Everything is Awesome on the Fourth of July…


For the second year in a row, we were out of town/state for our fourth of July celebrations. Last year, we were in the Bay Area (California) for one of my childhood friends' wedding.  And this year we were in Chicago for Jace's childhood friend's wedding. By happenstance, both weddings were exactly a year apart. On the fourth, we attended a barbecue and celebration for our friends' wedding - sort of a pre-wedding party (literally, since the wedding was the next day). Prior to these afternoon festivities however, we brought the kids to the Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, IL … [Read more...]

Transitioning to the Big-Boy Chair
[Product Review]


At two years old, the little Wali is quite the independent toddler/budding preschooler. He still fits in a high chair, but he now refuses to sit on it... So when I was asked to review the Summer Infant Brentwood Booster Seat, I was happy to accept. The Summer Infant Brentwood Booster Seat is the latest addition to Summer Infant's popular Bentwood collection - "a contemporary wood collection with gentle arching lines." We love Summer Infant around here (we've previously purchased and used their bath tubs and accessories, baby gates, baby monitor, etc., for both our children) - they have good … [Read more...]

Three Hotels in Two Weeks


July is proving to be a mix of things; it's been surreal, consuming, and best of all, an adventure. All things that were expected. Today, the packing company completed packing up the contents of our home and we're now nicely settled into our new home for the next week or so - a hotel. Our third hotel this month, to be exact. Approximately two weeks ago, it all started. After working an insane amount of hours for the last two months, I started what is known to the working world as PTO. So, the day after the despedida dinner at our friends' empty home, we started our travels with Chicago … [Read more...]

Girlfriends, Goodbyes, and Virginia Beach…


Last Sunday, after successfully completing my packing prep (prepping and organizing our house for the packers), I joined my girlfriends for a day trip to Virginia Beach. These girls are all childhood friends who grew up with each other, way back when. Though they are not my childhood friends, having only met them 10-11 years ago, I've grown pretty close to them since first moving to DC. So much so, that it was hard to say goodbye... It did make the goodbyes a little easier when we made a fun trip out of it - to Virginia Beach It was quite the day trip. We left Northern Virginia at 6am … [Read more...]

Countdown to Brasila: Less than 30 Days Out

squeezed in a Nats game one late afternoon with Kuya and folks from work..

We're another month closer to our move and I'm happy to report that things around here have been moving at the speed of light! Well, OK, as my six-year-old would say, "not literally." Still, I feel like we've been flying by the seat of our pants in the last 30+ days because there are a million things going on at the same time - non-moving related included. In the last month, I've been working 50- to 60-hour weeks, put on two birthday parties, obtained quotes for home renovations, make sure the home renovations get done, and helped my husband deal with all the paperwork required (insurances, … [Read more...]