Baby’s First Christmas

Baby Nicolle

Christmas is our favorite time of the year. 

We love it. We simply love it. 

Even when it feels like a hundred degrees out here, at the AXIOO House, we always seem to get that warm and fuzzy feeling that makes us want to pour ourselves a cup of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows on top. 

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14 Dec 2014

Christmas love

Cecilia & little Jose Portraits

Natalie Cole said that “as children we believe the grandest sight to see was something lovely wrapped beneath the tree”. I personally think there is no way to disagree with that. Even as we grow older, as Christmas draws near, we find ourselves trapped in the Christmas rush - finding presents, hosting parties, exchanging gifts, thinking about just how much of our yearly budget can we afford to blow away during the holidays. 

 

We rarely think of Christmas for what it really is. 

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05 Dec 2014

A loving home

Jemmy & Silvi family portraits by Vania

"A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met."


- David A. Bednar

 

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30 Nov 2014

Early Christmas at Baby AXIOO

Dre family portraits by Ave

 

 “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

 

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08 Nov 2014

Family Portraits

Ken & Celine’s Family Portraits by Ave

Family pictures are the greatest, aren’t they not? I personally love mine. I try to get shots of us whenever I can. Be it during a special occasion or even in the midst of our daily routines. It annoys the heck out of my husband, but I try to never miss a day without getting all or even a part of my family on camera. Most of the time, I find the challenge to pull out my real camera and turn to the one on my phone. It’s not as great, but it serves the purpose - which is to remember. One day, when I’m old and when my memory would have failed me and I won’t remember the little details anymore, I would pull out the pictures on my phone and I’ll remember again. That’s just one reason why I do this. Here are some other reasons why I will never stop taking pictures of my family:

 I want to remember our journey. I imagine that when I’m old I will only see the end result of my parenting. I take pictures so I can remember the things we went through. I want to look back on those frames and see how far we’ve come. I want to look back and be grateful.

I want my children to remember how beautiful they are. Bad memories have a way of sticking to us more than the good ones. We don’t take pictures of the bad. We take pictures of the good ones, the ones I want my children to remember. I want them to look back on their childhood and see the beauty I see in them. 

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12 Oct 2014

New Luxury

Jef, Cecilia, and Jose family portraits by Fen

What is luxury? When I ask myself, what luxury means? it got me thinking.

We often  think of luxuries as status or symbol, luxuries can often be the things we can’t buy, like the time with our loved ones in these hectic and busy world. Handwritten cards of thanks and phone calls with people we do not  see enough, it is the small things that are unexpected and come from the heart.

I made a short list in 10 minutes on what is luxury means for me, i think you should do that too, it is very refreshing and help you to see the good things in your life :)

Here it is:
1.   Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
2.   Laughing so hard your face hurts
3.   Taking a drive on a pretty road while listening your favorite song on the radio
4.   A good conversation on the beach with friends
5.   Laughing at yourself for falling
6.   Laughing at an inside joke in path
7.   Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
8.   Having someone play with your hair.
9.   Swinging on swings.
10. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
11. Holding hands with someone you care about.
12. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
13. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you
14. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
15. Taking a family photo once in a while


It doesn't necessarily we have the best of everything, we just make the best out of everything that comes our way. Well, there comes a time in your life when you realize something. You realize that you love your life, you love your friends, you love your family, you love everyone, you enjoy the time you are with your friends, you enjoy spending time with your family, you feel comfortable where you are, you love the things you do, you share your love and your smile, you share a smile to the mirror and realize that you are rich.

Here is the quote that made me laugh hard, but I guess it is true

"When I was in grade school, they told me to write down what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down: HAPPY
They told me I didn't understand the assignment,
I told them they didn't understand life."


So friends, Dream BIG, Plan and Do it. But don’t take Life too hard, Enjoy every process, now that God will always there for you.


Love,
Fen

 

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27 Sep 2014

"About a boy"

Dony & Lidya family portraits by Winson

“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy then what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father's dreams aren't big enough, and sometimes his mother's vision isn't long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.” 


― Ben Behunin

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16 Sep 2014

I'm Bound to You

Trisna Family Portraits by Vania

“Family," she announced. "They're the people in your life you don't get to pick. The ones that are given to you,as opposed to those you get to choose."

"You're bound to them by blood," she continued, her voice flat. "Which, you know, gives you that much more in common. Diseases, genetics, hair, and eye color. It's like they're part of your blueprint. If something's wrong with you, you can usually trace it back to them."
I nodded and kept writing.


"But," she said, "even though you're stuck with them, at the same time, they're also stuck with you. So that's why they always get the front rows at christenings and funerals. Because they're the ones that are there, you know, from the beginning to the end. Like it or not.”


― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

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30 Mar 2014

We Are A Family

The Yusuf Family Portraits by Winson

“It’s more than you. It’s more than me. Whatever dreams we have, they’re for the family. We’re not alone anymore, now there are others there. And that dream is big enough, for all of us to share. So don’t think you’re going, you’re not going anywhere. You’re staying and taking your share and if you get afraid again, I’ll be there. 

We are a family like a giant tree, branching out of the sky. We are a family, we so much more than just you and I. We are a family like a giant tree, growing stronger, growing wiser. We are growing free. We need you. We are a family.”

(lyrics taken from “Family” Dreamgirls soundtrack)

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20 Mar 2014

Mama’s Boy

Deviana and Rayden by Ivan | Written by Maya

I’ve got two sons. Two cheeky, snotty, drooling, sour-smelling, magical little boys to call my own. They sure aren’t the cleanest of boys. They love to get their hands on cat hair and pick on worms in the ground and stomp in mud puddles after the rain and they think that The Trash Pack - the grossest guys that live in your garbage - is the most awesome bunch. They jump on my bed and make a huge mess in my room when they are in it. They pull toys off of each other. They bite each other. They wipe snot on each other. They run and slide and hop and bounce  and do all kinds of things that just makes me want to pull them both by the ear. They are a handful. They toss my right to my wits ends at times. But I let them do all that. I let them go that far (as far as I can keep my sanity) because I believe that boys will be boys.

I take my children to the playground and am constantly mindful of the words that come out of my mouth. If I weren’t aware, all I would be shouting after them are “don’t climb!”, “don’t run!”, “don’t slide”, “don’t pick on worms!” I would not let them do anything, because every time they try to pull a daredevil act or even wobble, I can feel my heart sink to my stomach with fear. I think mothers would know what I mean. If we could keep our boys in a glass bubble, we would. We would prevent every bruise, every scratch, every scraped knee. But how will our boys turn out? Would they grow to be strong, self-reliant, macho men who can help themselves? I think not. Would they be brave and courageous men who laugh in the face of danger? Err, I don’t think so.

As moms, we need to inspire our boys to grow into real men. We need to not be too overprotective so that we can grow the importance of having courage and bravery. We need to teach them to help themselves and to be independent.

I’ve learned to tell them to “be careful” instead of telling them “don’t!” I’ve learned that by allowing them to explore and get their hands dirty and be gross, I am giving them a chance to grow and discover themselves. I’ve also learned to become someone smarter and vigorous and creative and critical, so to parent them well.

My boys may sometimes be the snottiest and stinkiest kids I have ever seen, but they are also the sweetest, most adorable little beings that have graced the face of this earth. Because when they plant a huge fat sloppy wet kiss on my cheeks, I really can’t see the grossness anymore. But I guess that all moms are biologically programmed to see things that way. Don’t you think so?

Kusjes,

Maya

 

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06 Mar 2014
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