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9 Jun

Two years ago almost at this very moment, my water broke. We are hoping we don’t have a repeat today or tomorrow of that as her brother is coming soon – but two years ago our lives were about to change so much for the better.

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Sweet Newborn Girl (Photo Credit: Galati Photography)

The past two years have been full of growing and learning as parents and as a kiddo.  I do know that I have the best job in the world – being her mom. I still find my footing here and there, but it’s definitely what makes life worth living and I am grateful for each and every day I get with her and my family.  Seeing the world through her eyes is just simply amazing.

We’ve had lots of changes over the past year.  We switched daycares (which was the BEST decision we ever made), our jobs have changed, but mostly we’ve gotten to see our little girl grow and she grew a lot.

What are her favorite foods? She will try almost everything. She loves condiments – especially ketchup, noodles, ice cream, yogurt, any kind of fruit (and I do mean any!). She had some steak and sushi recently again and she loved them both.

How many words does she say? Probably close to a thousand. She talks a TON. She’s constantly amazing us with words and short sentences. Her latest one is, “Coming Soon.” We think she picked it up from the movies she’s asked to watch. Best thing she says “I love you, Mommy” or “I love you, Daddy.” She says these on an almost daily basis.

Current Obsessions? Finding Nemo (Hank the Octopus), Beauty and the Beast,  Word Party, and Bambi – along with anything Mickey Mouse/Fab 6 related when the mood strikes her.

Developmental wise? Right on track from the quizzes and ahead in some areas. She can count from 1-10 some days solo, other days with assistance. She knows her shapes and a lot of colors. She has fantastic fine and gross motor skills.  She runs, jumps, plays, and is an extremely active two year old. Switching her daycare was the best decision we ever made as watching her grow this past year is such a blessing. I’m constantly amazed by the social, educational, and emotional skills she’s learning.

Favorite Toy? So many – bubbles, balls, her bikes, Mickey Mouse Fisher Price House, her play kitchen. She also loves airplanes and trucks/trains.

Tantrums? They happen – they are a part of life. They are really just her struggling because we misunderstand or she can’t communicate with us what she wants. Through her school, we found a great way of dealing with them through conscious discipline and it actually works and helps us move on.

Favorite things as a family? She LOVES water (agua), so we’ve spent a lot of time at the Disney Water Parks and the beach over the past year. We’ve traveled to Disneyland and gone on a lot of adventures around home to Theme Parks, playgrounds, and picked a lot of fruit – blueberry, strawberries, and peaches. I can’t wait to go back to the farms next year.

Favorite activities?  Anything outside – bubbles, going to the park, playing on her new play structure outside, visiting Disney World, trains, and going on adventures with Mom and Dad.

Favorite Books? She LOVES to “read” and have us read to her. She loves the Carl Books, Where’s Spot?, Sandra Boynton books, any books about animals, and still loves doing You Are TuTu Cute.

Favorite Character? Nemo, Dory, Hank, Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto

How do we think she will adapt to big brother? To be determined. We don’t have any expectations for her. The next few months will be a big adjustment for all of us. She calls for baby brother and knows he’s in my tummy, but how she reacts when he gets home will be determined by her. I’m not trying to set any expectations so she can just be herself.


Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography by Nerissa Johnson

What do we expect for the next year? Keep being yourself kid. The next year will be full of adjustments for all of us.  We will struggle, we will learn, and we will find our new normal.  You bring us so much joy and teach us so much. Keep dreaming, keep learning, and keep living – I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us through the struggles, the happiness, and the small moments that really added up make amazing moments as we are together as a family.  You are what makes my heart sing with happiness.  I love you so much sweet girl and I always will.

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl. (Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography from Nerissa Johnson)



a birthday dinner to remember…

29 Mar

Last night, my amazing husband and I went out to celebrate my birthday.  It’s a few days after the fact, but we didn’t mind.  Only downside is, I have a bit of a cold, so I did spend most of yesterday sleeping away.  I took a long nap in the afternoon and really didn’t do much else besides our house hunting adventure in the rain tomorrow!

Well, my husband made reservations at Fulton’s Crab house, we had never been and were eager to try it!

Well, we went to our reservation and were lucky enough to get a table right by the window.  Our waitress, Michelle P. was absolutely amazing! Let me say right off the bat, it was an amazing meal.  We ordered drinks, coke, and water, to try and keep me hydrated.  She was like the aunt who you always wanted to visit.  She was amazing and she still kept on treating us amazing after she found out we were cast members, which isn’t always the case.

I ordered Lobster with scallops and shrimps stuffed inside with mushrooms and greens.  I apologize, I don’t remember the exact name.  Hubby got king crab claws that was cracked for him. It was a LOT of food.  However, our meal got even more amazing as Michelle didn’t think hubby’s plate was the true one pound of food that we are paying for, so she brought him extra food! This was completely unexpected, but made us love the experience so much more.  I got a piece of cake for dessert, that was decorated so adorably, and husband ordered a piece of cheesecake.

my dessert from Fulton's Crab House

All of it was delicious.  It is a bit expensive seafood place, but we will definitely be visiting it again for special occasions!  Michelle P. definitely made our meal worth it, and it was an amazing experience!  I know we will be back sometime in the future.  Also, for me not feeling the best, she wasn’t very pushy or overbearing, she gave us our space, and approached us with caution, but always kept our drinks full! We rewarded her with a very hefty tip, so we hope she understands our appreciation!

So the birthday spread out over a few days isn’t bad at all. It’s all about making the best of the moment when you can celebrate!

Eve of a birthday… a bit of a reflection…

23 Mar

Well, Well, Well, as I sit here somewhat curled up on the couch after a delicious dinner of strawberry pie and Spirte! I figured I’d indulge in some of my favorites. (Well, that is a bit of a lie, they are my favorites, but I did have some chicken that we made on the grill the other day too!)

And I am feeling a bit sentimental as tomorrow is my birthday.  It’s not a milestone birthday by any means. I’m turning twenty six.  It’s an age you don’t necessarily think of as a small child.  I don’t remember ever sitting or thinking “Hmm, when I am twenty six, I am going to be a whatever.”  However, I do realize I am over the halfway point to FIFTY. And that is an eye opener. Or something. It also means I still have a long ways to go til I am fifty.

However, since I am sitting in an empty house by myself with no immediate birthday plans tomorrow, I am feeling a bit sentimental.  I know that my amazing husband and I will celebrate my birthday next Monday, where we have a dinner that we picked out together.  I will enjoy it, I really will. Sure there will be a few sad moments tomorrow that I can’t be with the one person all day that means the world to me.  With all the exciting things we have planned this year, my birthday is not on the big picture of important days.  Yes, it is important, but we will make it through!

So twenty six year.  Am I where I think I would be? No. Not at all, but it is such in a good way.  I met an amazing man that wasn’t on my radar ten years ago, or even five years ago.  I have no clue how I got so lucky to find the person that completes ME. No one else. He wouldn’t be this amazing with anyone else, because he completes me. Together, we are one amazing person. We each have our faults and our talents, but together we work so well.  That I am thankful for.  So just in the general sense of, there is no way I could have seen this coming. I am so blessed and so thankful to have him.

What have I learned? Oh, I’ve learned much more in the last twenty six years than to just tie my shoes.  I’ve learned that each person is raised differently.  Each person may not act how you want them to. Some people can be so awful to you even as an invited guest in your own house.  Other people, can be great surprises and joys in your life.  You never saw them coming.  I’ve also learned that you can never count on anything for sure happening that you planned as a child. Your priorities change.

You become to not be so much as a work-a-holic. At least, that’s what I learned this last year. The number one most important thing to me is my family. Not only my blood family, but the family that I have created. My little ohana of people, that I can not imagine my life without. We aren’t all related by blood, but we are an amazing mix of people that are there for each other.  I’ve also learned to work to have the experiences. I so want to travel in my life and see things. I am grateful to have many of the opportunities I am so more, and now I just keep trying to learn, discover, and explore with my amazing husband and family!

You honestly don’t know if people you thought would be there forever, are really going to be there forever.  Now, I understand this may seem hypocritical, as I was just gloating about an amazing love and I KNOW my amazing husband will never leave me, but I am talking more about in a friendship way than in a happily-ever-after I am going to love you forever way.  There are some people that I really thought would be in my life that I’ve met along the way that aren’t, but honestly, I have no regrets. I’ve come to accept you can’t please everyone.  You also realize that some people won’t always be there, and that’s okay.  It’s not their fault, it’s not yours, but some people aren’t meant to be in your life forever, and that is really okay.

What have I accomplished? Oh so much!  I am blessed to have all the opportunities I have had.  I can’t believe I’ve run a half marathon with another one to go yet this year. Me. The fat kid. Me, I’ve run a half marathon.  I really can’t wait for the next one.  I’ve graduated college. I’ve found love.  I’ve figured out a lot of growing up. I’ve developed my own opinions. I’ve stood up for what is wrong.  I’m in the process of buying a house.  I’ve lived some experiences that only I can experience.  I understand that I will always keep learning.

So, thank you to everyone who helped in the last twenty-six years. I can’t wait to see what the next twenty-six bring. I can only imagine.