another day in LA, Grand Park…

 

 

I have to say one of the best things about raising kids in LA is that there is always something new and awesome to do.   This summer we have been all about downtown LA’s Grand Park! Grand Park is billed as “The Park for Everyone.”   Luckily for us, not everyone knows about it yet and there is always a ton of room to run around in the grass and plenty of shady spots for an afternoon picnic.  I know what you’re thinking… public park, downtown LA, sounds sketchy… it’s not! I promise the place is as clean as a whistle (is that an expression?), even the public restrooms are clean.  I forgot to snap a pic of anything but the fountain but there are great lawns to sit on with awesome hot pink outdoor furniture as well.

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It has been HOT this summer and Grand Park has been the perfect place to cool off.  There is a GIANT splash pad that keeps Leo entertained for at least an hour.  And a Starbucks right next to the splash pad in case mommy needs caffeine.

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(written while Leo watches Finding Nemo. Hey- stop judging- nobody is perfect!)

 

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leo’s party!

Ah the birthday weekend is over!  I needed a few days to recover and clean up all of the wrapping paper… and maybe finish off a few of the leftover cupcakes from the party! After weeks of planning, prepping, crafting and cooking Leo’s party came and went in a flash.  We had a great time with great friends.

We didn’t really have a theme for this years party. Leo is kinda into trains, kinda into Yo Gabba Gabba, sorta into to Elmo so I didn’t really know what to do and I figured this might be the last year that I can get away with having Leo be the theme of his birthday own party. So I did just that!

Leo bannerThe theme started right when you walked in the door with Leo bunting. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was the cutest thing.  It was super-easy to make.  I printed big pictures of Leo’s face on card stock and cut them out (we only have a black and white printer but I still think they came out pretty cute).  I used patterned polka-dot card stock from Michael’s to make little party hats for the bunting, hot glued on a pompom and … voila! Leo is everywhere. I just couldn’t stop there so I hot-glued popsicle sticks on to the back of a few more and made little Leo masks for the kid’s tables.

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Obnoxious? Maybe…but still pretty cute.  I also made little party hats out of the same polka dot card stock using this template from the Crafting Chicks.

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And then there was the food. I honestly think that I may have taken on a little too much this year, last year we ordered pizzas and that seems to be the way to go and make everyone happy.  This year I did get some amazing pastries from The Village Bakery, but my mom and I made the rest which included 40+ mini quiche (broccoli cheddar and carmelized shallot and goat cheese), orzo pasta salad, fruit cups, 40+ homemade funfetti (much better than the box) cupcakes and 30+ sugar cookies in the shape of 2s. I was so exhausted after the party I took a two-hour nap with Leo.

Leo had a great time at his party and loved his cake, well at least the frosting…

???????????????????????????????080313-41A big thanks to my mom who snapped all of these pics, I didn’t take one photo at the party! Mother of the year!

(written during nap time)