the L.A. flower market

Monday, July 13

My sister and I took a girl's trip to L.A. with a couple of friends last month. All in all, we were four women, and four babies, two rental cars and one condo. Which is just about as insane as it sounds.

It started off well.  Isla and I were on our way to the airport when I got notification that our flight had been cancelled. So the lady baby and I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon waiting in line, so that we could get bumped to a different flight, which ended up taking off late that evening. As delightful as that sounds, it actually wasn't terrible; spending all that time at the airport when everyone around you is rightfully like, OMGGGG, and you're like, guys, guys. You don't understand. I could have a three-year-old with me right now.

That is the blessing of having two I guess. When you go back to having just one, it's kind of like winning the brain lottery. SO MUCH ROOM FOR MY OWN THOUGHTS, I MIGHT AS WELL BE MEDITATING; SOMEBODY GIVE ME A MATH PROBLEM.

It was so awesome to spend the week with just Isla. It reminded me of the old days when it was just me and Everett, taking on the world; getting to experience my baby one on one. I didn't even know I had missed it until I got to L.A.! Of course, she'll never remember it, but spending that time with just my sunshine girl was so connective and needed. I love love loved it.

The time we had there felt packed to the gills, but we did manage to steal an afternoon in the L.A. flower district. So please enjoy the following 4000 pictures of peonies. Had to be done.


rhiannon said...

gorgeous photos!

Candace Shiflet said...

love love love these pictures! and love that you got some 1 on 1 time with your sweet girl. I bet Ty and E had a great week together, too! such a fun trip and v v grateful for the peony pictures cause they're beautes.
xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

Kendra Castillo said...

Looks like the perfect (and dreamy) day!

PAAR said...

Very cute photos!

Alyssa Hartwick said...

Adorable! I want to go down there and check it out now. Thanks!!

Helen said...

Fresh flowers don't need any styling. These are gorgeous photos, as always.

Helen XO

Paige Cassandra Flamm said...

These pictures are gorgeous! The other day my husband and I were just with our 11 month old while her brother was at a play date, and I thought, "man, this is so easy to only have one baby!" We obviously love both of them, but having those breaks with just one is great too!


Chelsea said...

What a gorgeous place!!

Kuo said...

this looks so organic and wholesome! the flowers are so soothing and the kids are adorable(:

Beautyosaurus Lex said...

So darn cute! Can I just teleport myself there for the day?! I can't even begin to imagine how divine it must smell :)

Beautyosaurus Lex

The Indie | The Indie Byline said...

Adding visiting a flower market to my list of things to do in the near future right away! I'm so blown away by how big your babies have gotten. Beautiful, beautiful family :)

Alissa Mitchell said...

Dear Syd, Thank you for your lovely posts. I've followed your blog for a while now, and I am hooked. I was wondering if you'd be willing to do an updated post on how you edit your pictures! I started trying to use the old one, But the pictures turned out saturated and had tints. I would BE SO GRATEFUL if you could share! But I totally understand if you don't have time/ if you don't want to spread you're photo style secrets across the internet.

Oh Hey Blog said...

Prams were solely designed to carry your flower haul...!

Megan || Oh Hey! blog

createdfamily said...

This appears to be my dream day! Lovely photos.

Chelsy said...

I would love if you would share how you edit your images. They always look so dreamy!

Allie said...

Gorgeousness! All around!

de Fête said...

Isn't the Flower District just plain amazeballs?! Hope you loved LA as much as we do! You sure make it look pretty in your pictures ;)

Rebecca said...

I lived an hour from L.A. for 3 years and never ventured to the flower mall. I really missed out, that's for sure!

Melissa Anthony said...

The second-to-last photo of you and Isla is so cute! It makes her eyes look extra blue and is such a sweet candid :)

mybeautrip .com said...

Amazing place. Love the flowers!


Blue Labels Boutique said...

Beautiful flowers. The fruit looks amazing.

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Incredible post! All kinds of beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hey girl! I've been following your blog for a few years now even before Everett was born and I love reading it and your down to earth personality and rants on motherhood! I have two babies too, a boy & a girl a little closer together than yours are. But it's nice to see other mommas I can relate too!
Kind of a serious topic though, but I've beenwanting to share these thoughts with you..because I think it's good to be challenged spiritually sometimes. I consider myself a bible believing Christian and I believe there's a few differences between what I believe as such and what lds believe. I guess one is that lds believe everyone will go to some level or form of heaven. However as a bible believing Christian we believe many will go to hell for not fully trusting Christ alone...if you're open I hope you will continue reading this..I have put a lot of thought and heart into it.
It is with great heaviness that I share this, but it concerns me that as a Mormon you are headed on the path to outer darkness.
As Matthew 7:13-14 says,
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
I know this isn't something you want to hear but I know and feel in my heart that it is the most loving and caring thing I could do, especially because I take what God says in Matthew 5:48, very seriously:
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
3 Nephi 12:48 also says: "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, your Father who is in heaven is perfect."
The Lord commands us in these verses to be presently perfect, not to become perfect. He asks us of our perfection now. For an example when I ask my children to be good, does it mean that I would like them to obey immediately, or in ten years? Or what does it mean when a boss says to be on time? Similarly, I believe God is commanding us to be perfect presently. "Be" perfect, not "become" perfect is clearly what He requires. Do you believe you are as complete, finished, fully developed as heavenly Father right now? We need to be perfect and rid ourselves our sin, because God is perfect and Holy and will not tolerate our sin. He is righteous and just and we all deserve to go to outer darkness for not keeping His commandments. In Isaiah 64:6 the bible says that even our righteous deeds are filthy rags to God. In the context of which the verse was written, "filthy rags" refers to what was used for feminine hygiene. I know this sounds rather brash, but God is absolutely perfect and will not tolerate our sin as it is a huge offense to Him. Even when we try our best, it is not good enough. Here are a few scriptures and quotes that reiterate this:
Alma 11:37 says-"And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins."
James 2:10 says- "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."
This verse says that even a person who stumbles in one point, regardless if it was unintentional-is still guilty of breaking the whole law.
"There is one crucial rest of repentance. This is abandonment of the sin.. The saving power does not extend to him who merely wants to change his life" (Spencer W. Kimball, quoted in Sharing d Gospel Course Manual, p.94).
" Nor is repentance complete when one merely tries to abandon sin. ... To "try" is weak" (Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, pp. 164, 165).

Anonymous said...

You and I cannot be perfect. I’m not just saying we make mistakes or we are learning; I’m saying we are in rebellion to God. I sin because I want to, because I love myself more than God…I am evil and these verses describe me:
Romans 3:10-18 – “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.:
Jeremiah 17:9 - " The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Ecclesiastes 9:3 – “This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.”
John 8:34 – “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
Romans 7:18 – “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.”
Jeremiah 13:23 – “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”
Psalm 51:5 – “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Genesis 8:21 – “And the Lord smelled a sweet savour; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”
Colossians 2:13 – “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses”
Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-5 - And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked... But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved
These verses describe our Holy God, the One whom we are rebelling against:
Psalm 145:3 –“ Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”

Anonymous said...

Revelation 4:11 " Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
Revelation 5:9 –“ And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”
Daniel 4:34-35 –“ And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Habakkuk 1:13 –“ Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?”
Isaiah 26:21 –“ For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.”
Palsm 24:1-4 –“ The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”
Hebrews 4:13 –“ Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
Exodus 34:6-7 –“ And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.”
Matthew 22:37-38 –“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”
* You’ve never once loved him as he deserved. Therefore, without the perfection of Christ covering you all you do is abhorrent.
The contrast of who God is to who we are proves we need to be saved in spite of what we do and not because of what we do. And this all comes together in the cross. The cross is what we deserved, to be crushed by God (Isaiah 53), but he who is worshiped by angels chose to be slaughtered by men because he is rich in kindness. If we try to contribute anything to our salvation we are rejecting God’s gift of complete salvation and our “good works” are only another act of rebellion.
And 1 Nephi 3:7 says that The Lord doesn't give us commandments that we can't keep.
"...for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

Anonymous said...

So if the Lord doesn't give us a commandment that we can't keep, then why aren't we perfectly following His commandments and being perfect now? Because according to this verse we should be able to do so. Are we unable or unwilling?
Well, to be honest if you were to ask me if I am perfect, I would confidently tell you- yes, I am. Do I sin, fall short, and fail to keep God's commandments perfectly? I certainly do... I believe I am unable to keep His commandments and from sinning against Him on my own. I know I've done many things to deeply offend and grieve God that no one else knows about. But though I struggled with these challenges of sin every day and not being worthy enough, I know God has declared me perfect because Jesus was perfect for me and wiped my sins away with His death. I believe I am already perfect in Heavenly Father's sight through Jesus sacrificial death.
I encourage you to read this passage in Hebrews 10:10-18:
10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin."
I love this passage, especially verse 14, because it shows that the way we become Saints is by placing our hope in what Jesus has already done for you and I. It is beautiful knowing that Jesus is our substitute, not merely our example of what we need to do. He took our place and it is a done deal. The wrath we deserve from the Lord in outer darkness has been taken upon in Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection. We need to take comfort and joy in His perfection for us rather than to struggle to be perfect ourselves, or try to let Christ make up the difference of our short comings. Verse 17 says my sins and iniquities He will remember no more! What a wonderful resounding truth! We can personally witness to the joy, peace, and relief that is ours, knowing that Jesus was perfect for us. Jesus did it all. And it is a free gift. God requires nothing more of us except that we transfer our trust from ourselves, one hundred percent onto what Christ has done for us, alone. And then we do our best to obey and follow His commandments, knowing we will still fall short, but out of pure love, adoration and obedience to Him.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Thanks for taking time to read and consider...I really hope you're able to think upon and meditate on this important topic. For eternity weighs on these truths...I truly mean this all in love. -ally

C's Confetti said...

Cute pictures! The flowers are beautiful!

LittleSweet Fox said...

oh my, these flowers are so dreamy! you guys looked like you had so much fun!

LP said...

I love all of your outfits on this trip- especially all of the shoes! Could you tell me where you got yours as well as your friend's shoes (the black scrappy sandals)? The one wearing the cute black and white striped dress.

Thank you!

Lauren - émoi émoi said...

Beautiful pictures!


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