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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I am so excited that Spencer and I are headed to go see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: Get the Sillies Out! in Santa Barbara at the Arlington Theater on Friday (March 8th). We never managed to make it down to LA for the shows in other years. Spencer has never been to a live show like this or a concert so I think he is going to be really excited once he figures out what is going on. All he knows for now is that we have an adventure planned for Friday night!

Spencer has long loved Yo Gabba Gabba! and Brobee. This photo is from 2 years ago. He still sleeps with Brobee in (or near) his bed to this day!

Tickets are still available for the two Santa Barbara shows and other upcoming shows in the San Diego, Arizona, Texas and Florida.

I was provided free tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live in exchange for posting about the event. No other compensation occurred.

Out and About

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I was so excited when I read in the paper that one of my favorite authors, TC Boyle, was going to be in town for a book signing. He’s a local, so he normally starts and ends his book tours in Santa Barbara, but somehow I not only missed his first few stops on the tour, but the fact he had a new book out at all. Hubs actually was going to surprise me with a copy of the book, knowing how loathe I am to buy hardbacks, but I went and spoiled the whole thing by demanding we go to the signing, It happens.

We decided to make a day of it and headed out to have some awesome burgers and then hit the mission rose garden for some ball time. Spencer just loves to run up the hill and I think his is finally mastering kicking and throwing. Catching, on the other hand, could use some work.

Next up was a stop at the mall where I finally succumbed to getting Spencer a pair of deck shoes. I love them.

Then to the book signing and thankfully Spencer fell asleep in the car and hubs just stayed with him. While the children’s section of Chaucer’s is amazing, I think it is a little much for the grabby-handed toddler. Now, if someone can just tell me what the inscription says…



Spencer at the fountain

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

I have a bit of writers block while I work a post out, so I give you cute fountain pictures from the mall where killed time during an oil change.

First time in a booster seat!

Santa Barbara Natural History Museum

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Last week we went to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. We went on a Thursday morning and practically had the place to ourselves. Spencer was able to run around the rooms and I didn’t have to worry about him getting trampled. He did try and “join” the few other groups of kids there and would cry when we walked away from those groups so we did some artful dodging of the other groups.

My camera is not good in low light, but in some of the rooms, the flash made it worse. I think I know what I’ll be asking Santa to bring me.

I loved that all of the drawers were Spencer height and he could explore them. He also liked pushing the buttons in the last picture and making the insect noises play.

There was an amazing double sided glass exhibit of butterfly specimens that I had a devil of a time photographing, but I wanted to include it here because it was my favorite part. The scale is hard to see, but it is about 5 ft by 8 ft and covered with butterflies and moths.

After doing the insect and fossil rooms, we explored the grounds a little. The grounds are nestled in the type of Southern California landscape I like best: hilly, a little scrubby with a nearly dry “creek” running though it. In the third picture, I managed to capture the exact second that Spencer realized that he did not like being on a bridge so much.

I think Spencer’s favorite part of the museum may have been the bird section. He called them all ducks, but what can you do. The museum is great, but if taxidermied animals freak you out at all, do not go. We followed up our visit with a lunch at Marmalade Cafe that included the best sweet potato fries.

Spencer, as per usual, made a beeline for the water. Lucky for us, the edge of the fountain was high enough and deep enough to keep him out. And then the little guy passed out in the car and slept for the next 2.5 hours. What amazes me, in retrospect, is that we only used the stroller to get him through the parking lot. He walked almost the whole trip. He’s officially graduated from baby to toddler. *sniff*

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