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Our Week in Pics (week 97 – Jan. 18th to 24th)

This was a really fun week for the girls! The weather has been so nice and the girls were able to get outside most of the week and play!

On Friday the girls started Snowboarding Lessons! They have anxiously waited all year to get back out and snowboard!

Our Week in Pics (week 96 – Jan. 11th -17th )

This week I found I didn’t take much pictures of the kids.. hardly any really which is a bummer!

I did get out and go for walks almost the whole week which was nice.

We also re-did Samantha’s room to a little tween room and she loves it!


Our Week in Pics (week 95 – Jan. 4th – 10th)

The first week of January went by so fast! We anticipated Sam’s 11th Birthday and then celebrated by taking her out to dinner to her Daddy’s restaurant!

Sarah wrote Sam an adorable birthday card and I have to say it’s one that will be saved in the scrapbooks! Gotta love eight year old sisters.

Shelby alo got a big girl bed and has started sleeping a few hours a night in it. She is also saying a lot of words, like “GG (great grandma), Nino, Papa, Mommy, dadda, Darah (Sarah), Mamfa (Samantha), ball, eat, lala (Dora and Tickety Toc are both lala), hi, bye, no, yeah, ok, here go (here you go), go (and pushes you where she wants you to go)

She tries singing her ABCs and counting to ten.

Wordless Wednesday: Birthday Buddies


5th Grade – 11 years old

and this is the first day they met.. 5 years old.. hehe

Kindergarten- 5 years old

Kindergarten- 5 years old

Our Week in Pics (week 94 – Dec. 28th – Jan. 3rd)


Wow what a busy and super fun week! My girls enjoyed winter break, playing with all their new gadgets from Christmas and we celebrated a really fun New Year! ohh and my husband bought me a new car! woot!

The girls also got to visit their cousins who they have not seen in a year!

Happy New Year 2014


Another year is coming to a close. Another amazing year with the blog. Hard to believe I started this blog here wayyyyyyy back in 2004 as my TTC journey with Sarah and now 9 years later we have three amazing kids, a successful blog and jobs we love!

This year had a lot of ups and downs from a move back to California and saying goodbye to friends and family.

From loosing extended family and old friends to welcoming new babies and marriage. I gained a new sister!

There were a lot of highs and lows this year.  I pray for peace and comfort to all of those this new year as we all try to deal with loosing loved ones and pets.

I watched my oldest daughter turn ten years old and both older girls learn to snowboard. Samantha found a new love in ballet and is determined to continue to become a graceful dancer.

I watched my daughters say goodbye to old friends, but make amazing new friendships. I watched my baby turn into an active toddler with her own little personality.

My relationship with my husband grew stronger and we celebrated our 10 year wedding Anniversary.

I turned 30 this year and I personally set out to loose weight and get healthy in 2013, I lost around thirty pounds and two sizes. I would like to loose another 30 this coming year and just keep growing my business with Origami Owl and my blog.

God Bless everyone and hope for an amazing year in 2014! I know I plan to start my 30’s with a bang!

Our Week in Pics (week 93 – Dec. 21st – Dec. 27th)

Merry Christmas!!!! What a fun week of celebrating!

Our Week in Pics (week 92 – Dec. 14th-20th)

We started the week off with a fun time with one of my closest friends, tlaking and having fun.

The week started off with lots of Christmas Activities at school and one last week of Ballet before winter break. While at Ballet another child fell hard on Sarah’s foot spraining it. Thursday the girls had fun at school and by Friday we realized Sarah needed x-rays on her foot.

We had a snow day Friday so Sarah was able to rest her foot. She keeps asking me if she can still do ballet and take snowboarding lessons.

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A Year in Review – 2013

Here we are with another year coming to a close! This year was great for our family!
The girls grew so much and have loved all their activities.

This year Samantha and Sarah enjoyed snowboarding lessons, Girl Scouts, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Softball, wakeboarding, swimming, Nutcracker and spending time with friends and Family. Not to mention a HUGE Family Vacation where we traveling through eleven states!

Samantha played softball, took snowboarding lessons, danced in both ballet and hip hop. Raised her grades to all A’s and b;s!

Sarah took snowboarding lessons, and danced in ballet and also took violin lessons.

Shelby learned to walk, talk, sing and climb furniture.

While 2013 was an amazing year for our family we also had losses. From extended family to our sweet AbbyJean.


We look forward to a new year!

Happy 10 Years Doll

10 years (1)

The day we met,
Frozen I held my breath
Right from the start
I knew that I’d found a home for my heart…

When I think about being married for 10 years I first think I am old! I still can’t believe it has been 10 years since I married my best friend.

You are my best mate
For your presence in my life, I thank fate
I couldn’t have done anything without you by my side
You are the reason my face bears a smile so wide
As we celebrate one more year of being cute and cozy
I wish you, my dear husband a happy anniversary

10 years (2)

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

10 years (3)

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more…
I’ll love you for a thousand more…
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

Here’s to another 10 years doll

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Our Week in Pics (week 92 – Dec. 7th to Dec. 13th)

Wow, what an incredibly busy week! We started the week with a trip to Disneyland where we had a blast! It was still completely packed at Disneyland even with all the rain! But California Adventure was not that busy and we had a wonderful time.

The new week started with lots of activities and fun for the kids!

We ended the week with Hubby and I celebrating our 10 year wedding Anniversary!


Our Week in Pics (week 91)

Another fun week! We started with celebrating Sarah’s 8th Birthday, then the rest of Nutcracker. And a pretty easy rest of the week.

Safe Babywearing with Boba Baby Carriers #BobaAmbassador

*Disclosure: This is a compensated post I am writing as a Boba Ambassador. The opinions expressed are honest.


I first started baby wearing when Samantha was a baby, but I only wore her every once in a while when I would be out and about. I loved the ease of carrying her and wish I would have more often.

With Shelby I have been wearing her since birth and absolutely love it, not only does she enjoy being carried but she seems calmer when I have her on me. Not to mention I get more stuff done around the house when I just carry her.


Over the past eleven years of baby wearing I have tried many different carriers and in different way. I thought it was OK carrying the kids facing outwards, but I have a few reason s why you might want to re-think carrying them outwards.


One way my husband and I both love to carry Shelby is on our backs! She loves it because she can see around and loves to see where we are walking, I recommend this position for any parent who thinks that their baby wants to see more. No need to carry your baby facing out when they can see everything from your back!

While on vacation this summer I made sure to bring my Boba 3G carrier with us, I found that wearing Shelby was so much easier than trying to use a stroller. Especially at Mount Rushmore!

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We recently received the new Boba 4G Carrier and already love it! What makes it different than the 3G is that it now comes with an integrated infant insert and may be used well into toddlerhood. The carrier can be used from 7-45lbs. The ergonomic design, foot straps, and multiple adjustments make this carrier the perfect fit for your entire family.

Some people have a hard time finding the right carrier and I love the soft structure carrier of the Boba. The infant pillow allows you to use the Boba 4G from newborn and on.


Follow the Boba Blog for a lot of wonderful information on baby wearing and  Dr. Sears for attachment parenting information and  more. Connect with Boba on Facebook & Twitter.

*Disclosure: This is a compensated post I am writing as a Boba Ambassador. The opinions expressed are honest.

Our Week in Pics (week 90)

Wow this week FLLLLEEEWWWWW!!!!

It starred with us celebrating Sarah’s birthday with a really fun party, then Monday was Nutcracker week!

We were beyond busy with Nutcracker and Thanksgiving and more Nutcracker!


I just adore this time of year!

then Thanksgiving!


Happy 8th Birthday Sarah

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It is completely crazy that another year has passed and now our sweet girl has turned EIGHT! I can’t believe how quickly this year came and went!

Sarah received two of the gifts she has been wanting, Molly the American Girl Doll and the Spa Chair by American Girl!

We celebrated Sarah’s birthday with a really fun Neon Dance Party! She had a ton of her girl friends over and they enjoyed a few hours of dancing!


Happy Birthday sweet girl! Here is to another amazing year with you!