Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hot Summer Days

Above photos by Bob Cho at Paradise Cove Beach in Malibu

Above photos by Bob Cho at my parent's on July 4th

Huntington Beach

Above photo by Garrett Policastro at Grand Park Splash Pad in DTLA

This summer has been HOT, and we've been trying to cool off by visiting splash pads, swimming in pools, and hanging out at the beach. Leah is such a water baby, and I love seeing that huge grin on her face whenever she gets to play in it.

How have you been spending your summer days?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberry Picking!

I took Leah, my parents, and niece to Tanaka Farms in Irvine to pick strawberries. It was such a fun experience for her and for me as well! The tour starts off with a guided wagon ride where you get to learn about the different fruits and vegetables grown on the farm as well as taste them. I was surprised Leah tasted everything we gave her and really enjoyed it! She kept wanting more carrots. The final stop is the strawberry fields where you can pick the strawberries for your basket as well as eat them! Leah wasn't feeling the picking as much as she loved eating them. I don't blame her! She also kept asking for Gung-gung (grandpa) to hold her because the ground was too dirty.  She's definitely my daughter!

I just looked on the website, and Tanaka Farms is still doing Strawberry Tours as well as Watermelon Tours! I definitely recommend visiting them!

{Leah's dress: Target}

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ava - 3 Months!

3 Months already?! It still feels like yesterday I gave birth. She has started to become a very different baby than when she was first born, and a tiny little personality is forming. Here are some updates:
  • She is such a happy baby! It doesn't take much to get her to smile or giggle, and she has the biggest smile! 
  • Sleeps from 8:30pm-7:30am
  • She loves to suck on her fingers, and Leah loves to clean her hands afterwards. 
  • Enjoys playing in her bouncer and jungle play mat. I can finally take longer showers!
  • While she is the calmest when I hold her, other people have been able to hold her for longer periods of time without her crying. Daddy can even get in some time occasionally! 
Ava:  Everyday we get so much joy out of seeing your big gummy grin. I'm obsessed with cuddling you and smothering you with kisses. It's still pretty painful to drive in a car with you, but otherwise, you're an easy baby to take around. You are so patient with your big sis, and you allow her to squeeze your hand, roll you, clean you, and accidentally put water on your face without putting up too much of a fuss. Happy 3 months!! xoxo

{Top Photo: Romper from Baby Gap}

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello, Summer!

We celebrated our first weekend in summer with a BBQ on our deck while watching Frozen. The weather has been gorgeous lately, and we want to take full advantage of it! We whipped out our Oh Joy for Target goodies, and enjoyed pork chops, corn, asparagus, and pineapple. We're looking forward to many more evenings like this!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Ava - 2 Months!

Of course Big Sister wanted in on the photo session

Can't believe 2 months has past now. She's so much more aware of people and loves to stare and interact. She had her first set of vaccines and took them like a champ! Good girl! Here are some stats:

  • 11 lb 4 oz, 22.5 inches
  • Started smiling at 5.5 weeks
  • Sleeps from 9:30pm  - 7 or 8 am. While she fights sleep during the day unless she's carried, I can't complain about her night sleeping! Thank you, Ava! 
  • She hates her car seat. Hates is not even a strong enough word! Leah will often hold Ava's hand or try to sing to her to get her to stop crying. 
  • She enjoys her baths and will actually protest when we take her out. 

Ava: You have started to cry less and smile a lot more this past month and we've been eating up all those big smiles and giggles. Leah is obsessed with you and can't wait until you're big enough to play with her. We've discovered that you like to be held upright rather than cradled, because you want to see the world. It's amazing to see how curious you are already, which probably means you'll be getting into everything when you're older. We're looking forward to another month, but my one request is: Will you please let daddy hold you for a little bit too??? Thanks. :) Happy 2 Months! xoxo

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Leah: 2.5 Years!

I stopped doing monthly updates on Leah, but since she turned 2.5 this month, I thought I'd give a brief one. 

  • She has turned into quite the extrovert. A year ago, she was more on the shy and timid side. Now she will pretty much talk to anyone and initiate a conversation, and at times she can be the aggressive one.
  • Her vocabulary truly amazes me. We continue to hear new words everyday, and often have to ask her where she learned it from. She speaks to us in complete sentences and wants to be included in the conversation. She will often say "Hey guys! What are you talking about?" if Matt and I are talking to each other.
  • She continues to be aware of other people's feelings and emotions. If her friend is sad, she'll want to give a hug. If I have a serious face because I had to discipline her, she will ask me if I'm happy or tell me to be happy now because she's listening to me.
  • She's in the "Why" phase. She's curious about everything, and constantly asks "What's that? and "Why?" 
  • She's a little fashionista. She has 3 dresses that she's calls her "princess dresses" and only wants to wear those. I no longer buy clothes for her unless she approves. She makes comments like "Mommy, I like your shoes. They're beautiful," or "Daddy, wear the orange shirt. I like it." I also happen to wear a shirt 2 days in a row, and on the second day she said "Mommy, you wear that shirt? You wore it ALL day long." Oops. 
  • Her favorite thing right now is the movie Frozen. It was the first movie she watched in the theater, and I finally gave in and bought the DVD. I can't count how many times we've watched it, and she can recite the lines and songs in the movie. She also runs down the sidewalk with her arms behind her yelling "Let it go! Let it go!"
  • A little over a month ago, she was officially potty trained! We used the 3 day method, and she got the concept down within a day. It was actually not as stressful as I thought it would be, but I think it was because we waited until she was a little bit older.
Leah: There have been so many changes for you in the past couple months, but you are handling them like a champ. I know mommy can't always play with you like we used to, and I know that you're not too thrilled about that, but I want you to know that mommy loves you so much. I'm so proud of how independent you can be and how loving you are towards your little sister. I will strive to be a more patient and understanding mama, and I look forward to getting to spend a little more one-on-one time with you soon! xoxo, Mommy

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ava's Newborn Session

Here are some photos from Ava's newborn session! We're in love with them, especially the ones with the two girls together. Ava was a handful trying to keep asleep. I think I nursed her like 4 times in a 3 hour span. :) The photos turned out great, and I'm so happy we have this moment in time captured so beautifully.

Amber from Sugar Free Photography was amazing. Everything was done in her studio in Orange County. She pretty much takes the baby and works her magic, and we were able to relax (besides the nursing). Her studio has a separate room filled with toys, books, snacks, coffee, and tea, and there's a window to watch her work. She even has a nursing room! Amber supplies all the props and even has outfits for siblings and moms! We had such an awesome experience. Thanks Amber!

* photos by Sugar Free Photography