Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Valentine's Day After Kids


I can't remember the last time I celebrated Valentine's Day on Valentine's Day. So it only seems fitting that I write about it after the fact. Matt and I usually will have a nice dinner a few days before or after, and he always gets me a nice bouquet of flowers. While many think of Valentine's Day as just a Hallmark holiday, I think it's at least a good reminder to carve out some quality time for your loved ones. 

Working on her golf game.

Opening their confetti eggs.

Shouting red light, green light directions.

How we looked on the other side of it.

This year, Matt and I had dinner at Odys + Penelope a few days before the 14th. I highly recommend it! We also saw a good number of families there, so we'll definitely bring the girls next time! On the 14th, we had a small picnic in Griffith Park with close friends. The kids had a blast running around and playing games. We finished it off with a ride on the carousel. The girls took the longest naps once we got home! Horray! While it wasn't necessarily a day filled with romance, it was the perfect Valentine's Day for us getting a chance to hang with our favorite people. 

*all photos by Bob Cho

Friday, February 20, 2015

Being a Mom of 2

Photo by Bob Cho
Left Photo by Bob Cho

This video made me laugh a lot. While I was never as extreme as these moms, I can definitely relate to both of them. With Leah, I leaned more towards the Lysol mom, and now with Ava I'm definitely more relaxed. As Ava's first birthday is approaching, I found myself thinking how I've changed as a mother. I think the biggest changes are learning to be more efficient, becoming more of a minimalist, and just being more relaxed. Here's a few examples:
  • There are actually very few baby items I consider essential. Helpful -yes, Essential - no. There isn't one baby toy that I think is a must have. I saved so many baby items from Leah to use with Ava, and most of them have rarely been used! Neither of my kids have ever really been drawn to their baby toys. They much rather play with a water bottle! If I left my house with nothing but a diaper, I would be just fine. I've been organizing a lot the past couple weeks, packing up so many items to give away because they haven't been used!
  • I cook the same food for everyone. Ava started eating table food way earlier than Leah, and she eats everything! I save so much time not pureeing or chopping into tiny pieces separate food for Ava. I'm not sure if there is any relation, but I'm curious if she's a way better eater because of this. Praying she stays that way! 
  • A little fall or slip just needs some extra cuddles most of the time. I hate to admit this, but Ava definitely has a few more bumps and bruises than Leah had at that age. Having a toddler around, I'm not always able to be right next to Ava when she slips on the hardwood floors or loses her balance. I've learned to not freak out over these incidences and after some cuddles she's back to being her happy self! 
It's interesting to look back at how my perspective has changed. I'm sure I still have a lot of change in the years to come! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


3 is such an interesting age. At times attitude and strong opinions can drive me crazy, but there are so many other moments that are hilarious and sweet. Leah talks non-stop, and I've been enjoying listening to her and observing her mind at work. I'm trying to document what she says more so that I can remember them. Here are some of my current favorites:
  • Ava is crying at the dinner table. Leah: "Daddy, sing Twinkle Twinkle to Ava because she is crying." Daddy sings, and I come back into the room. Daddy: "Leah it worked. Ava stopped crying." Leah: "No it didn't.  She stopped crying because her mommy came back."
  • Mommy, I'm eating my veggies. It will help me go poop. Daddy told me. 
  • Daddy, did your patients get hurt because they didn't hold anyone's hand in the parking lot and got hit by a car?
  • Hey Ava, I'm going to be your big sister forever. And when I'm a mommy, I will still be your big sister. 
  • Mommy/daddy, I have something to tell you. I love you. <melt!>

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ava: 10 Months!

Officially in the double digits! I just booked her first birthday party venue, and it's becoming real that the number of days that I have a baby in the house is quickly dwindling. Here are some updates:

  • Signs "all done" - which often is mistaken for waving "hi!"
  • Puts her hands to her face when we say "oh no!" 
  • Loves to play peekaboo!
  • Starting to really recognize and want to interact with her friends! it's the cutest thing to watch them smile and reach for each other! 
  • Her favorite toy is any toy Leah is playing with
  • Favorite food: everything she's allowed to eat!
Ava: You are really on the move now, and you love to climb up on everything. Leah has been helping us keep an extra eye on you. She's also really good at telling us when you have a poopy diaper, which seems to be pretty often. :) Even though it can be exhausting carrying you around, making sure you don't hurt yourself, or feeding you fast enough, your big smiles and gentle demeanor make it all worth it. I seriously never get tired of your smile. Happy 10 months! xoxo, Mommy

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy 2015!

Oops, 3 weeks late! Is it already mid-January?? I think the holidays along with my parents anniversary wiped me out, and I've been in recovery mode. Here are some photos over the past few weeks.

Snow day at Kidspace! Photo by Joy Cho

This year we've had 4 new babies join our lil' group! (1 not pictured) Photo by Bob Cho
Checking out the new Tomato Pie in South Pasadena
No wait at the Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza!
We had a very cool opportunity to film a commercial with the whole family!
Warm days in LA calls for some frozen yogurt at Menchie's! Photo by Bob Cho
Her new trick: "Oh no!" Photo by Bob Cho
Spending the MLK holiday riding ponies and trains. 
She loves her sister so much!

I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2015!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

My parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary today. What an amazing accomplishment! My parents have been through many ups and downs, and through it all they have been able to stay committed to their faith in God, marriage and family. We had a small party for them with family and close friends, and it was a joy to be able to see my parents so happy. A few of my cousins shared memories about my parents, and the overall theme of the speeches was that the strength of their marriage has kept not only my immediate family together but also our extended family. 

Mom and Dad: Thank you for providing us with a wonderful example of what is a successful marriage. I pray that my own marriage and family will follow in a similar path. We love you! Happy Anniversary! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Ava: 9 Months!

We're celebrating Ava's 9 month birthday today! She continues to grow leaps and bounds, and she's also so much more interactive. This has been a really fun month. Here are some updates:
  • Climbs up steps
  • Another 2 teeth came in - making a total of 8!
  • Waves "hi!"
  • Gives kisses
  • Starting to get the concept of clapping
  • Said her first word - Ma ma! woohoo!
  • Signs "more" and "milk"
  • Had her first hair cut! One side of her hair was growing significantly longer than the other side, so we evened it out. 
Ava: What a month this has been! Everyday you seem to accomplish something new, and sometimes I have a difficult time keeping track. Even though you aren't saying words, I feel like we have conversations with each other because you are so engaged and reactive to what we say. You have started to give the sweetest kisses now, and even though they are often wet and booger-y, I can't get enough of them. I can't believe you turn 1 in just 3 months, which means I need to start planning your birthday party! AHH! Happy 9 months, my dear! Love you so much! Mommy
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