Sunday, May 27, 2018

Some of Our Favorite Kid Places In California

I've been meaning to post about these places for a while (thus the old pictures of my kids that make me nostalgic and miss Dominic's curly locks!), and I figured right now is a great time since it's Memorial Day tomorrow, which means it's Blue Star season! What's Blue Star season? It's a collective list of TONS of museums nationwide that are free for military from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Last summer we benefitted greatly from this program, and I plan on utilizing it again this summer and hopefully check out some new places!

If you're not military, you should still check out these great places for kids (and adults). Happy beginning of summer!

The New Children's Museum in Sausalito
This place takes the cake for the best children's museum I have been to. Fantastic stuff for all ages, and would you check out that view?? The "museum" is a collection of exhibits in old Army barracks. It's so cool. I drove all the way up here from Monterey really wondering if it would be worth it and it was (helped that I saved like $50 thank you blue star!)

 ^^Still am obsessed with the view^^

The San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas
 My other favorite place! My kids ask to go here all the time. Year round it's free for residents and military the first Tuesday of the month, and at Christmas they have such a fun Christmas festival complete with a sledding hill of man made snow. The gardens are gorgeous, and the children's garden is fantastic. We all love this place. Just writing about it is making me want to go this week and I think I will ha!
^^look at his hair. i miss it :( ^^

The New Children's Museum in San Diego
This place is fun--- a little difficult to manage a lot of kids since it's spread out on multiple floors, but it's right in the heart of San Diego so it's fun to come here and then walk around Seaport Village.

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido
 This is a smaller children's museum--a morning here is enough and it's more ideal for younger kids which is why we like it. They have a cool outdoor area with a chicken coop that is fun.
On my bucket list this summer is all of the San Diego ones of course, but I also have a few on my list to go to in Utah like the Treehouse Museum and maybe the Natural History museum. The St. George Children's Museum is also a participant--love that spot too.

I also hope to check out more of the museums in San Diego that are on the list, so stay tuned!

By the way, here is the complete list of Blue Star participants organized by state.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mothers Day: Some media I'm loving lately about motherhood

A few months ago, my friend Mickelle took these pictures and I think Mothers Day is a fitting day to share them! She captured our lives at this moment pretty perfectly. Lots of energy, lots of snuggles, and lots of love. I didn't have her capture the lots of crying part because there's plenty of that but who remembers that years down the road?
Recently, I've seen a few shows that I have loved for their beauty and realness is capturing motherhood. It's nice to see more things coming out that show the difficulties in motherhood, but make sure to still show the beautiful moments with the more important message that it's all worth it.

Being Serena: A new documentary on HBO that is killing me that it only is a 30 minute episode a week. It's about Serena Williams discovering she was pregnant, still winning the Australian Open at 9 weeks pregnant, having difficulties with giving birth, and getting her body back to competition level. It's so good!! And a testament to how the female body is amazing. I love watching it.

Tully: Loved seeing this movie. I read lots of people complaining on the internet about the surprise plot twist ending, but I think it opens it up to lots of discussion about postpartum issues, and also thinking about what we would say to our younger selves if we were giving the chance. I thought it was an amazing film showing the array of emotions with being a wife and mother.

The Letdown: A show on netflix about first time moms dealing with the adjustment and struggles of life with a baby. What's funny is that I remember so many of those things, but now after the battle of toddlerhood, I want to tell the character on the show "just wait until they're two!" But I love the dry humor in it (it's based in Australia so it's classic dry British humor)

So there you go! Any other recommendations, please share :)
Happy Sunday, and Happy Mothers Day!