Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Here are some photos from Halloween! Leah told us months in advance that she wanted to be Queen Elsa from Frozen. She never once changed her mind so we just rolled with it. I have purposely avoided buying any type of costume princess dresses, because I knew she would want to wear it 24/7. For her, wearing a "princess dress" was being able to wear any type of dress.  When we showed Leah the Elsa dress we bought for her, the look of excitement on her face was priceless! Since Halloween, it has been a special treat to be able to wear it around the house.

Leah originally wanted Ava to be Anna, but I couldn't find an Anna costume small enough! Leah then said "Ava can be Olaf then, because Olaf is smaller than Anna." I took an old white onesie and glued on Olaf's face with felt. It was super easy! Matt mentioned dressing up as Kristoff the day of Halloween. He was able to make his costume out of stuff he already had around the house {including that blonde wig!}. I didn't want to be the only one not in costume, so I used the left over felt from Ava's Olaf to try to make reindeer ears for Sven! I'm pretty impressed with our day-of costumes! Two years ago, we dressed up as Laker girls {see photo here}, so I'm really happy we ended up doing family costumes again. We're definitely going to make it a tradition! Can't wait for next year!

*top 3 photos by Bob Cho

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ava: 7 Months!

Past the half year mark... I must admit that it's totally bittersweet to see her growing up. Since we most likely will not be having anymore kids, everyday the thought crosses my mind that my days of baby cuddles, baby smells, gummy grins, etc are numbered. Some updates from the past month:
  • Started to sit up and army crawl {I wasn't prepared to have a mobile baby this early!}
  • Started solids and she loves it! Her favorites so far are butternut squash, applesauce, and feeding herself mum-mums
  • Her top two teeth came in
  • Stopped sucking her thumb. I think because she's been able to put a pacifier in her mouth by herself
Ava: My little mama's girl! You are the happiest little baby around, and you love your dada and big sister, but your face lights up like crazy when you see your mama. As a result, I often can't leave your side without you protesting. You are also a big cuddle bug. While you love your new discovery of being able to move, your favorite activity is to be held. I don't mind it at all. Thank you for all your smiles, thank you for all your snuggles... I'm hoping the next month goes a little slower! xoxo

Saturday, October 25, 2014

JiHoon's 3rd Birthday

The past few months we've been in birthday season. When we tell Leah we're going to a birthday party, the first thing she asks is "What present are we going to bring?" The second question is "Will there be cake??" 

JiHoon had an ice cream themed party, and all the kids couldn't have been happier! It's definitely more chaotic attending parties with two kids in tow. Matt is usually running around with Leah, and I'm holding Ava. We're exhausted when we get home! Only a couple more to go... 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Anaheim Packing House

We visited Anaheim Packing House for lunch one afternoon after Disneyland. It's such a cool space filled with over 20 merchants. Most of the vendors serve food and desserts, and there was such a big variety that it took me awhile to figure out what to eat! There's coffee, juice, Indian, hot pot, Ramen, Vietnamese, poutine, beer and waffles, custom made popsicles, and so much more! There's indoor and outdoor seating, and there's a mini stage where they play live music on weekends! I will definitely be coming back!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ruby's 3rd Birthday

Photo by Diane Valdez

We celebrated Ruby's 3rd birthday at Grand Park LA on the 12th. It was a Yellow themed party, and it was so fun to see everyone dressed in yellow! Since there were other parties taking place at the same time, the color theme totally helped us figure out who was part of our group! The party was gorgeous with all the Oh Joy! for Target goodies, and the food was delicious. You can see more details about the party here

*photos except top photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Leah has been totally immersed in the Frozen craze. While we've made it a point not to have a house full of princess costumes and toys, we have given in slightly to Frozen. I can no longer count the times we've watched the movie, and Leah will put socks on her hands or wrap a blanket around her for a train on a dress and pretend she's Elsa. 

At Disneyland, the line to see Anna and Elsa averaged 2-3 hours! There was no way I was willing to do that, so I didn't even mention them to Leah whenever we went to Disneyland. Recently, Disneyland implemented a ticketed system where you wait for a timed ticket and go back during that timeframe. My parents were so kind to go to Disneyland at 8am and wait to get the timed ticket, and then we went back at 1:50pm and waited all together for another 30 minutes. Needless to say, Leah was SO happy. She gave them hugs, talked to them, and took pictures. Seeing the look on her face was priceless. I'm excited that she was able to get this opportunity! 
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