The Seattle NO

The Seattle NO

If you ever plan to visit Seattle or interact in any way with someone from the Pacific Northwest, it might be helpful to…


Niña Osita, I have stated before, is fully self expressed. The good and the bad. When it’s good. It is soooo good.

The other day we were walking through Costco. Halloween has now passed so, of course, the holiday decorations are out in full effect. We came upon the display where there was a larger than life Christmas Tree, reindeer, Minnie and Mickey Mouse and a snow man, completely lit up. The moment her eyes came in to contact with that display, the wheels came off…

“Mom! Look! A Christmas Tree!!” (Insert high pitched SCREAM, one that would put any heyday Beatle’s fan to shame) “OHMYGOSH IAM SO EXCITED” (Shreik!!!) “SQUEAKY MOUSE!!!!!!!!!” (It’s was she call Minnie – Scream, Jumps up and down) “SQUEAKY MOUSE OH MYGOSH!! CHRISTMAS IS COMING!  I AM SO EXCITED!!!” (People are pointing and looking at us, but not in a annoyed way, they are totally adoring my child)

She stops in her tracks, grabs my hand, looks at me, rubs her face on my hand and says,” Oh thank you thank you! Thank for Christmas! Thank you for bringing me here”.

I am more excited than ever for the holidays. This is the first ear she is going to actually “get it”. Watching it through her eyes is going to be amazing!

I wish I could bottle that unlimited, unfiltered joy and excitement. I hope she never loses that.

Wordless Wednesday – Waterproof

My mother is Filipino and I lived in a the Philippines for a few years growing up. I still have family there and from what I have heard, everybody is OK. But there so many who aren’t ok. So many are devastated. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Big Girl Bed and other good stuff…..



Since Osita started preschool it has been leaps and bounds!

This is a girl who is fully self expressed. The good and the bad. Like with any toddler, tantrums are a regular thing. Lately, it seems like we have turned a new leaf. We are having way more good times than not so good times. Her language skills  have jumped up a notch. She is able to identify that she is angry and communicate why. It’s huge!  We also have been working on her breathing through her anger. (As an adult, I struggle with conscience breathing when I am feeling anxious.) Overall, she just seems happier. Playing, pretending, being.

Potty is a regular thing now. Even #2. But no public potties yet though.

Yesterday, we graduated from her crib to a regular bed! What could have just been ‘swap out the beds’ easy project, turned into a ‘pull all the furniture, paint the room, clean the floors, put furniture back and then put the new bed in’ project. It was fun and everything went smooth. Osita was STOKED! I was worried that she would jump out at bedtime but she went down like a total champ. I was so relieved! Today’s nap went smooth too. Success! The pic above was taken before we put the safety railing up, as you can see, she is enjoying this transition just fine.

Tomorrow night, Nina Grande’s high school orchestra is playing with the Seattle Symphony! I told her I have to work but I have arranged to leave early so I can surprise her. 🙂 N.G. plays the viola for her orchestra. She also sings and plays violin and guitar. Quite the talent, that Nina Grande.