that 6 am wake up call

6 am. Faithfully, every single morning my son wakes up at 6am. Sometimes 5:58 and sometimes 6:12, but never a minute past 6:12. I have to admit, it's been a long year. Babies take a lot out of you and stretch you more than you'd ever think they would. Before Ren, I was still an early bird, just not that early and on the weekends I'd sleep in {a bit}...

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India

Gosh, where do I even begin? Maybe I should start with our 30hr plane ride. Or maybe I should start with the overwhelming joy and love I have for my sweet baby niece Kaia Dream. Ok, actually I think I'll start with all of the good things that happened in my heart and then follow it with the hard stuff and end with the hilarious moments we had all too often...

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valentines day abroad

We made it! The moment I stepped off of the 30hr plane ride to India, I could smell it. The spices and culture that I love so much, flooding my heart and mind with some the most amazing and hilarious memories that I hold so close. I felt like I was home again in my home away from home... 

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beach days are the best days

Ren and I will be getting on a plane for India on Tuesday so we have been taking advantage of the warm southern California weather. We are heading to see my sister and brother in law and meet their precious little girl, Kaia Dream. I cannot wait to squish her little cheeks and give her all the love I have. So we have been getting all of our energy out at the beach the last few days before we jump on a plane for 30hrs...

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Eczema got the boot

Eczema. It's the worst. I'll be the first to admit that it's just plain old not fun. I've had it most of my life. Sometimes it's been super difficult and others it's been mild, but never gone. Doctors appointments, cream, salves, and lots and lots of advice from specialists saying that there's nothing that will ever really help me has been the general song. By now, I've accepted that there isn't much I could do to fix it...

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The adventure of a lifetime at ONE

Baby boy had his first birthday party yesterday and it was nothing short of perfect. Ren's name means adventurer and explorer so naturally we have decided to have adventure themed birthdays for LIFE. He's been into pointing at helicopters in the sky and noticing planes as they pass by so we celebrated his first birthday with a "Time Flies, Airplane" theme...

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a baby boy and a mommas love

Here I am reminiscing over the past year as we prepare to celebrate your first birthday. I cannot even believe for one second that you will soon be one! It's true when they say that the days pass slow, but the years pass wayyyy too fast. It's been a beautiful journey as I learn your ways and understand what makes you, you...

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real talk on unconditional love

Goodness, you'd think after 27 years on planet earth and growing up with a family that knows how to love well, that I would be some kind of pro by now. Love. It's an action; a choice we make to put someone else's needs above our own...

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first {California} Christmas as a family of three

This year was our fist Christmas in Los Angeles. I'd have to say it was very different than years past, especially those in chilly, snowy Kansas City. We don't exactly get super frigid weather here on the dessert coast. This year was extra special as it was Ren's first Christmas, who is also the first grandchild, which made it even more special for the whole family...

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grace on grace

They tell you when you're pregnant to sleep while you can. They often say, you'll never sleep again or to prepare yourself for all the lack of sleep to come. That doesn't really seem like the most encouraging thing, but there can also be some truth to those statements. Here it is Saturday morning. They used to be filled with sleeping in way past sunrise, snuggling till lunch and starting the weekend off with loads and loads of rest...

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perspective at a red light

This morning Ren and I ran out super early for a coffee in Calabasas, which we seem to do about once a week lately since we're almost always up with the sun. It's actually fun to run out before the world is awake, wrapped up nice and warm in our pjs, as the sun is starting to peek through the horizon...

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feeling festive

So this is my little man's first Christmas and I am trying to make sure we do ALL THINGS FESTIVE! Not in that really super obnoxious way, I don't think, HA. But I did get him a Santa's Helper hat at Marshalls today. And boy, is he cute! He was also so sweet to give Milo a dental check just to be sure she's doing alright. Here's to the season and to remembering all that Christmas is all about! 

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morning walks

Ren and I love starting our mornings out with a good walk. This morning was extra fun because it was actually cooler than 65 degrees! Which meant we got to wear warm clothes and pretend that we were in New England with the leaves were falling all around us as we breathed in the crisp morning air. Hello Southern California Fall I guess, haha...

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wind

Lately time seems to be flying by faster than I can seem to keep up with. Ever have those days? I find myself waiting for Friday so that we can go on adventures, explore the big city and have some super sappy time with my little family and then it’s like it’s here and then over and then repeats itself all over again {wayyyyy too fast}. With a new baby, I have been giving it my best shot to cherish every minute of this journey even on a Monday at 2pm when things don’t always look fun or glamorous...

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