Good Bye, Nevada.

Good Bye, Nevada.

Today is Nevada Day, did you know? Today, this state in which we've lived for almost ten years turns 150 years old. As a state holiday, the kids have the day off from school. My bank is closed. All so the citizens of Nevada acknowledge it's legacy and history. In July of 2005, I drove my car into the valley and the thermometer read 115 degrees. I didn't have much, but that didn't matter. I had just bought a house and was hopeful that the relationship I was bringing along with me from California would turn into the happily ever after I yearned for. Back then, to me, Vegas symbolized … [Read more...]

 

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...]

 

A Love Letter to My Son at Two Years Old

A Love Letter to My Son at Two Years Old

Before I became a mother, I wrote love letters to my children. In my thoughts, through poetry, in analysis of my self doubt, I started to document the progression of their lives. Before I even met their father, I yearned to have a son to love and mold into the type of man I wish the world had more of. And so, how incredibly blessed am I, as I sit to write this love letter to my son on his second birthday? Beautifully Blessed By You, My Son Querido Sebastian, I wonder if a little boy grows out of needing love letters from his mama? Do you think you'll ever grow tired of reading my words to … [Read more...]

 

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

Querido Sebas: Love Letter To My Son At 18 Months

This love letter to my son comes just a couple weeks after he turned a year and a half old. Honestly though, it feels like he has been with us since forever. I probably take his babyhood for granted. Devoting a bit of time to write out his love letters seems even more prudent then, because the memories of his early years will very soon be lost to new memories we make together. One thing is for sure: I adore this baby boy of mine... Querido Sebastian, Why am I so surprised that you've turned into a big little boy? This month you turned 18 months and I am shocked - shocked that my son … [Read more...]

 

Mother’s Day at San Diego Safari Park

Mother’s Day at San Diego Safari Park

San Diego Wild Animal Park I'm paying for it this week, but we had so much fun while on our whirlwind road trip from Vegas to San Diego on Mother's Day! We packed up at 4am and were back home by 4pm the next day. Nuts-o, right? On the agenda was using the half off tickets to the San Diego's Safari Park I purchased off Amazon Local (tickets are usually $44/adult). The first time we took Alina to the San Diego Safari Park, she was not even two. She was smitten with the elephants back then, but this year was all about the big cats! Make sure to review the map and schedule of events when you … [Read more...]

 

Baby Boy Sebastian Turns One!

Baby Boy Sebastian Turns One!

This letter to my son is a little more special than the previous ones because, well, my baby boy is turning ONE! He is officially embarking on his toddler years, and the milestone is a bit emotional for me. It's insane how quickly this year has flown, and as I sit in my house filled with decor, ready for his Very Hungry Caterpillar party, I can't help but let my mind wander on the day he was born. Boy, has he changed since those first few months! Letter to My Son - On His First Birthday Querido Sebastian, You are the coolest! This month I have seen so much growth in you, especially in … [Read more...]

 

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