Finally 2017

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2016 seemed to be just one big punch in the face. We lost so many great people, I feel like so many have been divided due to the presidential elections, and just personally it was an overall tough year. So, I’m going into the new year full of hope and excited for change. I’ve jotted down some of my resolutions, because i believe change starts with ourselves and as one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi goes, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. Some of these goals are for my health, my outlook on life and way of living. 

In 2017 I plan to…

1.) Get my butt back into shape. I know that’s such a cliche New Years resolution and usually only lasts for about a week or two but I really need to work on my physical health. Even just starting with a walk or jog in the morning, anything to get me moving. If I start doing that, hopefully I’ll have more energy for the rest of the day and start on a good note. Plus, a rockin’ bod wouldn’t be so bad either.

2.) Strengthen my relationship to God. My family has never been the ones who go to church every Sunday or anything. My grandparents sang in the choir and we would go every now and then to watch them but for the most part it wasn’t our usual. As I get older though, I have had this feeling that I need to become closer to God or a higher power, whatever you prefer. I’m trying to trust that he has a plan and that it’s much greater than mine, even when it’s hard.

3.) Read more books. Over this Christmas break I have had time to slow down for a bit and actually relax now that there isn’t school or work. I got a couple books for Christmas that I’ve been reading and it’s been so nice to actually set time out of the day for myself and actually get lost in a book. 

4.) Travel. This past year I took a camping trip with a friend to Joshua Tree and it was amazing! I had planned another camping trip to Big Sur but unfortunately those got cancelled due to land slide issues (damn you Mother Nature). But just getting out of my element and getting to explore is so liberating! One of my close friends just left to study abroad in Italy and found some really good flights to visit her! How fun would it be, to go around Italy with your best friend?! Also, my sister moved to New Orleans recently so my mom and sister are planning to see her in a couple months, I can’t wait! Those two trips and hopefully a few camping adventures under the stars are what I’m aiming for in 2017!

5.) This is a little far fetched but I would really like to try the whole minimal lifestyle. Less in more people. I really admire the people who only live what the necessities and don’t have all the extra crap we think we need. I’ve slowly been trying to go through my closet and let go of the things that I’ve held onto for so long because I might wear them someday. It’s been hard, and I’ve only started with my closet but I think once I realize that it’s pointless to hold onto so much stuff that we don’t need or use, and really declutter our lives I’ll feel so much better. Also, I’ll be able to save more if I stop buying things that aren’t essential. 

6.) Be present. I really want to be better about not being on my phone or thinking about all these other things instead of enjoying the people I’m with or what we are doing. Especially with Callan, she is so talkative these days and is growing up so fast that I really don’t want to miss a thing because I know these moments are fleeting fast. 

Project You & Me

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YOU: just turned two and suddenly you’re so grown up. You’re speaking more clearly these days, that or I’m just starting to understand your language better ? You love to tackle and body slam all the time. Sleeping in your big girl bed has been so exciting. You love to get cozy under the covers, tuck yourself and your babies in and go to sleep. You don’t quite sleep in your bed the whole time but at least until the middle of the night or early morning before moving to mommys bed. You are such an artist, always wanting to draw and paint (even all over the closet doors…). You are the sweetest little mama to your baby dolls; hugging & kissing them, checking their diapers if they went “poo poo” or are “stinky”. You rock them and always share your food in case they are hungry. You tell mommy when something scary and you always try and scare everyone else with big “rawwwww” scream! Starting to argue with me about things you don’t want to do or things you don’t want to wear so we are learning how to respectfully voice your opinion without throwing a tantrum. You love Winnie the Pooh and pretty much any Disney movie now which makes going to Disneyland so much fun !
ME: Almost done with this semester of school and excited for a little bit of a break before it starts again. Cannot wait for the Christmas festivities to commence, kicking things off with tree decorating and Christmas movies on repeat. Also, pretty much the only thing I listen to in the car now is the Christmas music  that started playing before thanksgiving. Was thinking about growing my hair out again but as soon as it went too long past my shoulders, I couldn’t stand it and decided short hair fits me better now. I’m starting to find more time for myself these days and realize that it’s okay to be okay from Callan every now and then. I have this urge to totally purge my closet and all my random stuff that I don’t think I can live without that is now starting to just feel like baggage I don’t need anymore. Wanting to spend more time with other moms that have kids close to Callans age because well, it would probably be good for both of us. Also, trying to be better about posting more on the blog and a wider variety of topics because why not ?

 

Kara + Zane

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Last weekend I had the honor of taking one of my dearest friends 5 year anniversary pictures. These two high school sweethearts are some of the most genuine, fun and easy going people I’ve met! They definitely made my job easy and so fun! It was my first time actually taking pictures of someone other than my daughter so I was kinda nervous but I have to say I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out! So with that being said, I give you Kara & Zane!

Disney Days

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A few years ago, I was an annual Disneyland pass holder. After I had Callan I decided I would wait to renew it until she was a little bit older and could actually go on rides, makes sense right ? So, this October I decided this was our year ! We renewed our passes & I am so happy about it ! We’ve already gone so many times, and it’s a great place to go to get out of the house and burn off some of Callans crazy energy. Here are some pictures of our last trip !

Callan is always so excited to meet any of the princess or characters but gets so shy and starstruck when she is actually there. It’s so funny, she gives them a big huge but won’t smile or say anything and when its time to take a picture she can’t stop looking at their hands, like she’s so surprised they are actually hugging her, it so funny/cute !