First day of Fall QT

Friday, September 22, 2017

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1. Happy first day of Fall! Since our summer weather felt pretty mild and actually cold to us, I feel like I've been anticipating Fall since like July. Although, I do hear that temperatures are supposed to warm up again by next week. This is my favorite Fall outfit lately. I love this top because of its bell sleeves and open knotted details along the side. Also Fall shoes are the best shoes, aren't they? I snatched up these boots a little while ago during the summer but I knew they would be my go to for the Fall. I'll link up my outfit details below if you are interested. 

2. So many of my friends gave birth last week! It was like all those Christmas conception babies being born the same week. ;) Anyways, one of my favorite things to do is to spoil family's with new babies with a hot dinner and some freshly baked dessert. My friend Jenna gave birth to one of thee sweetest and cutest newborns, of ever. Hop over and read her birth story because its kind of a dreamy one. 

3. So even though I took one of those Myer-Briggs tests a few weeks ago and my results were ENFJ, it showed that I was borderline between a INFJ and a ENFJ. I feel like the younger Diana was more a ENFJ and the current Diana (the mother of 3 children Diana) is more of an INFJ. Anyways, my homebody self had a wild week (jk) with quite a few weeknight evening plans this week. On Tuesday night, there was a girls night at one of my friend's house and I seriously don't remember laughing that hard in a while. If you follow my Instastories you saw some of the girls breaking it down with Karaoke. I feel like I struck gold in finding this new community of friends. Really the best people live here in Ventura. 

4. The new school that the big girls are attending throws a big fundraising gala in November, and a new friend recruited me into joining the committee with her. I was super hesitant because I know the workloads of these type of events is a lot and being new a family to the school (INFJ) makes it a intimating project. But I committed and this week I attended my first gala committee evening meeting. Its going to be a lot of work (as i imagined), but I'm really excited about it. It kind of brought me back to the high school days when I was on Student Council (the old ENFJ Diana) and planned all the school dances and activities. Introvert D turning into Extrovert D?? 





5. Give me all your favorite cozy and warm Fall recipes? I've been thinking about making chili soon. Chili with a side of homemade corn bread. Always feels like Fall when I make a big pot of Chili. Also, I need to learn to make some homemade kimchi. I never pay full attention or write it down when I watch my mama do it. :( I always feel like I need a side of pickled something when I eat (Korean problems). I don't have a jar of kimchi in my fridge right now, so I'm thinking of pickling some jalapenos to hold me over until the next run to the Korean market). Do you follow Umma Lim on IG? She always makes me so hungry. I want to try to cook up that Shabu Shabu on her latest post. 

6. Camping is on my mind this week. We are going camping next month to my favorite place in California...Big Sur!! I've never gone camping in the fall, so I'm a bit nervous with how cold it will be sleeping at night. Any advice?? I feel like I have so much to prepare for before we leave because its actually going to be a three day camping trip! It was supposed to be four, but I just don't think I can hang that many days giving up on my creature comforts. One of the biggest things I am excited for is to be unplugged completely for that many days (because no wifi) and just to have good ol' fun with friends. 

7. Lastly, does anyone have a mild obsession with rearranging furniture? I've always loved moving furniture around and Mike thinks I'm totally nuts for wanting to move things around every now and then. ;) So Monday I completely rearranged our room and flipped it around while he was at work, lol. We have the worst mattress on our bed and since things got flipped I have to now sleep on Mike's old side of the bed which turns out to be even worse than my side. They say the mattress is the most important furniture in the house and I might have to look into getting it replaced soon, or I'll have to rearrange the room back, lol. 



Outfit details: 

Sunglasses : So, i never ever buy sunglasses without trying them on first but broke the rule for these. Thankfully, it worked out great. I took them to Nordstrom afterwards to just have someone tighten the sides for me because I always need sunglasses tightened. Only one left! 

Shoes: Best boots and they literally go with everything from dresses to jeans. 

Top : This is the most perfect Fall top! 

Jeans :High waisted jeans for life, until its time to eat. 

Bag: love this bag because it actually comes with two separate pouches inside, a similar one here.  







Fall in our home

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Fall is my favorite season of the year. Its the only time of year when i want to trade my southern california roots to possibly the East coast and maybe, maybe even the midwest. Don't get me wrong, I love the east coast too (my husband is from Maryland), and I went to college in Ohio but nothing can replace the year round sunshine that California delivers.

This is our first Fall in our new home and I'm so excited because the temperatures are a lot cooler here, especially morning/nights and it kind of feels like a shift in seasons. Here are a few things we've been doing around here to feel more like Fall in our home.





1. Apple Picking. We always go apple picking with our girls every fall. We were going to Julian the last few years while we lived in San Diego and getting their tasty MOMS apple pie afterwards. Its always the best bringing home a big basket of apples and a box of pie or two. :)
This year, we have been blessed with a few apple trees in our very own yard. The apples have been going out of control and dropping by the dozen (daily!) so I spent a few days picking with Clare. We baked apple pie and the house smelled so wonderful. I would bake an apple pie everyday of Fall just for the smell. I've decided to turn the rest of the apples into pie filling and freeze them until the holidays. I'm planning on gifting pie to some neighbors and friends, and then of course gobbling them up during Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've got my eye on this apple peeler because I have about a 100 apples looking at me, and one small half broken wimpy peeler that probably can't hold up to the job.

2. Fire pit + s'mores. It was on our backyard bucket list to get a fire pit built for our yard. My handy husband built us an amazing fire pit last week. We then strung these lights around the edges to bring more light and make things more magical. As soon as the sun went down and the sky dimmed we lit a big fire, played music and the girls had a blast roasting a marshmallow or two for s'mores.



3. Chicken pot pie. Warm and comfort food come to mind when I think of fall. Trading the grill for the oven now. This week I tried this new pinterest recipe because there seems to be a lot of shortcuts compared to my old recipe. It actually turned out pretty good.

4. Fall movies. I've been a little obsessed with this movie lately. Just seeing fall in New York city gives me so many of the cozy feels of what I dream of fall to be.


I'm planning on continuing with the Fall festivities through October (which is one of my favorite months of the year), can't wait to take the girls to a pumpkin patch, decorate my front porch, drink some apple cider and maybe even light our fireplace to get more cozy.

What are some Fall things you have been doing that makes you happy? Wishing you all a happy Friday and wonderful weekend! We will be celebrating Mike's birthday and a little baptism for a sweet baby boy who was born just yesterday! :)


imperfection

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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The past couple of months I've been discovering so much about myself. I guess when you are moving and under so much stress and stretched beyond capacity, you get to know yourself real quick. I had this little epiphany that I am sort of a perfectionist.  Since realizing this about myself I'm realizing that perfection isn't needed for me and isn't for me. That's what faith is for. If we were all perfect, we would miss the biggest piece of our lives which is our reliance on God. Its been such a good realization for me because now I'm working on letting go, letting God, and working on being okay with being imperfect.

There are so many pressures of being perfect nowadays. I think especially with social media being such a strong influence in everyday life, it can easily give people the wrong expectations of reality. Instagram for example can give a false sense of reality when everyone is always sharing their "perfect" picture in their camera roll. Instagram is my favorite way to connect to social media but I can see how it can be deceiving and discouraging, just as it can be inspiring and encouraging.




Recently a fellow mama sent me a message on IG asking me about my faith journey and how I find balance in my life. The truth is I'm still searching for the answers to that question as well. But, aren't we all? It may seem that my life or anyone else's looks pretty darn perfect sometimes in those little squares, but it really isn't. My life can look pretty "balanced" in many of my IG pics or blog only because I choose to just share the joyful and happy pictures rather than my sink full of dirty dishes, the girls fighting, the ever growing pile of laundry, and etc, etc. I definitely go through moments in life where I finally get my head above water, and then I'm back under again. Seasons, schedules, and just life in general, right?




So the past couple of months I've been working on being "imperfect". Being okay with a lot less control in my life. Being kinder to myself and taking a whole lot of pressure off of me. Being less critical of myself and being okay with being imperfect. It definitely takes more work sometimes to try to be okay with imperfection than perfection. I'm realizing to let more room in my life for God, I need to be okay with letting myself be imperfect so that I can rely on Him to become more perfect in me. Less of me, more of Him. Jesus > Me, right?


* since weaning Clare, her new favorite thing to do with me is to read books. It's about the best thing in the world to just snuggle with her on the couch with a bowl of snacks and some good old literature.


coffee chat

Monday, August 28, 2017

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Have you ever taken the meyers briggs personality test? I took one yesterday and got ENFJ. I was sort of freaking out when I was reading about famous people that were also ENFJ and one of them was Pope John Paul II. He is one of my favorites so to even be compared to having a similar personality as him might be the highest form of flattery ever. I've always been intrigued with personalities and human psychology in general, and I don't know why it's taken me this long. I've been wanting to reread this book about temperaments lately too, and want to definitely read this one to better understand my girls. This is another good one on learning about other people's love languages. Last week I decided to ask my girls one night about their love language and what made them feel most loved. I asked Zèlie and Sophia the question, and they loved that I even asked. Zelie said she loves it best when I spend one on one quality time with her (of course you do, middle child!). I notice she is the one to always ask me to play cards with her, or read her a book, or play with her, or loves to just do chores with me like folding laundry. Sophia said she feels most loved when we do things together as a whole family, such as bike riding or an activity all together. So interesting, its been making me more mindful when I start my day with them.




Did you get to watch the big fight last weekend? If you saw my instastories, you probably saw that we hosted a few friends over. It was actually a really good fight, I even enjoyed watching. At the end of the evening we were talking about how some boxing matches are rigged! This fight could be genuine, but what if..i mean WHAT IF it was rigged, guys??! There's a part of me that wants to believe this. Such a bummer that Mcgregor lost (i like to root for the underdog), but the upside was that I made the best chocolate chip cookies of my life. I'm not much of a cookie baker, I've always preferred baking a cake instead but these might have changed me forever. I got this recipe from a friend a couple months ago after trying her cookies. I did tweak the recipe slightly by using half dark + half milk chocolate chips instead of all semisweet chips. They are the softest, chewiest chocolate cookies, almost seems toffee/carmel like. Do it!




This may be TMI but Mike is totally that guy in line at target at 10 pm embarrassingly buying the monthly feminine care products for me. #besthusbandever. Last month I decided to save Mike the trip and found this little brand. I seriously don't know why I never thought of using all natural pads?! The packaging is pretty and clean and I felt a huge difference in switching. I'm pretty conscious about using all natural skincare and health products and it only seems fitting that I should be using natural feminine care products too. I'm noticing now other companies like Honest and Toms have natural pad/tampons too. Have you tried? What do you think? Would you make the switch or are you committed to your tried and true? I don't think I can go back to my old brands.




First day of school is Wednesday for my other two girls and I'm in total denial that I have a kindergartener and a third grader! Every August it tugs on my heart to keep them home and homeschool them with the thought of how fast they grow up. But, we had a big school picnic over the weekend and the girls met their new friends and CANNOT wait to start. I cut the tags off their brand new uniforms and threw them in the wash today making it official that I'm cutting the cord again, and again, and again. I'll only have Clare at home with me now, and that might actually be glorious! ha!


The pictures are from a little trip to the farmers market last week. The girls and I really got into the honey testing. :)

Thanks for listening. Hope you all have a great week! Can't believe this is the last week of August!!

hi + update

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Hi!! Its been a while and a lot of changes have happened for the Frank family. Its been a roller coaster of emotions and exhaustion, joys and trials the past 6 months of our lives. I'm starting to catch my breath around here, and as of today only 2 more boxes left to unpack! Our roots are still fresh and all of it is still new to us, but we are adjusting well and loving our new home. Here's a little update!

For the past year we have been feeling like a change needed to happen in our little family life, especially figuring out school/homeschooling for our girls. We started to pray about options and in February we drove up three hours north to visit a school and the community. We found this great little school that had a intimidating wait list and wondered if thats where our girls were supposed to be. We decided to apply both our two older girls for the following school year and kind of gave it to God to decide our destiny. A month later, both girls were accepted (a miracle in itself!). Two weeks after that our beautiful home in San Diego was put on the market for sale. Ten days later our house had a buyer and we entered escrow. Our house sold and we moved out about a month after that. For two months, we kind of lived like nomads staying with friends, Airbnb, hotels, and grandparent's house, while house hunting in our new city. Wow! Are you tired yet? Because just retyping all of that made me exhausted all over again of how far we have come to be here today.





It was an incredible journey moving the five of us here. If I wasn't a 110% or maybe even 200% sure it was in God's great plan to be up here, I would have quit about two months into our journey. It was a great test of faith, hope and trust for me, and it has stretched me to capacities I really didn't know I was capable of. Thank goodness I didn't quit because its been worth every heartache and headache.





I'm really excited to see our girls grow up here, to sink our roots down and even bloom a little. Seems like we landed on fertile soil because we got blessed with a small orchard in our yard and neighbors who seem to always have an overabundance of fruit/veggies, and even fresh eggs to share. We've already got small dreams forming for our new home, and some including baby chicks in the near future!




Feeling beyond grateful for all the prayers from our old friends and new friends that helped us get here. I'm looking forward to getting back into this creative space and seeing what this new chapter of life has in store for all of us.






Pictures from this post are from our trip up to Ojai last week. School starts for the girls next week and we are milking every last minute of summer! Thanks for reading and following along our crazy life.







why, hello there!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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Why, hello there! Its been a while. Life has been crazy busy with work changes, and we even had a litter of labradoodle puppies over here during the Christmas season. Breeding and raising six puppies for 8 weeks is a whole different story, and maybe I'll blog about that one day, or maybe I wont. It was such a crazy time filled with so much joy and sweetness, mixed in with a whole lot of messy work. You guys, my days felt like I had 7 toddlers running around (one being my very own flesh and blood). Clare, thankfully ran around with a diaper and was the best behaving toddler most days. ;)

Now, we are in lent. I always get so ambitious at the beginning of lent (just like New Year's) with grandiose plans on how to make my life better or holier, but the first week comes and I'm not good at it. I watched this video before lent this year, and it inspired me to do little works in the 3 areas of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I've been telling myself to keep it small, so that I don't feel so much like a failure (ha!). I also love the Laudate app for the iphone. Most days, while I'm nursing a baby in bed I can just open that up and read the readings of the day, or even read scripture. Its become my IG replacement during lent and its a good one. I love reading the saint of the day on it too.

In other big news, we are selling our beautiful home and moving! The past few months we've had some big things we have been praying about, and its all led us to a big move that will be happening in a couple months. It feels so crazy in many ways but honestly, Jesus has been taking the wheel on this. We went to go visit our new little town recently and met the kindest family's. The surroundings kind of reminded me of Austria because of all the rain we've had this season too, which was a major win since my girls are obsessed with The Sound of Music. We are starting to get really, really excited. Please pray for us to have a quick sale of our home and that we find a new home soon.

Speaking of prayers, please offer prayers for my friend Katie. You can read her story here. She was one of the first girls I met in college and always so cheerful. I've been in tears at the thought of her strength, her courage, and especially her dear family. Praying so hard for her every day.

Hope you all are having a fruitful lent. I'll try to write again soon, no promises though. :)


These pictures were from Christmas time, so they are a couple months old. We took them literally in our backyard. I'm so glad we have them now that we will be moving from this sweet little neighborhood.