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05/23/13

Luna’s Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Documenting Luna’s life one year at a time. I finally finished Year 3 book! When the book arrived in the mail, it is Luna who is the most excited. She’ll go through the book and scream “Oh, I remember that day!” and “Oh, that was so much fun!”. I also couldn’t help giggling seeing her kissing the photos on the book saying “cute little girl Luna”. Watching her with all that excitement going through photos and photos of her life makes doing this year after year all worth it.

Every year, I start off the book with a little write up summarizing that year. Here’s the intro for year 3:

To my daughter Luna,

Each year, I tell myself this is the best year yet and it couldn’t get any better. But you’ve proven that every year with you is so incredibly special filled with so much love and happiness. I love spending my days with you and watching your personality blossom to be the sweetest and funniest little girl. I love hearing you tell your stories about life at preschool & daycare and about all your little friends. I love watching you learn the simplest things in life but yet, they are big achievements and we are always there beside you applauding you. I love how much we say “I love you” to each other and “you’re my best friend”. We truly are best of friends. You’re the most beautiful little girl I have ever known and I love you to pieces. The pages in this book tells a story of our beautiful life together when you were just 3 years old. You sure are little but the happiness and joy you give is bigger than any of us combines. Thank you for being my best little friend.

Love, Mommy

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

I’ve noticed that when I tell her stories of her first birthday, a holiday we took… she will quickly run to grab the book and will reference my story to the photos in the book. Amazing. And only her who has the patience to sit for hours looking at the photos in the book one page at a time. After all, these book are made for her to remember our beautiful life together year after year.

If you want to make the same book, I use Blurb to print these books. All my books are all custom design (I’m a graphic designer) but they do make it easy for people without a design background with an easy to follow template. Here are the specs for Luna’s Year 3 book:

- 240 pages- Standard Landscape (10×8″)
- Hardcover, image wrap
- Premium paper, matte finish

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 3 Book

You can see previous books here:

Luna’s First Year of Life
Luna’s Year 2 Book


08/28/12

34 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 34 Months

Do you guys remember these monthly photos I used to do of Luna? I’ve been taking these monthly photos at home but just haven’t been posting them. It’s been a lot easier taking photos of her as she will willingly post & dance for me as I take a billion snap shots. At this stage of Luna’s life, she’s been really into dancing. When we walk into a store with music blasting, she will literally stop walking and will take a moment to dance. It always makes me giggle.

She did ballet this summer for 2 weeks everyday and loved it. She’s been begging since then to sign her up for another ballet class. I’m actually considering sending her to a professional ballet school in September. You know, those schools where they learn to dance real ballet and are taught by teachers who are graduates from top ballet institutions from around the world. They have pretty strict rules though like the hair must be pulled back tight in a bun and ballet uniforms should only be the Mondor brand. Yup, I’m actually considering it for Luna. It’s a full year program starting this September so once we sign up, we have to be fully committed.

But I think it’ll be good for her. Ballet provides grace, good posture, understanding of music & rhythm and creates confidence. I just think it would be so nice for her to have the proper skills and flexibility to be able to move her body to the sound of rhythm and feel free and confident doing it. My mom danced ballet for 18 yrs and was trained for a year with the famous Bolshoi Ballet Company from Russia. So I think my mom secretly hopes for Luna to follow her footsteps and form a love for ballet the way she did.

I’m thinking we’ll try it for a year and see how she does and feels about it…


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01/03/12

26 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 26 Months

Luna has discovered the fun of riding horses in a carousel. She tells us that she dreams about riding horses when she sleeps at night and during nap time. She’s also quite particular with the colour of horse she rides – It has to be black. Luna loves singing to songs and mimicking everything we do. She also loves pretending it’s our birthday and will constantly find random things to give to us as presents. Her favourite saying lately is “mommy, hold me”. Luna loves being with her grandparents who she calls “momsie” & “papa” as well as all her cousins. It’s really nice seeing her grow up surrounded by so much family and being so close to all her cousins who take such good care of her.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 26 Months


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12/14/11

25 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 25 Months

Here’s to a new chapter of Luna’s monthly photos. Thanks for the recommendations of changing up the set every year. Great idea! I was getting tired of the red chair and alphabet poster so I needed a change myself. The poster on the background was designed by Peter and I for our talented friends, Jonathan & Anita of Rollout.

Luna loves pesto pasta (just like her mama!), cakes, doughnuts, chocolates & her yellow shoes. She loves her yellow shoes so much that we sometimes hear her talking in her sleep whispering “yellow shoes, yellow shoes”. She’s also had a few nightmares lately where she screams out “choco milk, choco milk!”. Apparently, chocolate milk can be very scary.

Luna’s favourite song to dance to with Peter is UMI Says by Mos Def. Every night when Peter comes home, they dance to it together and it has to be played over and over again until dinner is served. She’s got some awesome moves too which totally works with the song. I video taped her dancing to it one night so I might just post it up one day.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 25 Months


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12/07/11

Luna’s Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

As soon as I finished Luna’s First Year of Life book, I promised myself that I would continue doing these books for her and document her life year by year. And now, we have Luna’s Year 2 Book! Just like her first book, I spent a year working on this. It’s a 222 page book with different chapters for every month of her life. I would spend a few hours per month working on a chapter which helped a lot. Otherwise, It’s a huge project to take on if it’s all done at once. It can get quite overwhelming. I find having different chapters also helps when looking through the book. It’s a lot of pages with a lot of photographs to look at so the chapters almost becomes a little breather and a pause before starting a new chapter with more photos.

Just like last years book, I always start with a little write up summarizing that year. Here’s what I wrote for this years book:

To my daughter Luna,

I had promised myself that I would continue to create these books for you as a memory of all the wonderful days we’ve spent watching you grow and become a beautiful little girl. When you’re older, you may not remember all of these special times that we’ve spent with you and all the milestones you had accomplished. Thus, this book documents all of our happiest memories together as you explored the world from month 13-24. The biggest accomplishment this year was learning to walk and talk. As soon as you started walking, I was there beside you holding your hand as we walked down the street together side by side. I never left your side. I knew from that day on that I would see the world in a brand new way – I was rediscovering the world as you explored it for the first time. It’s been such a joy watching you explore the world with so much enthusiasm to learn and feel things. You’ve opened our eyes and made this world a lot more colourful by pointing out and expressing all the little things you’ve discovered – birds flying, leaves on the ground, gravel on pavement, flowers blooming, airplanes flying overhead. You have helped us see and appreciate all the little beauties of this world. My hope is that when the day comes and I am no longer here with you, this book will tell a story of the beautiful life we spent together and the love we have for you. There are no words to describe this love but this book tells it all.

Love, Mommy

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Lunas Year 2 Book

I’ve been getting a lot of emails this past year from such lovely moms who I have inspired from Luna’s First Year of Life book with questions on how they can do the same for their little one. I use Blurb to print the books and since I have a design background, her books are totally custom. All I have to do is download their indesign plugin and use that to custom design her book. Below are the specs I used for Luna’s books:

- Standard Landscape (10×8″)
- Hardcover, image wrap
- Premium paper, matte finish

I hope I have inspired more moms to do these yearly books. It’s not that much work if you just spend a few hours a month working on it. It’s so rewarding to see it printed as you flip through the pages and see a life full of happiness.

xo, Nerissa


12/06/11

Growing Up

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Growing Up

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : Growing Up

My little girl is growing up. I finally finished Luna’s year book two and is on it’s way! I can’t wait to see it printed. It’s so nice to see her monthly photos side by side and to see the comparison from year one & year two. You can see how she’s so much more playful in year two and her personality shows more. I almost gave up on these monthly photos and only missed 1 month (month 21) but I’m so glad I continued doing it and plan to continue until she decides she’s had enough. I’m debating if I should keep the red chair & alphabet poster for her year 3 monthly photos or completely change it up. What do you think?

It gets a little harder to get her to sit down for long periods so towards the end of year two, I had less than a minute to capture her sitting on her chair. Mmmm…. I’m already late for her month 25 photo. Gotta get on it!


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11/06/11

24 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 24 Months

Last monthly photo for year 2! Luna turned 2 a couple weeks ago while we were in Mexico and it’s hard to believe that our little girl has been part of our family and this world for 2 years. It’s such a wonderful age as she is even more aware of her surroundings and is always so excited to discover the world with a favourite saying that repeats a million times a day: “what’s that?”. She wants to know about everything she sees, feels & touches.

Some of her other favourite sayings are: “I’m mommy & daddy’s baby”, “I’m stuck”, “are you ok?”, “daddy at work”, “mommy, daddy, papa, coco… happy”, “daddy hold me”…. it’s always so sweet hearing her cute little voice as she expresses her thoughts & feelings.

I had also promised myself that I would continue doing her yearly book to document her life year by year. As soon as I finished her 1st year of life book, I immediately started working on book 2 which is almost done.

We are so proud of our little girl and so happy to see her growing up with so much joy & love for life. We are all very excited to see her continue to grow as we enter a new chapter of her life.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 24 Months


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10/14/11

23 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 23 Months

At 23 months, Luna has learned on her own to use the ipad to watch her shows and play her educational games – quite amazing actually. Luna loves apples, cheese, chocolate milk, yoghurt, wearing dresses, doing all sorts of art & reading time.

Luna is still enjoying daycare quite a lot and we once asked her what her friends names are and she said, “Teddy, lamb, baby…”. We couldn’t help but giggle as those are all her stuffed animal friends.

We are also slowly introducing her to potty training and we’ve been reading her lots of books on going to the potty. She has a pink little potty that she’s proud to have and enjoys sitting in it as she pretends to actually use it. Once in awhile, she will ask us to pull her pants down to go to the potty and just happily sits there proud of herself. Wish us luck once we go full swing with potty training! I’m a little nervous.

The sweetest part of ending the evening is quietly hearing her through the monitor while she’s laying in bed by herself reciting all of the names in the family (including grandparents & cousins) by saying: “mommy happy”, “daddy happy”, “Coco happy”, “Papa happy”, “Izzy happy”…. as she slowly dozes off to sleep. My heart just melts as I listen to her. My sweet little girl.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 23 Months


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09/09/11

22 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 22 Months

I’ve been doing these monthly photos since month 1 and for the first time, I missed last months photos! Woops. But I hope to do these monthly photos as long as I can – or as long as she is willing to cooperate.

Luna has been saying a whole lot of words lately. She’s become our little chatter box and is known to be a social butterfly at daycare. Luna is at a stage where she copies everything we do and tries to mimic it all her own way. Luna loves spending time with all her cousins and constantly looks for them when they aren’t around. She’s also obsessed with brushing her teeth and washing her feet. Luna is happiest when she’s able to express herself fully and LOVES being surrounded by a lot of people and enjoys dancing to music.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 22 Months


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07/10/11

20 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 20 Months

Like any other kid out there, Luna has been smitten by Barney & Dora. Luna loves ice cream, peanut butter corn pops, granola bars, yoghurt drinks, chocolate and macaroni & cheese. Luna’s favourite words are ‘home’, ‘oh-oh’ & ‘cookie’. The playground & beach has been a favourite place to hang out and play. At the playground, Luna loves going down the slide all by herself. At the beach, she loves collecting little baby crabs with her cousins or digging a hole in the sand with her shovel. Luna has a new favourite puppy named Jade (my sisters puppy) that she loves to play with & gives her endless hugs.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 20 Months


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06/17/11

19 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 19 Months

Our little girl is growing up. Luna is now 19+ months and suddenly learning so many words. She can say mama, daddy, soap, papa, home, cookie, banana, bubbles, go, no, shoes & balls. But for everything else, pointing has been her main communication. It’s been much warmer out lately so our days have been spent outdoors going for walks, going down the slide all by herself at the playground by our house, playing in the sand & spending hours in our backyard. Luna loves being surrounded by other kids and waves to everything and everyone she sees. Luna has also discovered the goodness of ice cream in pink cones.

PS: Thanks to Lucy & Orla for passing on their pretty red dress to Luna.
Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 19 Months


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05/09/11

18 Months

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 18 Months

We are almost 2 weeks late with these 18 months photos but it’s better late than never. A lot of development this month. Luna can now drink milk all by herself from her little orange cup & feeds herself too. Though, she usually needs a bath after as half of her food is all over her body. Luna also likes to mimic the sound of a monkey, a tiger and a dog. When she does the tiger sound, she expects us to run away and be scared. Which most times we do just to get a big laugh from her. Luna has also learned a new dance move – krumping!! Well, a baby version of krumping. She started dancing this way after watching Barney once. It’s so hilarious to watch. Luna loves playing dressup, wearing dresses, going for walks outside, reading time, bath time and eating chocolate.

Peter Hoang & Nerissa Goco : 18 Months


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