With the girls no longer having soccer, no piano this week, and no homework, my evenings allow for cleaning of closets and editing of my own pictures! Ha! I take pictures for everyone else, and my own photos fall through the cracks.
These pictures are from our vacation in June 2018 to Kauai, HI.
We saw the beauty of this beautiful island by land, by sea, and by air. It was by far, one of the best vacations we’ve experienced, as a family.
#olivialamar#silviakaitlyn @olivialamar02 @s_gonzales2007 @gonzalesjd
It’s been a rough start to this season. Olivia played up to a U11 team, and they’re playing all but one true U12 teams... Livy is 8, but she’s mighty. Her team tied their game today, and they played the best yet all season. She scored the first goal of the season, and she’s super stoked. #olivialamar @olivialamar02
During a time of divisive rhetoric, especially with regard to men and women, this video shared to me by Olivia’s teacher makes my heart happy. You’ll see, there is a great game of football going on, and you’ll see one skirt on that field... my Olivia! I love her tenacity and her will to not ever let gender rolls dictate what she loves. I might add that she totally caught that ball for a spectacular touchdown. #olivialamar @olivialamar02
The girls took dinner to their great grandfather tonight... and they brought the entertainment. The house is still standing. Thank God! Truly a blessing- the girls know their great grandparents and hear their stories. #silviakaitlyn#olivialamar
When I met James, we became the best for friends first before we ever became a true couple... and then as everyone knows our story, it wasn’t but a few short weeks later that we found out that I was pregnant with Silvia... I was beyond terrified, but I never doubted James for a second. I knew, without a doubt, he would be the best of fathers, and he would never not put our child first. So here we are now- over 12 years later, with two beautiful daughters, and my instinct was right on- he is the most amazing father. He loves entirely with his big heart, he works endlessly to provide for them, he is their biggest support and their biggest bodyguard, lol! ... school events, soccer games, vacations, night swims in the pool, making their lunches every night to help me out... he does it all, and he does it because these girls are his greatest treasure in life. Thank you James for being the best father to our beautiful girls! I love you. #suelovelug#fathersday#dadanddaughter#dadsrule#silviakaitlyn#olivialamar
I apologize to anyone that I was tailgating today or passed at a more than average accelerated speed... you see, today was one of those “mom” days where you’re trying to physically be in two places at one time... Livy had her Honors Chapel at Saint James this morning and her end of year luau party- same day and time as Silvia’s 5th grade exhibition project presentation! Needless to say- I drove like a mad woman, but I plead innocent in my crimes, as it was all for the love of my children! By a miracle, in of itself, I made it to all events and saw Silvia’s brilliant presentation! Livy has completed 2nd grade at Saint James, and I now have a 3rd grader! She has changed and matured beyond any expectations, all the while, she didn’t lose her special “Livness”. I put all of this success on her school, St. James Episcopal School, her teacher Velma Moreno, her amazing art teacher, @meredithwaterhouse, and her dyslexia tutor, Carla Sandafer. She closed out the 2nd half of the year on AB Honor Roll, and her reading improved greatly!! I can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish next year, but thank the Lord we have the summer because this mom is overdone. #olivialamar#ohmyliv#movingonup#dyslexia#dyslexiaawareness#proudmom#momlife#supermom
Here is an update on Livy’s #leopardtortoise 🐢
He or she, has acclimated well to its new home! ... absolutely loves zucchini and kale. The temp outside is ideal, and we let Leo (its name- hope it’s a boy) take a late afternoon stroll in the yard to enjoy some sun! So, lots of people thought he was much larger than what he really is, so this picture is a good point of reference. He is about six weeks old, and will live to 100+ years. 🤦🏻♀️ Don’t let his size or short legs fool you- he can move when he wants to. I have been hovering over it, because if anything happens to this little dude, Olivia will Be grief stricken. So, stay tuned... we’ll share pics as he grows and videos of him eating and walking around... in a couple of years, he’ll have free rein over the side yard by the dining room- makes for interesting view during morning coffee, lol! 🐢 ❤️ #leotheleopardtortoise#olivialamar#ohmyliv
A picture of my Livy on the day of her First Holy Communion! 🙏🏻 Olivia is a special and beautiful child- always puts a smile on my face (unless I inspect her room and uncover the disaster and chaos!!)
These two are my greatest accomplishment and my most cherished gift- being a mother is hard. It’s not the pics posted on Facebook- it’s tears, arguments, late nights taking care of them when they’re sick, never ending laundry, never ending worrying- but it’s also the most rewarding experience and just as much as I give, they give back to me! These two girls are truly my best friends, and I am so honored to be their mother. #mothersday#momlife#silviakaitlyn#olivialamar
#nationalsiblingday - these two... #silviakaitlyn#olivialamar
Lord, do they fight... but Lord, do they love one another too. Silvia helping Olivia with her homework tonight made my heart full... they’ll always be each other’s best friend and worst enemy, lol!
Had a great time showcasing our new brunch menu for @thepostlamarpark at Brunch on the Bay. Great job @thebendmag for another outstanding event.
Livy was a terrific assistant today to Chef Rob and she is quick and fierce. 👩🏻🍳👩🏻🍳🥞🥓🍳 #olivialamar#ohmyliv
When your child looks precious for Spring Picture Day, but you yell at her for her room being a disaster before school.... then demand she look happy and smile in a picture.... Thankfully, @kikirmccabe came to the rescue! Livy loves Katia... maybe because they’re kindred spirits! #ohmyliv#olivialamar#momfail#thankgodforfriends#nowirehangars
She attempted her first small drop-in this morning, despite my constant nagging to NOT do that! She went down immediately and got her first skinned elbow. There were some tears, but she brushed them off and kept on. My heart is still racing, on the other hand. 🙇🏻♀️🙇🏻♀️🙇🏻♀️ #olivialamar#skatergirl#myheartcanttakeit
When Livy tells James, “You better not come home tonight without my Longhorn painting...” well... you make it happen! Nerve wracking bidding during this year’s Saint James Spring Fling, but this original piece by Olivia and her classmates is worth every cent! She stayed up just to make sure we walked in with it! 😂😂😂 #olivialamar#originalart
Today is great, because Olivia is 8!!! This girl... There are no words to describe the awesomeness that is Olivia Lamar. She loves to an exponential level... she has this light and love of life that no one can resist. Happiest of birthdays to my LivyBug. I hope you never change because you make the world a better place!!! Love you to the moon and back!!! #olivialamar#happybirthday#eightisgreat
Livy doesn’t think of Hyatt as her cousin... she often refers to him as her brother! 😌 They’re the best of friends, and they’re inseparable when they’re together. I love their bond, and I hope they’ll always remain close. #livyheartshyatt#bestfriends#cousins#olivialamar#ohmyliv @daniellepetty
We try to support her in whatever she is excited into pursuing and that includes learning to skateboard, despite my very real fear of broken bones... she’s learning quickly, and happy to say she purchased it with her very own money! She did some research online and found her size, wrote some notes, and walked in and said she needed a 7.5 deck! Can’t be mad at that! #ohmyliv#olivialamar#skatergirl#girlsrule#girlswhoskate
Olivia received the Sacrament of Baptism this evening. It was a special and quaint ceremony at Saint Thomas More... I now I’m a little late to the game in this, but unlike Silvia, Olivia is at her a leisurely pace, lol! #secondchild#baptism#holysacrament#olivialamar#ohmyliv
Livy has had a snaggle tooth for almost a month now... 🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️...her top adult tooth was already half way in behind her baby tooth, causing it to push out. It drove me crazy... I begged and pleaded for it to fall out or for a small kid to throw a ball to her face to knock it out... ultimately, I called the dentist today, and said we’re going to have to come in to pull it. Well, Hyatt came to my rescue- he and Livy got into a tiff and an elbow to his eye and a swift jab from him, the TOOTH is GONE!!!! #lightsouttoothout#ohmyliv#olivialamar#hyattthechamp#toothfairy#hyattisaslugger @daniellepetty @gonzalesjd @catfishpetty
Our family had a special experience today- we received a behind the scenes tour of @txstateaquarium 🐟🐠🐡🐙🦑🦈It was truly an awesome experience and we learned so very much! We fed the fish, the sea turtles, and got to interact with the star of the show, Ollie the 🐙! A great start to our weekend! #silviakaitlyn#olivialamar#behindthescenes @s_gonzales2007 @gonzalesjd
Awesome morning of soccer! Both girls' teams came in with a win! Livy's team, 9-1 victory. Silvia's team 8-1 victory- with a great goal from Silvia, as defender! Livy had a goal and tons of assists! ⚽️ 🥅 #silviakaitlyn#olivialamar#ohmyliv @s_gonzales2007
Happy Father's Day to this hunk of love! You're the very best father to our daughters- we are so very fortunate for everything you do for us and the love you always share with us. You 'da best! @gonzalesjd #silviakaitlyn#olivialamar
I have to take a moment to really appreciate the magnitude of the ridiculous amount of money that my kids consume 💸💸 through their love of #harrypotter and #starwars Okay, they don't necessarily consume it, more likely that I spend it on them... but well done to Disney and Universal Studios for their marketing of stuff that my girls, as wells as millions of other children and adults feel that they can't live without... but aside from that, can we all agree that Livy's new #chewbaca backpack is just too cool! 🤗 ... she's sleeping with it now, lol! #olivialamar#disneyland#californialove#californiastateofmind#gonzalesgonegriswold