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Citrus Classic Balloon Festival Part 3: Santa Paula Agricultural Museum

The new Santa Paula Agricultural Museum is really great. It has great design inside. There are lots of cool vintage pieces of farm equipment and it is geared towards kids with a dress up area, an entemology area with a real live behive behind the glass, tractors and carriages to climb on and lots of other hands on things to do. The boys are really into tractors right now so they were really over the moon with the whole experience.

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Citrus Classic Balloon Festival Part 2: Train ride

After checking out what was going on at the balloon festival, we decided to take the free train ride to downtown Santa Paula to go have lunch and check out the Ag Museum (which will get a post by itself). The train rides were provided by the Fillmore Western Railway which also does the Day out with Thomas every spring. The train was running every 30 minutes most of the day. We were lucky and caught the last train back to the festival at 3:15pm.

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Sparrow month 6

Sparrow is at my most favorite age right now. I love six to eight month olds. They are the best. Smiley, curious, still pretty good nappers, giggly, easily entertained, chatty, those kicky happy feet, when they discover their hands or feet and can’t stop looking at them for a couple days, solid food and less nursing, still a little snuggly, etc.

Sparrow loves his siblings and watching them do things. His favorite is when they bring one of their toys or toy sets and start playing right in front of where he is. He loves toys with rings that he can grab onto.

He has four teeth. Vampire fangs on top and two in the middle on the bottom. His top middles are close to coming in. Everything is in his mouth all the time.

Sprout is really warming up to his baby brother. He even has this special high pitched squeaky voice that he reserves just for talking to Sparrow. It’s pretty funny. Bean is still very much in love with babies and “her” little baby Sparrow.

I busted out the sailor outfit this month. I couldn’t find the hat though.

And here are all my guys…

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Instagram Digest 1/14-1/23/12

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We love the zoo.

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Quesadilla burrito

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January Photo A Day Challenge: What I’m reading

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Morning

Dance party in the living room with The Beatles and American Girl dolls.

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Birthday celebration continues! Sprout’s Fire Chief costume arrived today.

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Miiiiiiiine!

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This sort of thing never happened with my $30 American Eagle jeans. Just because it costs more, doesn’t mean it’s better.

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Yes, I let my kids have chocolate cake for breakfast. It’s birthday party week!

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Kind of a nightmare, a huge container of snaps came crashing down when I was trying to get something out of my closet. Snaps were in all of our shoes, down my shirt, under guitars, and they flew out of the closet and under furniture.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Some things I bought

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Toddler lunch

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Sweet

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Water

Sparrow having a bottle of warm water to aid digestion, this bottle has had a few prior owners.

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Snuggles on the couch with my girl. I wasn’t feeling well.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Someone you love

I love this ticklish little baby boy!

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Sleepy Mickey

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Sometime during the night, Sprout crawled into Bean’s bed and she snuggled right up to him.

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In honor of the rain, Bean is reenacting the flood story with her LittlePeople. All of them.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Something old

Teacup from Stephen’s great grandma

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Reflection

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Your shoes

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Instagram Digest 1/7-1/13/12

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Eating is so tiring.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Your sky

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Baked rigatoni with squash, caramelized onions, bacon, Parmesan and Fontina.

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Bean’s recital costume and supplies to make a mini version for her doll. I hope I can do it!

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Kaleidoscopes are fun!

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Daily routine

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The compromise solution to Sprout coming in our room all night long. Lightening McQueen sleeping bag on an exercise pad at the foot of our bed.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Childhood

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Love my little bookworm.

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Snuggles on the floor.

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Cheese!

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Where You Sleep

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Butternut squash faces.

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Another coffee maker bites the dust.

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Sometimes the Santa Ana winds make it impossible to enjoy a picnic at the park and the indoor living room picnic is born.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Close-up

I told the kids they could put whatever they wanted in my foil lid. “No meat, no thank you Mama.”

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Pretty little speckled egg.

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This better be worth it.

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Bean is kind of getting freaked out by all the pins I am putting in her doll to make this costume.

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January Photo A Day Challenge: Inside your bag

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We went to the zoo and Bean took some pictures

Wednesday after ballet, I decided to drive the kids up to the zoo and make use of our year long membership we bought on Bean’s birthday. I told the kids ahead of time we would do this and Bean insisted on bringing her little wooden camera.

Me: You don’t need to bring your camera, I will let you take some pictures with my phone if you want.
Bean: No, I want to bring my very own camera to take pictures of all the animals.

She looked like the ultimate little tourist. It was so adorable!

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I did let her take some photos with my phone and she actually did a pretty good job!

In one case she took a better photo than me, in part because her stature creates a different perspective.

Here is my duck picture:
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Here is Bean’s:
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Here are some of the other photos she took:

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Capybaras

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Elephant

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Fountain

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Baby flamingo

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Eager otters

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A couple photos from Bean’s ballet class today

Looking very much like a proper ballerina in this one:
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When the teacher turns her back, chaos ensues:
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