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pretty pretty princess

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Yesterday we arrived in Orlando.  After checking into the hotel we hit Downtown Disney where Abbey was transformed into a pretty pretty princess at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

She was given her own thrown and attended to by two of the fairy godmother’s trusty assistants.

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First, was the hair.

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then, make up (and hair)


and the nails (and hair)


and then she had a break from hair long enough to focus on the clothes


then it was back to the royal thrown for some finishing touches


and after a bit of magic dust


a princess is unveiled


and with one last quick check in the mirror (got to make sure that lip gloss is just right)


she got off her thrown and walked among the common folk.


she was anything but common. 


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January 23, 2008 at 1:00 am

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This past Saturday Santa Claus paid an unexpected (wink, wink) visit to the Marine House (that’s the place where the detachment of US marines that are assigned to the US Embassy live, in case you were wondering) and surprised all the kids with early gifts and candy. The party was planned by the Community Liaison Office at the Embassy and it was a wonderful afternoon.

Here’s Abbey and Owen with Santa. Neither one was scared though Abbey became quite shy when it was her turn to talk to Santa. When he asked her what she wanted for Christmas she just shrugged her shoulders and said “I don’t know.” When I ask her the same question I get a list a mile long. Owen on the other hand wasn’t in the talking mood and only nodded his head when Santa asked him if he had been a good boy.



Of course when told that I had to either bring a sweet or treat to share I jumped at the chance to try my hand at a new cake creation. Some people will say that I’ve become a bit obsessed with my new found ability but I’m just having fun.

snowman cake

I think this one turned out quite well. We left before the party ended but I’ve been told that there wasn’t even a single crumb left at the end.

I’m not even sure how you go into business making cakes but everyone keeps suggesting that I look into it. With everything that is going on right now I don’t think it’s in the cards, but maybe someday. Until then I guess I’ll just keep trying new designs, new recipes and new techniques. And I’ll share them with you all.

For those of you celebrating Christmas, here’s wishing you a very merry day tomorrow.

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December 24, 2007 at 5:04 pm

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mommy doesn’t play favorites

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so that no one ever accuses me of favoring one child over another or saying that I give one child more blog time than the other, here’s the videos from Abbey’s 2 dance concerts.

The first one was back in November and was nothing more than what they do during a typical class, but it was done up on stage in front of an audience of very proud parents. The second was an all out production that lasted a little over an hour, though her part was only 5 minutes. But it was the cutest darn 5 minutes of the entire show. And I’m not just saying that ’cause she was in it.

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December 16, 2007 at 8:56 pm

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like I didn’t know that this was coming

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just as one kid gets all better, the other gets all sorts of sick. 

I think we had all of 3 days of healthy living in this house over the past 30 days. wonderful.  just wonderful.  and just in time for the holidays!!  It always works that way, doesn’t it? 

off to the pharmacy for some meds.  and tissues. 

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December 15, 2007 at 12:10 pm

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her two uncles

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This morning, on the way to school, randomly, out of no where, Abbey says “Mommy, maybe one day Owen will marry Graham like Uncle Mark married Uncle Greg.”   “What?” I asked.  Making sure I heard her correctly over the screams of her brother.  “Owen loves Graham, so maybe one day they will get married like Uncle Mark and Uncle Greg” she answered.  “Well, yes, sweety, that is possible, I guess, but no one is getting married anytime soon,” I responded, really not sure what to say without 1) making this too complicated and/or 2) biasing her understanding about marriage.  “When they are older.  Like how when I’m older I’m going to marry Juan Francisco,” she continued.   “Right now I think that Owen and Graham are friends and that they probably don’t love eachother the same way that Uncle Mark and Uncle Greg love eachother, but later on, I guess that is possible. Owen can marry whom ever he chooses,” I said.

“Mommy?” she asked, “What day is today? Is it almost summer vacation?”And with that she went into a boisterous rendition of High School Musical 2’s What Time is It?.

And that was the end of that.

I never know how to handle these types of questions.  I worry that I answer them the wrong way; a way that will influence her opinion on such topics.  Which I don’t want to do.  I want her to always see her Uncles as just that, her Uncles, and not as different or as gay.

I’m glad that my daughter sees no difference between two men getting married and a man and a woman getting married.  (And while I don’t know for sure, I can only assume that she wouldn’t think it strange to hear of two women getting married as well.)  She just doesn’t know the difference. To her, it’s part of her family.  Having two uncles is a very normal part of her life.

I guess we can only hope that eventually a generation will grow up blind to the differences of sexuality and that the debate between who should and shouldn’t, who can and can’t, get married will be a thing of the past.

One can only hope.

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November 6, 2007 at 8:51 am

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they just grow up so darn fast

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Because I know my daughter and I know how excited she is about dressing up for Halloween I also know that as soon as she gets her costume on tomorrow she will be one huge ball of energy impossible of nailing down for a picture.  So, knowing how my daughter is, and knowing how my son is ALWAYS one big ball of energy and always impossible to photograph I had them put on their costumes this afternoon for a quick photo session.  It wasn’t too successful.  You see, today isn’t Halloween and Power Rangers was just about to come on TV, so there were more important things to do than play dress up for mom and get your picture taken.  Regardless, I was able to snap a few for memory sake.

So while the kids were upstairs watching Power Rangers and beating each other up I took a trip down memory lane via my external hard drive.

Here is Abbey at 10 months. Her first Halloween. She was such a cute ducky. Qua Qua goes the Patita.


One year later, she was a real live, walking and talking, Raggedy Ann.  What a chunk!  Just look at those wrists, or lack there of.

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Another year went by, Owen was born, we moved countries, and Abbey learned all about the wonderful world of Disney Princesses.  Unfortunately, this particular year, Halloween was accompanied by a high fever and nasty cold, hence the whole droopy eyes and completely worn out look.


And while Abbey was a asleep on the couch fighting off a 102 F fever, a very big 10 month old Owen (hence the reason he wasn’t wearing Abbey’s ducky costume from two years earlier) was having a fight of his own. With an ear.


12 months later and Disney still had a hold over Abbey (who dressed as Princess Jasmine) and seemed to be taking hold of Owen (who sported a Peter Pan costume) too. Either that or Mom and Dad hit the Disney Store on a trip to the United States earlier in the month.


peter pan

Which brings us to this year. Tomorrow Abbey and Owen will go trick or treating with some friends in one of the barrio cerrados (close neighborhoods) nearby. Abbey will be Sleeping Beauty and Owen, her knight in shining armor.



What happened to my ducky and tigger?  Where’d they go? 

Happy Halloween!

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October 30, 2007 at 9:57 pm

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Here are the promised videos from my daughter’s recent school concert. The theme of this year’s concert was fairy-tales. There were butterflies and dwarfs, bats and princesses, skeletons, ghosts, witches and fairies.

In Abbey’s class the girls were princesses and the boys were bats.

They sang and danced.

The preschool we send our children to is an Argentine bilingual private school. And while it is bilingual in practice, Spanish is definitely the dominant language of the school. That being said, the concerts are all in English – I guess that this is one way to display to the parents the progress the kids are making with language acquisition. For native English speakers, and there are a few of us, it is always an interesting experience to watch our children singing along using the very very Spanish influenced pronunciation of words. You may be able to hear what I’m talking about during the first video.

Anyhoo. On with the show:

In both videos Abbey is in yellow and is always on the far left hand side of the frame.

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October 15, 2007 at 1:57 pm