Archive for July 2010

Back To Reality: The Trifecta

Both of my babies slept a lot, but for very different reasons. I love how Atia's touching Asher, as if she's making sure that he's real.
My Previous Blog Entry: “DINA MANZO’S INTERVIEW PODCAST: The Real Housewives of New Jersey” Well, the fantasy of hobnobbing with the stars is over and as the fairy godmother said in Cinderella, “On the stroke of twelve, the spell will be broken, and everything will be as it was before.” Dropping us back into reality and... Read more »

Sporty Spice at 35

You can find Keith (my teacher) at the Fox River hanging out with the cool guys from Thanks to Keith and Tony for the ride of a lifetime.
Unathletic is not a word but if it was, my picture would be right next to its definition in the dictionary. I have a physical and mental block when it comes to anything athletic. After many failed attempts through out my lifetime, I was almost 35 years old when I learned how to ride a... Read more »

The Spirited Kids

Has someone ever told you Oh my goodness, your kids have a lot of personality! Or have you ever heard something like Wow!  That kid sure is a leader!  Well, a few months ago one of our neighbors saw my daughter, Lucia, ordering us around and he smiled and said  Uh-oh!  You have a little... Read more »

Discovering Dr. Seuss

I have always been a reader. One of my earliest memories is going to Story Time at a local bookstore with my Kindergarten class, then being told by the teacher that we could each choose one book to keep. Most of my classmates chose thin, popular books (like those Disney ones that came with the... Read more »

Mr. Independence

A few weeks ago, I went in to put Dylan down for his nap. The moment we entered his room, he jumped into his bed, grabbed his blankie and pacifier, covered himself with the blanket, looked at me and said “Bye bye.”   What?!   “You don’t want Mami to put you down?”   “Adios,”... Read more »


The four cousins, July 2010
For the past two weeks we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Bill’s oldest brother Jim and his family, who were visiting from Washington State. Jim and his wife Hiromi have a son, Kai, who is just a year older than Dylan. Dylan and Kai had not seen each other since the summer of... Read more »

I'm Moonlighting

Hi Ay Mama! friends, I wanted to share some exciting news. I’ve been moonlighting and you’ll all get to see it tonight. It’s a new show called The Chicago Stand Up Project. I guarantee that it will make you laugh. That’s tonight at 8PM(CST) on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago. We need all the support and... Read more »

In English

As you have read with me previously, the language spoken at home is Spanish.  Last summer the phrase of the day was, “en español,” because my eldest daughter didn’t want to speak Spanish anymore.  Thankfully, by the end of the summer she was on board and ready for our trip to Mexico.  My 4 year... Read more »

Project Playground - Mission Trip 2010

Today’s guest blogger is Susan Serra, a fellow Kaz adoptive mom who has graciously agreed to tell us about a life-changing trip back to Kazakhstan.   Adopting our daughter, Leeza was like nothing else I have ever experienced. We gained so much more than our precious daughter from our time in Kostanai, Kazakhstan. For 11 weeks... Read more »

What To Really Expect

My good friend Lisa Honcharuk will be writing for me today. Lisa is a constant source of amusement to me; I swear, everyone needs a friend like Lisa. She will always stand by you and tell you just like it is. Ok, so who didn’t go out within the first few weeks of being pregnant to purchase... Read more »