Find the Beauty in All Things

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Life can truly be amazing if you just allow yourself to appreciate it…all of it. The beautiful and the ugly bits of people and situations.

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Cooking with the Kings

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Recently, we tried out a meal delivery service. I know they’ve been around for a while and I have finally given in to give it a go. Honestly, I used to…not think so highly of these services because I felt like I could do it on my own. Why would I want a company to send me a box of groceries with recipes, when I am fully capable of doing it on my own. One additional child later… I ask myself why I have taken so long.
The perfectly portioned boxes have sparked the interest of my 9 year old. We joke and pretend like he is on his way to becoming a Master Chef Junior. He has a long way to go, but the easy to follow instructions have given him the confidence to participate more in the kitchen with me again. The diverse recipes have also helped introduce him to cultural foods we normally wouldn’t even think of trying out on our own.
The service isn’t the cheapest route to go, but it did help us reduce the amount of our waste and took the hassle of figuring out what was for dinner.
I think what I love most is being able to include my son.Its one thing for me to teach him family recipes from my memory and direction, but its another for us to learn and practice recipes together. Its probably also helpful that the directions aren’t coming from his Mom…so naturally he is less resistant. This service will probably be something fun to do together once a month or so to get in some good family bonding!

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The MK Twins

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Oh, my little honey. Its officially been six months since Mia has joined our family! Time has definitely flown by. Its been an incredible experience to watch her grow and develop. I know she is still so young and it might sound weird, but I can already see what her personality is going to be like!IMG_2541.JPGMia is not the only one who has grown. I have enjoyed seeing Marvin grow too.
I really didn’t know what to expect coming home with a newborn. As with my son 9 years ago, I expected to take on caring for the baby my own. I was dreading the night feedings, diaper changes, inconsolable crying episodes, projectile spit ups, diaper explosions, etc. Surprisingly, I found that I wasn’t alone. Marvin was right there with me…the whole time. Yes, we were both exhausted and functioning like zombies. (Its still a bit of a blur of how Monks made it to school on time in the mornings, haha.)

I have always known that he was an amazing father because of his relationship with our son. However, having a baby girl is completely different! There is a more mindful and sweet side to him that only Mia has been able to bring out of him, and I absolutely love witnessing it. Truly, it melts my heart to see them interact. Their eyes both light up when they look at each other, and the smile on Mia’s face when she looks at him is indescribable.
IMG_2543.JPGGetting to know her in the first 6 months confirms that I named her appropriately. She looks and behaves exactly like her Daddy! Originally, she was going to be named after my older sister who passed away. I frequently visit the cemetery where my Dad and older sister lay to rest, and in the future I know that I will be bringing her with me along to those visits. Although she would learn it is her Aunt.. I did not know how she would feel to see her name on a headstone. So, I slightly tweaked my sister’s name to give Mia her own name while also sharing her Aunt’s and also incorporating her Daddy’s initials, MK. IMG_2542.JPG

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“Accept what is, let go of what was, and faith in what will be.”

At last…everything is falling into place in every part of life and I am beyond grateful for every bit. I am especially grateful for this new career I am pursuing and can honestly say makes me happy. I love that I am able to connect with my clients and contribute to their images. I am honored to be trusted by them to achieve images they create

The End…of Maternity Leave

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This year long maternity leave is bitter-sweetly coming to an end. I’m grateful for all the time I have been gifted this past year to spend with my growing family.

However, the time feels right for mama to get out and get her hands in some hair again!
Although my availability is going to be slightly limited…my books have officially opened at my new salon home in Lafayette.

Valentine’s Day

FullSizeRender.jpgHappy Valentine’s day from my little lovebug & I !

I bet no one would have guessed she just got four shots in her legs today with this big smile of hers! Mia has always been such a trooper and so happy!

I love every little tiny bit of her. In these 4 short months we have had getting to know each other… she has filled all of our hearts with so much love and happiness. It still amazes me how blessed we have been with a baby who sleeps through her brother’s loud basketball games, vacuuming, her Dad’s coffee bean grinding, etc. The cherry on top is her ability to sleep through the night. If all babies were like her, I would probably want 3 more! However, I have learned from my son that all babies are very different. I am very content with our beautiful little family of 4!

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Baby Bear

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As I wait for this baby to make her surprise debut, I have been trying to stay busy. For Mother’s day the boys bought me this Sophie the Giraffe pregnancy journal to record all the memorable moments of this pregnancy. Its pretty cool to know that I will be able to share this book with my daughter later. Whether or not she cares about my cravings, the names she could have been named, photos of Mama’s growing belly, etc. it will be there for her.
In this journal I hope that she will understand just how loved and excited her big brother and parents were to welcome her into this world!
IMG_0733-3.JPGThis is definitely my favorite page from my pregnancy journal. It called to paste in an image of myself and my husband when we were young. It was a little hard to get photos of Marvin, but his Mom was able to find and send us a few. So, here we are  in our truest form at just a few months old! This is one of the very few and rare times you will ever see Marvin without a hat on – haha.
If I were to guess which features our daughter will have I would guess: My face shape, eyebrows, cheeks, and nose & Marvin’s eyes and lips.