Posted by Maria José Ovalle
I have a wonderful relationship with most of my aunts and uncles, but an even more special one with my godparents. They always sent extra special gifts, took me out for fun afternoons, and it just felt magical when I was with them.
When choosing godparents for Little L, I envisioned those special moments taking place throughout her life.
Posted by Mary McBride
As I mentioned in an earlier post, we cannot travel due to Elvie being in a brace post surgery, and so that meant that we were at home yesterday for Thanksgiving. We are so thankful to spend the day together that no matter what we do, we are bound to enjoy it. We had a lazy morning, a late breakfast, and then took a walk in Golden Gate Park before we came home for dinner. No one spent hours over a stove yesterday, and there was no turkey on our table. Because yesterday was not just Thanksgiving, it was also my birthday, and there was nothing I wanted more than for all of us to be able to relax and enjoy the day together. Because I am the only one in our little family who is capable of making a traditional Thanksgiving feast, we decided that we would order Chinese food instead so that I could enjoy my birthday with my family instead of spending most of it in the kitchen. It turned out to be a wonderful day together, and we were all happy with our unconventional feast. Here are photos of Elvie, enjoying the feast – and my birthday cake! – toddler style.
Posted by Lauren Hartmann
I wouldn’t say that I’m a grumpy person or anything, but I can definitely be a little bit jaded at times. While I do enjoy a good tradition every now and again, I sometimes get overwhelmed and disenchanted when it comes to the holiday season and in the past have honestly just felt like it was all more work than it was worth. And then I had a child. A wonderful, little bundle of love and magic and she ruined me for cynicism forevermore.
Posted by Krishann Briscoe
Lola’s arrival changed my life in countless ways. Armed with some of the lessons navigating life with my oldest child had taught me, I entered this era of my journey through motherhood with a different outlook. With my oldest, my life was very different. While I enjoyed babyhood, I had no idea that it was as fleeting as it was. Plus, circumstances didn’t allow for me to slow down. I was hard at work trying to ensure we both had a fighting chance.
But this time around, I have slowed my pace. I have made more of an effort to live in the moments and take them in for what they are. To remember the way it feels to hold a sleeping baby on my chest — a simple joy that not only comforts the baby, but comforts the mama. To make a mental note of the giggles shared between sisters as their eyes meet and welcome the morning. To sit and take in all that is happening before my eyes. I’ve learned not to let my worries or dreams and hopes for our future overshadow the magic of the now.
Posted by Maria José Ovalle
After a three-hour drive turned nearly five hours with two kids, I have to say I am thankful for my kids — I thought it would be an absolute nightmare, but nope. M took care of Little L, and they napped and played. It was nothing short of a Thanksgiving miracle, you could say! No screaming, fighting and generally well mannered. Wow, now that’s something to be THANKFUL for.