Tag: family

10 years ago...

I absolutely remember where I was and what I was doing the day the World Trade Center was attacked and America fell. I was 9 months pregnant and less than an hour away from the madness that was unfolding. I was sitting in my Nana & Papa’s house watching Good Morning America when the Charlie... Read more »

Family heriloom

The painting hanging on the wall behind us was made by my Grandmother Ana. My remarkable grandmother, who I have the honor to be named after, took to painting with oil and tree bark after she retired from being a genetics professor at the University of Puerto Rico.  The bark on that painting is from a tree in her backyard. The painting depicts the small beach in front of the house my mother grew up in.  There is no better reminder of my roots in my home.
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’ve lived away from my family for 15 years (19 if you include college) but I find myself treasuring the simplest objects that remind me of home. From the moment I set up my first apartment, I’ve always made sure I had some decorations from my parents... Read more »

I'm a "Titi"!!!

My family is slowly taking over all the holidays. I have already blogged about how both my grandfather’s death and our signing the paperwork to pursue Dylan’s adoption happened on Valentine’s Day and how my grandmother passed away on New Years’ Day. Now my brother – whose birthday falls on Groundhog’s Day – has welcomed... Read more »

Finally, a GOOD vacation!

Icacos beach, PR
As you might remember, the last time that Dylan spent time with my family, he was NOT on his best behavior. Tantrums, sleepless nights, general grumpiness…the boy definitely made us re-think taking him on any more trips for a long time to come! However, before we even decided to go to Disney World, we had... Read more »

Happy Valentine's Day!

When I think of Valentine’s Day, the last word that pops to my mind is “romance.” This might have something to do with the man I married. You see, I married my best friend. I married the love of my life. I married a strong, supportive partner. I married someone I knew would be an... Read more »

"Go Away, Mama!"

I’ve been hearing that a lot lately. No, it’s not because I’ve been unusually strict and now Dylan is mad at me. It’s not because I don’t let him have any “alone” time. It’s because Bill has been traveling a lot for the past month, and when he gets back into town Dylan wants absolutely... Read more »

"El Nudo"

If things continue the way they are, when Dylan grows up he will either live in an isolated tropical island or in a nudist colony. This boy does NOT want to keep his clothes on. It is cold outside. Even with the thermostat at 71 degrees, I walk around the house all day long in... Read more »

A Whale of a Trip - Part 3

Of all the parks we were scheduled to visit during out trip to Florida, I was most looking forward to Animal Kingdom. Dylan loves animals, and the combination of both animals and Disney characters seemed perfect for our little guy. We tried to get him excited about the theme park telling him he would see... Read more »

A Whale of a Trip - Part 2

Quality time with Abuelito
As you might remember from last week’s post, we spent our first day in Florida just hanging out at my parent’s timeshare in the hopes that Dylan would be rested enough to tackle Magic Kingdom the following day. Well, he wasn’t. And he let us know it all day long. We do have to take... Read more »

A Whale of a Trip - Part 1

When my parents mentioned last summer that they were planning a family trip to Disney World during the holidays, Bill and I immediately told them we would not be joining them in Florida. There were many reasons for us not to go. The expense was number one, of course. We also thought that, at 3,... Read more »