Thursday, April 24, 2014

just plane fun

seems like it's become a tradition for us to head to the lone star state to spend easter with the ILs. now, while texas isn't particularly my favorite place to be, it's always fun to go and hang out with the ILs. and since the grandparents moved out there too, we hadn't seen them in a year. we were all looking forward to checking out their new house, which they'd finally gotten to move into around christmastime. 

the bean was, as always, super excited to get onto a plane and go to texas. like her mother, she loves to travel. 


yay for in-flight wifi!


what do you do when you're settled in your seats? take selfies, duh. 



when we were safely in the air at a cruising altitude, the bean busted out her backpack for something to do. the teen and i had packed it full of fun new stuff, which she happily dug into. 


one of the flight attendants stopped with the first-class tray of warm, fresh cookies and offered her one. 


(yes, she did share it with us)

eventually, she got tired of reading and games and movies and even snacks and stretched out to rest a little. 


three hours on an airplane is perfect. just enough time to watch a movie, have a snack, maybe a little nap. 

then it's time for some texas fun, y'all!  yee-haw. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

little hula girl

as many activities as the bean is involved in, we found that when she has an "off" day, she's pretty much bouncing off the walls with boredom. friday happens to be one of those days. and coupled with the fact that there's no homework to be done, i decided it might be a good idea to find something for her to do. 

on my way to or from barre class one day, i noticed something on the window right next door. a brand new dance studio had opened there, and stenciled on the glass was a list of their class offerings. right there underneath the standard ballet, tap and jazz was the answer: hula. 

now, i wasn't at all sure that she'd be interested in the idea. but the stars were aligned just right or something, because as we listened to disney radio one afternoon, a song from the "lilo and stitch" soundtrack came on. she turned to me and said "mommy, i really wanna be a hula girl just like lilo."  BINGO. 

and wouldn't you know it... a hula class for ages 5-7 happened to be on the schedule for fridays at 3:00.  whee!

she was ridiculously excited when i told her about it, and couldn't stop talking about it. we even found the perfect hair accessory for her to wear:



we arrived early to handle any paperwork that the studio might require, and she was so excited she ran right in and twirled around. 



the instructor, a ridiculously gorgeous mix of half filipino/half hawaiian, was super sweet and welcoming. she let the bean pick out a pareo to wear during class and wrapped it expertly around her little hips. 


then it was time to twirl some more. 


the instructor's boyfriend handled the live music. 


the teen and i stood at this window, watching and giggling as the bean strutted her stuff out there. she was really focused on learning the steps, and looked like she was having a great time. 




judging from the ball of excitement that bounced into the car afterwards, we'll be adding hula lessons to the weekly schedule in black sharpie. 

missed it by THAT much

so i know that others haven't been in love with their stitch fix shipments lately, but i'm still really enjoying the monthly surprise boxes.  i get a kick out of seeing what they've chosen for me, and while there are definitely misses, there are quite a few hits too.

for fix #11 (i think...i've totally lost count), i was pretty happy with the styles that they sent.  at first glance, i thought the whole box would be full of win, but then there was at least one piece that was a complete and total dealbreaker.  

this mixed-material sweater looked promising.  it was lightweight and in fun, spring-y colors that i figured would work for the coming months.  except that when i tried it on, well...i didn't love it after all.


i paired it with the soft pink skinny jeans that also arrived.  these looked like they'd work too - great color, nice stretch, even the perfect length for this shorty.  anything labeled "ankle length" typically works for me.


too bad i ended up looking squatty and dumpy after all.  hello, thunder thighs!  boo.


this striped top was right up my alley.  good neutral colors, nice cut, soft fabric.  i did like it, but for the price ($58ish), i knew i could find something similar for a whole lot less cash.  meh.



i liked this dress instantly.  i loved the color, style, everything.  even the bean "ooh"-ed when she saw it.


too bad for me, though.  i put it on and it was really big.  like, i was swimming in the damn thing.  i figured i could alter it to make it fit right, but the teen shook her head.  "you shouldn't have to fix it for what it costs."  and she was right.  hard pass.


but the last piece - this one's a winner.  nice shape, lovely fabric, fun stripes, and pretty lace accent on the skirt.  this right here was the keeper.



when i went to do the online checkout before mailing back the unwanted items, i made sure to add a note requesting more spring/summer-y items for future fixes.  with the warm months coming up pretty quickly, i don't want any more long-sleeved tops, jeans, or sweaters.  let's hope they actually pay attention.

guess we'll see in about a month.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

egg-cellent

because we could, we decided to head to disneyland to do their easter egg hunt like we did last year. i mean, why not, right?

this time around, there was an egg hunt available at both parks. but since it was less crowded on the california adventure side, that's where we headed. 

as we went through the gate, i noticed something that sounded interesting:


we've seen previews for this movie for months and are excited to see it, so we decided to check it out later on. but first:


for $5, we bought our copy of the egg hunt map and stickers. you don't actually have to do the activity - if you buy the map before they run out, you're guaranteed a prize. but what fun is that? 


since the game is over, it's totally cool for me to show you where all the eggs were. 

high up in the carthay circle tower:


in the hollywood studios area:



cars land yielded two more. 



this was right across from the boudin sourdough bread bakery exhibit. gave us the perfect excuse to run in for a free bread sample, heh. 


making progress:


i love this area. it's always so picturesque. 


more eggs. 



photo op!


across the lake, at the currently-closed little mermaid attraction, we found another. 


it was starting to get dark, so we scurried to find the rest of the eggs. 




all done!


we headed back to the shop where we'd bought the map to get the bean her prize. 


while the teen and i were completely unimpressed with the super lame "prize," the bean thought it was really cute and loved it. 


a simple plastic egg decorated like chip (or dale? i always get them mixed up) that didn't even have a piece of pity candy inside. oh well. on to...


we were each given a cool hat to wear, and two of us wasted no time in putting ours on:


the bean, a little skittish about what to expect, wasn't into it at all. she didn't put her hat on until the preview was safely over. 


silly little witch. 
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