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We decided to squeeze a last minute weekend trip to Monterey before the baby comes and I'm so glad we did.

We made our first trip a couple years ago to Monterey and Big Sur but Taylor and I started watching Big Little Lies on HBO which made Monterey a mysterious and intriguing place to visit again.

My doctor has been really strict on not traveling this pregnancy so though it wasn't too far from home it was great to just get a change of scenery.


Sunny Spring Weekend

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We got a break from the rain this weekend so we made sure to pack our time with sun filled activities like a visit to the farmers market, orchard, and nursery to get some plants on our back patio. We stuffed our stomaches full with pupusas and fresh organic strawberries; and I got to leave the nursery with a trunk full of flowers so it was a pretty fantastic weekend in my book!


18 Months

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Noah at 18 months has been a non stop bundle of energy. My favorite part about this stage is watching him discover things with so much joy, wonder and curiosity. The cutest things are definitely his run-hugs, belly laughs, involuntary dance moves and whenever he lets me hold his hand when he's walking.

Another sweet part of this phase has been watching Taylor and Noah develop a special bond and see Noah adore his dad so much and want to be around him 24/7.

Coming up on 30 weeks of pregnancy this week and feeling totally sick of being pregnant.  However, trying to treasure the sleep while we have it still and enjoy this time with just the three of us.   Excited that Noah is going to have a little sister soon!




2017 is here!

We finally got around to getting everything set up to take a family photo but our crazy pre-toddler Noah had something else in mind and wouldn't sit still; so we spent the entire time trying to keep him from  plummeting off the bed instead.  I'm still happy we have these though because they capture some that boundless energy he has.  He has a sense of humor like his dad and his laughter is so genuine and full hearted and totally contagious.  Though I feel like he is all boy right now and constantly trying to climb something or destroy something - he also has a sweetness to his intensity and is constantly running up to us for bear hugs and kisses.

My resolutions this year are to be mentally present and enjoy this sweet and fleeting season of life.  For me it's not so much about having to unplug the phone or TV, but letting go of anxiety and negative thoughts that act as a continual distraction from the amazing things I already have right in front of me.   I also feel like I say this every year and never manage to do it-  but I am realizing how much happier I am when I make time to do creative projects and want to prioritize it more this year.

However, the biggest thing by far that we have to look forward to this year is that we are expecting a baby girl on  June 9!  My heart still skips a beat every time I think about it.  Feeling anxious about doing the whole giving birth and newborn thing again but also having a toddler to take care of.  However overwhelmingly - I am just so excited, thankful and can't believe how lucky we are to get to do this again!

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