i’m slowwwwwwly starting to get back into a nice skincare/haircare routine and here are a few of my favorite products these days~~
i’m slowwwwwwly starting to get back into a nice skincare/haircare routine and here are a few of my favorite products these days~~
This is a day late ya’ll, I’m sorry about that. Work has been absolutely CRAYYYYY. This summer I was in charge of a high school summer camp and it was seriously the best parent training EVERR. Teens look like almost adults but their understanding of the world and their common sense has not developed fully.
Anyway… something that I realized this year as I was thinking about my next career steps was…even if I have no experience managing non-student staff at work… I am for SURE going to know how to be a good manager, boss lady, boss bitch…ya get what I mean…
Because I am a mom. I am a mom of one and I think this. So moms of multiple children… you guys are CEOs of the world and your home.
I am going to be a great manager because I know to manage conflicts, prepare and train a human to do something, critique/teach her how to be better without hurting her feelings, motivate someone to something that they either don’t want to do or don’t have the skills to do quite yet, make sure morale is always high, manage my little one to be professional (aka good manners, good habits, responsibilities, meet deadlines, etc) … i mean the list goes on and on and on right??
I very strongly feel that you are only as good as your team. So if you have a bad team, you’re a bad boss. what mom would ignore their child’s learning disability or physical handicap or unhappiness right?? If you have someone struggling in your team and you ignore it or don’t address it… you’re a bad boss. get all the parallels here?
Anyway, this was something I was mulling over a lot in my head while I commute to work… lol Does anyone else mentally prepare interview questions (when there is no interview) in their head? no? just me? =T
SOoOoo in conclusion… all moms, whether they work or not, are bad ass CEOs of their families and homes. they multi-task, constantly prepare and think about the future of their “company” and manage/train/motivate their humans to be the very best they can be. =)
now, where is my 50% raise and my annual bonus? am i right??
(i promise to have a legit mommy monday post up next week. this has been a VERY long summer so far and i’m getting super burnt out. i have so much on my plate and so much to juggle that i desperately wish i could make one very big change. sigh. but we can’t afford to do that right now soooo… playa play onnnn)
i’m late for so many posts… so as a nice little “i didn’t forget about you beautiful blog community” here is a new piece we just added to our home. <3
LOVE the new rug we got for Charlotte’s reading nook. =) The nook itself still needs a full-on makeover but it’s off to a good start! <3
For my 32nd birthday, Mike took me to Universal Studios. It was seriously the most magical day I’ve had in a LONG ASS time. We dropped C off at daycare and then spent the day drinking butter beer, casting spells and and joining the magical world of Harry Potter! =)
This was the BEST BEST BEST day to celebrate my birthday. I am OBSESSED with Harry Potter and I could have spent the whole day there. UNFORTUNATELY not many people were dressed up tho… I wouldn’t have minded if they FORCED everyone to wear capes and carry wands around… sigh.
The Rest of the Park… Minion Land and The Simpsons
–we walked around the rest of Universal Studios and had a REALLY REALLY great time. It was nice to do something new together and come to a place we haven’t been to in AGES. Felt like a date. ^^
Today I am the big 3-2. Ugh as I wrote that I typed in 0 and had to delete it. What is so sad is that for the last year I thought I was 30 and when someone reminded me I was turning 32 and not 31…sigh.
When I was younger I totally thought 30+ was old and when I got there I would be soooo together. Um… What a joke. Although I am in the most wonderful place with the cutest family I could have ever asked for, I am not at all together. I’m still trying to figure out my own career path and my own dreams here! Lol. Sigh. But I am so grateful for the blessings and beautiful adventures this past year has brought. I can’t wait to see what this big 32nd year will bring. ^^
After a very stressful year at work, I’m finally enjoying the summer break and taking a few days off here and there to R E S T. Today is one of those days :D. Here are few pics from my one day alone before I pick up C for Gymboree~~ xoxo. Happy Tuesday Everyone!
i am very very tired this monday morning and this weekend was…hard. work has been 24/7 (weekends included) and i have not been sleeping well. Pair that with a cranky toddler and well.. you have the perfect storm of a weekend. This Mommy Monday post is just a weekend recap and some of my confessions of being a tired toddler mom. =P
one of the breakfast meals this weekend. c eats a LOT and is communicating when she is upset that we aren’t feeding her enough. she bangs on the high chair, bangs on the fridge, and will also start to put her bib on or point at cups/bottles around the kitchen to let us know “feed me!!!”
i need to do a post on this later but i’m OBSESSED with what we feed c. i mean not all of it is perfect and i cheat in many ways~ but i am constantly thinking about her veggie, fruit, grain, protein intakes. i try to not feed her a carb heavy diet and we are very strict about added sugar and salt. she has a whole lifetime to eat bad things, i want to make sure her little body is only taking in super healthy, organic food that is good for her. i feel like all of her organs/digestive system has fully formed and so there is no need to introduced processed, sugary, fatty, salty foods right now. =)
next… a hypocritical picture of mcdonalds ice cream below. lol c was sleeping in the car and i grabbed myself a treat for National Ice Cream Day on Sunday.
C is very into coloring and acting like one of the older toddlers in the preschool class. in a desperate attempt to keep her happy and not cranky on Sunday, i gave her a notepad and two highlighters. um… i literally turned away for a few seconds while i was putting toys away and she had already drawn on herself and the carpet. sigh. i was trying so hard not to get a little kid table/chairs but maybe i’ll have to… ugh. more things for our apartment.
after church i took C to gymboree so she could get her wiggles out. we started taking her so often that she got really tired of it, but after a week of not going, she was ALL ABOUT circle time and bubbles and the parachute!
they did this ball activity just for C. first of all, after bubble time this is her favorite thing and SECOND, she would not let go of one of the markers at the front so we did an exchange for the markers with this ball activity. lol
note the marker?? she was insane about keeping it the whole time. sigh. c has VERY strong feelings about things and is very focused on what she wants. as proud as i am and as much as i prayed for that… i kind of wish she would listen to me, the parent, more.
on saturday, i had a rare day to myself!! i went to a friends house to work on some exciting, upcoming projects and also did a bunch of C’s laundry. dude… i want my own washer and dryer SO BAD. our life would be insanely different if we just had that… =( went to california chicken cafe and got this bomb salad. i forgot how much i love chinese chicken salads. i made mike go to the store and buy ingredients so we could eat this all week. puhaha BUTTTTT homeboy forgot the MOST IMPORTANT PART!!! the mandarin oranges =((((((
and some other fun tidbits of the weekend…
ok.. sorry this ended up being really long. i’m just tired and ready to go to bed already. mike is traveling again this week so it is just me and the girls! i’ve got lots of fun activities planned like “pool party” and long longggg walks outside to tire them both out.
Charlotte is 14 months today. I cannot believe how quickly time is going by and how much she is changing. Charlotte can now RUN (not walk), she says “ma-ma”, “ahbba” (dad in Korean), “dada”, “ah-buh-ji” (father in Korean), “ba-na-na”, “uh-oh”, “mah” and “ba” which i think is to say “this” and “that”. She does the most adorable thing of copying what we say using the same intonations but with her baby babble. Charlotte can climb like a gymnast, scream like banchee, fake cry like its her job, and flash the most beautiful, mischievous smiles to melt our hearts.
It took nearly a year for Mike and I to get a ritual together for our family each day and one of my favorite times is our bedtime routine. We give C a bottle in the dark after her bath and we sing songs and let her unwind and get super sleepy before putting her down. Sometimes (often times) we both fall asleep.
One of my favorite parts of this nightly ritual is when C re-enacts the motions she learned at daycare (motions to twinkle twinkle little star, the three bears, butterfly song, five little monkeys, and a few Korean routines). It’s our special time where I get the chance to cuddle my ever growing baby and pray for her and her future. I prayed so much of her the moment we conceived her till now. I feel like God gave me a vision for her and I am just on the edge of my seat waiting to see how God works in her life, how God uses her in his ministry, and what he has in store!
When I was pregnant I had 5 dreams that she was a boy. I saw her kicking in my belly and I thought, “those are soccer calves”. When I thought she was a boy I prayed SO HARD that she would be like Clayton Kershaw. A mind-blowing athlete with a servant’s heart. (Mike told me he and his wife go on missions during the off season and his wife owns a non-profit~ They are super strong Christians). When I found out she was a girl my mind was BLOWN. Um…so where does that leave my prayer requests and my gut instinct about who was in my belly?
So, this was around the time Gigi Hadid was first coming out and I started to pray that she would be this bright light that would shine and brighten the world. She would be stunning, warm, kind, God centered, and a woman that no one had ever seen before. Our baby girl would pave the way in a new field and be a star in her own right~ in whatever God had planned for her. Now that C is here, she is very active, beautiful, and has a brightness that you can’t deny. I think about this every time I put C down and pray over her.
I’m not sure how much longer we will put C to sleep this way and how much longer she’ll let us snuggle her before bed. But I’m cherishing each second that I get to smell her and spoon her each evening. C can’t speak just yet, which somehow makes this nightly ritual more endearing. She points, motions, and babbles while she drinks her last bottle of the day and slowly falls asleep.
The days go by so fast and as I think about having another babe, I squeeze C tighter and try to enjoy these little moments with her. xoxo I swear, in the blink of an eye she’ll be 2, then 5, then 10. =( I want to freeze today and this perfect little bundle of adorableness that C is. ^^
my little mini is getting so big and doing some PRETTY adorable stuff. right now she is hilarious during dinner time and smacks her lips when she things something is good. =P I know it’s bad table manners (as well as letting her slurp from the bowl) but it’s SO GOSH DARN CUTE~ so whatever~ i’m gonna let her do it! hehe
as work stress grows and i procrastinate on my to-do list for life~ I am going to post fun pics of C eating instead. hehe.
So… no big surprise i’m late on the fourth of July posts… BUT it’s been a cray two weeks at work and i’m terrible at taking photos off my SLR and putting them on my icloud/phone. gah. i wish my SLR had wifi and would automatically send photos to the cloud without me doing anything. LOL is that even possible?
Anyway, just for funsies, i thought I’d share a few fun things I’m interested in and some fun things about myself. =D
Work is insane and I need a vacation. I need a hotel or a travel company to sponsor this tiny blog and send me on trips around the world. Lol
Happy Tuesday guys!!
(Btw, to my 5 readers, if you want me to talk about something or you like reading certain posts let me know! I always just kinda vent and rant about random things and perhaps I should be more focused/organized… Lol)
C has been in daycare since she was 4.5 months. I obsessively searched every single reference and daycare I could find. I seriously thought I was going to die of stress from the search. You wouldn’t believe how many DIRTY, nasty places are called “daycares”. AND with all the stories of abusive caretakers.. sigh…it was a desperate search.
In the end I found 3 daycares that I loved that were also in my price range. From 4.5 months to 6.5 months we sent C to one daycare until our first choice had a spot open for her. Mike and I went back and forth a lot about whether to keep her at her current daycare or to move her~ and in the end we felt it was best to go with our gut instinct when visiting both, rather than just keep doing what was easy (aka just leaving her with daycare #1). I’m not sure if this whole post will make sense but hopefully it’ll clearly describe how important I think it is for parents and daycares to work together to properly parent a child. I mean… C is technically with the 50-60 hours a week. =((( that’s more time than we get to spend with her all week.
I know not everyone sends their babies to daycare, that it may not be the choice for many families, and that what I love about mine may not be what you look for~~ these are just my opinions and what has been working for our family 🙂 as a working mama there are so many things i wish i could do for C, so many opportunities i want to give her and well…having found this awesome daycare~ i feel like at least i’m doing something right. =)
On Saturday I took Charlotte out from 945am-730pm. I was not prepared for it, I didn’t have enough food or toys for her, and well…I may or may not have let her have her normal naps so I could shop at the grove with my friends… Lol. Charlotte was in the BEST mood ever from not sleeping, not eating normal meals, and not being able to run around and free play. Sigh. Never again man. Or at least never without Mike~ I needed a partner to tag team with.
Here are some snaps from our day (and some stolen from friends :P). We went to gymboree, a birthday brunch in West Hollywood, shopped at The Grove and then went to the new Broad museum in downtown LA. Side note: I haven’t day drinked like this in a while and it was soooo funnnnnnn. I’m for sure not young but it made me feel like I was young-ish inside.
Yummmm right??? We are going through a heat wave in LA right now and I made a ton of these babies (adult and baby versions) so that we could cool off when needed. (Esp since we don’t have A/C)
For the popsicles I blended 1/2 a medium sized watermelon, juice of 3 limes, and a handful of chopped mint leaves. I didn’t add any sugar (b/c of the baby) but a few teaspoons of simple syrup would have really made these popsicles deliiic.
For this fun cocktail above, you can use any white or rose wine! I don’t love super sweet wines so we used a tart pinot grigio. If you do want to make this into a fun dessert drink, I recommend a sweet champagne or moscato!
For C, i froze her popsicles in tiny baby food containers (like this) and I give her one cube on a hot day. It’s sweet-ish enough for it to hold her attention and she likes how cold it is to play with in her hands. This is super messy, so I recommend putting on a big bib on your little one in the high chair with a splat mat or hardwood underneath for easy clean up. =)
Hope you’re all having fun this summer and staying cool in this heat!
So…Charlotte is only 13 months and I have to confess…the tiger mom in me has already come out. I’ve already scheduled a full load of summer activities for this babe. puhaha
C is incredibly active and we live in a dark apartment~ so for me it’s really important to make sure she spends the summer outdoors and doing things that stimulate her senses, motor development and understanding of the world around her. There are a few parenting things I’m obsessed with and C’s development is one of them. I do NOT want her to watch tv all day and be an iphone/ipad child. I want her to play sports, read books, socialize with friends and enjoy the world around her.
SOOO this summer I have a schedule to incorporate LOTS of things that Charlotte enjoys + things that I think are superb for her development.
Over this fourth of July weekend we knocked a few things out of the way (#1, #2, #5, #7). =) I love watching and discovering the world through C’s eyes and I’m excited for what this summer brings.. ^^
oh my, can you guys believe it’s already the end of JUNE??? where did the year go? i seriously feel like i haven’t had a chance to even breathe or take a break this year and even now…i haven’t had the kind of summer breather i really need to refresh or restart my brain. sigh. now with a baby, will that time ever happen again? prob not…
ok so there are so many random rambles going through my mind and i thought i would carefully curate it into one long post. 🙂 hehe so i apologize in advance if this is super duper long.
It’s 4th of July weekend and I’ve had our family running around LA doing fun things for summer! Will post more on that lataaaahhh. xoxo
Goodness can you believe it’s already July?? Well, I’m off to the nail salon today and here are some fun Ideas I’m thinking about trying… meyyybe. I’m pretty boring about my manicures. lol