Losing Lola: The Legacy Of Our Sweet Doggie

Losing Lola: The Legacy Of Our Sweet Doggie

This week I left the kids with a sitter, D met me at the vet, and we said good bye to the very first baby girl we had as a couple. Almost 11 years ago, I picked Lola as my own. But before I did, I consulted the guy I had just started dating. It had only been a few months, but I felt like he should know: I was buying a pooch that could live upwards of a couple decades... and secretly, I was hoping he would be around as long, too. Lola had a slow growing tumor that had spread before we sought help. In reality, our pups (we have two Shih Tzus) had suffered a fall from grace of sorts after … [Read more...]

 

Honoring Our Favorite Veteran #WallofHonor

Honoring Our Favorite Veteran #WallofHonor

In building our family legacy, there are a couple people Daddy D and I miss every single day. We wish the kids could know them. We wish we could lean on their love. And we wish, truly wish, the world got just a little bit more of their greatness. One of those people is my late father-in-law, our family's favorite and most celebrated American Veteran. Veteran's Day is coming up, and like we do every year, we'll be telling the kids a little bit more about their grandfather. As many family legacies go, we depend heavily on oral history that has been passed down to understand how Grandpa Bell … [Read more...]

 

The Meaning of Siblings: Week Six #365Siblings

The Meaning of Siblings: Week Six #365Siblings

I have some major catching up to do on The Meaning of Siblings. Though I haven't posted, I have been taking my daily shots for the #365siblings project. Photography wise, the disdain I feel for indoor photos continues to grow. I have finally budgeted for a new lens, but am debating between a zoom or upgrading my 50 to a 1.4. I could really use the additional light. Or both? From a parenting perspective, these two are certainly coming into their own. Individually, they are totally different people. Alina cannot be more like me if she was a clone. Seriously. When she is struggling … [Read more...]

 

A New Meaning to Spring Time

A New Meaning to Spring Time

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful day with your family, creating and celebrating your legacies of holiday traditions. For our family, mostly Daddy D and I, the coming of Spring and Easter was forever changed last year. As I got ready to leave my baby girl overnight for the first time in her life, just a few days before Easter, I knew her life would be forever changed. I returned home after a short while with her baby brother, Sebastian. This was Easter 2011, and I cannot believe how much has changed since then. It seems like yesterday that I snapped my tiny … [Read more...]

 

Contemplating on How to Choose a School for Us

Contemplating on How to Choose a School for Us

 We need preschool. But which one to choose? As we get ready to tour yet another preschool this morning, the question of how to choose a school that is right for us is a constant question. Hours of research, time spent touring and interviewing educators, introducing Alina to classrooms, has made this whole process tedious - but I can't image doing it any other way. I want to know everything.  After all, I will be entrusting these people with the health and wellness of my little girl, a child that has yet to be cared for by anyone but me. When I think about a preschool setting, my … [Read more...]

 

Birthday Traditions: The Birthday {Pan}Cake

Birthday Traditions: The Birthday {Pan}Cake

Sunday Pancake Breakfast is a tradition in our home. It's one very close to Daddy D's heart, as his own Dad used to make them for him every weekend. Daddy D has told me how Grandpa Bell would make extra large pancakes, taking his time while a young, little D waited anxiously at the table. They would chat about their week, my father-in-law molding my husband into the extraordinary man he was destined to become. With Alina turning three this week, birthday traditions have been heavy on my mind. Grandpa Bell and Alina's wonderful Daddy are the foundation of the birthday {pan}cake, a tradition I … [Read more...]

 

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