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LA Trip

Kitty Luca and I decided to take a week trip back to LA.  We love many things about Portland, but also miss many of the people and parts of LA we came to love over the years.  I was mostly looking forward to visiting a few friends, dining at my favorite local spots, sane driving speeds/drivers, and the sunshine!  Kitty was definitely most excited about seeing her friends, their babies, and all the families in LA.

Instead of flying we decided to make it a family road trip.  We bought a new Subaru Outback a few months ago and equipped it with a Thule box for snowboarding, camping, and family trips.  We packed it up and headed out. Kitty had the great idea of putting tons of Luca’s books on one side of Luca’s carseat with an empty box on the other side.  As he flipped through and finished Gruffalo, Bear Hunt, Nursery Rhymes, and his other 50+ books in stow he would take them and deposit them into the empty box.  When we stopped at a rest area we would swap boxes and start all over again.  We also took a moment to run around.

We stopped in Benicia on the way down and again on the way back up to visit with my Uncle Eric, Auntie Judy, and twins Enid and Eliza. Luca loved all their musical instruments, their backyard view of trains and boats, football cards,  and their dog Harley… but most of all he loved their blackberries!

In Pasadena!! I got a big smile on my face as we crossed the 210 into Pasadena.  We headed over to the Paseo and Islands to have my favorite Kilauea Burger.  They were having their annual chalk art festival. Luca loved the art, music, and people watching.

Swim time at the hotel

We met up with Kristine and Luca’s first girlfriend, Leah, for brunch the next morning

They played

He took her on a plane ride

They walked over to the swings

Then it was time for goodbyes

We had dinner at C&Os in Marina del Rey with Kitty’s USC friends and their families

The next day we headed over to Katie and Tom’s for a pool party

On to the Santa Monica pier for a picnic with food from Heirloom.  Luca loved loved loved the beach.  He built sand castles, chased seagulls, and played with his dad in the waves.

We stopped by to visit with all the families from our old condo on Magnolia Ave

DISNEYLAND!!! For those of you who have been to Disneyland with me you’ll know this stop was more for me than Luca, but he had a good time too.  One of my friends from UO who has been living in LA for years works at Disney and hooked us up with free tickets.  Thanks again Barry! Luca has not stopped talking about four things.  1) Holding Mickey’s hand 2) High-five with Tigger 3) Fireworks 4) Pirates scary (my bad).

As soon as the Pirates of the Caribbean ride started and the talking skull warned Luca of what was to come he signed and exclaimed All Done! We told him anytime a pirate scared him to stick his tongue out at him and call him silly. That seemed to do the trick.  Afterwards it was time for Churro and a break with mom.

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!”

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We’ve been doing well.  Kitty’s  family came to visit this weekend for a summer birthdays celebration.   Her mom, dad, bother, sisters, aunts and grandma all stopped by.  It was good to see everyone and Luca is always excited to see family.  Luca has been making his way through all kinds of solid foods.  We pretty much just let him try whatever we are eating.  This weekend he had some pad thai and yogurt.  Sweet potatoes and applesauce seem to be his favorite while, after three yuck faces,  salmon had to be put on hold.  To help with his consumption his two lower teeth have broken through.  We didn’t really know he was teething until the first tooth came in, and while he was gnawing on my knuckle I felt the sting of his little sharp tooth digging in.

All three of us are going to be taking a trip to Southern California in October.  We’re going  for a wedding but are going to stay for a few extra days.  While there we are hoping to visit with friends, make the necessary stop at Disneyland, and hopefully get Luca on a surfboard.  Luca is doing well.  As I write this he is scooting across the floor and glancing back at me with a smile to check if I’m watching.  A few minutes ago, with his new found mobility, he discovered and quickly destroyed Kitty’s Mothering magazine and JCrew catalog.

It seems like whenever Luca isn’t sleeping or eating he’s giggling and smiling.  He has such a calm demeanor and really just doesn’t get upset about much.





Luca enjoys reading and playing with trains with his older buddy Tate

Single Rainbow... almost a double!!

Luca in his car seat

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No trip to LA would be complete without a trip to Disneyland, so we took Kimmy to the magic kingdom on her last day.  We timed it just right, since it was the weekend before Labor Day and the park was practically empty!  Since I couldn’t go on any of the big rides, Kimmy and Chris enjoyed them while I parked myself in the shade to people-watch and consume giant pickles, popcorn, churros, etc…  Mom and baby had plenty of fun exploring the worlds of Peter Pan, Snow White and Mr Toad.

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