Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year and New Month's Resolutions

Elisa over at Globetrotting in Heels has had the fabulous idea to set new month's resolutions: attainable resolutions each month that you'll actually stick with! I've decided to link up with her and start setting these monthly goals for myself. Better late than never, I think. (And since they should be attainable, for the time being, they will NOT include keeping up with the blog! Perhaps the next couple of months the only time I will post is to set my new goals!)

This month, I resolve to:

-Look more put together when leaving the house.

So far, so good. For me, this goal just means think a little more about my outfit, not just T-shirt and jeans. Put on a bit of make-up. Wear my hair down. Switch up my jewelry a bit. I feel really good when I leave the house a bit more together like this. Notice I write specifically "when leaving the house." Today I am home sick with Hunter, and I want nothing to do with looking put together.

-Stay on top of school work more. 

This one is a bit tricky because I started out the new year behind on school work, but I mostly mean that after I turn in my third album on Monday, I will be more focused on staying on track with the next album and not getting so behind.

-Sing songs with Hunter more.

This one should be an easy goal to keep because Hunter loves all the songs from The Sound of Music. Every night he likes me to show him The Sound of Music pop-up book I got from Isaiah for Christmas. When we get to certain pages, he requests his favorite songs, and I am happy to oblige. In theory, this is an easy goal to reach, but not necessarily in practice. Lately, I seem to let household or school stuff get in the way of spending quality time with my family. So I want to make singing songs with my son a priority. As in, it's more important than folding the laundry, which I can do after he goes to bed.

I think I will have success this month reaching these goals, but still, wish me luck! ;)

Photos Copyright Julie Rings Photography

P.S. These are a couple of photos from our first ever family photo session (!) taken back in November.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Wish List: Yellow Gold!

This post is written in partnership with JULIAN & Co.

I've been a fan of yellow gold ever since I was a small child. Growing up, I always noticed that both my parents wore yellow gold and not just their wedding rings but bracelets and necklaces, too. They gave me a small yellow gold ring with a heart, my first ring, when I was very young, and I still have it. (I'm hoping someday to pass it on to a daughter or grand-daughter.) Over the years, until he passed, my dad gave me yellow gold on my birthday or for Christmas. Some of it was a little flashy for my taste, but you'd better believe I treasure those tokens now and still proudly wear them! If I were to choose some new pieces of yellow gold to add to my collection, they would be simple pieces like these from JULIAN & Co. Classic and timeless. The perfect way to balance out the jazzy gold from my daddy ;)

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's New?

In the temp apt. He's happy anywhere. Glad someone is ;)

Gosh! Where to begin? The last post I wrote, we were still in our little white house, and now we are in a furnished apartment -- temporary accommodations -- that we can't wait to get out of! Ugh. Just a few happenings to report...

As I mentioned, Hunter and I both started school. He has adapted really well to the Montessori environment, and we had the opportunity to observe him for a bit last week. It was so neat to watch him navigate his classroom and receive a lesson from his teacher. I was so happy to see him focused, engaged, and independent (you know, as much as you can expect from an almost 2-year-old).

My training program has been amazing. Being a preschool teacher/educator of children 6 and under is such an important job -- something I am not taking lightly. My heart and mind are transforming in the best way possible. I've learned so much about children, ideas that will help me as a teacher and mother. I don't know where I will be this time next year, but I sure hope it will be working with children and using my training.

We sold our house, but oh boy was escrow a very trying time. The buyer was making some unreasonable requests -- we thought we might have to start all over! We also needed to figure out where to move... and for about a month we thought it might be New York! Isaiah flew out there for a job interview, but in the end he turned down the offer. Since we weren't sure where we'd be living, we moved to this temporary apartment and put all our stuff in storage. It looks like we'll be in San Diego for a while longer, so the hunt for a new place begins.

In the meantime, there was some apple picking, a school field trip to the pumpkin patch for Hunter, lots of studying for me, and we booked a family trip to SICILY! We'll be heading there for spring break, using lots of recs from this blog. Also, I can't believe next week is Thanksgiving! Where did the year go?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First Day of School

I can't believe my baby started school today! 

While I am training to become a Montessori guide (Primary, ages 3-6), Hunter is attending the Toddler Program at a Montessori school here in San Diego. We visited the school yesterday for open house, and Hunter just loved his classroom. It is such a beautiful environment, and we are so happy with our choice. We met only one of his teachers, and she is just the sweetest, most gorgeous teacher I've ever seen. I think he will be in love soon, considering how much this kid is already a ladies' man!

Drop off is basically pulling up to the school and allowing one of the teachers to take your baby out of the car seat and carry him inside to his classroom. The look on his face! He didn't cry, but he looked so confused. My hands were shaking and my stomach was doing somersaults, but I know he is in good hands and will have a wonderful time. If there's anyone who needs to be brave about this whole going to school thing, it's me!

P.S. Obviously, I had to take several photos to get a good one (i.e. smiling not frowning, OK lighting, and not blurry). These attempts involved changing positions from one side of the door to the other and moving the chalkboard sign around. The result was a grumpy Hunter. ;)