Last week, I went on a business trip to South Korea. It was a short trip but a special one because my mom was able to join me and take Adri’s place. Anything beats traveling alone! It was nice to just hang out and talk with my mom without any distractions. Maybe it’s because I’m older now or maybe because I’m married, or both, but I really, really treasure the times I spend with my parents.
Before heading off to Korea, I was a bit worried about the weather. But, much to my surprise, the weather was sooo nice! There was no need for the two thick coats I packed and I was in a t-shirt and jeans the entire time!
While it was a work trip, my mom and I made sure to make some time to go sight-seeing and appreciate the motherland. Here are a few “snippets” from our trip overseas. Hope you enjoy!
Till next time,
Actually, our one year mark was earlier this May (we went to Santorini to celebrate!), but I thought now was a good a time as any to reminisce. May 12, 2012 was magical for me (of course!), but what made our wedding day go by especially smoothly was all the amazing vendors that we worked with. From the venue and videographer down to the cake and flowers, we loved every moment of it, so I wanted to share a little snippet of our wedding here on the blog!
So without further ado…
We love our vendors: Church / Reception Venue / Wedding Coordinator / Photography / Videography / Linens & Chairs / Floral / Smilebooth / Cake / Invitations / Cake Topper
To my dearest Adri,
Happy maternity leave!
You are officially out of the office now and it’s been a bittersweet time for the both of us. I feel like we didn’t think about your leaving much because we didn’t know how to deal with it… but the time has finally come. Ever since Everly was born you were by my side every step of the way, but now it’s time for the big test. We’re both being challenged in so many ways but I know that we will concur. I know we’ve trained each other well to stay strong and to just keep on trucking. Even though you won’t physically be here with me, I still make all of my decisions with you in mind. It’s hard not to see it from your point-of-view, just because it’s just always been this way. It’s a part of what and who Everly is—a true combination of the both of us.
As much as I wish you were still here, I have to face reality. Life and work won’t stop for anyone and this is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot recently. The show must go on and I promise to do and be the best that I can for Everly.
I still can’t believe that you will be a mama any day now but one thing I know for sure is that YOU ARE SO READY for this next chapter of your life. You’ve read so many books and blogs on babies, motherhood, parenting and pregnancy, but, more importantly, you’ve been so diligent with your prayers and taking care of yourself that there’s no doubt in my mind that you will make a great mother. I am beyond excited for this time and can’t wait to be an auntie to Baby Everly.
Change is never easy for anyone but the special thing about change is that it can open so many new doors. Since the beginning of Everly, accepting change was our biggest challenge, and it still is a challenge, but we’ve welcomed it as an integral part of what we do and who we are. I know things may change and priorities will shift, but it’s definitely for a better cause. I already love Baby Everly so much and can’t wait for all the changes and happiness that she will bring to our family. I’m beyond thankful for this change because it brought us to where we are today and continues to shape our relationship as sisters and partners at Everly. We always remind each other to be open-minded, so I want to end this letter with this:
Change will bring us Baby Everly; change will help us strive to dream even bigger; change will always keep us on our toes; and change will always allow us opportunities to love each other in different ways.
Always by your side,
My husband J and I just came back from our one year anniversary trip to the Greek island of Santorini. I knew we were going to have a great time but didn’t know exactly what to expect – and this trip was beyond anything I ever expected.
When we arrived, I was in awe by the beauty and simplicity of Santorini. Every beautiful sunset and simple day to day things are memories I will never forget.
We stayed in two different places and enjoyed two separate areas of the island. In Oia (the most popular and picturesque Santorini destination) we stayed at Mystique Hotel, and in Megalohori (a more traditional village with breathtaking landscapes and endless vineyards) we stayed at Vedema Resort. Even though they were very different hotels, it was so nice to experience both parts of the islands.
A typical day in Santorini for us: We slept in until 10AM, ate breakfast, then rushed back to our hotel room to gather all our daily essentials. By 11, we were out the door and ready to explore the city. My husband and I rented ATVs for the week which was so scary at first, but once I got over my fear, I fell in love with the feeling of being carefree and the wind blowing through my hair. We usually came back to our hotel room by 8:30PM, had dinner and headed out again to catch the beautiful sunset. Every night there was a different shade in the sky. It’s something I can’t put into words, but it really gave me a sense of peace and is something I will always remember about Greece.
It feels good to be home, but I regularly find myself thinking about little moments we had in Santorini. The trip will always be in my heart and I promised myself that I will go back someday.
Happy one year anniversary to us and can’t wait for more memories in the upcoming years.
A few images from our trip:
Until next time,
Happy 28 weeks! You are officially waddling! I can’t believe it.
Well, I’ll have to admit that I have been secretly documenting you over the last several months. Baby boo is already 28 weeks old and I feel like your belly literally grew over night! I needed to capture this special time, so here are some images from my perspective of the past 28 weeks:
It’s been a really fast and crazy few months and there were times we were a little worried that baby boo was getting over worked, but she’s just been the best joy! Dr. Park has only said wonderful things about her. It just makes me think how much she’s already so much like you – so strong and independent, never giving us a worry.
I love you and it’s been the most amazing adventure to watch you go through motherhood.
Week 28 here we come!