Saturday, April 12, 2014

Almost Six Months

My wonderful friend Christina took these. We're going back tomorrow to take some of the whole family!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hopelessly In love

This guy right here. He is So. Incredibly. Lovable. I can't stop nomming on him and neither can anyone else in the house. His big brother and sister adore him and fight over who gets to hold him (though, incidentally, I have not witnessed any fighting over who gets to change his diaper). I don't blog much anymore because I think everyone who reads this is reading on Facebook now, and because there I can control who sees what (i.e. certain unpleasant people who shall remain unnamed). But I didn't want to let 2014 go by without introducing him.

Oliver Ash Keegan Valencia. Born on October 19th. Extremely snuggleable.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

So, this happened
I totally blame Todd. 

The little guy is due in October and so far all we've come up with for names are Yoda (a fairly apt description of most newborns but it might get old before he hits high school) and Potato (both Todd's contributions, shockingly). I do think Tatertot would be a cute nickname, but I think we'll keep looking until a less Star Wars-themed or vegetable-based name presents itself. 

The kids are both super excited. They both wanted a boy, which was big improvement from their original request that I have twins (a boy and a girl) so they could each have their own personal baby sibling. 

As a bonus, they're also getting two new cousins, since my brother Zach's wife, Christy, and my sister Julie are pregnant too. Christy's due in August and Julie in November. We're a very fertile family- seven kids, remember? The only sad part is that Julie's on the east coast and Christy and Zach are out here in CA so the three of us will never all get to compare bellies in person. However I'm seeing Christy this weekend and Julie in June when I visit RI so I will have to be the belly ambassador. 

Monday, February 4, 2013



We found this little guy in the parking lot where we live. He was simultaneously terrified of and desperate for human contact. He was already litterbox trained and he has the sweetest personality so, despite plans to hold off on getting a pet until we move, we decided to keep him. Okay, fine, there was no "decision-making." I was a goner as soon as I saw him. Can you blame me?

Dignity: It's not for everyone.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

And By Accidentally I Mean On Purpose

Parental figure: Do you have something to show me?

Anonymous naughty child: Nope!

P: Your teacher told me today that she sent home a detention notice on Thursday. [It is now Tuesday.] . What do you have to say about that?

C: Oohhh, that. [produces note from backpack]

P: [reading] This is a new one from today. Where is the one from last week?

Child: Ummm. I dunno?

P: Did get a detention note?

C: Ye-ahhuh.  [checks backpack] But it's not in my backpack.

P: Did you bring it home?

C: Um.... yes.

P: What did you do with it?

C: I think I, umm... I put it on my bed. But I think, ahh, maybe... it might have gotten thrown away. By accident. Because it's not on my bed anymore.

P: Why don't you go check the garbage can in your room?

[Child comes back with miraculously produced crumpled ball of paper.]

P: [sternly]  Did it really get thrown away by accident?

C: Um... I think so? Probably.

P: Did you throw it away because you didn't want to give it to us?

C: Ummm... Yeah, Yup. Uh huh.

[Parental eyeroll shared]

P: This says you were rubbing your sweatshirt on J's head in class. Why on earth would you do that?

C:  But... we were learning about static electricity!!!!!

Oh, well that explains everything.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New one up at Uncensored. There's not much that I want to talk about publicly these days. I'll try to post some wedding pictures soon, but I think anyone who cares has already seen them on Facebook. Give me a shout if I'm wrong.