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Dearest M,

You’re two!

Yesterday, you were one.  Today, you are two.  We’ve been going over that for the past few months now.  I think you’ve finally caught on! 

You are the sweetest little girl I know.  You’re a neverending source of hugs and kisses.  I love every single one of them.  I will never tire of the feeling of you wrapping your little arms around my neck and squeezing tightly.  I will never tire of hearing the words, “Kiss” and then you coming in to give me a sweet kiss. 

You never fail to show me that you love me, and for that, I am forever grateful.  I hope that you also know that I love you more than life itself.  I try to show you everyday that you mean the world to me.  I hope you recognize that.

This year has been nothing but milestones for you.  You’re language development has been nothing but impressive.  You’ve been singing like nobody’s business!  I love your version of “True Sisters” from Sofia the First.  I love how you like to try to sing both Sofia and Cinderella’s part and how your voice goes up high in a falcetto tone and how you are learning to hold notes for as long as they do.  You’ve got the music gene in you, and it’s showing.

You climb on everything like a little monkey.  It’s so cute watching you maneuver your way around everything.  Nothing gets in your way anymore.  It makes my heart jump over and over, but you make it everytime. 

It made me especially sad when you started climbing into bed on your own.  It’s starting to feel like you need me less and less now.  You’re just learning how to be more independent, and I’m learning to loosen my grip on you little by little.  You may not need me for some things, but there are many more things you’ll be running to me for.  I will always be here.

This might be the year where you finally go into a “big girl” bed.  I’m still deciding if you are truly ready.  Actually, I know you are probaby ready.  It’s ME that’s not ready.  I love your cuddles.  Never fear, even if you are in your own bed, I’m pretty sure you will still be in our room.  I know it will make us both feel better.

This might be the year you become a big sister.  Who knows?  Sometimes when I watch you play, I think to myself, “M needs a playmate.”  We have our playgroups, but I know there’s nothing like having a sibling to play with.  Maybe this is the year you get one.  Only God knows..

This coming year will be another year full of changes and surprises.  Just keep growing.  Stay healthy.  Stay happy.  Stay loving.

I pray that God will continue to bless you.  I pray that God makes sure that nothing changes your happiness.  I pray that God will continue to guide your life in the right direction.  I’m always praying for you.

Happy birthday, my dearest M.

We love you so very, very much..
Mimi & Daddy

One month from today, I will be 33 years old.

When did I turn 33?!

There are days when I definitely feel my age..

There are days when I can’t believe that I’m in my thirties.

It’s weird when I see celebrities or people that I think are older than me, only to find that they are close to my age.


Then, there are times where I totally KNOW I’m old.

Am I looking forward to turning 33?

I don’t know.

My thirties have definitely been good to me.. marriage, baby.. motherhood..

My thirties have definitely NOT disappointed, yet.

I think that I’m ok with turning a year older.

I just wish that time would move slower and allow me to really take in all the blessings that have been given to me.

I think that woud make me so much more comfortable about turning a year older.

I’ve got a month left… hmmmm.

Today, M is 21 months.

She’s getting closer and closer to the 2 year mark and I’m totally not ready for it.

In many ways, she’s still my baby.  She still comes in for a cuddle and a hug.  She loves to give kisses and receive them.  She still cries for me and sometimes wants to be rocked and held like a baby.  When she sleeps in my arms, she’s definitely still my baby..

But she’s also such an independent little toddler..

She would rather eat on her own than be fed now..

She actually holds her bottle, or sippy cup, or other drinking recepticles..

She talks and talks and talks and talks..

She tells ME what crayon to use and what object to color on the pages of her coloring books..

She can arrange things and say “poo-fect” (perfect) when it goes her way..

She can be totally interactive when watching Dora the Explorer and SuperWhy, answering the questions and repeating words when they ask her to..

She knows her letters and the phonetic sounds..

She can count from 1-13, then I have to count 14-17, then she’ll scream out “eighteen” and then let’s me finish the count to 20.. then celebrates in triumph!

She can maneuver her way through YouTube like nobody’s business!

She climbs anything and everything she can get her feet and hands on..

She’s singing along to songs now..

She tells me what toys she wants to bring when we go out or go spend a weekend at Ama and Apa’s house.. “bring doh-wa, bring Elmo, bring Panda, bring cat..”

She’s drawing circles and rainbows on her big magnet doodle board..

She reminds ME to bless ourselves with the Holy Water when entering the Church and I walked right by the Holy Water thingy in the door way..

There are so many things that she’s doing now.. and I still can’t believe she’s turning 21 months..

I love this little girls so much.. she’s such a blessing to our lives and I pray that she continues to grow and develop into a healthy, happy little girl.  I pray that God continues to guide her and I pray that we can teach her how to live a good life as a good person that makes good decisions in her life and will be safe always..



Today is Hubby’s birthday.  Today, Hubby turns 35.

When I first met him, he had just turned 30.  Sheesh!  That’s FIVE years ago! 

Hubby is five years away from forty…  what an old man!

When I was young, I never imagined being in my 30s, or even having a husband in his mid-thirties.. it just seemed like that was eons in the future..

Now, we are here.  We are living our 30s.. and it’s definitely not bad at all..

Happy birthday, Hubby.  M and I love you so very much.  You’re a great hubby and daddy.  We couldn’t ask for anything more!

Everyone knows I LOVE to make cards.. I love making invitations, birthday cards, greeting cards, thank you cards, wedding cards.. etc.. etc.

Check out my craft blog, “CutieQ Cards n Crafts”

So when it came time for Little Ms birthday party, I knew it was going to be great.  I’d make the invitations, decorations, and thank you cards.

That was the easy part!

I’m currently working on the “Thank you” cards, and that’s so much fun! 

But I really suck at writing them out and mailing them.

I love mass producing my cards.. I think it’s fun and therapeutic. 

The stuff that is hard for me, mainly because of time constraints, is writing them out and the sending them off..

It’s not hard trying to find things to say as a “thank you” to the great people that gave M her birthday gifts.. it’s just finding time.

I procrastinate.  I get lazy.  I lose track of time.

It’s been a month since she’s turned a year old.  It’s been a month since her birthday party.

What’s the proper etiquette when sending out thank you cards?  How many weeks do I have to send them out?

I’ve been 32 for a few days now.. and I have to say it’s off to a pretty good start.

I’ve noticed that as I got older, birthdays don’t really mean much anymore.

It’s just another ordinary day.  Granted, you get tons of well-wishes from everyone you know and that always makes me feel loved and special.

You don’t get special treatment. 

It’s your day to get older.. and that’s pretty much it.

Now, am I complaining?  Not at all.

It’s fine to forgo all the birthday hoopla.  It’s fine that my day goes on as normal.  I don’t think I want the remind that I’m well into my 30s when I actually feel like I’m barely in my mid-20s.. haha.

Anyway, I woke up to the hubby surprising me with The New iPad.  So exciting! 

Actually, I knew it was his plan to get me one for my birthday, but knowing him, I thought he would totally stall on it.  But no, he was great at surprising me with it.  I love it and so does Little M!

We had a nice little family dinner.  We went home and ended the day playing with the iPad with M.

In the words of The Fresh Beat Band, “What a great day.”

So.. my birthday is days away.. you know what that means..

Another blog post about my life.. in the carpool lane.. see how I just tied in the blog title?  See? 

Ya.. ok.

I’ll be 32 this year.. and I’m not ashamed!

I’m actually LOVING my 30’s.  I’ve been blessed in so many ways, what’s not to love?

Ok.. maybe the “working mother” part, but that’s a blessing in disguise.. I totally get the reasons why I have to work, and I am grateful for having the job.. but sometimes I wish I was home more with Little M.  I think I have one of the worst cases of Mommy Guilt.. but that’s for another blog entry..

What was I talking about?

Oh.. turning 32.

I’m satisfied.  I could use a few more hours in the day.. but I’m overall satisfied and feeling very blessed.  I could also use a little bit more energy to chase after my little one.. but it’s fine.. a little exersion never hurt anybody..

I hope 32 will be just a good, if not better, than 31.

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