Monday, December 31, 2012


Over the holidays we've spent a lot of time with both my own and my husband's cousins. Our kids love catching up with all their extended family. Here is my daughter with three of my husband's cousins. They're sisters 5 years age difference between them. Aren't they beautiful?

Here is my daughter with one of my youngest cousins. She is my youngest uncle daughter and she is only 6 months older than my girl.

Here is a blast from the past. I haven't seen her in a while. I used to dote on her when she was a little girl, now she's taller than me.

Lastly, here is another grown up that I used to cuddle and play with.

Time flies, life beckons, no one ever stays the same. Love them while you can for tomorrow they'll be too old to receive your affection.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Life is a ball

I learned so much about my kids today. We took them to a play center and I saw a different side to both of them! Halfway up a particularly difficult climber, my daughter asked me to take her to the baby play area. My daughter who is usually fearless and tries her hardest to keep up with her older cousins, showed me that she knew her limits. My son on the other hand is quite cautious by nature. I expected him to be reluctant to try new things, but he also contradicted my expectations. He climbed every ladder, slid down every twisted chute and crawled through every dark tunnel. He only balked at the zip line .
Their favorite part was the ball pit!

This is eight

We had a really relaxed wedding anniversary this year. I usually plan some sort of a surprise but this year I decided to just go with the flow. My mother kept the kids and we ventured down town to spend the day together. We started out with lunch and then we watched This is Forty. If you are a married person I would highly recommend you watch this movie. It's hilarious but also painfully true. We ended the night with all-you-can-eat sushi. I was so busy having fun that I forgot to take pictures. The only shot I have of the day is one my husband took of me at the restaurant.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas with the Glue tribe

Our Christmas festivities this year included making a gingerbread house. This is how it was supposed to look.

This is how ours came together. In the early stage of constructions it was apparently falling apart and needed emergency cooling down. The patio doors where opened to let in some cold air.

My husband did most of the assembly, whilst the kids cheered him on.

There were several tense moments where the kids tried to eat the house before it was complete.

This is the final result, yum right?

My sister and brother in law slaved away in the kitchen for over six hours to bring us the following delights:
Shrimp salad roll sandwich
Philly cheese steak sandwich
My uncle brought over some turkey to lend a traditional air to our meal.

The shrimp roll was my favorite!

We barely had room for dessert.

Note - the kids are still trying to eat the gingerbread house - it's a miracle it made it to the dessert table intact! We took some family photos after the feast was done. It's been a long time since we took a portrait of my family of origin.

Here is my mother with her youngest sister and youngest brother.

Here I am with my  favorite aunt, cousin and my sister.

Here is a decent shot of my very own little family.

My dad surrounded by all his grandchildren. Doesn't he look overwhelmed but happy?

Just us girls were hanging out, and I got us to pose for the camera. This was a self portrait, so my sister was holding the camera to take the shot. It took many tries to get right and her arm really hurt from holding the camera up so long =).

My little lady posing first with her aunt then with me.

She and I were wearing identical outfits, grey sweater dresses with black leggings.

Cousins hanging out with each other.

My sister with our girls.

My mother and I. I love my mother's half smile in this shot. In fact I love everything about my mother.

So grateful to be surrounded by my family this Christmas and for the good food and the fun times!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas eve with the in laws

We usually spend Christmas eve with my in laws. All the aunts, uncle and cousins get together so it is a boisterous time.

Did you see the photo bombers? The house is full of people and laughter and the tree is overflowing with presents.

This year I helped my sister in law make deviled eggs.

Then it was time for Christmas nails. If your wondering what that looks like, here's a visual.

Mine were the least christmassy nails, the shiny purple ones. The kids got to play with all their cousins.

Somehow in the middle of all of it, we found a chance to take a family photo.

Merry Christmas!!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Girls' night out

I came home past midnight last night. It was the first time in a long time that I had been out so late. I was weary after spending the evening out with three very wonderful friends, my sister, my BFF, and a new very lovely friend.

We got up to what any group of mothers who've been give a night to do whatever they please. We had a three hour long all you can eat sushi meal, complete with scrumptious dessert. Afterwards we made our way over to a very happening midnight sale at Old Navy which we followed with a last minute Christmas shopping spree at Walmart! I made lots of tired irrational purchase and am pooped today. Nevertheless I enjoyed every moment of fun we had!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday cheer in the g1ue homestead

Is anyone else finding the Christmas season lacking in spirit this year? Between the Sandy Hook shooting and the doomsday warning dominating the media these days, I find it very hard to feel cheerful. Especially what happened at Sandy Hook, my heart hurts and I can't articles or watch the news without tears gathering in my eyes. Well one thing I do when I feel sad is try focus on the small joys in life. I have three reasons to always smile,my loving husband, my adorable son and my exuberant daughter. Look at the sweet Christmas ornaments the children made! They bring a little ray of sunshine into my life during the grey times.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


We have a joke between us - he married me for my shapely behind and I married him for his dimples. 14 days until our eighth anniversary..... gotta start planning a surprise anniversary event for him. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Make a wish

Look closely. This is not a picture of nothing. Look in the middle of the frame. Do you see it? It's a star! Why, you may wonder, did I go outside on a freezing winter's night to take a picture of a star? Well because my husband said that he read in the news today that there was going to be a meteor shower. I love meteor showers. So we bundled up and headed out to our local park. The sky was clear and the stars were spectacular. The only problem is that my husband had gotten his dates and times mixed up. The meteor shower is tomorrow. Nevertheless, my husband and I saw two shooting stars each. We made our wishes and went for a romantic walk. We held hands wandered around our neighborhood and then came home to our warm house. I am blessed! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012


I'm sure it doesn't come as a surprise to anyone that my husband and I don't get out very much. The company holiday party is probably the only time that we get a chance to dress up and let loose on the dance floor. I got my hair straightened and my eyebrows tamed professionally for the occasion. My husband picked out my outfit, which is a dress I wore 7 years ago to my best friend's wedding. It's a summer dress so it stuck out like a sore thumb against all the blacks, dark blues and holiday reds other women wore. I had so much fun. My favorite part was dancing to Lady in Red with my husband. Personalized the moment by singing "Lady in Oraaaange..." to me instead. After so many years, he can still make me feel utterly loved and  make me laugh at the same time. I am a lucky lady.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

When it rains it pours

My daughter was sick the first two days of this week with a high fever and a sinus infection. I worked from home and took care of her. I treasured the extra time we spent together. She was all cute and cuddly and I got a lot of snuggles from her. It was also really tiring and I was glad when she felt better. The very next day however, my son got sick with stomach flu and I was up all night with him! This is a picture of me with a face full of makeup, trying to cover up the ravages of sleep deprivation. Well here's to healthier times ahead.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Deja vu

One byproduct of living a few hours away from all of our relatives is that birthdays sometimes have to be celebrated more than once since not everyone can make it out to our place for the birthday party.

Not that I mind! I love eating cake.

Saturday, December 1, 2012


When my son's fringe starts intermingling with his long eyelashes, I know it's time to get his hair cut. While we were are it, we thought it made sense to get my daughter's hair cut as well. Here's the before shot:

Here's the after:

What do you think? Do they look cuter before or after? My husband and I noticed one thing. Every time my son gets his hair cut he becomes temporarily naughtier. Anyone notice this with their children?

Friday, November 30, 2012

Philanthropist's fashion show

My neighbor invited me to attend a fashion show with her. She described it as a charity event, where the clothes are thrift store finds, redesigned by students. I didn't have very high expectations, I thought I would have to clap politely at dreadful outfits, paraded by inexperienced student models. Boy was I wrong. The clothes blew me away and the models where fierce!

 I did pick up some fashion advice - for example - faux fur is in this season - even for men. My husband is so fashion forward, he picked up a down coat with faux fur collar last week.

The other thing that stood out - straight hair is out - all the models had some sort of curl or wave in their hair.

Well now I have to step up my game. I need to start shopping at the goodwill for my clothes!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday!

How did my baby transform from a tiny bundle of cuddles into a big girl?

I always knew you would be a sweet little girl, what surprised me is how kind and strong you are. Looking forward to all the good times ahead and cherishing every smile you've already brought into my life.

You really are my best friend and whether it's sharing a cup of tea with you (your tea is warm water mixed with honey and cinnamon to help alleviate your cold) or playing barbies, babies, my little pony with you or hide and seek with you, there's nothing I love more than coming home to you after a long day of work.