Saturday, September 28, 2013

NM State Fair

We did it!  We finally made it to the fair as a family, woohoo!  Last year, we waited until the evening of the last day to take Grace and everything was pretty much shut down.  The animals at the McDonald's Farm were nowhere to be found, the food vendors were closing up and most of the art exhibits had been taken down.  The year before, we made the mistake of braving the State Fair Park & Ride and nearly got run over by several cars (G was prego at the time) as we attempt to enter the fair... It was no bueno.  This year, however, we made it in one piece and had so much fun. :)

Gracie’s Gaga joined us and G took the day off so we had all afternoon to eat and play and we ended up staying for nearly 6 hours.  Grace was totally wiped out by the time we left.

The Ronald McDonald Farm was buzzing with kiddos and tons of animals.  Grace loves animals and has no fear so she made every attempt to reach into the cages (we made sure she didn’t) and squealed with joy as we went from pen to pen.

The bean even sat perfectly still to have a little pink heart painted on her cheek.

We rode rides and by we I mean the bean and me.  G is such a chicken when it comes to rides that spin that I had to pressure her into riding the Ferris Wheel, lol!  Grace and I rode some kiddy rides and I rode the big kid rides by myself and loved every terrifying minute of it! ;)

The best part of the day was taking Grace on her first pony ride.  She was the littlest kiddo riding and was so brave.  She smiled and waved during the ride and petted her pony, which was just about the cutest thing I’d ever seen!

Our day at the fair ended with pie á la mode and a gigantic corn dog.  It was a great end to a great day.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

*Bobblehead Birthday Girl*

My little sis is officially 30 years old, which means I too am going to be another year older in less than a month – boo!  Why can’t we both stay 21 forever?!

Georgia and I wanted to do something extra special for the birthday girl with this being her 30th and all, so about a month ago we began brainstorming ideas to celebrate the monumental occasion.  Looking back on how yesterday turned out, I would have to say that her birthday surprise was a HUGE success!

My sis is a bit of a world traveler.  She’s lived in two different countries and three states in her 30 years, so she has close friends all over the globe.  With that being the case and with us knowing that it was logistically impossible for her to celebrate her b-day with all her peeps in Vancouver, B.C. we decided, why not bring her to them!

This brought about the creation of the “bobblehead birthday girl” or “Mini-Missy” as we came to call it.  Thanks to my super talented tech-savvy wife, our Mini-Missy was born!  After weeks of tracking all of M’s closest friends and gathering their contact information along with close family, instructions and a bobblehead birthday girl were mailed out earlier this month.  Missy had no idea that any of this was happening until the first of 54 pictures was posted by yours truly on her FB wall the night before her birthday (shown above).  From that moment on she was flooded with personalized pictures of family and friends “celebrating” with their Mini-Missy!  All together we ended up having about 70 people participate, which was way more than we expected!

I know she LOVED it and my hope is that it reminded her of just how special she is to SO MANY people! 

Now for the good stuff

Here are some of the pictures that were shared on Facebook…

And here are a few more that were shared on Instagram because let’s face it – some people are just too cool for FB, haha. ;)

Happy 30th birthday sister bear.  We LOVE you with all our hearts.

Cheers to the next 30!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

38/52: Crazy town

That’s really the best way I can describe what the past two weeks have been like around these parts.  I feel as though I’ve been MIA here on the blog, which I have but for good reason.  I currently have several posts floating around in my head… I just need to find time to type them out.  There’s my cousin’s BEAUTIFUL wedding that was this past weekend, pictures of that coming soon.  My little sis came home from Vancouver for her 30th birthday and we did lots of fun family stuff that I can’t wait to share.  We went to the New Mexico State Fair with Gracie’s Gaga and she had a blast and even rode a pony, which I managed to get on video, and we celebrated several birthdays.  With the holidays quickly approaching I know that’s its only going to get crazier from now to December. 

Until I find the time (and motivation) to share some of this stuff, I’ll leave you with this.  A picture of my family all dressed up for the wedding.  I honestly can’t remember the last time we all took a family picture with my brother, his family, my ma and sis and my little family.  We were long overdue. :)


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Getting stuff done!

One of the many benefits of my current role as a domestic engineer (aka SAHM), is that it allows me to do all those rainy day projects that I’ve been putting off, in some cases, for YEARS!  Don’t get me wrong, being home with Grace is a very busy job and between the dishes, the laundry, teaching and cuddling her, keeping her fed and our daily errands and activities, most weeks there really isn’t time for anything else.  And while this is usually the case, I have been able to sneak some of those “to-do’s” in the mix and it has felt awesome marking items off my list!

This weekend I checked off a BIG item, one that I’ve been putting off forever…

You may remember a post I wrote back in March about a photo collage that I was working on.  What I didn’t mention in the post was that I started it back in February 2012 following our maternity photo session… Umm, yeah as in a year and a half ago.  The frames had been piled between the bed and a bookshelf in our guestroom, out of sight, out of mind and collecting dust.

Here’s a “before” picture I took last Christmas of the entryway collage and I had every intention of taking an “after” picture a few weeks later...

With my sister coming home for a visit this weekend and planning to stay with us as she always does, I found myself in the back room getting things cleaned and organized when I came across my stack-o-pictures.  I decided that enough time had passed so I ordered the remaining prints I needed and began work on our entryway photo collage.

Here is the “after”!  I went with a dark/light wood and silver frame motif because that seemed to be what would go best with our home décor.  I’m super happy with how it turned out.  What do you think?

In the center of the collage is the ring bowl we had custom made for our wedding. :)

This maternity picture of Georgia is my absolute favorite of them all.  This picture alone is what inspired me to re-do the collage all those months ago.  My wife is such a beauty!

It took two days because I only had naptime to work on it and it required that I patch up lots of holes and reorganize a bit, but it’s done!  While working on the collage I realized that we hadn’t updated any pictures on the walls for almost 5 years so I updated some of those as well.

On to the next project!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

From my wife, just because :)

I received the following text from my wife yesterday.  It said…
“This is what I do every time I realize how lucky I am to have you.”
Attached was this video and it’s just too awesome to go unshared.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

37/52: Too cool for school!

The wife went shopping for “winter shoes” for the bean. 
This is what she came home with. 
I kind of love them.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

She’s a bruiser

Please tell me this phase will soon pass!  In the past two months, the bean has become a magnet for injury.  Her little legs are covered with bruises all.the.time thanks to her school bus gym.  I watch her climb in and out of it and cringe as she slams her shins against the plastic over and over completely unphased.  On any given day she has at least one red mark on her cheek or forehead from hitting herself with a book, running into corners and/or falling, and just yesterday she took the skirt off her build-a-bear, tried putting it on herself (it went up as high as her ankles) and attempted to take a step.  I think you know what came next… she went down in a flash.  The crazy thing is that I was only about 6 feet from her washing a dish when it happened.  That’s all it seems to take with this gal – 10 seconds unsupervised.  We have baby gates, corner protectors, all plugs are covered and anything breakable is completely out of reach and yet the “owies” somehow manage to happen.

You can kind of see the bruised leggies in this picture.

You can definitely see them in this one.  My little ragamuffin.

Growing up, I was such a little lady.  I hated getting dirty and if given the choice between making a mud pie or playing with Barbies, the Barbies won every time.  My wife on the other hand was 100% tomboy or “outdoorsy” as she would say.  I’ve heard stories of her throwing her ballet slippers out the window on the freeway because she did NOT want to be a ballerina, ha!  There are also the many stories of her beating up boys for her cousins (in elementary school) and crying anytime she had to wear a dress because it meant that she couldn’t climb trees and wrestle.  As I compare me as a kid and the wife when she was younger to Grace, I’m thinking we have a “little Georgia” on our hands and that freaks me out!  The bean is constantly climbing the furniture and has no fear when it comes to most things.  Her new favorite thing to do is dive face first onto the ground and jump off the couch knowing that we’ll catch her every time.  Thankfully, so far we have.

So, to the parents of older kiddos, does this behavior pass?  Is there an end in sight?  Will my little gal have less bruises any time soon?  Please say yes!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Labor Day Weekend: Movies on the Lawn

For Labor Day weekend this year we all got together for our first “Movie on the Lawn” at my mom’s house.  This is something that my ma has wanted to host for years but purchasing the movie screen was just not possible considering the cheapest one she could find was $400 bucks… so not happening.  That was until a fabulous sale came our way and she snagged a very nice outdoor movie screen for less than $200, woot!

For our first viewing we decided to go with a Pixar flick, Monsters Inc. and invite all the little kiddos we could think of to join in our first ever "Movie on the Lawn".  We came with the bean, of course and were joined by Gracie’s cousins, a few of my cousins and their kids and some friends.  The day before was beautiful out, not a cloud in the sky, so we were all excited for our night under the stars.  

As luck would have it, the wind picked up on our movie night and there was a chance of rain but there was no way we were rescheduling, so my bro and Georgia set everything up hoping for the best but preparing for the elements just in case.  A few extra stakes anchoring the screen in the ground and a tarp to cover the movie screen, if needed, were on standby.


My ma-in-law, Gracie's Gaga, joined us a little before the movie along with my mom’s neighbor to chow down on some fajitas and while we ate, the girls were just too excited with everything going on to sit still.  I think we maybe got Grace to take two bites of chicken before she was off playing in her playhouse with Mia.

These girls are seriously lucky to have a Nani who loves to entertain.  To have grass to run in, a jungle gym, swings, a playhouse, trees to climb and twinkling lights hanging in the leaves, it’s a very fun place to play and grow.  Thanks Nani!!

Super grainy picture but just look at their faces.  Even the littles were so into the movie.  They would actually sit still for about 20 minute at a time before getting up to run around or check out the movie projector.  As my friend Sara said, "it's nights like these that you remember when you grow up."  I couldn't agree more. :)

The rest of our evening was spent eating popcorn, (well everyone except the girls) and watching almost all of Monsters Inc. before it started to sprinkle.  We took a quick movie break to move the screen under the big tree in my mom’s backyard and wait for the sprinkling to stop before putting on the second flick, Return to Oz.  Grace didn’t make it through the second movie because it was way past her bedtime but we did let her stay up until nearly 10pm and she had a blast.

The first “official” day of Fall is on September 22nd this year.  This means that we all have exactly 2 weeks of summer left to enjoy.  I’m thinking my little family has checked off everything on our Summer Bucket List that we’re going to have time to check off this year.  Considering we ended up doing 23 of the 29 activities we set out to do, I would say we had a pretty action packed summer. :)

Did you do all the fun stuff you wanted to this summer season?  Any absolute favorite summer activities or traditions that you started this year?  I'd love to hear all about it.  I hope everyone had a fun Labor Day!

Summer Bucket List: Go to the Movies – check!

Friday, September 6, 2013

18 Months of Gracie

Holy smokes baby girl, it’s already been three months since Mama’s last Gracie update, which means that you turn 18 months old tomorrow!  How is it even possible that you’re halfway to a second birthday?  I just can’t believe it and neither can your pediatrician, Dr. C.  You had your 18 month well baby visit on Wednesday and you seem to be right on track. Here are your stats:

Weight: 24.1lbs, Height: 31.5in, Shoe: 5, Clothing: 18-24 months, Cloth diaper size: L

A total change to your bedtime routine has been your biggest development over the past 3 months.  Since moving you to your crib at 10 months old, Mommy continued to lay with you in our room until you fell asleep before carrying you to your crib every night.  Well, as you grew older and more curious, these bedtime cuddles grew longer and longer, so a little over a month ago we began a new routine.  Come 8pm we start turning down lights… you help us bring the dogs in for “night, night”… we do a diaper change before climbing into bed to read a few books and then it’s off to your crib.  You did great when we first started this but have since had some tough nights.  There have been a few nights when you’ve cried until falling asleep and one when you made yourself sick.  It’s a work in progress but most nights you lay down watching the stars and moon projected on your ceiling as cozy as can be.    

You have grown into quite the willful toddler, which occasionally lands you in timeout. Digging in the plants is your most frequent offense but climbing the entertainment center and throwing tantrums when you don’t get what you want while yelling, “no, no, no!” is another toddler moment that lands you in the slammer.  You would think that timeout is the most tortuous thing on earth, while in reality it consists of a few minutes of alone time in your playyard until you settle down.  You even have books in there so we’re thinking you’ll survive. ;)

At 18 months old, you CAN:

- Count to 5! The counting began when you were 17 months and we could not believe how quickly you picked up on it.  I’m pretty sure you don’t understand quite yet what one, two or five are, which makes this more of a verbal/memory skill right now, but it's still quite advanced for your age!  Such a smarty pants.

Mama’s so glad she got you counting on video!  I thought you skipped the number 4 but it was in there.  One, two, three, four, five, ONE!

- You know your colors!  Over the past three months you’ve learned to say red, blue, green, yellow, orange and pink.  You can identify red, blue and green when asked or when we’re reading your favorite book on colors.

- Thanks to your bath books, you know three shapes: star, heart and circle.

- You can climb all the way up our pub height dinning room chairs!  You can also climb ladders and do pulls up on the dinning room table.  You’re such a little monkey; it makes your mamas nervous!

- You can run and throw balls of all sizes and kick them too!  You’ve actually made the ball in the basket of your little basketball court at Gaga and Papa’s a few times.

- You’ve been able to identify 10+ of your body parts since you were 14 months but now you can name them too!  Eyes seem to be your favorite so as a result you poke Mommy and me in the eyes on a regular basis. :)

- You say the funniest things.  Here are a few words you say in your own little baby lingo that your moms find hilarious!

ipiss = ipad
Memo = Nemo
Clock minus the L = Clock…
Meme = Mia
Me-may = Mermaid
Phuck = Duck…

We seriously thought you learned how to say the F-word at first, which made us feel like the worst parents ever until we realized that you were saying duck, ha!

- You’re still extremely independent, which can sometimes cause you frustration.  You want to be the one to brush your own hair, put lotion on yourself, brush your teeth, operate the ipad without supervision (this drives Mommy crazy), put your own two shoes on and open and close things without help from anyone.  You are definitely your Mama’s daughter. ;)

- About two months ago you began stringing words together and seem to be doing it more and more often these days.  Some of the phrases we hear you connect most often are, “yes please”, “oh no”, “night, night”, “help please”, “bye, bye”, “go out”, “all done”, "I'm done" and “uh oh”.


- Going to the park.  You love seeing the ducks and swinging and watching all the other kiddos play.  You love it all!

- Music and dancing.  It doesn’t matter what the song or beat is, you’ll stop what you’re doing to turn circles while bobbing your head to the beat. You’ve even started singing your ABC’s but so far it sounds a little something like this, “a, b, g… b, a…”

- Animals, especially doggies.  Ozzie is the dog you spend the most time with and I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s your little brother.

- Dora (more than anything else), Minnie Mouse and mermaids.  Mommy and I decided that you’re going to be a little mermaid this year for Halloween so Mama’s going to get started sewing your costume this week!  As I was practicing my sewing skills this weekend, I made a little bed and blanket for your baby Dora.

- Books, but that’s nothing new.  Mama took you to the library for the first time last month and got you your very OWN library card!  You had so much fun running around the library and all the librarians loved you.  It was a bit stressful for mama because you wanted to pull EVERY book off the shelves... Next time, Mommy's coming with us!

- You've become such a little cuddle bug.  You love to give kisses and get kisses and you have started to come up to Mommy and me for no other reason than to give us a big hug.  You say “blesh” anytime one of us sneezes and it just melts our hearts to see what a sweet girl you are.

- And your absolute favorite thing to do when we're all home together is goof around with Mommy.  She is usually chasing you or you're chasing her OR you are both playing around and making messes. ;)

Do you remember this baby?  Where did she go?
Happy half-birthday my little lovie.

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