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Barting to the Partyyy

As most people know, we typically try to squeeze in as much as we can during our weekends. Correction. I, try to squeeze in as much as I can. I always tell Juju when I head out to work that I’m going to work in order to make enough money for his next plane ride. If there’s any kid who will grow up with the life motto, “Work hard. Play hard.” It’s definitely going to be Jude. Last weekend, after my shoot we barted into the city to hang out with some of our old friends. I was amazed at how many kids showed up for Lorraine & Jame’s party. Thanks to them, our kids were beyond excited about the cupcakes and smores pit. Wishing this beautiful family a happy birthday month!

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9 Months and then some…

“There are two gifts we should give our children; one is roots, and the other is wings.” – Anonymous

It is so hard to post on time, but I wanted to take a moment before I get super busy to jot down some of Ronan’s big milestones. This has been a really fun month for us. At 9 months, this chunkamunk has suddenly figured out how to crawl, stand up, and say, “Mama!” Not going to lie, kinda loving his first choice of words. He’s as squirmy as ever, eating like a champ, and becoming more obsessed with watching his big brother do just about anything. Time to move down the crib mattress again and chase after this worm. Here’s to the sad count down to being 1 years old.

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A Short Trip to Socal

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet, he said.” -Rachel Wolchin

I know it’s a bit crazy how much we travel as a family, but it’s something we love to do. We all look forward to catching up with friends and family from all over, especially when we get to stay with them and the nights stretch out into the mornings. When I switched over from using my department store credit card to one that would help me build travel points, I thought I would miss out on all the bonus rewards I used to get. To be honest, since I’ve switched over I’ve been so much better about not purchasing random sale items and instead focusing on planning our next trip. We flew down last weekend to attend a wedding for one of my old youth group kids and we were lucky enough to spend two nights with some of our friends. It was so much fun watching our kiddos roll around, laugh, and have such a good time doing what they do best. It’s crazy how each time we see Micah and Avery they grow so much during these in between months. We can’t wait to go back down for another visit again and maybe next time we’ll make it to Disneyland, when the weather stays below 90 degrees.

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Continued Legacy

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” -Sheryl Sandberg

We had the chance to visit BAAYF for a couple of days last week and upon returning home, my heart couldn’t have been more full. Making our way back to this special place each year, where I myself have grown so much as a person, a believer, and as a leader continues to inspire me. The person I am today, is due in part to the countless counselors and staff who fed into my life. Without their one on ones, their check ins, their faith in what I could become, I wouldn’t be here seeing the fruits of their labor. Now to see my own campers in running the camp and stepping into these leadership roles has been such a gift. I could not be more proud of these young people and the love and passion they have for the youth of this generation. Both my boys who aren’t even campers have also developed a love for this place that runs deep in their veins. Our entire family is indebted to this incredible camp. Until next year…

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Slocation

“…the earth has music for those who listen.” -Shakesphere

Last weekend we took our first friendcation with some family and friends. It was the first time, Juju had the chance to travel with someone his age and it was glorious. The two were so happy playing together basically all day long. The three little nuggets were adorable as ever as they took in the scenes from their baby carriers or from sitting on the sandy beach with sand running past their itty bitty fingers. Between all the good food, the donuts, the desserts, we had ourselves quite a blast. I hope these photos will bring back fond memories for years to come as we travel from place to place together. #squadgoalswiththeserascals

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A Visit to the USS Hornet

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Seuss

The end of summer is near and that means I’ve been planning and prepping to make the most of my last week off. Today was extra special for me and the boys. I picked up our favorite lunch to eat by the water, I brought Jude to a special place where he could admire all the planes and the ins and outs of an old ship, and I wore the “piaoliang” dress he asks me to wear almost every single day. When I’m old and wrinkly and Jude wants to tell his kids about his adventures with mama, I hope these photos will take him back to all the fun we had together. Ronan is still too young to remember this trip, but in two or three years he’ll be able to add to the memories of their joint Juju & Roro adventures. I hope both my children will remember that “if there is a will, there is way.” Life ain’t always easy, but it doesn’t have to stop you from living it. I pray both my children will take the time to make even a solo day count. To fill their children with just time to explore, to play, and to take risks.

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A Shower to Remember

“…and she loved a little boy very very much, even more than she loved herself.” -Shel Silverstein

Today was Gina’s baby shower something I’ve been waiting for pretty much since the day she got married. Her party was thrown by Lauren who did such a phenomenal job putting everything together. I seriously felt like I was attending a gorgeous garden wedding, instead of someone’s baby shower. Every detail was taken care of with such care and the food was all delicious. Everyone I met at the party, pretty much confirmed what I already knew about my dear friend, Gina. Once you meet her, she stays as a permanent fixture in your life. She’s amazing in more ways than one and I have no doubts she’s going to make an amazing mama too. Everything that makes her an incredible daughter, sister, wife, and friend will all be channeled into her becoming the mom I know she’s going to be.

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