Selena the Traveling Cat

20150212-DSC_0084For as much as I blog about my family, there is one member of it that doesn’t get enough attention. Her name is Selena, and she’s our traveling cat. Since adopting her five years ago in Hawaii, Selena has moved with us to Tanzania, Virginia, and Texas. She’ll be making yet another move with us back to her motherland in December. Moving her around so much can get quite expensive (I often joke that our cat costs us more than our children), but not bringing her along isn’t even an option in our minds. She’s our kitty and we couldn’t imagine life without her! She’s such a wonderful sport about it, too. Some cats hold grudges or act out when stressed, but as long as we give Selena lots of love when we arrive at a new destination, she’s perfectly content. She’s also amazing with my two kids. They can chase her around, pull her tail, sit on her, and be the rough little toddlers that they are but Selena never gets angry. She just gets up and walks away when she’s had enough. Despite the rough (but innocent) play, Selena loves her “younger siblings,” and can almost always be found by their sides. Because Selena is such an amazing cat, we love to spoil her, and that involves only buying the BEST cat litter. 20150212-DSC_0087

I recently tried Cat’s Pride® Fresh & Light® Ultimate Care™, and here are three reasons it will be my new choice for cat litter:

1) It’s so light. When the box it came in arrived at my door I would have never expected it to contain cat litter. I have to walk up two flights of stairs to get to where my litter box is, so the fact that it’s so light is a major plus.

2) It’s great at controlling odor. You know how some litter just STINKS after a couple of days, even when you’re really good about taking all the junk out of it? Ultimate Care does an amazing job at keeping the smell at bay without even needing perfumes. The high absorbing clay it is made with does a great job of absorbing the odors all on its own.

3) The clumps actually clump. One thing I hate is cat litter that claims clumping but doesn’t deliver. If the clumps fall between the holes in the scooper, they’re NOT good enough. My favorite thing about Ultimate Care is that it clumps so easily, and the clumps don’t fall apart when I’m trying to scoop them out of the box.

Litter box duty definitely isn’t my favorite chore, but Ultimate Care makes cleaning the litter box a slightly more pleasant experience. This is super important to me as a cat mom. Oh, and I only want the best for my Selena cat. Here’s a video that I made:


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Charro Days 2015

Last weekend our hometown celebrated what’s known as Charro Days. I’ve written about it a bunch before, but in case you don’t know, Charro Days is a holiday that honors the special bond between South Texas and Mexico, specifically the towns of Brownsville and Matamoros. I love this holiday because it recognizes our rich history and culture. I also love it because my family has been celebrating for several generations now. It’s really special to watch my kids running around in their little outfits (even though I didn’t have a chance to get Damian a real one this year). The weather was pretty crappy so I didn’t get a chance to go to all the events and take more pictures, but here are a few from Thursday afternoon:

Week in Pictures

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My favorite portraits from last week’s 52 project collection were both of these… amazing!   I also loved Stella’s tiny illuminated face and this little girl in a big forest.

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week44Damian is getting better and better at his walking skills. He regularly “lets go” and walks between objects without any prompting for me! He’s gone up to 18 steps!! Crazy. He has also been pointing at things A LOT and he’s starting to say, “shhhhh,” haha.

Damian: Ten Months

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You are ten months old today!!! I feel like this last month was a big one in terms of growth and development. You took your first steps a couple of weeks ago, and since then you’ve been getting better and better at balancing and walking between objects. It won’t be long before you’re running all over the place with your big sister. And then your sweet little rolls will slowly disappear. I will be a mess when I don’t have them to squeeze and kiss anymore. But the stage you’re at right now is just SO. MUCH FUN. Another thing you started doing this month is pointing. Just now I showed you a picture of yourself on my computer screen and you pointed to it with a big goofy smile on your face. My favorite thing you do is dance. You get so excited when you hear music. Last month you would bob your little bum up and down, but now you wave your arms as well and you really feel it. It’s the most adorable thing. Something that’s not so adorable? When you try to feed me the food you’ve mashed up in your chubby little hands. Okay, maybe it’s a little adorable. But it’s mostly gross. You still prefer feeding yourself so I have a giant mess to clean every few hours. I haven’t quite figured out a good way to minimize it. I didn’t have to deal with that as much with your sister, but that’s okay. You’re such a little boy. If given a basket of toys, you will always pick the one with wheels. You also enjoy playing with anything and everything that is NOT a toy. You always try to get your hands on my purse so that you can pull everything out of it. You have two teeth that have completely cut through the gums, and one more that looks like it’s almost there. I can start to see your two top teeth under the gums too so I don’t think it will be too long before you get those.

Things you Love: Bath time. Outdoor time. Food time.

Things you Hate: Diaper changes. Baby gates.

I love you and all your chins so much it hurts. Thank you for being mine.


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