Kari y Roberto

15 November 2012

cue sappy post about our anniversary.

Newlyweds! we.were.babies.
I have to say, this anniversary has meant more than any of our others, and I hope to feel that way every year.
4 years ago today I became Mrs. Robert Williams. All week I've been reflecting back on that time, I love to think a few days before our anniversary "Ok, this day 4 years ago I was scrambling around because my fake tan was blochy" etc. It helps me get in the mood to celebrate, and let's be honest, I live for remembering good times.

I loved our wedding, it was the summer wedding I always wanted (90 degrees that day) in November. I'll never forget the first time Robert saw me in my wedding dress, I'll never forget all the love I felt that day in the sealing room and most of all I'll never forget how lucky I felt to become his forever. It's amazing how blessed I am.

To say I had no idea how happy I could be with this man is so cliche, but so true. Little did I know my decision to go to Long Beach State would lead to me meeting the man of my dreams and 4 years after that 2 little blue lines on a test in the wee hours of the morning telling us our little EmmaJane was on her way to be with us. And that it is up to us and our love to raise her to be happy.

One little crush on a guy my roommate introduced me to on my first Sunday in Huntington Beach led to all that. I love you Roberto, I always have.

02 November 2012


EmmaJane was Little Red Riding hood for Halloween and she loved wearing her costume, lots of fun was had.    
Trick-or-treating on Halloween night, she really started understanding the concept and LOVED it!
Ready for the ward trunk-or-treat with a wild child.

Grammy came all the way down just to see little red all dressed up!

Loving on one of her girlfriends little L, she is also our neighbor and these girls are SO sweet together!

We made it to a pumpkin patch for a photo-op, it was about 90 degrees out - just a typical fall day in So. CA.

She was in the best mood, very different from last year!

21 October 2012

Pumpkin Season

We went to the Great Park in Irvine on Saturday to enjoy their pumpkin harvest. We got there late, which meant free parking but there were no more pumpkins. Which means, we will be visiting another pumpkin patch. But we did get some great photos!

24 September 2012

EmmaJane's (almost) walking!

Finally at one week shy of 15 months, we have some actual progress!

15 September 2012

Yo's - might.

So we (well I) decided since we hadn't had a real vacation - I consider real vacations to be over 3 days long, no long weekends - since we went to Finland/Paris in 2010 that we needed something this year. So that we did. Originally my thought was to go to Yosemite and then onto San Francisco!
Side note, we had let our Disneyland passes expire for the first time in 6 years in December of 2011 - it was rough.
So fast forward to May and we're talking about what to do for a vacation and Robert says, "what if we just do Yosemite and we get Disney passes instead?" BINGO! you didn't have to tell me twice. So that's what we did!
Also, my sister had just moved to Sacramento, so we spent a couple days with them and then it was off to Yosemite for a few days and then a couple days at home and Disneyland!

I had been to Yosemite on vacation with my family when I was about 13, so it was fun to go back and see what I remembered and see what I took for granted last time!
Our first day in Yosemite we took a open-air tram ride that showed and told us a lot about the park, it was during nap time so EmmaJane wasn't too thrilled. But the tram was filled with older people from Charlotte, NC so they all acted as her pseudo grandparents very concerned about the amount of food, water and sunscreen she had, it was so cute.

A stop on the tour

I had to take a picture next to this sign because I did the same thing next to the same sign in 1998 when I was 13, when the flood was very recent and very real still. It was so interesting to be back 14 years later when it was such a thing of the past - I felt old!

There were lots of naps wherever whenever and she was a champ at it.

Driving out of the park the first evening we saw a deer SO close! Little did we know this would the first of many deer we saw grazing the meadows in the evening, it was so calming.

mini-nap #300 this time in the hiking backpack we borrowed from our friends.

Vernal falls bridge - just 2 days later two little boys were swept away after playing on the boulders in the river like the people on the left! Don't do that!!

Morning snuggle time while mom gets ready
Took a quick dip in the freezing river (it was 90+ everyday). EmmaJane's legs turned purple pretty quick. Oh and this is a perfect example of her "get out of here mom" look I get 24/7.

Our last day in the park we drove up to Glacier Point - which was rough on EmmaJane - but it was worth it, it was SO beautiful.

Practicing steps on the glacier point trail.
Out of order picture of us in Old Towne Sacramento - it was seriously one of the best old towns I have ever been to - even better than the Orange circle!

Back at home on one of our Disney staycation days we had to buy EmmaJane her first Mickey Hat!

Proof that it was the end of vacation and I just wanted to be home I bought my child her first kid's meal. Of course she only wanted the french fries.

Blurry picture of EmmaJane with her cousins N, O and I. She LOVED being in the same house as these girls for 2 days!

All in all, Yosemite was so inspiring. I love nature. And I especially loved that I didn't have cell service for 4 days, it was perfect.
I'm grateful for a mother who loves nature and took me to so many places growing up that really engrained this love of National Parks deep into me.
Before our trip Robert started watching a 7-part special series on Netflix about all the National Parks and I was so amazed at how many I had been to! I can count at least 7 just from my childhood!
I hope, and so does Robert, to keep this tradition up with our family. Visiting these beautiful places that have been set aside purely for our enjoyment, how awesome is that?

So which one's next?

16 August 2012


 Sometimes I think it's fun to look back at photos from one year ago today. Well today I did just that but I went back as far as I have been with Robert! We just celebrated our 4 year engagement anniversary (August 1st) and I'm about to celebrate 6 years since I moved to the OC (August 18th) so I guess I'm feeling a little sentimental! (P.S. There's no pictures of us in August of 2006 because back then it was just a big fat crush I had :) )
2007 - On our way to Disneyland I'm sure
2008 - just after getting engaged

2009 - Dodger game

2010 - OC fair

2011 - EmmaJane's first trip to Disneyland (also just 6 weeks post-partum, wow I'm so swollen)

2012 - phone pic taken during today's daily chasing routine, her favorite game

12 May 2012

lovely mother's day

Today I took my mom to the Huntington Library for a Mother's day treat. It was such a relaxing and peaceful day. EmmaJane was so good for us all day and we just enjoyed chatting each others ears off and taking it all the beautiful flowers and gardens and art work there. I love my mom and am so blessed she is such an awesome person and is so fun to hang out with! I could relive today over and over and be totally ok. Love you momma!