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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:

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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

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

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

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    The Best Apology Letter Ever

    Posted on Dec 27, 2009 in Featured, Thing 1 |

    Apology Letter

    Best Apology Letter Ever

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    One Day Before Santa

    Posted on Dec 23, 2009 in Family and Friends, Featured, Thing 1, Thing 2, Uncategorized |

    Snow Globe, originally uploaded by Thing Family.

    Just one more day to go — one more rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” just one more “How many days left, mom?,” just one more shake of the snow globe.

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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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    My Girl’s Spirit

    Posted on Dec 10, 2009 in Holidays, Silly, Thing 1 |

    Telling off Santa

    Telling off Santa

    I never saw it coming — my little 6-year-old, sweet as can be, full of life and laughter — that my daughter would take out Santa Claus. But she did. And how. Approaching Santa, my daughter asked him a question in Spanish, at which point he was unable to answer. And when he did with something like, “HO! LA!” she called him out. Full-stop.

    Looking over at the hoopla, I saw my girl, hand on one hip, pointing with the other, giving Santa a talk. “You are a FAKE!,” she told him. “Santa knows every language in the world of every child in the world and you can’t even understand me!” Then, with all the conviction in the world, “You are a faker, faker, baker.”

    I tried to stop her, but there was little I could do. A girl on a mission is unstoppable. I feebly asked her to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. In response she said, “If you know when I am sleeping and know when I’m awake. If you know when I’ve been bad or good, then how do you not know what I want for Christmas?” Shit. Score one for the first grader.

    Eventually I got her to sit on Santa’s lap. She did it under protest, and only after I conceded that she was right, the Macy’s dude was not Santa.

    As we left, he called her back and gave her a tiny pin. She snorted and said, “Santa gives candycanes, not pins. And anyway, your beard is too short.”

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    Please, God, Let the Tooth Fairy Be On Call

    Posted on Oct 5, 2009 in Family and Friends, Thing 1 |

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