Summer has started

I can hardly believe that Adelaide just finished 3rd grade but this sweet, sassy, independent and amazing little lady is officially a 4th grader.

The last day of school resulted in me picking her up early from after school care per her request and then getting begged by her friend to bring her home as well which gave me an excuse to get them Snow 2 Go (my guilty summer pleasure of the most delicious shaved ice I have ever had).

The first movie in the park (outdoors on a big screen with snacks and kids running around everywhere)  luckily it was Daphne’s favorite movie and where she was a little unsure at first she ended the night in all smiles, and stomping her foot to the music.

Today we surprised Rich with Deep Sea Fishing with a very early wake up at 4am then brunch at one of our favorite spots afterwards. 

Daphne didn’t like two of the guests on the boat but luckily fell asleep and missed he entire fishing experience and woke up moments before we docked.  Thankful she was happy for the boat ride and brunch!

I would have loved to have slept on that boat, rocking waves, the sounds of the waves and the cool salty air, yes please!  That girl was in heaven!

We did not catch any fish we could keep but Rich an Adelaide did both catch a couple Sculpin.  Did you know the fins are toxic if they hit you, as the skipper said not toxic like your going to die but it’s going to hurt really bad!

Everyone was tired except Daphne and took a nap when we got home. 

I hope all the dads out there had a great day!

Xoxo desiree

Figit Spinners

Kids out here are obsessed with these things, I hear it’s the new bottle slipping 🤦🏼‍♀️

How do these things catch on?

Well our friends 3D printed one since all the stores around us were sold out!

We now have a few but geesh they are so dumb.

The purpose behind them was for special needs kids and the founder of the product is not actually reaping the rewards so it’s sad.

It’s been awhile

I try to be so good about writing but we have been busy these past few weeks.

Little Miss Daphne was sick and has been sleeping with us for weeks off an on because of the illnesses, I am ok with that when she does not feel well so I can monitor her temp, her cough and oh yeah when she barfs in our bed 🤢
There was a nasty virus going around with a high temp lasting for days and that just piggy backed on her already wheezy cough which was being treated with albuterol.  She was a mess!  Thankful my mom was here, the night before my mom left however Daphne’s temp got up to 103.8 and she was on Tylenol, Motrin and just got out of a tepid bath so at that point I text our doc (by the way we are back with our fav doc, thank god!) and she had us up the dose to 5ml of each and that did the trick.  That was a big jump from what the charts say to dose her but you do what you gotta do.

Sleep training this girl after weeks of this have been very challenging 😴.

My girls have been so much fun in the past weeks and as I wrote down all the memories I wanted to share I thought that is too much for one post so I may trickle them out.

My mom bought Adelaide this Chillbo and it’s ridiculous, too big and the concept does not work.  Enjoy laughing at us.

I finally found the energy to finish the IRS filing for Daphne’s Lamp, it was a pain in the butt.  But I found a since of relief in the meaning of this necklace I wore on the day I mailed it. 

We finally had a warm couple weeks to open the water slide ​​​

We go to this place near us and it’s really great for kids and picky eaters.  They have these adorable little ice cream cones. Daphne does not like cold or ice cream, it was the cutest thing when she held her cone and ate it!

One of the weeks our babysitter was closed we had two college girls watch Daphne and she LOVED them, this was huge because if we get a babysitter it’s typically after she is in bed so to think about daytime with her, I was a nervous wreck.  I am lucky enough to work close to home so I stay to feed her breakfast, came home for lunch everyday and was home rather early each day just to make sure all was going well.  She watched her favorite movie Sing a few too many times that week but learned to Dance!

What baby doesn’t like to play in the Tupperware cabinet?!  Well Daphne had not been able to because of her mobility issues but this day she was able and boy did she make a mess and have a great time!

Adelaide has finished phase 1 of her braces and she is so excited to not have metal in her mouth, I am dreading a retainer with the absent minded professor because she went through 3 the first time she had a retainer 😕

XOXO Desiree

It’s a Family Affair

Adelaide had a school project to learn about a local City so the whole family went and helped.

Life is so busy that often we forget to explore all that we have around us.

It was so much fun taking the train to San Juan Capistrano, which only took 12 minutes versus driving which can be a crap shoot depending on traffic and accidents.  And little Daph was happier being held then in a car seat 🙃.

We spent a lot of time at the mission and learned that there are 21 missions in California, the Swallows that used to only nest in SJC now go to other places as well because they can and much more. 

This was Daphne’s 1st train ride!  Adelaide has taken the train to several sporting events and loves it, especially the cafe car!

xoxo desiree


How many of you are obsessed with Pinterest?

I used to be but rarely have the time for it lately.

I can always count on it being there for the last minute school project, gift wrapping or if I need dinner fast recipe.

I honestly don’t remember what I did before Pinterest.  I remember when my friend introduced it to me and I thought she was nuts and it was so time consuming and she was so proud of me when I started to “pin” things.  Now it’s like my down time.

Pinterest has given me the ability to be that mom for my oldest daughter.  Seriously though.  School is tough and challenging and all the moms are on Pinterest. A simple party or cookie doesn’t cut it anymore.  You gotta have it ALL together.  Most of what I make probably looks like a Pinterest fail but it’s the fun I have with my daughter when making the ridiculous crafts or recipes that I cherish.

OH and I told my daughter I better have a perfectly planned Pinterest party when I turn 40!  She has a few years yet, but she better step up, I don’t want any straight edges on my hearts or circle cutouts 🤣

XOXO “That Mom”


This child is such an inspiration.

I hope she doesn’t turn into that teen that hates me.  I am going to work really hard to not let it happen. I know it can happen. I see it with some teens of my friends out here.  I will have to ask for the secret.

So when I was in 4th grade I shaved the back of my neck, apparently it’s called and undercut these days or maybe that’s just for boys, Pinterest said Nape, so I don’t know.  Anyhow, I  don’t remember any of my friends doing it with me, or maybe Erin did?  I don’t even remember if it was a thing, I remember standing in line for role call to class one day and kids asking me about it and me being annoyed that I was in the middle of the line with an L last name and not at the end with my friends who had R and an S last names and that was it.

So when my hair dresser did it on a few clients I showed Adelaide and she thought it was great and wanted to do it.  I let her think about it for months really, I have never really let her do anything with her hair, I mean she is only 9. I just let her dye her tips over Christmas with Kool-Aid because her good friend Alex did it and I thought it would be a good memory to share together, which by the way was only supposed to last two weeks and she still has it!  Lesson learned but she loves it and a couple of friends out here copied and she loves that. Can we just take a minute to think about how nasty and bad Kool-Aid is if it dyes hair permanently, what your insides must look like or even worse how it can eat away at whatever it wants. The only Kool-Aid she gets is in her hair. 

Ok so today was the day, this girl has some balls I tell ya!  

None of her friends have done it, I don’t know that any of them will and where it is just hair and will grow back, she will have this for a few months and will have to own it. 

I am so happy for this.  I hope she can continue to make her own path.  In the current unknown times we face and as a friend of mine said I hope she  continues to “Be the change that she wants to see in this world.”

Rock on Baby Girl

XOXO Desiree

A Day at Disneyland

Disneyland is not my happiest place on Earth!

My parents visited Disney for like 12 years in a row starting when my oldest brother was 2 weeks old. Bleh! Having kids of my own, I cannot imagine walking around in the heat of August 2 weeks post partum.  My poor mom.  My freshman year of college my parents decided to go to Disney for Christmas. I was so annoyed, I went to my grandparents.  Then in college I worked at Disney World in Orlando, Fl as a Lifeguard at Typhoon Lagoon.  It was rated to be the most prestigious Co-op for Marketing majors, Michael Isner the CEO went to Northeastern and built the luxury dorms on campus, so okay I went.  Well, my experience in Co-ops let me know exactly what I did not want to do ‘when I grew up’ and definitely how I did not want to treat people.

Every once in awhile I have to suck it up and go.  We only live 20 minutes from Disneyland and I consider myself lucky to have only visited 4 times now in 4 years.  Two of those visits I was very pregnant, not my smartest move.  Now my husband got to tag along for the first time since we have lived in California! I am not sure how he has gotten so lucky.  Just to pay him back, he had to go on all the rides and I hung with little Daphne.

Adelaide got a friend ticket so she could pick whomever she wanted. She picked a sweet little girl she has played soccer with twice on an All-Star team. This little girl is afraid of heights 😳. I did not even know how to handle that, but she had the best outlook and said this is Adelaide’s day and I want her to enjoy it and I will do whatever ride she wants. I wish all kids had her attitude.

Daphne surprisingly did really well, she lasted all day without a nap, ate great and was not too freaked out by the noises.

At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and Daphne had her 1st visit to Disney.  We do it all for our kids!

XOXO Desiree

Geographic What?

Well 2017 has not been so kind to us health wise…yet!

I got sick New Years Day and I am still sick.  All of southern California I think is sick with the same crud.


Daphne has been feeling meh for the past few days and it turned into something yesterday with a cough, and low grade temp.

Yesterday evening she spit up at therapy and then after she woke after going to bed for the night puked a little of her dinner up but then ate 3/4 of a banana and was wired for hours.

Till about 1am that is.  Luckily it was Rich’s night [insert snarky smile]

He said she had trouble breathing, swallowing and coughing and her temp was still hanging around so off to the doctor we went today.


A little oral steroid and hopefully a couple days of rest and she will be ok.  Fingers Crossed!

We have a very busy weekend ahead and actually for the next couple of weeks so we cannot handle a sickness slowing any of us down.

Adelaide also complained of sinus pressure last night and that kid is the one that can really not get sick since the craziness involves her…

Soccer Tournament Two Weekends in a row with a Cheer Competition in San Diego Sunday..she needs to be in tip top shape (literally)!

She is not a fan of the Neti-Pot (I love it!) nor does she like the steam inhaler thing, so a little vicks, saline spray to clean her nose and off to bed she went, can we say Placebo effect?!

Hopefully she just wanted some attention from the rest of the sick folks in the house.  Rich has this as well but not as bad as Daphne and I.

While at the doc getting examined I asked again about her tongue the red spots and white areas and that I cannot brush them away but she does not seem bothered and the doc said you know I think she has Geographic Tongue… ummm what?

Well it sounds right and the pictures match up to Daphne’s tongue and the side effect is sensitivity to salt and acidic foods…..ding ding her mama has this as well.  I do not have the splotches as much as Daphne but I cannot handle salty food AT ALL and acidic bleh.  Probably why I have not loved fruit that much.  It makes my mouth RAW.

This is normal and nothing to be done about it just avoid the foods that bother you.

We are sensitive gals, what can I say.

Any tips you have for good organic, non gmo, no sugar, no crap vitamins (gotta stay with the trend)or steps to boost your immune system, I am all EARS!

xoxo Desiree