Thursday, July 20, 2017

Letters to Reverie: 4 months

reverie hope at 4 months
My dear Reverie Hope,

Your four greatest achievements on your four month birthday include 1. rolling from back to tummy - you observe the world and kick your legs while on your back, roll over to your side often, and have several times rolled onto your tummy; 2. mastering tummy time - your head has grown steadier and you enjoy tummy time now; 3. growling - you're experiencing with your voice and have added hilarious guttural growling to complement your sweet cooing; and 4. sucking your thumb - you've begun drooling and can be found with fingers in your mouth at all times. You've found your thumb and will suck on it to soothe yourself to sleep. It is pretty much the cutest sight.

You are a ball of joy, my sweet baby. You smile infectiously in the presence of others, and you even smile serenely in your sleep. You soothe yourself to sleep for naps most of the time unless the house is a bit too noisy for you don't want to miss out on the fun around you. You wake up about twice a night to nurse, and nurse every 2-3 hours during the day. You're wearing 3 month and 3-6 month clothing, size 2 diapers, and size 0 shoes. You light up the room and everyone is enamored by you, for you dole out smiles so enthusiastically that your whole body wiggles in delight. We're not sure how we got blessed with such an easygoing and content babe, but we are so grateful you are ours for the time being.

Love you so,
Mama

P.S. Reverie at 012, and 3 months. Plus, her birth story.

A Palm Springs retreat

reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
palm springs 2017
serene at 3 years 9 months and valor at 2 years 2 months
serene at 3 years 9 months and valor at 2 years 2 months
palm springs 2017
serene at 3 years 9 months and valor at 2 years 2 months
palm springs 2017
reverie at 3 months
reverie at 3 months
valor at 2 years 2 months
reverie at 3 months
We retreated to Palm Springs earlier this week so that Alex and the other elder of our church could plan intensively without distraction. It was also an anticipated avenue for our families to rest and relax together. We had a wonderful time and were thoroughly blessed by church family's hospitality and kindness. Alex and I even got to steal away for a date one evening, of which we took full advantage over all-you-can-eat sushi and a picturesque stroll through The Parker Palm Springs. The sushi was mediocre and it was at least 110 degrees as we ambled about, but having quality time just between us and Reverie (who was incredibly sweet and easygoing the whole time), was quite precious. I just remember laughing at each other a lot while reflecting on how I've a gem of a husband. The getaway was a refreshment to our souls. Thank you, Lord.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A lovely long weekend

reverie at 3 months
lacy park
serene at 3 years 8 months
valor at 2 years 1 month
serene at 3 years 8 months, valor at 2 years 1 month, reverie at 3 months
valor at 2 years 1 month
serene at 3 years 9 months
valor at 2 years 2 months
serene at 3 years 8 months
reverie at 3 months
serene at 3 years 9 months
valor at 2 years 2 months
serene at 3 years 8 months and valor at 2 years 1 month
valor at 2 years 1 month
serene at 3 years 9 months
serene at 3 years 8 months
reverie at 3 months
valor at 2 years 1 month
valor at 2 years 1 month
newport beach
reverie at 3 months
valor at 2 years 1 month
newport beach
serene at 3 years 8 months
serene at 3 years 8 months, valor at 2 years 1 month, reverie at 3 months
serene at 3 years 9 months and valor at 2 years 2 months
valor at 2 years 1 month
reverie at 3 months and serene at 3 years 8 months
reverie at 3 months
serene at 3 years 8 months
serene at 3 years 9 months and valor at 2 years 2 months
serene at 3 years 9 months
hongs july 2017
We made the most of sun-kissed afternoons at the park, at the beach, and in the pool over the Fourth of July long weekend with family and church family. Time outdoors brightens up our days. We're all happier, more relaxed, and loving summer. It's totally a magical season. Praise God for creation to behold, relationships to treasure, and freedom from sin in Christ.