Rookie Mom Challenge #4: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino

Blake and I are now on our 4th week of Rookie Moms challenges and we are loving every second! This past week we decided to complete the challenge: Enjoy Modern Art with your Bambino (Activity #12 on the Rookie Moms list).

February just happens to be Museum Month in beautiful San Diego, so I decided to take full advantage of half-off admission and head to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla. Having lived in San Diego for 12 years, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had never visited this museum before this trip. Oh well – a first for me and Blake alike!

The ‘Fit…

Blake insisted on wearing one of her “fancy” outfits to the museum, so I wasn’t going to stand in her way. We tried to pull off her adorabe pink sparkly shoes, but the little lefty wouldn’t stay on her “busy” feet – socks it was!

Baby girl clothes

Is This Real Life?

If there’s one thing that I can always count on with Blake when we’re out and about – it’s that she’ll only sleep when it’s noisy! Mike and I took her to an (unexpectedly) loud Mexican restaurant last week (stay tuned for the write up in my upcoming Whine and Dine series), complete with a mariachi band performance, and the Little Miss stayed asleep the entire time – didn’t even flinch when the trumpet started playing! Now, I bring her, fast asleep, into the quietest most serene museum atmosphere ever and her eyes popped wide open and frowned as if the quiet ambiance was annoying her. Luckily, I had our trusty Mr. Wubbanub handy to keep her entertained while we perused around.

All of the paintings and photography pieces were gorgeous, but my favorite part of the museum was a sitting room with huge windows that faced La Jolla Cove. The photo below almost looks like a painting behind Blake, but it’s not – it’s REAL LIFE! :)

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Catch us if you can…

Now, I’m still not really sure if I was allowed to take any photos inside of the museum. I didn’t see any signs warning me not to, but I think I’m scarred for life from my trip to Italy last year when I was scolded for taking photos inside of the Chanel Museum. The Museum Rep. actually stood over my shoulder and watched, glaring, to make sure I erased each one. How do you say “woopsies” in Italian?!

Just to be safe on this museum trip, I always stayed one step ahead of the security guard (who I believed to be hot on my trail) so I could take some of the shots you’ll see below. Blake was in and out of sleep the entire trip – drifting off when there was any sort of noise and then wide awake when all was silent.

#ParentoftheYear…

After we successfully made it through the exhibits with no baby crying and no mommy getting scolded (yay!), we headed down to La Jolla Cove to take in the beautiful, sunny day. While taking this next shot, I was so concerned about getting the right angle that I didn’t even notice poor Blake’s little face directly in the sun. Just a quick dose of Vitamin D, sweetheart! #parentoftheyear

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All in all a very successful trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and another Rookie Moms Challenge checked off our list!

If you’re in the San Diego area during the month of February and want to visit any of the wonderful museums in town at half-off regular admission – check out the list of participating museums here and visit Macy’s to obtain tickets. 
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Rookie Mom Challenge #3: Visit Your Spouse at Work

Now on our 3rd week of Rookie Mom Challenges (we’re kinda on a roll), Blake and I decided to skip around on the list a little bit and complete the challenge: Visiting Your Spouse at Work.  It just so happened to be my husband’s 30th birthday last week so what better time to visit him at work and take him out to lunch!

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho – It’s off to work we go…

Mike’s office is a good 30 minute drive from our house, so this was one of the longest car rides Blake has experienced to date (besides her first ride home from the hospital when Daddy was driving 5 MPH on I-5). Blake normally has a love-hate relationship with her car seat. She HATES it at first (she waves her little fists and thinks, “how dare this contraption lock me into this position!”) and then after about 5 minutes she either becomes so disgruntled or so comfortable (I can’t really tell which yet) that she falls fast asleep. I also realized that her Wubbanub (the best and only pacifier she will take  – and it looks adorable in her mouth) has also helped to make car rides a lot more enjoyable for the both of us – this trip was no exception!

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Daddy!

When we reached Daddy’s office, we were about to go inside when Blake decided that she hated her car seat again and began to fuss (waving her little fists in protest again). Me, not wanting to bring a screaming baby into a corporate office building filled with important clients, decided to just pick Mike up in the front of his building and head to lunch. The look on Blake’s face when she saw her Dad was so cute! She looked shocked at first (it’s not even 6PM yet – what are you doing here?) then showed a big smile. She’s a Daddy’s girl for sure!

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SDPD at it’s Finest

We had lunch at a place called Croutons in La Jolla. They have the best salads, mostly due to their…wait for it…croutons! (Bet you didn’t see that coming did you?) When we first arrived, there were no seats available. As we stood in line to order our lunches a police officer came up to me, “Excuse me Miss?” I was a little scared at first – did I park illegally? Was Blake not installed correctly in her car seat? Did I look so disheveled that he thought I had been drinking? To my great surprise the nice police officer offered us his table which made me really appreciate our SDPD – a class act for sure!  After we were situated at the table, the buzz of the busy restaurant put Blake right to sleep so Mike and I could enjoy our lunches, including this delicious Buffalo Chicken Salad:

Crouton's Restaurant

Awkward Family Photo Opp

After lunch we dropped Mike off at work, but not before taking an awkward family “selfie” in the reflection of his office building window. I can only imagine the poor chap on the other side of that window wondering, what on EARTH is going on right now? Don’t worry sir (or madame) it’s just a Rookie Mom completing her Rookie Mom challenge in corporate America. Cheese! :)

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