Friday, January 21, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fireside Breakfast

They love their little red table. I use it mostly for breakfast or lunch, and then we eat dinner at the main table. They also like to color and create beautiful masterpieces on their little red table. Sometimes I overhear them saying things like, "So, how was your day?" to each breakfast!

Yesterday was a very cold morning. It had snowed and freezing rain was falling as the girls woke up and wanted breakfast. I had started a fire and Hazel requested that they eat fireside. They bundled themselves up in blankies and I made them some warm vanilla milk (milk, vanilla, a little sugar) and they enjoyed a warm cozy breakfast together. It was a beautiful morning with my beautiful little ladies. I am treasuring these moments with just them!
Monica <3

Sunday, January 16, 2011

American Girl

Jade just felt as special as can be on her 3rd Birthday!!! One of her final gifts was super special. Abuelita (from California) sent her a very special package. Jadey is now the proud parent of her own bitty baby American Girl doll!!! She has yet to officially name her but is in love with her. Thank you so much abuelita!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We love you <3
Jade + baby have the same outfit!!!! So cute :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


There are many reason why I am so thankful to God. Many indeed. His love is amazing. The most pressing upon my heart at this exact moment is thankfulness for my family .


Monday, January 10, 2011

Party at Chuck's.

Jade had a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese the other day. There were four people in attendance. Mom. Dad. Hazel. Jade. Her birthday flew under the radar for the most part. Loved ones called, txtd, and messaged us and wished her a happy bday so that is all that counts! It was as if we rented out the whole Chuck E. Cheese, just for us, mostly because it was on a weekday. The most important thing of all was that we had fun....a lot of fun! We had a blast to be exact and Jade felt so super special with her cake, her present, and most of all with her family!
Dad had a lot of fun too!!!
Mon <3

Sunday, January 9, 2011


I hadn't seen real snow until a couple of years ago so each and every time it snows I get excited.  I tell you there is something so beautiful about falling snow or waking up in the morning to snow covering everything. While I do think my girls are California girls at heart (since they cry because it's sooooo cold), they do enjoy playing in the snow. Up until they get too cold and want to go inside. In this case it's mostly Jade saying "I no like NOOOO (snow)!" 

We hope you are all enjoying Winter!!! I sometimes wish I was in sunny So Cal but actually enjoy the coziness and warmth that winter brings. A nice fire, cozy sweaters, cute boots, scarves handmade by dear loved ones (<3!!!!!!), and warm tea in my mug! These are things I love and so I have learned to be thankful in all seasons, even when it is cold!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 7, 2011


Cousins are great! The girls just love their cousins. They loved getting to meet baby Jackson while in California! We also got a chance to hang out with Elliott and Caiden as well! Such a sweet time! We wished we all lived closer!

Time with cousins at the beach!
Elliott, Hazel, Caiden, and Jade <3


Monday, January 3, 2011


Akachan-red baby (Japanese)

Jade was very red when she was born. Her skin tone was so very different than that of her sisters. She continued to shock us as we got to know her. We were stunned because she really didn't cry upon being born. She whimpered, and we knew she was healthy but she came into the world in a very peaceful way. I remember seeing her face and her double chin as they laid her on my stomach. She was very sweet and needed constant attention! She slept that first night, pretty much the entire night. As we have seen her grow the last three years, we thank God so much for her presence in our family. She is a little fireball of emotion, strong in her opinions, a tad bit gruff at times, but the sweetest little cuddle bug you will ever meet.

Happy birthday akachan...We love you so very much!
Mom & Dad