Monthly Archives: June 2013

Copy cat

Ever wonder how people view you..
Their impression of you..
Dragon gave me a little peak…

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I do like my sunglasses and I can’t be without my phone. She sure picked up on that!

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15 month old Dragon

Oh boy…have things changed with our Dragon. People can’t believe it is the same little girl we brought home just six months ago. Her personality is just bursting through!

She just loves her food and can feed herself finger foods. Her current favorite is Cheerios. We have switched her off of formula and she is drinking whole milk ( organic of course ) with no issues. We still offer her milk in a bottle, but she makes no effort in holding it herself. A little odd, but no big deal for us.

Dragon is a happy crawler and is pulling herself up on the furniture. She just loves to hold your hands and walk around.

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Oh, did you notice the hair… I had mentioned to Hubby about some strands hanging in her face. Next thing I know, I am holding her chin and he is enthusiastically trimming away. Thank goodness it will grow back.

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Hubby also took Dragon for her first dip in the pool. She is not a fan of the tub, so we wanted to make it a very positive experience. Especially since we live in and by the pool during the warm summer days. She loved sitting with
Hubby and watching the big kids. She even started splashing around a bit.

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The last big news… Her first word…

“Nala”

Go figure, the two of them are always together. Nala is a wonderful cleanup crew. I can just imagine what my floors would look like if she was not around. I am just surprised that its not “No Nala.”

She does also say Dada and Mama and Duck. Her doctor gives them out after every visit and we have amassed quite a collection of rubber ducks.

We have been working with signs and Dragon can use sign language for “more” and “all done.” Mr.D also is proud of the fact that he taught her to growl and Ms.A loves to blow strawberries with her.

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I just wonder what those two are up to sometimes.

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Matriarch at age 39

Yes, that’s me. One of the many titles I currently carry, but not one that I wanted.

This is what happens to an only daughter of two “only children”. There are no aunts, cousins, or sisters to share in the responsibilities. It sits all on my shoulders.

These are the things that I think about as I push the mower back and forth. In perfect neat rows….at my father’s house. I don’t mow my own yard, but when my father goes out of town, I do this chore for him.

Lately, I have been having some deep thoughts about these responsibilities and decisions my mother had always made. Activities to do on the weekends, meals to serve, gatherings to organize, events in which need attending to represent the family, and holidays to plan. I guess you could say, I have been reminiscing about the simple olden days and my lack of any decisions that I had to make.

This time last year is when I started helping my Dad take care of Mom and I started stepping into this roll. She was getting bad and could not be left alone, but she wasn’t at the point of hospice care. I remember the difficult choices I had to make. Not being able to attend the children’s end of the year activities in order to give my Dad some relief. The children had to spend a huge amount of time with the babysitter instead of me.

I had never had that wonderful mother daughter relationship. Ours was stress filled, guilt filled, and someone always ended with hurt feelings. I had hope that we might have had an amazing change in our relationship at the end, but not so much…. Despite this, I think of her all the time. I wish I could still call her on the phone to ask those stupid questions I constantly have. Show her my new purchase or crafts that I created. Get her advice about things with the kids. Most of all, my heart just aches when the kids hit a milestone and she is not there to share the experience.

It will be a year in July since she passed away from cancer. I have been to the cemetery less than a handful of times. I have tried to fill the gap she has left, but I clearly am lacking in some areas. I just hope that I can be the best mom for my kids and that they can have a good solid relationship with me for many many years to come.

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Wedding weekend!

My dear friend got married this weekend! Mr.D was a junior groomsman and Ms.A was a junior bridesmaid. I was privileged with doing a reading and Dragon was an honorary flower girl.

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It was a whole weekend affair. We hosted the rehearsal dinner on Friday, hoping to do a BBQ poolside, but the thunderstorms changed our plans and moved us inside. The wedding on Saturday was just perfect. The weather held off and the kids did so well. They looked beautiful and behaved even better. They sure made me proud!

Dragon had her first go at a big event and did fabulous! She was such a flirt and really loved the music, the bagpipes didn’t even faze her.

Sunday we went to a yummy brunch and celebrated even more!

But now it is time to get back to reality…

-The last week of school activities for Ms.A.
– Mr.D has his TKD belt testing this week.
-Dragon has her last week of therapy before switching to a summer schedule.
-The house needs some serious cleaning.
– A small mountain of laundry needs to be conquered, otherwise we might have to start becoming nudists.

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Dragon will be spending some time in “baby jail” with her big brother for company and Nala will be outside.

With any luck, I will get a dent in some of my chores.

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