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Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday

January 29, 2017

After a fast and intense labor, you were peacefully born three years ago today. You’re wide-eyed, full of wonder and quite a character, bursting with personality! Some words to best describe you are attuned, curious, determined, observant, silly, energetic, self-assured, clever and empathetic. You’re drawn to animals and the natural world – whether it’s playing in the snow or sand, you enjoy adventuring in the great outdoors, getting your hands in the mix, and love playing in the water. Some of…

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Journal Travel

Mammoth Lakes

December 23, 2016

The mountains were calling, again, and it couldn’t have been a better time to take the boys to the snow for the first time. Mammoth had just gotten over four feet of snow in 24 hours! Highlights: breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, the sound of wind blowing through trees, wildlife footprints in untouched snow, making snow angels, sledding until tuckered out, warming up with cups of hot chocolate, sharing a good meal with friends, singing Happy Birthday to Judah. A fun time was had by…

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Holiday Journal

10 Budget-Friendly Ways to Give

November 24, 2016

The holidays are a wonderful time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for, but it also provides an opportunity to remember the struggle of those who lack what many of us take for granted. We kicked off our holiday giving by partnering with Judah’s school and Childbirth Connection to Adopt a Family in need and provide them with a Thanksgiving dinner. This particular family is a single mother with two young children. Judah felt so good inside to…

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Journal Travel

Yosemite

June 20, 2016

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ― John Muir, Our National Parks My husband has fond childhood memories of Yosemite and thought it would be a perfect destination for our first road trip to a National Park.  We brewed some coffee and loaded up the car just before dawn so the boys would sleep the first stretch of the drive.  They woke up for a stop to pick up…

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On My Way

June 9, 2016

Last day of preschool and feeling all the big feels a mother does at moments like these. Judah is such a happy child. I’m thankful for the opportunities and experiences he has had and am excited for what awaits! This is one of Judah’s favorites from his preschool’s All School Sing. The Sing is a time when community gathers and connects with our voices over song. “On My Way” Tell everybody I’m on my way New friends and new places to…

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Journal Motherhood

A Tribute to My Mother on Her Birthday

March 16, 2016

I love this photograph that was taken when my Mom was about the same age I am, and I was about the same age Benjamin is. The love and appreciation of my mother has continued to grow over the years, especially since having children of my own. She is mother to three daughters, grandmother to six. Family always comes first, and she graciously sacrifices her time whenever we need her. Whether it was driving carpool, volunteering in the classroom, organizing parties or…

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Taking Joy in the Simple Things

February 15, 2016

It’s rare I’m able to grab my camera in time to capture moments like these that bring me so much joy. At times, life as a parent of little ones can be downright exhausting, chaotic and stressful. It can be easy to forget about the little things. Regularly taking joy in these 10 simple things keeps me happy, calm and peaceful. Connecting to nature using all of my senses. Feeling my feet press into the Earth. Watching the sun rise or set. Tasting…

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Filling Your Cup

February 9, 2016

The year started off with a whirlwind of events and many positive changes. I haven’t had as much time to blog and am about to go back on-call for some births. I’m reminded to slow down, connect with nature, practice self-care, nourish myself and my family with wholesome foods and be more present, especially with my boys. Filling my cup allows me to better serve others, not only as a doula, but as a mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. Giving to ourselves…

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Family Journal

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016

After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Family Journal

Judah’s 5th Birthday

December 21, 2015

With all of the gifts that Judah already receives this time of year, we wanted to celebrate his 5th birthday by doing something together as a family. My Dad is a retired mechanical engineer and used to design airplane parts. He has different models in his workshop that Judah loves to tinker and play around with. Judah loves listening to Papa’s stories and asking lots of questions, so we thought it would be fun to surprise the kids with a…

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