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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, and singing Happy Birthday. A fun…

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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 our son’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. J felt so good inside…

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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…

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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 my husband prepared 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

Palm Springs Air Museum

December 21, 2015

Papa is a retired mechanical engineer and used to design airplane parts. He has different models in his workshop that the kids love play with so we thought it would be fun to surprise them with a trip to the Palm Springs Air Museum. The boys napped on the drive there while we took in the desert landscape. When we arrived, they were so excited! There was much to see, touch and do. The docents and volunteer staff are former…

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Family Journal

Apple Picking Season

September 24, 2015

We started a tradition of doing something new together as a family before Rosh Hashanah to emphasize the newness of the year. What better way to make the holiday come alive than to pick our own apples to dip in honey? These foods are symbolically eaten on Rosh Hashanah to evoke a “sweet” new year. After packing up the boys up in the car, we head out to Oak Glen for a day of fresh air, apples and Americana. When…

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The Family Dinner

March 10, 2012

There is great meaning in the simple daily ritual of gathering together for an evening meal. My husband and I have fond childhood memories of eating together as a family. The days can be hectic so we make a point to slow down and enjoy one another in the evening. We have come to know a rhythm of preparing the meal, setting the table, reflecting upon our blessings, connecting, eating and cleaning up together. Almost every Sunday we walk to the local…

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