more recent excursions…

I don’t know exactly how, but the weeks here seem to fly by… I just can’t believe it’s the end of March and Lincoln is almost two years old!?!

Aside from the day-to-day business of grocery store trips, park visits and mommy & me class, we have tried to venture out and do some other fun things.  There is a small airport near our home with a ‘visitor deck’ that allows you to sit, listen to the air traffic controllers, and watch the small planes and helicopters land and take off.

Checking out the Van Nuys airport...

At the Van Nuys airport…

Lots of airplanes and helicopters to be seen...

Lots of airplanes and helicopters to be seen…

Flying a plane!

Flying a plane!

In the control tower...

In the “control tower.”..

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My sweet boy

And earlier this week, we got to spend a few days in Disneyland while husband’s radio stations did some live broadcasts there.  The park is still pretty overwhelming for little Lincoln,  but he had fun.  He particularly enjoyed the merry-go-round, the train you can take all the way around the park and the monorail.

And, at Disneyland...

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

He was definitely experiencing some sensory overload...

Having a lot of fun on the train!

Having a lot of fun on the train!

"Getting the tangles out of Dad's hair" ... according to Lincoln

“Getting the tangles out of Dad’s hair,” according to Lincoln…

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the problem with my iPhone…

I love my iPhone.  Really.
But, the problem is that because it’s so handy and has a pretty good camera on it, I find myself taking far more pictures with my phone- instead of my really good actual camera.  And, it’s so easy to just share those quick cell phone pictures on Instagram… I forget I might want to have pictures that I can actually print out and frame.

I am trying to get back into the habit of using my “real” camera and I want to practice taking better pictures with it.

So, anyhow, here are some pictures from a few of our recent weekend adventures… (almost) all of which were taken on my actual camera :)

Checking out the LA Fire Department Museum...

Checking out the LA Fire Department Museum…

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Loves driving vehicles…

We saw some very old trains at Travel Town in Griffith Park...

We saw some very old trains at Travel Town in Griffith Park…

Lincoln checked out some old trains...

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I don't think he ever stopped moving that day... Too much train excitement!

I don’t think he ever stopped moving that day… Too much train excitement!

Got a free balloon from some kids who were shooting a commercial in the park (we are so in LA...)

Got a free balloon from some kids who were shooting a commercial in the park (We are so in LA…)

Another day we checked out the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium...

Another day we checked out the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium…

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Rode a few rides on the pier...

Lincoln rode a few rides on the pier…

And we ended the day on the beach...

And we ended the day on the beach…

polar vortex indeed!

Lincoln and I spent several days in Chicago last week-
such a wonderful time of year to visit the tundra…

We were in town because my lovely friend Victoria is having a baby! and her baby shower was over the weekend.

It was great to catch up with some friends and family, but I have to confess… after several days of driving in the snow and slush, bundling myself and Lincoln up every time we stepped outdoors and a few slips on that infamous “black ice,” I was more than ready to return to sunny California.

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln and all of the La Crosse cousins

Lincoln seemed to LOVE the snow

Lincoln LOVED the snow….

... and he was a great traveler

… and he really was a great little travel companion

Back at home, worn out from our travels...

Back at home, very worn out from our travels…

 

 

… and a happy new year!

But first a little Christmas recap…

So, everyone chose to gather here in California for Christmas… I guess the sunshine, warm weather and sandy beaches won out over snowy, cold mountains this year…  I am once again so thankful that despite yet another relocation, we were able to spend Christmas together with Nani, Popi, my brother and sister-in-law and the kids (“Ca” and “Eee” as Lincoln calls them).

We had our big dinner on Christmas Eve, and Lincoln dressed accordingly for our oh so fancy evening…

I was pretty obsessed with his little bowtie...

I was pretty obsessed with his little bow tie…

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile...

squinty eyes are a signature feature of the Lincoln smile…

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child...

rarely captured on camera! Mom, Dad and child…

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Nani, Popi, and three silly boys

Of course Lincoln chose to sleep in on Christmas morning… The poor guy has five teeth coming in simultaneously and has had quite a few rough nights lately, which often lead to late awakenings…

But as soon as he was up, the present opening began (his two cousins waited very patiently for him to get up- not an easy task for a 6 and 7 year old!)

reading up on our new city…

After presents, we hopped in the car and drove down to Malibu to play at the beach.  It took Lincoln awhile, but once he warmed up to playing in/near the ocean, I could hardly tear him away.

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And now we begin a new year… {and a new look for the blog… I’m still tinkering with it…}
I imagine that by the end of this year, my little Lincoln will be a walking, talking, running, jumping little boy, without a trace of baby in sight… Lately he has just been picking up new words and left and right.  Although many of them are currently only decipherable by me (and sometimes husband), he is desperately trying to say everything.  It is quite amazing to witness.

I am also hoping to do some serious exploring in this new city we are calling home…  I’ve got the local parks down and we’ve seen a few sights (Santa Monica Pier and the promenade, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Disneyland- although Lincoln only lasted a few hours before a nap was a serious necessity), but I know there is A LOT more to see.

Happy 2014!

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Okay, well not really here in Los Angeles… sunshine and 60 degree weather do not quite say “Christmas” to me… Not that I am complaining!  I hear about the arctic weather back in Chicago, and I feel lucky to be trotting around in a cardigan, rather than a parka.  (I have been pretty amused to see the locals dressing for this “winter” weather.  Lots of puffy coats, lots of Uggs… I mean, come on people!)

Anyway, I’ve been reading a book called, “The Last Child in the Woods” which is all about the importance of nature and the outdoors for children.  Living in a pretty urban setting, I’m not sure that Lincoln is getting the kind of idyllic self-directed interaction with the natural world that the book advocates, but I do try to make sure Lincoln gets some time outside every day.

Here are a few of our recent neighborhood walks…

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground...

we may not have snow, but at least we have leaves on the ground…

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representing our Chicago Blackhawks out here in LA…

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Merry Christmas?

a very happy Thanksgiving

We had family in town for Thanksgiving and boy, oh boy…
Lincoln loved playing with his two older cousins.

Every day, all day, he couldn’t have been happier wrestling, bouncing around, and generally rough housing with the boys.

one of their calmer moments together...

one of their calmer moments together…

We made a Thanksgiving dinner {thank goodness for my mother-in-law & sister-in-law who handled nearly all of the cooking… while I wrangled my crazy toddler boy…}, visited the beach and the aquarium, and laughed a lot.
I can’t wait for everyone to be back in town for Christmas!

So, now that it is officially the Christmas season, I am feeling the holiday spirit!  Our tree is up, halls are being decked and Christmas carols are playing on the radio.

Today we went to The Grove and Lincoln was in awe of the giant Christmas tree…

now that's a big Christmas tree!

now that’s a big Christmas tree!

attempting to see the top of the tree...

attempting to see the top of the tree…

And, as always, he loved spending weekend time with Dad.

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belated Halloween

I know Halloween was two weeks ago, but I thought it would still be fun to share some pictures from our trip to a local pumpkin patch.

(PS – This pumpkin patch had an area roped off for the paparazzi to linger about near the entrance.  We are definitely in LA…)

(Also, thank you for all of the comments and messages about Riley.  It’s been a long week and we are still figuring out how to move forward with his healthcare, but all of the kind words were greatly appreciated.)

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Riley dog

I had plans to write a lighthearted post this week telling you all about how sunny & warm southern California is (it really is!), with lots of cute pictures of Lincoln, but to be honest, I’ve been a bit distracted.

We found out last weekend that our little dog Riley has a serious heart/lung condition, and the prognosis is not great.
He’s 15 years old, so it’s not surprising that something like this would come up… but that doesn’t really make it any easier to process.

So, for now, we have him on some medications that seem to be helping and he’s had a few good days.  Hopefully, he continues to respond well and we are able to enjoy a few more good months with him.

Lincoln and Riley... many months ago

Lincoln and Riley… many months ago

Riley's absolute favorite toy

Riley’s absolute favorite toy

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sweet puppy