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Disneyland Dazzles for the Holidays

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 in Holidays |

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Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 1, 2010 in Holidays |

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Resolutions 2010

Posted on Dec 31, 2009 in Family and Friends, Holidays, La Gringa, Thing 1, Thing 2 |

We had a look at last year’s New Year’s Resolutions today and saw that, for the most part, we had accomplished all of our New Year’s Goals. I got a pass on mine since my number one resolution was to run six half-marathons instead of five from the previous year. But there wasn’t much I could do about destroying my knee. So we’ll just pass on that one, right?

This year’s resolutions were made on the back of a receipt while munching tacos on New Year’s Eve day. Here they are:

La Gringa

Get more fit. Run more. Gym more.
See my friends more often


Get back to fighting shape even without distance running
Get a job I love while being able to pick kids up each day from school

Thing 2

Read lots of books
Learn an instrument
Finish year five in dance and get the 5 yr. trophy

Thing 1

Read the rest of the Magic Tree House collection in Spanish
Learn an instrument
Play lots of Club Penguin

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    Bye Bye Christmas!

    Posted on Dec 26, 2009 in Holidays |

    Homeless Tree

    It was December 26, 10 a.m. and, by the grace of all that is good in the world: Christmas has been ridden from our home.

    It’s not that I dislike the holiday, in fact, I love Christmas and all it’s traditions and craziness and fun and manic frenzy. I love Christmas carols and watching my kids full of fun and candy cane stickiness during the holidays. I love getting dressed up in my pretty red party dress and I love giving gifts and decorating the house with lights that set a romantic cast on everything. I love Christmas. But, I hate clutter more.

    Each year, La Gringa and I dismantle Christmas with the same passion as we put it up with. We put every single thing away. We ban “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” songs from our kids repertoire and we chuck the tree — fondly this year named Puffer — onto the curb with a vengeance. Farewell, Christmas! Hello, clean house!  This year, La Gringa did it herself while I shopped the sales. Before I even got home I had several text messages from friends and neighbors who’d passed by, teasing us for ripping down the holidays before Santa could even make it back to the North Pole.

    We go big at the holidays! Then we get rid of it. Fast. Only 330 days to go until we see the dancing Santas, twinkly lights and lit-up reindeer noses on our mantle again. I can’t wait. Sorta.

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    My Gift

    Posted on Dec 18, 2009 in Holidays |

    I’ve been a part of online communities for so long, it’s hard to remember life without it. I can recall running to RadioShack in the early 90s to hook my then-smoking hot computer to the small but growing America Online in order to chat with a group of triathletes. Connecting with people of like-minds has always been one of my great passions. However, being a part of communities online means that our communities offline have to be balanced.  Over 15 years later, I’m still trying to work the balance of managing relationships online without it affecting my relationships offline. It’s not that I’m bad at it. Actually, I’m good at it! But it’s work. And my gift to my children this Christmas was going to be a work-free mommy.

    Today is the last day I will Tweet until the kids go back to school on January 4. I won’t peek, lurk or wish-wash my way into Twitter. I’ll mostly avoid all other social media sites as well. I have already removed all social media apps from my iPhone. I’ll reinstall them in a couple weeks. And with few exceptions, I plan on being radio-silent in my online life. Being fully engaged with my children during their time off from school is the best present I can think of to give them.

    Hey, Twitter: See you on the other side of the decade.

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    Hello, There Santa!

    Posted on Dec 11, 2009 in Holidays, Seasons, Thing 1, Thing 2 |

    Santa Things

    Santa Things

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