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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

San Diego: Movies in the Park

Looking for some free family fun? Summer movies in the park has just started again. We really wanted to go to one of these screenings last year but unfortunately never got around to it. Now that Parker is old enough to sort of sit through an entire movie, we are totally taking him. 


[Via SD Tourism Authority website]

Things are kicking off May 22 with a screening of Finding Nemo at the Waterfront Park downtown. The event will run from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. BYO chair, blankets and jackets. Food will be available from the concessions stand or food truck. Hope to see you there!

Other outdoor movie experiences to consider this summer:

Flicks on the Bricks at the Athenaeum in La Jolla

Movies by the Lake in Santee

Stone Movie Nights at Stone Brewery


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

San Diego: Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

After years of asking Tuan, "Can we go there?" everytime we passed by the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, he finally gave in. Score one for me and Parker! Why not right? It's so close to home, admission is FREE and we get to explore a bit of history. Our little aviation enthusiast was stoked to run around among some very impressive and historic planes. He kept pointing out the "baby airplanes" and "BIIIIGG airplanes" and looking for "Dusty Hopper" aka Dusty Crophopper from Disney's Planes. It was a short, memorable visit and I definitely want to take Parker back for one of the open cockpit days. I would definitely recommend making a quick trip to this museum with your little one.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum & Historical Foundation
Open 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (closed Mondays and Federal Holidays)
Admission is always free for all ages
Located on Miramar Road & Andersen Avenue

Mom Tips: 
-Don't forget your sunscreen. There is no shade unless you count standing under airplane wings.
-Bring your own water. There isn't a place to purchase drinks and snacks. 
-Wear closed-toe shoes. The planes are surrounded by rockscaping. You have to walk through the rocks if you want to get up close and personal with them. The docent also told us that there have been snakes spotted among the rocks so watch where you step!


[Parker's reaction every time he saw an airplane he liked. Classic.]




[Soaking in some aviation history.]


[His enthusiasm was infectious.]


[This one looks just like Skipper Riley right? Everything from the colors to the bent wings.]



[He kept asking us if he could touch their noses so we let him walk up to the planes to touch and feel. There are no rules against it.]



[Parker really liked this helicopter because it has teef.]


[A UH-1 Bell Huey, the same type of helicopter used to evacuate Americans and select south Vietnamese from the US Embassy in Saigon 40 years ago. Every time I see/read/hear anything that has to do with the Vietnam War it makes me teary.]



[After exploring all the big planes outside, we went inside the trailer to test our knowledge and check out additional war memorabilia.] 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Holiday: Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the mamas I know! I want to say a special thank you to my mom whom I aspire to be more like everyday. Thank you, Mom, for teaching me how to be resourceful, patient, and loving and for being a brilliant example of motherhood in your actions and words. I love you!


[Spotted via Pinterest]


[When you have 7 daughters, you are blessed with a lot of grandchildren. Here are my parents collecting grandkids like it's going out of style.]

Thursday, May 7, 2015

DIY: Mother's Day Candy Boxes + a Few Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is THIS WEEKEND and I am completely unprepared. There's been a lot going on and I haven't had a chance to create/shop for the mamas in my life. I'm also on a tight budget because Parker's getting his new grill tomorrow and it's going to be $pendy. Never fear! Pinterest is to the rescue. I'm so glad that I stumbled upon this idea for candy boxes on the Julep blog. Thanks, Melanie, for sharing this idea and free printable. Total life saver. My boxes aren't filled with the same candy as Melanie's but they are just as tasty and look just as sweet with the cute labels. The clear boxes were a total score in the $1 bins at Target. Visit the Julep blog for the full tutorial.

Follow me on Pinterest @ marychu33!

Materials Needed
-Clear containers from Target
-Candy of your choice
-Adhesive (I used washi tape)
-Color printer
-Cardstock
-Label file from Julep blog


[Photo credits: Julep]

Some other fun ideas I spotted on Pinterest. 


[Free printable cards from Say Yes blog. Having babies like a boss!]


[Mini Flower Bouquets from Homey Oh My!]


[DIY Semi Precious Stone Soaps from Fall for DIY]




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

San Diego: Carlsbad Strawberry Fields

A few weeks ago, Tuan took some time off and got to hang out at home with Parker. One of the fun activities they did together was pick strawberries at the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields located in Carlsbad by the outlets. Parker had a great time picking berries and soaking in the sun. The best part? I got to enjoy fresh picked strawberries when I got home from work. Click play on the video below and enjoy the photos.

Mom tips:
-Wear closed toe shoes and expect your shoes to get a little muddy.
-If your kid will wear a hat, bring a hat.
-Don't forget sunblock! There is no shade in the field. 

Carlsbad Strawberry Company
Canon Road, 1 block east of Interstate 5
Open 9 AM - 5:30 PM daily




[A gorgeous sunny day in Carlsbad]




[Picking strawberries is a daunting task for a little guy]


[Getting a little help from his uncle and auntie]


[Hey, you want some strawberries?]

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Closet Envy: Summer Beach Looks for Boys

Our Cabo vacation flights and hotel are officially booked! I can't wait to spend a few relaxing days with some of my most favorite people in Mexico this summer. Now that the big stuff is out of the way, it's time to plan all the little (and not so little) details. On the to do list: work on the itinerary, get Parker a passport, look into travel gear for kids and, the best part of all, plan our outfits. I can just see little man splashing in the pool or hanging out on the beach in any of these outfits. I'm so excited for this big 30th birthday trip!

Boys Summer Looks

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Easter: A Visit from the Easter Bunny

Remember my first post of the fairy door I installed in Parker's room? Saturday morning I snuck out of bed early and put together a toddler-friendly Easter egg hunt that started at the fairy door and ended in the living room. Like a ninja, I quietly placed bunnies and eggs around the house, linking each little surprise to the next with a trail of Fruity O's cereal. Happy with the way things turned out, I snuck back into bed. Almost immediately, Parker turned to me and asked, "What you doing outside, Mommy?" Hahaha. Clearly someone was awake the whole time and waiting for me to come back!


[The Easter Bunny is here!]

So I pick him up and carried him to his room and announced, "The Easter Bunny is here! Look in the door!" He was so happy to see the egg outside of the door that I had to open the door for him. Then he noticed the trail of cereal and started eating the cereals one by one. Tick tick tick tick. Clearly this was going to take forever. So I started pointing out the bunnies and eggs and he quickly got the gist of things. 



Parker followed the trail to the living room until he reached the final bunny which was placed on the blue chair. He was so happy to have found all the eggs! 


[Parker reveling in all the goodies he found.]

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter! Now that Lent is over, I can finally enjoy french fries again. Nom nom nom.
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