I made a goal to stay off Facebook for two months starting mid-February and while I’ve been mostly successful, Facebook still finds me from time to time. (BTW, it’s pretty nice being off of it, I’d highly recommend you give it a try.) My sister sent me this photo today reminding me how fast time has flown in the past five years. Here’s to a nice Easter walk! Happy Easter!

Easter walk




This is what Belén was up to last week!

Spring Break Journal 1


Spring Break Journal 2


Spring Break Journal 3




While living in China, I read a fantastic book by Peter Hessler called, “River Town.” In the book, Hessler writes about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer living in a remote town in Fuling, China. At the time, I resonated with much of what I read, but now, seven years later, there is one part of the book that remains distinct in my memory.

In Chapter Three, Hessler describes going for a run to the summit of Raise the Flag Mountain and how at first, he was not able to read the signs, which he eventually figured out (and was disappointed to learn) were propaganda signs. So at first the signs looked something like this:


And then over time, he began to know the meaning of more of the symbols and was able to read more and more of the signs.

Peter’s story came to mind as Belén was showing me how she is now able to identify and write the words, “I”, “A”, “can”, “we” as demonstrated on a partial sheet of white card stock from her kindergarten class. I thought of Hessler’s progression as he mastered hanzi (simplified Chinese characters) and thought it might be fun to similarly capture Belén, and eventually, Eloise’s mastery of scribing the English language.

So, I perused the Interwebs to find an interesting opening paragraph to a kid-friendly book and settled on Raold Dahl’s, “The Witches.”

We sat down on the couch and Belén pointed out the words she recognizes as of today, October 18, 2014.

The Witches words

It will be fun to see the progression and check back in to see where she’s at on her Kindergarten Graduation. And by then, the build up to the rest of the story should be such that we’ll have a much anticipated addition to our bedtime story bookshelf.

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Aug 25

Belén’s First Day of Kindergarten

We’ve been talking about it for months now and the day finally arrived, today was Belén’s first day of kindergarten. She picked out her outfit weeks ago and this weekend we put the finishing touches on the accessories. (Thanks to Nana for the lego earrings and Scrabble ‘B’ ring.) School supplies were purchased and dropped off at orientation last week and the Frozen (what else?) backpack arrived from amazon before we left on vacation. This weekend, B and I put together her “Birthday Book” which isn’t “due” until November but we were giddy for a school project. She also did an awesome job of filling out and coloring the pages of her “All About Me” book.

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Aug 21

After the Storm

If I’m going to continue with the metaphor, I’d say that the storm has passed but it’s sort of lingering in the atmosphere as we move forward into calmer waters. Most of the debris has washed ashore and life is moving on. And now that you are wondering what the hell the storm represents, it is our marriage.

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Jul 27

Things You Cannot Do When You are Not a Toddler

Those of you with toddlers will especially appreciate this.

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May 01

Dear Eloise (@ 3 Years Old),

Dear Eloise, It is with great pleasure that I wish you happy birthday after three amazing years of life. I can’t believe that three years ago today, I was in the hospital staring into your beautiful eyes, breastfeeding you for the first time and being amazed that I could love another child as much as […]

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Apr 28

Dear Belén, @ Five-Years Old!

Dear Belén, Today, you, my dear, sweet, oldest daughter turn five. It seems impossible that you have been a part of this world for five years already and yet, I can hardly remember life without you. I can honestly say that even in at your young age, you have truly made a positive impact in […]

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Apr 20


Happy Easter! One of the annual events we look forward to most throughout the year is the egg hunt at my parents house. We realized today that it is the fourth year we have been doing it and so far, every year has been filled with amazing food, beautiful weather and the perfect location for […]

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Mar 13

A Week in Barcelona, España

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the largest technology trade shows, Mobile World Congress, in its beautiful host city, Barcelona, Spain. I hadn’t previously had the opportunity to visit Spain before, so I was ecstatic about the trip, all except for the part of being away from the kids for so long. […]

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