Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fireworks and the Drive-In

We had a bunch of leftover fireworks so DP had all the kids come over last Sunday.  They played so nicely all together, it was really cute.  I love these rugrats so much!

I made a fabulous dinner of baked swai (the whole fish topped with tomato, onions, and jalapeno), roasted potatoes, mixed veggies, and creamed spinach.  This was my favourite part of the night.  I have been trying to eat healthier and start running again, but it's hard when I work such long hours and want to spend my whole weekend at home eating junk and drinking all the things.  Anyway, so after dinner we went out to my mother-in-law's street for fireworks, sparklers, and those bomb things, which Claire loved.

Dale and Rishi set off a bunch of real ones into the sky but it was too hard to get pictures.

Then after all that, my husband got the brilliant idea to go to the drive-in.  It had been a long time since we saw a movie, so we packed up the car and headed out.  It was already late, so I just assumed Claire would sleep the whole time.  Well turns out I made an ASS out of U and ME because the baby woke up and wanted to party.

Who takes a baby to a movie?  First she ate all my Doritos then she spent the whole movie trying to escape the trunk.  So yeah, that was a disaster.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sleeping Brag

Claire has always been a fabulous sleeper.  She started sleeping in her crib at about 3 months and it was her decision, she just stopped being able to sleep between us.  I realized it one night when she tossed and turned the whole time until I got up and laid her in her crib, where she promptly rolled over and went to sleep. 

And she started sleeping through the night at 5 months, which was absolutely an accident on my part, but she figured out really quickly that she can find her pacifier and put herself back to sleep.

This girl loves her naps too.  A couple weeks ago I was watching tv, and Claire came up to me and tugged on my leg.  I knew this meant she was tired, so I put her in her crib and this baby waved bye-bye to me.  It was like she was saying, "Don't let the door hit you on your way out."

But yesterday, oh yesterday takes the cake.  I was folding laundry in my room and Claire was playing in her room.  Then I heard her calling me.  "Uh!  Uh!"  As I walked toward her, she was walking out, and we met in the hall, at which point she stopped dead in her tracks, said, "Uh!" then turned around and walked back into her room.  Was she telling me to follow her?  I did, and she went over to her crib and tried to pull a blanket out through the slats.  So I gave it to her, slightly annoyed that this was what she called me for.  But then Claire put her blanket on the floor and laid down it, looking up at me.  I was dumbfounded.  I actually asked her, " are you telling me you're ready for a nap...?"  Seriously.  Who is the responsible party here?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge

I love her, I think she's just fabulous.  I guess you could say I'm a Royalist but it's all because of Kate.  Anyway, so I was glued to numerous social media outlets yesterday when her and Prince William, and their new little baby George, emerged from the hospital a mere 22 hours after she gave birth.  Even though I cried when she stepped out to the cheers, and cried while she stood there with her perfect hair blowing in the wind, and cried when Prince William held their tiny baby, I couldn't help but notice her stomach.  There it was, just out there.

And then I laughed.  First of all, because I knew the media was going to have a field day with that one.  But secondly because I remembered my very own expanded uterus after giving birth to Claire.  Only, I had no idea it would still be there so as I'm laying on the bed post delivery, and the doctor is stitching me up, I tried to sit up to see what he was doing (I was on drugs, remember that) and couldn't because my belly was there.  I screamed out, completely alarmed, "What the hell is that?!" while pushing on my stomach.  My nurse rushed over and explained to me that everything in there was stretched out or out of place, and it was completely normal.  I had thought I was going to walk out of the hospital with the flat stomach I had pre-pregnancy. 

Yet here is perfect and lovely Kate Middleton, embracing motherhood in a way that just made her seem all the more graceful.  The people's princess.  She totally wins at life.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

My Anaheim Angel

Over our weekend in Anaheim, the whole family went to an Angels game.  It was Claire's first pro baseball game, and she had a blast.  Except for the part where she fell asleep on her uncle, but she didn't miss much.

Hanging out at the Fox Sports desk with Tim Salmon.  NBD.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Here Come the Waterworks

I don't know if it's due to the birth of the Royal Baby (how self important am I?) or because it was exactly one year ago today that I went on maternity leave, but I have become an emotional wreck.  I am SO embarrassed to admit that I cry every time I watch this video.  Yes, all seven times.

Last year at this time I was hugely pregnant.  I was so happy and anxious and relaxed and sweaty.  It feels like just yesterday.  Yet here I am today with an almost one year old. 

My last day of work, eating all the things.

My 11 month old baby monster.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Last-Minute Getaway

My mother-in-law decided on Friday, that she was going to take us to the beach for the weekend to celebrate her birthday.  "We are leaving when you get home from work," my husband told me over the phone at 3pm.  I was horrified.  I'm pretty sure I yelled something like "DON'T YOU KNOW ME AT ALL???"  Lists began compiling in my head of how I need to clean the house, pack our bags, groceries we need, etc.  But then I got over it because hey, I'm going to the beach!

And leave after work, we did.  Dale had cleaned the whole house since he knows what's good for him.  I got home, packed for Claire and I, and we were on the road by 6:30.  It was perfect timing, and I love driving at night because the baby can go to sleep like normal.  Plus, as it turns out, we narrowly missed a huge thunderstorm that hit Vegas as we left that night.

The next morning, we went to visit Granma.  Dale's grandmother was moving out of the home she lived in for like 20 years, so it was kind of emotional.  We had stayed with her a lot, on family trips and sometimes just DP and I.  One of the times I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon, the course looped past her neighbourhood and as I ran by I heard a tiny voice yelling, "Go Veka!"  I looked up to see Granma sitting in a lawn chair on the side of road, watching the runners and waiting for me to pass.  I've just been an emotional ball-bag since I had the baby so yeah, I cried passing this part of the road. 

After visiting with my extended in-laws, we headed to Huntington Beach.  It was overcast, but warm enough for Claire to play.  (For like 5 minutes.)  Just long enough for cute pictures.  Then we spent the rest of the afternoon on a patio at the pier, having seafood appies and cocktails.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bum Baby

Claire and her dad have been bumming around the house a lot lately since the weather has prevented them from going out in the heat.  I guess to combat their cabin fever, they play in the backyard.  We have a patio table that has a little part underneath it, and Claire loves to hang out on it.  Plus she's AMAZING at climbing, so she's always getting up there.  Notice the lack of clothing...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Party Planning

I spent the weekend slowly getting everything organized for Claire's birthday party.  I started fairly early because I knew spending so much money was going to be hard on us PLUS to curb the expenses I decided to DIY a lot of things and that just takes time that I would rather spend drinking wine and watching tv.

Anyway, so here's the general rundown:  The theme is Care Bears, which (I'm grateful) incorporates a lot of rainbows and clouds.  Care Bears stuff is hard to find!  And I can't bring myself to use the new Care Bears merchandise because seriously, what is this nonsense?  (Funshine Bear is a boy?)

So I made a Care Bears invitation, and bought some vintage paper cups and cake toppers that I saw on ebay.  I splurged on some theatre candy but it's the only thing I spent over $5 on.  And that's the extent of the theme.
It's a 2-hour party that Claire is having 10 children attend, at a local splash pad/playground.  I figure the kids can come and play for a bit, we'll have pizza and fruit, bust the piñata, and be done.  I'm ordering the pizzas from Cici's and cutting up fruit to make a rainbow platter.  I considered doing the rainbow fruit skewers that I saw all over Pinterest, but for some reason, giving toddlers a bunch of sharp sticks doesn't sound like the best idea.

For favours, I wanted to go with a hard container since we were at a park and everything is liable to get wet.  So I ordered a bunch of buckets from Party City that I found for $0.98 and went from there.  I had already downloaded the Care Bears official font for the invite and definitely want to use it everywhere I can, so I labeled each bucket with the child's name on a cloud-shaped cutout.  I am planning to stuff the favour buckets with a cold drink, some candy, a water balloon, and some simple and cheap favours (whistle, bouncy ball, etc.) all in the same colour as their bucket.

I stuck the labels on the buckets with tape because I'm fancy, and it turned out fine.

I went with Gatorade for the drinks because they kids need to stay hydrated in this hundred-degree weather, plus it just so happens they come in a rainbow of colours.  I removed the labels and added my own.  This time I used shipping tape and put it over the labels like a kind of budget laminate.  (Thank God the kids are all little and won't be judging my janky, homemade party décor!)

The only rainbow or cloud piñata I could find online is $20 so I had a fleeting thought to DIY that as well.  I'm really on a roll here guys.  But I just can't bear the thought of a sub-par piñata for my favourite kids.  I'll definitely be thinking hard about this.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Something Fierce

Claire pinches.  She grits her gums and squeezes my skin as hard as she can, her face turns red, sometimes there's grunting.  She actually does angry pretty well.  It makes me proud, her Hulk style.

Of course I busted out laughing the first few times she did it, which my husband says only encourages her bad behavior.  Oooookay.  She's 11 months and I am creating a monster.

The other day I was trying to show my mom so I stuck my arm out in front of her and said, "Ouch!"  She looked up from what she was doing, grabbed my arm and pinched the shit out of my skin.  THERE ARE BRUISES.

I tried to get a video of her mad face, but she just thinks it's a game at this point.  Which could be because I totally made a game out of it, but who really knows?  Anyway, you can see how much she enjoys hurting me.

Monday, July 15, 2013

RIP Trayvon Martin

The day the SCOTUS struck down DOMA was one of the most exciting days this year.  Dale and I privately celebrated the fact that our daughter can marry whomever she wants to, if she decides married life is for her. But we don't talk about things like that in public because of, you know, tact, and because I get heated very easily when it comes to restricting basic human rights.  And because Dale loves to tell people that they are "going to look like fucking idiots in a few years, like how the people in the 50's protesting inter-racial marriage look to us."  And we are aware that personal insults and name-calling don't really get your point across.

But as much as I try to keep things light on here, some things just bust out.

The other day, Dale told me that he was glad Claire was light-skinned.  He had spent my whole pregnancy saying that he wished our baby would look like him so I kind of laughed him off thinking that's what he was referring to.

But he wasn't.  He was referring to the fact that people with white skin have an easier time in America.  Not in general, maybe only in specific situations or geographic locations, but isn't that enough?  White privilege and all that jazz.

I am angry that Trayvon Martin was murdered.  That he was a child and he was murdered by an adult.  That he was unarmed and he was murdered by someone who was "legally" armed.  That he was black and he was murdered by someone who most likely approached, accosted, and killed him because of that.  But mostly I am angry because of the people who are in denial, the people who say it's not about race or it's not about gun control.  I am angry because my daughter has to grow up in a country that is letting this murderer roam free.  And even though this specific case was a result of race relations in America, I feel the same way about O.J. Simpson and that case wasn't about race, so it's not like I'm playing the race-card across the board.

I just feel sad that this child died.  And I feel sad that I want Claire to blend in as best she can to avoid situations where she is the odd-man out.  It shouldn't be that way.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Last weekend my brother-in-law got a table at Hakkasan to celebrate his birthday.  I was pumped because Steve Aoki was DJing that night and I'd always wanted to see him, but he's not a regular Vegas staple like Tiesto or Calvin Harris, so opportunities were limited.

Of course DP rolled his eyes at me all day about this because who wants to see a DJ?  Well I tried to tell him that it was more like a show because there is a lot of audience interaction and he's kind of a big personality.  There's a big crowd-surfing raft.  Oh, and he throws cake on the crowd. 

So Dale went in with an already bad impression but I was excited.

For anyone who knows Mike,
that's his new girlfriend.  BLAST!
Our table was on the second floor overlooking the stage.  After we got tipsy, my husband agreed to head downstairs.  And what do you know, he ended up loving it!  We made our way to the middle of the dance floor, which at Hakkasan is huge, and even after I started to get tired, Dale talked me into staying pretty much all night.  Of course HE wasn't wearing platform heels.  But I still agreed because I was so surprised he was actually enjoying himself.

View from our table.

Here are a few pictures that +Steve Aoki and +Hakkasan Lv posted on Instagram.


In the picture above, you can see Aoki getting ready to toss a sheet cake into the crowd.  Who throws a cake?  Anyway, if you follow the line of his pointed finger, you can see Dale and I in the middle of the dance floor.  The people directly next to us got smashed and we weren't safe from flying frosting.  I was sliding all over the place and it was gross.