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…

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?

another day… another park…

After living here for about a year and a half, I feel like I know my way around Spokane pretty well.  However, I am still stumbling upon and discovering new parks with Lincoln.  There seem to be a lot of parks here, which is really great.

Here’s a little video I took of Lincoln last week…

(I promise he did not go head first down the slide after I stopped recording)

Happy weekend! And happy first day of summer!

go play outside!

I am so excited that Lincoln is walking and will be able to go to the park and playground this summer and actually run around and have fun!

It hasn’t been too warm yet (a few nice days here and there, but nothing consistent), but I’ve ventured out with Lincoln a few times now and he LOVES sitting in the grass, feeling the wind and of course, eating dirt, bark, sticks, leaves, etc….

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please note dirt near his mouth… he literally ate a handful that day…

first time on the swings!

first time on the swings!

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he was mesmerized by some high school kids playing lacrosse nearby...

he was mesmerized by some high school kids playing lacrosse nearby…

Here’s hoping for some warm, sunny days in the near future!