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A Boston girl goes Hollywood then chucks it away for a life in OZ… these are my adventures and general musings.

Join Me and Fight for Preemies November 15, 2010

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Did you know that the rate of premature birth in America is higher than that of most other developed nations. Or, how about premature birth is the number 1 killer of newborns? No? Well, read on…

One in eight babies born in our country is premature. That’s 543,000 babies born too soon each year, and my Little Miss T was one of them.

And, did you know that our nation scores a “D” when it comes to premature birth. Yes, you read that right, a “D”. You can see the nation map by clicking here. Click on each state to read that state’s report card.

The rate of premature birth has risen more than 30 percent since 1981. In half the cases, we simply don’t understand what went wrong. The March of Dimes is leading the fight for answers. And, ultimately, prevention.

When I was pregnant with Little Miss T, I never thought I would be a March of Dimes statistic or know the life of a NICU parent. I never thought my baby would have to fight to breathe or rely on machines to live. What happened to me was sudden, severe and god awful. I never want that to happen to any mother, family and especially to any other baby. All babies deserve to be born healthy.

On Wednesday, November 17, in recognition of the March of Dimes 8th Annual Prematurity Awareness Day, I will be joining other bloggers in the blogosphere to raise awareness and help fight prematurity. Won’t you join me?

During November, Prematurity Awareness Month, March of Dimes focuses the nation’s attention on the serious crisis of premature birth (birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy). A special Web site includes the 2010 state-by-state and national Premature Birth Report Cards, information on the importance of the last weeks of pregnancy, and ways you can help premature babies.

November 17 is dedicated to raising awareness of the crisis. Take 3 steps to help fight premature birth:

1. Visit
2. Put a badge on your blog to help spread the word.
3. On November 17, blog for a baby you love and to help others.

We need to fight ― because babies shouldn’t have to.


Things I Love Thursday June 24, 2010

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It’s Thursday…

Here are some things I’m loving lately:

  • Showing Little Miss T around Sydney
  • Visiting our old Sydney haunts
  • The gorgeous harbor views from our apartment
  • Watching the sun rise
  • The US soccer team making it to the next round in the World Cup
  • Shopping for the bebe… I can’t resist, so much cuteness everywhere I turn
  • Public transportation
  • Rainbows after a rain shower or two

So what’s making you happy? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog!


Things I Love Thursday June 3, 2010

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It’s Thursday…

Here are some things I’m loving lately:

  • Little Miss T’s smiles
  • Booking a holiday
  • Lunching with the parents
  • BBQ’s
  • Swimming in the pool

So what’s making you happy? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog!


Things I Love Thursday May 27, 2010

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It’s time for another Things I Love Thursday.

Here are my things I love today:

  • Memorial Day Weekend is upon us- the kickoff to summer!
  • Baby sleeping overnight for a 6 hour stretch
  • Walks in the morning
  • Watching Hubby play with Little Miss T

So what are you loving today? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog!


Things I Love Thursday May 20, 2010

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Things I love today:

  • Waking up to a smiling Miss T
  • Packages arriving at the front door
  • Hitting up a sale
  • Lunch date with the Hubby and Baby
  • Catching up with friends

So what are you loving today? Add a comment to leave your list or post on your blog! I plan on making this a weekly thing, after all, there’s much to love in life!


The Cat is Out of the Bag September 15, 2009

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 3:23 pm
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Since the news is circulating, I might as well make our big announcement here: my husband and I are expecting our first baby on February 23, 2010! See, didn’t I tell you I had more exciting news to share!

Hubby and I are going to be parents which is somewhat scary but oh so thrilling at the same time. We’re ready and while we have had a lot going on between packing up and moving from California to Boston, looking for a house to buy and now preparing for a baby, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Although, I wish the morning sickness would just disappear already. Seriously, I’m 17 weeks and I’m still sick EVERY. SINGLE. DAY., several times a day. I’m told it’s all worth it in the end, which, I’m sure it is. I guess it’s a small price to pay for a bundle of joy to call my own.

So there you go, that’s our “big” news and mostly the main reason I took a break from the blog. Between trying to pack for the move and dealing with the morning all day sickness, I was just too lethargic to blog. Now it’s time to get caught up as I’m hoping the worst is almost over. (Wishful thinking I’m sure).

Don’t worry, the baby won’t completely take over the blog but in the near future there might be a few more baby posts than normal. I’ll also blog about other fun stuff, too, because life is colorful and full of adventure. After all, I do like to keep a written log of my life and hope that one day this little bebe will have this blog to look back on and see how cool his/her parents were!


Catching Up August 26, 2009

Filed under: Life — Holly @ 6:37 pm
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It just might be time to start getting back in to the blogging thing, again. I’ve been on a bit of a self-imposed hiatus because really, things were just so crazy with everything going on and unfortunately, I just just didn’t have the extra time or effort. Something had to give… the blog it was.

And, it’s not that things have totally calmed down at all. In fact, I think they’re only going to get even more crazy but hopefully I’ll have a little more energy and time to devote to the blog because I really do love keeping a written history, so-to-speak. Of course there are you, my loyal readers, who have been checking on the blog and wondering what’s going on. So, without further delay, I’ll slowly start filling you in on some of the going ons in our life… one blog entry at a time.

One of the “big” bit of news is that the Hubs and I have permanently returned to my home state of Massachusetts. After much deliberation and taking into account my Dad’s health situation, it just made sense to make Boston our home. In an ideal world, Mom & Dad will sell the California house and return to Boston to be closer to family, friends, good hospitals and doctors. The market being what it is right now, the move for them might have to wait, but hopefully good fortune will be upon them and things will move along sooner rather than later. The hubs and I spent 14 months living with Mom and Dad to help caregive but the time had come for the Hubs and I to get back to us. As hard as it was to say goodbye and the stress and worry if they’re going to be okay can be overwhelming at times, we take comfort in knowing we’ll always be there for my parents- no matter the distance or any obstacles. I thank my lucky stars that I have married a special man that has the patience, respect and good nature to deal with such a difficult situation and all that it entails… but that’s a post for another time.

Another reason to move to Boston, to be honest, is because we were looking for a city that would provide us with a similar lifestyle to what we once had in Sydney.  In order for that to happen, the city had to have charm and history, be near the water, have good public transportation, be considered walkable, have its share of mom and pop corner stores and cafes to frequent, have close proximity to arts and culture and have a lovely neighborhood/community feel. We thought about Seattle, New York City and Chicago for instance, but in the end, we came back to Boston. We know Boston is not going to be exactly like Sydney, but for American cities, I think it’s probably the closest match up and the best we’re going to get without returning to our beloved Sydney.

You see, when we lived in Sydney, we did not have a car for over three years. We took public transport everywhere and walked everywhere. We had Sydney Harbour literally right out our front door and cute little clothing boutiques, locally owned specialty food markets and cafes, a fish & chiper, a produce market, a butcher, a baker and a fish monger, a farmer’s market, a chemist, a book store, postal office and more at our fingertips. It was so ideal and such a smart way to plan a neighborhood around walking and local businesses. We really miss not having this in the US. Instead it’s strip malls and Walmarts and massive developments that make you drive everywhere and sit on the highway for hours stuck in traffic. The little guy is being driven out and frankly, I think it’s a bit sad. Fortunately, I think we can find some of Sydney in Boston.

So now the hunt is on for the right area of Boston, the right neighborhood and ultimately, the right house to buy. Purchasing our first home is exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. It’s such a huge investment, a major commitment and ultimately, it will shape the next several years of our lives. Added to all that is a bit of stress and wonder of how the Hubs will like Boston. Being a California guy, he has never lived in Boston or anywhere that experiences cold winters. He has never had to deal with a negative windchill factor, ice storms, the flurry of snow storms and all it horrible glory like shoveling, de-icing the car and dealing with the grocery store madness as everyone rushes to stock up on groceries because of an impending storm- all thanks to the left over fear from the Blizzard of ’78. Yes, it’s fun times ahead and hopefully the novelty of freezing, bitter cold and snow leaves the Hubs all giddy with excitement like a 5 year old kid experiencing their first White Christmas.

Well, that’s the long and the short for now. There’s much more to come including our across country adventure, weddings, family camping trips and another “big” bit of news. See, I keep you wanting for more!