October 5, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Mothering: Being a Mom of Two (Part 2)

Part Two: Are you ready?

This one is about being a Momma of two. Not just two, but two humans that are born so close in age that you never get out of the rough times to enjoy #2 as much as you love them.

In my head, it’s a lucky thing that my #2 is a different gender and that he will always be my last baby; because, he doesn’t get as much of my undivided attention that LL did as a newborn and toddler, or really, in general. He doesn’t get all my patience to become who he’s supposed to be. Neither one of them get all of me. It’s just a fact and I feel guilty.

I had a newborn and a two year old. Those ages are beyond exhausting and demanding. When I was the mother of one, I found ways to make life work. Managed my time well enough to feel like I was giving her an acceptable amount of myself, not to fall apart. Still, I found joy in every moment even though I was living second-by-second.

Once number two was here I never caught up. We are two years into two children and I still don’t know when I will recover. My poor husband; I haven’t felt enough like myself, in the last two years, to even consider what we need, to be us.

These are the things that happen. This is life. I’m not complaining.

I’m just admitting that some days, I wonder, if my dream is ever going to be what I imagined it to be.

September 30, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Mothering: Becoming a Mother (Part 1)

This is the first post in a series I have wanted to write for some time now. Mostly, I want to write this post to memorialize the occasion, but also, so I can go back and read it whenever things get rough. If there is anything I have learned over the last four years it is that we all need a little reminder of how good we have it, once in a while. The topics of this series will vary, but centered around being a Mom. Hence, the ‘Mothering’ title.

Are you ready? Ok, let’s get to it.

Becoming a mother, simply put, is magic. Yes, I said it, magic. The feeling you get when you find out a little person is growing inside of you. A mini me? A mini him? I thought about becoming a mother my entire life and since I didn’t get pregnant until I was 35 that was a pretty long time. So many emotions, so much confusion and so much HAPPINESS! While I was, also, scared out of my pants.

Then, you feel the little buggar in your tummy. Then, you give birth. Then, you hold that little baby in your arms. I was in such shock that I had just birthed a human being I’m not sure I was living in reality. I was just doing. All the while, not realizing my heart was growing with every second that I held my new little, teeny, tiny baby. I mean, did that thing really just come out of me!?!?

When you make it through the first year it’s totally acceptable to celebrate with a big bash that the kid will never care about. Because, my friends, you just ran a year long marathon. It’s worth celebrating. What else are you going to do with all the extra love that oozes out of you every time you look at that precious one year old face?

I’m sure you are getting the gist of this post. All this magic and all this love is what it felt like, to me. I have learned more about myself, my partner and what it is to truly love. How scared you are that anything, and I mean anything will ever happen to your child. I remember the first time LL got a bruise and then a scar, I thought I had totally messed up this perfect little human we created. Then all the emotional turmoil that happens when they start figuring out social graces. My heart will always get hurt for her, even when it doesn’t need to.

As parents we take on a lot, I think everyone knows that. What I want to remember the most and what I want to share with you the most, is how amazing all that love and heart growing really is. Really. Because, nothing beats the moments when they come running at you with all the excitement in the world, just by virtue of you being their parent. The first time they say, “I lub you” and go for a kiss. When you know they realize what they are saying and they can now verbalize how important you are to their little world. It’s life changing. It changes who you are from the inside. You are no longer your own. It took me a while to give in to this, but once I did…I figured out it was what I needed.

I’m her Momma. She talks about this a lot. I hope she never stops.

September 9, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Outtakes: Cecito’s 2nd Birthday

When your brother turns two, but you are, also, the star of the party!

Girls just want to have fun (and hugs).

Girls just want to have fun (and hugs).

If anything happens to LL or she gets something new, these are the two that she HAS to tell about it, immediately.

If anything happens to LL or she gets something new, these are the two that she HAS to tell about it, immediately. ‘Cause, you know they can’t live without hearing about pink fingernail polish and new dresses!

Deserted donut, no need to worry...

Deserted donut, no need to worry…

You sure this isn't MY party?

You sure this isn’t MY party?

I finished it! Queen of the donuts!

Finished it, just call me Queen of the Donuts!

Determination Face

Determination Face

The day before this party the kids were fighting with the bathroom door. Seems LL didn't win. At least it wasn't broken, just badly bruised.

The day before this party the kids were fighting with the bathroom door. Seems LL didn’t win. At least it wasn’t broken, just badly bruised.

Preschooler and teenager playing their best selves. hehe

Preschooler and teenager playing their best selves. Two peas in a pod.

Really, I'm pretty sure you can call this my party...go ahead...I dare ya.

Really, I’m pretty sure you can call this my party…go ahead…I’ll wait.

He sure knows how to pull the adorable out of nowhere.

One more of the birthday boy, for good measure. He sure knows how to pull the adorable out of nowhere.

September 6, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s Two Years Old!

Our little dude is two years old and two months, but who’s counting, right? Ha, we all know, I am.

He’s such a little gem and a little terror. The kid STILL screams, all the time. Which would be completely impressive, if I weren’t the one having to deal with it each and every day. His temperament hasn’t changed since birth, so I guess he totally knows who he is and isn’t afraid to show it…?

Good thing he’s a super cute kid. People still approach us to say how handsome he is, how amazing his dark eyes and lashes are, and how he’s going to be a lady killer. I can’t argue with how adorable he is, it’s how he’s survived the last two years. Oh, and his smile is pretty perfect, if you ask me.

A few other adorable things he does is press on the tip of his nose when he’s tired or thinking hard. It’s can be any finger or thumb and happens often throughout the day. His sleepy trick is to rest his hand on his cheek. I can only assume that it’s a warmth and touch thing that comforts him. When he wakes up he presses his cheek to mine and rests his head there for about 30 seconds. It’s the one bit of cuddles I can depend on during the day. I love it.

When it comes to the sun and the moon, no one beats LL, in Cecito’s world. He always wants to be with her. He also wants to tease and torment her non-stop. Can you guess who he learned those cute little tricks from? Since she is his world he will sport a dress or a tutu with as much thrill as any other kid. Spinning and spinning…then, it’s done. He wants it off, because really, nothing is better than living life free in your birthday suit!

He loves to talk, but he’s not the chatter box that LL is. There are much more contemplative moments in his everyday. Even though he speaks like a three year old. Way more clear than I could have imagined. Plus, his vocabulary is out of this world. So much that when he turned two it was like a flip switched and he was stuttering with every statement. I was worried, but found out that it’s normal for above average talkers. Now he is completely past it and I can’t believe how concerned I was for a couple of months.

As far as his stats are considered, they are steadfast in the 35-50%. Which is good, I’m not sure he would enjoy wearing 12 month clothes at 4 years old, as much as LL does. Now for the pics! And a reminder of what LL was like at two, here.

Happy Kid with Daddy and Momma at the Summer Concert Series in our neighborhood.

Happy Kid with Daddy and Momma at the Summer Concert Series in our neighborhood.

So cool...how about you?

So cool…how about you?

Birthday card with stickers for doggies!

Birthday card with stickers for doggies!

toddler boy-bun, a hipster in the making

toddler boy-bun, a hipster in the making

It's my party and I'll be cute if I want to.

It’s my party and I’ll be cute if I want to.

Stomp Rocket Fun!

Stomp Rocket Fun!

He's a climbing machine. No fear, except for Momma and all the other parents around him.

He’s a climbing machine. No fear, except for Momma and all the other parents around him.

Nap time on the beach!

Nap time on the beach!

Patiently waiting, on the city bus.

Patiently waiting, on the city bus.

Popeye look at his first body painting. He was so proud!

Popeye look at his first body painting. He was so proud of that dragon!

Who's walking who there, buddy?

Who’s walking who there, buddy?

 

September 3, 2016
by gwendolyn
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The Boy’s Donut + Coffee Party

About two months ago we had Cecito’s 2nd birthday party. (I know, I am so behind. It’s not even funny.)

Since our last Donut + Coffee Party was such a success and Gil’s niece was going to be with us we decided to make it easy on ourselves. I had a lot of fun since the planning was pretty much done. All the smaller things I wasn’t able to do, like make little signs, it was great!

We hosted at the kid’s school, easy. Invited all our buds, awesome…and enjoyed the day. Especially since Gabs was there (our niece), she was the celebrity that no one knew we needed at a 2 year old’s party!

Here are the pictures. Those tell the story better than I ever could.

Happy Birthday Buddy! Even the Minions love you.

Happy Birthday Buddy! Even the Minions love you.

Rise and Shine - coffee station.

Rise and Shine – coffee station.

Fruit salad. I decided to forego the skewers this time.

Fruit salad. I decided to forego the skewers this time.

Mini Quiche

Mini Quiche

Donut Leave Empty Handed! Donut hole thank you take home bags.

Donut Leave Empty Handed! Donut hole thank you take home bags.

Big Sister with the Birthday Boy!

Big Sister with the Birthday Boy!

Daddy with the Birthday Boy!

Daddy with the Birthday Boy!

Momma with the Birthday Boy!

Momma with the Birthday Boy!

All of us! The whole family + a super special cousin.

All of us! The whole family + a super special cousin.

Special Guests! (#1, our old neighborhood friends)

Special Guests! (#1, our old neighborhood friends)

Having fun!

Having fun!

Special Guests #2, this little is only one day younger than LL!

Special Guests #2, this little is only one day younger than LL!

Our school friend, Momma!

Our school friend, Momma!

Our Momma friend, with littles the same age as ours.

Our Momma friend, with littles the same age as ours.

Old friends.

Old friends.

Baseball Birthday Donut!

Baseball Birthday Donut!

Blowing out the candle!

Blowing out the candle!

He looks a little amazed at himself here.

He looks a little amazed at himself here.

Ok, now we are a happy camper!

Ok, now we are a happy camper!

Let's see how he does with all this sugar!

Let’s see how he does with all this sugar!

Notice the one behind me...

Notice the one behind me…

Making her way to the "good stuff".

Making her way to the “good stuff”.

She made it! (who do you think finished off that donut?!)

She made it! (who do you think finished off that donut?!)

Gabs, the all-star!

Gabs, the all-star!

You can run, but you can't hide! They know a possum when they see one.

You can run, but you can’t hide! They know a possum when they see one.

Let's contemplate this turning two thing, huh kid?

Let’s contemplate this turning two thing, huh kid?

Now, pay attention. I'll show you how it's done.

Now, pay attention. I’ll show you how it’s done.

Happy Boy! (bruise and all)

Happy Boy! (bruise and all)

SPLASH!

SPLASH!

AHHHH - BUBBLES!

AHHHH – BUBBLES!

Dinky's special appearance. Sphinx cats are all the craze!

Dinky’s special appearance. Sphinx cats are all the craze!

The big chalkboard is always a stealth hit!

The big chalkboard is always a stealth hit!

I jus met you, but I think you will be my best friend.

I jus met you, but I think you will be my best friend.

I swear I'm over five feet tall!

I swear I’m over five feet tall!

What would I do without this Momma?

What would I do without this Momma?

Successful donut party!

Successful donut party!

 

June 19, 2016
by gwendolyn
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On This Father’s Day

I’m here to talk about my Father-in-Law, Andres or Andy, as most call him. Around our house he is more affectionately referred to as, Papa. Our kids kinda think he walks on water. They both talk about him CONSTANTLY. There is something about Papa that has caught their hearts.

In all honesty, I think most people who meet him feel this way.

He is a generous and personable human. When I met him he was set on remembering to call me Gwendolyn, just because I like it and wished more people made the effort. It’s quite a feat, too, when everyone shortens it to Gwen. He still introduces me as such, it’s very endearing and sweet.

That’s the kind of person he is. Focused on you and wanting to be the best he can, for you.

Another example is his friendship with a 107 year old man, Dell. He’s been going to his house since before I met him to take care of Dell’s house and cut his hair. It’s something that Andy never missed and they are friends, to this day. Imagine that, a friend who has surpassed triple digits for 7 years, absolutely amazing!

He’s a proud man, who loves his children and grandchildren. He’s the fun loving ‘Grandpa’ who’s always happy to see you, a little stern, but wants hugs and love from you every chance he can get. The kind of love and attention that makes you feel  special. The magic is that this makes you believe you are special, which is one of the kindest things a person can do for another.

He has a love for animals that can’t be beat. I mean he can’t believe we don’t let Domingo sleep in our bed at night. “How does he know he’s in the pack?” Andy says. Gil just laughs and I actually feel guilty until I think of all the dirt and hair that comes with the pup. Another example is when a wasp got caught in their skylight and he wanted to get a ladder to help it back outside. Forget the fact that he was hooked up to an oxygen tank. Say what….?

Which leads me to our last visit. It was last minute — buy tickets less than 24 hours before you take off — kind of thing. All because the family was sure he was in his last few days of life. Despite the fact that we had heard this before this felt different. So, we went and had a great time. During that visit Andy decided he wanted to go home from the hospital. He was done with pokes and prods. Makes total sense, who wouldn’t be?

So, he’s currently in hospice care, at home. His wife, Anne, the rock that she is has taken care of him and been such a bright light in all of this for us. She’s just as special as her husband.

A lifetime can be a long road. Andy has walked that path with grace. It hasn’t been easy and he has made his fair share of mistakes, but not without lessons learned. He’s a testament to that and bouncing back. I admire his faith, faith in others, their faith in him, his humility, his honesty and his ability to admit mistakes. I’m grateful to have met him and honored to call him my father-in-law.

Then there’s his children. Can’t forget about them! His daughters eat up every second they can get with him. Gil calls him so often he puts my family’s communications to shame. And whenever he calls Gil he asks to talk to me. In this day of personal cell phones that is something else. He’s made me feel a part of the family from day one. I mean, getting a birthday card from them before Gil ever did sure does lift your spirits.

So, on this Father’s Day I want to thank this special man for just being him. We adore you. You raised our precious, Gil. He’s a great man and amazing father. How lucky we are to call you both, ours.

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June 18, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Cecito’s First Haircut!

The kid is almost two, so we figured he was in need of a haircut. He has the most beautiful curls and I found it difficult to actually pull the trigger. Now that I have I’m really glad we did it. The back of his head would get matted up every time he was in his car seat, sitting on the couch, laying down…it was plain annoying. Not to mention the mullet, when you washed his hair and then brushed it, it was really close to being half way down his back. (Did I happen to mention he has the best curls!?)

So, here he is, in all his glory! He was a trooper in the chair, no crying or whining. Plus, he seemed really pleased with all the attention he was getting.

Miss LL got a haircut, too. A few months ago I took off two inches, but that wasn’t enough. Her hair was getting tangled more often then she was willing to brush it. So, another 3ish inches came off! She didn’t care, but didn’t like sitting in the chair, at all. No smiles, no talking…nothing…until she got some PINK painted on some strands. THEN, the lady put in sparkly streamers — I mean, does it get any better than that for a 4 year old?!?

(Plus, she said she was going to ask for pink hair before we got there.)

 

Before Haircut

Before Haircut

Half of the mullet curls.

Half of the mullet curls.

Such a happy little stud.

Such a happy little stud.

blending the short hairs

blending the short hairs

He was really good, but eventually needed the iPad.

He was really good, but eventually needed the iPad.

Still happy in the chair.

Still happy in the chair.

Brother and Sister getting a haircut in the empty salon.

Brother and Sister getting a haircut in the empty salon.

Our little dude isn't a baby anymore!

Our little dude isn’t a baby anymore!

No smiles. No talking. No responding to anything.

No smiles. No talking. No responding to anything.

Still nothing.

A whole haircut and….nothing.

Pink being painted on...

Pink being painted on…

Now she's trying NOT to smile...a little pink was all it took!

Now she’s trying NOT to smile…a little pink was all it took!

Adding in the streamers, pink sparkly.

Adding in the streamers, pink sparkly.

Waiting on Sister to be done.

Waiting on Sister to be done.

Happy Stud with a new Do and Happy Momma!

Happy Stud with a new Do and Happy Momma!

We still have pink the next day. Wonder what she will do when it washes out?

We still have pink the next day. Wonder what she will do when it washes out?

 

June 7, 2016
by gwendolyn
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I’m Four Years Old!

IMG_1991How to sum up our little darling…she is everything.

She’s an Aries, so the fact that she is a bit of a stubborn ram doesn’t come as a surprise. She is caring and wants to take care of everyone, especially her little brother or any friend that is smaller than her. She is a tom boy who loves to ruff house with anyone who will take it. She is silly with a great sense of humor; if she hears something she doesn’t expect she usually says, “Aww, your’e just kidding!” She is a princess who loves dresses. She enjoys  entering a room of her pretend subjects, so she can bow and then dance with whomever is waiting for her at the end of the hall. She is a born athlete (we think) and can dance better than we can (totally sure of).

She’s a pixie with long limbs (surely, she gets that from me) who enjoys everything sparkly and can’t wait to jump on and off of everything around her. She still wants us around, almost all the time, and that’s a good feeling. She can throw a stink eye that will offend the sweetest grandma and a smile that will melt even the Grinch’s heart. Our Little Love sure does live up to her nickname. Which, by the way, she really enjoys us calling her.

Above all, she wants to feel special. It’s hard with an almost two year old around and you are the big sister (but still not really big, yet). I continue to love ‘big’ and ‘little’ hugs from her and will ask for kisses just to get one on every surface of my face. It’s freaking fantastic!

She is also a rule enforcer who tries to test those rules, constantly. Her adoration for her brother starts the second she wakes up in the morning but gets derailed quite easily in the heat of a battle. At that point, all bets are off and either one can prevail; and man, does she put up a good showing.

These days she talks a lot about going to a new school. She really can’t wait to learn more and is showing an aptitude for memorization (certainly doesn’t get from me). It’s quite astounding. She’s also really, really, really, REALLY into her friends. They are very important to her, and by the way…everyone is HER friend.

May 9, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Daycare Dance Party: Celebrating LL’s 4th Birthday

Our Little Love turned FOUR on April 5th. We celebrated by having a Dance Party! Well I tried to have a dance party. We hosted the party at the kid’s daycare/preschool, i.e. play land for preschoolers. There was a bounce house, play house, dance “area”, karaoke, and a ball pit! We completely forgot about the bubble machine, but with all the rest no one missed it. I’m not even sure when I realized that we forgot about it, probably once all the guests went home!

I made Dancing Ribbons as a thank you for the kids to take home. More commonly referred to as Montessori Hand Kites. The idea was for the kids to use them for the Dance Party, but I’m not sure I conveyed that idea very well. Anyway, the kids loved them, and they were asking me to trade for different colors or if they could have 3 or 4 to take home.

It was such a fun party! We even had special guests come all the way from LA. It was pretty amazing to see all our friends, together, with all of our kids having such a great time. That’s a lot of what these party represent for me. I enjoy planning them and doing all of this for my kiddos, but really I love getting everyone together to enjoy one another’s company. We don’t have family near so we rely on friends for these special occasions and they always come through. Plus, I don’t get any other times to host our friends; so these are also, for us.

This time around I changed the food up a bit. Of course, we still had the staples: fruit skewers and chicken salad on croissants. In addition there were raw veggie wraps and a fiesta salad. They were both easily made ahead of time, which is key in a DIY party (I’m slowly learning the tricks!). Now that all the kids are into desserts I ended up making two cakes; one funfetti with pink (raspberry) marshmallow fluff frosting and one chocolate with cream cheese frosting. Along with gooey butter funfetti cookies. Lots of fun and the birthday girl was in heaven!

The most memorable part of the day was when we were getting ready to sing to her. The cakes and cookies were brought out and all the kids descended upon them, but they were all incredibly well behaved. There wasn’t a plan and I wanted to include some decorations I made in the background only we couldn’t figure out how to do it. You see mother nature was trying to bestow rain upon us. Even though, in the end, she decided it wasn’t meant for us. It still made for difficult decisions on what went inside and what stayed onside so we would be prepared for a ‘run for cover’ moment. With all that these 2ish to 5ish year olds were left to drool over 2 cakes and a platter of cookies for way to long; by some miracle they actually kept their paws to themselves. After that, we sang and I tried to keep the candles lit, it did not work, but that’s ok…I improvised! One by one I lit each one and L.L. blew them out with a huge smile and lots of giggles. That, my friends, is what memories are made of. It even produced my favorite picture of the day.

Speaking of, here are all the wonderful pictures. Taken by my lovely friend, Kim. She saved the day by jumping in as the photographer since I still haven’t gotten my dSLR fixed from a Christmas day brawl with Cecito. Doh!

Our Family.

Our Family.

Birthday Girl! She kept saying, you turned 4040 and I'm going to be 40. Ha!

Birthday Girl! She kept saying, you turned 4040 and I’m going to be 40. Ha!

School friends. So fun to see her blossom into such a little lady.

School friends. So fun to see her blossom into such a little lady.

Special Neighborhood Friend!

Special Neighborhood Friend!

This poor dude didn't feel well that day.

This poor dude didn’t feel well that day.

Dance Floor Decorations

Dance Floor Decorations

I tried to make a wall of fringe for the dance area, it didn't work out so well.

I tried to make a wall of fringe for the dance area, it didn’t work out so well.

Hello Jumpy House!

Hello Jumpy House!

I was supposed to draw a milestone sign. Instead it was a drawing station. Notice the 'doctor mermaid'. LL's intended profession when she grows up. Handy work by the esteemed Sarah.

I was supposed to draw a milestone sign. Instead it was a drawing station. Notice the ‘doctor mermaid’. LL’s intended profession when she grows up. Handy work by the esteemed Sarah.

Dancing Ribbons! So many colors to choose from. I enjoyed making these.

Dancing Ribbons! So many colors to choose from. I enjoyed making these.

Play house!

Play house!

Karaoke!

Karaoke!

Cars and Trains! (and My Little Pony)

Cars and Trains! (and My Little Pony)

Ball Pit Fun!

Ball Pit Fun!

A party isn't a party without a sphinx kitty cat!

A party isn’t a party without a sphinx kitty cat!

The oh-so-lovable Miss K. Daycare Preschool Owner.

The oh-so-lovable Miss K. Daycare Preschool Owner.

Food, food and more food!

Food, food and more food!

Just a little fruit snack.

Just a little fruit snack.

Party hats were essential. LL let's us know whenever anything can look like a party hat. Like, a cheese wedge...every single morning I hear this fact with it dangling over her head in laughter.

Party hats were essential. LL let’s us know whenever anything can look like a party hat. Like, a cheese wedge…every single morning I hear this fact with it dangling over her head in laughter.

Sweet Momma and Daughter Shot

Sweet Momma and Daughter Shot

More Mommas with school friends!

More Mommas with school friends!

Daddy with Cecito's favorite friend.

Daddy with Cecito’s favorite friend.

My Momma Friend

My Momma Friend

SO FUN and lovely of my Momma friend and her son.

SO FUN and lovely of my Momma friend and her son.

Daddy's in on the party fun.

Daddy’s in on the party fun.

Almost cake time, LL is SO excited!

Almost cake time, LL is SO excited!

Funfetti is done. Now let's do chocolate, Daddy!

Funfetti is done. Now let’s do chocolate, Daddy!

More cake, please!

More cake, please!

PRESENTS!

PRESENTS!

Cecito trying to get in on the karaoke fun.

Cecito trying to get in on the karaoke fun.

More jumpy house.

More jumpy house.

Melting in the Ball Pit!

Melting in the Ball Pit!

What do you mean it's not MY birthday!

What do you mean it’s not MY birthday!

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Party Lifesaver

Party Lifesaver

I have to add in a very special thank you to this lady. She arrived at 9am to help me set everything up for the party. We would have been without balloons and probably much more if she was unable to lend a helping hand. She put out the food and helped me with many decisions. Honestly, I don’t know where the two hours went. She’s my mom friend and I’m so thankful to have met her.

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Lastly, here’s a video of the candle blowing! Another part to the extended wait time was that a family friend just arrived with a gift. LL had to get off her chair to get her present and it take to the gift table. I guess this is the year that they figure out presents and just how much fun they are? That’s what you see in the first still for the video; somehow I convinced her back into her chair and got the gift for her. Whew!

 

March 16, 2016
by gwendolyn
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Celebrating Forty!

As you know I turned 40 in January, what I didn’t share was how we celebrated. Of course, we did it in style and it was a lot of fun.

The day started off with a family outing to Breakfast Republic and it was outstanding! The food, the service and the company made it a very special meal. First the waiter overheard we were celebrating a birthday, so he brought us a warm coffee cake on a plate of “Happy Birthday” in raspberry and maple syrup. Everyone at the table loved that it saved us from squirmy Cecito complaining about having to sit still for the food to arrive. When our food arrived it only got better, it was exactly what I wanted. Flight of pancakes, unique eggs benedict and a skillet of eggs crammed with everything yummy.

We came home and Daddy made me a delicious chocolate cake! That was pretty darn special, too.

Then, we had a fun night out with friends at Draft Republic. Old roommates, single life friends, before kids friends, mom friends, neighbors and an old co-worker were in the mix. I felt very loved and special, which is exactly what I am looking for on my birthday. Just take a look at the pictures, can’t you feel the fun!?

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Can’t forget Ashley, our extra special babysitter for the evening. LL made her read about 8 books and for sure thought she was the one in charge. Thank you Ashley, you made the night happen for both of us. Plus, a special thank you to the hubs, he was our chauffeur for the evening. All of us from the North Park area and our overnight LA guests are ever-so-grateful. Muah!