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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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7 months and counting…

“There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spent it on.” -Leo Christopher

Ronan is closer to 8 months, than 7 months but I still wanted to squeeze in some time today to take some snapshots of this growing baby boy. This has been a big month in a lot of ways, he’s really gotten the hang of eating solids, he’s been working on getting over his HUGE right thigh to start the process of crawling, and he’s started forming the cutest “mmm” with his mouth in an attempt to start forming words. Basically everything you’ll see below consists of this month’s big milestones. I really adore his cues, his sweet cuddles, and most of all his chunkamunk bod. I know it’s only time before he starts slimming down, so for now here’s my big sweet baby. And guess what?!? I finally figured out how to use a remote to take photos from my dslr. GAME CHANGER! I vow to exist in this child’s albums and the start of it all begins now!

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Let’s go to Legoland

“In the end, we only regret the vacations we didn’t take.” -Anonymous

Last week marked the second solo trip I took with Jude and this time Ronan got to join in on the fun too. I’m not going to lie, the initial thought of traveling alone with two kids did scare me a bit, but I can say without a doubt it was well worth it. Once I got on and off the plane, I felt a whole lot better about the rest of the trip. Being stuck on a delayed plane was by far the hardest part, the rest was pretty much amazing. We squeezed in as much as we could during our four days in San Diego and my brother was the best uncle any kids could ask for. He drove us around during our stay and took us to so many places. It was such special time for the boys and myself get to spend time with my brother making the kind of memories I hope none of us will ever forget. These photos are a small tribute to all the work my brother put into making this such a memorable trip for us. Thank you again, Abe for everything! Jude hasn’t stopped talking about his time in San Diego and I can’t wait for next year to come around for another trip out to see you.

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Happy Birthday, Ms. Mini!

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

Happy birthday to my niece! We celebrated her first year with a Minnie themed party and it was perfect. Catered by Chikfila, dessert, and strawberries made it an easy laid back party. She did smashingly well for her first party and entertained every single one of her guests during her cake smash.

We love all the joy you bring into our lives and we’re glad we have a girl in the mix now that you’ve been born. I promise your cousins will protect you and share their noodles with you. Love you, Nattie Mei Mei! Can’t wait for the many memories we’re going to make in the years to come.

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Happy Father’s Day!

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” -Anonymous

The best word I can think of to sum up Ken as a father to our two boys is “selfless”. I often underestimate the gift of something that grand, but the more I’ve thought about it the more it rings true to our life with him as a father. He is the first to speak up and tell me every single day how happy it makes him to see how his two boys are both such mama’s boys. He doesn’t complain, get upset, or tell us how jealous he is. Instead, he just throws back his head and laughs. He finds it hilarious and blesses me with the freedom to love them wholeheartedly. I recognize he doesn’t have to be like that, he could demand more of me and less of them. But that’s how much he loves me, he sees how much joy they bring into our lives and he being the husband and father that he is, welcomes that over and over again. Thank you for bringing my two soul mates into this world! You’re all that and a bag of chips and I hope you enjoyed your weekend with us without our usual jammed packed schedule! 😉

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Memorial Weekend Highlights

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” -Anonymous

Last weekend, Ken’s cousin and his wife came up to visit us over the long weekend. We had such a good time catching up and spending time hanging out in the backyard watching movies, eating out, celebrating Val’s birthday, and exploring our local wineries in Livermore. However, Juju had the most fun with Auntie Allison. Literally obsessed. Held her hand in the car, told me he didn’t need me to shower with him because he’d rather shower with her, and asked her to hold him every single free moment. It was absolutely adorable. We are already looking forward to our next reunion because I can only listen to Juju ask where auntie and uncle went so many times in a week. 😉

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