Monthly Archives: January 2013

Miriam’s Birthday

Miriam is such a happy girl most of the time.Our friend Audra is one of Miriam’s very favorite people in the whole world. Audra is probably the first non parent person that Miriam really attached to.Homemade German chocolate cake. It was pretty yummy I must say :).Gabe sending Miriam his concentration energy for her to […]

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The Happy Movie

While my in-laws were in town over the weekend for Miriam’s birthday, we stayed up late one night watching “The Happy Movie” on netflix. I have been in a very contemplative state lately. I want to live the best life that I can. I have been in a bit of a funk over the last […]

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Katrina - January 22, 2013 - 1:10 pm

Family dance parties. An empty laundry basket. Picnics in the backyard. Soothing a child back to sleep. Funny stories that the kids tell. Whenever my husband comes and sits next to me. Starry nights.

Tonya - January 22, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Family dance parties at your house make me happy! :)

Margaret - January 22, 2013 - 7:56 pm

I love this! I’m going to do it. My mind is thinking now of happy times.

I will leave you with one thing that made me happy…the last time I saw you and realizing that we were still friends even though we don’t talk/see each other as often as I like, but still feeling like I could be myself with you.

Love you!

Margaret - January 22, 2013 - 7:56 pm




kara - January 22, 2013 - 9:47 pm

Empty laundry baskets. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those, but I’m sure it would make me very happy :). I love your list.
It’s been way too long since you have been to one. Michael Jackson was the artist of the night at our dance party tonight :).
I was so so happy after seeing you too. You really hold such a special place in my heart friend!! So much fun and laughter when we are together!

Lyndi - January 23, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Love you and your beautiful heart!

Sarabeth - January 23, 2013 - 10:02 pm

I’d love to start a list like this, especially if I can really sit down and think about it. But off the top of my head….

Cuddling with my kids. Picking them up from school, for sure. Our “Friday family movie nights”. Hearing them laugh, especially when it’s with each other. My kids are definitely one of my main sources of joy!

The peace I feel after I pray and REALLY give my worries to God.


A hard rain.

When every item on my daily to-do list is crossed off. (this is extremely rare) :)

Me, my piano, with Bach and Brahms.

Fresh flowers, especially when I get to watch them bloom in my own yard.

Time spent with my sisters.

When I have my husband’s full attention and am reminded that he adores me.

Getting rid of stuff we don’t need.

Getting lost in a great book….


kara - January 23, 2013 - 11:57 pm

I really miss you. Some of my very best college experiences were with you my dear. You really are a kindred spirit.
The more you write, the more will flow. This is just part of my list. I could add several of your things to my list too. Thanks for sharing. I like knowing what makes you happy. Any fresh flowers in particular make you happy :)?

Jesse - January 29, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Thanks for posting this!! I have been thinking about it ever since I originaly read this. It is amazing what doesn’t make the list. Our woodstove, quiet days at home with the kiddos playing together, yoga class, the wonderful mama community I am blessed to be part of, not having everything but having enough for what we need, listening to my husband be silly with the kids, listening to a good books on cd while doing a project.

New York

Casey lifting Sofia up to see inside of a coffin at the Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan.Sofia was obsessed with holding Marcelo. He is one seriously cute little baby.Sofia outside while the today show is being shot inside.Our mommy/daughter dayInside the American girl store. Sofia was beyond excited!Time square.Me and Laurie in the West Village. […]

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Camille - January 15, 2013 - 9:31 pm

I’ve been wanting to visit NYC SO badly lately. I went for a week with a friend to visit my brother who was living there at the time when I was pregnant with Levi, and I had the best vacation of my life. I was worried that I’d be too much of a country bumpkin to appreciate the city, but I was so wrong.

I can’t imagine being in NYC with kids. It seems like that would be a lot more complicated, especially since I thought the best part was all the walking around. I’ve been trying to recruit a travel buddy because my husband definitely doesn’t want to go, but it seems like everyone I know either has a baby or a real serious job. There’s a part of me that’s considering going by myself, but I can’t decide if that would be liberating and inspiring or lonely and uncomfortable. We’ll see if I can make it happen, but hearing people talk about their trips to the city is making me even more agitated.

Kara - January 16, 2013 - 8:54 pm

You need a girlfriend or your mom maybe?? Yes, even country bumpkins can appreciate the city :). NYC with little kids would be crazy. The whole time I was there I kept thinking, “Could I ever live here with small children??” In some ways life seems more complicated, but in some ways it seems more simple. Our friends don’t have a car, so they take the subway or walk places. So nice not to have to strap kids in and spend so much time in the car. I so so hope to be able to go back in the near future.

Laurie - January 22, 2013 - 6:09 am

Dearest Kara,
I cant believe I just happened upon this. I linked from your more recent “happy” post – (sooooo good to read, thank you!) and scrolled down a bit. :):):) It put me into a happy place this morning again. June is on my lap, Marcelo making squeaking noises from the living room and the boys already off to school. Fun pictures! We had so much fun that week. It was a great time for all in our house. The boys were telling some friends about Sofia last week, and your names are so comfortable in our house and come up all the time. I so hope we get to see you again soon. We love you and all the Becerras. Please let your family (Olson/Becerra) know they are welcome to stay here anytime if they are in town.
Huge hugs to all,
Love Laurie

Laurie - January 22, 2013 - 6:13 am

Oh, and by the way. I have a must do for your next trip. I went to a Korean spa for the day really close by in New Jersey (we walked home across the bridge). Ummm…..oh my goodness…wow. Its not luxurious pampering, necessarily, but an intense cultural experience that promotes self-care and positive and healthy body images.

just thinking ahead! xolaurie

kara - January 22, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Oh Laurie,
I love your little kidlets. They are pretty special. Oh, and I’m sure that some Olsen/Becerras would totally take you up on that!!
As for the Korean spa, I could totally use an “intense cultural experience that promotes self-care and positive and healthy body image” :). I am going to have to hear more about that!

Sledding and Klamath Falls

The day after Christmas, we headed down south by Crater Lake for some sledding with Grandparents and cousins. My kids haven’t done very much sledding, so it was so fun! I honestly don’t have the very best memories of sledding from when I grew up, because I remember wearing jeans to sled. Brr…Grandpa was great […]

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Angie - January 9, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Love all the new blog posts! Especially the pics of you and Jen!! You two are STUNNING!

Christmas 2012

  So excited about the horse and fairy that Gabe gave her. Gabe was very excited about the kid comic books that Chris got him. Christmas day this year was super simple and fun. We spent the day as a family at our house and then headed over the the Harvey’s house for a delicious […]

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