The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost

the 1 less traveled by

A move to Nicaragua

Azalea hitting the pinata

Birthday Parties in Nicaragua

Azalea Turns 4

I created emails for both of my kids when they were born. My first email to each of them is about the day they were born. I also write to them after life changing events (like moving to Nicaragua), and always on their birthday. Here’s my letter to Azalea:

My Spunky Little Girl,

You are such a fire cracker! You have a lot to say and a lot to do.
For your 4th birthday we kept it small and had about six 4ish year old girls come over to the house. Our friend, Sean’s girlfriend (Maggie) taught you all a dance routine to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” and you all preformed for the parents when they came to pick their daughter’s up. We rented a small jumpy house and I made mac & cheese and cupcakes. You girls had a blast playing with your toys and dress up clothes that you hardly ate anything. Grandma Moo came to Nicaragua for your birthday and bought you an abundance of gifts. You two have a very special relationship. You enjoy playing with her. For some reason most of the day you ended up wearing the rainbow tutu she got you, a head band, and face paint. Looking at the pictures I have to laugh that you were topless almost your entire 4th birthday party. I hope this isn’t the start to something!
You’ve recently gone from saying some words in Spanish to trying to put sentences together. Our gardener moved into the garage in our development and you’ve really enjoyed playing with his 8 year old daughter. You ask me daily how to say things in Spanish so you can communicate with her. 
You tell long stories and just started saying, “I’m just joking, Mom.” You make long verbal lists of things in your stories, it been amazing to watch your vocabulary grow! 
You’ve gotten pretty good on your scooter and we take you to a skate park down the street at Surf Ranch Resort. Dad & I love to take video of you there. You are an amazing swimmer. I swear you get better every week. Last weekend we went to a birthday party and you swam all afternoon in the pool with the big kids. People always comment about your skills. You’ve just started going deeper into the ocean. Its so fun to play with you in the waves. You have started taking ballet classes with Maggie and you seem to really enjoy it. I know G’Ma is going to love seeing you in class when she comes to visit soon. Your art has improved so much. Last night you drew a picture and I could tell exactly what it was. You love to draw. You always come home from school with pictures you’ve drawn for me, Daddy, or Titus. I wonder if you’ll grow into an artist one day.
You are very cuddly with me and I enjoy having you in my arms, on my lap, or cuddled up in bed. My favorite time of the day is reading you a book in my bed before your bedtime. You also usually cuddle with me in the morning for a little bit before getting up for the day.
I love you so much my sweet Little Woo! You make life more fun. I’m so proud to be your Mommy!

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