Underwood Family Farm

It’s my favorite month! Unfortunately with my Paris trip I am just now getting into the spirit halfway through October (and I’ll probably claim December is my favorite too, it’s a tie…). We ventured north today to Underwood Family Farm in Moorpark and this place is a MUST!

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Most important- get there early! They open at 9 and you can buy tickets online HERE! to skip the line. Early entry means shorter lines, less crowds and cooler temps but not for long! Weekend admission in October is $20 (kids under 2 get in free!)

You can buy tickets for activities at several stands located throughout the farm. If you’re going with a toddler I suggest starting small.. we left with 10 tickets to spare, guess we will be going back!

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We went straight for the pony rides which B LOVED! (5 tickets) Then he ran straight for the pumpkin house which was a huge hit.

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I should preface this post by saying I’ve had the Halloween books out for a week at home and have trained him to say “pumpkin” with a level of excitement that mirrors my own. We were making our way toward the pumpkin patch when we saw the Cow Train and jumped in line. There is a Cow Train and a Bee Train (4 tickets). Bee Train has more cars so line moves faster, Cow Train in my opinion is cooler.. who wants to ride a bee at a farm? Just sayin.

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There are so many places to see, feed and pet animals throughout the grounds. We bought carrots (1 ticket) to feed the goats and went into the petting zoo (4 tickets) so B could brush and pet goats, sheep and bunnies.

For smaller tots there is a kiddie corner with a small park and enclosed area for running around. This was also the one place I could find a changing table!

There are also several shaded seating areas with tables to eat and rest, one has misters and makes it feel 19 degrees cooler which is much needed in this heat!

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There was so much we didn’t experience: the bounce house, corn maze, games and riding tractors that B was still too young for which means we will have to go back again next year (or next weekend💁🏼)!

xx Kristin

Choo Choooo

We loaded up the gang and headed to Griffith Park yesterday to the Travel Town Museum. If any of you have Thomas the Train lovers this is the place for you! B is glued to the seat between episodes when Mr. Perkins comes on and shouts “Peeekins!!”

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First of all, it’s free! Which is hard to find these days in LA. And while it may be a trek from our neighborhood, if he has a meltdown while we are there no money is lost. B spent most of his time running up and down the pathways between the trains screaming “Hi!” to other visitors between “choo chooooos”. He seemed a little young to appreciate anything other than the fact that there were trains around with really big wheels but given the vast amount of birthday parties scattered on the grounds I think it will be a huge hit later.

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The real winner was the train ride which goes around the museum. For $2.75 (under 18 months is free) you get two loops around. Aside from squeezing your adult ass onto the train, the hardest part is  dragging your toddler off while they scream “moooooore choo choooooooo”!

Learn more about the Travel Town Museum HERE!

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And since my parents are here (and are my blog’s biggest fans) I’ve included a photo of us from Travel Town as their introduction to the blog world. We’re headed to San Francisco tomorrow (sans B) so stay tuned! Happy Sunday!

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xx Kristin

Repetition leads to what exactly?

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA since B’s big 18 month birthday but it seems we may have entered terrible two territory and I’m not sure I’m prepared for my sweet boy’s determined feelings about EVERYTHING.

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I try to identify his feelings, he’s obviously frustrated when he balls his adorable chubby fingers into tight fists and screams at the top of his lungs doing his best ‘Anger from Inside Out’ impression (if you don’t know what that is, google it).

And don’t even get me started on the “experts” who say not to use the word no. Giving alternatives at this age is just not something B can handle. He points to something and says “this” then 7 seconds later points the other direction and shouts “this!” before I can even look for the first “this”.

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And ‘nanas’… is there a limit to how many bananas a toddler should eat in a day? Because he starts shouting NANA before his milk these days and tonight it went right up to the bathtub. Some days its just NANA, others it entails a full back arch scream situation.

What is it they say? Repetition leads to clarity? Or was it insanity? Because I’m not sure B hears anything I’m saying on repeat as he swipes at my face with his claws or tries to run into the street chasing cars. I’m definitely voting insanity!

I’ve decided I need to buy a bus. Because at the end of the day, anything that can elicit the response in the photos below is worth my hard earned money, right??

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HEEEEELP! How do you handle your tantrum toddler? What age does it end? I try to remind myself that this too shall pass… right??

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xx Kristin

18 months

Our sweet B is 18 months old tomorrow and I have so many feelings about it. Mostly I am feeling happy which is a word B learned today from Daniel Tiger and is now on my “favorite” list. He says it with a cheesy grin and it sounds like “HaPeeeee”❤️

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Some days I feel like I was just in that hospital bed, agonizing over getting that sweet boy into this world. Other days I can’t remember life before him and it seems as though 18 years has passed.

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Today he blew out his 18 month candle (his blow out candle face in the featured image hurts my heart!) and shared the first bite of icing with me (below)💔

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As I look back to 18 months ago, I feel nostalgic about my pregnancy and wonder what it would be like to do it all over again. Then I look at B and think “how could I ever share my love for him with someone else?” OR “how would I have time for a baby while chasing this mad man around?”

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To my Mamas out there… are you feeling the same? Or am I the only one with so many emotions about my babe getting older and thinking about baby number 2??

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xx Kristin

Weekend Road Trip

Guys.. this weekend was a big deal for us! Believe it or not, B has never spent a single night away from his crib since being home from the hospital. Saturday night that all changed! We drove down to San Diego on Saturday morning and spent the day at the Zoo. B was gifted Goodnight Gorilla a few months ago, and if he wasn’t before, he has since become OBSESSED with animals, particularly the lion, gorilla and elephant.

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We arrived at the zoo around 11am and were pleased to find free parking (a rarity in CA) and short lines at the ticket booth. If you’re thinking of making a trip, you can find all the info you need HERE! before you arrive. Kids under 3 get in free, adult admission starts at $52.

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B found all of his favorites along the way, although he did fall asleep in the stroller (first time in a year!!) and missed the monkeys so we had to circle back after lunch. In the heat it seemed a lot of the animals were taking siesta. We were lucky enough to catch the lions right before they went into hiding, the gorilla taking a nap in the grass and when we looped back to exit there were many more elephants out and about than there had been on our first pass.

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When we got to the hotel, B was terrified of going to sleep in the travel crib and was hysterical. After awhile I crawled into the crib with him which finally calmed him down enough to lay down and finally fall asleep (too bad I can’t share a photo of that!). Luckily he slept through the night and had no trouble going down for a nap on Sunday.

Anyone else have trouble sleepers while traveling??

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On Sunday we took B to his first baseball game at Petco Park. I’ve been to several games here sans baby and it is definitely one of my favorite baseball stadiums. If you’re attending with kids I’d suggest the Park at the Park. We purchased these GA seats for $17.50 each, kids under 3ft are free, and had a great time. Prices vary depending upon the opponent and go on sale 2 weeks prior to the game. On Sundays, they also have Kids Fest which offers bounce houses, face painting and other fun activities for kids of all ages. Info HERE!

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I’m confident B wouldn’t have made it more than an inning in a seat so am glad we went with the GA seats. We took the stroller and our Skip Hop mat to sit on in the grass, all while having access to the hot dogs, beer and game.

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xx Kristin

I scream, You scream

We all screamed at the Museum of Ice Cream!

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While this place may not rank high on my list as a museum, it was the most fun I’ve had in awhile!

Here’s the scoop (see what I did there🤣)… you check in at your confirmed time and walk from room to room taking photos/i.e. viewing art? and sampling sweet treats. Tickets are required in advance and the bad news for my LA friends is that it’s sold out. It’s coming to San Francisco in September and they are promising more locations soon so keep an eye out HERE!

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My favorite room naturally, as a self diagnosed sprinkle addict, was the sprinkle pool. B was torn between the banana room and the sprinkle pool. MOIC, if your reading this, I’m sorry my kid touched the bananas 🤷🏼‍♀️ Next time maybe hang them a little higher. I’m also sorry for the screaming that commenced when I forcefully removed him from the banana room and sprinkle pool, I hope you took it as a rave review!

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Now for the fun stuff… I watched Chance pull sprinkles out of B’s mini pocket for a solid 3 minutes when we exited the pool. I thought I had made it out scott free until I got home, picked a wedgie (sorry if that’s tmi for any of you) and sprinkles literally went sprinkling onto the hardwood.  Then into the toilet. And don’t even get me started on B’s diaper. I wonder how many sprinkles leave that place a day? Do they have to refill the pool? And the question no one wants to think about… the ones that do survive… are they ever sanitized?

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xx Kristin

Sunday Funday

Ahhhhh Sundays… the day of lounging, day drinking and sunshine.

NOT!

While other DTLA goers were enjoying avocado fest, I was told we couldn’t come in because our son wasn’t over 21, duh! So we spent our afternoon doing what any blogger duo would do… look for cool wall murals and attempt to keep B standing next to me for longer than 2.5 seconds so my husband could get a shot. It was mostly a fail but I did successfully drink a beer and a coffee and stop for donuts on the way home because, well, Sunday! (and probably the cause of my disjointed post tonight!)

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I sometimes forget that a toddler is an actual person. Anyone else get frustrated when their tot doesn’t want to cooperate or is fussy for a reason that we just can’t put our finger on? I have days where I feel super unmotivated, want to stay in bed and just can’t deal with adulting. Why should toddlers not be allowed the same feelings? Unfortunately as adults we can’t throw wild tantrums and scream MORE, CRACKER or whatever else we are feeling. Shame.

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Now onto the real winner… any other mamas feeling challenged with what to wear while chasing their tot around? My pre-mama self was usually in dresses. In an attempt to not re-enact Lindsay Lohan circa 2006’s vag flashing circus I have defaulted to shorts. I struggled finding the right pair… I feel too old for the cut offs that barely cover cheeks and prefer not to have them so low that I’m exposed when I bend down to pick up B. SO! I landed on these amazing gems from Frame, they’re soft denim and have just enough coverage.

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You can find them HERE!

And as an added bonus, my topper is only $10 and can be found HERE!

Happy Sunday!

xx Kristin