*adopting Paddington

On Saturday my husband and I went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. I don’t recall reading the books when I was little, but I knew who Paddington was. He is definitely iconic.


I wanted to see the movie because it looked very cute, as well as relive our London adventure!

The movie had a lot of deeper meanings, but my favorite was how adopting a pet can bring your family together! The mother in the story wasn’t afraid to walk up to Paddington and ask him where he was staying. She of course had to convince the husband to let them take him home for the night. A bear, or any animal of course is a curious creature, like any of our pets, Paddington made a huge mess shortly after entering their home. Of course he didn’t do it on purpose, but it made the father angry. The next morning the mother was supposed to take him to the authorities, but of course couldn’t because she interested in Paddington’s history. Paddington quickly turns into a hero, even for their teenage daughter. The mother could see the family was starting to change, and the father was starting to enjoy the adventure. After a bad guy gets Paddington into trouble, with the father extremely angry, Paddington runs away! The family then has to join together to find the one who could keep them together!

This story of course reminded my husband and I about adopting Bruce Wayne (our dog). He was such a hassle the first few days, he cried at night and explored into places he shouldn’t have. Over the years he still is a trouble maker, getting himself hurt, eating chocolate, chewing on clothes. But again, it is just his nature. Bruce Wayne has made so many of our friends and family smile and laugh. When you get home from a hard day at work and see his excitement, you can’t help but smile. The love of a pet brings families together. That’s what Paddington did for his adopted family! Please give your family the joy of having a pet! They can make your life so much more rewarding!


“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~ Karen Davison


*giving thanks

I haven’t spent Thanksgiving Day with my parents since 2010! This year I will see them, but our day will be spent with Daniel’s dad and his family. I’m not mad or sad. I have spent a lot of time with my family since moving back in May. Daniel’s dad, Bill, and his wife, Roxanne moved to Florida shortly after we moved to California. Daniel has seen his dad maybe 5 times in the last three years, so he definitely deserves this time. Daniel’s aunt, Melissa, and uncle, Bob, will be hosting it this year in their home in Carmel. It’s a beautiful home and will definitely fit our large family! (pictured below is our siblings, parents, and grandparents)



My parents and I started a tradition when we moved back. We share at least one meal a week together. We were having dinner together on Fridays, but just recently changed it to Sundays as a late lunch/ early dinner. But there are weeks where we get together for two or more meals. I like having lunch with my mom or dad on days they are off so I don’t have to eat by myself. We also take turns on who is cooking.


We all know Thanksgiving Day was originally to celebrate those who risked their lives moving to an unknown land for religious freedom. Today we use it to remind ourselves how precious life is and that we can’t take it for granted, but shouldn’t we celebrate being thankful on a daily basis?

Things I am thankful for on a daily basis:

*My Husband (he’s the best cuddle partner when life gets rough)

*My Dog (he’s always so excited to see me)

*Having a Job (it pays the bills)

*My Family (trusting, loyal, fun times, we create our own traditions)

*My Friends (for more fun)

*A Garage (definitely with winter’s early arrival)


Whenever you are feeling down, remember all the things you have to be thankful for. Give yourself more things to be thankful for, the small things count! Being thankful for something daily can help you to live a wonderful life!


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy