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You know you’re a Catholic mom when you have to constantly stop your toddler from “blessing” themselves with any and every type of liquid they can get their hands on.

For example.. M has “blessed” herself with the following…

-The cat’s drinking water
-Water she’s shaken out of her sippy cup and onto a table or her highchair tray
-The pee that splashes out of her Elmo potty chair.. yes.  This is true.

I love that she knows how to do the Sign of the Cross.  It’s the cutest thing to hear her little voice say “Amen” with the rest of the congregation during the opening blessings at Mass. 

But please.. pee?

Toddlers have so much to learn.  I cherish her innocence and curiosity.. but sometimes.. it’s just kinda gross.

M has discovered a plethora of nursery rhymes on Youtube.

She particularly loves the videos from The Mother Goose Club and from a YouTube account called HooplaKids, or something to that effect.

She’s constantly wanting to listen and watch these videos.. the following are her favorite:

Baa baa sheep (Baa baa black sheep)
Twinkle stah (Twinkle, twinkle little star)
No monkey bed (5 Little Monkeys Jumping on The Bed)
Baby ah-haa (The Wheels on the bus – because of the baby on the bus saying “wah wah wah.)
Teapot (I’m a little teapot)
McNonald (Old Mc Donald had a farm)
‘A’ apple ah ah (Phonics songs)

And that’s all I can think of at this time.  She LOVES these songs at the moment and it’s so cute watching her eyes light up when she sees these videos..

She loves when I help her out with the actions on The Wheels On The Bus, or when we shake our fingers when the doctors says, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

There are even times when she tries to sing along.. it’s so cute.  She can pretty much say the last word of every line of every song. 

I love that music is starting to make an impact in her life.

Five years ago, Hubby and I went on our first date.


I have been on several first dates in my life, and the first date I had with Hubby was the best one.

Since that day we met in early April, we had been talking non-stop.  We would text each other throughout the day.. and we pretty much knew enough about each other to make it comfortable being on a date.

In some small way, I kind of knew that he and I were destined to be together from that day on.. A small voice in the back of my head told me “he’s the one.”

It’s been 5 years since that day.. since then, we’ve gotten married, moved in together, and started a family..

Maybe one of these years we’ll start a Disneyland tradition, where we go to Disneyland on this day just like we go to Korean BBQ on April 5th. 

It would be nice to relive this memory with him and our family as the years go on..

Happy first date-iversary, Hubby!  I love you and our little family! 

Tomorrow is Hubby and my first date anniversary..


I miss Disneyland..

From around 2007-2010, I was a Premium Annual Passholder..

I loved it..  I could go to Disneyland as often as I wanted.. I could stay all day, or just for a few hours to kill some time..

I could go ride one ride then go home, or take an out of town relative for the day..

I had to finally give up renewing my pass because I had moved to San Diego and I knew that it wouldn’t be as easy to go anymore..

Also, the prices were climbing..

Now, there’s no way I’d want to spend my money on a Premium Annual Pass.. I could do so much more with that money..

But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it.. because I do.

I miss Disneyland.

I miss the smell of waffle cones when walking down Main Street.  I miss the feeling of passing the turnstyles and entering the park.  I miss just walking around and people watching.. I miss the music.. I miss the rides.. I miss the characters..

I haven’t even been to Carsland yet! 

I think I need to plan a trip this year.. before it gets too hot.. especially since M is all about Disney Jr and Mickey Mouse, I think she’s appreciate this much more than when she went last year.

I need to get my Disney fix.

Yesterday, I picked up M early from work.

We had a cute little lunch date at Boston Market, then we went home because it was her afternoon nap time.

We got home.. and she was just not sleepy.. not even a little bit.  She never yawned, sucked her thumb, or gave me any indication that she was tired.

She was just so excited to be home with me, all she wanted to do was play..

I tried to hold her and sway her.  I tried to lie down with her and tried to get her to wind down.  I tried to turn all the lights off and turn the tv off.

None of it worked.  She just wanted to spend time with me.

So.. I gave in. 

We had afternoon snacks, and we played.  We colored.  We sang.  We danced. 

I was hoping to tire her out so she could take a quick nap.. but she never did.

I was anticipating a very grumpy, tired girl by dinner time.  However, I was pleasantly surprised at how great she was.

I thought she was going to go to bed by 8 or 9 pm.  She was starting to show signs of sleepiness by then.  Her eyes were getting droopy, she was yawning more.. but still not a grumpy outburst at all.

Eventually, by 10pm, after her bath and night time routine, she looked at me and said, “go bed?”

So, she had some milk and off to bed we went.

It didn’t take any more than 5 minutes and she was out!

It was awesome!  She didn’t stall at all!  It was a wonderful feeling!

Ok.. I know naps are still important at this age.. but her lack of afternoon nap resulted in the best bed time ever!

It’s nice to get those little breaks in the system..



She has been M’s friend since her first Christmas in 2011.

They were good friends in the middle of 2012.. but as the year went on.. they slowly drifted apart and Violet ended up at the bottom of the toy bin.

Jump forward to now.. April 2013.

M discovered this video on Netflix:

It’s M’s favorite video right now and all she wants to watch.

Last night, when she was watching this video.. I pulled Violet out from the bottom of the toy bin and showed it to M.

Oh my goodness.. M was so happy!  She hugged Violet as if she was a brand new toy!

She sat Violet next to her as they watched the video together.. and she brought Violet with her as she climbed onto the couch to snuggle with me we started her nighttime routine..

I’m so glad she’s finding a new appreciation for her toys..

It’s so amazing how much a toddler develops in such a small span of time..

M has started to really think for herself and say things for herself and is starting to observe the world around her.. it’s amazing to see her mentally develop in this way..

Yesterday, before M and hubby came home, I decided to repolish my nails.

I turned all the fans and vents on so that the apartment wouldn’t smell so strongly of nail polish..

M came home and ran straight to me.. she looked at me and suddenly said, “mell?”

She repeated it several times, and then said, “mell hair?” and then grabs a bit of my hair and smells it..

That’s when I realized she was talking about the smell of nail polish!

She thought it was my hair!

I told her it wasn’t my hair and that I was painting my nails.  Once I helped her solve the mysterious smell, she went on to play with her toys and start her afternoon/early evening..

I didn’t realize she was at the age to observe those things already…

What a big girl!

When 2013 started, I decided this was the year to scrapbook.

The method I chose was Project Life.  Because I wanted to save money, I decided to NOT use the official PL products, but use what I have and make it work.

You can see the progress on my scrap blog, CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

Yesterday, M and I were looking through the pages I had already finished.  We were pointing at people and objects.  She was saying who they were, and what the objects were.  It’s always so cute seeing her pointing out my pictures and Hubby’s pictures.

When it came to her pictures, I was expecting her to say “pishure.”  For the longest time, she would identify herself as “pishure” (translation – picture).

So last night, when we were pointing out faces, I pointed to hers and asked her who it was..


She said her name!

The emphasis was on the wrong syllable.. it’s should be “mah-LI-ya” but hey.. it’s better than “pishure!”

She loves looking at pictures, and I’m so glad I’ve decided to start scrapbooking.  Nights like last night that make it so worth it!


It’s been a busy few days at work.. It’s been non-stop work for 8 hours and it leaves me absolutely exhausted by the time I get home..

I get home before M and Hubby, so I get to spend at least an hour alone to unwind.

Of course, when I get home, it isn’t complete relaxation.

Once I’m home, I don’t even sit down.  Most days I go straight to the kitchen to start putting away dishes and start cooking something..

There are days when I go right to the laundry after the kitchen..

After getting that done, I can finally sit down at the craft table.. it’s my way to unwind and clear my head.. it’s a great therapy that I hope to one day make more than just a hobby.. but only time will tell.

Once I’m heavy into my crafting, I hear the door open and a little voice repeatedly saying, “Mimi, Mimi, Mimi..” until she gets into the craft room to see me.

Then, she gets this huge smile on her face, and with so much conviction, she says, “Mimi!”

Of course, I run straight to her.. she lifts her arms for me to carry her.. then she tells me “Hug.” and she gives me this super sweet hug with her arms wrapped around me as tight as she can and her head resting so comfortably on my shoulder..

It’s as if she’s telling me that she’s so glad to be with me again.. it’s like she tells me she misses me while we are apart..

I love it.

I leave the craft room with my darling daughter in my arms and go to greet Hubby.  We talk a little bit about our day and joke around a little.. or a lot!

Once they come home, I flip the switch into “mommy mode” and get no rest until it’s time to go to sleep..

It’s not the ideal life that I had pictured myself to have when I were to have kids.. being a working mommy.. but it’s my life.. and there’s so much love in our little family..

I couldn’t ask for anything more.

What’s your day-to-day parent life like?

I woke up to a world that has once again been changed forever.. the tragedies that occurred yesterday at the Boston Marathon will forever been etched into the minds of millions.

I wasn’t directly affected, but I feel terrible just the same.

It’s the strangest feeling waking up and starting my day “business as usual” when another part of the country is in mourning. 

The world feels a little different now.  I feel a little bit more paranoid, a little bit more causious, a little bit more sad.

This event occurred on the other side of the country from me.. and while I’m so grateful that it didn’t happen to me, I know that no one is immune to such tragedies. 

It could happen to anyone, anywhere.

I have a family, a daughter.. and knowing it could happen anywhere scares me the most.

I was 20 when 9/11 occurred.  It rocked me to my core, but never affected me as badly as Sandy Hook, or this..

At 20, I didn’t have a family of my own to protect.. I was single.. the world was still big and for the taking.. I still like what happened during 9/11 happened “over there” and I’m lucky to live “over here.”  I was saddened, and while the world changed overnight that time, I still didn’t “connect” to the impact it had.

But these new tragedies happened in my 30s.. these new tragedies happened at a time where I’m more mature and my outlook on life has changed so much.  These new tragedies connected…

I’m waking up to this world that was once again rocked by violence and loss.  I’m saddened and scared by these events. 

I pray for all those affected.  I pray for the recoveries of the injured.  I pray for the souls of the lost.  I pray for the emotional state of all involved. 

I pray for Boston.

I pray for the world.

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