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oh go elf yourself

I showed my support of NoBloPoMo by posting only once in November. I didn’t post every day like other bloggers, in fact I avoided it at all costs. Busy with work, tweeting and facebooking. Now it is December and I am forcing myself to slow down. I love this month, this time between Thanksgiving and Christmas and wish it was like this all year long. It sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here. My sisters and I had our baking party yesterday, Sofia and I put up our Christmas tree, and tonight we made our ElfYourself video. This year they had hip hop. Hilare.

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General holidays

thank you, gracias

This time of year always leads to some sort of introspection. We often examine our lives and count on our fingers and toes the things we are thankful for, the things we have been truly blessed with. I could write a post of how I am thankful for our house, our jobs, our health, our refrigerator and cupboards full of food, our closets full of clothes, the heat coming from our vents. I am so thankful, especially with what many people are dealing with right now, to have all these things in my life. I complain about Sofia not sleeping in her bed but am thankful she has more than one bed to choose from. Yesterday I was able to complain about being too warm and about being too full. I am blessed, no doubt about it.

Every other year we spend thanksgiving on the Oregon coast with my mom’s side of the family. This year there will be, as I mentioned before, around 30 of us, 8 kids 5 and under. I was thinking about how much I was looking forward to this weekend, spending time with everyone, sitting back with a full belly and a glass of wine and watching the chaos unfold. Then it hit me, how lucky we are that there are so many of us and we are all looking forward to spending this time together.  I know that this isn’t that common. There are no fights, there are no arguments, there is no watching the clock waiting for Friday so we can all go home. Instead we are all watching the clocks, dreading Sunday when we have to go home. This is what I am thankful for this year. Because I know that even if all the other stuff went away, the house, the clothes, the things, we would still have our family to take us it, to hold us up, to give us a hug and brush us off. And that is really all that matters. Well that and pumpkin pie.

Gobble, gobble y’all.

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Happy Easter!

At our house we have had the week long Easter celebration. Last Sunday we celebrated a little early since Bebe and Grandpa couldn’t be in town this weekend. We had a lovely brunch at our apartment and had a great preview of what this Sunday’s Easter feast would be.


After getting through the week of rashes and ear infections and lots and lots of rain, the sun came out for the Easter Egg Hunt at the zoo. The Fleschner’s joined us and we arrived just in time to cheer Sebastian on at the 3-6 year group. The zoo staff spend minutes to lay out all the candy and treats and it is snatched up by the kids in seconds. Sebastian managed to snag a couple pieces of candy, a pencil and some bubbles. Sofia and Eloise’s age group was next and pretty much chaos because the parents were involved. Poor Eloise had some mom’s instructing their kids to take stuff out of her basket or from right under her hands. Not really the Easter spirit if you ask me!


This afternoon we are heading to Nana and Papa’s for some meat, more meat and even more meat… oh and some potatoes, bread and pie. Vegetables not allowed. Happy Eating… I mean Easter everyone!