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The Birth of My Princess

princessI had always said that I wanted 4 kids.  My hubby said, “No – 2 is fine”.  I offered a compromise and said “How about 3?” He again was adamant that 2 was fine.  But for some reason, my family didn’t feel complete. Continue reading

My Birth of My Pumpkin

pumpkinI was pregnant again and my doctor had told me that my due date was December 13th, but that this was going to be a big baby.  I remember during one appointment, my doctor did an ultrasound and said, “You’re going to have a boy and he is NOT shy!”  Our little boy was in my belly, arms and legs somewhat outstretched and his privates were very obvious!   Continue reading

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

looksI’ve always been told I look just like my mom.  I could never really see it myself until I was about 18.  I was doing my makeup at her vanity and she was standing behind me.  Looking from her face to mine and back again, it suddenly hit me and I started to cry stating “Oh my God.  I DO look like you.”  Really nice right?  I’m sure mom really appreciated my tears!  I don’t know why I cried – I think Mom looks great and always has.  I should be so lucky to look as good as she does.  Continue reading

My One and Only

looking alike

I never thought I would have children, so before the blessed event, I used to piggyback on my sister’s two girls. Appearance-wise, there was a time when the four of us looked very much alike. We were in a Chinese restaurant in Oakland, California one night. When the waitress approached our table, she looked around at the four of us and said “four people, same face!” We had a good laugh and decided the waitress was very observant.  Continue reading

On Children

How much influence do we really have over our children?

Aubrey and I were at Texas Roadhouse with four other mom-daughter couples. We were talking about random topics when the subject of birth stories came up. Aubrey and I quietly listened to everyone’s stories.

I don’t even know the exact time she was born in the early hours of July 27, 2009. Continue reading

Snakes, and Piggies, and Dragons…Oh, My

It was spring, 1971. I was in First Grade. We actually had a long enough lunchtime that students could go home mid-day to eat before returning for afternoon classes.

On this sunny, noontime, I was crossing the mowed lot adjacent to our home. Walking through the low-cut weeks, I saw a couple of little garter snakes slithering away from my feet. I quickly grabbed one in each hand and brought them home. Going into the house through the garage, I saw a big cardboard box sitting on the garbage cans. A perfect spot to save my snakes for later! Continue reading

Hamsters, Uncle Lloyd and Simple Math

hamstersI had been telling everyone in my family for months that I wanted a pair of hamsters. Dad said no. Mom said no and I was frustrated.  I was ten years old and I was fascinated by hamsters.  Continue reading

My Houdini Hamster

hamsterOver the years I’ve had a slew of pets including dogs, fish, hamsters, birds, salamanders, crayfish, and cats.  

My first bird was a yellow parakeet with red eyes that I named Buttercup and my first hamster was a white albino teddy bear hamster (but I don’t remember it’s name).   Continue reading