Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mini Apron Squad Launch Party

Delicious catering from HeirloomLA
Would love to have my backyard look like this!
A chicken coop!

Photo by Bob Cho

We had the amazing opportunity to attend the mini apron launch party for Hedley & Bennett. The party was held at founder and designer Ellen Bennet's beautiful home which was filled with delicious food, treats, and activities for the little ones to enjoy. H&B aprons are taking over the world with their stylish designs and attention to detail, and these mini aprons are just crazy cute! Leah's been interested in helping me cook lately, so we've been getting a lot of use out of these aprons! Or maybe I've just been forcing her to help so that I could make her wear it. ;)

*all photos by Mary Costa unless noted in caption

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Celebrating at Leah's school

Handmade cards

It feels so weird to think that this is my 4th Mother's day! While I love that there is a special day to honor mothers {and those who fill the role as a mother} everywhere, I also use this day to be thankful for these precious gifts I've received. We had a pretty low key day hanging out at my brother's house with my parents and niece and nephew. I got the cutest handmade cards, and I'm starting to get worried that I'm going to become a hoarder of Mother's Day cards!!  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

San Francisco

During Leah's Spring Break, we decided to take a short trip to San Francisco. Ava was such a wiggle worm on the flight. She waved and played pee-a-boo to everyone around us. While it was entertaining for 10 minutes, it was also pretty exhausting! We stayed at the Omni San Francisco Hotel in downtown which was kid friendly but make sure to request a high floor to decrease some of the street traffic noise. Since we didn't rent a car, we wanted to make sure to be close to BART as well as some of the destinations we wanted to visit. 

For sure my favorite activity of the weekend was going to Mission Dolores Park. We hung out at the coolest playground, ordered food to go at Dolores Park Cafe and picnicked at the park, and then finished off the afternoon with ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery

Obsessed with otters
Walking with Daddy around the Ferry Building

We also spent a day visiting the San Francisco Bay's Aquarium  and the Ferry Building Marketplace. We enjoyed a really yummy meal at The Slanted Door, and it's so kid friendly! The kids gobbled up everything! 

Traveling with two kids has definitely been a whole new ballgame. I'm slowly but surely working on a blog post with things I've learned. Stay tuned! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ava's 1st Birthday Party!

We had a small birthday party for Ava at Amy's Playground in South Pasadena. I love this place because they literally take care of everything, and all I did show up with the cake. The price is pretty reasonable, but the only down-side is the number of kids included in the package is around 15. With most of our friends having 2 kids now, it can be pretty limiting on how many people you can invite or  it gets expensive fast for each additional kid. All the kids had a blast, and Ava seemed like she was totally enjoying herself. She wanted to play and crawl around most of the time, and she couldn't get enough of her cake which was made by the incredible Sweet and Saucy Shop! It was fun seeing our friends and family but of course it all happened so quickly!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ava: 12 Months!!

Photo by Jennifer Young, Styling by Jihan Zencirli
Photo by Jennifer Young, Styling by Jihan Zencirli

What a bittersweet day! Ava turns 1 today! This year has gone by so fast, but I must admit that I have been more emotional and sentimental. Each milestone has been filled with some joy and some sadness. It's exciting to see her developing her own personality, but I also think how this will be the last time I see these newborn clothes, this is the last time I'll smell that sweet milky breath, this is the last time she'll play on this activity mat. Today I experienced my last nursing session {although I may squeeze one or two more in just for fun ;)}. I have prolonged nursing longer than she probably cares. Ava and Leah are so different. Leah was more cautious and shy as a baby. Ava loves to interact with people and will attempt to crawl/climb up or over anything. Here are her latest updates:
  • She has another molar and canine coming in. Making it a total of 11 teeth! 
  • She says "yeh" and "yum yum"
  • Still loves food
  • Plays peek-a-boo
  • Stands up on her own
  • Attempts to put clothes over her head and comb her hair
  • Loves to open up drawers and cabinets and make a mess! We did not have to baby proof much with Leah, but Ava will be a different story
Dearest Little Ava: You are 1 today! We have been so blessed to have your joyful, smiling little face in our lives the past year. You bring us, and everyone in every store, line and seat next to us so many smiles. We love your sense of being simply happy and content. At 1 year you wave to us, stand up on your own, pull yourself up on everything, clear every shelf and table top and empty every cabinet. You are always on the go! You are also the best little eater- we joke that we have to treat you like another adult when we make or order food. I also like that our little "mommy's girl" is starting to open up to daddy more- teasing me when I tried to feed you today, giving me lots of boogery kisses, and making sure I am always following you when you crawl away. I am thankful for your first year and looking forward to every day of the next. I love you so much little girl.  Daddy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Art/Mo Project 2015

Last year, I signed Leah up for the Art/Mo Project and loved the photos! When I heard they were having another LA session, I immediately signed up! Last year, I was very pregnant with Ava. This year, it's super fun to have both my girls in the photos. The girls did great when taking their individual shots. That West Elm pouf Ava is sitting on was pretty amazing. She sat there happy for a good 5 minutes and couldn't move because she was stuck in it.  Once I tried to put them together - that was a different story. I worked up a sweat trying to get Ava to not crawl away and kept waving my arms in the air to get both of them to look at the camera at the same time! My favorite thing about these photos is that Jihan and Jennifer are able to capture some amazing moments with great style. I'm hoping I can turn this into an annual thing! They offer these sessions in different cities across the country, so if they happen to be in your town one day, I highly recommend signing up!

{Leah's dress - Cotton:On Kids, similar here; Ava's dress - Cotton:On Kids, smiliar here}

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ava: 11 Months!

Ava's 11 months!! These monthly updates creep up so fast! I can't believe the next update will be fore her 1 year! Here's her latest:
  • Her first molar is coming out for a total of 9 teeth. I can feel her other molars and canines about to erupt too. 
  • She babbles a lot! We're going to have another talker in the house. 
  • Says "dada," "ball," and I think "ba-ba" for baby
  • Cruises and can climb carefully down stairs
  • She's starting to become disinterested in baby foods like puffs and mum-mum and always wants to eat what others are eating.
Ava: It's amazing how quickly you've grown up. You love to be on the move. You want to crawl, climb and cruise all over the place especially if mommy is around because you feel safe. When others are watching you, you are a little more reserved and careful. People often say you look more mature than your age. I think this is because you have such an awareness of those around you and are so interactive with people. Your babbling sounds like a real conversation you are trying to have. One of my favorite moments with you is cuddling with you before we put you to bed. I put your sleep sack on, put the binky in your mouth, and you immediately rest your head on my shoulder. I cuddle with you like this for awhile and soak it all in! I told daddy this and now he does the same thing with you to get those extra snuggles! We love you so much and are looking forward to celebrating your 1st birthday! xoxo
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