Saturday, December 23

Sisters by choice are the best sisters to have.

I first met Kristina in 1998 while working at the Fox & the Hound on Metcalf. I was separated from my husband and going to cosmetology school. My parents and brothers had moved to Chapala, Mexico, not too far from Guadalajara. I had been kicked out of my religion. I had no friends, no family, and no support network.

For some reason unknown to me, Kris decided to befriend me. In doing so, she dragged me kicking & screaming into the extended Mulbrook family, giving me new parents and brothers. In doing so, she also gave me something I had never had until then, a sister.

Eight years later, we are still the closest of friends. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Sadly, my actual parents don’t really talk to me, even though they only live 3 hours away from me now.

I will always be grateful to Kristina and her family for taking me in, and for being some of the first people in my life to show me true unconditional love.

Thank you, Kristina, for fulfilling a need I didn’t even know I had.

Thursday, December 21


Just when the colds everyone had are almost gone, and Josie is on the mend from her ear infection....

Matthew woke up puking in the middle of the night, running a 103 fever. As long as I keep tylonol/ibuprofen in him, he acts fine. Otherwise, his fever shoots up and he's miserable.

I really don't have the energy for anyone else to get sick at our house. Really.


Wednesday, December 20

tis the season...

for being busier than a one-armed paper hanger. I finally finished the super-secret christmas project I've been working on all month (hense the quiet on the blog), and I got most of my shopping done yesterday. I only have 2 presents left to get, and I'll be getting those on Saturday. I'm actually looking forward to shopping the saturday before christmas because I'll be hanging out with my sister-by-choice Kris, and I'll be WITHOUT the children! WOOT!