December 2017

December


Thomas Fire. Thomas Fire. Thomas Fire. All nighter waiting and waiting to see if we’d have to leave. Listening to the police scanner hearing them send engines a few blocks away and not knowing what is burning or not. Wondering if our parish, the iconic San Buenaventura Mission burnt down (it didn’t! The fire got right up behind it but it survived. Funnily enough, most people of Ventura worried about the Mission— Catholic or not. xo). We had friends lose their home, friends evacuated for days, we evacuated during the day because of the smoke. All the orange light. December was a blur because this fire consumed so much of our everyday lives.

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Other things did happen though. Feast days. Going to 3 lots to find our perfect tree.  TWO! overnights away with Daniel and Felix. Amazing food. Erica’s book release. Hanukkah. Caroling. Turning 29. Christmas Day (Bishop Barron!). Stomach bugs. Family family family.

 

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October/November 2017

October

Long, hot Indian summer days. Sunset beach. Missing teeth. 1 month old Felix. Dodgers in the World Series. Annual Big Sur (for later). And Halloween Night.

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November

Ofrenda for Aunt Marlise. Baptism of Felix. Coffee + outings. Dentists trips + swollen lips + not to forget our first set of stitches. Hikes + adventures in places that would soon be on fire.

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Babymooning in Paris: Part Two

Part one here!

 

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Let’s hop back to it and see what my rusty memory can recall from the trip months later…

The next morning we woke up early to head over to The Chapel of the Miraculous Medal for Mass. It was so surreal being there where St Catherine Laboure’s incorruptible body lays at the alter where Mary appeared to her.

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Next to her houses the heart of St. Vincent de Paul and on the other side of the alter is St. Louise de Marillac. Outside and all throughout the chapel are plaques that say “Merci” for what I am guessing are all the miracles and answered prayers attributed to there.

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We bought a big pack of medals from there so if anyone wants one, let me know!

Afterwards we went and got coffee at Honor Cafe in Paris 8, super bougie area. We walked around and saw the Luxor Obelisk on our way to Musee de l’Orangerie.

 

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Monet’s Water Lilies were not overrated at all and definitely worth any line you might come across to see it. We spent a good amount of time circling the oval shaped room admiring this masterpiece. I also had to include this painting of fruit by Raoul Dufy because it is so cool.

We had a super busy day ahead, so we left and headed over to the Arc de Triomphe. 250 steps later, we got to the top which was amazing. We also found an elevator at the top that we could of used but alas… too late.

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End of the Year

Wow, what a nice long blogging break. So much has happened— trips, holidays, birthdays, events have come and gone. Felix is 3 months!? We are still mentally bouncing back from the Thomas Fire which seems silly to still be “recovering” from when people we know and so many others in our community lost everything and we, thankfully, are just recovering from 2 weeks of toxic air and late nights scourging every social media for updates on the progression of the fire.

 

This blogging break was partially intentional because I have been questioning what I want to do with this space. I initially started this blog as a way for me to journal and document our family life basically only for me and my family to read and look back on, but it has kind of deviated from that in the sense that it isn’t just people I know in real life reading it anymore which has caused me to feel hesitant to post or write certain things about my day to day personal life which to be honest, is why I haven’t posted much. That is sort of how I use Instagram now, but I still want to keep this space special and different. I have had plenty of time stuck under a nursing babe to try and figure out what I want to do here in the next year and I think I know just the thing— I’m going to scale back a bunch and stick to monthly recap posts which will be primarily photo based. I still have a couple more detailed posts I want to hopefully get out soon (Paris part 2! Big Sur video!), but I think this planned monthly outlet will be good for me.

Anywho, thanks for sticking around friends!

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See Kai Run Giveaway!

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Hey guys! Our annual Big Sur camping trip was amazing and I’ll have to find time to type it all up between surviving postpartum life and and binge watching Younger aka postpartum life. BUT! I wanna tell you guys about See Kai Run. I’ve partnered with them before and clearly if you’ve read my blog, I don’t usually collaborate but I make an exception for them because their product is so great and I can vouch for it 100%.

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This time around I went with their waterproof/insulated boots and they are so, so great. The thermal lining is good for up to -35 degrees F!  They still have their signature built-in rubber toe caps and are such sturdy boots. The kids were able to keep them on all day without complaining about wanting to be barefoot (their at home norm) and never complained about their feet being cold. They spent their entire day running around, climbing logs, playing on a playground so that was HUGE.

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See Kai Run focuses on making sure their shoes provide healthy foot development by creating shoes that are both flexible and durable. And most importantly VELCRO so getting them on and off was pretty much a breeze.

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Oliver and Atlas are wearing the Jack WP/IN and Primrose is in the Abby WP/IN.

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I’m hosting a giveaway with See Kai Run over on my Instagram so head on over and enter!

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