I can’t believe I forgot my camera on Father’s Day!

Hours after returning home from the LA Arboretum, I’m still kicking myself in the arse for forgetting my fancy camera today on our Father’s Day excursion. What a fail. Especially since I just purchased a new lens and need some practice using it. Today was full of nature, flowers, greenery, trees, ducks, turtles, peacocks and an adorable little 2 year old. Ugh, it was the perfect training grounds for my photography loving self. Boo :(

Anyways, my iPhone photos will have to do for today. After enjoying breakfast out in Old Town Pasadena with my parents and brother, Daddy Dom and Mia and I headed to the LA Arboretum for a few hours. It’s most definitely a favorite spot of Daddy Dom’s. It was a beautiful day to explore, which made up for all the whining we had to put up with from Mia who was begging for us to hold her for about 70% of the time we were there. I don’t know why she does that. She loves the idea of going for a walk but once one begins, she just wants to be carried. Knock it off kid, 25 lbs is heavy to lug around!

Mia is sporting her latest Hello Kitty sunnies AND her new floral headband from Target. She’s never worn either accessory for more than 1 minute. Success!

fathers day Collage2Apparently there’s around 200 peacocks on the grounds of the Arboretum. Have you heard their “noise” before? They have this super loud call that carries pretty far. Every time Mia heard one (which was probably about once every 3 minutes) she’d gasp and say “Again!” and would look around to spot the peacock responsible. It was pretty cute.

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fathers day Collage5Me: “Hey, that fireplace would make a good back drop for a photo, yeah? Put Mia in front of it.”

Mia: insert screech, squeal, fuss, cry and demand to be picked back up. She completely disagreed.

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You think it’s hot outside until you enter an enclosed greenhouse for 3.5 minutes and then book it back outside for cool, fresh air.

fathers day Collage3Toddlers and drinking fountains compliment each other quite well.

fathers day Collage1    It’s hard to not gobble this kid up sometimes. She’s just that cute.

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fathers day Collage4Mia did not want to meet Mr. Duck.

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Today was a lovely day, spent celebrating a superb father. There was once a time years ago, when he had expressed a few concerns over if he’d be a good one or not. I never had a doubt and my intuition was right. This man adores his little girl to pieces. He still gets teary-eyed over the thought of her. He is still constantly amazed that she is his and he is hers. I can’t even count how many times I’ve caught him marveling over her with that sparkle in his eye and a lump in his throat. I love how much he loves her and how he’d do anything for her. And I love that I get to spend my life watching their relationship bloom and grow. That’s something that I didn’t experience since my dad split at a young age.

Now, Mia is only two and she’s too young for me to ask her what she thinks of her Daddy…but I imagine she’d say how much she loves tickling his belly button. She’d say how much she loves riding in his big truck, snuggling under “Daddy’s blanket” (a quilt he made for her before she was born), how much she enjoys collecting eggs from the chickens with him and how much she likes to garden in the backyard with him. I’m sure she’d tell him that she loves to feed her piggy bank with him and the change he often gives her and how much she loves to eat freshly popped pop corn made by him. I also know she likes to watch him through the window each morning as he backs down the driveway in his truck to go to work, while waving to him and saying “bye bye Daddy-O!” This kid makes her Daddy work for her affection, but when she gives in, it’s pretty special. She’s a lucky girl to have such a caring and loving Daddy. Happy Father’s Day!

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  1. It’s true… I love this girl with all my heart.

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