Genesee turns three!

There are many names I like to call my sister, but today, I call her “three!”

So, happy 3rd birthday to my silly, sassy sidekick, who:

  • finds beauty in a good “lightning McQueen storm”
  • still requires “TWO MINUTES OF TV” and backrubs from mom before bed
  • sleeps with a blanket over her head
  • eats Pringles in stacks
  • despises “COMMERICALS!!”
  • likes to speak in meows
  • is now fully potty-trained
  • excitedly kicks off our dinnertime “Highs & Lows” conversation
  • jumps into any opportunity to take a shower
  • effortlessly makes us all laugh on the daily
  • has ditched her dolls for iPhone apps
  • loves to love on animals a little too hard
  • sometimes sees and hears things that the rest of us cannot
  • has the cutest pronunciations of words, like¬†“Lellow” (yellow), “Beditos” (Doritos), and “pepellows” (marshmallow)
  • is an expert stealer of all things, but mostly our hearts


I love you, Gigi Luigi! Here’s to hoping your new age brings new opportunities for us to cause trouble together!¬†

Woohoo for Wazee

Working hard or hardly working?


Neither! Mom took the day off of work so we could play hard instead, which entailed:

  • No emails (except for communicating plans to my friend, Colin)
  • No meetings (except for caravaning with Colin on the way to Lake Wazee)
  • No resting (except for my eyelids on the way home)
  • No reports (except for telling Dad all about it when he finally stopped working hard)

Fireworks in Hayward

In case you missed our smoke signals, you should know that we made it back to Hayward, just in time for the humidity, mosquitos, glow parade, and fireworks. It was a blast, especially playing with Cora, Colt, and the Byom kids! Even though we couldn’t barhop for kiddie cocktails due to the pandemic, the great outdoors and open water never disappoint, especially since I was spared the swimmer’s itch that other campers had to endure. Still, itchy or not, we made good s’mores and snores and memories!

Slumber Party!

Since most pools are closed this summer due to COVID-19, Genesee & I decided to meet up with the Martinez family at Lake Wazee for some fun in the sun, a butterfly exhibit, a baby skunk show-and-tell, and, of course, waterfront shenanigans.

And because I’m a sweet talker, we added another passenger for our ride home when I convinced mom to let Amaya spend the night. It was my first slumber party and it was a success!

Sleepovers are the absolute best, except for that unfortunate part when we all fall asleep. But, I’d do it all again if it means I get to wake up next to one of my favorite friends!

Return to Hayward

On a whim, we decided to pull the boat and camper to Hayward for a weekend getaway! But first, we had other things to pull…. like my wiggly front tooth!

Once me and my toothless smile arrived in Hayward, we maximized our time by fishing, boating, and taking sunset strolls along the beach.

I love how life slows down a little bit in Hayward. Here’s to hoping the time goes quickly in between this visit and the next!

Not a Murder Scene

When you’re independent and decide to secretly paint your toenails by yourself, but you “accidentally” miss and paint your face and bed instead.


One Love

I left my heart in Jamaica… it’s likely sitting somewhere beside my $25 swim goggles that I lost there. Genesee fell in love with the beautiful island country too, after she got over her initial disappointment about the absence of Cheetos and ramen noodles on all of the menus.

It definitely helped that my parents expertly planned our trip so that we missed the earthquake and tsunami upon arrival in Jamaica and returned home just hours before the winter storm dumped 9 inches of snow across the roadways. Plus, the resort was only at 40% occupancy so we practically had the place to ourselves while watching the Super Bowl and celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday.

But, we also loved visiting the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande resort because it was different from our typical trips to the Moon Palace in Cancun. This resort was smaller and more intimate, which allowed us to make new friends, like Lyla and Conner from Toronto, and David and Marie from Minneapolis! Jamaica also provided lots of new opportunities like snorkeling in the ocean, kayaking with Dad, encountering dolphins, watching cruise ships dock every morning, consuming the best jerk chicken ever, and getting our first manicures and pedicures! It should also be noted that the bacon seems crispier in Jamaica, the brownies are more delicious, and Genesee’s hair bends into perfect little curls in that warm, humid air and liquid sunshine.

In Jamaica, I learned new words and phrases, like “Yah mon,” “Wah gwan,” “Respect,” “No problem,” and “One Love.” However, even with this expanded vocabulary, there just aren’t any words that can accurately capture the stuff that Jamaican memories are made of so I’ll let our photos tell the rest of the story: