All Aboard!

After seeing B’s Thomas tee last week, my friend told me about “Day Out with Thomas!” and we were able to get in on the last day of the year! Now before you stop reading thinking “why am I going to get excited about Thomas if I’m never going to be able to go”… Thomas and Percy are a traveling show and will be back next year! And if you’re not in LA, check it out at other locations in the US! Read on!!CE825990-2F9B-4EE7-A382-7BEC2DA4F53A

Let’s start with the basics- we caught T&P at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California (it’s south for those of you who, like me, had zero idea this place existed). I linked their site HERE! so you can keep up with what’s new and when T&P will make their comeback!

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Admission was $31/adult, kids 2 and under are free. We purchased the combo ticket which got you a ride on both Thomas and Percy. Obvi you can’t ride one without the other! Tickets are timed.

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WGW tip: book the earliest time slot (especially for Thomas) so you can beat the crowds and the lines to take a family photo in front of the engines. The staff will take a photo for you (prints way overpriced) but you can also take your own photos so don’t be shy!

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Unlike most places in LA, once you have paid admission to get in, most activities are included. They have a petting zoo (extra $2 if you want to buy food for the animals), Thomas tattoos, bounce houses and a miniature train exhibit. There are food carts on site and plenty of picnic seating available for lunch. Some are cash only!

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If you have a Thomas enthusiast, this is a must see! On Sunday it took us 1.5 hours each way and was worth every minute. If Thomas is not your thing but your tot loves trains, in December there is a Train to Santa’s Workshop!

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xx Kristin

 

 

Mr. Bones 2017

Ok so here’s the breakdown of Mr. Bones this year. There are two locations:

10100 Jefferson Blvd Culver City

Link HERE!

Admission $15/adult

Hours 9a-8/9p depending on the day

*check in advance because of the heat!

There is a new location at The Platform in Culver City, the Boo-tique

Link HERE!

Admission $10/adult

Hours 1-6p during the week, 10-6 weekends

We visited the Platform on Sunday and loved it! It’s smaller than the other location BUT there is more shade, a parking structure AND they serve alcohol!

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B found tons of fun things to get into.. there was a petting zoo ($5 extra but so worth it) with a pig, sheep, goat, alpaca, pony, ducks and bunnies. Bring your sanitizer, you’re going to need it😝

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If you can’t tell yet by my instagram, we love a good pumpkin house and this patch had it! There was also a huge teepee and a spider bounce house (which required a $10 wristband, don’t you love how this turns into a $50 morning!)

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Ok.. now to the hay maze.. if you saw my instastories this thing was part horror part cool. C and I were terrified when B ran in and we immediately realized we had no idea who or what was inside and that we couldn’t see a goddamn thing. 10 minutes later B’s head popped out of the other end huge grinned before quickly disappearing again. Beware: you will be digging hay out of places for hours and the dust boogers the next day are insane. You’re welcome!

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All in all I am a sucker for a pumpkin patch and Mr. Bones never disappoints. I’m already looking forward to next year!

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xx Kristin

 

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