Monday, October 17, 2016

Dance and Fall Piano Recital

Another busy weekend at our house. We started with Stephen waking up Saturday morning with eye and cheek pain (the eye was oozing stuff), low fever, and a puffy bruised look under his eye. Poor guy had a sinus infection from a cold we had the week before. So we made an early trip to urgent care and cancelled his participation in his soccer game.

That evening, we went to the vigil mass and a dance at church to honor some good friends of ours celebrating their 25th anniversary. It was so much fun! Manah and Pawpaw graciously took the sick guy home with them after mass so the rest of us could enjoy the evening. This photo is precious because Austin and Patrick have a long standing tradition of dancing crazy to disco music together at wedding receptions and the like. Their sons decided to carry on the tradition this year with them. They actually started it, and the Dads joined in! We were two very entertained, proud wives/mothers, but the teenage daughter in the house was mortally embarrassed. ;)

Then on to the fall piano recital Sunday afternoon! The children all had fun dressing up for their pieces and played really well. Stephen was able to participate since he was feeling a little better and had been on antibiotics for over 24 hours. Whew! It was his first recital, so we were extra proud!
 Gloria was thrilled that her artwork was chosen for the program this time! She was grinning ear to ear!
 The whole group
 Allia played the teacher accompaniment to Stephen's piece, Old McDonald. It was precious!
And the videos for those interested...
Stephen (with Allia)- Old Mc Donald (I only caught the last part because my camera acted up!)

Gloria - Forest Drums

Mariana - Part of That World (Little Mermaid)

Allia - In Dreams from LOTR (I am going to miss hearing this one!)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lito Visit

We had a quick visit from Lito this weekend. He didn't quite make it in time for Stephen's soccer game Saturday morning (in which Stephen scored his first goal- YAY!). But we were able to watch the neverending Aggie football game together later that day and into the evening. He brought lots of fun little goodies for the kids, which they really enjoyed. But the best is always time with Lito...we can never get quite enough!

We took a short trip to the park this morning to try out the fun there. The handle of this little wagon detaches to become a shovel. Sebastian loves it!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

National Night Out

We almost missed it this year, as it caught me by surprise. But we did a little juggling with the help of Pawpaw and made it work! I also didn't get a lot of photos since I was going solo the first hour waiting for Austin to join us. It was crazy with big kids on the giant water slide, some playing games, little guy eating and in line for a sno cone, etc. Whew! They all had a great time, and we were able to visit with lots of neighbors too. Anastasia actually spent most of the time on the big water slide (even though they had a smaller one for younger kids!) with the older ones. The ants were bad this year, but the kids who got into them recovered quickly since there was just so much fun to be had.

 Sebastian was so excited to see the moon!
We didn't win any door prizes this year (for the first time!), as they did not let our family enter all the kids' names in. :/ But Pawpaw won something just before he and Mariana left for ice skating. Fun times!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Little buddies

Now that the weather is a tad cooler, the kids have been playing outside a little more. These two little ones are such cute buddies!

Soccer Team and Swim meet

Stephen had another soccer game Saturday and team pictures. It was a crazy morning because Allia also had her first swim meet (just an intrasquad meet)! We had to divide and conquer. So Austin went to swim and I went to soccer. Here is Stephen's team.
Austin didn't get pictures at the swim meet (despite my request!). He did get a short video of her diving in. It was a good experience for Allia, and now she knows she needs to work hard to get faster and be more competitive! She was a little disappointed at her performance, but she has only been swimming for a month, so we thought she did great.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Ultimate relaxation and Undies

After a gorgeous morning at the park, I found my little guy like this when I went to let him know it was time to get up from nap. So sweet!
This is also his first day to wear big boy undies. He has been in pull-ups for almost 3 weeks with only 2 accidents! So proud of our big boy. And what a gift to have him potty trained before baby arrives. I wasn't even planning to try, but he was ready!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Aquinasfest Weekend!

We had our big parish festival this weekend. Lito usually joins us but was unable to come at the last minute. The kids were so sad, and we definitely missed him. But we were able to eek some fun out of the weekend anyway. ;)

Daddy got suckered into Bingo night in Lito's absence. The kids enjoyed playing/helping!

We decided to skip the dinner/dance this year (Austin is recovering from illness, and I am just always pooped!) and took Pawpaw out to an early birthday dinner after evening mass instead. This guy ate chips and salsa the whole time. He actually tried and liked the "infierno" salsa...the really hot one. The waitress noticed and even brought him his own bowl! He didn't eat his dinner, but we didn't care. It was such a joy to see him enjoying himself so much.
 Sunday was the big festival. The older girls and I baked cakes for the cake wheel, and Allia acutally signed up to help out this year. She really enjoyed that. The little ones rode the horses.

 They played lots of games, won lots of little prizes, jumped in the bounce houses and had lots of fun. The cotton candy started out a little too expensive for the kids (though they really wanted some), but then they lowered the price so the kids all went to get some after we ate lunch.

Then we were invited to the house blessing of some dear friends that evening. It was a lovely time, and they have a beautiful new home to enjoy with their growing family. We are so happy for them and thankful for such a great weekend!