November 23, 2014


everly turned three yesterday and we had a fun filled day celebrating as a family.  we went to the magnificent mile lights festival, and as expected, the event was super crowded. i didn't get to capture any pictures, but seeing the way her face gleamed when all of the christmas lights lit up, made standing elbow to elbow in the 1.2 MILLION person crowd totally worth it. everly's favorite part was seeing mickey and minnie mouse lead the parade.  her birthday request was a trip to chuck e cheese and a "green vanilla cake with lots-a lots-a strawberries on top" and we delivered.

my dearest everly,

words cannot describe the joy and happy chaos you bring to this family. you are the most rambunctious, vibrant, and animated person i know.  you don't just walk, you skip and dance.  you don't just laugh, you shriek in delight.  you don't just talk, you sing.    you are silly, and you constantly crack jokes.  and to top it off you have the scruffiest, most contagious laugh that i've ever heard. then, when you're unhappy, you make it known to everyone and everything in sight.  it's amazing how such a tiny little being can contain so much emotion.

currently, you are obsessed with superheroes and all things hello kitty.  dinosaurs,  hot wheels, and play doh are your everyday go-to toys.  your favorite foods are berries of all sorts, cucumbers, pizza, spaghetti, and steak.  unlike your brother, you absolutely love meat.  you prefer hard candies and lollipops over chocolates.  and your favorite ice cream flavor is plain ol' vanilla.

i'd be lying if i said your twos were a breeze for me, but now that your massive meltdowns and tantrums have significantly abated, it's so much fun being able to actually talk with you.  we negotiate things from breakfast to dinner, and everything in between. you're quite a chatterbox these days and your imagination is full of things that even i can't comprehend.  you are still an avid thumb sucker, but i'm hoping that you kick the habit soon.   i am so excited to see what this year brings.  it's bittersweet seeing the traces of baby everly disappear but even more amazing seeing what a beautiful and smart little girl you are becoming.  i love you so much, and i am thankful that i get to be your mom.

November 20, 2014

life lately

hello!  wow, is it really mid november?  where did fall go?  october was a big whirlwind of one flu after another and now we're already having snow and it's not even thanksgiving yet!  our pumpkin patch trip and halloween were slightly dampened by the freezing temperature but the kids have since gotten used to the cold and are looking forward to building a snowman soon.

i've got a few more posts lined up so see you back here soon. thanks for stopping by!

September 24, 2014

hello, autumn!

my favorite season is officially here!  we got an early start to our fall festivities and went apple picking at All Seasons Apple Orchard this past weekend.  it started raining on our way over to the orchard but luckily it ended up being a beautiful day - perfect for picking apples!

happy autumn, friends!

September 19, 2014

conversations with jaden...

jaden and everly's birthday is only a few months away and i realized that i never posted their yearly interview.  my plan was to interview them every year on their birthday but i didn't get around to it until the middle of the year because i was really sick for a few months last winter.  so here is his interview at the age of four and a half.

it's amazing how much kids change within a short year.  this video was taken at the beginning of summer and he has already changed so much! 

you can see his interview from his third birthday here:  jaden age three

September 5, 2014

everly says...

conversation with everly first thing she woke up in the morning:

everly:  mommy, my tummy wants cake.  

me:  oh, everly, we don't eat cake for breakfast.  

everly:  no!  ever-ree no want cake.  TUMMY wants cake!

August 20, 2014

exploring chicago

last week we decided to play tourist and explored our own city via public transportation.  so, we ditched our cars and took the "L" train into downtown and the chicago water taxi to navigate other various parts of the city.   it was quite an adventure, and the kids had a blast! 

here are the lessons i learned, 1) chicago is beautiful, and i could see us even living here for good one day, 2) i'm truly a big city girl, 3) never ever, ever take my car for granted, 4) waiting for public transportation is utterly dreadful with two screaming children, 5) i can't kick out the SoCal in me -- i prefer to drive, not walk!  ;)

July 18, 2014

everyday moments | mini photog

it's amazing how much kids imitate their parents.  recently, everly's been lining up her stuffed dolls and snapping pictures with her camera.  the funniest part is how she carefully composes each shot and moves her subjects around.  it makes me wonder if maybe i'm behind the camera too often.  everly's personality is so different from mine that this was the first time i've ever mother, like daughter!