The LA zoo, two sweet babes and two tired mommas

My heart can't stop exploding with gratefulness and thankfulness. My stomach is full of butterflies at all moments of the day as we get to spend the next few weeks with my sister and her sweet family. Babies just have that magical ability to make you become total mush on the inside and goo and gahh on the outside...

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one year in LA

Here we are! One year later of living in Los Angeles. I remember it… well, like it was yesterday... when our 25 hour drive (half way across the country with a 5 week old baby who hated his carseat with a passion) was almost over. We drove through the grapevine, then dropped into the Valley that we would soon call home...

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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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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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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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