It’s a Hard Knock Life!

The girls watched the movie Annie while staying at Nana and Grandpa’s. I was reminded how much I loved this movie: authentic talent and story telling. Well guess what? Previews before the movie Rio 2, which we saw as  a family this weekend, revealed a revision of Annie! It’s a Hard Knock Life. I’m so excited, here is the trailer:


Getting lunch after the movie

Getting lunch after the movie Rio 2



Humor in the Humble



Humor has always been important to me. Mainly because my life  is filled with embarrassing moments. The day of getting lost was extremely mortifying and energy draining. I definitely didn’t have anything to laugh about. The day of getting lost made the next day so hilarious, mostly because there just wasn’t any more room for sulking. But also, if embarrassment is open to humbling, humor can be found.





Eden hadn’t seen my full outfit up until this point. When I got out of the car she looked at my pants and laughed, “You have grass stains all over your pants!” They were new pants that were purposely faded on the front thigh area. Apparently the fading looked more like grass stains! It made me laugh. Then she asked if they were cat pants because the fading around the pockets looked like cat whiskers.  Today was filled with laughter. Thank goodness, because it could have easily have gone like the day before where adversity meant sulking and crying. But today it meant smiling and laughing.


PhOtO BoOtHs 2 sElFiEs

This is what we did without Selfies:




Take a gander at those teeth!




 We paid a photo booth to take pictures. The booths were usually in a mall or in some public place. The circumference inside was relatively small and the outcome of the picture was always a surprise. You either felt rewarded for spending your money or ripped-off. Incidentally, when I see a photo booth today I still get that yearning to go inside; sit behind the magic current that hides all giggles and face pulling from the people passing by. 

Now,  we can privately sit on the toilet to take a picture of ourselves!


Toilet Take 1

Toilet Take 1

Toilet Take 2

Toilet Take 2

Toilet Take 3

Toilet Take 3


Toilet Take 4

Toilet Take 4


Toilet Take 5

Toilet Take 5

Toilet Take 6

Toilet Take 6

Toilet Take 7

Toilet Take 7

All For Free Folks!


Paper Flowers

Ayzia and Eden will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation next week. On one of the days, the kids are encouraged to bring flowers in some form. My inspiration mostly stemmed from this blog :

Here is my version:


The Berenstain Bears

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit





Horizontal Surfaces




I want to remember the feeling of tonight. It took about 2 hours of work to get Ivy down to sleep-if you count the interruptions of Ayzia and Eden, plus the much-needed spider poison I sprayed outside around the house. While giving ‘soft tickles’ to Ayzia and Eden so they ‘felt tired’ enough to stay in bed; the feeling of ‘being proud of myself’ came over me. Why am I feeling proud of myself? Every horizontal surface in our house is filled with clutter and I feel relaxed enough to blog and watch some Fallon.  Before kids, if I came home to this image, I would have gone APE SHIT!  There are probably two reasons why I am able to reach this state of being: I’m just too tired to care, and enough life experiences has taught me that clutter is the least of my worries. So to all those who have cluttered horizontal surfaces; this one is on me- to go watch your favorite TV show.





Art Journaling- Ivy’s Birth

We wanted a name that would combine Ayzia and Eden, both in the letters and personality.

During the sonogram, the fetus felt sweet spirited; kind and gentle. Months later when we found their sex to be female; the name Ivy felt sweet and feminine. Also, I started back to college during my pregnancy. Minda is Hindu and means knowledge. My older sister’s name is Mindy and since she passed away 4 years ago, Minda also honors her.


Ayzia, our oldest is pronounced like the continent Asia. Although she isn’t named after Asia, the Garden of Eden (Eden being our second girl) is estimated to have been in Asia. The plant Ivy (our youngest), was most likely found in the Garden of Eden. So the order of our girls’ names fit the order of their births.



Ayzia and Eden were born in the 5 o’clock pm hour. In the delivery room, it was kind of a joke that; if Ivy wanted to keep up with her older sisters, she would need to be born within their same time frame. Not surprisingly, Ivy trumped her sisters by 4 minutes! Also, all four members of our family are born on a odd day; 21st, 13th, 15th, 17th, 5th.




I feel being gluten- free this pregnancy, the weight gain wasn’t as much as I had with the other two. But, don’t mistaken this for not getting big. Boy was my stomach ever so large! Much larger than my other two pregnancies.



On the right is Nana. She was a cherished blessing to each member of our family when Ivy was born.




We wanted a name that would combine Ayzia and Eden, both in their letters and personality. Because Ivy came almost 6 years after our youngest, it was important that all three of them felt connected to one another; despite their age differences. Ivy the plant, has the ability to be mobile, weaving in and out of it’s surrounding and connecting itself.




Art Journal-Blessing


Handmade Clasp with Ribbon and Jewel.


Back of Book


Bindery with metal Clasps, Ribbon, and Jewels


The Queen Bee and Her Drone


Blessing book made for Nana and Papa

Blessing book made for Nana and Papa




Mama and Her Beehive


Pappi the Pollinator




The Busy Little Bees


Worker Bees- Uncle Brady and Austin