My favorite month. So many things we got to celebrate. Brent and I celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It was my birthday and my baby turned two!
We spent the morning of our anniversary together at a cute little breakfast place here in Redding called From the Hearth. They have the best pastries and I love their homemade granola. Going out for breakfast is one of my favorite things to do, and such a treat since I don’t do it often enough with kids around. It was just the two of us and really nice to spend that time together. I didn’t do any traveling this month and spent lots of time at home. This is what seems to make my heart so full these days as I am relishing and savoring my littles ones being the ages they are. Lucca turned two and I can’t hardly believe it. Talking and laughing and becoming another silly little girl. We threw a mini party for her with some girls friends and tried to not make too big of deal about it for her sake. She doesn’t love too much attention on herself and I didn’t want to overwhelm her. Her life is precious and it was really fun to celebrate her.  It was my birthday on the 17th and I got to spend the afternoon with friends at one of my favorite lunch places. It is weird turning another year older, although I feel the same,  I don’t love saying I’m another year older. My family &  friends spoiled me with gifts in the mail, flowers and some wonderful presents. It was truly an amazing month and of course I’ve been wishing for time to slow down.

I hope you all day a great month too. Here are a few of our favorite days and memories captured…
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A week late, but I’m here.  March, a {unpredicted} personal month for me. No blogging (except for on photography site which you can see here at bvaphoto) and not a lot of social media action happened from me. My mom came to Redding for 6 days. After lots of painting and shopping, we drove to L.A together & I got to spend 10 days at home;  my childhood home; my home away from my home. I spent everyday with either my mom, or one of my sisters and everyday my kids in tow. It was beautiful and a much needed thing. I missed blogging, but it was a nice break. Days go by fast and I’m not about to miss precious moments when it is daylight and when the sun is shinning bright. I’ve finally reached a point with being okay with the lack of silence on social media when my time is well spent away from the computer and my phone.

Some other recent things in March, I spent a day with the girls who started the KICKcancER Movement. My college friend Season started this non profit, and I’ve learned so much from them and how not to take my life, health and relationships for granted. Because, it can easily happen and we need to be aware that all those things are what truly matter.
Lucca is 16 days shy of turning 2!!! I can not believe that. My baby… 2?! Lyla (3.5) asks to go to school or ballet daily. She is growing and learning new words and how to express herself. She told me that ‘she was nervous’ about saying hi to someone and I honestly couldn’t believe that she knew what she meant and how to explain her emotions. My babies are growing and like every mama out there, I wish I could freeze time.  I carry their little hearts in mine and I never knew how much I would cherish being a mom. I’m looking forward to hopefully having another one and have began to pray for that and trusting the Lord on His perfect timing.

My parents celebrated 40 years of marriage and the end of March and Brent & I just celebrated 5 years on April 3rd!! I’m falling more in love with my husband each day. I love walking beside him and learning to enjoy and live our dreams together.
Here are some recent pictures from March.

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February. My month was full, fuller than usual and filled with so much emotion. If you follow me on instagram or facebook you probably saw something about an auction for Kylie , my biopsy and a weekend getaway to Bend, Oregon. It was filled with ups and downs and gave me new perspectives on life. Im learning and growing right along side my girls and finding myself wanting to spend more time with them, and less time doing other “things”. I feel like my world has been rocked by this instagram auction and going through yet another lump scare. Which by the way, turns out to be only a fibroadenoma mass. Which will never turn cancerous. Praise Jesus.  Im a bit late on doing my “monthly” recap for February, but Im committed to doing it this year…We honestly have been so busy with the auction, every time I sit, I end up working on that. My sisters and I hosted it, and we are hoping by the end to have raised close to $18,000.  Im still in awe of the power behind social media, and the amount of generous people in the world. The point of it all was to bless a family that just lost their baby girl after a long and hard battle with cancer.  I hope that my life always reflects generosity in some form and to leave a legacy of doing just that.  I don’t have much time for volunteer work, but I could take a guess and say that it took a full month and lots of hours volunteering my time for this auction. – I’m not complaining at all…it actually taught me more than I ever thought it would. And I ended up talking to my sisters way more than I usually do. ( win win)

Did you all celebrate Valentines day? The day pretty much came and went over here, Brent was out of town at a motorcycle show, so I spent the day my girls. We didn’t do any thing extra special…just played and missed Brent while he was away. It’s a good thing they were not expecting any thing and neither was I.  We did get away to Bend, Oregon for the weekend after with friends and had an amazing time. It is a gorgeous little city and we will definitely be back. Anyone else been there and love it?  It might be Brent’s favorite… and I’m not sure there is enough sun for me.

February was full and good and over and over I am reminded daily how thankful I am for our health, our family and friends. This life here is short and so very precious.

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My sweet Lucca is 22 months. It occurred to me that I will soon have a two year old and a three year old. I never want to forget these moments and times of them discovering new things and learning new words. The truth is, I will forget, and new things will be discovered. I feel so blessed to be with my girls almost everyday during the week. To be able to capture these moments and to have these pictures that will be ours forever to look back on. My sweet Lucca, You are still the sweetest and growing so fast. You can keep up with your sister pretty good, but still content to be next to my side and in my arms. You are hesitant to try new things and meet new people but willing to try and I love that. You are brave and your baby steps into this big world is amazing to watch. Your heart is precious and I will always try to protect you. You are silly and I love watching you laugh and play and be yourself. You bring me so much joy and I am blessed to be your mom. I want more and more to spend my time with you. I pray that you are always confident in who you are made to be, because you my girl are beautiful and perfectly made. I love you my sweet girl. love, your mama.

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Happy Valentines Day! These two are my dates for the entire weekend! Brent is on a boys trip at a vintage motorcycle show and well…he left me here. We never make a big deal out of this holiday and I’m  totally okay with that. I’m pretty excited to do nothing and we plan to take a break from being inside and be out side…all.day.long…(well until nap time has to happen).

If you haven’t seen my recent posts on instagram about the auction for baby Kylie that was fighting neuroblastoma ( #prayersforkylie ) this is what I’ve been doing  for the last 10 days.   We are heartbroken for the Rowand family, as their baby lost her battle last week.  Her battle was long and hard and we hoping and praying we can bless them immensely by this auction . This is our first instagram auction that we, my sisters and I are hosting and we’ve all learned so much. It feels good to be doing something and not expecting anything in return. We are all super excited to see how it turns out.    It will be  Feb. 28th from  8-8 PST @kyliestrongauction.   We would love for you to follow along, share with others and shop!! Im honestly blown away at the encouragement, emails, support and donations of so many generous people. This is what Love is truly about. Serving and Giving. Feel free to message me with any questions!

Congratulations to Deidra on winning the Chewable Charms giveaway! and thank you to everyone that entered! I will email you soon! Hope  you all  have a happy weekend! xo

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