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Holy smokes!  I wrote this about a week or two ago.. and while I thought I had published it, I found it in my “drafts.”  So, for your reading pleasure.. here it is!

We finally made it to a Farmer’s Market..

We went to the one located in Little Italy.  It’s huge.  It’s about 3 or 4 blocks long and full of so many different foods, fruits, vegetables, and handcrafted items.


Hubby and I are still adjusting to buying stuff there.  We didn’t get much.  A basket of lemons, a few crowns of brocolli, a bunch of asparagus.. and I think that’s it..

I loved just walking around there and looking at the different produce.  They look so good and fresh!  I loved tasting all the different foods too.. they also would allow you to sample some of the fruits.. of course, we did!

It got a bit crowded, but we had a great time.

I enjoyed this farmer’s market very much.  I think the sheer size of it was impressive. If we lived closer to it, I’m sure I’d be there almost every weekend.

I’ve been MIA lately on the blog posts..

Everything is ok.. I’ve just been lazy..

After M got sick and I took a break in the posting, I felt (and probably still feel) like I’ve lost a little bit of the momentum…

It happens..

I plan on getting back into full swing on July 1st. 

Part of it is that I’m feeling like I”m running out of things to say.. the stories all feel the same.. M said this.. M did that..

But after some thinking, I feel that those stories are what make this blog.. this is my life.. it started as a single 20-something, to a married 30-something working mom trying to just make her way through life and raise a kid..

So.. I’ve been taking the time to list down stories and topics so once the new month hits, I can be up and running..

Never fret, dear readers.. I’m still here.. I appreciate your patience while I struggle to get back in the game of daily blog posts..

I think some of it was once I changed to a Mon-Fri format, it also halted the momentum a bit..

So.. I’m going to try to go back to the daily thing.. seven days a week of new blog posts.. starting July 1st..


A few days before M got sick, we went on our first playdate.

We went through the website.  I was able to find an active group for the area we live in with kids that are born around 2010 and 2011.

We met at a park.

M had a great time.  She ran around and played with the other kids.  She’s still getting used to the social interactions with kids her own age.  Overall, she’s very friendly.  She says “hi” to all the kids she encountered and ran around when they all ran around.

There are times where I had to teach her about boundaries.. but I know that it has a lot to do with her age, and as she matures, she’ll start to establish boundaries and learn how to respect others boundaries.  I also know that it’s my responsibility to teach her about how to deal with social situations.

Overall, M and I had a fun time.  I met with other moms in the area and M met other kids her age.

I do plan on going to another meetup again.  It’s nice to have a social calendar.

Time stood still for the past few days while M was sick..

She caught a cold from me.

I was feeling under the weather earlier last week.

I knew she was going to get it the day that I started having a sore throat.  I remember being the one to pick M up from her Grandparents house after work.  She was so happy to see me that she kissed me.  I tried to turn my head so she would end up kissing my cheek, but she held my face and turned it towards her so she could give me a little kiss on the lips..

That’s when I knew… it was just a waiting game for the symptoms to come.

We had a scheduled playdate later on that week, and I was so worried she would get sick before that.  I was really looking forward to it and I hated the thought of missing it..

Luckily for us (and for the other kids), she was fine and had a great time at the playdate..

It was Saturday when we started noticing her runny nose.. by the end of the day, she was warm with a low-grade fever and a nose like a faucet.

Sunday, her fever got up to as high as 101 before bed and I knew that we had to go to the Doctors.. I knew an ear infection was here..

All of Sunday night and all of Monday, she was just a little sick patient.  She was sitting down and lying down more than her usual up and peppy self..


The doctor said she was getting pus in her ears.. ew!  The ear wasn’t infected YET, but with the pus collecting in her ear, she had to be treated..

By Tuesday, she was getting better.. she was taking loooong naps but she was starting to run about..

By yesterday, she no longer had fevers and her nose wasn’t as runny.. I think she’s on the path to recovery.. thank God..

Time stood still for our household as we had to care for our little girl.. but now.. things are starting to get back to normal.. and I can now blog again..

There’s sooo much to tell you!

Updates to this blog are on hold while I take care of a sick M.

I hope to get back to the grind by Thursday or Friday…

For now.. why don’t you just browse through the blog at some older posts..

Toddlers don’t know how to walk..


I’ve seen, known, and even babysat many toddlers in my day.. so this is my expert opinion.

Toddlers don’t walk.. then run.


They can’t walk.  It’s not in their blood.

They just run.

They are in a hurry all the time.

My daughter is NO exception to this..

I constantly see her zipping through the hallway.. zipping through one end of a room to another.. she’s like a little pink blur in the apartment.. always zipping from one place to the next.

Sometimes I have to just stop her and say, “M, walk.. walk..”

And almost as if mocking me, she’ll slow down and take some exaggerated steps and say “Walk.. walk…”

Sigh… toddlers are fast!


It’s been fascinating to see M’s imagination developing..

She loves to watch certain television shows and DVDs of television shows..

One in particular is Lalaloopsy Land.. something about pillow.. I can’t think of the name.

One of the main characters is called Pillow Featherbed.. she LOVES Pillow.. so much so that we actually had to scour the internet to try to find a Pillow doll for her..

Lately, she’s been pretending to be Pillow.  There are times where she’ll lie down on a pillow and say, “Shhh.  Pillow sleep.”  Or she’ll pretend to catch Sheep, Pillow’s pet.

Sometimes she likes it when we call her Pillow.

Or she’ll watch another show and she’ll pretend that she’s running and jumping with the other characters.. or she’ll copy their dialogue..

Sometimes, when the TV is NOT on, she’ll reenact dialogue or sing a song they sing while doing a dance they do.. or she’ll call her self that particular character and mimic actions they do in the show or movie..

It’s pretty amazing watching her imagination develop with the shows she watches.. and how she begins to actually interact with the characters she sees on tv and how she incorporates that into her play time..

It’s so much fun to watch..

Ok.. I have a confession.

I was a total Hannah Montana fan.

It wasn’t like this show was on when I was a tween.. I was in my twenties when this show came on.. and yes.. I was a fan.

I was such a fan that I actually went to watch her 3d movie AND that other movie that came out a few years later.. yes.. my mom and I were the only adults WITHOUT kids going into that movie..

Flash foward years and years later.. I have a 21 month year old daughter.. and here we are.. watching Hannah Montana episodes on Netflix.

As I type this, she’s saying “Yiyee, there” (Miley, there!) on the side bar of the WordPress new post screen..

It actually started back in March.. during Hubby’s birthday party.. the Hannah Montana concert came on TV.  Our niece was watching it and M totally loved it.

I looked for the concert on Netflix but found the episodes instead.

Now.. she loves watching it.. not as much as she loves her other shows, but if she sees the thumbnail of the Hannah Montana show, she will ask for it..

It’s pretty cute hearing her sing the theme song.. right down to the laugh she does at the end..

The show was cute… and so were the little songs… so I think it’s cute that M’s enjoying it like I did..

Laziness took over us this past weekend and we didn’t go to any Farmer’s Markets..

Why does it seem like I’ve been full of “fails” lately.. boo.

Actually, we had a very busy weekend outside of the whole Farmer’s Market fail..

We booked the venue for M’s 2nd birthday party.. we went to a birthday party.. went to Church.. had dinner with her grandparents..

Maybe next weekend.. maybe next weekend..

Unless someone knows of some Farmers Market in San Diego that’s on a weekday after work hours… anyone?

So the plan this weekend is to go to the Farmers Market in Little Italy tomorrow.

Now, I’ve been to farmers markets around our area in SD, and they weren’t really all that great.. they were pretty small.  We also came pretty late into the event, so there wasn’t a lot of stuff left, and it was pretty dead..

This farmers market looks like it’s going to be pretty packed.  I’ve seen pictures of this particular one and it looks massive.  There are tons of vendors.. the street is pretty much lined with them.. and there are people everywhere!

We’ll try to get there pretty early.  M usually sleeps in, but is pretty good about being transported while sleeping.  She’s so used to it during the weekdays that I think she’ll be ok. 

I’m not sure what to really expect..  I’m sure it will be a lot of me being overwhelmed, confused, and looking dumbfounded… Or not.. who knows..

Either way.. you’ll find out about our adventure on Monday..

Have a great weekend!

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