Turning the big 35


Picture I took at a stop off in Cambria, California


“You reap what you sow.”

 I want to believe that age brings more than just wrinkles and body aches. As I turn 35 I begin to wonder what else life has in store for me. Looking at the history of when I started writing on WordPress- apparently 7 years ago (gasp!), I look back at my first portion of my life. I think of all the mistakes, all the laughter, the happiness and the trials. My only regret is not documenting more of it in photos and in writing.

As I enter the second portion of my life (35-65), I am excited to see what life has in store. I now have 3 children who are happy vibrant and exhausting, but give me the most joy I have ever experienced. There is not enough information out there to tell you that being a mom rocks- mostly because it is as scary as it is fun. As a person, you will be tested in the oddest ways possible- from whether your child should be on Youtube, getting unsolicited advice that is mostly insulting to you as a mom down to how to function within a relationship when you are exhausted.


Photo of my little tribe in front of a pizza shop at Paso Robles, California


There is something freeing about getting older that I am not quite accustomed to. Being unbothered. As a teenager, I remember being so – because I didn’t want my friends or their friends to think that I was a weirdo. Now, I could care less. It is such a freeing feeling. To be yourself despite the opinions or feelings of others. To be able to quit a job that holds you back and to give yourself time to find what you truly want to do.

It hit me finally that you only have one life. Just one. I never thought of life in these terms because I didn’t have to. Now that I have kids, I think of what I will be able to teach them so that they can avoid the mistakes that I made and I think of all the memories that we will create together so that they have them to fall back on when the going gets tough. I think of making their life easier so that they are happy and content which in turn will make me happy.

Anyhow, from now on, I will document as much as I can so that I have something to look back on when I become forgetful which has already started to happen. Also just so that when I ask myself “Where did the time go?” I will know exactly where it went. I hope you all have a beautiful day and enjoy today to the fullest.

XO ~ Liset



Sunday always seems to be the best day to write blog posts… A fresh beginning to the week. This past week was hectic mainly because of being sick. Being sick is always horrendous especially because work doesn’t wait for you to be better. I think I chugged half a bottle of Tylenol cold medicine just to function at work… Blah. Not to mention the fact that you still have to clean the house, take care of school work and all the other things that come with life. I sound like a total whiner, but I feel like poo. Anyhow, hopefully everyone else isn’t sick and is having a lovely end to their weekend!


Carter watching Pocoyo while mom does homework--and snaps this shot

Carter watching Pocoyo while mom does homework–and snaps this shot

I have stopped to smell the roses- at least for a few minutes before I begin my silly essay writing assignments. Today is Saturday and often for most people, its a wonderful day off. For me, it’s hump day and school day. I bought my son a play doh cake mountain which is why he is thoroughly entertained for the morning. I remember the fun of play doh as a child and now as an adult, I find these hard dried out balls of modeling compound all over the house. I suppose it’s all a give and take. He’s turning 3 on September 27th. I cannot believe almost 3 years have gone by. I am more tired than I have ever been in my life. I am more forgetful than I thought I would ever be, but I feel like I am smarter than I ever was. I think of all the silly things I used to think were important, and all the silly things I used to worry about. For example tanning. My good friend and I had a membership to a tanning salon because we were convinced we looked awesome. Then some months later I found a zillion moles than thankfully have not gotten any bigger or changed in shape. I used to worry about my purses not being “designer” enough and now–I just hope my purses can fit a diaper and some wipes! It just baffles me how superficial I was and now I am more realistic. Don’t get me wrong, I still want nice things…but they are just thoughts. With the endless list of things to do, places to clean and topics to study, I barely find enough time to just think and be still let alone shop for things that cost as much as my bedroom set. It’s funny how birthdays have a way of forcing you to re evaluate life and they way things are. I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday!

Buying a house

This last month has been filled with a billion tasks. After 7 months of searching, we finally found a house! We’ll, a house that we didn’t get outbid on and a house that was large enough for a growing family. It is in the middle if nowhere, however as we all know, there are pros and cons to everything. So we are in the home stretch of the purchase and super excited to start making the house a home- and excited to share photos as this adventure begins. Any advice you have will be so appreciated!






Here are some of the photos of our process so far. Expect so many more— you have been warned! I hope you all have a lovely night!