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My Mother the Hero

On this day in 1953, my beautiful mother was born. As you could see, physically she is a beautiful person, but that’s easy. Anyone these days could be beautiful on the outside… ask Hollywood. Nip there, tuck that, staple these, push up those. But being beautiful, like my mother, takes much greater care. As Dora, the mom, friends have said that she is like no other mother. It wasn’t just because she gave me countless rides to friends’ houses. It was...

SnapShots: Cabarete Thanksgiving Weekend

Cabarete Thanksgiving Weekend in pictures. Great way to spend the holiday.. Ok. Maybe this picture doesn’t show how great the weekend was but it does show the camaraderie of CMS. Within minutes of our blowout, 4 cars pulled over to help. Check me out in the background holding the babes. About this set of photos: The drive to Cabarete. The views were great but the blowout tire on the way there was not. Even worse, we didn’t have a spare. #nobueno...

If You Had a Choice…

Adventurous, charismatic, persuasive, mean, clever, witty, impulsive, kind, energetic, loyal, shy, exciting, driven, easygoing, sneaky, creative, demanding, commanding, optimistic, pessimistic, cocky, passionate. There are so many things we are… and so many things we are not. When you find out you’re pregnant, people will ask what you want, a boy or a girl? The typical response I’ve heard is, “I just want a healthy baby.” I am not trying to downplay this response – of course we all want healthy babies –...

Holy Crap: A Poop Explosion

So today happened. Our sweet angel face woke up earlier than usual and decided that sleep was not for her. The rest of the day followed suit with a cranky baby. She was fed. She was changed. She was clean. But angel face was still not happy. The only thing I could come up with was that she was tired but like i said, sleep was not for her today. Every time I’d rock her to sleep and try to place...

Our Love Story Almost Didn’t Make It

Right before my baby shower, I wanted to do something special for Husband. He had been so incredible throughout the wedding planning and baby planning that I wanted to make him something to remember that what we have is so incredible too. So I made him this slideshow. At the time of our baby shower, Husband and I had been married a mere month and I got to thinking about all of the things that we had been through in our 4...

Happy 1 Month Birthday, Rafa

Time. It just marches on like a little worker ant and you never even notice it’s gone. It never stops moving does it? Days start and end and start and end and a month has passed. Sometimes, many months roll by and nothing much has changed. Sometimes you can’t imagine that a month could make any difference at all. But not this month. Not for me. To say that Husband and I have gone through many changes this year would...

SnapShots: Our First Halloween

Holidays are reasons to celebrate and while some people grow out of holiday celebrations when they get older, I have yet to reach this grownup benchmark. Holidays give you such a great reason to be a kid again and Halloween is the kid holiday. A day when you could dress up as anything and get away with it (Fairy killer princess… sure!), when the only thing that matters is how many Three Musketeers you could trade for someone else’s Snickers.* And now that we have...

And Let’s Not Forget the First Borns…

When I got pregnant everyone kept telling me that the dogs would become less important because now I would have a real baby that would need taking care of. They would look at poor Jersey and tell him as he was getting picked up in my arms to get it out of his system because his days were numbered. In the days now after baby, it isn’t that I have forgotten about the dogs or that they have fallen to...

You Lucked Out

This past Monday, we had a family outing to the Doctor’s office. Both Baby Rafa and I had appointments to make sure our stuff is working right. And when I say family outing, I mean it. Baby and I were escorted by my husband… and my mother… and grandmother. Since the idea of Rafa began, Husband has been on the verge of breaking into tears as easily as a Broadway musical breaks into song, but since the birth, the tears...