach, pool and splash pad. We had lot’s of fun days playing in the water.

CAMP

Sarah attended 5 camps this summer! Growing up I went to one summer camp all summer long and went to that camp for most of my childhood. In So Cal it’s common to attend multiple camps on different days. So that’s what Miss Sarah did. Three were scheduled with friends and two were with friends she had met at school.

She also did 2 camp sleepovers! My girl is so brave!

And the cherry on top was when BOTH kids went to camp at the same time for TWO days! It was glorious and a great glimpse into how things will be in the fall when Jacob goes to preschool.

MOVIES

When it got too hot to play outside, we opted for some air condition locations and took the kids to the movies. We saw Incredibles 2, Hotel Transylvania 3 and a couple $1 old kids movies with friends.


SUMMER CONCERTS

One of our favorite summer activities are the summer concerts! The easy breezy picnic dinners, the music and the gathering of friends is truly one of my favorite things living in So Cal.

KIDS

Not only have we been having a busy summer, but our kids have been having some major milestones! Before our summer got hectic, we carved out 3 days and began potty training Jacob. I’m glad we waited until he was  3 years old because it’s been so EASY. Little man was ready and fully understood the concept.

Sarah lost her 8th tooth! She got a nice visit from the tooth fairy.

DATE NIGHTS

This was the summer of date nights. Now that we have a babysitter we love and trust we have been making a big effort to go out on dates. Its been really lovely! We even recently discussed going away for the weekend.

Bye, bye summer! We will miss you!

American Girl Cafe

Sarah is the kind of girl that loves adventuring outside, playing with bugs, and imagination play with friends. But when Sarah was 5 years old and the American Girl brand came out with a new line of dolls, called WellieWishers, I knew it was a good time to introduce her to the American Girl dolls.

The WellieWishers are an American Girl doll for ages 5-7 years old.  When the Wellie Wishers were released as a group of young elementary age girls who meet and play together at Aunt Miranda’s backyard garden, I knew she would love the doll. I got her Camille. Camille is a blonde doll that wears rain boots (Sarah’s favorite shoes) who loves animals and the ocean. 

Excited about the similarities, hubby and I bought her the doll, wrapped it and gave it to her for Chaunkah.

She was super excited to open it, but within a few minutes she moved on to something else didn’t play with the doll EVER. I made a mistake and that her love language was not dolls. She just doesn’t like that quite time. She rather build a fort, pretend she works at a bakery and play with her kitchen, build puzzles and play with gears, or do some kind of art project. So I put the doll back in the box and in her closet. No biggie, she’s just not interested.

Then at the age of 6 she got into Shopkins. These little toys got her into independence play while mama got some things done around the house. Soon after she started playing with stuffed animals, dolls, and barbies. Then one day she asked me where her an American Girl doll was. Ever since that day she’s been playing with Camille often. She’s even taken her outside on her adventures.

Fast forward to now, Sarah is 7.5 years old and ready to start 2nd grade. As a last hurrah before summer ended I took her (and Jacob!) to the American Girl store for lunch.

Now that Sarah was into her doll, she requested a new outfit for Miss Camille. So I gave her a budget and we walked around. This place is so cool!! But after seeing that the American Girl store has matching glasses for girls who wear glasses, I got Sarah a doll outfit AND blue glasses just like Sarah’s.

I highly recommend reservations as we had a 45 minute wait. Which he kids didn’t mind and just played in the store some more.

Once inside, each kid got to sit with their doll in their very own seat. They even offered Jacob a doll to sit with.

After the waiter gave us our menus she explained the bands on the napkins were for us to take home. How sweet! Sarah loved her new pony tail holder.

After we ordered, we got the Warm Welcome. A mini cinnamon roll for each guest. The kids loved starting out with a treat!

Next was the first course. It came with warm spinach artichoke dip, raw veggies, pita and caprese kabobs.

The kids got traditional kids food and I got a pasta dish with veggies. Everything was really good and the decor was bright and cheerful. We had a great time!

While waiting for our food, the kids and I played their table game.

For dessert we each got a cupcake with a sugar cookie on top and their seasonal dessert of chocolate mousse in flower pots.

The kids were in heaven!! And again everything tasted so good!

We had such nice time! I love adventuring with my kiddos.

To see more of our summer adventures click below.

Casitas Water Adventure

Ventura Aquatic Center

California Science Center

Watermelon Festival

Amazon Favorites

We are big Amazon fans in this house. From diapers delivered to my door to streaming movies on my TV, Amazon has it all. Here’s some of our current favorites.

With school starting next week I got Sarah a set of Snack Box Food Containers with 4 compartments. Hoping the days she doesn’t want a sandwich this will be a good substitution for a heavier snack meal.

Anybody into Packing Cubes? I got a set for our trip To Florida later this month. A few of my friends suggested this and I’m hoping it helps keep my kids things organized.

My family loves a game we can all play together and this Let’s Go Fishing game is so much fun!

Sarah can be outside all day if she could. She loves going from riding her bike to playing with chalk to jumping rope. This Soft Bead Jumping Rope is her favorite.

I was looking for a casual dress for the summer, but couldn’t find what I was looking for in the stores. I came across this Cold Shoulder Swing Dress and couldn’t be happier! It’s become my summer staple! Perfect day and even night dress for a summer event.

Here I am wearing the dress at the 4th of July Parade.

While planning my sisters Bachella I got these Tribe Tattoos to put in the girls bags. They were a fun and added nice touch to her theme.

As you can see we order lot’s of random things from Amazon. Thanks to our Prime membership, shipping is free and best part, it comes to my door within 2 days! Glorious!

What are some of your Amazon Favorites? Share below.

Oshrat’s Bridal Shower

After our fun weekend in Palm Springs for Oshrat’s Bachelorette, it was time to plan her bridal shower.

The Theme

Come have tea with the bride to be!

After checking in with Oshrat, she told us she wanted a tea party with navy blue and blush as her color scheme. So my mom, my sister Germaine and I came up with beautiful tea party for the lovely bride-to-be.

The Venue

July in Florida is just gross so we opted for an inside event. My sister’s new house was the perfect spot. Her hubby moved the furniture and we set up shop with long tables in the living room.

The Decorations

After creating a Pinterest board we put a few our ides into fruition. Like this doily wrapped rose gold silverware. plates // rose gold silverware // doilies Scalloped napkins // tea cupsThe table as you walked in included favors and some more decor. The sweet bride even made that F with pink flowers.

  G got this cute make your banner that we put on top of the dessert table. tea picks // create your own banner

The Food

Going with my sister’s tea party theme we spent the majority of the day making mini sandwiches. We made egg salad, cucumber and cream cheese, strawberry jam and cream cheese, smoked lox on cream cheese, PB & J.The dessert table consisted of mini scones, muffins, doughnut holes and mini bundlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

tea picks // banner // cake stand

The drink station included water with strawberries, Pimms tea, pink lemonade with blueberries and sweet tea. beverage dispenser // straws // drink tags // cups

Activities

We made a photo wall from paper fans. One of Oshrat’s bridesmaids bought some props and we had our very own photo booth.

navy fans // rose gold fans

Testing out the photo wall with the bride-to-be!

We also played two games. Oshrat’s favorite was when we asked Matt some questions about Osh. Favors

We had a local mama make these cookies. They were not only gorgeous they were tasty too!

Loved hosting this lovely shower with my mom and sister!Click below to see previous parties:

Germaine’s Bridal Shower

Fancy Dinner Party

Mardi Gras Dinner Party

Kids Parties

Watermelon Festival

I’m a big fan of food festivals! The different types of food, spending time with my family, the activities, the people watching and so much more. My most favorite part is checking out the unique way they incorporate the festival food in all the dishes. We’ve been to the Strawberry Festival, Salsa Festival, Apple Festival, Garlic Festival, and Avocado Festival.

So when I heard the Watermelon Festival was coming to town I was super excited to check it out.

As soon as we got inside we each got a wedge of watermelon!

The kids activities were amazing!!! We got to feed the butterflies in this enclosed tent. There were so many butterflies that one even landed on my back. I freaked out and asked the lady to let me back out. She said that’s what they call butterfly kisses. Eek, no thanks! Hubby and the kids stayed and had a great time!  Next up was the reptile tent. Parrots, snakes, spiders, tortoise and so much more. It was 94 degrees and we were all ready for a much needed break. We checked out the Outshine truck for some free Popsicles. Hubby got the watermelon while the rest of us got different flavors. The kids had fun riding ponies and cuddling with the bunnies in the petting zoo. Sarah could have stayed with the animals for hours!!    They had so many areas set up for kids. We had lots of fun in the bubble area.We walked around some more, spotted a professional watermelon carving booth and tasted the new Coffee Mate Cold Brew. We left home with a big bag of watermelon popcorn and happy memories of our family fun day!

 We also saw watermelon funnel cakes, watermelon tacos and watermelon mixed drinks. So much yummy food!

Have you ever been to the Watermelon Festival? What was your favorite food?

California Science Center

We got to check off another activity off of our Summer Bucket ListWe recently went to the California Science Center in LA with Sarah’s friend Kallista from school.

This museum has lot’s of interactive activities for the kids to push, touch, and play with. This shadow exhibit was lot’s of fun. The kids had to try and beat the tiger. Time for the earthquake exhibit. Eek so scary! My favorite exhibit has to be, the Endeavour. I remember watching the Endeavour on TV as it got pulled around LA. It’s so big, so amazing and so very cool. To think this was in space, but really only a spec in satellites is mind blowing.  Imagine millions of those carpet tiles you see in doctors offices, but instead heat shield tiles that cover the space shuttle. This thing is just so massive!    Just ONE of the huge rocket engines!! It was huge!!!! It’s a good day to wear your space shirt! Next up was the External Tank. The only part of the shuttle stack that isn’t reusable, the external tank carried the propellants to power the space shuttle main engines.  Our cuties!This museum is free, but has a few exhibits that are additional. We prepaid for the Pandas 3D movie for 2pm, but once inside we were so busy that the extra movie was not necessary. However it was a nice 30 minute break. Our final stop was the touch tanks. Sarah loves this part! Jacob, not so much.

Las Vegas (2018)

Since Sarah’s school gets out about 3 weeks before the rest of the schools in our area we packed up the kids and headed to Las Vegas!

Day 1

Our first stop is always the Alien Jerky place. The store itself is one large saucer while different shapes and sizes of aliens line the property. My kids love checking out the bugged eye creatures. Who knew?!Tip: We always leave the kids in their jammies and change in the last rest stop. That way kids in comfy clothes can nap easily. Coincidentally my sister and her fiance were in town the day before. We met up, checked in to our hotel and headed to the pool. This time we stayed at the MGM Grand. We are big fans of a lazy river and this hotel is known for their pools.We washed up and got ready to hit the strip. Right before we left my sister asked the kiddos if they would be a part of their wedding. How cute?!!There is something so amazing about the strip. Being able to walk everywhere, seeing all the sights, the plethora of food choices. I love it! My sister and her fiance!My lovely family!For dinner we went to Tournament of Kings. Each person gets a hearty 3 course meal using the original utensil – their hands. Tip: you can ask for silverware, but the kids thought it was so cool to use their hands. Dinner was a cornish hen, potatoes, roll, broccoli, and soup. Included is unlimited soda refills. A choice of dessert come the last 15 minutes of the show. We were so excited! Each section of the theater was placed in a team. Our team was Russia. So we cheered for the purple horse.  The kids were entertained the whole time!!! The show had so much going on. One minute there’s dancing, horse jousting and even fire. What a fun show!

We walked around a bit and then called it a night.Day 2

We woke up and headed to Paris hotel for breakfast.Kids playing with the jam packets while we wait for our food.Fun fact: The first time I went to Vegas was also on a family vacation and we stayed in the Paris hotel. Somehow my sister found this picture if us, so we thought it was only natural to recreate it. We walked around the strip for a bit. We love walking in and out of hotels. For lunch we stopped by Taco Bell and got icees. Love me some sister time! Our next stop was another favorite, the M&M World. After each kid picked a treat we headed upstairs to see the 3D movie. It was getting really hot so went back to our hotel to swim. Since my sister was in town, hubby and I took advantage of this time and went on a date night. We went to Craftsteak for two reasons. One it was downstairs in our hotel so it was super easy and convenient. Two I love watching Tom Colicchio on Top Chef and have been wanting to check out his restaurant in LA. We are SO glad we did! We had the most amazing meal ever!! Can’t wait to go back! Here is what our desert looked like.While we were at dinner, Osh and Matt took the kids to dinner and walk around. So thankful to have family that loves on my kids.

Osh and Matt had a flight later that night, so we parted ways. Can’t believe she’s going to be a bride soon!We got ready for bed and called it a night. Day 3

Like most mornings we walked downstairs in our PJ’s to get coffee and a snack. Tip: I packed the kids cereal and milk boxes for their breakfast as they like to eat when they wake up.We cleaned up, watched cartoons and mapped out our day.Back at the pool and in that lazy river. Bliss! Funny story, while driving to Vegas, hubby realized he forgot his sunglasses. A quick order on Amazon and it arrived to our hotel just in time. My sweet hubby even got me a pair. Me and my little man.J needed a nap so hubby took him upstairs while Sarah and I had mommy daughter time.We spent most of the day in the pool and then showered and got ready for the evening.

We checked out the Hershey’s Chocolate World store in NYNY hotel, The Tipsy Robot bar in Miracle Mile Shops and walked around MGM Grand for a bit. Day 4

After going on our usual Starbucks run the kids wanted pancakes. Since we are not morning people and it would take us longer to get ready then to head over to a restaurant we Uber Eats a pancake breakfast for each person (sorry this picture is after we ate). One last swim before we have to check out. We packed up and headed to our final destination, The Pinball Museum. Back on the road and back to reality. Looks like one of us couldn’t hang. Love these family trips!

See our past Las Vegas vacations below.

Las Vegas 2017

Las Vegas 2016

Las Vegas 2015

Las Vegas 2014

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