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Barefoot Blonde Amber Fillerup in Tokyo, Japan
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Barefoot Blonde Amber Fillerup^^This slide was SO STEEP and slippery and fast. We went FLYING off the edge of it and I was so muddy and had a bruised bum after haha.
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Barefoot Blonde Amber Fillerup^^Rosie and Atticus giving big hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

DRESS: Rachel Comey / SNEAKERS: Frye / COAT: Topshop / DUCK RAIN COATS: Amazon / RO’S DRESS: Ultra Violet Kidsย c/o

We started our morning by going on a really pretty drive and exploring a park. On the way home we were supposed to head to catch a ferry to Nokonoshima Island but it was raining and I didn’t think a boat ride would be the best idea. So we looked at our back up list and decided to go toย Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. When we pulled up I was bummed and thought it was closed because we were the only car in a massive parking lot – and it was SO quiet. We walked in and workers greeted us so we paid the $3 admission. Then we rented some bikes and went to explore the park. To our surprise we found we were the only ones in the entire park!!! Something about being the only ones in such a beautiful, peaceful place really felt like we were actually inside of a dream – it didn’t feel real. David kept looking at me saying, “what is going on?! is this real!?” I was asking myself the same thing.

The park had bike paths lined with cherry blossoms, yellow flower fields, blue flower fields, tulips galore, gardens, workshops for kids to do crafts, a water park, ponds, a zoo (and a petting zoo!), several big playgrounds, cafes, food stands, and the list goes on! It was the most incredible park, ever.

I know we have had a lot of amazing days together but in that moment I really felt like that day was the best day ever.

And I know this is really long but wanted to share one more thing! A few weeks ago I went to a yoga class with some friends. I have always liked yoga butย usually just do it to get a good stretch. This time the instructor throughout the class kept reminding us to come back to the present – to not think about anything else and just feel that exact moment. To feel each movement, fingertips, body parts, etc. Each time she said this I found that I was actually having to come back to the present because my mind somehow wandered to what I was having to do that day or whatever it was. Because she kept reminding me I felt like by the end I had a good 30 or so minutes where I was really, truly, in the present. And it felt REALLY good. I always try to live in the moment but I think sometimes even when my phone and distractions are away and I am enjoying being with my family, my mind can still wander even without me knowing it. Sometimes just thinking about “okay what time do we need to leave in order to get the kids ready for nap?” “what should I cook them for dinner?” “did I remember to change that load of laundry?” etc. And they are small thoughts that I don’t even realize I am having until I really tell my mind to come back to the present. I hope this is making sense.

So I have been trying to really practice this since that class and when I am going through each day,ย give myself subtle reminders to just come back and drop thoughts and feel the moment (as cheesy as that sounds). And honestly, it really makes me enjoy life more. Even when nothing exciting is going on and I am just sitting there, it feels good to just be motionless but also have my mind motionless. Whenever people have said “live in the moment” I kind of took that as, put the phone down and turn the TV off and go live. But even when you are living ย you could still not really be in the moment. Anyways, I am just rambling now but just something I have been thinking about and wanted to share ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. I love your photos! They’re perfect! Y’all are the cutest! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜

  2. Oh my gosh Amber your kids are the cutest, and those little raincoats are just the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen! You were so lucky to have the park to yourselves, it looks like such a beautiful place!!

    The Lilly Mint Blog

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts of being “present” I really needed to hear that. <3

  4. I try to do this before falling asleep each night. I try not to let my mind wander to what I didn’t get accomplished today or what I have to do the next day but to just turn it all off.
    It’s really hard and I agree when you are able to just be present you feel so much better. I always feel better when I have been able to fall asleep like that and have gotten a good nights rest ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. The photos are insanely magical and beautiful and perfect! I am dying at how cute little Rosie is! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us. Enjoy your time in Japan, it’s such an amazing place!

    http://bellimay.com

  6. Hey Amber,

    the first picture of you and Rosie its just sooo adorable! She is the cutest!
    I love seeing pictures of your kids and it makes me so exited about becoming a mom one day! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also really liked that you shared your thoughts about living in the moment. It really is so important and I really love to meditate in yoga class as well as you did! Afterwords you just feel so good, relaxed and alive ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love from Germany
    Pauline <3

    http://www.mind-wanderer.com

  7. I totally agree with this. I find that living in the moment is about feeling, thinking, and being in the moment. No distractions. I love this post so much. These kinds of posts are the reason I love love love visiting this blog. You should definitely frame some of these photos in the field of flowers. They’re so so lovely. xx

  8. Beautiful photos! Feels like a dream! The kiddos are just so adorable, I love love love their expressions! Your post always put a smile on my face. It’s so true that we should live in the present more! We have too much distractions in our daily lives and before I realize it, another day have gone by!
    xx

    http://www.crystalchiffon.com/

  9. These photos with you and the kids in the field are by far my favorites I’ve seen lately! Such beautiful moments captured and you all look so happy and adorable!
    As for living in the moment, I couldn’t agree more with you! Most days we are swept by these little thoughts and we forget to just live the present. I will start paying more attention to my thoughts from now on and hopefully, it will become more of a habit ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

    Sabina | I’ve Got Sunshine

  10. Amber, darling, I love that about yoga as well! I have been practicing it a lot and it really helps to be present, to be quiet, to breathe…At first it was very difficult but I kept focusing on my breathing and listening to it (as the teacher told us) and after some time I really got it!
    By the way pictures are really amazing, you were so lucky to have the whole park to yourself! Love reading about your adventures xxx

  11. Beautiful photos! You’ve captured the feeling of living in the moment so well.

  12. Wow! What a magical place! No wonder you were asking yourselves if this was for real. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  13. First of all, these photos are BREATHTAKING! How lucky that you guys got to enjoy the park just with your family ๐Ÿ™‚ Second, I totally understand the whole “living in the moment thing.” I have anxiety and my mind seems to wander on the things like you mentioned such as “when do I need to leave to get here on time?” or “what should I cook tomorrow?” and the thoughts take up my mind. I catch myself over-thinking even when people are talking to me! It’s so hard to try to be in the moment, but it’s so important and something we can all work on ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo,
    Lauren Lindmark
    dailydoseofcharm.com

  14. I feel I have to remind myself to be present, especially since we just had a little one, and on nights he’s colicky and I find myself wishing we were beyond this…. to everything there is a season and some seasons may not be your season, as a mom, as a worker, as a person, whatever. And that is okay because the good and the bad of it- it all will pass into a new season. So we have to just be present and enjoy and savor what there is to. And now, your words about those little thoughts…. wow. So true and just adds a new level to be aware of when trying to be present.

    Also- you look lovely (even in the photo you think you look awkward in) and your Atticus is looking so grown up here!

  15. Omg! I was just praying this morning asking for help in this department. My mind is always going nonstop and it is exhausting! Hoping I can learn to be present better or even just turn my mind off at times.

  16. Thank you for sharing – it’s a constant struggle for sure and I feel like it got worse when I became a Momma! How do you manage social media/your blog etc with trying to live present or “hands free” ? This is SO hard for me! But maybe buying a camera and not using my iPhone would help out a bit โ˜บ๏ธ

    Alyssa

    Beeandkai.wordpress.com

  17. I always look forward to reading your posts and seeing your Instagram posts! Seriously, please never stop because I always find so much inspiration in your beautiful words!

  18. Love that!!! So true! I have been practicing yoga for 6 months and am actually getting certified to teach now I love it so much. It has changed my life… It started out just like you were I had an experience which made me realize I could be living more present. Then I started focusing on my intention for class while breathing was to bring lightness and good energy into my experience. I literally would find myself able to take a breath before reacting to the kids (I have 4 of them!) and I literally realized I could shift the energy from frustrated to good vibes just by being present and re-stating their feelings. Everyone just wants to be seen and heard! Check out Core Power Yoga if they have one where you are! Your photos as always are priceless!!!! You are so lucky to have this virtual photo album!

  19. Beautiful Words! I think the hardest thing in our busy lives is to remember the small stuff. Living in the moment is often challenging when two small people are always there keeping us busy. You know just taking five to have a giggle with them is just as rewarding. PS – love the dress!!!!
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  20. Amazing to have the park all to yourself, rainy days are the best! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I know exactly what you mean by ‘living in the moment’ and just sitting there motionless, I used to have a big problem with just ‘being’ in the present and enjoying life without worrying or thinking about the past so I actually got a tattoo that just says ‘here,’ on my arm. And every time I see it it’s a reminder of me living right now right here!
    Richelle xx
    https://www.pinkavocado.nl

  21. How beautiful are these photos?!*_* This park looks exactly the same like a garden in a fairytale.
    Me and my twin sister have been following your blog since Insta comes up.
    You do a great job Amber! We are big fans of you.

    Greetings from Austria

  22. Your little duckies are the cutest, they look like they are enjoying the rain as much as the sunshine!

    I love your comment about presence. Sometimes I catch myself reading a book, with my phone in my hand, as well as the TV rambling on. Why?? I am NOT that good of a multi tasker lol!!

    Thanks for sharing
    Lo
    http://www.themixtures.com

  23. OMG!!! This park is amazingly beautiful with all colorful fresh flowers. It can be considered heaven to me. And ONLY your family in the park. That’s insane!
    I love every pictures but especially the one you on a pink bike, so fun and pretty to see. I wish to visit it someday!
    Thanks for sharing about “being in present”, I totally agree and it does need time to practise.
    Have a wonderful day! xo
    Huyen

  24. This post was delightful! I constantly struggle with living in the moment, and always find myself with a wandering mind. Being present gives life so much more meaning and it truly reminds you that every day is a blessing. I totally agree with you, Amber! Thanks for sharing and always being honest, that’s what I want to feel like when I write as well.
    XOXOX,
    Emily
    fondlyemily.co

  25. Wonderful reminder that mindfulness helps us live a more fulfilling life- it prevents us from being distracted by worries about the future or by rehashing the past.

  26. Ohmygosh I loved this so much freaking much!! And Amber, I love what you said about “being in the present moment”! Such a good reminder to think on and try to live out! Especially when you have young kids I think its so important!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Also that park is a DREAM!! Like holy cow its unbelievable! How neat that you guys got it all to yourselves! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Oh my gosh the photos are amazing, so crazy that you guys were the only ones there, and that bike basket ! amazing, I need one of those lol I picked up a book recently at Barnes and nobles called Mindfullness a practice guide that teaches you how to be in the moment, and how meditating for just a couple of minutes can help you be in the moment and enjoy the little things in life.

  28. Witch each post, you and your family take me on this beautiful adventure and I’m truly grateful for these moments! Thank you. All the best for you guys. Keep up the good work.

    xoxo from Napa Valley!

    Paulina
    http://www.shenska.com

  29. Your not rambling at all. You make perfect sense Amber ๐Ÿ™‚
    heart LP
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  30. I love these pictures SO MUCH!
    I had never been too attracted by Japan, but now I certainly am!

    P.s. Will you please do a tutorial on this hairstyle? ๐Ÿ˜

  31. such a beautiful place, really makes me want to visit soon. I’m completely with you on the “living the moment”. I’d like to say its a mom thing but its really not. Especially with technology there’s so many distractions! Thanks for sharing these photos. Your babies are beautiful!
    petitepepper.com

  32. I love what you wrote here. I could not agree more. So inspiring and makes me currently feel so much better, so thank you. (: ps the KIDS! Omg. They look so incredibly happy. Love seeing all your posts (as usual) and seeing where you guys are going. <3 hope you guys have a great day today.

    Xoxox

  33. Living in the moment is so difficult for me. I always have lists going on in my head constantly reminding me what I need to do and planning how I’ll do it. So this post was very good for me! I’ll have to start reminding myself to just be present. Thank you for this ๐Ÿ™‚ also, LOVE this pictures! I couldn’t wait for this post to come, and it looks like an absolute dream ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  34. I love your insight that you share in your blogs! It’s very inspiring and makes me realize things I never really thought of. Thanks for being so open and real in your posts… one of the many reasons I love following along.

  35. These photos are so beyond dreamlike! Your outfit is perfect for them. The kiddos look like they are having the time of their lives! I love this concept of being present – it’s so tough to do, but it’s worth it xx

    http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  36. I ALWAYS tell my girls to ‘be present’ and ‘live in the moment’! I try too, although it IS hard. But I truly find that I enjoy life more, and stress less, when I try to do this. I have no idea if my girls understand what I mean but I’m hoping someday it sticks! This post was so beautiful by the way!! xoxo : )

  37. Okay, this is a PARK!?! What?? Why can’t we have amazing parks like this? haha. These photos are so beautiful and I’m so happy that you all had a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Living in the moment is kind of what I talked about in my most recent blog post too. It is about being burned out, but I tied it back to not be fully present and intentional with my time because we live in such a fast paced society that is draining if we don’t stop and enjoy what is going on in the present. ๐Ÿ™‚

    –Elise
    http://www.caturdaystyle.com

  38. Absolutely amazing๐Ÿ˜€your family, your pictures and especially the reminder-live the moment…we really forget about that, don’t we? Wish you all the best from Poland๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Love this! Those blue flower fields are surreal! Also, I love yoga for the peace it brings. I was pretty sure I was going to die the first month doing it because I was *so* tense and not flexible, but eventually, you get the hang of it! It’s amazing how much it impacts my day-to-day!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  40. They’re definitely are times like weddings and cute dates where I forget to live in the moment. I’m always thinking about the future wondering what’s going to happen next. Then I’m always sad when the day is over
    -Kate
    http://www.katekoutures.com/

  41. gorgeous photos again – your trip looks amazing. And your kids are just the cutest ever!

  42. These photos are stunning- the flowers are beautiful! It is so hard to be in the moment but this is a great reminder that we can all be a little more conscious of it.

  43. Thank you for sharing what you learned in the yoga class. I have 2 kids, work full time and am launching a side business so I’m trying to find a way to enjoy all of the moments in life without letting them pass me by. I think what you just shared will certainly help me! Thank you for also sharing your life with us. What an incredible gift you are to the world!

  44. This is a great post, especially the parts about striving to be present. I love the description of the dreamy park. Also, I know this is controversial, but how wonderful that your kids are growing up this way with a stay at home mom, and they get to do these great things. I always stayed at home too, still do even now with high schoolers. I wish all kids could be so lucky. When my children were small we didn’t have much money but we still made it work so I could be home.

  45. Love this!!! Yoga is my business and my passion (I own a studio and have been teaching for 9 years!) and practicing presence is such an amazing thing. It’s not always easy to “be present,” but simply the act of practicing it helps to relieve stress and makes me so much happier. Love that it’s been positive for you as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Where have you been? It looks amazing! Youยดre definitely a Great mom, because your photos say a beautiful story. I am also a mother, namely four daughters (age 8, 5, 3 and 1) and I try to be happy that they are mine. We are at the Easter Trip – for seven days. Let me exact, we are in Paris.

  47. I think this is one of those profound moments…..everything you said is so true! I love you, Thank you for that amazing reminder! xox

  48. this happens to me to all the time, I’m always thinking ahead and not living the moment. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one!!

  49. The photos are so beautiful! thank you for sharing your thoughts, whenever I read your blog I appreciate how genuine and real you are.

  50. Omg those rubber duckie ponchos are beyond adorable!! And yes, being present in the moment is so hard, especially nowadays when we have all kinds of technology to distract us!

    -Marissa
    http://www.quartzandleisure.com

    1. I also love โค this poncho, children soo sweet in it, and the small Hunter boots…
      I am big fun of Hunter, looking for the moment to buy small ones!

  51. Magical pictures for sure!!! Absolutely love all of your Japan pictures so far!! ๐Ÿ™‚ This day sounds and looks awesome!

  52. The photos of you and the kids in the field are stunning… they could be from another time. Absolutely beautiful!

  53. I have a boring desk job and so during my down time I read your blog amongst others (your is my favorite!) and it makes my work day better! Your photos are so beautiful and your kids are so cute! Please don’t ever stop blogging ๐Ÿ™‚
    -Eliza

  54. So gorgeous!!! Could you or David do a post abou how you edit your photos? I just love how they turn out

  55. These are STUNNING! And isn’t it great when you find you and your loved ones in such a place all alone? It makes the experience so amazing to be able to explore all those little details and spend as much time as you want – a bit like time has stopped. Especially when there is so much to explore! Beautiful!

    Xo, Rebecca
    http://bexpeditions.com/

  56. Allllllll the pictures from your Japan trip have been absolutely magical but these are especially so!!!! Your posts have definitely been brightening my days!!

  57. Staying in the present moment can be SO challenging. I think part of it has to do with how connected we are to technology (a good and a bad thing) and for me at least, I am at times overstimulated by the amount of information being thrown at me. You are so right that it takes multiple reminders to start getting into the habit of staying present. Such a healthy habit to get into though. Thanks for sharing and love the beautiful photos!

    xo

    http://www.shorethingblog.com