Summer bucket list.

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Since it is officially summer I am trying to take full advantage of everything summer related, that’s why I made a summer bucket list so we can make some amazing memories!

1. Watch a sunset at the beach

2. Lot’s of pool lounging

3. Make homemade popsicles

4. Watch fireworks

5. Eat BBQ!

6. Picnic at the park

7. Take an adventure to Disneyland

8. Make fresh lemonade

9. Go to the farmers market

10. Eat as many smores as posible

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Fathers & Sons

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First off, Happy Father’s Day to all you Fathers, Grandfathers, and Father Figures! We celebrated our first Father’s Day by waking up extra early and surprising Dad with donuts and gifts, then we headed to his favorite little sandwich shop for lunch. Nothing to exciting but it’s exactly what he wanted to do! From the moment my husband found out about Avery he pretty much began his journey to becoming the Dad he is today. They have a truly special bond… it’s fascinating to watch. When I see them together I am absolutely sure they are meant to be Father & Son. He is a perfect role model for him and I can’t wait to see when they do next. His excitement and commitment to being Avery’s Dad is unparalleled.

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4 months!

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Avery is officially 4 month old! It seems like the days are flying by but going so slow at the same time… I love how his little personality is developing everyday. He loves to laugh, play pick-a-boo, blow spit bubbles, and smile at himself in the mirror. He has also started rolling over front to back and back to front which means diaper changes are more challenging than ever and he has a tooth that has already broken through. Teething hasn’t been to bad but he certainly has his days/moments when it seems like it bothers him but for the most part he is one happy boy!

He just had his 4 month checkup and shots and his growth is right on point which is always reassuring as a new Mom. We also just adjusted his Stokki crib from the bassinet size to the full crib size witch was bitter sweet but exciting. Since he no longer is swaddled during sleep he tends to sleep on his side which I feel is kind of unusual for a baby but maybe not… I was feeling nervous about his sleep positions but the doctor said it’s fine. If there is one thing I have learned in these 4 months it’s that every baby is different and sometimes you just have to let your little one do what works for them… even if other Mom are there to judge you.

Feels like Summer!

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When we lived in California before, we lived in the Santa Monica area. This time we are located in the Burbank area which means we are in “The Valley”. This means summer is a whole new ball game. It gets about 10 degrees hotter or colder in the valley meaning when it’s hot, it’s really hot! I experienced this for the first time this past weekend when there was a heat wave. It was like summer was here and it made me want to start planning all kinds of fun activities. Luckily we have a fabulous pool and central air… otherwise I doubt we would make it though summer in the valley. Im very much looking forward to pool days, popsicles, BBQ’s, and movie marathons these coming months. Now that Avery is here I want to make sure he gets to do as many fun things as possible, I know he is still to little to know what’s going on but that doesn’t mean we can’t start our family traditions!

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Life.

IMG_0591Well… just as I had intended to get back to blogging things got crazy and my creative outlet got pushed down to the bottom of my incredibly long to-do list. It has been another whirlwind the past few months. Last time I updated I was about to give birth any day- I am incredibly happy to report I have given birth, had an international move, unpacked an entire apartment, and somehow made time to enjoy a few celebrations in between! Life is just outrageous sometimes so heres the scope. Being the wife of an extremely talented animator I encouraged him to apply for one of the famous animation studios when they were hiring back in December. Fast forward to the end of February, he gets a call from this company asking to do a skype interview and then a couple days later they were sending over an offer. It all happened so quickly we barely had time to process what was really going on, add a newborn to the mix (born at the end of January – that story coming next!) and it was all just totally insane. We somehow managed to find an apartment, plan an international move, get our newborn a passport, and squeeze in a few doctors appointments in two short weeks! Then it was off to California with our six week old baby and cat. Needless to say things were stressful and exciting and just all around nuts! But I am happy to report things have since settled down and I’m ready to get this blog updated with all the amazing things happening!

Chihuly glass museum.

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{one of my favorite rooms}

While on our tip, we decided to duck into one of the museums during a rainy day. I was actually pretty excited because my glass curiosity has continued to grow immensely since visiting Murano Island in Italy (see that post here). I was totally blown away by this exhibit. Dale Chihuly has created so many different glass pieces ranging from chandeliers to garden flowers. It was definitely one of the highlights of our trip so I thought it deserved it’s very own post!

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{in the green house}

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{just some of the chandeliers}

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{a section outside in the actual garden}

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{this was one of my favorite pieces in the garden}

night lights.

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{Friday night in Gastown}

There is something extra special about pretty street lights at night… ¬†Gastown’s old fashioned street lights stole my heart last weekend so I’ll be paying extra attention to all the sparkling lights this weekend (especially since there are so many holiday lights out now!). Hope you catch a glimpse of something special too!!

murano island.

{the walk to see the demo}

While in Venice we took a quick little day trip over to Murano Island to see where they make the Murano glass. We got to watch a little demo of how the glass blowers work which was really interesting. The glass makers were pretty amazing, they train as an apprentice for years before they become master glass blowers so they spend all their lives perfecting their craft. Then to end the trip we got to shop! It was a fun little excursion and made for some great photos. Hope you like them!

{the demo}

{the demo}

{on the way to the shops}

{a little ally on the island}

{my glass bracelet and earrings}

piazza san marco.

Other than the little ally ways and canals, the Piazza San Marco was quintessentially Venice to me. We spent a good amount of our trip there shopping, enjoying the architecture, and feeding the pigeons. Even though it was definitely the most crowded area of Venice it was the area I remember most. These photos don’t do it justice but I hope you can tell why I was smitten…