Sunday, August 4, 2013

Parks, Pool Parties and Barbecues: Long live Summer 2013

This week we discovered some new local Parks...

Top: Shopruche (Old)
Shorts: J.Crew
Wedges: Clarks
Aaron's shirt: Southern tide

Enjoyed a pool party and met some new friends
....and indulged in a backyard Barbecue

Maybe I'm experiencing some sort of midlife crisis at 30, but lately I've been wanting to capture every memory. I can't stop taking pictures and documenting everything that we are doing. These small snippets of happiness with friends and family are only a part of a chapter of our lives that will soon change again. Who knows, this time next year we could be somewhere else with a whole new group of friends. Will I ever be able to do this with the same people again?

Think back to your life 10 years ago. What were you doing then? What were some of your most pleasant memories? 10 years ago I was in college, having the time of my life with a group of God-loving friends who shaped my character and soul, and whom I will never forget. Those details are stored on an organic memory-drive deep within my brain that will someday probably degenerate into nothing. Not to sound morbid. I can't tell you how many times I've wished that I could go back to those days and live out those times again, but change is inevitable, and change is good. Change is life.

I want Grace to look back and see how happy she was while she was growing up. We are so fortunate to live in a time period where technology allows us to capture such intricate and attentive details of our lives. As silly as it sounds, documenting something as simple as what we did during our summer of 2013 with great friends and family will be met with smiles and nostalgia in another 10 years from now. Especially when Grace, at age 12 asks us someday "What was I like as a baby?"

She'll see these pictures and know that she loved to smile, she had a good friend named Annabelle who she shared corn and toys with together, she enjoyed pool parties and stroller rides to the park, grandma and grandpa loved her dearly, and her mommy use to be young and tried to be fashionable... but oh for pete's sake what IS MOMMY WEARING?

I hope it's okay that I weave some snippets of my life with my attempted fashion posts. It helps me remember, appreciate, and give thanks for all the great things that God continues to bless our lives with. Thank you for being part of it!

Linking up this week with Plane Pretty


  1. cute post! Grace is such a doll!
    I can't wait for our little one to be born, iknow i'm going to be mega paparazzi! But like you said, it's so important to capture these insignificant but significant moments! <3

  2. Love this outfit, you can never go wrong with florals and neutrals during the spring and summer months!

    xx Debbie

  3. I really, really, REALLY enjoyed reading this post. Especially this part:

    Those details are stored on an organic memory-drive deep within my brain that will someday probably degenerate into nothing.

    Isn't that so true? On the flip hand, I totally discard Instagram for literally capturing every second of your life. Sometimes, you're so caught up in documenting, that you forget to live in the moment and have fun. But on the other hand, these moments are so precious, and they help evoke an emotion, that part of the memory that is stored in the oblivion. I was born in the 80's when cameras were so obsolete, and sometimes I wish I had more baby/childhood pictures. This post totally made me nostalgic, btw :) Grace is going to look back and have a huge smile on her face.


  4. And you look so pretty! I can't believe you're a mom!! Damn Asians and they're non-aging genes (this was a compliment btw)


  5. lovely outfit!
    love these photos and hope you had an amazing summer :)
    10 years ago i was 7 and a really happy little kid

  6. I am the same way - I take pictures of everything. It's so much easier now with a smartphone so why not? Grace is so adorable. I love her smile. Enjoy the last bit of summer =)

  7. U're such a lovely mom, Christy! Grace is bound to remember wonderful memories like this one :) And P.S- I love outfit posts with snippets on lifestyle. It's like 2 for one fabulousness haha

  8. Aww I think capturing memories are sooo important - Grace will thank you for it when she's older! Love your floral top! xx Kat

    Love and Ace

  9. Love this post! Your outfit is beautiful and it ooks like you had a fun filled weekend with family and friends - those are the best! :) <3


  10. What adorable pictures, looks like great family time! And I love your outfit, those colors look great on you and they're so summery! Lovely wedges too, they look super comfy :)

  11. Yay I love seeing all these cute pictures of Grace! And I love that you love documenting your lives, it's really important to have these memories be tangible so that you and can someday look back and reminisce.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  12. Beautiful top! Looks like a wonderful day with the family! I take lots of photos too. :) The milestones and everyday regular moments are all precious and it's great to look back and remember and see how far we've come. Hope you're week is off to a great start!

  13. Christy, you are definitely doing the right thing by documenting these moments. I think everyone will enjoy them even more so as you get older. It's nice looking back at family photos. Grace will treasure them. It answers so many questions. It preserves so many moments. Everyone looked beautiful. You have an awesome family! I love your top and shorts. The colors are so pretty! So soft! You look beautiful! God bless you and your family!

  14. Man, I was SO good about taking pics of my first baby but have slacked somewhat on the 2nd. I hope I can remember to get the camera out for baby no. 3!!! My life has definitely changed in 10 years. I was single, had my own place, in school. It's all different now!


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

  15. Your family is so cute!
    xoxo-Kate Styled Pretty

  16. I think it's especially important to document moments when you have a child/children so they can look back and enjoy them with you as they grow older. It looks like a fun & memorable family day! Grace is such a pretty girl and so are you! I really like the feminine floral top and sweet shorts.

    Thanks very much for your visit and kind comment Christy!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  17. Great post! Yeah, it's crazy to think how quickly time goes by and how fast things in your life can change in a blink of an eye. I love capturing memories as well, which is why I always have my camera on me. 10 years ago I was 13, which is crazy to think about!! Seems like you captured some really great memories in this post. I haven't seen old fashioned coke bottles like that in so long! Love your outfit The floral top is so breezy. It looks like a water painting : )


  18. That top is so soft and lovely and it looks like your summer has been super busy and super fun :)

  19. Ooo shopruche! I've always wanted to buy something from there. Great outfit! Your daughter is so adorable too :) She'll definitely thank you for taking all those photos when she's older.

    A Splash Of Tan

  20. When I turned 30 I thought back on the last 10 years and it was really reassuring... put things into perspective. I think its awesome that you are documenting life with pictures.. it's good to remember and look back and be thankful!

  21. So sweet! I love all of the fun times with family and friends!
    Happy Summer to you all.

  22. That is so great that you are capturing all these little memories. I have been so bad about that lately, including blogging!

  23. Grace looks like she had a fun time! I think it's great to take photos to remember all the great moments. The plus in it being all digitized is that all the photos are so easy to organize and peruse! I find myself looking back quite often at old photos and reminisce. It's a little chapter in our lives, and it's wonderful to try and capture the moment this way. Grace will thank you for it!

  24. I totally enjoy the family photos!! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :) And I'm thinking floral is totally your thing...looks so great on you!!

    Veloria in Velvet

  25. It's great to see these pictures! :) It sure seems like you're enjoying the outdoors and I hope the family is doing well!

  26. I really need to be better about documenting life for the kids, but I always feel weird busting out a camera and taking pictures during larger gatherings, so all the pictures i have of them is just them playing at home! They'll look back at their pictures and be like, "wow mom you really didn't take us out of the house much!" haha

    And I love your floral top! it goes perfect with your shorts! :) Little Grace is SO darling. Is that a cast on her arm? I hope she's okay!

  27. You look so pretty in this outfit. What a lovely family you have Christy. Your little girl is adorable too. I would not trade anything for family times and enjoy taking pictures of anything as I loved looking back at them in years to come.


  28. I LOVE the 2nd to last photo where Grace is peeking back at you. So precious! And her big smile in the photo before that is so beautiful!!

  29. Oh dear, you look very lovely... I am so touched with this post coz i am very family-oriented. The times with your family should be treasured forever... And there's no way to keep the memories but capture the moments into pictures.... This is a feel-good post... Stay happy!!


  30. Love this floral top! The colors look beautiful on you! I when I read posts that are more personal, it almost brings your photos to life:) I think about the same thing as we are looking to start a family. Even though we do not have kids yet, we have two dogs and I always take photos and videos of them to not only have for our memories, but to show our kids someday too!

    Thanks again for stopping by my blog and so happy to have been introduced to yours!!


  31. you look amazing! your children are so cute!

  32. Nice outfit! Very feminine! Amazing pictures!

    Have a fantastic day!
    ♥ Oksana

  33. Great post babe! I love looking through these photos of your family. These are such precious moments! And you are so right, I'm really grateful for the technology we have now to capture snippets of our life and I can show my boy all the photos when he's older! That's a lovely summer outfit too!

    Fang Ting

  34. Nothing beats time with family and friends. Looks like you are having a fun summer! It's great to be able to look back and reminisce.
    I was just looking at pictures of my kids and it amazes me how much they've grown in just a year! Enjoy the rest of your summer. - Eva

  35. You've got some great hair - and thanks for sharing your fam pics!

  36. "I hope it's okay that I weave some snippets of my life with my attempted fashion posts. It helps me remember, appreciate, and give thanks for all the great things that God continues to bless our lives with."

    What do you mean you hope it's ok? It's more than welcome and your blog after all. I think it's really lovely to weave in your life's snippets coz it allows us readers to know more about you.

    I'm like you. I take snapshots of every little thing in life. It helps me document my memories and I find that I recall so much more things than my friends coz when I blog, I look back at the photos and remember that day's happenings.

    It is good that you capture all these memories for your daughter too. Grace is such a lovely little girl as beautiful as mummy. BTW, you look like one of our local actress from long ago when I was a child. She is no longer acting.

    You seem like a really nice lady and I would love to continue the 2-way communication with you. Will be hitting the follower buttons on both GFC and bloglovin after this. Hope to see you around too. =)


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