fav people. fav place.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE me some san diego (or sandy ego as we like to call it).
Not only is SD home to some rad beaches and the best breakfast spots in socal - it is also home to two of my favorite humans, Liana and Nati! Thankfully the weather was glorious and we spent most of Saturday acting like we were 16 again. By this I mean...donuts for breakfast, swimming at Nosurf, froyo for snack, and burgers for dinner HAHA. Never a dull moment with these chicks!

*also the reason for our trip was Nati's upcoming bday - 7/28!!*

seriously, guys, these donuts WERE AMAZING. Maybe the best i've ever eaten?? We hit up this place called GOLDEN MAPLE and made a reservation because that place gets packed. We quickly ordered the famous "maple glaze bacon donuts" they have AND WERE NOT LET DOWN AT ALL. I want to go back just to get these puppies. 

Praise God for all His goodness!!! 
Happy birthday NATIJANE!!! 



Our house has always been the hub of daycare.

Mom has been watching kids ever since my older siblings were younger *aka a long time haha* and most of my childhood memories revolve around the house being full of kids. Summertime was the absolute best because all the kids would come over to participate in mom's summer school. We would do a devotional in the morning, go on a walk, maybe help clean the garage or the refrigerator, eat a snack all together, and spend the afternoon playing hide-and-seek or basketball outside. We would even have theme days like "water day" or "olympic day" where we would dress and play accordingly.

In my opinion, this was the best way to grow up. The coolest part is that now I get to see Hunter, Camden, and Lenya grow up the same way. They come over everyday and we have a similar schedule. Devotional, walk, snack, playtime, nap time - etc. I love seeing them continue to grow and develop right before my eyes! Its crazy! There is never a dull moment with three kids and a couple nannies in and out of the house and I guess daycare will forever be a part of the Komae household.

Hunter loves to cuddle with Bailey. 
Camden and Leyna are 6 weeks apart and they're both starting to crawl pretty rapidly. Lenya is older so she's at the point where she can pull herself up on the trampoline, a bookshelf, the couch, etc. You'll put her on the ground and 10 seconds later she has somehow zoomed across the entire room haha. 

we call them "cousins twins" since they are so close in age. Funny enough, my cousins kyle and I grew up just like camden and lenya, 5 mo apart, and we have photos exactly like this as babies!
Hunter is growing up so fast and has the personality and head size of a 12 year old child *he's 3. We keep him pretty stimulated with letter games, puzzles, going on walks, drawing, and his all time favorite thing to do - playdoh. He has an incredible memory and says the funniest comments all throughout the day. He's also 85% potty trained *still pees though the night* and loves carbs (bread, noodles, rice, cereal, cookies...haha) 


thoughts this week...

*this week God told me to fast from a few things and these are my thoughts after a week of clarity.

1. I love the ocean and all that it encompasses. It truly is a blessing to have grown up by the sand. I found myself by the ocean a lot this week : manhattan, hermosa, and even san clemente, laguna... and I fall in love with it every time. The sand, the cold California water, the clarity that comes from a place so distinctly designed by God...there is no doubt that the ocean has been gifted to us to bring us back to all that really matters.

2. Phones are nice when used wisely. By this I mean, good, quality, i'm-in-the-car-for-2 hours-in-traffic-i-need-my-best-friend type of phone usage. This week I was blessed with a handful of these phone calls all with people I deeply miss and love. There is nothing like hearing the voice of one of your bff's and having the freedom to rant about jobs (or lack there of), marriage (yes very real in my case), where our next reunion will be (napa? tahoe?), and the occasional embarrassing post-grad moment (just ask Anneke lol). But in all seriousness, I made it a priority this week to hear the voices of the people I hold dear to my heart and it made my week so rich, so full, and so encouraging.

3. Babies are awesome but hard to take care of. I am around babies a lot. These babies are named Camden, Lenya, and there is one big baby named Hunter. This past week I have realized how much goes into raising a kid and how much they take on from the adults around them. When you're around kids, you realize how faulty your language and actions are sometime (because they are like parrots and repeat all you say and do) and it causes you to pause and reflect upon the example you are setting. This is challenging but extremely refining and rewarding to be given the responsibility of impacting another humans life.

4. God is our validation. Always. Was that a good picture? Does this outfit look nice? Was that the right decision? Am I a fun person? Is my life adventurous enough? We are always seeking validation from our friends, co-workers, instagram followers, fb friends, family members, strangers on the street (nice ombre). What we REALLY need is to be reminded that JESUS CHRIST is our validation ALWAYS. He has paid our debt in full and we have been redeemed. He is our teacher. He is our confidence. He is our provider. He is where we find our worth. He validates our life and everything about it.

*Also that dog up there belongs to two of my favorite people, the Zimmers (Kate and Brad) and her name is Cali and she is just the cutest little/big pup I ever did see.

I would have been despaired unless I had believe that I would SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. - psalm 27. 



 Found the best spot on the sand. Nomes (Naomi) and I wanted to go skating around MB and stumbled upon a childhood favorite - the swings by 23rd. We definitely felt like little kids again and we were reminded that theres nothing quite like swinging in that salty air. 
 I finally got to meet little Ezra Sparrow Cornejo!! Cat (Ezras mom) and I go all the way back to freshman year of college where we met on Adams hall 2nd floor. That was about...5 years ago and since then we've witnessed a lot of miraculous things happen in eachothers lives but nothing can compare to this little guy!! I'm a firm believer that all babies are cute...BUT Ezra takes the cake and has to be one of the cutest little dude's God's ever created!! 
Hunty-man is growing up so fast and never fails to make all of us laugh. Today he took his tricycle out for a spin (wearing a full adult sized helmet mind you) and wouldnt use the pedals. He was pulling a straight Fred Flinstone and kicking his feet all the way around the block hahah. Gotta love him! 

Also a few funny thing he has said lately...
"My favorite part of having a little brother is when we got him from the Baby store. We got him for $7"
"I like Nana because she loves me. Every day I dont see her she doesnt love me so I need to see her today"
"When I grow up i'm going to be an artist."
"Bon Bon I am going to work now. I work at Santa monica at the toy store. Okay bye!"