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Happy 3rd Birthday!

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” -Dr. Suess

Last weekend we threw a small party for Juju’s third birthday. I can’t believe Ken and I have been parents for three years already. It seems just like yesterday when we brought him home for the first time. We’ve learned a lot alongside our son during these past three years and all the ups and downs have taught me how strong, how loving, and how forgiving we’ve all been. None of us are perfect, but we’re learning just how much we can still love each other despite our imperfections. Here’s to taking a moment to reflect on my top favorite recent Juju moments.

  1. I love how he wakes up from a nap or comes home from school and always asks, “Where’s Ronan Didi?” And if his brother is awake he’ll coo, “Awwww, he’s sooo cute!”
  2. I love his impeccable memory. Every time he plays with something given by someone he knows, he’ll say thank you for the gift over and over again. *Melts my heart*
  3. I love his enthusiasm for traveling by BART, Muni, Monorail, or by¬†airplane. He’ll run up to me while we’re at home and say, “You want to come with me?” Then he’ll grab my hand and bring me to the couch where he’s got a tray to place items that need to go through the “security” checkpoint, a remote, his luggage, and “chips” because mama always buys Pringles for our travel snacks. He’ll proceed with checking to make sure our seat belts are buckled and he’ll tell me we’re on our way to see my brother and his dog, Suki.

p.s. The cake topper was supposed to be a train, but we didn’t find where we hid it until three days after the party. Smh.

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Palm Springs Getaway

“Distance means so little when someone means so much.” – Anonymous

Last weekend we ventured to Palm Springs to spend some time with my family. SInce my¬†brother wasn’t able to spend much time with the boys over the holidays with his 24 hour stints in the Bay, but we made up for it. It amazes me how much Jude loves his uncle who lives over 400 miles away. Whenever I pick up the phone and Juju hears my brother’s voice, he automatically says hello. Even with my crazy child’s threenager head rearing full force at the beginning and end of our trip, I have these marvelous memories to hold onto. I hope Ronan will feel the same way about Abe too. It’s only a matter of time I imagine.

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