Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some days you get ice cream

If I weren't already a mother of two incredible children I would seriously consider seeking out this adorable child to see if he'd like to join our family.  He is very charming, but his message is absolutely the best thing I've seen in a long, long time.

I'm really glad he's here.  God Bless you today.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ten Things to Smile About: March 2014

Spring is in the air and the year is 1/4 done.  Wow!  March was another great month and there were way more than ten things to smile about.  Here are some of my favorites.

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.  ~Author Unknown

Discussing our commitments at Lent as a family and holding each other accountable for our sacrifices and our purposeful prayer.  Everyone is especially enjoying holding me accountable for my sacrifice of any personal shopping.  It seems so trivial, but it is a wonderful reminder of God's sacrifices for us each time I see something on sale that I want but do not need.

My little girl who loves, loves, loves rain having a dance party in the rain early one morning

Giving our time and some very light labor to a local charity with The Athlete's classmates.

The third month of my commitment to self improvement through running and being present.  Every month has been better than the last and it is SO good for my soul. Not to mention the scenery!!

Using some rare weekend down time to do some planting and small household projects.  Down time is such a luxury to us and it's always nice to enjoy the work we do at home.

Using the remaining down time to enjoy our sandy backyard.  We walked to the beach two days in a row and enjoyed a picnic dinner to end a beautiful weekend.

Ladies Night cooking class

Celebrating the blessing of two STRAIGHT A students' report cards with Friday night at Disneyland

A super fun family birthday party.  Getting these cousins together is always such a blast.  They're all growing up so fast!

 Baseball season in full swing

Linking up with Emmy Mom for everyone's monthly recollections of goodness and smiles.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ten Things to Smile About: February 2014

Ten Thing to Smile About: February 2014

Discovering Winter Dream Tea Lattes at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and using a 5 year old gift card that I thought had $5 on it and actually had $25.  This double revelation made me smile a few times!

Sticking with my new found love for running and staying focused on being totally present in our neighborhood and in my own life.  I love the scenery, I love how I feel, I love the chance to think without interruption.

Bringing home a stack of books from the library and Bob being just as excited as if I had appeared with a giant stack of candy bars.

The seriously thoughtful, slightly too extravagant gifts that Mr. Montoya gave me for Valentine's Day.  I am a little embarrassed by his generosity, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't love it.

Our weekend getaway to Yosemite and the first time for the kids to ski and snowboard.  The getaway was perfect for us and everyone loved our time in our favorite place.

Celebrating the Athlete's 12th birthday.

An impromptu girls night with the cousins.  Good wine and great company is a big treat on a school night!

These darling little boys and their Mama being in town.

Bob and her constant canine companions.  She even borrowed her Aunt's dog for a little puppy loving after soccer!

A blessed morning with my dearest friend.  We have seen the seasons of each other's lives change multiple times and I am elated that she is in a place of peace and happiness in her journey.  I love being with her and loved our morning together. 

Emmy Mom always reminds me to count down and I am grateful for her organization and steadiness of schedule.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Birthday, my tween!

Last week marked the 12th anniversary of our special boy arriving in this world and it was special for us all. The last couple of months, shoot the whole last year, have been busy for us and it was important to me for him to know how much we wanted to celebrate him turning twelve.  This boy is SO worth celebrating and as he slips towards his teenage years I want more than ever for him to know that his biggest fans live right here.  

The older he gets the harder it is for me to articulate just how much I adore and cherish him.  No one is more worth the effort, though and there's probably no one who will treasure the sentiment more as the years go on so it's certainly worth the try. One last Happy Birthday to our amazing son.

To my dear boy,  

Twelve!  I thought it was a big deal when you got to double digits at ten, but never anticipated how I would feel about twelve.  I see, and hear, and sense the differences in you and can hardly believe it.  One the one hand I love it.  Everything about you as a little dude that we loved is just bigger and better as you grow. You are kinder, smarter, harder working and more engaging than ever.  

At the start of the sixth grade a lot of my Mom friends were asking around to see if other kids were struggling the way theirs were and struggle was the one word that can't be used for you in sixth grade.  You LOVE middle school.  Your teachers are so complimentary towards you and even in the subjects that don't come as naturally to you, you are excelling because you're learning how to focus your energy in the right ways and ask for help when you need it.  That is a wonderful skill that will take you a long way in a world that doesn't freely offer help.  You were honored last trimester with Honors for your outstanding GPA.

You stopped running track last season because your schedule just didn't allow, but there is definitely no grass growing under your feet.  You and your Dad just finished your school basketball season and the last game of your regular season basketball season ended with a hard fought win at 43-38 yesterday.  Baseball season started on Saturday and although we are all bummed you are playing for The Dodgers you went 2 for 4 in your first game and played first base brilliantly.  You are a gifted athlete with an off the charts sports IQ and a laser focus that seems uncommon to me for someone your age.  You make us very, very proud as an intense, yet respectful Athlete.

We took a family trip to Yosemite last weekend and you took snowboard lessons for the first time at Badger Pass.  We all had such a good time and I hope we started a new tradition of heading North for a fun and easy day in the snow together.  Those times with you and Bob mean a lot to Dad and me.  It's so fun to watch you learn something new and have a good time.  You have said that you also want to surf this year and we are happy to support you in any way that you need.

At twelve I worry that you will stop wanting to be My Guy.  You are the warmest, most loving, wonderful boy and our date nights are one of my favorite things.  I take you on dates because I very selfishly want to spend time with you, but I also want you to have one on one time with a lady that wants to hear what you have to say and values respectful conversation.  It seems to me that relationships will become very complex for you very quickly and it's imperative to your Dad and me that you never compromise the remarkable person you are merely to meet a temporary need for someone else.  While I am busy hugging you and playing games I am also carefully watching your mannerisms and listening to your words to know that your heart is being protected.  You absolutely mean the whole world to me and I want so much for you to go through your life reaping the rewards of being the wonderful person you are.  You are exactly as delightful and precious to me as you were twelve years ago when I held you the very first time.

Happy, Happy Birthday Punky. Whether you're snowboarding, surfing, playing baseball, talking about the Aztecs stats with your Dad or watching old episodes of M*A*S*H I hope that this year delights you in every way and brings new challenges and rewards to your heart.  We are here for you anytime and in every way, but if you can't get to us fast enough I hope you will go straight to your knees and pray for the guidance that you need.  God is the only person who will ever love you more than we do and he knows you even better.

All my love to you,


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Ten Things to Smile About: January 2014

New year: new beginnings.

January was a great beginning to a year full of well intended smiles and being in the moment.  This is the year to count our blessings.  Every day. Every month.  Every moment.

Ten Things to Smile About

Choosing my One Little Word for the year and making a solid effort to live it

My Florida State Seminoles winning the BCS National Championship after an intense bowl game played at the Rose Bowl

Our darling Bob getting her braces off

Lots and lots of exciting basketball games

The Athlete bringing home all A's on his mid trimester report and being awarded "manner of the month" for showing respect through eye contact.

The breathtaking scenery that is right outside my front door.  Being present for me is all about being right where you are and not always moving to something else.  Right where I am has proven to be pretty magnificent this month.


Bob proudly delivering her Indian project to school

Focusing a little more these two lovable beasts and giving them some exercise and fresh air

A late night date night with my {almost} 12 year old first born

An easy, drama free life.  It is worth noting (and smiling about) a month that doesn't include anything hurtful, intensely stressful or dramatic.  We're just here doing our thing and loving it.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ten Things to Smile About; December 2013

Ten Things to Smile About: December 2013

Well, true to form I am way, way late on this post.  Again.  But December is so full of goodness for us it is impossible to move away from doing the good stuff to writing about the good stuff.  Any day of the week I'd rather be late to my blog than to miss enjoying life.  We are so blessed to have such a good and plentiful life.  Last month was so good it was hard to pick just ten things that were worthy of a smile.  Happy New Year!

Much to my dismay, I do enjoy how much the kids love the return of Arthur the Elf.   Their happiness does make me smile.

My sweet Athlete being recognized with high honors in his first trimester of middle school.

The beautiful Christmas cards we receive from friends and family.  I love, love, love Christmas cards and save them all.

An overnight in Santa Barbara for a business event.  It was a grueling drive home (5 1/2 hours!!) but it was so fun to see my close friends who I used to see every day in the office

Taking Bob to see Frozen on ladies night.  The cutest movie!

The start of basketball season for both of my boys.  It is a serious time commitment for Mr. Montoya and a lot of work for The Athlete but even I am surprised how much I love to watch basketball.  It's my favorite sport of the year!

Even after five years of fighting for a seat, hearing the same songs and seeing the same production at school I love the annual Christmas pageant.  Now that my first born is too old to be in it the hassle of it is a little less and I can cherish the opportunity just a little more.  I know I will be heartbroken when I don't "have" to go anymore. 

The safe arrival of Nana.  It is always the OFFICIAL start of Christmas when she's here

Touring model homes with my Mom and Bob.  It was fun to get inspiration from brand new, perfectly decorated spaces and someone sweet and sassy was ready to move in.

Seeing the Rose Parade floats up close as they were being built.  AMAZING!


Those polka dots were cranberries and blueberries.  All applied by hand!!


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