Viewing the Rose Parade Floats!

I am very fortunate to live near the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade. While I didn’t get to see the parade in person this year (we entered a lottery for tickets and sadly weren’t chosen), I was able to go view the floats the day after. I took Bear with me so he could experience seeing the floats like he did on TV.

If you ever come to Pasadena to view the parade, I do recommend staying to look at the floats. It’s an amazing experience and I think this just became a new favorite of mine for years to come.

It doesn’t cost hardly anything ($15 for general admission, kids 5 and under are free). I do recommend not to bring a stroller if you can help it. It gets rather crowded.

There are just so many pictures I decided to do a slideshow showcasing all of them. I hope you enjoy!

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Bear is five.

It’s crazy to think five years ago, I won the lottery.

That’s exactly how I felt when Is aw Bear for the very first time. It honestly felt like I won the lottery. Life couldn’t have gotten any better.

I just love this little boy so much. He’s my world, my encourager, my coach, one of my best friends, and he’s just an amazing kid.

I love him so.

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I can’t wait to see what his future will bring.

Happy Birthday, Bear. I wish you love, success, happiness, and a wonderful life. My beautiful child.

New Home, New Start!

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So, we recently moved. Yeah. I didn’t mention it at all on this blog because well, it was hella short notice and honestly speaking, we’re still moving. We moved from our wonderful neighborhood of Highland Park to nearby neighboring Pasadena. Not a bad shake!

I can’t get into details about said move other than the new owners of our rent-controlled apartment had a vision that didn’t include the current residents. While it does sound like we were forced out, we did leave on our own recognizance and found a super cute and cozy place in really record-timing.

It’s been a while since we’ve moved. The last time we moved, we stayed in the same apartment building and just moved from one apartment/floor to another. We were at our old place for almost 10 years so we have a lot of great memories there. However, with living in in a rent-controlled building, there were many issues that came to the surface just because of how old the building is.

The moment of, ‘We really need to look for a better place to live’ came when the building had no hot water for a weekend. It was the last straw in a long list of problems. But you know, when you ask God for something, He’ll always deliver in perfect timing.

We’re not the type to move constantly and with a toddler and a cat, it’s best that we don’t. We finally moved in Sushi. She’s still getting used to the new house. She hid inside our closet for three days but now she’s starting to explore the house more. She also lived with us since she was 2 months old so the old apartment is really all she ever knew. I’m hesitant to say she likes the place but she knows it’s her new home. I think she has to figure out her new nooks and hideaway spots.

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Sushi and Bear playing mid-move at the old apartment. 

The good news about the new place is I’m allowed to garden so I started to plant some bell peppers and green onions over the weekend. I’m going to plant some flowers up front. My current orange tree is pathetic as it only has four oranges and the orange tree across the street of me has so many to make several cartons of orange juice . It’s okay. My little orange tree will be the best EVA.

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Bear helping me garden at the new home. 

I did pick up something cute and quirky from Target this past weekend:

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You have to use your Rick Ross voice for this one:

So yeah, we’re almost done and I feel we will be at the end of this week. And we’ll start to get things settled in and figure out where things go. I’m very excited about this new chapter in our lives. Maks kept saying our new home is really a starter home for when we’ll finally buy our permanent home and I think he’s right. I can’t wait to see what the future will bring and have you all along for the ride in our new adventure! 🙂

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Kidspace Adventures

So, a while back, Bear and I went to visit Kidspace in our neighboring Pasadena. We’ve never been there before so I didn’t know what to expect. I will tell you it was so much fun!

Kidspace is a science-based adventure park where kids can do science experiments, play with insects, and just get away from the tablets and video games. I highly, highly recommend it!

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The entry way to Kidspace is hella cool!

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You can bring food and drinks (definitely recommend water because it gets hella hot with all of the running around). It is stroller-friendly but there is an area to park the strollers because you will be climbing over some rocks, traveling through gravel, and well…just be getting dirty.

If you’re going with just going with your kid(s), I recommend going in the early afternoon, so you’re missing the school crowds. The hours are from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

This was an area where Bear could create…well, anything really. It was like a makeshift Lego area but the blue stuff was surprisingly soft and durable.

This is when Bear was trying to create a rollercoaster. It took a lot more effort and patience than I thought it would. You don’t think you’ll get into building a rollercoaster but once you start, you really try to get into the logistics of it. Every parent who was doing it was acting the same way, LOL.

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Can I tell you how colorful the outside area was? So colorful!

I will note that Kidspace does have several indoor areas, but I was too busy trying to navigate Bear to fully take photographs of it.

Overall, I do recommend it. If you have a AAA card, you can get a discount on your tickets like we did!

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Anniversary Pics

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted but I wanted to share our anniversary outing last Saturday:

The pictures are mostly in black and white because the venues we went to were dark inside. Shout-out to my hubby for taking most of the photos!

It was really nice to go out by ourselves sans Bear. We don’t do it very often and it was reminiscent of our pre-Bear times. Hopefully, we can have more date nights in the future! I thank our family friends, Ashia and Jesse, for watching Bear for several hours as we had some alone time!

If you’re in the Pasadena area, please visit Bar Celona tapas bar & grill and also Pop Champagne & Dessert.