Monthly Archives: November 2012

A Typical Thanksgiving Blog

Once upon a time, pilgrims came to North America, killed all the natives and took control of the “new” world.  And our forefathers decided to celebrate this!  Hurrah! Feasts! Family! Black Friday!


That concept is so clearly wrong.  So instead of the pilgrim story this year, my family has written our own story.  Why we are thankful this year.  Here it is:


Unknown to us, the Cortez family started 5 and a half years ago when Matt and I first went on our first date.  We went to see Pan’s Labyrinth.  And then we ate Del Taco.  Typical college date.  A year later, after much drama, we welcomed a beautiful little girl into our little piece of the world.  Simply said, we loved her.  She was the light of our lives.  I am thankful for her health, her attitude and her ability to go with the flow.  She brings so much stability to our lives.  Without her, my heart would be broken.  Several years later, Matt and I were married.  I am thankful for the promises we made and the sense of responsibility we feel towards each other.  I am thankful for his hard work and his loving gazes he gives his children.  Several years later, we bought a house together.  I am so grateful for a stable place we can call our own and raise our children.  We are able to do what we like with what we have.  We have the ability to make the most of our lives in a warm and comfortable environment. How many people can say that this year?  I know we are fortunate to have 2 jobs that pay enough to give us everything we need.  Then, 6 months ago, we welcomed a bouncy and giggly baby boy into our hearts.  I am thankful for Selina’s innate ability to love her little brother.  I am thankful for his developmental strides as he learns so quickly.


And lastly, I am thankful for my marriage.  While we have our ups and downs, just like any couple, I am thankful that we have always been able to get it straight again.  I am grateful that we will be able to that, no matter what. Literally.  No matter what.


And now for something much more entertaining!


Selina, bless her soul, wanted to play doctor with her brother yesterday morning.  We were on our way out the door to meet Papa for breakfast so I said “You can play doctor when we get home.”  When we got home, Evin was asleep.  I decided to take that opportunity and hop in the shower.  Selina’s task was to “watch” her brother while he slept, AKA “stay in the same room and go get mom if he starts crying.”  We’ve done this many, many times before (how else do you thing I shower?).   I’m almost done when Selina walks in the bathroom with a horrified look on her face.  She proceeds to tell me “Brother woke up when I gave him a shot.”  Wait, what?!?!?  She couldn’t wait to play doctor with him and decided to play with him while he was sleeping, effectively waking him up.  Good job Pookie.  I guess I should have been much clearer when I first told her “later.”


And on a side note, Thanksgiving style,  Ben Franklin enjoyed eating turkey just as much as the next person and did not want it to be our national bird.  Look  here’s proof.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you spend a wonderful day with your families, writing your own thankful story.

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The Effects of Geekiness in Children

I am terribly sorry to be MIA for the past few weeks.  Two Thursdays ago I had a most wonderful blog written all about siblings and whatnot… and my darling, beloved computer deleted it. And then the following week I was in Disneyland on vacation.  So here I am again.  Writing about something that excites me. And no, this is not The Lost Blog.  That one will have to wait until another time.

We just got back from Disneyland.  It’s the first vacation we’ve ever taken as a family that didn’t involve camping or visiting my parents.  And actually, my parents met us in the park one day, so I can’t even say that.  Let’s just say it was the first vacation in a LONG time.

I highly recommend EVERYONE to go to Disneyland.  Here are some highlights:

And now we can move on to today’s topic: How Nerdy is the Cortez Family!

I have to admit, we are a pretty geeky family.  We love all things related to comic books, superheros, video games, Harry Potter and British television.  Please keep these things in mind while I tell you the following story…

My daughter is 4.  I’m not sure if it’s an age thing, or if it’s just bred in girls, but Selina likes to pretend that she has a boyfriend.  Usually the boyfriend switches between a couple of boys from church.  It’s harmless. And just a little bit cute.

So I was not surprised when, while we were driving to Papa’s house a few weeks ago, my darling little girl pipes up from the back of the car “Mommy, I’m waiting for my boyfriend to call.”

To which I reply “Oh really? What is your boyfriend’s name?” I was completely poleaxed by the answer.

“The Revengers… All of them.  The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Loki, Black Widow, and Wolverine.”  At least she’s not picky… boy, girl, good guy or bad guy.

At this point I should explain that is what she calls The Avengers, which she had very recently watched with Daddy.  And then she found a little cartoon on Netflix about them (which is where she got the Wolverine bit).  Talk about Revenger overload.

But nothing, and I literally mean nothing, could have prepared me for the next sentence that came out of her mouth…

“Except for Iron Man.  He’s my husband and he gets jealous of the rest of the Revengers so he took my phone away so they can’t call.”
Her imagination never ceases to amaze me.

Then, to top it all off, a couple hours later she tells me “I was just pretending that Iron Man is my husband.  I’m really waiting for The Doctor.”


And my geeky heart melted as I pulled her into a hug and said “Me too.”


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