Thursday, August 21, 2014

first dentist visit

 My baby went to the dentist! She seems so little still to go but I was getting bugged from her insurance that she needs to go. When we went to Fairy and Wizard Festival, one table was set up with bags from the tooth fairy. The people were so friendly and engaging with Elinor that I looked up their office.
 Children's Dental Health has offices all over PA but we went to the Plymouth Meeting one. The waiting room was so cool. It was decorated like a jungle. So much to look at and distract little ones from going to a doctor. They also had nemo playing on a couple of TVs. Dave's favorite part, an arcade game loaded with multiple old school games that we could play for free!
The actual room was also brightly decorated, with prize toys and stickers in sight. She got to pick out her own toothbrush to bring home that day. I'm so surprised how well she did. She got up into the seat and opened her mouth so wide right away. I'm sure the episode of Peppa Pig going to the dentist helped too. The assistant said parents have told her they prepped their kids with that episode too. We had read some books but most of them were for older kids about when their teeth fall out. When we got home and talked about the visit again she said "My tooth came out!". My poor confused baby. I think someone has to write a new book about the dentist for toddler and preschoolers not just school age kids!

How old was your child when they first went to the dentist?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Oval

Philadelphia has some great pop up parks this summer. We loved The Oval last year and this year it is even better. Located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, The Oval has so much to do. From morning story times to happy hour at the beer garden. You can catch a yoga or fitness class there and get lunch at one of the food trucks.
Elinor loved the PINK sand in the sandboxes. Seriously, the sand is so bright pink that you will need sunglasses. I wish there was an umbrella above them though. Both the sand boxes are right in the direct sun. We forgot a hat that day and E got a bit of sunburn on her scalp. There is also mini golf, huge checker and chess sets, ping pong tables and more. After we played in the sand for awhile, Elinor ran through the sprinklers they had set up.
You will have to check their event calendar to find out about more. There is a stage and sometimes live music and acts preforming.
 beer garden
tables with umbrellas for lunch or snacks. There are also tables set up for different activities.
 library box with mini golf in the background

Such a cool place to check out. Next we will have to go to Spruce Street Harbor







Tuesday, August 19, 2014

love mini me yoga

Elinor and I just finished a week of Love mini me yoga challenge on instagram. She loves climbing all over me when I start to practice. It's so amazing to see her actually do the poses. She can do so much more than I think. I really would like to put together a little class for her to do at least once a week.
I love looking through the hashtags and seeing all the parents with babies to adults doing these poses. Do you practice yoga? Does your child love to climb all over you too?

after we finished one of our poses, she got back on the mat and tried it by herself. I love it!

Monday, August 18, 2014

care bears

How much fun is it seeing your child with one of your favorite toys? I loved Care Bears and My Little Pony growing up.

Thanks to our Blogger Bash box, Elinor now had Care Bear and My Little Pony. I also won a bigger Care Bear from Just Pretend Products at Blogger Bash. I remember my sister and I playing with our Care Bears. We would build an epic fort and lay in there all day with our Care Bears and books. I wish I still had mine. Do you remember what they look like?? The new ones are way cuter.





Friday, August 15, 2014

I like food

 I feel like we had a lot going on this week. Dave was left to do dinner a few nights. This was one of them. Spaghetti Squash casserole. Basically spaghetti squash baked with tomato sauce, cream cheese, broccoli and topped with cheese. It's pretty easy and really tasty.
 More tofu scramble this time with a side of homemade hash browns. Tofu scramble with tomatoes, asparagus, kale, nutritional yeast and black salt.
 They didn't have Daiya cheese in at the store the other day so tried out Teese. We have had it before but it's been awhile. Teese comes in a tube. Instead of shredding, we threw slices on top. We also added basil from our garden and tofurky sausage. The cheese melted really nice and the taste was pretty good.
 Another night Dave was in charge. He sometimes tells me we have nothing in when really we have a few more meals left. he ordered indian food from Tiffin. Vegetable somosa and chana masala. I love this place. It might be in my top restaurant list.
 It's been awhile since we made cheesy coconut kale and chickpeas. This meal takes minutes and all of us love it. We are running low on nutritional yeast so it wasn't as "cheesy" as usual. Still just as good.
We all wanted a treat after dinner so I took some of our frozen banana stash, blended it with cherries, walnuts and chocolate. Perfect ice cream! Elinor couldn't wait to eat it. That's her spoon and tie dye shirt peeking in the picture.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This is Hardcore

Dave and I met at This is Hardcore 2007. As the years go on everyone is getting older, married, divorced, having babies. It's crazy to see old friends from out of town and catch up on where everyone is. Elinor has always done really well every year but a 2 year old at a 3 day music fest?? You never know what you are going to get. She mostly thinks everyone is there to hang out with her. She gets to get extra iPad time and eat all the snacks.
I forgot the ergo the first day. Luckily it was only half a day and I had her Aden and Anais blanket. I made it into a sling just in time for a nap.
and transferred her into a box of sweatshirts before the bands started playing. This box became her safe spot for the whole weekend. As soon as we walked behind Dave's merch table she ran and jumped in. She kept her backpack of toys and coloring books in there.
The night Dave's band played we had access to the backstage room. It's always the best. There was even a nice private bathroom attached.
Trying out someones guitar.
Watching daddy play
A friend took this of us. She became obsessed with a doctor game but wasn't sure on how to do some of the tasks. By the end of the weekend she was a pro.
vegan cupcakes named after Dave's band. Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes named a bunch of their cupcakes after the bands. Worked out perfect that Elinor wanted chocolate anyway. Thank you Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes for giving us a blacklisted cupcake for free!
Hanging with her buddy George. He stayed over a night and taught her some songs. She hasn't stopped singing them and making up her own.
another friend that stayed with us from Japan. Hopefully we will get to see Takashi when we go in October.
Making new friends who are super good with kids. Don't mind Tom's grumpy face, he loves her.
This was either while Dave was playing or right before. She dissed me to hangout with Chris.

Remember how she wasn't into watching Dave's band play in Boston? Well this time she loved it. She was playing air guitar, jumping, dancing and trying to go on stage. Thanks to Chris that sat by her (since she wouldn't listen to me) and held her back from running out. If you aren't too familiar, there are generally a lot of people running on stage, singing along and jumping off. Not too safe for her to run out into.
I love Robby's pictures

If you are curious to look back at past years here is 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013

Monday, August 11, 2014

2 beach trips and a show

Rest stop break
A few weeks ago we took a trip to Boston. Well, not Boston but it's so much easier to say than listing the towns we went to in MA. Dave was playing a show and had to do some work. Elinor and I tagged along to meet up with some friends and go to the beach. I miss the beach a lot. I'm really a stay at the beach all day type of person. I think that's why I miss being so close. We would go to the beach sometimes for only a hour or 2 and it was so much fun and didn't take hours to get there.
We ended up making to the beach 2 days for a few hours each. It was so nice. Elinor made friends the first day. I didn't bring any toys so when we set our blanket next to a group of moms and their kids (and toys), I sent Elinor over to ask if she can play too. I know, I'm the worst but the kids ending up being so sweet. They all worked on digging a hole for 2 hours. I somehow forgot how rocky some northshore beaches are and I didn't pack her water shoes. I felt so bad. I had to carry her over the rocks to put her in the water.

We got to eat a ton of good food that you can reread over here and we also went to Dave's show. Since the venue was in the same town that Dorie and Henri live in, I was able to miss out on the beginning of the show to hang out with them and some other friends. I miss that area. Everything is so close and there are awesome playgrounds everywhere! Elinor and I made it back to the venue in time to see Daddy play. She was not into it this time. We were stuck on the stage as I held her from running away. We were both sweaty messes. After they played, we got ice cream and all was good. She was a maniac jumping on the couch behind the merch. I can't imagine what she thinks about the things she gets to do.

Hanging out with friends. Thanks Nancy and Stacy for coming to play too!
I always wonder if she will think that our music is so lame when she gets older or if she will think it's cool she got to travel so much. 
sleeping with one of her favorite puppy friends




bonus vine videos from the show