Santa Barbara.

I have known Natalie since we were 5 years old, with our birthdays one day apart we would tell everyone that we were twins (we don’t actually look alike). I was going to list the millions of memories I have with her, but there are so many I just couldn’t pick which ones to share. And so when the opportunity came to visit her and her family in Santa Barbara while on vacation from her home in London, England we made sure it happened.

We dug holes at the beach, danced at a BBQ, roasted s’mores, looked up and actually saw the stars even catching a glimpse of a shooting star (such a rare sight for us city-hoppers). We had such a lovely time with them, now all we need is for them to move back to California now.

Harlow Jude in her swim cap, the water was actually too cold for her.

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Natalie kept fetching water to fill up the dug holes, thank you.

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Harlow Jude has been doing really well with being held by other people lately, thank you Lord Jesus. And I’m able to capture photos like these with Natalie and her fiancé Pete.

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BBQ’in it.

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Harlow Jude getting her dancing shoes on.

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Harlow Jude, the Goof.

Harlow Jude is really funny. We call her a little trickster; she’ll come up to you and pretend to hand you something and then run away with it laughing. The other day Jacob said, “I just know she’s going to have your sense of humor and I don’t think I can handle two of you.” Take notes, this is what true love looks like.

Harlow Jude decided she wanted to be a baby the other day. She started crawling around and asked to go in a walker, she hung out low riding in it for ten minutes.

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Jacob’s new job has different hours so Harlow Jude is asleep when he leaves and when he gets home. Throughout the day she will yell out for dad, and I simply tell her dad is at work but he gave you a big kiss when you were sleeping. She smiles, and the routine begins again later in the day. Yesterday she tried putting on his t-shirt and would run away every time I tried to take it off. She even played hide-and-seek with it.

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And she’s just cute. This was from our most recent trip to The Mauga’s house. We really like them. Harlow Jude has been asking people to hold her, it is a huge step for The Sobralski household.

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As Promised.

The three of us biked, well two of us biked, one of us had a sweet front row seat, to the beach two weeks ago. It was a twenty-mile ride, allowing Harlow Jude the perfect opportunity to nap both ways. It was really nice to just get away from all of the chaos surrounding our lives and kind of disappear into the day. We stopped for lunch along the way, played in the water, ate sand (she keeps doing it even though she knows it tastes bad) and really just enjoyed one another. We rode along a trail that allowed Jacob and I to chat the entire way; sometimes we need to leave our element to properly catch up and talk to one another. Home becomes a place for discussing the day to day so often, that I think we forget that we married one another because we like each others company and insights and thoughts and conversation. It was a really beautiful day, it makes me excited for more days like this.

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Harlow Jude was watching Jacob swim in the ocean, and at this exact moment he got barreled by a wave and she was yelling out “Daaad!” I find it very sweet, but probably really scary to her.

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And the sand is about to go into our mouth . . .

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Settling In.

We recently moved (I know I know, again?) and although the move feels right, I feel as though it has taken me a lot longer to be settled than usual. I mean after all of the moves, one would think I would have it down by now. But I digress, onto Harlow Jude. We recently biked to the beach, I’ll have those pictures later. Jacob has gone back to work, which is sad to not have him around everyday (Harlow Jude wakes up yelling out dad dad dada) but also nice to have a routine again. I have a few projects coming up which is wonderful to wake up and have motivation to move passed the pajamas stage of the day. In the meantime Harlow Jude has learned to color with crayons and finger paint; it has been really fun to watch her excitement as she sees which every color looks like on the page.

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Harlow Jude ran away from me down the driveway and thought she was so funny, turned to me, smiled, laughed and ran away again. And then she tripped and smacked her face right on the concrete. Poor girl.

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Yosemite.

It has been far too long since a post has appeared in your inboxes. At least I’m assuming disappointment sets in once you check your email throughout the day to no avail, only to find that once again there is no Harlow Jude staring back at you. Life has been really crazy, which one could assume based on the fact that I have a toddler outsmarting me at every opportunity she gets. She is signing so well, her latest accomplishment mastering the word apple. She has spoken her first French word, froid which means cold. She picked up an ice cube and said, “froid.” I was so proud. I’m embarrassed that I was ever worried that she wasn’t eating enough, because man this girl can eat. Aside from her allergy to strawberries, there isn’t a food she refuses favoring zucchini and onions, raw or cooked. As I write, Harlow Jude is devouring sautéed spinach choosing it over cheese, beans and cantaloupe. My point of this is to not discuss Harlow Jude and her eating habits, but to tell you about our trip to Yosemite.

Yosemite was and is beautiful, no matter how many times I visit it remains gorgeous with each visit. Jacob had never been to Yosemite and he has been so anxious about going, I am glad we finally made the visit. It turns out Harlow Jude gets motion sickness and threw up for the first time on our way up the windy mountain. Once our bellies were settled and we were in a change of clothes, the smell lingered but we were hiking up Vernal Falls to find a beautiful rainbow.

Harlow Jude and I recovering post sickness.

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I do realize that Jacob probably shouldn’t be rock climbing with Harlow Jude on his back. I have no excuse.


As of Late.

I would be lying if I were to say that not a lot has been going on, and that’s why I haven’t been posting as frequently. A LOT has been going on, but since I have my tightly knit group on secrecy lock-down I cannot fill you in entirely quite yet. In the meantime, I will share with you some wonderful Harlow Jude moments. I am bias, but man oh man this girl is adorable, 90% of the time. The other 10% you will find me locked inside of a dark bathroom sitting on the floor pondering how I entered into motherhood (this did actually happen recently).

In the meantime, Harlow Jude has been full of fun. She can now open doors, say bubbles, has two new teeth popping through (almost up to 6 with these), try snapping, and sign so well that I am afraid the student will soon become the teacher.

Harlow Jude is a dancer, she’ll start dancing just to get me to turn on the music.

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Thank you Emerson for these adorable hand-me-downs. A baby in a trench coat, so sweet.

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More dancing.

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I loved loved this moment of Harlow Jude and Jacob in the bathtub.

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And then Jacob got her dressed and brushed her hair after the bath.

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Harlow Jude and I ventured to Long Beach, Orange County, Los Angeles, back to Orange County and back to Long Beach for one week. This was our first flight alone, luckily it was short and scheduled around nap time perfectly. Getting to the airport was a different story. I don’t drive, in fact I don’t even have a license (one day I’ll do it, I will I will); I’m used to biking and using public transportation, but at times like this I wish I could just hop in a car and go. Instead I strapped Harlow Jude to my front, steadily placed the car seat on my back and rolled our luggage sideways to the Amtrak, then to the AirBart and then to the airplane. Luckily Ruthi was waiting for us at the airport to catch me as I literally toppled backward (I’m pretty sure I broke her hand). ***Thank you Peter & Sara for the car-seat that I can actually strap to my back, we’re so lucky to have you.***

This trip was so jam-packed and went by so fast, I wasn’t even able to squeeze everyone in (we missed you Austin, Tammy and Scott).

Me all loaded up at the airport. A woman asked if she could take a picture of me because it was worth documenting, hah.

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Harlow Jude on the train. She absolutely loves the train.

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Brooklyn and Harlow Jude dancing one morning. I love Harlow Jude being around her cousins.

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We were able to visit with Emerson, we’re so lucky. These two will be best friends, even if they fight it kicking and screaming.

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Harlow Jude loved Emerson’s chair so much she wouldn’t even get up to get the ball. I completely obliged and handed the ball to her over and over. I swear she won’t be spoiled.

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Celebrating my birthday with my family at the park. I haven’t been home for a birthday since I was 27, so this was a lot of fun and special.

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All of my nieces and nephews together with Harlow Jude. Brooklyn, Kaitlin, Levi, Sabrina, Iziah, and Savannah. The last time we had everyone together is when I was pregnant and home for the baby shower (see below). We’re so lucky we like one another so much.

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We flew home on my birthday, and I walked into a room full of flowers, an edited poster, balloons (yes that is a Spider-Man balloon) and a ridiculously fabulous dinner and dessert. I figure I should show off how wonderful Jacob is, I’m not sure I give him enough credit sometimes.

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