Posted in Community, Eating/Dining, Family, Farmers' Market, Grilling, Husband, le•top, Shopping, Spring, tagged 2009 Fall Collection, A Dog's Life, balloon animals, Children's Clothing, farmer's market, farmers, kettle corn, le top, le top blog, le•top, letop, organically-grown produce, spring, strawberries on March 19, 2010 |
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Checking out the delicious strawberries. (Miranda in Playful Ponies and Paulo in A Dog's Life from le•top's 2009 Fall/Winter collection)
Farmers’ markets may be year-round, but it’s best to go when the sun is shining. Everything just looks fresher, greener and sweeter, and everyone is shopping away happily with their reusable bags in hand. I love to support my local farmers and buy their organically-grown produce every weekend, but trekking out there in the rain or cold just isn’t my cup of tea – especially with a little guy who has to be pushed around in his stroller. However, last Saturday when we woke up and saw the sun beaming down and temperatures in the low 70s, we decided it was time to visit the farmers’ market.
It’s been so long since we’ve been to a farmers’ market that Miranda forgot what it was. “Do they have rides? Do they have shopping carts? Why are we walking?” But as soon as we got out of the car and followed the crowd, Miranda remembered. “This is where we can try strawberries for FREE! And we can buy kettle corn! And where’s the clown that makes balloon animals?”
Oh, yes! The fun of going to farmers’ markets. Not only do we see fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, olive oils, pastas, etc., smell popcorn popping or meat grilling, hear live music, but we also get to spend quality family time. Yay for spring!
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Posted in Ice Skating, le•top, Sports, Winter, tagged 2008 Winter Collection, 2009 Fall Collection, 2009 Winter Collection, A Dog's Life, ballet, gliding on the ice, Ice Skating, Lake Tahoe, le top, le•top, letop, Pink Leopard Faux Fur, swim class, Winter Sports on December 10, 2009 |
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Paulo (wearing A Dog's Life polar fleece from le•top's 2009 Fall/Winter Collection) isn't a fan of ice skating.
Ice skaters make it look so easy! Watching them glide across the ice makes me want to try the sport and dream of dancing and swaying gracefully on the ice, looking like a beautiful ballerina. STOP! One can dream, right? Well, I’m not too bad. Wobbly, yes. But I can skate a lap or two.
Miranda wants to glide as well. This is her 2nd time on the ice. The first time was when she was 3-years old. We went to Lake Tahoe and gave it a go. It was such a horrible experience for her. She slipped and fell so many times and vowed never to ice skate again! Well, that was then. This time was more pleasurable. She took a stack of buckets, held on, then push… push… PUSHED herself across the ice. Of course, she slipped and fell more than once, but she picked herself back up and tried again—until she made one lap around. Success!
Now she wants to skate again tomorrow. We can’t. You have ballet. Then we can skate the day after that! No, you have swim class. How about the next day? (I’ve run out of excuses.) We’ll see.
Miranda is wearing a Pink Leopard Faux Fur jacket from the 2008 Winter Collection.
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Posted in Baby Clothes, Childhood, Childhood Milestones, Children, Children, Children's Clothes, Daughter, Dogs, Fall, Family, Girls' Dresses, le•top, Sister, Son, Winter, tagged 5 year old daughter, 5-month milestones, A Dog's Life, baby milestones, best friends, big sister, Children's Clothes, dog tricks, le top, le top blog, le•top, le•top Fall 09 Collection, le•top playwear, le•top Winter 09 Collection, letop, letop vive les fleur dress, roll over, sibling love, siblings play together, sit, stand up, vive les fleurs on September 22, 2009 |
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Sit. Roll over. Stand up…
Sounds like tricks you teach a dog, but they’re actually milestones for my 5-month old son, Paulo. If I put him in a sitting position, he can stay seated for maybe 3-4 seconds before he tips over. He definitely can roll over—and over and over—making his way from one corner of the room to the door jamb where he usually “whimpers” for some assistance because his foot got stuck along the way. He’s got a ways to go before he can stand up, but Big Sister Miranda is there to lend a helping hand.
I never imagined that my 5-year old and my 5-month old would play together happily, but here they are enjoying each other’s company, being each other’s best friend.
Paulo is wearing a coverall from le•top’s 2009 Fall/Winter collection, A Dog’s Life. Miranda is wearing a dress from le•top’s 2009 Early Fall collection, Vive Les Fleurs!
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