Family

Mothers
12 May 2014

Mothers

I had such a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. My amazing husband let me sleep in while he took care of the girls. Then Ruthie and Noah...
a Mother's Day reflection on the women that changed my life
Death of a Pet Chicken
29 Apr 2014

Death of a Pet Chicken

Late last night, we heard a horrible noise. But living off of a busy street, we learned to ignore most noises that manage to filter through our...
Rest in Peace Sunshine
A Philippine Adventure
31 Mar 2014

A Philippine Adventure

My family and I just recently came back from our first big international trip from the Philippines together. We had such a wonderful time. But the...
Thumb-Bunny Loves You!
13 Feb 2014

Thumb-Bunny Loves You!

With about two feet of snow in our front door- we are definitely staying in for the rest of the day. So while the kids and I...
an easy peasy DIY crafting project for toddlers on Valentines day
Fried Chicken and Waffles Party
10 Dec 2013

Fried Chicken and Waffles Party

Throughout my pregnancy I craved three things- fried chicken, waffles and beer. I knew since then that whether my baby was a boy or a girl, I...
celebrating Miya's 1st birthday with fried chicken and waffles
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Joy
9 Dec 2013

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Joy

I love dressing up our home for Christmas. Between all the twinkly lights, the tree and the escalating anticipation for the Christmas Day, the house feels positively...
decking the halls for Christmas
Crafting with the Kids: Gilded Notebooks
6 Nov 2013

Crafting with the Kids: Gilded Notebooks

Ruthie and I have been making holiday presents on and off for three years now. I wanted her to understand that the holidays was about the joy...
an awesome DIY holiday present
Ten Years Ten Questions
5 Nov 2013

Ten Years Ten Questions

My wonderful stepdaughter, Ruthie, turned 10 this weekend. It's been officially five years since she came into my life and stole my heart.
a mini-interview about life with my stepdaughter
Fairy Doors
22 Oct 2013

Fairy Doors

Something magical is happening to our neighborhood. Since the summer, Ruthie and I have heard a rumor that there is a fairy migration happening across the country.
Chicago Marathon 2013
16 Oct 2013

Chicago Marathon 2013

While this 2013 Chicago Marathon was my fifth, this race was a first in many ways. Miya was still fast asleep when I left the hotel, so...
reflections on grieving and the Chicago marathon
Life as a Big Sister
15 Oct 2013

Life as a Big Sister

I love my stepdaughter. Ruthie brings such happiness wherever she goes.
reflections of Ruthie's journey into being a big sister
The Truth About Traveling with a Baby Under One
7 Oct 2013

The Truth About Traveling with a Baby Under One

Traveling with a child under 1 year old is never really truly enjoyable. There's always a sense of relief and triumph through surviving time away from home...
alternate title: the night of no sleep
Catalina Bondoc Viray
25 Sep 2013

Catalina Bondoc Viray

2013 has officially kicked my ass. My grandmother passed away yesterday and I have been trying to process that loss since I found out.
in memory of my grandmother
Ruthie's Reviews
29 Aug 2013

Ruthie’s Reviews

A little while ago, we started a new segment on the blog called "Ruthie's Reviews." Here, my step daughter, Ruthie, explores various venues and establishments and gives...
a new segment hosted by Ruthie Pines exploring kid-friendly places
The Journey
19 Aug 2013

The Journey

I find that people have an increasing level of disenchantment with traveling these days. Between airline delays, overpriced, bad airport food- the magic of airline travel has...
reflections on traveling
Let's talk about sex, baby
25 Jul 2013

Let’s talk about sex, baby

Let's talk about sex, baby Let's talk about you and me Let's talk about all the good things And the bad things that may be...
girl talk on sex and marriage- let's get real
Running
18 Jul 2013

Running

I was not always a runner. In fact, I struggled to finish a mile all throughout high school. But since insomnia ran in my family and...
reflections on running, life and death