gifted AND talented

Just before Solana’s first year of kindergarten let out, her teachers tested her for the Gifted and Talented program. I got the call a few weeks ago that she passed the test with brilliant scores, higher than those of her peers, and the teacher even expressed how thrilled she is to work with Sol next year.

I’m so excited about this opportunity and the fact that what I’ve known all along has been confirmed – my nini is so intelligent!!

What’s my agey pants?

We were driving tonight and of course I had the music turned up loudly…we were jamming to “What’s My Age Again” by Blink. I could here Sol singing in the backseat, and when the song was over she said “I love that song.” And very proudly I said, “Right on!” Then she curiously asked, “Is he saying what’s my agey pants?” I thought that was so cute. But what’s even cuter is that my girl’s got good taste in music. She rocks!! Hell yeah!

Solana’s reaction

Solana has been great since Sienna’s been alive. She’s going to be a fabulous big sister. But she never fails to crack me up.

Right after Sienna was born I wasn’t sure what kind of reaction I would get from Sol. I thought maybe something like, “oh, she’s cute” or “oooh, what’s that stuff on her” or something. Never did I think she would say, “is there another baby in there?” As if I needed to feel worse about the fact that my tummy is going to take a while to look like it did pre-pregnancy. No fault of her own, though; Sol always says exactly what’s on her mind, just like her Mami.

I don’t ever want to eat without you

It was Braxton and my anniversary on Thursday…four bad-ass years. So when I got home Solana and he were cooking me a wonderful Italian dinner filled with manicotti, spaghetti and garlic bread.

When I walked in the house, Solana hugged me so tightly and grabbed my face and said, “mamma, I love you so much.” Then to my surprise she said, “I don’t ever want to eat without you.”

We just hugged and hugged each other. And honestly, words cannot describe what I felt at that moment. I’ve never had trouble describing my feelings, but lately I’m so touched with emotion after every interaction with Sol that only my memory of the moment can truly express what I felt. I love my daughter so much and thank God for her daily.

Is “duh” a bad word?

So Solana is really catching on to new words and phrases. She’s been saying “I told you” a lot, but to our surprise she’s even said a few not-so-appropriate-for-toddler things. For instance, the other day she and Brax were waiting for me to get home and they thought they heard me pull in the garage. When Brax realized I wasn’t there, he told Solana “mommy’s not here yet.” Without one ounce of hesitation Solana quickly replied, “well, where the hell is she?” Too funny.

So needless to say we had to tell her “hell” is a bad word…one for mommies and daddies only.

A few days later she heard me say “duh”, but before she used it herself in context, she asked, “is duh a bad word?” I just laughed and kissed her.

Daddy’s happy…Solana digs the World Cup

So we’ve been watching the hell out of the World Cup games, and Sol has since become a real fan of the world’s two most important teams – USA and Mexico. She’s even got the chant down for both.

Brax took us recently to the soccer shop to buy some threads, and Sol proudly sported her USA baby-T. It was great…despite the fact that our native team did not make it to the second round!

Viva Mexico! They play Argentina manana, and you can bet Sol will be cheering them on!

My Little Punk

On the way home today I was rocking out to Blink 182, driving, banging my head like it was nobody’s business. When suddenly Solana says “mom do this” and with her hands makes what I consider to be the universal hand signal for “rock on”. You know…the one that also means “i love you” that rock fans displayed so proudly at Motley Crue concerts in the 80’s.

It was so funny because I had to turn down the music to hear Solana say this. So when she was finished teaching me how to rock out, she said “turn it louder!!”

I love my little punk rocker!!
Sassy Sol

There is a God…and the Beatles

Solana loves The Beatles…how fucking cool is that? For the past two weeks she has asked me everyday in the car to play The Beatles. Then the other day she said she loved the fab four…all I could think of was “there is a God.”

So Articulate

Solana just amazes me sometimes. On Tuesday night I put in a Disney movie for her to watch in her room just before bedtime, so to make it easier for her to watch I removed the guardrail on her bed. After I did, she looked at me and said “that was so sweet of you.”
It’s amazing that a 3 year old can express herself so well. I love my girl!

Times Like These

It’s times like these you learn to live again.

It’s times like these you give and give again.

It’s times like these you learn to love again.

It’s times like these time and time again.

Foo Fighters

Solana Laughing
Solana Laughing


I thought about this song last Sunday morning when Solana crawled into bed with me and Brax, and we all three embraced each other and giggled like never before. Gosh I felt so complete having the two greatest loves of my life in my arms. I love my family so much. Thanks, God.