Author: mommy


not too far away

The other day Sofia was watching Madeline. She commented that the woman in the cartoon had way too many children. I told her they weren’t hers, they were all at a boarding school.

“Waaaait. So there is a place I can go live with my friends. All the time?”
“I want to go to boarding school!!!”
“Well, you would have to live far away from Mommy and Daddy then”
“But I could live with my friends right?”
“I want to go to boarding school!!!”

A few days later out of the blue Sofia declared she was never going to move away from us.
“I don’t think I want to move away. I would miss you guys too much”
“I would miss you too Bean.”
“Okay, I won’t move anywhere”
“Weeeellll…. how far away is Hollywood?”


i like families

Sofia woke me up this morning around 3:45 to switch places in bed. We had fallen asleep together watching a Care Bears movie and just stayed that way throughout the night. After we swapped places (she likes to be on the side so she doesn’t need covers) she snuggled back into my arm. “I love our family. Families are good” she said. I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want her to think it was time for conversation. “Some people don’t have families. Some people don’t have a mommy or a daddy. That’s sad. I like families.” I like families too.


be there or be square

“Mommy, I invited Coach Shawn to my birthday party”
Her birthday isn’t until January but she has been talking about her party nonstop.
“Oh yea? Not sure we are going to invite a random coach from your sports camp”
“Well I already did. To my Rapunzel birthday party”
“What did he say?”
“He said thanks. But he can’t come anyway”
“Why not?”
“Because it is in Las Vegas”
“Oh… You want your 5th birthday to be a Rapunzel party in Las Vegas?”
“Well, yea.”

General vacations

I need a fix

I’m going through withdrawals. Not for food, not for sugar (the brownies I made last night took care of that), not for any indulgent substance or drink, but for family. Weird right? Well I don’t think it is weird. I think that it is weird people might think it is weird. Is that weird?

We got back late Monday night from one of the best family vacations ever. Yes ever. We were all in Vegas celebrating my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. There were over 30 of us there, and spend a fun weekend filled with food, strawberry margaritas by the pool, loads of heat and sunshine, and great laughter and memories. I’ve said it before how funny it is to me that some people think family vacations are less than ideal. “Oh, you have to spend 4 solid days with 30 of your family members? How will you survive?” My question is why isn’t it longer.

Saturday night everyone gathered for a big anniversary dinner. We watched movies, made toasts and heard stories of how Nonna and Nonno met, fell in love, and started their journey together. Nothing was figured out, they just knew they had to be together and so they were. I looked around the table and was so amazed at the family that they have produced. Not only in number but in personality, in humanity, and in character. Everyone truly wanted to be there. That alone has to say something about you, that all your family members want to travel from all over just to celebrate you? I can only imagine what Nonna and Nonno were feeling. To look around and know that all these people were there because of them, literally, and are who they are because of them. I look at Sofia sometimes and a wave of deep contentment comes over me, knowing that I brought that crazy being into the world, and am helping her turn into the Bean that she is today. To look around a table and see over 30 people? Well that must be a tsunami. I can only hope that one day I can know how that feels.

I did not give a toast that night, partially because I wasn’t sure what words I could use to express my sentiments, but also because I was afraid the tears would flow. Happy tears, as Sofia would say, but tears nonetheless. I am so happy Nonna and Nonno met, and decided to take this journey together. It has been a great one so far and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. Cheers and thank you for a wonderful weekend.


what’s your song?

I came home yesterday exhausted and overwhelmed will all that needed to get done. We played outside for awhile and then came in to cook dinner. Finally we sat down to a family dinner, as we often try to do when Ajay is home. Sofia was overtired and therefore super hyper. She started belting out a made up song and once she was finished she passed the baton on to me. “What’s your song Mommy?” she challenged. So I played along, making up words and singing them as loud as I could. We went back and forth like this exchanging songs and belly laughs at the hilarity of each other’s words. It was completely unprompted but completely needed. I suggest everyone end their day this way.