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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Does your kid nap?

Yeah well, mine doesn't. Say hi!!

Sushi Night

Yesterday as I drove home from a beach baby playdate (pics of that to come) I received a call from one of our best friends just as I was thinking I felt like going out with Todd for a couple of hours and enjoying some adult time. I was so stoked he was visiting for a couple of days and we all agreed to meet up and hang out. My sister babysat the little monster and off we went. Before meeting at Sushi Deli, we went to Best Buy to check out the new iPhone. I see that amazing technological device in my near future, but sadly we walked out empty handed.
Sushi Deli has been our go-to cheap sushi and Japanese beer spot for a while, and it was awesome that the three of us did not have to wait an hour for a table as usual. Jon moved to San Francisco from San Diego soon after Todd and I did and he is still there, living in a perfect building and thoroughly enjoying the city life. It's great to see him, and interesting to see where our conversations go especially now that our lives are SO different.
At some point he said to me, "You're definitely all about Olivia now." My first instinct was to deny it. Deny it in the sense of, "No I'm not! I am still my own person, a strong woman with ideas and intellect!" But then after thinking about it for a second, I realized it's true. I am ALL about Olivia now. All of my life is about her and that is how it should be! That is motherhood, something so huge and consuming there is no way you could realize its depth unless you experience it for yourself. I'm sure he meant is as a compliment :)
It's always eye-opening to get together with old friends, especially the unmarried and childless ones. I get a tiny taste of the former life, of the selfish life, and I almost miss it. The complete freedom and ability to come and go as you please. The paychecks to burn through, the weekend getaways, the TIME. And the other side of it is that perhaps those single, childless friends are still searching for their niche and their purpose. Maybe, just maybe, they get a little taste of our simple life, our happy little family, and see for themselves just how sweet it really is.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tuesday Tunes

A song from an album I always play while running errands around town, preferably with some sun and an iced coffee.

The Good That Won't Come Out on Rilo Kiley- The Execution of All Things
image via: Google

Monday, June 28, 2010

Baby Daddy

Aw, just found this photo in my phone's gallery :)
Back in the day, I totally had my eye on him because he looked like Morrissey:
With a little bit of Zach Braff:
Plus, he always opened the door to the car for me first (still does). He had that whole quiet, nerdy tattooed guy thing going on... Now he gets grouchy when he's tired, asks me to smell his armpits on hot days, and continues to make me laugh daily.

Muse Monday

Everyone say hi to this week's Monday Muse Alexis, single supermom to two adorable twin girls McKinley and Crystal! Want to be my next muse? Click here!

I used to be the center of my universe. I spent my days completely preoccupied with myself; doing things that made me feel beautiful and having a lot of fun. These days I still have fun, but sometimes it's really hard. Sometimes I feel tired and alone and I want to cry. I never pictured my life turning out this way. And though there are fleeting moments of distress, I now know without a doubt that I am a woman in every sense and that I am absolutely amazing.
I love myself more than I ever did when I felt beautiful every day. I know exactly who I am and what I am made of. Giving birth to my two babies has shown me what my body is capable of. I respect it so much more now. I don't value my body according to the number on the scale anymore.
I am so honored and thankful to have been given the most important job in the world. Sometimes I don't feel worthy of the task. To help guide and nurture these two beautiful, amazing girls into incredible women whom I will help realize early what took me 23 years to figure out: That they are incredible and amazing, beautiful, and capable of everything wonderful in this world.

And with her girls after running a benefit for cancer marathon!


Oh my gosh, what a wonderful find. How perfect is this necklace?
Three peas in a pod mother of pearl pendant necklace - - -
Best part is that after I bought it, I realized she is doing a buy one, get one sale so I chose the birthstone single pea necklace in tourmaline :)
One Pea in a Pod necklace -Custom Birthstone Crystal
Now the adorable eggs in a nest ring is on my wishlist!
Three eggs in a nest, nesting coin ring

Sunday, June 27, 2010

What's on your face?

I saw a friend from high school at Target recently looking exactly just like any new mom would: Tired, tired, and tired. She asked me how I looked so fresh-faced, and assumed it is because Olivia is old enough to be sleeping through the night. I assured her this was untrue, I still do not get enough sleep but I did discover certain products that are part of my daily face routine that keep everyone fooled. I am very low-maintenance with my beauty regimen, and these essentials keep me looking decent.

NARS blush in Super Orgasm @ Sephora
Neutrogena pressed powder with SPF @ Target

Shu Uemura eyelash curler from the Shu Uemura boutique in SF (also sold @ Sephora)
Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara @ Target

MAC lipglass in Pink Poodle @ the MAC store
This is what is in my makeup bag and I only use a little bit of each. My whole face routine takes all of five minutes and that is a good thing because really that's about as long as the little monster will give me.


With a heavy heart I write this post. My little girl is growing up too fast. It feels like just yesterday I was blogging with a huge belly, not even able to get super close to the keyboard, waiting impatiently for the first signs of labor.
Thank you for filling up our lives with light and happiness Pea, but please slow down!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Girly Cloth


Baby Talk

Pea has been saying "daaa daaa" for a little while now but now she finally says "ma ma maaaa" to me and only me. Does that count as her saying mama for reals? There is no element of drama more profound than finding her standing in her crib repeatedly saying "MAAAAMAAAA" with her face all wrinkled and red with eyes tightly closed, and mouth open flashing her funny little teeth.

Friday, June 25, 2010

The joys of motherhood (non-sarcastic)

Olivia screaming in delight when I get home= Priceless. :)

1st Birthday Bash Inspiration!

In just four short months... I cannot even believe it. To make myself feel better, I will start party planning and bookmarking websites. I am leaning toward an Olivia the Pig theme, we have all her books!

Pea doesn't watch TV but she sure loves this Youtube clip. TOO CUTE.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

He put a ring on it.

Well, before I go into the fun that was my Pea during our weekend away (9 hour drive and all) I must first start with the bigger news. Todd and I are now officially engaged! I mean, I am over the moon to have this pretty little ring on my unmanicured finger and I love what it symbolizes, but the truth is that my heart has been married to his for quite some time now. He popped the question as we sat in Dolores Park on the most perfectly bright and sunny day. We sat in the park that holds so many memories, people watching and enjoying the lovely view of the city skyline. There were smiles and jokes and it was just exactly what it should have been. I kept telling Todd that it felt like Christmas. I have shared my bed and even my toothbrush with this man, we have been family and best friends for nearly three years, but now a legally binding document will say so. I dig that.
Having our sweet little girl with us was just the ultimate cherry on top. We enjoyed each other so much during those four days, just doing what we felt like doing and taking a break from the routines of daily life. Olivia did wonderfully on the drive up and also the drive back down to San Diego. I did have to sit in the backseat with her to keep her happy and entertained. She would take frequent naps and then wake up thrilled to see me sitting right next to her time and time again. We would have stretch/diaper change/snack breaks every couple of hours and there were no mishaps. The scenic 101 highway was a lovely distraction especially since the dumb iPod adapter decided to stop working. Wearing Pea in the wraps was the ultimate convenience and she was delighted to take in so many new sights and sounds. We had breakfast at delicious neighborhood restaurants, rode the MUNI bus, shopped downtown, met up with old friends, and even drove next to our former apartment building.
Olivia has been having more bits and tastes of some table foods and she LOVES it. One of the nights we were there we had dinner with friends at a DELICIOUS vegan restaurant where all of the produce comes from a local organic farm. I let Pea try bites of my dish (she was trying to steal some anyway) and she devoured it. She truly does not care for pureed foods and since food allergies seem to not be a problem for us I feel comfortable letting her feed herself and hopefully adapt a taste for a wide variety of foods like her daddy and I.
On our last night we met up with a truly kind and wonderful friend of ours and she treated us to a delicious Chinese dinner. This also happened to be just a few hours after we got engaged and our cookie fortunes could not have been more fitting. Pardon the crappy phone picture, but don't you agree?
And here are some more photos just for fun!