One of my favorite photos of the Little Peanut. We were getting ready for Lunar New Year at our Vietnamese church. She’s wearing the traditional Vietnamese ao dai (dress) and khan dong (hat). My first attempt at selective coloring. I tried to no avail to get the pink to be softer because I think the bright pink has a little too much “pop.” I do love how her lips and cheeks have a pink glow.
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Last year while visiting my cousin in Seattle she took us to a pumpkin patch. Believe it or not that was my (and my girls) first trip ever! I thought it would be a fun tradition and so we made our first trip out to Anoka County Farms a few weeks ago.
The weather was unusually warm as you can see by her sleeveless dress! And despite the apprehensive look on her face I think she really enjoyed it and would have allowed us to pull her around the whole afternoon.
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It started at a very young age too. She was about 4 months when I took this.
We call this photo “The Stewie.” It was as if she knew what her shirt said (I pwn mommy & daddy)!
This summer was all about getting the Little Peanut out and about. Last year she was just learning how to crawl and had a great dislike for strollers so we didn’t get to do much. While her dislike of strollers remains the same she’s able to walk – I mean RUN so it was a little easier. (Lets pretend I didn’t almost lose her in Target and considered buying a baby leash right then and there!)
We did quite a bit but as I was looking through our photos it seems our favorite activities were the beach and anywhere that had things that go zoom zoom. Apparently she’s got a need for speed! And let me add that she ate practically all of that snow cone by herself….
We took one last trip to the beach to say goodbye over Labor Day weekend….
As you know we’ve had family in town the last couple of weeks and have been all over the Twin Cities showing them around. Last week we stopped by the Como Zoo for the kids. Our first stop was into the Blooming Butterflies exhibit. If you’ve never been to one of these it’s an amazing experiance. Butterflies from around the world fly freely in an enclosed tropical garden.
If you’re lucky enough one will even land on you! The Little Peanut has got to be a lucky charm because she had two butterflies land on her. I wasn’t quick enough with the camera to get the first one but when the second one landed I was ready.
Here she is with her Auntie rocking the sunglasses and butterfly!
She’ll put it on say “hat” and then carry on with whatever activity she was doing… reading, playing with the iPad or her train set. It’s so adorable and I’m so happy I was able to get some photos while she was in a good mood and before she grew out of the phase.
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How fun is this week’s theme? While I’ve visited many wonderful cities of the US I know there are many hidden treasures that I will never get to. I think this theme is a great way to discover new places.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN has made me a city girl. I only discovered this when I went a few hours north for college only to return to The Cities after the end of my freshman year. Here are some favorites of the many photos I’ve taken in and around Minneapolis.
These first three are from various walks I take with my girl along the Mississippi River front.
This next one is of the Minneapolis light rail on a chilly winter day.