Manic Monday

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It’s another Manic Monday at Mommy Elephants Everyday Adventures Blog.

It’s been a busy couple of days so I am finally getting around to posting my Manic Monday. It was such a freakin rad day!

Here’s my favorite boy all bundled up & ready for his nap.

While Benjamin was napping I got reacquainted with my Kitchen Aide mixer & whipped up a batch of Sunflower Seed Butter & Banana muffins (with a little cauliflower hidden in there). They turned out sooo good!

I made Yogurt Pops with mixed berries & vanilla yogurt & was so excited for Benjamin to try them at lunch. I thought he’d have a great time eating it.

I was just slightly wrong about that…He liked it, but I think it was just a bit too cold. He spent more time rubbing it on his high chair tray than actually eating it. Oh well! More for me & the hubs.

After lunch my BFF Hannah came into town so we went for a walk in Balboa Park-my absolute FAVORITE place in the city.

After picking up my hubs we ate an amazing dinner at Ranchos Mexican & Vegetarian Cuisine in North Park that I failed to take any pictures of. The restaurant is awesome & they have so much great food. If you’re a vegetarian (or just like good mexican) check them out when you’re in San Diego.

We ended the night at my favorite North Park coffee shop, Claire De Lune, with a fabulous cup of tea & some good conversation…and a little boy that ran around the whole place charming the pants off of people.

Good day…

happy birthday to me

on june 26 (a day after my birthday) we celebrated my 28th birthday party with a little party at our new place (a little late with this post, i know). it was simple, laid back, and lots of fun! we had so many good friends & family come from everywhere from around the corner to hours away. we felt so blessed that so many people wanted to be there not only to celebrate my birthday, but our new place, too. of course we hardly took any pictures during the party (we were so caught up hanging out), but i was happy to get at least a few good family pics.

Flashback Friday

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Another Friday, another Flashback. Check out Christopher & Tia’s blog for more!

this week my first instinct was to post a flashback friday about one of my favorite birthdays since today happens to be my birthday. unfortunately upon looking for photos, i don’t really seem to have any at my home that are really significant.

i looked & looked & came upon this picture of my husband taken in september 2007 while enjoying a stroll in downtown ventura.

i love how happy he looks. i love his smile. i love the reflection in his glasses (one of my bff’s nancy striking a pose). i love the red of his beard that sharply stops at his brown hair. i see this picture & it just makes me smile.

i don’t think i post nearly enough about my husband & how awesome he is. i love him a lot. ❤

Manic Monday

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It’s another Manic Monday at Mommy Elephants Everyday Adventures Blog.

Apparently Benjamin & I were extremely exhausted from a busy Sunday because when I woke up at 9:45 my baby boy was still asleep!

After a yummy breakfast we spent some time playing and acting silly.

Benjamin had a Sunflower Seed Butter & Boysenberry Jam sandwich for lunch. I love messy food faces.

We bought the book Deceptively Delicious on Sunday & I was so excited to try out the Peanut Butter & Banana muffin recipe. I replace the Peanut Butter with Sunflower Seed butter since we don’t eat peanuts in our house. They came out amazing! Both the hubby & the baby boy love them, too.

I did a little photo shoot since I actually curled my hair & did my makeup. Love feeling put together.

Yo Gabba Gabba is a current favorite in our home & as soon as I even mention turning it on Benjamin runs to his rocking chair to sit down & starts clapping his hands. I love the excitement on his face!

For dinner I used another Deceptively Delicious recipe & made lasagna, which the hubby LOVED. I felt very domestic today.

We ended the night with some couch time & watching the end of Invictus, which even though I fell asleep for a couple of minutes, I really loved.

Flashback Friday: Fathers Day

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Happy Fathers Day!

Fathers Day is on Sunday & I have the privilege of celebrating the best dad EVER. I don’t say that just because it’s what your supposed to say about your dad, he really is the best dad ever. I am definitely a “daddy’s girl” through & through & there’s not really much my dad can do wrong in my eyes. He is selfless, a hard worker, caring, hilarious (even when his jokes are 20+ years old), a good husband & father, & he’d do just about anything for his family & friends. Most of all he’s a man of God who seeks to serve the Lord daily in all areas of his life & out of all his awesome attributes, that is the one I strive most strongly to emulate.

Here’s a pic of me & my dad when I’m about 6 months old. I love the matching morning bed head.

And here’s one of us almost exactly 4 years ago on my wedding day. We had just finished our Father/Daughter dance.

Love you!

Manic Monday

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It’s my first Manic Monday! The deal is that all day Monday I’m going to take photos of whatever I do, which will basically be whatever Benjamin is doing. 🙂 It’s something that I’ve seen over at Sarah’s blog for quite some time & I’m finally getting around to joining. So here it goes…

Benjamin woke up in quite a silly mood this morning. after getting ready we went to breakfast with Great Grandpa Jim, Great Grandma Betty, Aunt Christina & Madelyn. It was so much fun, I love having family in town!

After breakfast we got on our way to Moorpark to visit Grandma Joyce & Grandpa John for a few days.

Benjamin made himself at home at Grandma & Grandpa’s. While I went outside I left him in the house with family & when I walked back in nobody seemed to know where he was. I knew he couldn’t have gone far so after checking the rooms one more time I checked the back yard again & there he was! Apparently he took advantage of the fact that everyone thought someone else was watching him & snuck out through the doggy door. Must be nice to be so small.

Soon enough it was back for some car time. We drove up to Carpenteria to take Great Grandma Betty to visit her aunt for the week.

Benjamin discovered his old swing today & decided that he wanted to spend a little time in it. I can’t believe he actually fit in it before!

After dinner it was time for one more outing for the night.

We tried on some See Kai Run shoes at the mall. As soon as I pick which ones I want I’m placing my order! He looked so cute in them.

And now here we are at Grandma & Grandpa’s. When we got home Benjamin was out! Unfortunately, our dogs woke him up! *sigh*

My Manic Monday is definitely not over. Hope it doesn’t last too much longer! Until next week…

Flashback Friday

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1 year ago today, after waiting an extra week, my niece Madelyn Joy decided to make her grand entrance. I almost got the honor of being in the room when she was born (I was the videographer…fancy for “I’m holding the camcorder”), but the little missy just couldn’t make her way out so her mama was whisked away for a cesarean. That night I only got to see her for about 30 seconds as she was brought into the room & my pictures didn’t really do that moment justice so I stole this one from her mama. What a cute family!

As I went looking through photos I realized that this is the only one I have of me & her while she was still in the hospital. Well, there is another one, but it’s not my most flattering 1 month after baby photo (all you mama’s know what I’m talking about). 

And here is the little missy today! We spent the morning at Disneyland hanging out with her & taking lots of pictures! She is so much fun to be around & always has something to say even if I can’t understand a word of it.

I really am lucky to have such an awesome family. Love love love them.