Most of the family together in one photo (missing everyone on the east coast, Uncle Carl and Andy)! Celebrating my Mom’s 52nd birthday.
One of my favorite photos from our frequent trips to the zoo.
Look who finally likes the tub! No more bath time in the kitchen sink.
Hiking Cuyamaca with our friends. Just a few crazy moms trying to push strollers uphill in the snow. We ditched the strollers and carried them for a while, before deciding on a picnic on the side of the path. Want to try this again…in the spring.
My very serious Valentine did a charity photo shoot.
Riding on the duffy in Newport Beach with Mike and Leilani.
Photographer in the making. Me learning Instagram and the magic of filters.
Decorating kites with friends for the festival in OB.
Playdate with one of her besties, Cyler.
Pure, heart bursting, life affirming, love.
The easiest lemon blueberry cream pie ever. Seriously, one of my favorite recipes from the whole year.
Discovering lip gloss.
Finishing my first 5k.
Easter egg hunt with cousin Faith at Gramma’s house in Newport.
Aunt Cathy passed down a family recipe book.
My kid loves asparagus?! Awesome!
Decorating the cake she helped make for her Dad’s birthday.
Leia autographed my copy of 50 Shades of Grey. I hope she finds this funny someday, I sure do.
I have never lacked a warm lap, we’re big on cuddles in this house. Daphne still naps with Leia almost everyday (mostly on the bed….).
M.I.L.F.’s (Moms In Lots of Foam), Foam Fest 5k with the ladies.
Feeding the ducks at Lake Murray with Grammy.
Face cream, my first attempt at homemade beauty products on a chemical detox kick.
Flipped that car seat! At 23 months my toddler started forward facing.
June 15th, Leia’s sister Dresden was born.
Grilled corn at the Del Mar Fair.
Playing with cousin Johnny at Grammy’s house.
Cousin Sarah visits from the east coast. Had such a good time while she was here, especially watching her get an amazing tattoo!
4th of July party with the Souzas.
My hopes for my daughter.
Helping make rainbow cupcakes for her birthday party.
Best post-nap hair picture, ever.
The kitchen is my favorite place for making memories.
She’s sort of amazing with chopsticks! Enjoying our favorite lettuce wraps at PF Changs.
Where’s Leia?! Oh, she’s holding my birthday flowers, thanks Aunt Jamie! I turned 31 on the 31st, hello golden year!
Leia was a race car driver…and chased Grammy off the road.
It’s important to me that I raise Leia around animals, to teach her compassion and kindness to those who depend on us.
Few things are better than Paula Dean’s red velvet recipe – a special request from Rachel for our joint birthday celebration at Wine Steals.
Look who stopped biting her nails!
Pumpkin patch in Irvine on the first day of Fall.
Meeting my brother’s girlfriend and her daughter in Arizona. Visited Andy for his birthday, but forgot Leia’s birth certificate, so she missed him.
Leia discovers how to take pictures with the iPhone…and never stops.
Carving pumpkins at Grammy and Uncle Randy’s house.
Most of the Star Wars crew! We had 13 toddlers total (I think?) for trick or treating craziness this year.
Moms night out! Dinner and drinks (do you see that big white punch bowl?!) at Craft & Commerce.
Color Run 5k with Becca. We got covered in colored dust, it was a blast!
Honey Beer Bread. So amazing it’s making this list. It’s only 5 ingredients too!
Chargers game with Rachel and Pina! Thank goodness we won, Chargers had a terrible season. No Norv or AJ for 2013, yay!
Bonfire and s’mores at Mission Bay with our friends.
A sleepy hug on Thanksgiving. What a blessing.
Wiggin’ out for Crystal’s bachelorette party!
“Merry Christmas, best friend.” Leia learned that from a cartoon and says it often, turns me to mush.
Annual Girls Christmas Party!
Hating Santa for the third year in a row. Priceless.
Straight out of a celebrity tabloid, these are some adorable kids.
Our beautiful Christmas card! Thank you Brooke for your amazing design skills!