Category Archives: Family

Live Inspired and Feed Your Spirit

“If we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty!”

Recently, Angie Mozilo (@azmomofmanyhats on twitter and AZ Mom of Many Hats on Facebook) and I discussed this idea, as well as my book Live Inspired, on her Mom of Many Hats Radio Show.

You can click here to download our show on iTunes.

As Angie says,

Mom of Many Hats Radio is a place for moms to hear a loud and resounding “MOMS ARE IMPORTANT!” It is also a place for women who wear the mom badge to have a community that truly believes that they have value beyond simply the day to day tasks of “mommyhood.”

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A Thankful Heart

On this Thanksgiving Eve, as I write and reflect on the meaning of this national holiday, a sense of calm washes over me. Thanksgiving has always been enjoyable. A few days off of school or work. A delicious feast to warm my belly. And the annual Texas A&M vs. UT football game (which will, sadly, be played for the 118th and final time this Thanksgiving.)

Yet, this Thanksgiving, it’s not about the vacation time, or yummy food, or a tradition-filled sports event. This Thanksgiving, my heart is overflowing with gratitude for all of the many blessings in my life. I am grateful for family and friends; health and healing.

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Moments

“Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement.

It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen.

We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.”
— Anna Quindlen

Please take a moment to check out my guest post for Mindful Ground on Mindful Parenting.

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Embracing Superficiality!

For the first time ever, I’m actually interested in the World Cup. And by “interested,” I mean that I’ve looked at the standings a couple of times, and whenever my husband is watching a game and I pass through the room, I’ll ask Who is playing?…and hours later, I’ll often remember to ask Who won?

I’m pretty sure, though, that the reason I’m “into” the World Cup this year is that, to support my husband’s homeland, I found a cute Mexico soccer shirt to wear.

 

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Just Like Riding a Bike

My last blog was my first blog back in a while. For a second there, since I was out of practice, I worried that I’d run out of material. But wouldn’t you know it, blogging is just like riding a bike. It comes back quickly. I remembered that I can find my blog material all around me…

Last night, at my parents’ house, my son rode his bike for the first time without training wheels. He only went a few feet on his own, but still…What a big boy!

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She’s a Big Girl Now

Tomorrow, my baby will be three.

She still wears diapers at night. But as she’ll remind you, “They’re not diapers, they’re pull-ups.” Right. Oh, she’s a big girl now. She is very particular about which dress she will wear when. None of those baby shirts for her. Oh, yes, she’s a big girl now. And when she drives her jeep, she talks on the “phone.” She’s such a big girl now.

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But even with her pull-ups, dresses, and play phones, she’s still my little sweetie pie.

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The Snuggle Nest

So, every so often, my husband and I will wake up in the morning and we have two little visitors joining us in the bed. This is what I wake up to: The Snuggle Nest. I love my life.

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My Writing Life

Last weekend, I spent some time at my aunt and uncle’s house. Secluded and scenic, this was the perfect location for me to do some writing on my next book. Whether I was sitting in the hammock, or out in the gazebo (my “writing room”), or in the hot tub, I was feeling inspired. I was able to get a lot done, and I wanted to spend more time there. As I drove back home, I wondered what it would be like to have hours upon hours of quiet time to write every day. Oh! How productive I could be. So many books I could have under my belt. And then I realized…that is not my life. My life is one filled with wiggly kiddos, and a husband who travels, and a dog who needs quite a bit of attention. My life is filled with sports class, and dance class, and programs at school. And since I started writing this blog 45 minutes ago, I’ve made dinner, given two piggy back rides, watched an exciting game of hide-and-go-seek, and kissed one boo-boo. This is real. This is my life. And this is right where I belong.

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The Sunrise

On New Year’s Eve, the family tradition is always for 40 or 50 of us to go over to Tia Ana’s house, sing karaoke, dance, begin eating at midnight, and stay up to watch the sunrise. That’s been the tradition. But now that I think about it, it’s been a few years since I’ve stayed up to watch the sunrise. Two out of the last five years, we stayed home since I was pregnant. I think I saw the sunrise the year my son was a baby, and I know that last year, I only made it until 3:30 a.m. (Someone had to get up with the babies at 7 a.m.) Anyway, although I don’t always uphold the tradition (it’s tough when you’ve got little ones), it’s always the plan. This year, I didn’t make it. I was “helping” my daughter fall asleep a little after midnight, and ended up falling asleep myself. But, my four-old-son was a true party animal and stayed up all night long.

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Awww! So Cute!

Babies and baby animals. So cute. On our trip to Mexico last week, we had the pleasure to see both.
On Monday, we decided to go visit my husband’s pregnant cousin. As we were driving up to the house, we saw the cousin, along with her mother, walking out of the front door. Tia Mari came over to the car before we had a chance to get out and said hello. Then she went on to say that she would invite us in, but that her daughter just went into labor! And a few hours later, a new little primito joined the family!! What a great day!
A story about a new baby is a hard act to follow, but here are my kids with a puppy (the second part, the baby animal part, of my little blog):
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And here they are with even more puppies:
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There’s nothing like babies and baby animals! Awww! They’re just so cute!

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