letters to my son . october 2014

October 09, 2014

Dear my Little E,

Happy Birthday! You turned 3 this month. We’ve been talking about your birthday coming up for quite sometime, since your Daddy’s birthday in August and it’s finally here. You were so excited about it.

We had a day full of fun planned for your special day. We went bowling with the family, we went to the arcade and even managed to fit a quick Disneyland trip at night. Your birthday party was three days later.  Since you’ve been obsessed with Easter eggs we had an egg themed party for you this year. Your cake was decorated with colorful eggs icing, your birthday banner was egg shaped, your Grandmother and I made some paper mache eggs filled with with favors for you and your friends and Auntie Cindy made an egg shaped watermelon fruit bowl. We had an Easter egg hunt in October for you and your friends and you were so excited and happy all day.

You are a sweet, loving, confident boy. You are smart, funny and kind. I hope you know that you are loved, always and forever.



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10 on 10, october 2nd

October 09, 2014

October 2nd is E’s 3rd birthday. The day started with opening a present from us. E has been obsessed with marbles for a while so he was thrilled when he opened the box and saw lots and lots of marbles.

Then E wanted to entertain me and played his harmonica on our way to Starbucks.

And he entertained all the workers and patrons while I was waiting for my latte.

We invited the family to play bowling which is one of E’s favorite activity.

And stopped by the arcade next to the bowling alley.

Followed by a healthy lunch at Mother’s Market.

E was exhausted after all the day’s excitement that he fell asleep in the car on the way home and slept through my moving him to the couch.

We capped the fun Birthday off with Disneyland at night.

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letters to my son . september 2014

September 15, 2014

Dear E,

You are almost three and you are becoming more independent every day. This month you started preschool. I was worried that you would be upset when I leave you at school but you handled first day of school like a champ. You went to play with the teacher immediately and did not even look at me when I said goodbye. You were happy to see me when I picked you up and couldn’t wait to give me a hug. Your teacher said that you did very well and was very enthusiastic at trying everything.

I had to go out of town for four nights the next day and leave you overnight for the first time. You did not want me to go and said that you wanted to come with me but you adjusted pretty well to me being gone. I missed you so much while I was gone but I heard you had a lot of fun playing with your daddy, grandma and cousins. You picked me up at the airport and gave me a big smile as soon as you saw me and you gave me lots and lots of hugs and kisses all day long.



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a day in the life {volume 1}

August 29, 2014

It was a hot Thursday. Evan woke up cranky from staying up too late last night. And yes, he still wears his Christmas PJ. We ran some errands, made some smoothies and played at home. Evan took a nap and woke up a much happier boy.

Today was a fun day full of play: the water table, easter eggs, train set, big wheel, coloring, bubbles, sidewalk chalk paint and Evan even found the old Sophie the giraffe.

This was our August 28.

letters to my son . august 2014

August 09, 2014

My dearest E,

Our beach vacation is over now. You enjoyed our stay there that you keep on talking about wanting to go back there. You did so many fun things while we stayed there: you rode the trolley, saw rehabilitated sea lions being released, saw a lot of dolphins, drew a lot of pictures, played with your blocks, played with the hose, played in the sand, built your first sand castle, went to the tide pools and saw hermit crabs and anemones. You even got brave enough to get in the water by the end of our stay.

You were so good the whole time we were there. I remember on our last vacation we had to stroll you to sleep every day. At first I was worried that you will have a hard time here, sleeping in a new place on a strange bed but you seem to have no problem adjusting this time. I’m glad that you got over that phase because that means we can go to more vacations!

This past month you had a language explosion. You keep on talking and talking and pointing all kinds of stuff to us. It is so adorable. Your building skills also improved so much. You can now build a big tall tower with your blocks. You are starting to try to color inside the lines. You can also draw a lot of things from watching other people. You can draw balloons, snails, basketballs, boats and the sun. I treasure every moment I have with you ever since you were born but this age and this phase might be my favorite so far.

Love you always,


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letters to my son . july 2014

July 10, 2014

Dear E,

This past couple of weeks was hard for our family. First we lost the baby. I wanted to give you a sibling so badly that when we lost him/her I was devastated. Our family decided to rent a house by the beach for a month to help us heal. Unfortunately our string of bad luck continues when your dada and I had an accident on the beach and had to go to the hospital.

We were looking forward to watch the Fourth of July fireworks by the beach with you and hear all your commentary. We were very disappointed that we had to stay at the hospital and missed the fireworks. Your grandma said that you had fun watching the show and recorded some of your commentary for us to hear.

We’ve been here for a week now and you’ve been having a lot of fun running and playing in the sand. We still can’t get you to get near the water. You want to stay as far away from the water as possible when playing sand and we have to bring the water to you so you can make your froggies and lobsters. It is perfectly okay with me as long as you’re having fun. Looking through these pictures and seeing your happy smile makes me feel very thankful that I have you.



Historic Dory Fleet Fish Market

June 30, 2014

In Newport Beach, California there’s no better place to buy fresh seafood than directly from the fishermen. In 1891, a local fisherman grew tired of selling his fish to wholesalers and founded Dory Fleet Fish Market, where fishermen could sell directly to the public. In the late 1980s, there were 28 dory fishermen working at the market. Due to regulatory changes and improvements in fishing technology, today only eight remain. Many of the fishermen have switched from dory boats to commercial boats, which are required to dock at the nearby Newport and Huntington Harbor. Now, just one boat keeps the Dory Fleet Market tradition alive. Customers begin lining up daily at 4:30 a.m., an hour before the market opens.

letters to my son . june 2014

June 09, 2014

Dear E,

These past couple of weeks have been a little rough on you because you are so used to me taking care of you all day and now I have to stay on bed rest. You keep on trying to pull me off the bed to play with you but I have to keep on telling you that I have to stay in bed and to ask your daddy to play instead. Hopefully all of this will be worth it and you can have a little brother or sister to play with in 8 months.

We did manage to go to Disneyland and Legoland in between my bed rests. You had so much fun because you know and love a lot of the rides now. You even tried the little roller coaster at Toon Town. When we asked you if it was fun you said “yes” but when we asked if you want to go again you said “no”. You love all the rides at Legoland. You are just short of 36 inches right now. I think you will have so much fun this Fall when you grow taller and get to go on many more rides there. Some of your favorites are: The Skipper School, Flight Squadron, Safari Trek and Sky Patrol.

We are going to start summer school in a couple of weeks. It’s just once a week parent and me class at the preschool you will be going to in September. You love playing with the neighbors’ kids and you’ve been so bored at home that hopefully you will make a lot of new friends and have a lot of fun at school.

Last week for the first time I asked you to stand in front of the wall so I could take some pictures of you and you actually did it. You thought it was so funny and you couldn’t stop laughing. I know I say this all the time but I cannot believe how fast you’ve grown. Looking at these pictures you look so grown up. You are no longer a little baby anymore but you are still my baby boy. Luckily you’ve been back to calling me “Mama” instead of “Mom”.



Please continue the circle and read my friend Mickie‘s letter to her son.

letters to my son . may 2014

May 10, 2014

Dearest E,

Another month went by. A month full of excitement for you. You are at such a fun age where you started to be able to do things. You dyed and decorated the Easter eggs for the first time this past Easter. You loved the Easter egg hunt. You picked up all the eggs, put them in your basket, took them all out and picked them up again over and over. You’ve been pretending to take a picture of mama whenever I have my camera out to take your photo so when Easter bunny got you a toy camera you were ready.

This last month you got better at riding your scooter, you are now really good with your tricycle and you got brave enough to slide down the big boy slide at Disneyland. You are getting better and better at telling stories and you are starting to listen better. You started and finished soccer camp and had a lot of fun doing it. The first week of class you did not listen to your coach at all, you were just interested in dribbling the ball and making goals. By the last week of the 5 week program you were able to follow the coaches’ instructions.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’m sure you don’t understand what that means yet. You made me a mother two and a half years ago and I am so thankful for that. After all of our struggle trying I was overjoyed when I learned that I was pregnant. My pregnancy was a breeze and I loved every minute of it. The day you were born was easily the best day of my life. You’ve been my inspiration, my muse ever since. I don’t know who taught you or how you learned, this past week you started calling me “mom” instead of “mama”. Your favorite thing to do is to come hug me and say “mom” which is so sweet but it makes me a little sad that you are growing up and you will stop calling me mama altogether pretty soon. For now let me hang on and enjoy your babyhood just a little longer.

Love always,


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project 365 . week 29 & 30

April 28, 2014

197.365 {04.13.2014} mustard field

198.365 {04.14.2014} doodle

199.365 {04.15.2014} snack time

200.365 {04.16.2014} car shopping

201.365 {04.17.2014} egg dyeing fun

202.365 {04.18.2014} shower time

203.365 {04.19.2014} egg decorating

204.365 {04.20.2014} a photographer’s son

205.365 {04.21.2014} car racing

206.365 {04.22.2014} sand buckets

207.365 {04.23.2014} enjoying the view

208.365 {04.24.2014} choo choo train

209.365 {04.25.2014} peek-a-boo

210.365 {04.26.2014} looking for his friends

Please continue through the circle and see what Melissa‘s family is up to this week.