Category Archives: Family & Friends

How the boys survived No Screen Week

Throughout the summer, the boys have a pretty flexible schedule. I let them play whatever they want, and they can stay up past their normal bedtime since there’s no rush to get to school the next day. This is a … Continue reading

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We went on a Florida Keys Staycation and loved it!

Do you know what it’s like to live in paradise? I do, though we don’t take advantage of it as much as we should. But that changed this past holiday weekend. We headed south, just a little over an hour … Continue reading

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The Journey to Middle School Has Begun

It’s been almost two weeks since Brandon finished 5th grade. Almost two weeks since I’ve been brainstorming in my head how to write this post. The last month or so was a whirlwind of events: 5th Grade trip to Busch … Continue reading

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I have a new personal record!

(I wrote this about a month ago, but never published it. I was in the funk I mentioned on Sunday and just didn’t have it in me to finish it. But I do want to recognize that I reached this … Continue reading

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Showing our Disney Side!

Last month we hosted our Disney Side@Home party, and we had a blast!! I knew we would be hosting our party at home, as that’s what the name implied (though I certainly wouldn’t have minded celebrating at the parks!). Since … Continue reading

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My grandfather was larger than life. He had huge hands that he always said were rough and calloused, but they were just right to me. He was big, in stature and in demeanor, and when his Gallego side came out, … Continue reading

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Things we’re celebrating

How did we celebrate and commemorate Brandon’s 11th birthday? If you know us well, you know the answer: we went to Disney, of course! We’re trying to maximize our annual passes as we aren’t sure yet if our financial situation … Continue reading

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To the darling boy who made me a mother on this very day, 11 years ago. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for showing me what it means to love unconditionally. Thank you for making me a better person, … Continue reading

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Welcoming 2014 with open arms

As I reflect on the past year, I am grateful for the love of family and friends, the lessons learned throughout the year, and the hope and possibility that lies in the year ahead.    Our household survived six months … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

Today, I’m thankful for my wonderful husband and amazing boys. I’m thankful for my family, they are my rock. I’m thankful for friends who are there through good and bad. I’m thankful for our health and prosperity. I’m thankful for … Continue reading

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