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June 2018
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A Life Changing Tumbler

Sometimes you come across a product that is a small change in your life but makes it so much better! This is one of those products :)

A few months back my sister posted on FB if anyone wanted to buy a Yeti-like tumbler that was part of a fundraiser for my nephew’s school. Being the supportive aunt that I am, I said yes even though I never ever use tumblers. This past Christmas she gave me the tumbler when she visited and I have been using it ever since!

For the past several years, I have been trying to drink more and more water and less sugary drinks. But the fact is, I don’t like water. So I would always struggle with drinking enough water. I started using the Sodastream and True Lemon which helped a lot with taste but in actuality it’s hard to drink a lot of a fizzy drink. Sometimes I would drink tea, but I would get lazy about heating up the water and constantly refilling my 8 oz mug. And it would get cold so super fast!!

This 30oz tumbler was the solution I was looking for! I fill it up at the beginning of my day and sip on it throughout my workday and it is able to keep the the tea warm ALL DAY (well at least while I am at work). It’s amazing. I am in love. I don’t know the exact brand of this tumbler but I was looking on Amazon and there is another very highly rated “Yeti-like” tumbler that looks exactly like mine. It’s probably the same! So I highly recommend this to anyone who might have the same problems as me!

The only thing that would make this tumbler better is if it was dishwasher safe but honestly the mouth is so wide and the lid is super simple that it’s super easy to clean. I don’t even mind handwashing it, unlike other thermoses I have bought!

Here is the link to the thermos on Amazon: RTIC 30 oz. Tumbler

Things My Kids Say

I’m going to try to record more of what the kids say…this is the best age! Also, going to try to post more here again. We’ll see if it happens :)

Last night Max saw his shadow on the ground and was giggling to himself. The way the lights were hitting his head it showed two shadows of his head. He kept exclaiming “There are 2 My-Ky!!!” and cracking up hysterically (That’s his chinese name and what he calls himself, pronounced like Mike-y). Maybe you had to be there but it was so cute!

Emma schooling me on how she gets Max to do things
Emma: If you want Max to do something you tell him you’ll give him his favoritest thing
Me: What’s his most favorite thing?
Emma: I think pennies. Or snow.

The smartest 2 year old that already knows his days of the week :)
Me: Max did you wash your hands???
Max: Yes
Me: When did you wash your hands?
Max: (with a completely straight face) Friday

What it’s like having a boy
Max: (farts multiple times)
Max: WHOA…what’s that sound?

Love watching these two play together…the sweetest siblings!
Minh: Do you still want to trade Max for a little sister?
Emma: Nooo!
Dad: Why not?
Emma: Because I’m having so much fun with Max!

The Night I Almost Died?

Hehe maybe the title’s a little exaggeration but I just went through something crazy so I had to document it. And just to warn you it’s long and detailed and probably boring to everyone but me :)

It’s crazy that a month ago I thought I was a perfectly healthy 36 year old. A few weeks ago I developed a cough. I have a tendency to get a persistent dry cough for weeks/months at a time so I didn’t think much of it. This cough was a little weirder though because it sounded very phlegm-y and deep in my chest. Even though I wasn’t too worried, I did something I normally don’t do….I actually made an appt to see a doctor! I was annoyed that I had developed a cough again and I knew from last time that if I didn’t get it treated it could go for months like before so I thought I would nip it in the bud early on for once.

My doctor prescribed me with cough medicine and antibiotics. She told me to wait a week before taking the antibiotics since she wasn’t sure if it was viral or bacterial yet and she didn’t want me to mess with my gut health without giving my body a chance to fight off the “cold”. Unfortunately, a few days later I started developing a breathing problem. Carrying my children suddenly felt like I had just climbed many flights of stairs. Walking across campus at work even put me out of breath! I decided to go back to the doctor who told me I had developed pneumonia! Which was weird because I had no fevers or chills. Just a cough and trouble breathing. After googling, I figured I had “walking pneumonia”.She immediately told me to start taking the antibiotics, gave me an inhaler, prescribed me some inflammation meds and had me use a nebulizer in the office. She also told me to buy one to use at home but honestly I didn’t feel like the nebulizer helped much so I ended up putting off buying it. I figured the antibiotics would just fix me right up. Either way, I felt pretty much “ok” and continued going back to work.

After I finished my medication I started feeling better. I still had a cough but other than that I felt normal. But only a few days later I noticed I was getting worse again :( I left work early that day because I couldn’t stop coughing and breathing was getting really difficult. I called my doctor and they asked me if I had gotten the nebulizer and I told them no. I ordered it that day but it’s only available through amazon so I had to wait for it to come the next day. I went home and tried to take it easy but even at rest I was having trouble catching my breath. I tried to use my inhaler which was difficult because I couldn’t get a good breath in. I ended up calling my DR again and telling them I had to wait another day for the nebulizer to arrive and that I was having a really hard time breathing. They told me I could come into the office and use the nebulizer. I drove in and used it and I felt much better afterwards. They told me if I needed to I could come back in the morning and use it again. I went home feeling much better.

Until I got home….and couldn’t breathe again! It was getting really annoying. At some point I finally decided to call boyrobot who was on his way home from work. I am not sure why I decided to call him but as soon as he picked up I started crying because I couldn’t talk or breathe. I ended up having to text him. The funny thing was I told him I’m ok….I just couldn’t breathe and that it was scaring me. The whole time I didn’t feel like my life was in danger. I just felt like…I need to just give myself time to catch my breath. Boyrobot was urging me to call 911 which felt super silly! I finally gave in and let him call our friend that lives nearby to take me to the hospital. (Thank you again Cheryl for dropping everything and taking me!!!!). I went outside to wait for Cheryl and sat down in the grass. As I was sitting out there I started feeling better and feeling so silly about what was transpiring. Was I really going to go to the ER over this?

Cheryl arrived a few minutes later and just walking to the car got me out of breath again. I figured ok, maybe I should just go and see what they say. Inside, I felt calm and in no danger..but on the outside I was freaking out and sort of crying. Isn’t that weird?!?!?! Cheryl dropped me off while she went to go park the car. I told the receptionist I couldn’t breathe and she called for a wheelchair and they wheeled me into the ER. They put me on a nebulizer again which didn’t seem to really help. They also made me pee to make sure I wasn’t pregnant (I’m not!) before they took chest xrays. Just going to a portable potty next to my bed got me really out of breath. By this time boyrobot had finally arrived. They prescribed me a pill to help sedate/calm me because they said the more I freaked out the harder it was for me to breathe. All of my vitals were going out of whack and honestly after this point everything gets completely fuzzy. The last thing I remember was feeling so restless and annoyed that I couldn’t breathe and that the breathing treatments weren’t helping. After that I have no recollection of the rest of the night other than what boyrobot has told me.

According to him, I proceeded to throw up, wet myself, and was under the possibility of being put under and intubated! The only way they could get me to breathe was on a bipap machine but they said my body could not sustain being on the bipap machine for that long. Boyrobot overheard the nurses talking about me and saying how sad it was that I am so young and this was happening to me. When I got admitted to the ICU they asked him if I had a will and testament or if I had a DNR which really freaked him out. I feel so bad I put him through this. So thankful for my inlaws who were able to watch the kids so that boyrobot could stay by my side the whole time I was at the hospital. I am not sure how they finally got me stable but maybe the steroids they were giving me started working because the next day I woke up and felt normal again. It’s funny, I woke up and was wondering why am I even here? I had no idea everything that had happened the previous night. When they told me I was stuck in the ICU for a few days I was so shocked. For the next few days, my vitals were continuously monitored and I was poked and prodded all day. I had daily blood draws and even a daily stomach shot. I used to hate needles but I was a pro by the end of my stay! Before I left I met again with the DR that had treated me the night I came into the ER and he was like “wow, you look like a completely different person!”. All I could think was…have we met before? I do not remember him at all! After a 4 day stay I am finally home now. I am still not sure what happened. They think maybe I had a bad reaction to a viral infection and maybe have some underlying asthma that exacerbated the symptoms? Now that I am home I am feeling better but I still have my nagging cough. I have some followup appointments with a pulmonary specialist to make sure I’m ok and to see if maybe I have some asthma? (hope not!!!). I am just thankful to be home again…the hospital stay was truly miserable. I didn’t get to shower the whole time I was there!!! I am so so thankful to be reunited with my kids again as well since they weren’t allowed in the ICU.

Anyways, even though I never felt like I was in any real danger…I do get teary-eyed thinking about what happened and what could have happened? It can all change in a blink of an eye. And it’s even scarier when you have young children and a loving husband. It just reiterates everything I said in my last post. I love and appreciate all of the people in my life and am so grateful for this life!!!!

Happy 37th Birthday To Me

It’s so crazy to think in 3 years I’m going to be turning 40. That sounds so super old. It’s hard to imagine I’m at this point in my life where I am married, own a house, and have 2 kids!!!! When did all of this happen? I still feel like a kid most of the time honestly :) young at heart!

Anyways, I don’t really dread getting older. It’s just a number! But birthdays do make me feel so grateful and sentimental for all that I have:

My kids are at a pretty amazing age (let’s just forget Max’s tantrum-y side ;). I guess I’m not really a baby person. I love when kids can talk and start expressing themselves. Nothing melts you more than when kids tell you they love you.  Emma woke me up this morning and the first thing she said to me was “happy birthday” and that I’m the “best mommy in the world”! It’s pretty funny how much little kids just adore and worship their parents and don’t see their flaws at all! I am just soaking up these years before they wise up! Also, kids say the darnedest things. They crack me up daily.  

My husband who absolutely knows all of my flaws and who has seen the worst of me and still loves me. Every day boyrobot amazes me with the person he is. He’s truly someone I respect and love and can’t imagine my life without!

My parents, sisters, and brother are pretty amazing too. So happy everyone is healthy and doing great. My sister’s flower business is doing so well, my brother is getting married next year!, and my other sister has completely done a 180 on her physical health and is so fit and a true role model for me!  My parents recently visited and they were so sweet with my kids. My mom even sewed Emma a house for her bunk bed. My mom is so talented! It was so cute seeing my dad play with the kids. He has the patience I wish I had! 

Ever since I moved to la I have gotten so close with my cousins. Thankful to have them in my life to always lend an ear and I love watching them grow throughout the years!

At this point in my life I can’t imagine a better group of friends to have. Friends are so special when you find ones that are genuine and treat you like family too. So, so grateful!

This past year I got a new job at work and I love it. I know a lot of people don’t usually like their jobs so I’m super thankful for this opportunity that fell into my lap! It gives me the flexibility that I need at this time in my life to make being a working mom doable. My work/life balance is so important to me and I have found a job that gives me that!

Traveling has always been a big deal for me. We haven’t gotten to travel internationally since we had kids but it’s honestly been ok. There’s actually a ton of beautiful places to see in the US! This past year we visited Carlsbad Caverns and Big Sur (and many other places) and it was amazing. A lot of our trips now consist of traveling nearby with friends and honestly it is SO fun! I love seeing the kids play together and I love the bonding we all do on the trips we’ve had. This past year we even did a Staycation with friends and I’m pretty sure it was Emma’s favorite trip ever. 

This year boyrobot kept bugging me for what I wanted for my birthday. I racked my brain but I couldn’t come up with a single thing! I think that says a lot about where I am in life right now. Life is really, really good for me and I couldn’t ask for anything better! 

Max’s 2nd Year Birthday Questions

Wow. This was almost a month late! I actually have had it written since his birthday but it’s been so difficult to find the time to add pictures to this post!



My blog has been reduced to these twice a year updates on my kiddos. What can I say…kids just overtake your life! This is both a good and bad thing. Sorry for all of you blog readers that still have me in your feeds. I can’t imagine anything more boring than reading about kids that you probably don’t even know in real life! :)


And with that…let’s move onto Max’s 2nd year update! Yes he is 2 and has been quite terrible since before this age so I’m anxious to see what the next year brings us. He sure has mastered the art of the tantrum at an early age and
also has a habit of hitting if anybody upsets him. We never dealt with hitting with Emma…is it a boy thing? And while I’m listing all of the things that make him our difficult 2nd child…if you know him in real life you’ll know he is quite small for his age. We are constantly getting in trouble with the doctor for his weight gaining and it’s seriously the biggest stress factor in our life. Our child is labeled a “failure to thrive”. Doesn’t that just sound horrible? But I swear we are feeding him and he acts like a normal, happy kid besides the fact that he still fits in 6 months clothing. Sigh. The only other problem we have with him is his eczema. So far we are controlling it with lotions and topical ointments but sometimes it flares up….especially in the winter time when the air is really dry. Aveeno oatmeal baths have really helped though!


Now onto all of the great things that make up Max. He is seriously the funniest kid and makes the whole family crack up all of the time with his antics and mischievous ways. He’s very friendly but sometimes shy (not in any way like Emma was though) and will randomly go up to strangers and demand a “Hi!”. The most lovable thing he does is hold my face and try to kiss me. I always pretend fight it and we end up both giggling so much over it. He is seriously so playful!

The neglected 2nd child. First time spending a day with just him. I think he really enjoyed having mommys full attention. Now wish he would just eat more so we can stop worrying about his weight :(


I also love seeing his interaction with Emma. Ok not the part where he wants everything that big sister has but if he realizes that she is REALLY upset he will give up whatever he has or try to comfort her with a hug or hand holding. Sometimes I send them off to play together in a public place and they almost always hold hands each helping the other to be brave, not get lost, and have each other’s backs. I hope their relationship is always like this!





Max is really into sports already so we’ve signed him up for his first soccer class! It starts next month and I know he will love it! Whenever we mention soccer he starts singing “I’m a soccer rocker, I’m a soccer rocker!”. Speaking of language, he knows so many words and for the most part can communicate with us very well. His favorite book right now is Pat The Bunny and whenever I read it to him he always pats the bunny and says “so soft so soft” in the cutest voice. I will really miss these little kid voices when they all grow up! :(


Overall, despite his temper, Max is really the sweetest little boy and I’m so proud to be his mom! He truly brings joy to us and rounds out our whole family dynamic. Thanks Max for keeping us laughing every day !

Now here are his answers to his birthday questions. My answers are in parentheses. He is fixated on being 2 and when I told him I was going to ask him his birthday questions he started answering all of the questions with 2 lol.

1. What is your favorite color? 2 (with more prompting he decided on orange :))
2. What is your favorite toy? 2 (I think I see him playing with these toys the most: balls, rice box, dollhouse, bubbles)


3. What is your favorite fruit? orange
4. What is your favorite tv show? 2 (Not a tv show but he is obsessed with these silly spiderman youtube videos)
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? (couldn’t get him to answer this but it’s probably McD’s chicken nuggets)
6. What is your favorite outfit? (He loves his striped shirt that’s super soft and also his spiderman or cars shirts)


7. What is your favorite game? (Probably catch or hide and seek)
8. What is your favorite snack? (any and all fruits or mamma chia pouch)
9. What is your favorite animal? woof woof (dog)
10. What is your favorite song? (5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed)
11. What is your favorite book? Pat The Bunny
12. Who is your best friend? mommy (awww!)
13. What is your favorite cereal? (he doesn’t really eat much cereal so doesn’t really have a favorite)
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? (wagon rides)
15. What is your favorite drink? (juice)
16. What is your favorite holiday? (I don’t think he knows what a “holiday” is so I’ll guess xmas)
At this point he lost interest in answering my questions so I’ll just answer the rest :)
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Definitely mommy
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Probably fruit
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? pizza
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? I’m guessing some sports player?




Emma’s 4th Year Birthday Questions

I can’t believe my firstborn is now FOUR years old. I have been a mom for 4 years now???

Emma through the years:
Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:

Year 4:

Emma is growing up to be quite a special young lady. I feel so lucky to have her as a daughter and she is really the best sister ever to Max. She hates to hear him cry and will always let him have his way to make him happy.

So cute how much these 2 love each other. Melts a mother's heart!!! ????????


I don’t know many 4 year olds that has her patience and empathy. She also continues to be the most extroverted introvert that I know. She LOVES people and adventures but when around a crowd or people/situations she doesn’t know, she is super shy and cautious. She started wearing glasses this year and we recently upgraded her frames to a pair from Jonas Paul Eyewear which we love and highly recommend if you are looking for stylish kid glasses!


She is also still taking ballet and absolutely loves it. We are taking a break from it this summer to try soccer (much to her dismay) but we will return to it in the fall again. Meanwhile her first big recital is next month!!!

Saturday ballet class ????

This past year was filled with lots of Disneyland since we had an annual pass (but it just expired :()

Her favorite ride was definitely It’s A Small World and the ferris wheel and she especially loved watching all of the parades, fireworks, and shows.
Emma's new favorite are Ferris wheels. What happened to my scaredy-cat? ???? ????

Seriously the best parade!!

We had a few trips this year including our annual trip to Oklahoma, a roadtrip to Carlsbad Caverns, and a weekend staycation at the new Great Wolf Lodge. Emma LOVES vacations and adventures and I know she enjoyed each of these because she is always asking when can we go back to these places :)


All of us howling at the Great Wolf Lodge hehe

She is almost complete with her first year of preschool too! She has grown so much this past year and learned so much! I’m very proud of her and it makes me look forward to when she starts Kindergarten!

For her birthday this year we celebrated with a movie (Zootopia), one of her favorite foods, pizza, Jamba Juice, and Chuck E Cheese.


Here are the answers to her birthday questions this year with my comments in parentheses.

1. What is your favorite color? pink and gold
2. What is your favorite toy? Legos, babies, and playing house
3. What is your favorite fruit? Lyechee
4. What is your favorite tv show? My Little Pony
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Chicken nuggets, French fries, and hamburger with ketchup
6. What is your favorite outfit? A dress
7. What is your favorite game? Hide and seek
8. What is your favorite snack? cookies (no surprise….same as last year!)
9. What is your favorite animal? camel (same as last year!)
10. What is your favorite song? Abc’s (not sure why she answered with this….I would think it’s one of her youtube songs she always listens to!)
11. What is your favorite book? Potty (Also not sure if this is true…it just happened to be the last book we had read to her)
12. Who is your best friend? Lucas (her cousin, because he always calls her his bestie)
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky charms (technically she only likes the marshmellows :P)
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Swing
15. What is your favorite drink? Lemonade and orange juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Daddy
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pad Thai and pizza (I don’t think she technically understands what breakfast is yet hehe)
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? cake
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mama :)

Max’s 1st Year Birthday Questions

I just realized that I never did Max’s birthday questions when he turned 1. I do it for his sister so I should probably do it for him too. Poor Max…the neglected 2nd child is a REAL thing. But don’t worry, we still love you just as much…promise!!! :) It’s only FOUR months late…but I’m making the answers up anyway ha ha.


1. What is your favorite color? no color. but maybe yellow? we are trying to teach him his colors and he calls everything yellow. :)
2. What is your favorite toy? This one is tough since this guy is into everything. He loves water play, pushing stuff (like Emma’s grocery cart), and he REALLY loves grandma’s fly swatter. Oh…his favorite toy is whatever his big sister Emma is playing with.
3. What is your favorite fruit? Probably strawberries, blueberries, or bananas (or ba-ba as he likes to call it)
4. What is your favorite tv show? We actually don’t show him a lot of TV but sometimes his big sister will be watching and I notice he loves when Mother Goose Club is on because he loves to dance to the music.
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Maybe roasted sweet potatoes or spaghetti
6. What is your favorite outfit? he doesn’t really have a favorite outfit but the boy has a thing for shoes. So funny because I remember when Emma was his age we had the hardest time getting her to wear shoes! He loves it and always holds out his foot for me to put shoes on him. He is very good about putting on shoes himself too!


7. What is your favorite game? He likes shooting hoops
8. What is your favorite snack? He’s always down for some cheerios or the yogurt drops
9. What is your favorite animal? I think he might like dogs a lot. There is a neighbor dog that barks a lot and it’s pretty much the funniest thing to hear him imitate it.
10. What is your favorite song? 5 Little Monkeys
11. What is your favorite book? Goodnight Moon. Most books won’t keep his attention but he will lay still for the whole book if I’m reading Goodnight Moon. And for some reason he thinks every page is so funny and is chuckling throughout! So cute.
12. Who is your best friend? Definitely Mom or Emma.


13. What is your favorite cereal? Cheerios
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? run around, point out the birds, airplanes, and the moon
15. What is your favorite drink? water or breastmilk
16. What is your favorite holiday? I have to say I don’t think he has one yet!
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Mama!
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? oatmeal?
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Probably anything that I’m not supposed to be eating.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Maybe a shoe salesman since he really really loves shoes.


I LOVE THIS GUY. He cracks me up every day and has such a personality! I can’t wait to see how these answers change as he grows up!

Emma’s 3rd Year Birthday Questions

Every year I ask Emma a set of birthday questions. This was the first year where she answered every single question on her own! I will probably say this a lot but this might be my favorite age. It’s so fun when your kid goes from a blob that does nothing but eat, sleep, cry and poop to a mini human being that you can have conversations with. It’s the best thing ever!

Here are her answers this year. My comments are in parentheses.

1. What is your favorite color? pink (she wants pink everything!!)
2. What is your favorite toy? Button Art (I think she just answered this because she was in the middle of playing this particular toy…I think her real answer is probably her tea set or the iPad. She actually plays with a lot of random, different toys every day)

3. What is your favorite fruit? strawberries (Still the same from year 2!)
4. What is your favorite tv show? Leapfrog Letter Factory (again, I think she answered this because she was in the middle of watching this. I think her favorite TV Show is probably Peppa Pig)
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? noodles (yup, especially ramen!)

Yes! No wait at din tai fung.

6. What is your favorite outfit? tutus
7. What is your favorite game? ballet (she is in a total ballet phase right now)


8. What is your favorite snack? cookies
9. What is your favorite animal? camel (we have NO idea why she answered with camel but she was very emphatic about it! hehe)
10. What is your favorite song? Itsy Bitsy Spider and Do Re Mi
11. What is your favorite book? The Berenstain Bears
12. Who is your best friend? Maxie (awww…her little brother!)

I really hate this cart but the kids love it. #toobig

13. What is your favorite cereal? Peanut Butter Puffs
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? play hide and seek
15. What is your favorite drink? orange juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? Easter. This girl loves Easter!


17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? animals
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? oranges in my snackbox
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? cake (ha!)
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? like mommy (OMG. tear. love this girl haha)

Enjoying some Italian ice after our Easter egg hunt!

Wow, Am I Really Still Paying For This Website?

YUP. Still here. It’s crazy. My husband, son, and daughter are all asleep. And I have 45 minutes to write an update on my life to catch you all (ok maybe nobody but me) on the state of my life. That should be plenty of time right?

So it’s 2015 and pretty much every other day I’m like I really need/want to make a blog post update. I need to write down my thoughts on my life. To remember everything I’m feeling and going through right now. I remember when I used to write in this here blog That is pretty much impossible now. But trust me, it’s a good thing.

So let’s start with what’s been keeping me so busy. As you know from my previous post…I was pregnant. And that said baby is now here. He’s actually 7 months. Holy cow! He is the sweetest little thing and I’m literally falling head over heels in love with the little booger. His name is Maxwell but we call him Max or Maxie or Maxie Poo Poo. Yeah…we really need new nicknames. I’m hoping to stop calling him that by the time he actually understands what we’re saying. Too bad I already have his big sister and his cousins calling him those names! Anyways, having kids is like the best and worst thing ever. I’m not going to go into all the mushy stuff but man…it’s like my life is so full and awesome and amazing because of these kids but at the same time it’s just so.freaking.hard! Some days I’m like…let me just have a few hours by myself please? Just a few hours where I don’t have to think about anything!! Or care about anyone!! Or make somebody food. Or change their diaper. Or fight with them about taking a nap!

But ultimately, they are literally the best and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I was reading an article about how these times are the “happiest” of your life. I totally agree. There is something magical about little kids who are super innocent and haven’t been tarnished by life. Like sometimes I just want to eat them up they are soooo sweet and adorable.

Max at the park today

Anyways, are you still with me?

The second thing keeping me busy and surprisingly is probably keeping me MORE busy than the baby is my nap-resisting toddler, Emma.

From our xmas card this year

She’s 2 now. Every day she reminds me why I have kids. I am so loving this age. It’s just so fun when you can start actually conversing with your kid. If I had to describe Emma right now I would say she is intelligent, shy, socially anxious, cautious, short tempered, thoughtful, and calm. I took her to see The Nutcracker with friends last month and she has been obsessed with ballet. She will watch ballet videos on youtube and insist on wearing tutus 24/7. Even though ballet isn’t on our list of things we wanted her to do, we ended up signing her up for a class. She’s also into Daniel Tiger, wagon rides, dessert, puzzles, washing dishes, eating with chopsticks, and feeding ducks. The hardest part about her is that she is so anti naps. She can be super tired and all she will do is throw a tantrum about not going to sleep. For the most part though, she is so completely fun and hilarious. And she is totally in love with her little brother. From the day we took Max home she has been his protector and best friend. In the car, she holds his hand (he hates car rides and is usually crying). She always runs to him in the morning and tries to get him to smile. I have this picture of her when Max was a tiny baby blob sitting in his rockNplay and she’s teaching him random stuff like “This is a pencil”. All I can do is watch their relationship grow and laugh.


This very old picture also cracks me up. She would always randomly look for him to make sure he was ok. Always checking up on him. We always tell her what a good big sister she is. She takes it very seriously!

To round up the family update, gotta talk about the hubs…boyrobot! This past year we celebrated FIVE years!!! The longer I am married the more grateful I am that somehow miraculously I ended up with the right person that I would want to spend the rest of my life with. I realize now when you get married, it’s really a crapshoot if you’re going to be happy or not with this person. There’s no way you’re going to foresee the things that you’ll go through, the fights you will have, and the things that will happen. Things change, people change. Even so, there are a few qualities boyrobot has that makes me know we are going to last despite all of our idiosyncrasies that may drive the other one crazy. He is not only a devoted and loyal husband, he is is also a devoted and loyal father. Someone once told me planning a wedding was a true test of your marriage. Um NO. Having kids is. It’s like everything you know about your relationship thrown out the window. You could have an awesome husband but if he’s a not so great dad…it’s game over. He is absolutely so loving and adorable with the kids that I can’t help but love him even more.

You don’t know love until you see a grown man play with his little daughter. Think ballerina dances, acting out stories with dolls, etc.

Another quality is that he has great communication skills and forces me to always talk through any problems we may have. And he is just plain fun to be around. After all of this time, I still just love being with him. If I had a free day? I would want to spend it with him.

Ok so next up….my job! I am still working at the same company but recently I switched to a different team. Still learning the ropes but the people are super nice and it’s nice to learn something different/new. If there is one sore point in my life though, it would have to be how far my job is from home.

My hobbies have really fallen to the wayside with kids. That is one thing I miss. You people without kids…you have NO idea how much free time you have. Recently, I started cooking again since I am bringing my lunch to work. And I also cook for the kids sometimes. The problem is….I am obsessed with adding vegetables to my kids foods so a lot of times I will slave in the kitchen and then Emma won’t like it because it’s too…healthy. So I am working on finding the right balance there. I’ve also started reading again. Probably my favorite book I read this past year was Still Alice (if you know anyone with Alzheimer’s it’s a must-read). Currently reading The Interestings (has sort of a Wes Anderson feel to it). I’ve also been obsessed with podcasts. Like everyone else I listened to Serial. My current faves are Radiolab, Freakonomics, Criminal, Startup, and The Moth. I pretty much stopped watching TV…is there anything good out there? I’m just waiting for Game of Thrones to come back on. I’m also embarassingly still obsessed with Candy Crush. I think once I reach the end (of the current version), I’m going to stop playing or at least take a long break from it….I’m so close!

Socially, I have never been happier. We have some really amazing people we call our close friends that live nearby. They all have kids the same age as our kids and it’s so nice having them all grow up together. It’s also been SO awesome having mommy friends who completely relate to you and who you can talk to, vent to, and ask advice from. I text almost daily with 2 girls who just crack me up and who are also some of the sweetest people you will ever meet! They truly inspire me to be a better friend. For the first time, I don’t feel like that awkward, quiet girl that would try to avoid social situations (hmmm, I guess I see where Emma gets it from hehe). I feel so lucky to have the support group we have as we go through the adventure of parenthood!

Lastly, I’ve been thinking about things I want to do differently this year. I’ve kind of been obsessed with eating healthier and living a more simple life. I’ve been trying to eat more veggies in general but I’d also like to eat more bone broth (try to make a batch every week?), eat fermented food more often (made sauerkraut for the first time!!) using my new fermenting kit, and to go on a daily walk with the kids. I’ve also decided to slowly reorganize my house. It’s so hard to keep your house clean with kids. Our house is ridiculously messy. So far I redid our shoe storage. Currently, we are tackling Emma’s room and the toy situation in our living room. We’ve made a lot of progress so far! I also want to start cleaning out my closet and donating a lot of my clothes. I think before the year ends, I am going to attempt a capsule wardrobe. Have you heard of those? It’s where you pick a certain # of clothes for each season and stick with that. Most people pick 37 items and that includes shirts, pants, shoes, dresses, etc. It sounds incredibly hard but people who have done it LOVE it. And I am so tempted to do it too! I swear my closet is stuffed to the brim with clothes that I haven’t worn in months/years. It would be so nice to just reach in my closet and know whatever I pick is something I love and fits me well. One reason that makes me hesitate in doing this is that I’m still figuring out what my body is going to look like post-baby. Hopefully not how it currently looks! ha ha. Anyways, something I have been seriously considering doing.

Ok, this took way longer than I thought. It’s way past my bedtime!! Glad I was able to share a tiny bit of my life though. Hopefully the next update will be sooner.

It’s All Just Happening So Fast

So…it’s been awhile since I last wrote. Pretty much the only thing different is well…

I’m pregnant again!!!!

and it’s going to be a boy!!!!

This pregnancy has been going surprisingly much better than with Emma. 1st trimester sucked…but 2nd trimester wasn’t too bad! I’ve only thrown up once this whole pregnancy even! So happy since I don’t know how I would have been able to take care of Emma if I was as sick and tired as last time.

Speaking of Emma, she is in such a cute stage right now. Kids really are so sweet and I feel like at this age they are just so innocent and pure. Of course, this stage can also be so trying with the terrible twos and tantrums but as with all difficult things I’ve noticed with raising kids, everything is a phase.

Tonight, Boyrobot took Emma in his arms and danced with her to Sara Bareilles’ I Choose You

Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones but I just started BAWLING. I just kept picturing Emma’s wedding day and her father/daughter dance and how it was all just going to happen in a blink of an eye! She’s going to be a grown up and leaving us before I know it. I have to constantly remind myself to enjoy every moment…even the difficult ones.

So what else is new? Not that much. To be honest, being a mom and having kids is my life right now. And I don’t really mind because I know it’s not always going to be like this. And for all of the tough parts, there are so many awesome, fun ones. We have so much fun introducing Emma to new experiences and just teaching/guiding her through life. And hoping we are doing an ok job of it.

Well there is one new thing…I started another blog. One focused on parenting. And my experiences raising a daughter and soon to be son! You probably won’t be interested in it unless you have kids, but if you do so feel inclined…please follow my blog via bloglovin’, feedly, or like my page on Facebook. I’ve been trying to blog a few times a week and I hope I can keep it up when #2 arrives! We’ll see.