oktoberfests

october flew by…here’s a look at what went on!

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preschool days…they are so sweet when they yell out “mommy!” and run towards me when i pick them up.  i know it won’t last forever.  i need to record it!

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curled up on the couch reading with our favorite usborne books.  have you heard of usborne books? ;)  if not, you should check them out!

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a little bible reading…mom’s been trying harder to read more and do her bible study homework in front of the kiddos so it’s sweet when i find the little ones reading their bible too.

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auntie rozzie stopped by with her annual christmas baked goodies, including delicious vegan madeleines and caramel candies for j!  she’s so on top of christmas in october!

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jer had his routine endocrinology doctor’s visit and always has the best attitude.

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all dressed up in costumes at cousin kali’s 1st birthday, and yes, they wanted to pretend to eat my dad’s costume because they love bacon. :)

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some days, she’ll tell me she REALLY loves jeremy…she has such a soft spot for him.

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happy birthday kali aka nemo!

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happy 89th birthday to our wonderful bak bak (great grandma)!!!

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cousin mari slept over for the first time and these girls had a blast.  they stayed up way past their bedtime and i even caught them in jeremy’s room while he was sleeping.  first sleepover memories. :)  the good thing is that ever since mari has slept over, the twins have stopped coming to our room in the middle of the night, staying put, and sleeping together in m’s room without waking until morning.  can i get an amen?

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a taste of what triplets would be like for a day.  they had so much fun together.

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we played halloween tic-tac-toe :)

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we went to a harvest festival and the hello kitty paint job was looking okay until she got black eyes, haha.

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love this little pumpkin.

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pumpkin patch trip to uesugi farms with their cousins and in line for the hayride.

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on the bumpy hayride.

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just gorgeous.

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annual friendsgiving early, loved this time with our brothers and sisters.  keeping the tradition alive even though some folks have moved out of state.  we share one thing that we are grateful for, and then a wish for next year.

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delicious meal and since turkeys weren’t out this early in october, we were thankful for prime rib roast :)

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halloween party prep…thankfully i had an extra pair of little hands to help me punch out all of the little pumpkins!

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i also had some help with the mandarin orange cups.

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some of the kiddos!

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halloween is always a reason to party :)

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guess who won best kid’s costume?  even with a missing belt and cape!

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curious chris won best adult costume!!

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our 80’s prom queen came in a very close second and won our chicken wing cookoff :)

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we had all the “good feels” this halloween!

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bingo time!  i think the adults had fun with this game. :)

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dad was calling out the bingo cards and having fun too.

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“pin the spider on the web” game.

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audrey got it right in the center and was our winner :)

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because when you have a lot of guests over at your house, you naturally decide to do homework.  my studious girl cracks me up.

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carving pumpkins, jer decided he didn’t want to get his hands messy.

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it’s always fun chilling with daddy watching star wars, while mommy gets things done.

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once upon a time…there was a princess and her frog….prince!

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“i just love trick-or-treating”. i just love this. my favorite holiday is trick-or-treating”.  :)

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we trick-or-treated with friends after a tasty dinner.

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halloween 2016 in the books.

fall flashbacks and halloweens past

we just took family photos yesterday, and these little sessions are always so special.

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a flashback to my little guy enjoying sweater weather.

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forever my bubs.  somehow i keep coming up with more and more nicknames for him.

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their bond is so sweet.

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he still snuggles with blue bear every night. :)

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joy.

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my sweet little moo.

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baby cheeks are the best.

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who needs treats when you have tasty fingers?

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the “moo-ie clan” :)

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their second halloween they were luke and leia.

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princess leia x 2!

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their third halloween as mickey and minnie….along with mikey and mindy mouse!

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cute little mice!

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elsa and olaf for their fourth halloween – it was nowhere near chilly and the first year they really loved trick or treating!

this year, we had planned a coordinated theme again but j decided to switch to something more exciting ;)  i’ll try to snag a pic of him in it anyway!

life lately

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mod about this cutie, and we are mod about our lunch dates trying out new eateries.

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with mommy and daddy’s anniversary, this one took it upon herself to dress up as a bride.  the minnie bow was her ‘tiara’ and notice the stylish blue train. :)

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we celebrated with a steak dinner at home and smores for dessert.

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we showed the kids our wedding video for the first time, and that was a fun start to the weekend.

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we celebrated auntie k’s special milestone birthday over lunch and cake!  we love you, auntie k!

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cousinly love.

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great america family day for daddy’s work was a blast.  i’m afraid of heights and i totally flipped out on this ride not knowing it went so high.  haha.

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he loved the ‘peanuts 500’ ride and went on countless times!

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m wasn’t feeling this ride as much and was a little scared as it zipped you around as you turned the corner.

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snoopy shirt, check.  snoopy’s ride, check.

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bumper cars for the first time!

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watching the performers at a show.

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joe cool and jeremy cool.

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pure joy coming off the slide.

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first pretzel treat was a big delight!

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when you’re super excited, because you get your first pretzel too!

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what a fun and memorable day!  i was on bedrest the last time daddy took them, so it was special for me to experience this day with them.

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we had the best time meeting uncle jay (daddy’s college buddy from guam) and family.  they loved playing with k.

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reading with oldest sis k who was moving out to seattle for college.

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1:1 date with mommy and he got to try his first cotton candy sample at the mall after playing some games.

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daddy got to take maya on a date, such simple pleasures.

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reading elephant & piggie books to cupcake the seal.  these two are obsessed.

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so on a whim, we decided to make our own gerald the elephant + piggie puppets.

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the boys chilling at auntie kristina and uncle todd’s house for their gender reveal party.

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it’s a girl!!  excited for another girl cousin!

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maya was on the winning “team pink”!

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i can leave the room and come back to it in a totally different state.  these two certainly can be creative with their toy bins.

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ballet all day everyday for this one.  she said the foot of her bed made a good ballet barre.

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her twin brother gets to (has to) attend ballet class as she gets to be the teacher.

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park time with their buddy josslin – they liked making their mamas dizzy on this one and then dramatically acting out being very dizzy and falling to the ground consecutive times after getting off.

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playing at cousin b’s park after dinner.

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the toddler life is good. :)

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compassion international + casting crowns concert

we have been partnering with compassion international for many years now sponsoring a boy in columbia.  when the opportunity arose to volunteer on behalf of compassion international at an upcoming casting crowns concert, i jumped on it.  i love casting crowns, some of their older songs really spoke to me when i was finding my way back to this thing called faith and having a relationship with jesus.

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what a blessing this experience was.  sitting in an arena with brothers and sisters praising and singing, clapping their hands, and moving to the presence of God and what he’s done…to me, it’s just the best feeling.  i had so much time to just sit there, let my thoughts and the busyness from the day slip away and just be still.  stillness is what i long for each and everyday, yet it’s so hard to find a quiet moment.  to just be still.  and realize that this world we live in is much bigger than we imagine, that children all over the world have needs and a desire for someone to sponsor them and give them hope.  to instill in them the gospel and what it means to have everlasting life.

i’ve struggled with feeling ‘connected’ to our sponsored child at times, because we took over a sponsorship for my dear friend rather than choosing from the many children on the website.  the letters we write back and forth don’t happen as often as i’d like and there seems to be this space and feeling of discontinuity or flow between them.  how often have i prayed for this child or integrated more of his needs and prayer requests into our daily lives?  how often have i shuffled those letters to the side saying i’ll get to them at some point?

on the day of the concert, i really felt called to sponsor a girl.  and i wanted to find one from ghana, where my brother and sister-in-law are currently stationed on their missions trip.  on the night of the concert when i was handing out packets to interested parties, there were several requests for girls.  but it turned out i only had boys packets left to pass out on multiple occasions.  and then i started thinking, “what about the boys?”  “they need love too”.  and it so happens, i come across a little boy from tanzania who is born one day after the twins and his middle name is ‘jeremiah’.  and i think, i was suppose to be there that night to choose, bless and pray for this boy as he grows up.  i needed this heart awakening to follow god’s plans to give this boy a hope and a future.

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there are many other things that could’ve stopped me from attending the concert.  tiredness.  busyness.  needing to do housework and chores.  wanting to just stay home and rest (which would’ve resulted in me doing more housework).  i’m so glad i went.  i had never attended a movie or concert before by myself, and this really felt so freeing and well, awesome.

i take a moment to ponder about the things going on in ‘jeremiah’s’ country and how there are child rights violations happening.  how that upsets me.  how this little boy should not have to worry or fear and be protected from those acts at the age of 4.  (thankfully they just raised the minimum age for marriage to 18 (was 15).  how i hope that his ability to be at church will give him that avenue towards wanting and pursuing more in his life and trusting in a god that can do immeasurably more.

thank you, compassion international and casting crowns, for allowing me to be a part of a night that provided the opportunity to be still, and that much more.

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first day of school 2016

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a few weeks ago, the twins started pre-k.  they are now considered the “big kids” in the busy bees classroom.  when this one grows up, she wants to be a princess. :)

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meanwhile, this one told me he wanted to be darth vader.  not exactly where i was going with that question, but we were in a rush to get to school!

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because photo shoots always go smoothly with 4 year olds. :)

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love my sweet babies.  they are growing up so fast.

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best buddies.

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on school days, we have courtyard picnic lunches.  we were excited to reunite with our good friend miss ruth who works at the church on the same school property.

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mommy packed a great lunch for them and just because it was the first day, i cut out little airplanes for their ham.  they told me that it was a classmate’s birthday (so of course they had all kinds of treats) and weren’t that hungry for lunch. (yay).

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my leftovers for lunch in the car on the go.  don’t ask me what i was thinking putting it in a bowl and then a colander!  why didn’t i put it in a tupperware or a foogo container to hold it all in??  it held up surprisingly well.  #lifeofamomonthego

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miss ruth used to be a kindergarten teacher so has lots of tips for mommy.  it’s always nice eating with her and catching up.

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at 4.5, she loves books, ballet + tap dance, gymanastics, drawing, workbooks (homework), asking a ton of questions, and is a responsible little people pleaser because she loves doing chores (she loves surprising me and making my bed in the morning and will gladly do the same for her brother!).  she is one who experiences highs and lows at an “extreme” because she will reflect often on the “lows” (just like daddy) and can even cry again when thinking about them and retelling them to daddy.  she is definitely daddy’s girl and the boss aka “bigger sister”.

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at 4.5, he loves books, star wars, pretend play (every morning he’s asking me to be the mommy animal), gymnastics, playing with legos, eating rice in all of its various forms (did someone say sticky rice?), humming star wars soundtrack songs, and doesn’t complain too often although when he’s tired he droops his little head to the side and walks around to show us he’s tired (and it kind of cracks us up).  he’s sweet, sensitive, and thoughtful.  he loves breakfast foods like mommy too.

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waving goodbye to ruth as they saw her one more time.

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wishing these little ones the best as they embark on another year of learning and growth!

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tenth anniversary + sf staycation

it’s crazy to think we’ve been married now for ten years.  i mean, we were just kids in our twenties.  and look at us now!  (people still think we’re kids).  haha.  i’ll blame the hubby for his youthful look….they must not see my grey hairs that are popping up everywhere!

so this was the beginning of “mewie”.  september 9, 2006.

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babies.  i loved our wedding day.  a beautiful ceremony and amazing and fun reception dancing the night away with our family and friends.  we had our surprise in store for the “first dance”, i surprised mr. mewie with a hummer limo, my brother surprised all of our guests by breaking down when reading my appreciation letter to our parents saying “i feel like the luckiest girl in the world”, i threw in some surprises in our slideshow, father of the bride “uncle barry” showed us his dance moves, and so it’s no wonder why we look back on this day as one of the most memorable days of our lives.  although there are now things that don’t fit (wedding band + wedding dress), this day and those vows hold an even deeper meaning to me now.

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marriage is hard work.  there are seasons where you thrive, and seasons where you’re praying to survive.  there are days where you’re on a healthy cycle of showing love and respect, and other days where you’re thinking you’re lucky if you can “co-exist” and hope the other doesn’t see your eye-rolling.  (guilty of plenty of that).  i was made with several flaws.  so was he.  we get caught up in expectations and often our own thoughts, comparisons, and desires.

it has taken commitment and complete surrender to god to reveal his intentions and blessings in our marriage, and god’s hand in carrying us through some of our deepest struggles and wounds.  we were made perfect in him.  we’ve had to find our way together through the tough times, but also prayed fervently.  what we found was a deeper connection, strength and peace.

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a wise woman once said, “the greatest gift you can give to your kids is a strong marriage“.  i truly believe this and have my parents to thank for being a wonderful example to me of a strong marriage, and for inspiring me to always be seeking and loving the lord and serving others.

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today, i celebrate ten years of marriage with my best friend and best soul mate a girl could have.  he has shown me grace, patience, faithfulness, love, forgiveness, kindness, and a special sense of humor that has endeared me and made me a better woman.  he has grown into being a dedicated husband and loving father, and i am excited to continue ‘growing older’ with him each day.  i love you, mr. mewie!  “when god made you, he must’ve been thinking about me”. xoxo, sweetest love

our staycation in sf was a sweet little getaway.

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we enjoyed a delicious dinner after checking into our lovely hotel with a view.  ten years later, we have been blessed.

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i love a good brunch and this was all so yummy.

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we trekked to see the painted ladies.

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marriage is a lot like taking a leap of faith, am i right?

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it’s supporting one another’s endeavors (like walking miles and ubering with a new york driver!) just to get your wife to THE “full house” house and then taking a bunch of pics of her acting like a crazy person.

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“everywhere you look….everywhere you go…there’s a heart (there’s a heart)…a hand to hold onto”.  to say my siblings and i were obsessed with this show growing up would be an understatement.  we proudly still quote the show til’ this day.

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it’s laughing together and finding the best in one another (he was carded for ordering this drink and the waiter and staff were highly amused).  his t-shirt doesn’t help obviously. :)

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it’s realizing that wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you’re simply better together.

1 Corinthians 13:13 – “and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. but the greatest of these is love”.

 

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a pop of summer decor

i really wanted some summertime decor as i felt like my house was sort of lacking in that aside from some 4th of july decorations.  i came across an adorable popsicle felt garland on instagram and instantly fell in love!  i called upon my crafty and very skilled-with-anything-felt friend rozzie….and she blew me away by creating this popsicle garland for me!

not only is this adorable to have up, it’s reminded us to enjoy a good popsicle every now and then when it’s hot outside!  have you been to popbar yet?  they have so many yummy flavors!  i’ve only had peach and strawberry so far, but can’t wait to try the green tea one with kit kat!

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here are some other cute options for summer garlands!

ice cream cone garland from paper source.

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this one from land of nod just seems so fun with its pops of different and bold color patterns.

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this popsicle one is so creatively made out of pool noodles!  oh, happy day….this definitely brings me some happy and makes me want to throw a popsicle party.

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and if you don’t want to spend the money but aren’t necessarily against a little diy fun, look at how adorable this summertime fruit one is that you can print out and make!

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i know summer is coming to an end, but i just wanted to share in case you want to get a head start for next summer ;-)

oahu 2016

this past july we had a wonderful week with family on the island of oahu.  it was our first time taking the littles and they’re still talking about how much they miss beautiful hawaii.

here are some highlights from our trip!

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beautiful views.

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we swam a lot at the hotel.

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we took walks on the beach and watched the sunset together.

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hanging out at the lovely aulani resort.

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grandma gave maya a beautiful purple flower hairclip, and it happened to match her dress.

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so grateful to grandma and grandpa louie who made it possible for us to vacation here and make such special memories!

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someone hearts spam musubi.

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cousins time is the best.

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shaved ice treat at waiola’s.

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we double dated on an adventurous waikiki food tour with mark and di.

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beach time at the lagoon.

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we love oahu!

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feeding the koi fish at the hotel.

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it was national dance day, so naturally, we celebrated.

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this picture is a reminder of god’s faithfulness.  five years ago, i stepped onto this very beach after a devastating week coping with my first failed IVF cycle.  i struggled immensely with god’s plan for me.  they remind me of his miracles, of hope, perseverance, sacrifice and love.

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maya drew all of these hearts to tell me that she loves me “so so so so much”.

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heading home….we had three seats and then 1 across the aisle and this is how we sat.  it was a relaxing trip home for mommy!

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cuddle + kind handmade dolls!

i came across these super adorable cuddle + kind handmade dolls and loved what they are doing. for every doll purchased, they provide 10 meals to hungry children through their partner organizations, world food program + children’s hunger fund.

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i mean, don’t you want to collect each and every one of them?? they’re so cute!

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i am ordering pearl the mermaid for my daughter.  she has her birthday after all and has a special love for mermaids and braids!

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i heart all of them.

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now, i typically don’t buy stuffed animals for my kiddos (they’ve gotten plenty as gifts!).  but, if i can help contribute meals to children in need while doing so, then i’m totally on board (while purging their stuffed animal collection).

Cuddle + Kind Chloe + cupcake print

a delightful bunny having cupcakes and leaving a little sparkle wherever she goes!

for more info on how to support cuddle + kind and purchase a doll or two, check out their indiegogo site here.  it looks like if you order now, it will arrive by the end of february.

i can’t wait to see my daughter’s reaction when she meets pearl.  i’m guessing it will be something like this precious girl below.

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