‘Happy Mother’s Day Mammas and Mammas to be!

I hope today was wonderful for you.  It’s so weird to be a mamma. I don’t know that it has clicked in my brain yet. Maybe when I’m woken up with “beautiful” macaroni art and pancakes in bed will it feel like its *my* Mother’s Day. What I do know is that I have so many wonderful women in my life. This first Mother’s Day to me was a celebration of those ladies. So many of us have been friends for years, decades even, and now we are sharing in the joy of motherhood together. But what I realized is how much love and influence we have over each others muffin dumplings.  I’m all of a sudden a mamma to like 10 babies!

If you’re bored with all this and want to stop reading now, go for it, but I have to talk about my day. It was just too amazing not too :) It really was a day to soak in and appreciate our new, very own,  little family.

James’s early morning whimpers got me out of bed around 7. I decided that he needed to take me out for coffee in exchange for his freedom (out of the crib). We walked the pier, sipped coffee, and shared a bagel. It was just what I needed to charge up for the day. We let dad sleep a little and met him back at home.

Nicholas’s planning was top notch. We drove into LA and the three of us had an amazing lunch at The Chateau Marmont. The garden there is incredible! It was so private and relaxing- no wonder so many celebrities have taken up residency there! We had a few glasses of wine and watched our peanut make his way to every table to say hello (normally we’d never do this, but there were babies babies babies everywhere!). After our 3 hour lunch we cruised Sunset Blvd all the way west to  The Getty Museum. Neither of us had ever been there and this was finally an excuse to go. Even the drive all the way down was spectacular. Unfortunately we only had a short amount of time before closing. We managed to walk through the flower garden and visit a few exhibits.

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‘This morning was an early one, but well worth it. I met Brooke and this yummy dumpling (Logan) at a flower nursery. We did a lot of running around, talking, and every so often managed to take a photo or two :)

Omg so precious! She looks like a fixture in the garden!

My Favorite…

Little Petunia :)

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‘Happy Cinco De Mayo! How life has changed. I can tell  you that one year ago, ok maybe two (when i wasn’t pregnant), I definitely wasn’t blogging! ha!

Instead of the Monika usual, I had a beautiful photo shoot today with an afternoon enchilada and margarita to follow.  Had to get it in somewhere!

At a glance, here’s my favorite shot…

Stay tuned for more of this gem!’

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‘Yesterday I photographed my new friend, Stone.  Here’s a few shots of our morning together.

We started off with a game of



A quick wardrobe change…

Some beach time…

And some Mommy time…

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HELLO all you mamacitas (and maybe mamas-to-be)!

I feel like I just had James a few months ago and POOF! Its a year. I can’t believe it. Makes me a little sad actually.

Ok Ok, I’m not going to write about my emotional issues of watching my muffin grow so fast :) Although if someone would like to blubber about it over a cup of coffee, I’m game!

What I am writing about is an important issue that we all have to think about sooner or later- Preschool! Can you believe people are already asking me questions about which preschools I want James to go to? Ack! I just stopped nursing! Give me a break already!

“Which preschools have you put James on the waitlist for?” “Do you believe in the Reggio Approach?” “What about a Montessori? Would you enroll him in that?”

Cough, snort, “What?!” as I choke on my water. I have no clue what their talking about. I’m all of a sudden feeling behind not knowing a thing. I’m busy though. I don’t have time to interview preschools, read up on the different methods for teaching my child, or figure out when preschool will be right for James.

Thank God for our community of Yoga moms though. Not only do we encourage and support each other in our new journey of parenting, but some of us (eh hem Ms. Brianne- founder of The Mindful Mamas and Elizabeth-former Director of S.H.A.R.P. Preschool) go out on their own and become entrepreneurs. These two brilliant women have visited almost every preschool in the South Bay, listened to speakers on the various philosophies of preschool and primary education, and put it all together for us in a nice neat two hour presentation.

I don’t know about you, but that’s priceless! In two hours you’re going to hand me everything I need to know? Sold!

Anyone wanna join me and check one more HUGE thing off of your ToDo List? Its on Thursday May 13th.

You can find more information about Preschool Pickings on The Mindful Mamas website (might as well check that out too. Especially the mamas-to-be!)

Hope to see you there!’

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‘Ms. Ava is the funniest little girl in town. Facial expressions, laughter, and playing telephone with every single tangible object are this girls forte.

My words cannot describe our hilarious time together. I seriously could have posted another 10 pictures of “my favorites.”

A moment of Love between all of the silliness.

Can’t forget Bonzai!

I’ve been dying to do a shoot with bubbles and I finally got it! Ava couldn’t have been more excited- obviously :)

You don’t even need bubbles to make this pumpkin dumpling laugh!

Ok my friends. I think Ava definitely can express the pure joy that I’m looking for. VOTE and tell me your favorite!!!’

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‘Today was a chilly day at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. To warm things up, Kiame and I raced around the park, up and down the slide, through the tunnels, and on and off the bridge. We even had time to sit on a frog and tell him secrets!

OK. This photo may look a little weird and it is. This fishbowl thing was underneath the entire jungle gym. Kiame was running around and just popped his head in. He tried to clean the window because it was dirty. Unfortunately he couldn’t get any of the soot off so he bolted. Weird, but I still love it!

Kiame was very nice to me the entire shoot, but he definitely had his eye on me. Full trust was not there until the very end. We clicked. He loved me and I adored him. We shared gummy snacks and a few last laughs before we said goodbye.

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‘Oh how I wish I had more time with these adorable girls today. I asked for ham and I got it! Little Reese is years beyond her age (she is 2 going on 13 this month!). Her poor sister Shea didn’t get too much of my attention, but I’ll be back again for these cuties. Seriously though, this girl had me cracking up!

At a glance, these are my favorites from the few moments we had together.

Leave a comment and let me know which one you like the best!

Dancing to Beyonce’s “All The Single Ladies”- Friggin awesome. Reese, Wanna be friends?

Single Ladies- Photos By Monika


What?- Photos By Monika

“I’m gonna get you!”

I'm Gonna Get You!- Photos By Monika

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‘Monday I had the most hilarious, but exhausting shoot of my life. Little (ha, yeah right!) Alex is 18 months old and a ball of energy. Man can he run and giggle and run and fall and giggle- you get my point. It was an action packed two hours that gave opportunity for some great candids.

This first one is my favorite. I think that the photo Gods always give you a little gift somewhere in your photos. In this one, Alex’s hair naturally formed devil ears when he threw himself down on his chair.

And then the Angel came out :)

And then the Devil came back when he discovered a huge puddle of water. No wonder his mommy is so tiny! I couldn’t keep up!

Alex had his limits though. Even the Ice Cream Man couldn’t make him cross that monster pond!

But mommy caved in :)

Cram it all in Alex! You never know if someone is going to come and take it away from you! haha

I’m a little jealous of Alex’s fun today. When, as adults, do we ever let ourselves go? To jump in puddles and smear ice cream all over ourselves?

It’s no big deal though, there’s always BATHTIME!!

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‘Just a few more photos from my dear Finley. Oh my gosh she is just precious! Is it ok that I’m jealous of an 8 month old? I mean, those eyes are just killer!

And one to just make you laugh…

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