Tag: family

Beverly Hills Library

We’re trying to give one day a week to spend together and explore this beautiful city. We so easily get caught up in our day to day and realize we haven’t spent time just being and enjoying where we live. We also try to make these days super special for Hudson and Sofia and find things that are really fun for them. So last week we branched out to Beverly Hills. We used to go to church in Hollywood so we’d be out of our part of town at least once of week, but now that we go to church closer to home I find myself not going over to the West Side for months at a time. Anyways, we stumbled upon the Beverly Hills Library and none of us were disappointed! Seriously so fun! And there are obviously a ton of fun things to do in that area. We highly recommend it!

Baci Baci,
Jac

 

The most important

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how as a mom I’m always second guessing myself. How I prioritize my time with Hudson and Sofia, my time with Jake, my time with other people, not to mention time on my own; it has become somewhat of an unexpected battle. There really are only so many hours in a day, and I never realized the value of every single minute the way I do since having kids. I have so much respect for moms of four and five and more kids. I don’t know how they do it, and yet they are some of the moms I look up to the most . My own mom somehow balanced it all so well. You always hear about the duck; how it’s calm on the surface but paddling like crazy under the water, I imagine it must be something like that.
I am constantly thinking to myself, what is the most important thing for today? As an avid list maker and prioritizer, this seems logical. But, I think I’m learning that with kids, “important,” doesn’t follow the same rules that the rest of life does, because with kids you never really know what the next day is going to hold. When Hudson falls and scrapes his knee and he needs an extra ten minutes of cuddles, or when Sofia is teething and wants to only be held by me all-day-long. When the day is just off and you need to throw out all the plans and BE more than you need to DO. These things are the most important. Ultimately the organic balanced meals, the limited screen time, the outdoor physical activity, the at least 30 minutes of book reading – they’re all good, but really I don’t think they’re the things that are the most important. Taking the time to see where they’re at and what they need that day – that is more important. And more than anything it’s really just love – that’s what they need more than anything – that is most important. It takes a lot of different forms, it’s usually not quantifiable, it usually can’t be checked off a to-do list, but that is what I think will shape these tiny souls more than anything else.
So if you’re struggling like I am, give yourself a break and take a step back; if you’re even thinking about anything regarding what benefits your kids, it’s probably because you love them more than life itself. You’re doing great, mama!

Baci Baci,
Jac

 

Valentine’s Day

Truth, I LOVE Valentine’s Day! A holiday all about love, and pink, and I’m ALLLL about it. Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day so fun and special for our family, so it’s never been associated with any of the negative things that make some people dislike this holiday.
Jake and I usually celebrate on the 13th because it’s our number, and so we can spend the 14th together having fun as a family. This was our morning, and tonight we’ll be doing steak and hot fudge sundaes, and celebrating the incredible gift of love and family. 

Also, Jake made the cutest little Valentine video of Hudson surprising me with his homemade valentine. Seriously, killed me. I put it down at the bottom. Hope you all have such a great day!

Baci Baci,
Jac

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

 

 

Celebrating LOVE

Basically as soon as the Christmas tree comes down I’m ready to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I wait until February 1 to really start celebrating, but I love it! We didn’t get to making homemade valentines this year, but we’ve had a lot of fun over the last two weeks. Hope you’re all enjoying celebrating! 

Baci Baci,
Jac

juice juice juice

Hudson and I have both had some health stuff going on, so we’ve been trying eliminating a few things and adding a few things to see how that helps. With that we’ve been juicing a bunch and it’s become this little activity that Hudson loves doing together. Sofia naps, we juice, it’s so good. Finding special things for him and I to do just the two of us has been so important in transitioning to him not having all of my attention. Our favorite juice is: apples, oranges, beets, cucumber, ginger, pineapple, and a little lime – it’s amazing. *tip* we always like to strain our juice to get a less grainy texture.
Happy juicing!
Baci Baci – Jac

 

3 months with Sofia

How can it be three months with this sweet baby girl already?! She is growing so fast, and it’s true what they say, that it goes faster with each baby. Sofia is an absolute doll. We see so many similarities between her and Hudson, but she is definitely her own little personality; she’s laid back and spicy all at once, I adore it. We are loving watching her learn to make sounds and try to roll over, she’s so observant and just loves watching everything going on around her.

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Sofia’s cute bow is from Knot Just A Stitch,  Thank you Laura for the most beautiful bows! I so recommend checking out her shop! 

 

Cupcake date

I can’t believe I’m so behind on getting this post up. A week or two ago we took an afternoon to just get out and walk around one of our favorite places. The Americana is this great outdoor mall with the best atmosphere, and we love it there. Sofia slept through the entire outing which let Hudson get some more one-on-one time, which I love. He adores his sister, no doubt, but getting our undivided attention fills his little heart up so much. We got Sprinkles which is clearly a win, I love the excitement on his face in these pictures, he’s so expressive and I love the moments we’re able to capture it.

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Balboa Strawberry Festival

On Saturday we found out that there was a strawberry festival just twenty minutes away on Sunday, I mean … a festival for strawberries … yes please. So after church we headed up, and when we got there it was kind of like a farmers market but with lots of fun strawberry treats and fun games for kids. We had the most amazing fish tacos with strawberry salsa, chocolate covered strawberries, and there was this crazy chili, pineapple, strawberry drink everyone was raving about. Hudson loved cranking the water toys and driving “his fire Jeep” – he’s obsessed with Jeeps, like father like son. He’s the most passionate kid I’ve ever met, I love watching him enjoy things the way he does. It was a great way to spend our afternoon! Have a great weekend!! xo, Jac IMG_7882

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sunniesdress | shoes Hudson’s shirt | shorts | sandals Sofia’s dress | hair flower

 

LA Zoo

We have been really trying to take advantage of all that this beautiful city has to offer. We haven’t had a zoo pass for about a year, and when I was in Texas Jake took Hudson and renewed it. I’m not sure who enjoys it more, but I have no doubt we’ll be spending a lot of time there this summer! Jake was able to get some amazing shots of the lions, and according to the lion keeper getting shots of them showing affection is really rare, so that was fun. Hudson still hasn’t stopped talking about all the animals! Sofia did great on her first zoo trip! Clearly she slept through it all.
Happy Wednesday!

xo,
Jac

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 Mine sunnies | pants | similar top | shoes
Hudson’s shoes | shorts | shirt
Sofia’s shirt | shorts | bow was a gift and I have no idea where it’s from 🙁 so sorry
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Echo Park Boats

We have been soaking up all the newborn love for the past month or so. Getting back in to a normal routine seems to be a lot easier this time around. There are so many factors that play in to this, but I’m just super thankful for it!

Last week we had an hour of one on one time with Hudson at the Echo Park Boats. He is doing so amazingly as a big brother! He adores “his Sofia,” He walks around telling everyone, “this is my Sofia.” Don’t get me wrong, there’s been some adjustment, but he just adores his baby sister. Anyways, an hour or so to himself with uninterrupted mommy and daddy time was so good!

If you live here or find yourself in LA a visit to the boats at Echo Park Lake is an absolute MUST! The staff is so friendly, and it’s a great hour to spend in the middle of the city! For all the details about riding the boats, visit here.
We LOVE living in LA, and are so excited to start sharing more of our favorite places, like this, with you!

Happy Wednesday!
xo,
Jac

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