Tuesday, February 25, 2014


I love the 4 simple rules in gift giving:

something you want
something you need
something to wear
something to read

I use this as my guide when buying gifts for my girls for holidays and birthdays. So I decided to create a new series on my blog using this as my guide, except it will be:

something i want
something to need eat (because we all know, i'm trying to simplify and not shop)
something to wear
something to read

I've been on a pinterest kick lately. spending wasting a lot of time pinning but its so addicting, isn't it? Here a few things i've been pinning and dreaming about, in clockwise:

1. been wanting a more sophisticated watch lately and this one is perfect. 
2. donuts are my weakness. this recipe looks so pretty and delicious! 
3. been dreaming about warmer weather and wearing loose, flowing cream colored peasant dresses 
4. this book is supposed to arrive in the mail today. looking forward to reading it. 

my shop is open!

I opened my little etsy shop last week! Go check it out if you are interested in some cute vintage dresses for your girls for the spring and Easter! 

Zaylee found my little stash of dresses and wanted to try them on, so of course I obliged. Afterall, who doesn't want to see their own daughter dressed up in cute little dresses. :) 


Sophia: she has always loved to paint. Lately, her paintings have become really good. I think she has an artistic gift, which she probably inherited from her dad. 

Zaylee: she has become terrified of taking baths lately. I left the room to go get her pajamas and when I came back, she tucked herself in bed and was smiling at me, like this. She is my ham and makes me smile all day long. 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2014."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

lights of Monterey

"for the pictures that she paints 
of the lights in Monterey
coming across the bay..." 

I've always dreamed these pictures as I sang along to Jack Johnson's "same girl" song over and over again. This weekend it rang true, it really was everything i'd imagine it to be and more. you know when you step into a place it feels so right and you never ever want to leave it. that moment where your heart is so at peace and you can call it home. well i found my hearts content in the sleepy town of carmel. the sea...the town had me captivated and i never wanted to leave it. i fell madly in love with it, as i always somehow knew i would

we woke up saturday and thought it would be great to getaway to the sea. We quickly jumped out of bed, packed any clean clothes we had and took our little wanderlust hearts to where it belong. we do this often, mike and i...even with two little kiddos in tow. it keeps all the excitement and magic alive, and it never disappoints. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Sophia: she was so grumpy this day from being at the dentist all morning. I don't blame her one bit.

Zaylee: first time blowing bubbles. she loved it. 

"A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day + a mini photo shoot!

Happy Valentine's Day! I did a mini Valentine's day photo shoot of my girls this year. I feel so blessed that both my girls truly love taking pictures. Lately, Zaylee has been bringing my camera to me and pointing to herself saying, "me! me!" I happily take a picture of her, of course. And we all know that Sophia can out style and pose me for any photo shoot. :)  

Wishing you all the sweetest and loveliest Valentine's Day! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

many small moments

I have been filled with many small moments lately, both incredibly rewarding and exhausting. Feeling blessed to experience it all, the good and the tough.  

We've had a rainy few days here last week. I've been following the weather and saw it coming, so I started to prepared with raincoats and rain boots. Rain or shine, we need fresh air daily. Its good for the soul and mind. It was good to let the girls march outside in their boots and let them enjoy the fresh puddles. I remember loving this so much as a little girl, but to relive it through the eyes of my own littles is even better. The squeals and giggles were heard a block away.

Our church has the best family adoration and praise/worship night. We went last Friday night and was put to tears watching Sophia and Zaylee sing their hearts out. The first song was "Lord, I need you" by Matt Maher and this happens to be one of our favorite songs lately (and we listen to it a lot). Immediately, both girls got so excited recognizing the song, stood on the kneelers and stretched out their arms and sang to their hearts content. Little Zaylee who can't even pronounce all the words clearly, knows the song by heart and was singing and singing. It was incredible to see her praise. We've never taught our children how to "praise" God. We've never taught her to raise her arms out and sing. But in her own littlest way, she swayed her body and reached for the Lord as she sang and sang. She probably was one of the smallest in the room, but you would have never known it by the way she sang. It was beautiful. Mike and I kept exchanging looks and were puddled by her incredible sweetness. How beautiful it is to see your children love the Lord just as you do. I will never forget it. 

I was reminded last week that these moments of staying at home with my children are so short and going to be truly missed one day. I know I enjoy the present moment as much as I can, but I know I also complain a lot about my messy home and being so exhausted. But, I realized that even these small tough moments will be missed too. I'm sure one day I will miss picking up my house after my children have long gone to bed. After all, I do always smile to myself even through the exhaustion at night when I walk room to room and see all the small ways my children have explored and played. The untying of many, many little knots Sophia have tied with string/yarn/rope around door knobs or chairs or other objects around the house, I will really miss that. Also the many nights when I am emptying out a million little purses and backpacks filled with toys, rocks, socks, and tissues that Zaylee have played with through the day. These small and messy times are temporary. One day I will have a spotless, organized and quiet home. The time nor day is now and I'm okay with that.  

PS: click here to see a video of the girls jumping in puddles.  

Monday, February 10, 2014


 Sophia: she can't wait for the weather to warm up so she can wear dresses everyday again. 

Zaylee: She loves bikes but can't quite reach the pedals yet. Its so funny to see her fall in love some of the similar things that Sophia did at this age.  

Monday, February 3, 2014


Sophia: early morning cartoon watching.

Zaylee: getting herself dressed. She wont let anyone help her put her pants on. She has to do it all by herself. :) 

"A portrait of my children once a week, every week in 2014."