Tips and tricks on how to have successful outings and adventures with kids (babies, toddlers, and preschoolers)
all images via my ode to summer pinterest board
remember holden's first ice cream experience here? well, i am so glad we waited so long to introduce him to his father's beloved food because he is obsessed. if he could, he would eat ice cream for every meal and he has started saying often that random objects look like ice cream when they clearly do not (he must be daydreaming about it all day long). we have been making it a fun summertime treat and i think a true ice cream experience would involve a trip to the ice cream truck, but i can't find one anywhere! a visit to the ice cream truck seems to sum up childhood in the summertime as it holds a certain nostalgia for those carefree, warm summer evenings. since i haven't been able to find any ice cream trucks in the neighborhood, i've found a few cardboard ones on pinterest (here, here, and here) that i'm thinking about attempting thinking that a cardboard one will probably end up being more fun for holden than the real thing (a quick stop at a moving truck versus hours of fun with mama).
and you can check out our last "get the look" mama-and-son-date post here
mama wears: san diego hat company hat, dress (c/o oscar de la renta), charlotte russe wedges
little man wears: children's place fedora, janie & jack collared shirt, pants (c/o oscar de la renta)
although it was never a priority or desire in the past, it seems that we have gone fruit picking in almost every season since holden has been born, from peaches to pomegranates to apples, it's becoming somewhat of a tradition for our little family. it's fun to watch holden discover the different fruits that grow in trees and let him pick his own fruit that he can eat right then and there. over the weekend, we headed out into the country to a u-pick farm that grew peaches, nectarines, and apricots (alongside a giant pepper field that was grown specifically for subway). we walked up to get our bucket and begin picking and like it was right out of a movie the farmer said, "you're not from around here are you?" we just can't help but feel that any occasion calls for oscar de la renta. (my mother did always tell me that it was always better to be over dressed than under dressed). we are getting creative with the different summer activities that will keep a cast-bound toddler entertained and happy, and peach picking seems to be one of his favorites so far.
mama is wearing: free people dress, go jane boots
little man is wearing: peek kids shirt, h&m pants, converse high tops // gap sweater, mini munster shorts, minnetonka moccasins
just had to share a few more photos from our ranch stay over the weekend. holden has not stopped galloping around the house and neighing since we returned home and it just cracks me up. he has also taken to randomly climbing onto me when i'm least expecting it and starts clicking his tongue at me as though i'm the horse taking him for a ride. it seems the ranch stay made a lasting impression on him.
it was st. patrick's day and we didn't wear a single piece of green. it wasn't until friday that dustin and i were reminded that it saint patrick's day was a mere two days away, instantly reminding me of my thoughts from last year. we attended a parade on saturday morning (holden's very first parade ever), but when the actual holiday rolled around we ended up steering clear of the usual st. patty's day festivities and instead headed to the nearly desolate beaches at half moon bay. we started the morning at the tide pools, finding sea anemones, starfish, hermit crabs, and mussels. we then stopped by a local taco shack for lunch and napped on blankets in the sand into the late afternoon, the crashing waves replacing the need for any sort of sound machine. before heading home, we stopped at the harbor for a quick dinner and one more hour on the beach where holden and our puppy chased one another underneath the pier.
a simple and unusual st. patty's day, but an absolutely perfect sunday.
when holden was a baby, we went to some sort of class every single day. he was always surrounded by a handful of other children for a few hours of every day, allowing both him and i to socialize. but now that he's older, he seems to have lost all interest in the classes that he used to find entertaining, preferring to spend all of his time outdoors searching for acorns or collecting rocks with his mama. and i'm finding that for my own sanity, i need to find and explore new activities for us because frequenting the same park daily can get a little monotonous. the last day of february felt like summer had arrived (somehow skipping spring completely), making me eager for all of the activities that summer brings: swimming, picnics in the park, playdates with friends, family bbqs, and all of the other fun summer outings.