Monthly Archives: November 2010


when most people discover they will be parents they most likely spend a great deal of time daydreaming about all of the fun things they get to do with their new baby.  (ok, probably more moms than dads . . . but stay with me!)  for many people this includes the first trip to disney.  now i don’t want to step on anyone’s toes with my next comment, but here goes nothing.  if i didn’t live in orlando i would never be bringing my children at the ages they currently are (7 months and 3 1/2 years) to disney for a vacation.  honestly, it seems like a giant waste of energy, not to mention money.  i feel that kids at this age just can’t appreciate what is really going on, and though they may enjoy it in the moment, there is no way they will be able to remember the experience.  let’s face it, it’s more for the parents than the kids, and there’s nothing wrong with that!   that’s my opinion on the matter . . . just sayin.  all that to say, living here and being constantly bombarded by the mouse on a daily basis (not to mention working there too)  makes it oh too tempting to spend an evening of family time (and a crap load of money) making memories . . . for me and tom . . . not really the kiddos!

since we’ve decided to divide our time between our homes, it makes for some unique experiences, especially during the holiday season.  tom and i decided a few years ago that we would cough up (make that hack up) the money for mickey’s christmas party each year.  it would be an annual family tradition that we do when we have kids.  i’m happy that we’ve decided to do it too.  last year, big and pregnant, i walked around the magic kingdom thinking about this year and who exactly i’d be pushing in the double stroller with lily.  would we have a sweet little girl or a jolly little boy?  i’m thrilled it’s the latter!

last night, as we pushed our children down main street towards the castle, i had a sense of completion and utter joy.  (oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the scent of baked goods were wafting out from the shops or that christmas music and snow were all around us!)  we were a little family.  we were making memories together . . . even if only two of us would actually remember it . . . leaving the others to relive it through pictures.  it was freakin magical!

parental joy!



1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized


too much time has passed since my last post . . . even though it’s been for a good reason.

we have successfully flown south to orlando to escape the winter and though it was at times quite arduous, we are finally settled into our new normal . . . and not a moment too soon.  lily immediately started preschool and gus joined the early learning center (both at first baptist church of orlando which is thankfully super close to our house) and i went back to work.  overall, it was an easy peasy move down.  in fact, tom and i were discussing how it was the easiest move we’ve ever made.  i guess that all of our hard work from this past summer really paid off as everyone has quickly adapted to our new “old” digs.

lily is especially loving her new big “big girl” bed.  she’s also loving the dimmer switch that tom installed on her overly girlie chandelier.  i took absolute advantage of decorating her room in this way. it just might be my last chance to decide something like this for her since she is growing more opinionated by the day!  i wanted her to have something pretty at least once and not . . . dare i say . . . spiderman!

fit for a princess (bleh) . . . make that a  . . . “supergirl”!

she has started preschool and is loving it.  she likes her teacher, miss melanie, is already bff with a boy named abraham and she seems to be thriving in this new environment.  lils is also super excited to have her very own backpack to carry her “treasures” and of course, her beloved mickey mouse doll, or as she affectionately calls him just “mick”.

first day of preschool!

gus is awesome.  he spends the majority of his little life either playing, sleeping or eating… and almost always with a smile on his little face.  he is an absolute joy and is confirming on a daily basis why i honestly can say that i am done having babies.  there is no way that the next one could possibly be as great as he is and to prove that i’m not really a gambler, i’m cashing out early!

though still addicted to his bottle, he is now also eating baby food . . . and loving each new one that he tries!

first baby food . . . peas!


so overall, life here is good.  we are settled.  we are happy and are looking forward to spending the next six months here in orlando.


come and visit!



1 Comment

Filed under family