A June of celebrations

Lots of water fun this month!
Lots of water fun this month!

Timothy turned 2 this month and it was such a joy to seem him understand and be excited about celebrating this year. I love hearing him sing “Happy Birthday”. He anticipates getting to eat cake at any celebration now. =) He had a lot of fun with his little friends over for cake and some fun. It was a nice week of celebrating for him with cupcakes three times – on his actual birthday, for celebrating with his toddler group classmates a few days after, and at his birthday party with friends that weekend. I hope he doesn’t expect so much cake every year, although it was actually fun to do some cake-baking this time for me. It’s funny how having children helps me enjoy things I used to avoid, like baking. 😉 The little guy continues to learn new vocabulary at a quick clip and build more complex sentences. He can now even distinguish between his left and right in both languages! I’m suprised since I get mixed up on that pretty often. He’s so eager to explore outside, throw balls (or really anything), ride his bike, and pull wagons in the nice weather.

We enjoyed a quiet Father’s Day together. It’s been an amazing blessing to watch Andrew’s involvement and intentionality with his son and daughter. Grace’s sweet gushing smiles with her Papa make me cry; they’re just too precious. It’s beautiful to see her affection for Andrew already and I love when she holds on to him tightly with her dimply little hands. I pray that she gets a deep sense of a father’s protective and empowering love as she grows up in our family. Timothy asks often about when Papa is coming home to play with him, and talks so much about their activities together nowadays. He pretends to drive to work with a backpack, just like Andrew. He loves telling me what things he’s doing just like Papa or with Papa. He’s still very much a mama’s boy for now; it’ll be (bitter)sweet to watch him grow into an all-about-Papa stage later.

Andrew and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary and enjoyed a nice night out with some delicious sushi. It’s odd how it doesn’t seem like we’ve been married for half a decade(!), but it feels like we’ve had our children for a long time! I’m thankful for the gracious, clever, industrious, gifted, faithful, sacrificial and generous man Andrew is, and look forward to many more years with him as my husband and partner in life. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I look forward to building a legacy together. I pray that I will grow as a wife to be more of what he needs and wants, by God’s grace and strength. Here’s to the next 55 years! =)

Sweet Grace
Sweet Grace

Now 4 months old, baby Grace continues to be an immense blessing to our family. We love snuggling her delicate little face and making her giggle and coo at us. She loves watching Timothy be run around and their little sibling “conversations” are very cute. She is a champ at occupying herself with her cute little hands is getting good at grabbing toys to nosh on lately. Grace also enjoys watching her brother’s charming dance moves and basketball dunks. Her happy smiles and easygoing disposition brightens our days so much. However our hearts have also been heavier since learning that Grace needs surgery soon for a condition she has that won’t heal by itself. =( We’re thankful for the experienced and excellent doctors who will be caring for her, though. It’s so sad to me that our baby girl needs surgery at such a young age, but we’re trusting Jesus will continue to take care of her and help us rely more on Him in this health challenge for our family.

Summer is in full swing here and it’s been so nice! We’re enjoying nearby splash pads on the increasingly warm days and the many farmers markets that take place throughout the week nearby. It’s so fun to point out the amazing creation God has made and see Timothy take it all in with his penchant for learning and ability to express himself. Grace seems to enjoy the outdoors quite a bit too and while she’s a great sleeper at home, she’s also quite a trooper when we take the occasional nap on-the-go. I look forward to outdoor concerts and more summer activities in the coming weeks!

Fun in May

Ballin’ on a hot day

This month brought many outdoor activities for us. I’ve been excited to see our garden continue to bloom and Grace grow so much. Timothy’s sentences are getting longer and more varied everyday in both languages. The sounds of pitter-pattering feet, toddler chatter and laughter, and baby coos and laughs fill our home and delight us daily. Mother’s Day was especially sweet this year as we dedicated Grace with our church family and enjoyed a nice brunch afterwards. We realize we’re in a sweet spot of convenience with eating out as a family now since Timothy eats most table foods with us and Grace’s meals are always ready to go. 😉

Taking Grace for a spin


Andrew wrapped up his time at Amazon this month, and took an extended long weekend with us before starting at Groupon. We look forward to visiting him at the new office in the International District soon for lunch dates. Timothy will definitely miss visiting all the dogs around Amazon when he discovers that Papa’s new workplace doesn’t have dogs-a-plenty. I’m happy for Andrew in this great management opportunity and look forward to him settling into his role there.

Taking Stewie for a spin

Our flowers are beautiful this spring, giving extra good reason for us to be outside exploring and taking them in. Some helpful birds or bees brought deep purple and white irises as elegant additions to our garden. The pink peonies have grown in yield and are as gorgeous as ever this year. We’ve been enjoying picnics on our front lawn and at the nearby parks. Timothy asks to picnic outside and continues to enjoy playing with the kids in our neighborhood. The baby bunnies in our yard are also fascinating to him – they’re so fast compared to Stewie rabbit who hops around leisurely…or maybe it’s his old age. 😉

Summer is just around the corner – yay!