Our New Podcast

Steve and I recently launched a podcast!

We invite you to join us as we talk about mundane everyday stuff (our love for Taco Bell and weird words our kids invented), as well as important things (dealing with emotional health during the pandemic and raising a multiethnic family). This podcast is sorta for us because it’s been fun to do together, but it’s also for anyone out there who may find it adds something good to their lives.

Our first recording session. This is real life – messy house, socks on microphones, and hoping our kids don’t make any noise.

The podcast is our way to connect, share our experiences, and have honest conversations with lots of laughter. Grab a drink and come hang out with us!

To listen to the podcast go to steveandlarissapodcast.transistor.fm

Or subscribe on your favorite podcast app like Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

Happy 4th Birthday, Aria

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I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Aria.

Dear Aria,

Happy 4th birthday!

What a year you’ve had. A great year of new things, like preschool, moving from a car seat to booster seat, transitioning completely out of pull-up diapers (YAY!), learning to write your name, figuring out how to fold your laundry the KonMari way, and finding new things that you love.

Currently, you love playing Memory, creating art, eating instant ramen, having books read out loud to you, singing songs from Doc McStuffins, telling us about your friends at preschool, riding on your scooter, and cleaning windows with what you call “window-dex” (aka Windex). Most days you dress up in creative, colorful outfits, which accurately reflects your exuberant personality.

You add so much joy and flair everywhere you go. You are confident, and able to jump into lots of new situations with excitement. There are so many unique and special things about you, Aria.

I hope this next year brings new discoveries and adventures.

Hugs, kisses, and lots of love,

Mommy

Happy 6th Birthday, Alex

I write letters to my children on their birthdays. Here is last year’s letter to Alex.

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Dear Alex,

Happy birthday!

There is so much to celebrate about you.

You are resilient, spunky, and fun. You are creative, and love to make beautiful art for other people. You are engaged with the world around you. You love connecting with people and being helpful to others. Sometimes we get glimpses of an older version of you – like when you are so quick to help your little sister when she’s mid-meltdown.

This year you graduated from preschool. Yay! Then you jumped into kindergarten with excitement. Every day you enjoy telling us about what you did at school and who you played with at recess.

You are learning how to read and write, and are so self-motivated that we’ve barely done anything other than provide you with lots of books and paper. Car rides with you are fun because you are constantly finding signs to read out loud.

Other new things from this year – you got your ears pierced, you started really swimming, you learned how to shower all by yourself, you figured out how to ride a bike without training wheels, and you started playing soccer.

You love getting your fingernails painted, watching PJ Masks, going on family camping trips, listening to the Greatest Showman soundtrack, getting Happy Meals at McDonald’s, going on special Daddy-Daughter dates with Dad, playing with water outside, telling knock knock jokes, and hanging out at Wet N Wild.

Alex, you are a pure joy to have as my daughter. I hope this year is full of fun and growth for you. I love you a lot.

Love, Mom