Fall's hidden blessing

Monday, October 24, 2016

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Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I get overly zealous with plans to make caramel apples, carve pumpkins, and do all the other million cozy things with my family. Well so far, none of these things have happened this fall. In fact, the one weekend we went apple picking, it turned out to be the last day of the season and there were no more apples on the trees when we arrived. #momfail 

This weekend, I also had these grandiose plan to bake and make with my kids and then Saturday night I came down with a horrible mastitis. I was so sick all Saturday night and the whole day Sunday. Once again, I wasn't able to do any of the fun things I planned with my kids but it turned out to be such a blessing in disguise. This time to rest and to take care of myself was what this season was calling for instead. My girls and Mike spent the whole day serving me and making sure I got all the rest I needed. I slept most of the day, and it was just what I needed the most. Although I woke up today still in achy pain, I never thought I'd actually be grateful for mastitis. But, if anything was going to slow me down, that is what it was going to take. 

So sometimes, life gives you lemons (even in your favorite season) and you can still make lemonades out of them. 

PS: the picture was from a couple weeks ago on our "apple picking" day. :) 

simplifying thoughts

Friday, October 21, 2016

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This summer I read this crazy book while I was going through some nesting before our homeschooling year was going to begin. It had me donate an embarrassing number of large trash bags of clothes. They say to do it all at once in one day, but when you have three kiddos things don't always get done in one day. So the worst part is, I'm not even done yet. 

I have several books on my nightstand the past couple months, (which I will share in another post) but the story of my life seems to be that I want to simplify. Most especially in the clothing department. I've been sort of working on a capsule wardrobe the past couple months. Mostly because I hate seeing so much laundry pile up. I mean, if you wear less clothes then less laundry, right?? I don't know if that's all true or not. 

Have you all ever considered or done a capsule wardrobe? I realize that I always seem to be wearing the same favorite things anyway, so why not give it a go? After all even if I have a dozen shirts in my closet, I always wear like the rotating 3 favorite, right? So a couple weeks ago I hit up the Anthropologie sale and picked up some Fall staples for an amazing deal, including these joggers that I'm wearing above.

Would you all like to see what the rest of my wardrobe capsule consists of? I'll try to put together a blog posts of my rotating favorites soon. :) 

Happy weekend to you all! I'm looking forward to a weekend of Fall cooking, shuttling my little girls to Nutcracker ballet rehearsals, and college alumni reunions.   




seasons

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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Just like the four seasons of the year, I'm also learning about the seasons of motherhood and wifehood. There has been a huge shift of season for our family in the past couple months. Mike took a big leap of faith and we started working on our own family business. It all happened like the same week I started our homeschooling year. So many changes all at once, just like the shift in seasons. Its been such a growing season for our family and so good in all the hard ways. 

I'm so proud of my husband. You guys, we have been praying about this since January of this year and were waiting for God's timing in it all. Eight months later, we felt a sure enough peace and consolation in knowing it was time. It was really scary to know he was just going to tell his boss one day that he was leaving, and not knowing when our next paycheck would be. Its only been about two months in, but God has literally provided for us everyday. He has been working so hard and around the clock most days. Yet, the flexibility it has given to our family has been truly glorious. I've been counting my blessings for this season of life everyday. Yes its not all so easy, but Mike and I are always reminding each other that we have too much to be grateful for.

So thats a little update about our little life right now. In between juggling three kiddos all day, homeschooling, and starting up a family business its been a little crazy around here. I'm planning on coming back to this space and blogging more often now that I'm able to catch my breath. I have so much to share and I can't wait to come back to creativity. The past year has been a juggling one for me, so many hard and exhausting days, and I didn't have much energy to give myself to anything else at the end of the day. This season has been a welcoming change and I'm just so, so grateful.  

Hope you all are thriving out there and this season of life is being kind to you too. :) 

Xx Diana 

PS: These pictures are from our friend's wedding a couple weeks ago. Sophia and Zelie were the flower girls, and Mike was the best man. The top two pictures were taken by my talented friend Katie Beverly

school uniforms

Friday, September 30, 2016

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I'll be honest, one of my favorite things about private school education was the uniforms. Sophia went to Kindergarten at our local Catholic school and I loved seeing her in the sweet uniform everyday. Since we homeschool now, I was a bit sad to see that part of the tradition go last year. But, this year I decided that we can still rock the uniform at home on the few days that we do homeschool. We are part of a hybrid homeschooling/charter school plan again this year. The days that the girls have school outside of the home, I let them wear free dress.

Its been interesting to do both free dress and uniform days, and I definitely see a different mindset and attitude towards school when the girls have them on. They have a more disciplined spirit and realize that this is school hours, even though we are "just at home". Also when we are done with school for the day, I always tell them to go and change out of their uniform into play clothes. Its been a few weeks in, but so far I love it. The best part is that they girls love it more then I do. Also the fact that they look so cute in them, doesn't hurt. ;)




 Sophia is wearing our "cooler days" uniform:
 (I also got the girls one in the heather gray too because laundry guys, laundry.)

Zelie is wearing our "colder days" uniform:

 Here are other websites that sell adorable uniforms as well. But, I'll be honest the quality and comfort of these jumpers and dresses were worth it. Comfort is key and well stylish doesn't hurt either. ;) 



Sophia, "I feel like I'm wearing a comfortable sweatshirt all day long." #truth 
Also if anyone else is wondering, Clare is wearing nothing but a diaper. :) Just like how she likes it.


Homeschooling room

Saturday, September 10, 2016

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Before I start this post, I want to say that I am no homeschooling expert. Although I used to be a classroom teacher many, many moons ago, homeschooling my own children is a whole different story. I just wanted to share a few things we are doing this year because I've found so much inspiration from other homeschooling mama's out there. I feel like I'm always ears for any advice on what other mama's do, so here's whats been working for us around our home. :)



Our classroom last year was in a room in back of the house, but we had to convert it into a home office for my husband recently. Therefore, we got kicked out into the front "formal living room" of our house. I love this room for how bright it is, but my major hesitation was that it was the front of the home with no door. Therefore, if you walk to the front door or first walk in, you see our classroom. There was no closing of the door to hide the mess. I also wanted the room to have somewhat of a still grown up space look. Does that even make sense? So, I had to do some brainstorming to combine both classroom yet still functional as adult space look. 



Its still a working progress, but its a nice blank slate to start our school year. I love that I made every space of that room resourceful and the girls know exactly where to find things (and most importantly put them back).

Here's my classroom "supply list": 

white classroom table: was a former Pottery Barn table that has been repainted

I'm excited to slowly fill the walls as the year goes on with art work and things that we are really proud of. I hope this is helpful for you, if you are in the same boat as creating a learn and living space in the same room like me.

I'm hoping to share our curriculum soon too. Until next time, happy learning friends!  






summer mini session

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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Because August has the best sunsets in San Diego. Because the kids have gone through growth spurts through the summer. Because another baby was joined the family. Because you got engaged this summer. Whatever the reason is, I'm offering a summer mini session before fall and school starts. Check out the details below and email me if you are interested.

When: August 16th & 18th

Where: August 16th location will be at a desert oasis background. August 18th will be at the beach. Details will be emailed to you.

Available 30 minute time slots: 5:30-6:00, 6:15-6:45, 6:45-7:15

Cost: $100.00 for 30 minutes, which includes 20-25 high resolution digital images for you.

Email me at dianafrankphoto@gmail.com if you are interested.
                               

unplugged for 24 hours

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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I've been slowly trying to unplug from my phone the past couple months. Its definitely been subtle changes, such as unplugging from my screen at least one hour before bedtime. Making more conscious efforts not to look at my phone the first thing in the morning. Also, during the day I've been sort of good about keeping my phone at the charging station in our home and treating it more like a telephone in the home. But nothing makes you truly unplug, like throwing your phone in the washing machine for 59 minutes, on hot cycle. Yep, thats what I did Saturday morning. Crazy sleep deprived mom who was on a mission to deep clean the home Saturday morning will do things like that. I threw my phone in the basket of dirty bath mats on the way downstairs and then dumped the whole thing in the wash forgetting my phone was at the bottom of the laundry basket. To be quite honest, I started to feel a great sense of freedom and liberation. It was actually a great 24 hours of being handsfree.

The above photos are from last Friday afternoon. It was an hour before Mike walked in the door and the kids were just about going crazy. So, I decided to just take pictures of the moment. Its been a while since I've taken pictures of the girls with my big camera. They were just loving every moment of it, especially Zelie. She is such a little ham and kept photo bombing every picture! I love that she is comfortable in front of the camera with me and I get to show you the real side of her. Zelie is really reserved in public and so quiet, but you wouldn't know that she is the loudest child in our home. :)


I took these pictures Saturday during my phone free day. Clare decided to almost take her first steps. I would have normally documented via cell phone, but since I didn't have one I had to use my big camera. :) It turned out to all be a good thing. I love the pictures of Sophia cheering in the background when Clare almost took her first step. Such a proud big sister and the biggest cheerleader of them always. And yes, Clare is always pretty much in a diaper only. 





Summer in Squares without filters

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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I can't believe the first half of summer is already over. Its been a whirlwind of non stop fun and rest over in the Frank household. After finishing up the first year homeschooling, I can truly say that this is the very best summer vacation of my life. I think mom needed this summer more than anyone else around here, ha! The girls are so tanned, including Clare from spending everyday outdoors in the sun. Swimming, climbing, morning hikes, and camping. I love how Sophia just crashes and quickly falls into slumber each night, exhausted from all the play. The girls are changing and growing up so much in this season. Isn't summer supposed to be the season where kids just sprout up several inches and experience many of their firsts? It truly has in our home this summer.

Sophia has become a fearless swimmer in the past month, always the first one in the pool and the last one out. She also lost two of her front teeth (one upon waking up), and discovered her love for the movie Sound of Music. Its been a month long of the Sound of Music station on Spotify. I don't mind one bit because I love that movie. She's become a little book worm too. Always reading in the car and finishing books after books around here. Sophia is like a bottle of wine, she just gets better with age. :) 

Zèlie is Sophia's little shadow. Always following her around and if her sister does it, she will too. She repeats right after her, and completely adores Sophia. We started off this summer with her not interested in swimming and telling me that she wanted to wait until next summer to take lessons. Two lessons in, and she's a changed girl. Fearlessly trying to swim, though not quite pool safe yet. I'm confident next summer is when she will take off. It has been sweet to send her and Sophia off together for VBS and pony camp together this year. The memories they have been making together and the freedom of summer has bonded their sister friendship even closer. 

Clare's little personality has been in full bloom lately. Although she is still a little peanut and the baby of the home, she knows she is the cutest and we are completely smitten over everything and anything she does. We all gush at her, laugh with her, and pretty much give her anything she wants. She has learned to climb stairs, cruise through the house, and starting to make out little words. We all tell her that she can't grow up, especially Sophia. I can tell the big girls are noticing that our baby is quickly turning into a toddler too. 

Well we have a little over a month of summer still left and a whole lot of fun and memory making. I hope you all are having a wonderful summer too.  





Bohemian Senior Pictures

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Meet Sarah! She is an ultra cool, kind-hearted beauty, with brains! She wanted a bohemian style photo shoot, and I was all about it! We had a lot of fun together and here is a hefty load of pictures to share!


Major babe, right?!