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There is a place in Carlsbad that allows the public to pick their own strawberries. 

Of course, we HAD to take M. 

So during Memorial Day weekend, we took a drive to the Carlsbad area to go pick some strawberries. 

The area was a pretty big field, but they only had a certain area blocked off specifically for the public to pick from.  The rows are close together that we had to walk through it in a single file line.  It also made it a little difficult for M to walk through without tripping on her little legs.

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Here she is picking a strawberry.  Some were easier to pick than others, but she loved doing this.  She sang the theme song to “Strawberry Shortcake” for a majority of the time she was berry picking.  By the time we filled up the bucket, she was a little strawberry picking expert.

I learned a few things from this place for the next time we decide to go. 

Slather sunscreen on your little one.  You will be pretty much under the sun the whole time.  I would also recommend an umbrella if you really want to protect your little ones.  I laid it on pretty thick with her since M seems to be prone to sun rashes when we don’t put sunscreen on her.  Also, since she’s got lighter skin color than I do, she burns more.  I never want to risk her getting a sun burn.

Also, you can see in this photo that she’s got a little romper on and the walkway is pretty narrow.   I mentioned earlier that she would often stumble or trip onto the bush next to her.  When we got to the car, I noticed that she had some pretty bad scratches on her leg.  Nothing that bled profusely, but they were bad enough to bleed a little bit.  Next time we go, I will definitely put her in some pants to protect her little legs.

The weekend after strawberry picking, we decided to drive up to Temecula to do some blueberry picking.  There’s a berry farm up in Temecula that allows the public to pick berries from the entire farm!  It was a pretty huge area to choose from.

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The space between the bushes was much wider.  We took our jogging stroller with us so we can go the farthest points to start picking.  You can see in the photo that I put her in pants just i case she fell again.

Because this was Temecula, it was HOT!  I suggest either going much earlier in the day, or much later in the afternoon.  We went around 2pm and it was pretty much the hottest part of the day.  I definitely recommend bringing an umbrella here.  They have areas to sit down on a bale of hay in the shade, and I took advantage of those places while Hubby and M kept berry picking. 

M wants to go cherry picking now.  I have no idea where she got the idea, but it seems to be next on her list.  I do want to take her apple picking later on this year, even though she’ll be too little to reach the trees. 

I’m so glad she enjoyed these experiences.  I can’t wait to take her on more adventures as she gets older!
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Things have been a bit chaotic in the household lately.

M caught some sort of bug.  Maybe it was a bug, maybe it was all the smoke from the fires, see here.  What ever it was left her all phlegmy and coughing.  It triggered asthma and I took her into the doctor on Monday.  Sure enough, asthma.  She was put on her breathing treatments for most of Monday and I was on watch for Tuesday.  Luckily, all the breathing treatments she did Monday were enough to make her better on Tuesday.

She still has a little bit of a productive cough, but it happens rarely now and I’m sure it’s on it’s way out.

I had a short work week of just Wednesday and Thursday, but even those two short days were full of stuff.

Today, I have the day off.

I know the blog posts have been a little sparse this month, but I’m trying my best.

It’s life.. right?

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It had been YEARS since I had stepped foot into a Barnes & Noble.  In my teens, I remember visiting that bookstore at least once a week.  There was always that familiar “book” smell when walking in and I always loved it.

A few weeks ago, I decided to introduce M to the joys of this bookstore.

Immediately, when walking in, I was hit with the familiar book smell.. I told M, “Do you smell that? That’s a book smell!”  She took a deep breath in, but I don’t think it really mattered to her like it did to me.

I took her to the back of the store, expecting a huge children’s book section that was separated off from the rest of the store.  I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t like I remembered.  This was the first time I visited this particular location, so I’m not sure if the children’s section was ever sectioned off.

I tried to draw M’s attention to all the books, but she immediately saw all the toys and just went for it.

Toys??!?

There were so many toys!  She LOVED playing with all the toys… no matter how much I tried to show her books..

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She insisted on playing with the toys.  At least they were all educational, but I really wanted to get her into the books!

We spent a good hour in the book/toy store.  I pulled up a chair and just sat in the aisle while she enjoyed pushing buttons, hearing songs, and talking back to the toys..

Eventually, I was able to focus her attention on some books featuring some of her favorite cartoon characters.  We purchased our books and went home.

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I’m glad she was happy with her book purchases.  No, we hadn’t started driving yet when I took this picture.  I had just strapped her in and noticed how engrossed she was in the book, I had to take a photo!

I never realized how many toys Barnes & Noble sold.  I wonder if they had always been this way and I was just too old to notice…
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Last week,  the family and I took a little Disney vacation.

I’ve been going to Disneyland for all my life.  This was my first time staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

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I made Hubby slow down while turning the corner into the hotel parking lot so I could take this photo.  Luckily, there wasn’t anyone behind us!

We had such a great time and it really completed the Disney magic for me.

Staying at the hotel really added some extra fun for the whole experience.

The room wasn’t huge, but we had enough room for all of our belongings.  M also had enough room to run around a little bit, but not too much room that should could accidentally hurt herself. 

The best part about the room is the back wall against the bed.  The back wall was a carving of the castle in the park.  There was a little switch on the night table with a little Tinkerbell next to it.  I flipped the switch and the back wall lit up with little LED lights simulating fireworks and stars!   “A dream is a wish your heart makes” also played when the switch was flipped on. 

M LOVED it.  We would have it on all night until she wanted to go to sleep.  She loved flipping the switch so she could hear the song too.

That little detail made the room so magical and special!

We truly had a full Disney experience!

I hope to share more Disney stories and photos in the coming entries.  I just have to load the photos from my camera onto my computer!
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The strangest thing happened when M came home from Grandma and Grandpa’s house this past Monday.

She came home with this huge leap in vocabulary and sentence structure development.

So strange.  Her pronunciations of certain words she was struggling with suddenly became so clear.  She was able to make more full sentences!

One sentence that I remember was during bedtime.  She was sleepy and could barely keep her eyes open. 

She told me, “Close my eyes, turn the lights back on, and sleep.”

“Turn the lights back on” is her way of saying “turn the lights off.”  We are still working on that one..

It was the first time she had said anything so complex like that!

She really is growing up.  There is no holding her back, she can’t be my baby forever…

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Over the weekend, M started asking me to sculpt various objects from pieces of Play-Doh that she would hand to me. 

These objects range from spoons to dogs to little boys and little girls…

They were pretty bad, but I thought that M was ok with it.  I mean, they LOOKED like what she wanted and she smiled like she knew they were what she wanted.  I’d ask her if it was what she wanted and she’d say, “yes.”

So, I thought I was golden!

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What do you see in this photo?  I see a bed, a refrigerator, a chair, a hotdog, a plate, a house, and several spoons..

Last night, M was asking me to do make little sculptures again.  So I would.

I’d hand her the finish product and she’d set it on her table.  Seconds later, she’d come back and ask for the same object, but this time she’d add, “to make it better..”

Say what?!

She wants me to make it better?  

She asked me to remake an ice cream cone “to make it better..”  She asked me to remake a cupcake “to make it better..”  And other things…

What a critic! 

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Over the weekend, M turned thirty two months old.. that’s two years and eight months old.  She’s definitely on the downhill trek of age two and quickly approaching age three.. where has the time gone?

She continues to be an amazing little kid.  We communicate now.  She tells me stories.  She knows how to create stories mixing up various characters from various TV shows and just creating these scenarios that are so entertaining.  She loves to laugh and play. 

She’s recently become a little dramatic.  At the drop of a hat, she can burst into tears in the most dramatic fashion.  She loves to just throw her face into her hands and just wail.  I think she gets it from the Disney movies she watches.  It’s in true Disney princess fashion that she throws herself onto the nearest surface, usually the floor, and just covers her face with her hands and just cries.

While it’s totally amusing, I know I need to start controlling that sort of behavior.  I can’t have her just burst into tears for the tiniest reasons.  I can’t have that at all! 

Happy 32nd month birthday, my dear M.  Stay happy and blessed always.  Continue to grow and learn.  Keeping being the loving person that you are.  I love you with all my heart.  You always keep me on my toes, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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