Baby’s First Christmas in the Sun
Where do I begin?! A bustling, bright, sunny + HOT Xmas week in SoCal with baby!
Langdon + I decided to celebrate dad’s arrival with a trip to the beach! A most gorgeous day!!!! Heaven! Jeff + I love to go to El Matador Beach north of Malibu. It has a lot of character with it’s rocky outcrops, it’s dog friendly + not usually that overcrowded because lots of people don’t like to climb up + down the steep incline/decline + stairs.
It was entertaining watching Langdon use all his senses to discover all the new smells, sights + objects! Another mildly disgusted expression as he examines a pod of seaweed with conflicted emotions. “I love you/I hate you seaweed.”.
Do you like Jeff’s Magnum P.I. short shorts with the cowboy boots? Yeah, I knew you would.
Christmas dinner was a perfectly cooked rib roast, asparagus, baby potatoes + more! Langdon loves his protein, so I cut an unseasoned portion of mine on the grain + cooked it in a pan until well done. HE WAS CRAZY FOR IT!!!!!
And today we took a field trip into downtown to Grand Central Market.
The market is located on Broadway + 3rd St. It has been a downtown Los Angeles landmark since 1917. When I lived in Little Tokyo before the move to Canada, Grand Central Market catered to the locals in the nearby neighborhoods. 3 years later we came back to a more hipster, fashionable, foodie explosion! Take Eggslut – there was a ridiculous line that NOTHING is worth waiting that long for!!!
Don’t worry, a lot of the older vendors are still going on strong! I had the most delicious carnitas tacos!!! And while you’re waiting in line to order, the butcher hands out mini carnitas tacos while you wait!!!! DELICIOSO!!!! Oh yeah + I almost forgot to mention we struck up a conversation with these two guys while waiting in line for tacos:
The dialogue started when they shared their thoughts about the merits of babywearing. I didn’t realize tattooed clowns (it’s not makeup folks, he was covered in tattoos!) were into attachment parenting but Langdon + I are super psyched about it! They were the sweetest guys!
Jeff in front of an amazing mural with some gourmet ice cream from McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream. Cardamom Gingersnap!!!!
The family together again for the holidays! While we may have a slightly unconventional family lifestyle, we are trying to make it work!!! With all the traveling + long work hours I’m so lucky that at least Canada + the US are right next door!!!! Plus I am SOOOOOO thankful to be back in California with my mom, dad + big sister. Ever since my return to Los Angeles 3 weeks ago, only until now do I feel like a normal human being again. They entertain Langdon, watch out for him, + sometimes feed him + put him to sleep. I feel like after 8 months, now I truly can enjoy my son, where previously I was so burnt out that I didn’t full heartedly laugh with him + enjoy the moment. I was a zombie faking it + trying to get by each day. Anyway I hope everyone had an awesome holiday + 2015 is just around the corner! Stay tuned – we will be joining some of our Canuck family members in Joshua Tree for New Years!!!! Desert fun!!!