I like sharing some personal photos that I take now and again on this site because I just love candid photography so much. I don't photograph my kids every single day because they keep me running around like crazy, but I try to shoot often, and on rare opportunities I get to travel and see family (half my family lives in LA) and friends I haven't see in years, I always have my camera with me. From a young age, taking photos/capturing memories, and particularly small details and scenes of places I love so much--like the loveliness and coziness of my Aunt's home and her family's Buddhist altar, things near and dear to my heart, for example--has always been the best gift I could give myself no matter where I go. My best friend and I went to Santa Monica to relax and have some time to ourselves, where no one is calling us "mom," no one needs a diaper change--thankfully--since it was all adults (although I could change anyone's diaper, no matter what age at this point, if I had to), and we got to SIT DOWN and enjoy leisurely meals that were prepared for us!! No cooking, meal planning, laundry doing, no mind spinning with questions of what has to be done next amidst the play. It was just play. Just chill. Just do whatever we wanted. And then on top of it, it was getting spoiled by people I love because my aunt loves a rescue. She even rescued an adorable new dog (not pictured), June, while we were out there to befriend her other rescued pup, Walter, who I'm in love with. But anyway, we felt rescued for a glorious five days. We felt cared for and restored, and that's so important when you're a mom, a stay-at-home-mom, a working mom... taking care of kids is rewarding, and yes, it goes by fast, but when you're doing it and your kids are young, it's hard. Everyone needs some me-time. And me-time isn't going to Costco, Walmart and Trader Joe's on a Sunday to get all your groceries. I'm stopping now, but needless to say at this point, this was a big trip for me. My seventh time to LA, one of the most golden I've had, even though each time is incredible. I think it was a huge trip for my bestie as well. Shannon celebrated her 35th birthday in the sun and ocean air. That's always an amazing thing. We loved every minute.