“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!” – Les Brown
|Troy with Grandpa Chuck at the Centennial Picnic!|
Recently, I’ve learned that childhood is made up of only 940 Saturdays. As an unapologetic optimist, I see this as 940 opportunities to create lasting, joyful memories for Troy! I don’t want to waste any of the precious time I have with my little man before he’s all grown up, so I’ve made it a personal mission to take each of those Saturdays and make them special! Of course, having a little one makes life unpredictable, and I’ve already learned in just 4+ months of parenting that trying to control almost anything, let alone future events, is basically impossible (a canister of infant formula in my kitchen is witness to that). But, by trying, I can make his childhood fun for him (and my husband and I)!
So last weekend (Saturday #19), we attended the Manhattan Beach Centennial Parade and Picnic at Polliwog Park! After packing up Troy’s bottles, diapers, and plenty of infant sunblock that morning, we stopped off at our favorite deli, Giuliano’s, for some picnic necessities, and arrived just in time to see the tail end of the parade already down the street.
|The parade…. ending.|
So, we missed the parade. But a lot of people stuck around afterwards, and we had a lot of fun checking out classic cars, and even ran into a police horse! The officer escorting him was kind enough to let us pet him, and he was quite gentle.
|I should have asked to ride him. I can guess what the answer would be though…|
We then met up with Chris’s parents and enjoyed our picnic of roast beef sandwiches, macaroni salad, orzo vegetable salad, and prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella! To drink, I enjoyed a bottle of sparking water, which is healthier than diet soda (although the event organizers gave out free Diet Dr. Pepper, and I may have snagged one).
|Yummy picnic from Giuliano’s!!|
Later on in the day, the organizers gave out slices of cake that had been on display earlier throughout the park! Chris and I shared a slice so that I could stay within my calorie limit for the day – and it was delicious!
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