I love Independence Day. I have fond memories of playing with fireworks with my cousins and the neighborhood kids when we were little. There was a little park in Long Beach, where we went to every year, it sat on a cliff above the beach off Pacific Coast Highway. Our family and friends would gather together and make a day of it. We would head out to the park in the afternoon to try to snag a great spot to hang out until the firework show started. Fun memories!
I remember loving the sparklers with the paper handles that were shaped like a gun. I don’t remember the last time I saw one of those! I used to be so excited and couldn’t wait until it got dark so we could play with all the fun fireworks and watch the beautiful shows. These days, I can barely keep my eyes open. Nine o’clock starts ticking closer and my internal clock tells me it’s bedtime and wonders why I’m still up.
Little solo cup to protect little hands.
Both the kiddos hated the noise of the firecrackers. I did too, too loud and too close. The noise of the artillery shells didn’t bother me quite as much. To this day, sparklers still remain my favorite.
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Last weekend I asked Monk what she wanted to do for Mother’s Day. Her options were go explore a cavern, hang out at a farm, or go on a glass-bottom boat ride. She picked hanging out at a farm so, we decided to go and check out Crowe’s Nest Farm in Manor (pronounced May-ner).
They had a bunch of animals and lots and lots of different gardens to explore.
We all had a great time. We called and made reservations for the 11 o’clock tour. We spent a few hours exploring the farm and were the last ones to leave that day. The weather was perfect. Usually by May the temperature is in the high 90’s, so far it’s been a really mild spring. I hope the weather sticks around for a while longer.
For more information: Crowe’s Nest Farm
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I Am (Uplifting Them) is a project aimed to flood the internet with uplifting of children rather than shaming.
I am saddened by the amount of kid-shaming photos and stories I see all over the internet. My proposal is that we flood the world wide web with kid-positivity and uplifting stories and photos. So, grab a kid (preferably your own; if not get permission) and ask them to finish the sentence, ‘I am…’ Write down what they say (I guarantee it’ll be positive) snap a picture of them holding it and post it everywhere! Post them here as well and let’s see how many uplifting, positive things we can learn about our children!
I found out about this project while browsing my Reader late last night.
I read about it on A Magical Childhood.
What an awesome idea and of course I couldn’t wait until the kids wake up so we could participate.
This morning I asked Monk to look at the photos with me on the I Am. Facebook page so she could get a better understanding.
I asked Baelynne (Monkey-age 4) what would be on her sign if she was to have one and her response was:
“I love my family and everyone except the bad guys!”
For Myles (Squish-age 1) I wrote I am curious!
So grab a kid (or two) and show the world how awesome they are!
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We finally got some snow, well icy snow. It’s not the nice flaky stuff you find up north. It started snowing last night and we did go out there for a few minutes but it was just too cold. By the time we got outside again mid-morning everything was iced over, but we enjoyed playing in it nonetheless. There wasn’t much snow on the ground. We managed to scrounge up some that accumulated on the chairs outside to make this little miniature icy snow man.
Here’s what I wore today to frolic around outside.
I layered my floral dress with a striped sweater, tights and a denim jacket and of course my Hunter Boots. My jacket + tights are from Target. I picked up my dress (She’s Cool) and sweater (Abercrombie & Fitch) from ThredUp. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, it’s an online consignment store. I’ve ordered from them about four times and have been very happy with all my purchases. They sell pre-owned, new and used clothes for women, juniors and children. I LOVE thrift shopping and ThredUp has an amazing selection. If you purchase using this link you will receive $10 towards your first purchase.
Baelynne (Monkey) and I jumping in the snow.
Dana tossing Myles (Squish) in the air.
Our little family had a great time and hopefully we’ll have a few more snow days before spring arrives.
I hope you are staying warm and cozy during this crazy weather.
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Driving the twenty minutes home from the fair seemed to take forever. As the contractions came on stronger and stronger I just knew that tonight was the night. When we got home, Monk was hungry from her big day so I made her a quick sandwich and then I laid down on the couch to try to relax. After Monk finished eating she laid down next to me on the floor cushions and fell asleep immediately. It’s been a long exhausting day for both of us, but I knew my night was just starting.
At around 10:00pm I knew it was time to call our midwife. I didn’t want to wait any longer and end up waking her in the middle of the night. Our birth plan was to have another water birth at the birth center, just like how we had Monk. As each contraction got more and more intense, Dana would rub the small of my back to help ease the pain. At one point the pain was getting so bad I had to walk to the bedroom so as not to wake Monk up, who was blissfully sleeping next to me.
Dana was busy packing up the car, putting in the baby car seat and loading up our bags. I knew he was doing this as fast as he could but there were moments when I cursed him in my head for leaving me on my own, even if it was just for a few minutes. The pain was so intense that any thoughts of leaving the house just flew out the window. All I could concentrate on was how painful the contractions were. At one point I decided to get up and get into our bath tub hoping that the warm water would help ease some of the pain.
As soon as I get into the bath tub another wave of contractions hit me. I didn’t even get a chance to turn the water on. I tell Dana, the baby is coming! He looks down and sure enough he sees the baby’s head. A few pushes later, Dana was proudly holding on to our baby boy. We didn’t know the gender of our baby during our pregnancy. We had one ultrasound early on to determine our due date and that was it. So the fact that he was a boy was a complete surprise.
We called our midwife about two minutes after Dana caught the baby. Jennifer was at our home within 10 minutes. We didn’t plan for a home birth because I felt that our home was just going to be too small to have so many people around. It ended up being such an amazing experience.
After I got cleaned up, we all made our way to the bedroom. Jennifer let us relax for a bit, letting me nurse and giving us some time to bond with the baby. A few hours later Jennifer left after making sure both the baby and I were doing great. We woke Monk up to meet her new Baby Brother.
It was the third day after his birth was when we finally settled on a name.
Myles Christopher B.
The perfect addition to our little family.
Happy birthday little man. We all love you so very much.
Thank you for all the love, joy and giggles you have brought into our lives.
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My dearest Baelynne aka Monk(ey).
You have brought so much joy, love and laughter into our lives.
You are full of giggles and hugs.
Always ready to jump, dance or play at a moments notice.
You are the sweetest child I have ever known.
I love my morning hugs and kisses.
I love our conversations about what we dreamt of the night before.
I love how you pick out 20 stories for bedtime.
And after we’ve read them all you still ask for one more.
I love the way you hold my hand each night as you fall asleep.
You are amazing just the way you are.
Happy Birthday to you my little Love.
I love you more than words can say.
Daily Prompt: Dream Home
You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans.
My dream home would be a beautiful cozy beach cottage near the ocean. It doesn’t have to be on the beach, just near enough so that if we wanted to go and spend a day at the beach we wouldn’t have to spend our whole day driving there and back. Growing up in Long Beach, California, and spending an additional 10 years in San Jose, California, I was always a short drive away from the ocean. Living in Central Texas for the last six years has made me miss the ocean even more than usual.My beach cottage would be filled with tons of fun beachy colors like turquoise and seafoam green.
Lots of inviting spaces that beckons you to sit and relax. Enjoy some quiet time reading a book or nice conversations over a hot cup of coffee.There would be enough space outside for the kids to run around.
Room for a small organic vegetable garden.
Rain barrels would help harvest rain water for basic water usage such as gardening, laundry, showers, etc…
Solar panels would also find a place on our small piece of paradise.
Until that day comes, I’m happy living in my vintage 1960’s trailer with my happy little family. Our home is filled with love and lots of beautiful memories and really that is all that matters. It’s not a perfect home but it’s our home, we own it fully. We don’t have credit card bills, mortgage bills or car payments, which keeps stress to a minimum. We try to live within our means and when we can, we splurge on going out to eat or take a day trip. I’m the happiest I have ever been, I have my best friend, and our two children and really that’s all I need.
Thanks for visiting my little blog. -XOXO Lysa
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I don’t really know which direction I want to take MonkeyAndSquish, my etsy shop. Right now I’m working on streamlining it and making it more cohesive. I’m phasing out my pallet signs and art and focusing on just my jewelry. I’m still in the mint & coral phase, so a lot of the things I have been making are in that color scheme. I will be working towards exclusively working with sterling silver. Some things I’ve been working on:
Mint & Coral Statement Necklace
Aqua Chalcedony White Macramé Bracelet
I’ve also been making some macramé bracelets. I’ve been testing out various closures for the macramé bracelets and am still unsatisfied with the end result so they will not be listed in the shop just yet.
Aqua Chalcedony Coral Macramé Bracelet paired with Mint & Coral Simplicity Bracelet
Coral Braided Bracelet with Chalcedony Connectors
The problem with making jewelry in the style that I love is that I just want to keep every piece! I am absolutely in love with the colors of the oval chalcedony. That sea-foam green color makes me think of tropical waters and reminds me of how much I miss the beach.
Sterling Silver-filled Wire Letters
I had some left over wire so I decided to play around with it.
A photo of Dana and I, taken a few years ago. (October 2011)
I’m 30 years old and I still have no clue what I want to be when I “grow up.” All I know is that I’m blessed to have the most wonderful, supportive boyfriend anyone could ever ask for, and our two wonderful kids light up my life each and every day. Can you believe Dana has put up with my crap for the last seven years?!?! Good thing he loves me! Our baby girl will be four in a little over a month and our little baby boy will be a year old in a little over two months! Where has the time gone?
My little Squish & Monkey
I may not know which direction MonkeyAndSquish is taking me, but I know that I am enjoying the journey. Thanks for stopping by my little blog.
These two photos sum up how my day went.
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Yesterday we wrapped up the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge. Not only did I enjoy doing the challenge, it also helped me get into the habit of blogging everyday. I also took photos of things that I never would have thought to take a picture of, like the beautiful fossilized sea urchin! I need to find another challenge to do. I did a “Daily Prompt” the other day, but it’s not the same.
Be sure to stop by Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life. They are wonderful ladies and I’m sure would appreciate some love.
Here are my favorite photos from the challenge. Click any of the photos below to view the slide show.
My jewelry making box filled with vintage crystal rhinestones, vintage glass beads, vintage cabochons, and brass findings.
Water and Oxygen
Eyes of Driftwood Octopus
Sunset on Eagle Nest Road
Me and the little ones.
Silhouette of Monk
My little family. Dana with Monk & Squish.
Fossilized Sea Urchin
Bedtime stories, night light and twilight turtle.
Path to Miller Springs
Film to digital
New plant in the community veggie garden.
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Today is Day 30 and the final day of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.
Challenge for today is “Self-Portrait.”
I took the kids outside to play in the sandbox and couldn’t resist getting them in the photos. I hate photos of myself, especially if it’s just me in it.
It’s been such a fun month! Thank you Jen & Chrissy for hosting such a fun challenge, and also to Flower Fairy for joining us. I loved getting to know you ladies through all your photos this past month. I’m sad that it is over. It’s been a blast!
Tomorrow, I will share with you my favorite photos.
Visit Two Everyday Divas and Flower Faerie Lives Life to see their takes on “Self-Portrait.”
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