We haven’t written anything here in a while. It’s been a rough year for us so far. At least one of the three of us have been sick every day since before Christmas. First it was Jacob, then me, then Val, then Jacob, then me, then Val. I am sensing a pattern. We have collectively battled colds, the flu, strep throat, and ear and eye infections. 2015 has not been kind to us.

However, while Team Bonilla is not at 100%, we are getting there. The best way to get better is to get some rest. Of course, that is rarely possible with a rambunctious (but good) toddler in the house who wonders why mommy and daddy can no longer keep up with him.

We are looking forward to being back to our normal selves and plan to start this year fresh once that happens.



Jacob had a great Christmas. He also went to his first football game, the 49ers’ finale in Santa Clara. We are amazed at how fast he is learning. He knows and recognized the alphabet, can say so much now, can count to ten, can get through the letter F on his own, and so much more.

Chalupa, our desert tortoise, has also emerged from her hibernation and no one was more excited than Jacob. He immediately ran outside to feed her flowers. He likes her so much.

One of his favorite things to play with? A bowl. Any bowl really, but preferably one of his brightly colored food bowls. He just loves bowls.

He is growing up so fast and surprises us each day. Once we are all 100% well, we plan to make sure that Jacob returns to spending some quality time in the great outdoors and not be forced to stay inside all of the time.

Even though it has been a rough 2015, Val has been just as amazing as always. She is the strength of this family and both Jacob and I are so very lucky to have her in our lives.