3 Kings Day and a Dancing Chicken

This is the first year we celebrated Three Kings Day with Mila. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember the last time I celebrated Three Kings Day. I was probably a little one.

I had purchased a Dora DVD that explains Three Kings Day, however I really don’t think Mila understands quite yet. We didn’t do the traditional things, like putting grass and water out for the camels, that I had done when I was a kid. We just kept the tree up and held three presents aside for Mila to open.

And of course, Mila had a blast opening more presents.

January 6, 2013 – not quite 18 months.

It’s That Time Again!*

October 6, 2012
8 days shy of 15 months
Mila already has lots of Halloween attire.

By this time, most years, I’ve already figured out what I’m going to be for Halloween AND have begun to make my costume. Not this year, however. The furthest I’ve gotten was Mila choosing her own costume – a bumblebee. So where’s that leave me? Should I do something that relates to her – a flower, a stinger, a beehive, a larger bumblebee? I have not a clue.

I don’t even have my decorations out of storage and I’ve decided not to have my annual Halloween party this year, (the first time in 4 or 5 years I’ll break my tradition). It’s just too much. Too much money for someone who’s unemployed; too much energy for a mother chasing a one-year-old daily; too much cleaning, because the house has to be tip-top before the party and there’s always a mess after the party; too much effort for a few-hour event. It makes me tired just thinking about it!

Could I have possibly grown too old for Halloween?



*Written mid-September 2012

Mila Goes to the Ball Park!

For fathers’ day I gave¬†Phillies game tickets to my dad and Dan. It was a special occasion because it would also be Mila’s first trip to the ballpark.

We had a great time. Dad and Mila had their caricature done before the game and we all had yummy ballpark food.


Mila got her own t-shirt and blow up bat.

Our seats were in what seemed to be the sunniest (hence, hottest) spot in the entire park, so I took Mila walking around the stadium during most of the game. It’s ok, we still had fun and can’t wait for the next trip!

June 24, 2012
11 months, 10 days

Mother’s Day <3

Mother’s Day 2011 brought cards and texts and phone calls from friends, family and co-workers, wishing me a happy almost-Mother’s Day. It was touching that people thought of me as a mother while I was still pregnant.

Come Mother’s Day 2012, I was actually a full-fledged mother and my daughter was not far from being full-blown toddler. I was blessed to have received so many kind words and lovely gifts – the best of all, being back home with my daughter.

Beautiful flowers from my mother, grandmother and brother.*

Charm bracelet from my husband. “L” for our last name and the red jewel for Mila’s birthday month.*

Mila wearing a “daddy” shirt on Mother’s Day.
May 13, 2012 ~ One day shy of 10 months

*Edited in Instagram.

Mila’s 1st Easter (2012)

There wasn’t much Mila could do on her first Easter. She was, afterall, not even 9-months old.

Like Christmas, we got Mila and Ella together for a picture. It was chilly outside so before we reached the bunny Kim and I changed the girls out of their bundled outfits and into little spring dresses. Unlike Christmas, we couldn’t get both girls to smile at the same time.


I like coloring eggs, even though this year no one would be hiding nor finding them. My brother, Ryan, came over for the fun while Mila sat in her highchair and watched.

April 1, 2012
8 and a half months.

And of course, Mila had Easter baskets filled with candy, (that mommy and daddy ate), money (that went into Mila’s piggy bank), bubbles and stuffed animals.

Mila’s First Christmas [2011]

I am so, so horrible when it comes to blogging sometimes. I’m so far behind and here I have a Christmas blog when Mila’s second Christmas is about to roll around in more than two months.* So, I guess I’ll just start here…



At some point in December, Kim and I took the girls to see Santa. They did really well laughing at their crazy mothers jumping up and down like fools. Then we walked around the mall for some exercise and that’s all I can remember.






December 24, 2011

Mila was just beginning to sit on her own and working hard to pull herself up.






Mila’s first Christmas was fairly uneventful. At 5-and-a-half-months-old, I didn’t expect too much from her anyway. She loved the gift wrap – ripping it and crunching it – so we put her in a pile of paper and let her go crazy.

December 25, 2011
5 months, 11 days

Everything went into her mouth, including toys and paper and a piggy bank.

On Christmas day we broke out my grandparent’s china and invited the family over for dinner. I cooked, probably too much, and failed at my grandmother’s cole slaw. Good thing Mila didn’t have any.



*Written October 16, 2012.

A Thankful 2011

What am I really thankful for this year?

1. For my healthy, little baby girl and how we got to see 4 generations together this year.

.2. For being invited with open arms into a wonderful family.

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Halloween 2011

I love Halloween and I debated for a long time how I could dress Mila. She’s only 3 and a half months, so I wanted to be careful how extravagant I got. With all of the hand-me-down clothes I received from various people there were also costumes. A chili pepper, which was great to keep her bundled, but I wasn’t planning on taking her out trick-or-treating. Or, a bumble-bee that was absolutely adorable, just a tad too big for her. I chose a simpler route.

I found this onesie online and BINGO! I had us both covered…

I went to work making my costume…

…thinking of what I could add to Mila’s. I happened to find wings in the same color by accident and just had to have them. So, she ended up a Halloween fairy, while I was a mummy, (not a ninja haha). Here’s the final result:

On another note, what’s up with everyone asking me if I was going to take her trick-or-treating? My thoughts:

  1. Mila has no teeth and doesn’t eat solid foods – what would she do with candy?!
  2. Why would I take a 3-month-old out in the freezing cold (yes, the Saturday before Halloween we had a freak snow/hail/sleet storm)?
  3. Mila doesn’t have a clue what’s going on other than she’s going for a walk and all these weird people are in her face oooo-ing and ahhh-ing, (not to mention the scary things running around the neighborhood).
  4. Isn’t that against the “rules” – taking a child trick-or-treating so the parents could get free candy?

I’ll save trick-or-treating for when Mila can actually understand it.