Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Our spontaneous Saturday

santa monica pier
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
santa monica pier
valor at 20 months
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
serene at 3 years 3 months
valor at 20 months
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
serene at 3 years 3 months
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
santa monica pier
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
santa monica pier
serene at 3 years 3 months and valor at 20 months
santa monica pier
serene at 3 years 3 months
santa monica pier
We woke up on Saturday morning to Alex exclaiming, "It's a beautiful day. Let's go to the pier." We love his spontaneity. We don't recall the last free Saturday we've had where Alex wasn't scheduled to preach the next day, which made for a blissfully relaxed morning. As we passed downtown on the way to the Westside, we revealed to the kids we were heading to La La Land. We're all obsessed with the soundtrack ever since Alex and I watched the movie a few weeks ago. The kids and I dance to it daily and Serene was so excited to point out all the tall buildings. I adore the city and miss it often (I lived there before getting married). It was such a beautifully sunny January day that I kept thinking we are so blessed to live in Southern California. I had to snap touristy photos to commemorate Valor's first time at the pier. I also planned to take a belly photo since I've neglected to do so this entire pregnancy thus far, but alas, it didn't happen. I think I'm 29 weeks along; I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy has flown. Which reminds me - I shall write a pregnancy update soon.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Down in San Diego

sea world 2016
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sea world 2016
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sea world 2016
sea world 2016
sea world 2016
sea world 2016
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sea world 2016
sea world 2016
sea world 2016
We spent a couple of days in between the Christmas and New Year holidays down in San Diego with Alex's family, with Sea World as our primary destination. I was unabashedly hesitant to patronize the theme park since we watched Blackfish a few years ago. Sea World seems to have changed its marketing over the years (perhaps as a response to the documentary), and Alex joked that it helped ease his conscience. Alex was totally excited enough for all of us to be at Sea World, and I have to admit it was so fun witnessing the kids exclaim over the marine animals up close. I love my husband's and children's childlike awe.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Our simple Christmas

christmas eve 2016
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christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
christmas eve 2016
Our Christmas was simple and relaxed. We don't decorate a ton for Christmas, except for a tree with mostly handmade ornaments. I tell myself every year that I'll make stockings, but alas, another year has passed and I still haven't done it. This December has felt so jam-packed with to-dos that I yearned for this Christmas to be one where we cherished each other's company while reflecting on the ultimate gift of our Savior's birth. We spent a couple of evenings celebrating with extended family, but also set aside time for just the four (almost five!) of us. Since we were going to be at service with our church family on Christmas morning, we had our little family celebration on Christmas Eve. The kids woke up to a communal gift in the morning - a slide - which they have yet to cease playing on since. Serene and Valor each received three gifts, including something to wear (shoes) and a couple of toys to play with (magnetic wooden blocks to start their collection, and animal figurines to add to their collection). I whipped up an easy breakfast - freshly griddled coconut pancakes with cheery chocolate chips and sprinkles, cheesy scrambled eggs, bacon, and fruit. We reflected on the hope of Christ's glorious birth, sang Christmas songs all day long, made gingerbread houses, lounged in our pajamas, and just spent time enjoying one another. I was in such a merry mood that Serene kept exclaiming, "Mama, you're so happy!" It was a jolly Christmas, indeed.