*Photos by betsnewman
Hi Friends! It’s November. Can you even believe it? The first week of November is my favorite time of year because all the spooky halloween decor goes down and in the blink of an eye there are Christmas trees everywhere! I mean, what is more magical than walking around and seeing everything lit up for the holidays. I love love love it and wait patiently for it all year.
This year is extra special because Lila is in full on kid mode and is ready to take in all the magic the holidays have to offer. Her bookshelf was looking like it could use some love, and I think it’s impossible to feel guilty over buying new books. So for the month of November, we are reading one new book together everyday. I found this amazing bundle of books from Incredibundles and it was perfect for what I wanted to do. The books also came in this adorable reusable storage box. Perfect for organizing, but even more perfect for what I wanted to use it for. I keep all of the books in the box and we open it together, and she gets to pick one out. We read it together, we talk about it, we talk about Thanksgiving and why this month is special, we read the book like ten more times, and then she gets to pick a spot for it on her bookshelf. Fun, right?
It’s only been 3 days and I am already having a blast with it. The first book we opened was Ten Tiny Toes and it’s her new favorite. She wants to read all the time and if we are in the car she’ll just start saying the words from the book. I love it so much! I hope to make this a tradition we do every year.
I chose the A Year Of Books Blundle since it came with 30 books and November has 30 days. You can see all the books it includes in the image below. There is also tons more to check out on their site besides books, I’m obsessed!
Thanks for reading!
Last year Lila had her first real experience with attending egg hunts and immediately we knew that she had some special feelings for Easter. Since that day we’ve kept a basket of easter eggs in her room and she has played with them consistently all year long, so much so that she has opening them down to such a science that we can’t get them closed again fast enough for her. The most special egg hunt for her was undoubtedly the one that took place at the Langham, and it seemed like every time she played with her eggs throughout the year we talked about going there again, so we knew as it came around the corner we had to make it a tradition for our family.
This year Lila appreciated the egg hunt even more, and displayed her skills like a pro when she got out on the lawn. The only thing that held her back was the size of her basket which was quickly overflowing. She really made the most of it and enjoyed every minute. I have no doubt that the egg hunt at the Langham is the best not only in Pasadena, but anywhere that I have ever been. Everything about it is perfect from the location to the eggs and their prizes, and even the adorable outfits on all of the little ones, this egg hunt is truly on another level.
In the immediate vicinity of the egg hunt there were so many fun things going on that were all geared for the little ones. The petting zoo they coordinate is seriously ADORABLE! They not only have bunnies and chickens, but sheep, baby goats, ducks, piglets, and a baby cow! Lila couldn’t get enough of the baby bunnies and spent way too long just petting them and talking to them like she does with her stuffed animals at home. Right next to the petting zoo they had the best Easter Bunny who was being so cute with all of the kids that were there, so when the line wasn’t too long we ran over so that Lila could get a photo with him. Usually she is a little bit skeptical of costumed characters at first and doesn’t like to get too close, but she ran right up to him and gave him a huge hug for the better part of a minute and wouldn’t let him go. Did I mention yet that this kid loves Easter and can’t get enough of the Langham?
To top off all of the activities on the lawn they have badminton, croquet, and a full on train ride! Last year we had a blast riding the train as a family and Lila remembered it well because she was asking for the train ride before it was even in sight. Long story made very short we rode that train somewhere between 8 and 10 times throughout the morning and you know what, it never got old! Lila was so excited and loved riding in a different color car each time, she couldn’t get enough of the conductor and appreciated it every time he made a “toot toot”.
If there was one part of our stay that I have to admit I was most excited for, it was the brunch. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a waffle bar. As excited as I was and as high as my expectations were, the brunch was even better. Every single thing I tasted was delectable from the sushi and seafood bar, to the omelette station and the expansive table of breakfast foods. Sometimes I struggle with buffet style dining because I feel like they do an okay job at a lot of dishes, but don’t really have a focus. That was absolutely not the case here, it was as if they had one chef devoted to each particular dish and nothing felt like it was just a filler.
Beyond all of the amazing options in the main dining room they had the most adorable selection of pastries and an entire section of foods for kids. The kids corner was not only perfect for Lila’s taste buds, but they even had it set up low to the ground so that she was able to feel involved with the selection. Their whole set up was genius because Lila ate more in one sitting than I have ever seen her eat, and she’s an amazing little eater!
Of course the literal icing on the cake was the gigantic display of incredible desserts. I thought I was too full from the several plates I had already eaten to even think about sweets, but after one look I found myself getting one of everything to try, and making a couple of quick trips back to the chocolate fountain for another skewer of strawberries. I know I shouldn’t have, but hey, Easter only comes once a year and, well, I deserve it!
All in all we could not have imagined a better way to spend easter as a family than what we actually experienced at the Langham. The hotel is like a palace from my dreams, Lila literally referred to it as her “beautiful castle: throughout our entire stay and said “were homeeee” every time we walked into our room. The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic, the scenery was breathtaking, the mattress was heavenly, the people were friendly, and Easter was magical because of it. The Langham can count on seeing us again next year, and the next, and every one after that.
*A very special thank you to the Langham Pasadena for hosting us this weekend.
Welcome friends! I’m Celeste. Wife to Jake and Momma to my little lady, Lila. We love and live in sunny Los Angeles, California. You can find us wandering around town coffee in one hand and camera in the other.
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