Sunday, April 1, 2012

weekly photo dump. week 11.

this week was crazy town!
i was busy washing clothes, cleaning house, packing, and wrangling a toddler all while making sure he was entertained enough to not get cabin fever.
we will be out of town for awhile so the next few posts will be from various parts of texas! yeehaw!
sunday was a lazy day full of rain, donuts and coffee, and a manicure for mama. that evening we watched basketball and d was shocked that north carolina lost! as was i considering i needed them to win so i could have a shot at winning some money in the pool!

monday d played some games on the iPad while i folded piles of laundry and was kept company by one of my cats. after nap time we played outside for a few hours and i drew our family for d. he calls my mom and dad "ama and abu." no idea why, but it has stuck! that evening i enjoyed a glass of wine after a long day! 
tuesday we had breakfast then went on a long walk and stopped for some tea and apple juice at starbucks. we spent the rest of the morning outside playing basketball and soaking up the sun! while the little guy napped i started laundry and prepped dinner which was later eaten by the toddler while holding the basketball. his new favorite toy!
we were off to texas for a long vacation to see family and friends! d now has to have his own seat and it was awesome! he was way too big to be sitting on my lap! he played on his little laptop and the iPad. he was so good. we had a long layover so we had some dinner and played at the playground for an hour. good way to burn off some steam and stretch the legs! every airport should have one of these. 
thursday we slept in since we got to my parents house late wednesday night. we watched some cartoons, drank some smoothies, and ran some errands. later that evening we were hit with a crazy storm with hail that lasted for an hour in some areas. the hail above was from our house but a few miles away they reported a tornado and golf ball and grapefruit sized hail. it was unbelievable and i have never seen anything like it. luckily d slept throughout the whole thing. 
we did some art this morning, ran around outside for awhile and played on the golf course after it was closed. my parents have a gold course behind their house so it is a nice open area for the little guy to run! the tree that is down in the pic above in in my parents yard. it blew down in the storm and my mom actually heard it snap! so scary! 
today we spent the day with my cousin and her kids. d loves his cousins so much and had so much fun playing with them, running after each other, and sharing toys. yes, sharing! they were pretty good at it! that evening we had a long bath where i swear the bath water was brown! that is how much they ran around and played outside. 

we will be in texas for another 2 weeks and are excited to see everyone and spend some time with family and friends! 

hope you all had a good weekend! 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

little bits of happiness. volume 3.

hi lax // plane watching // big plane, little plane // computing // our view leaving la // airport playground fun 

these are big bits of happiness. nothing little here.
we are now in texas with family after a day of travel on wednesday, and there is no place we would rather be than with our family and friends! 

i linked up with mrs. stephanie for her little bits of happiness. 
what made you happy this week?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade Margarita.

last week i posted {via instagram} a pic of a raspberry lemonade margarita and blew people's minds! 
margaritas go beyond the basic one made with sweet and sour mix and tequila. gag! i like real ingredient margs! none of this pre mixed stuff. 
b and i have perfected our margarita recipe and enjoy them frequently. since we didn't have all the ingredients we typically use, we used what we had and came up with a Raspberry Lemonade Margarita that is delish! 

Raspberry Lemonade Margarita 

2 oz. Silver Tequila
1.5 oz of Cointreau + a little for a floater
4 oz of Limeade (we use Simply Limeade but any fresh, NOT frozen will do)
2 oz of Raspberry Lemonade (we use Simply Rasberry Lemonade, but any fresh, not frozen will do)
1 oz Sprite
Cut limes for garnish
Salt for rim of glass

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, shake and pour! 
Super easy, good and perfect for the summer months ahead!

 *drink responsibly people. drinking and driving is no bueno!*

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

weekly photo dump. week 10.

10 weeks?!?!? 
there is no way i actually have kept up with this for 10 weeks! yay for a blog milestone!
this week was my first full week back as a single parent during the day. b went back to work and it's just me and the boy. and it is great. but this boy misses his daddy. a lot! so i have tried to keep him busy and keep his mind off of missing him. i think we had a fun week while doing so!
this week started off with sunshine! yay! saturday was full of rain. and cold! so cold! not your typical la weather. 
if you've never had espresso cheese from trader joe's then you are missing out on some major cheese coma. it's so good! i hung up my newest print from LivyLoveDesigns which is pretty much my motto these days! for dinner we had yummy pizza from cpk and caught up on tiro shows. 
monday we ran some errands and hit up target for some new crayons, diapers, and to browse. i fell in love with some chevron print boxes that i think would be good for all of my crafting stuff and d's art supplies. they have a ton of gorgeous stuff out right now. i want it all! after target we went to trader joe's where i bought some yummy falafel chips and d loved them. after nap we face timed with daddy and my mom! 
this morning i made mandy's smoothie recipe in hopes to incorporate more veggies into the little guys diet. it worked. he loved it and i have made 3 since! we ate breakfast and headed out for a walk at the track and then some time at the park. before nap there were a few firetrucks in front of our apartment so that was good entertainment for 20 minutes! 
wednesday we had a special playmate with leah, calen and traci at their house. i fueled with coffee and we headed out. the roses were from their house. gorgeous! spring has sprung in la. the had so much fun playing together! so much so that d fell asleep in the car on the way home! after driving around making sure he got a sufficient nap we came home and played on the iPad and i made some peanut butter, marshmallow cookies. soooo good! 
the morning started very early. we played, read some books, and then passed some time playing hex bugs. if you have never heard of these check them out. they are so fun! d and my cats love them! after breakfast we headed to bed, bath and beyond for some vacuum bags and then hit up the brentwood country mart for lunch. we sat a few tables away from ewan mcgregor and i drooled while eating. holy crap this man is gorgeous. 
later that afternoon we went out to enjoy the sunshine and watered our plants. which btw will not need watering for a month after today! he had so much fun so that is really all that matters!
friday's are gymboree days so we headed to class, had lunch with some friends after, came home for a nap, and then went to a book signing in santa monica. i got to meet courtney from pizzazarie and the author of push up pops. she was so sweet and has the best southern accent! i adore her site and it is full of party inspiration if you are looking for some ideas! after the book signing, i picked up a few cookbooks and then we had dinner at cpk where d devoured mac-n-cheese like he had never eaten before! 
today was a total waste. i was sick all day and did nothing. i hate days like this! i feel like we should be out enjoying the sunshine and doing something fun. instead i was laid up on the couch drinking coffee, reading cookbooks and being kept company by one of my cats. honestly this day was awful because i was sick but if it was any other day and i got to do this stuff it would have been rad! the boys played together and i napped. i felt a little better before d's bedtime so we had some fun with a baby samurai imitation! pretty good, i think!

hope you all had a good week! 
we are gearing up for a long trip out of town so this week will be buys washing clothes, shopping and packing. 

linked up with amy, per usual. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

little bits of happiness. volume 2.

this weeks bits of happiness.....

finding my favorite espresso cheese at trader joes // pie tasting for work // a new app // pink roses in the spring 

this week was full of the awesome! so much wonderful, fun stuff going on these days. 
what made you happy this week? 

i'm linking up with the lovely mrs. stephanie for her little bits of happiness link up! 
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