Thursday, June 13, 2013

Overpriced Princess Love

I vacillate between two titles for the majority of my posts, Blah, Blah, Blah and Biatch Puhleeeeze.  Last week was one of those weeks when I want to take a large object and hit a tree or a large costumed mascot.  LO shattered my iPad, threw my sunglasses in a public toilet and wrote with pen on our table. I'm getting used to some new thyroid medication and she was going through something.  I was researching the Safe Surrender Program when I went in our garage missed the last step tried to avoid slamming my face into the washing machine and twisted my ankle in the horribly wrong direction before falling down.  I crawled to my phone and called DH before cursing everything.  Unfortunately, the whole Santa Monica College shooting had just gone down.  So terrible and scary.  This happened two blocks from LO's school and started when we usually go to school but it happened on a Friday and we don't currently attend on Fridays.

I figured the ER would be a mess so we hit up Urgent Care which was a disaster as well.  I am now sporting this awesomeness.

We had tix to Tom Petty the next evening
where some poor fools had to carry my ass up two flights
of stairs due to their lack of access for disabled folks.
They originally put a half cast on and did a wrap/sock thing and handed me some crutches and started to show DH how to help me take it on and off.  I kid you not, DH verbatim said, "Yeah, that's not going to happen, what else do you have?"

Thankfully, we had already hit up the end of the season Princess Breakfast at Disneyland.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I'm A Friend That Yells Too Much

With the renovations, furniture ordering and new yard, vacations have taken a back seat.  There is no place that I am dying to go at this point with a three year old so it's not that big of a deal.  I wouldn't turn down a Greek island visit or South of France sojourn with adults only but that is a whole other topic.  So when my aunt and cousin decided to tour colleges in So CA, we jumped on board.  It's never too early to start grilling college into a youngster's brain.  I remember mainly walking tours from my college tours but that may have been a decade or almost two ago.  We were three minutes into the first video which was to be followed by a lecture when I was ready to pull the rip cord.  We have not mastered the low talking on command function.  We are more of the leisurely hang on the lawn and peruse the bookstore type of tour peeps.

Keeping it real at UCSB. 
As a UCSB alum and connoisseur of college town food, I felt like a good tour guide for non-school related items like where to get the best breakfast burrito.

The next day we headed to San Diego to take a break from all the rough tours and go to Sea World.
I didn't figure out the flash for a lot of pics.
Don't judge me.
Both penguin and child attempting to escape.

I don't know if this kid is literally the least impressed person in the world or just a good suppressor of enthusiasm but she barely made a sound during the Shamu show and not from utter awe but apparent boredom.  She did seem to have an overall good time but just not in the usual gigantic whale jumping in the air but more of the ice cream and gift shop way.

Sometimes I see pictures of this kid and think she is getting to be soooo big.

Then I see others and realize she is still my little baby.
The last day we didn't even attempt to go near the campuses but attempted the usually ill-fated shoe shopping excursion for some tennis shoes.  One of us left happy.

LO has been taking my face in her hands and telling me that she is not going to leave me EVER and that we can go to college together.  I was really touched until she mentioned that "Georgie" (The Curious One) was going to tag along as well.  I have told her that she needs to get cracking on that whole school thing if the three of us are going to have a chance at a decent school in a desirable location. Insert Michael and George Michael Bluth scenario here.

We came back to some non-stop partying with birthdays and school picnics and neighborhood pool parties.  I love the face off our new neighborhood.  Multiple neighbors have brought over cookies, flowers, wine and gifts for LO.  AND a family moved in across the street with a two year old and they have a KICK-ASS pool.  We have been over twice for swim parties that involve good food and a pool that is 92 degrees.   We went to a party today with EIGHT families all with kids four and under that live within a two block radius.  It is so 1950s Cleaveresque and lovely and not the snobby stereotypical LA that makes my skin crawl.  I am ready to relax and enjoy the Summer and maybe yell a little less cuz life is grand.
Best friends

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Lawns and Nature

Things have been crazy up in here.  We FINALLY finished the yard but we can't walk on it for two weeks.  LO saw the lawn area outside her room and we are on hour three of telling her she can't step on it.
We added some vegetable beds to the side yard so its about to get hippie up in here.  I'm counting on this lady to help me plant.  LO asked if quesadillas were vegetables so I think this is going to be a good experience for her.
School continues to be awesome and she is definitely ready to start five days a week all by herself! I am going to use the time to go to the dentist alone and workout.  And get a titch more organized.

We have been hitting up Disneyland as our super cheap pass doesn't work in the Summer and I doubt I will renew for another year now that she is a big school girl.

Although, she spends a good part of the day trying on dresses and looking in the mirror.  We could do that at home.

Another favorite activity these days is barista.  We are well hydrated in these parts with imaginary coffees.

Our sleeping arrangements continue to be close as ever.  I'm sure glad that I did all that sleep training!  She is a great sleeper just not always in her bed.
And the rare family picture not often seen in polite company.