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Things I Have Learned This Year

This year has truly been a long year for me.  I can’t say that it has been a bad year just a year with a lot of changes.  When I  go back to memory lane and think about all that has happened it’s a little overwhelming.  There are a few things that I have learned along the way.

May 27th, 2012 I got married to my wonderful husband.  Words of advice from someone who planned their own wedding. Read more

Kauai, Hawaii

Tonight is the last night of our Honeymoon.  It has been ten days full of adventures of all kinds.  One of the best things we saw was some spinner dolphins when we went on a boat cruise around the island.  More to come after we get back to L.A. Read more

Our Hawaiian Honeymoon

After almost seven months of being married, and with a baby on the way, Mircea and I are finally on our honeymoon.  At the moment we are in our second location, a nice little place called the Teak Room, in Kauai.  The place is very nice but upon arriving we discovered the mosquitoes that will no doubt eat us alive over the next few days.  Luckily we have a zap light that will hopefully help, along with a friendly gecko that has found his way into the room.

The Relaxed Portrait Photo Session

I have been teaching Bobby yoga for about 2 years now and he had asked me to take nice portraits of him.  Here are the images that we were able to get this Tuesday.  It was a quick and easy shoot with a lot of laughter and fun.  Read more

13 Weeks and Counting

With the 3 am night snacks, crying outbursts while watching Modern Family, so far pregnancy has definitely been a roller coaster ride.  I have my happy days and my hide in the house days.  My belly has definitely grown and I have had to purchase maternity pants.  The body changes have definitely been a mind challenge for me.   The picture of me in the blue shirt I was 8 weeks and the picture of me in the grey shirt I was 13 weeks.  Mircea says there is not much of a change, I see a huge change. Read more


I absolutely love summer turning into fall, watching the leaves change and making our way into the holiday months.  When I think of Halloween as a kid, I think of it quite fondly.  I have memories of carving pumpkins with my sister on the kitchen floor and roasting pumpkin seeds.  I recall trick or treating in the village with the aroma of chimney smoke in the air, and a crispness in the air that only fall can bring to the mountains.   We would stop by all our friends’ houses to collect our candy and then make our way back to my house for the most exciting part of the night, dumping out the candy on the floor, counting and organizing all the candy we collected.

One tradition that I have still maintained today is carving pumpkins.  There is nothing like digging my hand into that slimy pumpkin and pulling out all of its guts.  It instantly brings me back to my childhood tradition and a place of comfort.  I absolutely love to roast pumpkin seeds, and of course eat them.  One year I ate 5 pumpkins worth of seeds in a matter of 24hrs.  Take it from me not a good idea, but that truly shows you my dedication to eating pumpkin seeds.

This year I picked out a pumpkin from the Tanaka Farms in Irvine, California.  I went with my wonderful neighbors Spencer and Kristin.  We had the best time.  We then spent the evening carving pumpkins, eating great food, and enjoying a delicious pumpkin pie made by Kristin.  This year  I chose quite a challenging pattern to carve.  It had lots of detail and about a quarter into carving it I was wondering what had gotten into me when choosing this Owl.  Either way enjoy my carving pics, there is also a picture of my sister and I dressed up and ready for Halloween:)))


Up Close and Personal

This past Monday was my 29th Birthday.  It was quite a big birthday not because of any special celebration or huge party, but because it was the last birthday being childless.  Yes, I said it discreetly, but to be more straightforward, Mircea and I are having a baby!

Funny enough, I spent my birthday at the doctor’s office getting a shot in the rear end.  But on a special note, I was able to see the baby’s heartbeat through an ultrasound.  It had probably started beating two days or fewer before I went in.  It was definitely a birthday gift to remember, and it was an emotional moment, which I had not felt up to that point.

I am seven weeks, one day and counting.  I am very excited about this new little being, but that is only one of the many complex emotions that I have been feeling over the last few weeks.  The truth is being pregnant has come with its share of worry and fear, and of course not to mention the coming and going of morning sickness.  My body is definitely changing and I feel like I have been taken over by some alien.  I have realized that I am no longer in control and the only way to gain control is by letting go and allowing the process to do what it needs to do.

My 28th year has truly been the most significant year of my life, marriage, Romania for a month, Mircea starting Graduate School, and now a bun baking in the oven.  My hope is that I get through this first trimester with the baby intact and that by the second trimester I don’t have to be nauseous any more.  The fist photo was taken somewhere around 4 and 1/2 weeks and the second photo was taken at 6 weeks and 2 days (my birthday).  Not much to see, but it’s confirmed there is something in there.

Romania Revisited

In the month while we were in Romania, we were very busy.  Often times we were running from one place to another, visiting cities, visiting family, or visiting friends.  I tried to take as many pictures as I could, but never had the time to go through them very carefully.  This week I’d like to share a few pictures that I was not able to post while on our trip. Read more

Photo-shoot with my Mom

This past Saturday I was actually a guest at a wedding.  I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  I was so excited to attend Adam McNelly and Kerrie Taylor’s wedding.  It has been awhile since I have seen a wedding from the guests point of view.  My mom, sister and Mircea were all there, the wedding was on the UCLA campus, it was so beautiful.   Read more

Romania, the Countryside

During our trip in Romania we went to the countryside to visit Mircea’s family.  The life in these small villages is a lot slower, with sheep herds grazing on the hills and in the evening the cows come roaming home, with their bells slowly clinging.  There are usually older people out in front of their homes, talking and enjoying the coolness of the evening.  But there are younger people there too, usually on summer vacation at their grandparents houses, enjoying being out of the city. Read more

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