Sunday, November 17, 2013


People talk all the time about what they want for their children. Who they hope they will become. What they hope they will accomplish.
Of course, John and I want all the good things this life has to offer for Gianna. 
But that's not what I've been thinking about.
Our Little Love is 12 weeks old today. She brings me unbelievable joy every day. Joy I couldn't imagine and can't explain.
As I bathe in the blessing that she is to me, I don't think about her future. I think about mine. 

She makes me want to be a better wife, mother and woman. The truer I am to myself, the better chance I hope she has at really becoming herself. 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sleepless in San Jose

We really aren't on a sleep schedule yet, but the baby does nap. More than once a day usually.
But not today. Today, Gianna decided to skip her morning nap and her afternoon nap and it's now after 11 pm and she is still wide awake. 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weekend Review

A weekend review on Wednesday. Sure, why not.
This last weekend was sort of a big deal because John went on a two-night spiritual retreat, and Gianna and I survived being alone.
(Well, as alone as you get when your parents live 2.2 miles from your house and your husband is gone for a whole 45 hours.)
After dropping off John at the Our Lady of Santa Clara Retreat House, we made a surprise visit to see Gianna's great grandpa, Big Papa Aldo.

Then we headed to Nonna and Papa's house, where I was fed and my mom played with Gianna until the poor baby was completely worn out.

Saturday was a busy day of cleaning. I cleaned. My mom cleaned. And then the professional cleaning people showed up. Professional cleaning is a big treat around here and so exciting.

That night, because I was alone and hate the dark, I stayed up late and made pumpkin-apple-cranberry-pecan bread for the first time. 

Sunday morning, Gianna and I made it to Mass (15 minutes late), and we were both in one piece albeit exhausted when we picked up John that afternoon.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Daylight Saving Dangers

If you're 94 and the young lady who drives you around is in her 80s, the time change means more than setting your clocks back.
Of course, you might not realize this until you get caught in Palo Alto after sunset.
Since your home is in Sunnyvale and your chauffeur doesn't drive after dark and you don't drive at all, this will mean calling your grandson and your grandson-in-law for a rescue.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sweeter Than Candy

In early October, John came home with this little number from Costco. Just seeing it in our house filled me with joy. 

Then this happened and the cuteness almost killed me. 

Behind the scenes looked like this.

A few days before Halloween, Gianna and I checked out the mommy and me event at Santana Row.

Then the main event. 
Our 5-year All Hallows' Eve tradition is to spend the trick or treating hours at our dear friends' home.
Back in 2008, it was just me and John with our friends and their then three kids. (Number five is expected in March.) 
Clearly, we are trendsetters.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Hello, November

I kind of forgot that I'm a blogger, and I sort of missed the whole month of October.
But I've noticed people are dedicating November to gratitude.
I'm living baby bliss, and my heart feels like it might explode with thankfulness.
Every day, even when I've been up four times in the night, I just can't believe I get to be Gianna's mama.
Today, I'm thankful for naps for both her and me.

Gianna asleep in her car seat.


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