letters to our daughters / june 2013

A letter to my little girl who’s now five years old and no longer a preschooler


Dear Olivia,

I’ve been writing this letter to you in my head for many months now and every time I thought about it, I got the tightest knot in my throat. I usually thought about it in the car on my way to pick you up from preschool, from the very preschool that your big sister went ever since she was just two years old. The one that since the beginning felt like I had finally found a place I could feel like you girls would feel at home, where every teacher pours their heart to make every kid feel safe and loved, and happy. I knew as soon as I walked in for the very first time, that that was the place where I wanted you girls to make your first school memories at, to remember your teachers and their smiles, and the music and colors and peace that is felt when you walk in. I love that preschool so much. I love that it’s all about playing and creating and having fun. They respect childhood so much in there.
I will never ever forget when Miss Janessa came running to me at pick up on one of your first days of toddler class and she had the biggest smile on her face and told me that you have had a great day, your very first great day at school after a few harder days in the beginning. Your first day with no tears and many smiles and then you came running to me with that same smile she was telling me about, the one that can light up anyones’ day, and ever since then, you felt at home there too.
We all made such strong friendships there. I can’t believe that era has come to an end. I can’t believe you are no longer a “little kid” that goes to preschool. It’s really so crazy how fast time has gone by ever since you were a baby. But you are still my baby and you will always be. And remember that you told me a few nights ago that you were always going to come to my bed to cuddle with me at bedtime, even when you are eighteen. 😉

I know you are a little anxious about kindergarten, and so am I, but you are going to have a lot of fun and make great friends, just like you did in preschool. And you will still get a lot of playtime, both at school and at home, I promise that. You love to play and get lost in your own stories. You make the cutest, funniest stories ever. I love listening to them and watch you be a kid, so pure with such an incredible imagination and ability to crate and live so perfectly in the moment. I love and admire how you enjoy your childhood. I love you so very much, Olivia.

I also wanted to write you a little something for your birthday. I know it was in April, but am just now getting to write it.

Your turned 5!!! Happy birthday love! I love you so so incredibly much and even more. I love that you chose to have some family time in Leavenworth instead of having a big party. I love that your favorite thing is being with your family. I love having you in my life. You make my life a lot more colorful.

And here are a few things I asked you so we can read it together in many years and remember.

Best friend: Me (Mama)

Favorite color: Aqua

Favorite food: Candy

Favorite thing to do: Drink green tea and have chocolate with me and cuddle.

Favorite place to go: Leavenworth

Favorite toy: Pengui (You bring him with you to as many places as you can and sleep with him every night).

What do you want to be when you grow up?: A photographer

Your preschool besties are Lulu & Chloe

Your favorite book these days is “Tea with the queen” and Bob Books.

You still love your ballerina shoes that Abuelo Chechis got you last year in Vancouver. They have holes all over them but you still insist on wearing them.

Things you love: Dancing, and you are so incredibly good at it. You are such an expressive dancer. You love to draw, especially animals, people, flowers and hearts.
When you make me drawings you usually sign it saying. “To Val love From Olivia” and you make hearts all over.
You love Lola and you guys also fight like dogs and cats, but she;s your favorite.

I love you baby so so much and I can’t wait to continue watching you grow and teaching you and learning from you.

Te amo,


Continue the circle with my sweet friend Kirsty Larmour who has two incredibly adorable girls.

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pati - June 25, 2013 - 7:16 am

…tengo ese mismo nudo en la garganta ahora mismo. Quiere ser fotografa!!!!! <3

Qué lindura Val.

Melissa Brandao - June 25, 2013 - 12:12 pm

This is so sweet and so inspiring… and your pictures are unique!!! Congratulations!!!!

Sarah C - June 25, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Val you have me in tears over here. SO beautiful! Olivia does look just a little more grown up here, and she is every bit as beautiful as her mama and big sister. Getting to have lunch with you I got to really see first hand what a special lady you are. I just wish you were all closer. These images just resonate. She reminds me a bit of my Sophie sometimes. Lots of love!

Luli - June 25, 2013 - 12:15 pm

No puede ser mas dulce…la carta, Oli, Vos. Te quieroooo!

Charmaine - June 25, 2013 - 3:03 pm

So heartfelt and beautiful, Val. I know that you and Olivia will treasure this forever. I can relate with my two boys who are growing up too fast. That cusp before kindergarten is so bittersweet. Thank you for sharing this. xoxc

north creatures - June 25, 2013 - 3:12 pm

this project you’re doing is so sweet, val. it’ll be great when you girls read it some years later :)

have a happy week

Ludu - June 25, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Tus hijas son miuyy afortunadas de tenerte de mama! Te amoooo

Kirsty - June 25, 2013 - 11:36 pm

Oh sweetie, how she has grown – I feel a lump in my throat just looking at these pictures and how she no longer looks like your baby girl – but your letter tells how she still has that precious sweet personality – and that will never change… xxx

Janie Beaumont - June 26, 2013 - 4:16 am

Adorable in every way…..xxx

katy tuttle - June 29, 2013 - 6:58 am

your photography, your words, your children… dripping with sweet. like a little fairytale. so beautiful val <3

Heather - July 2, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Wonderful. I could not love them more!

Ali - August 7, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Your pictures are beautiful!!! May I ask what camera you use? Thanks!!

Brenda Perez - October 5, 2013 - 10:50 pm

She is beautiful!! I love how you captured her so beautifully!

Nikki Lorenzo - November 23, 2013 - 8:01 pm

hello, i just found your website via pinterest and wow i cannot get over the pictures of your little girl. what a beauty. your photos are inspiring. i have a question. did you study photography? i am a hair stylist and love taking pictures on the side…i want to be as good as you! seriously. i need tips. thanx for sharing such gorgeous photography!!!


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