Friday, November 17, 2017


This video is from the begining of the week...she is already walking a little more now!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Swim meet

Allia had a swim meet this past weekend. She swam both days thanks to some friends of ours bringing her Sunday. She hasn't done that in a while because Austin decided he cannot give up his whole weekend...too hard to make it through the next week. I think Allia decided the same thing after this meet. She was so exhausted Sunday and didn't swim nearly as well as Saturday.
Here is one of her Saturday events, 50 Freestyle. (She dropped time in all 3 events that day!) She is in the bright green suit with pink cap.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Leaps and bounds

Cecilia is growing fast. She now has 4 teeth and is taking up to 7 steps, usually from somebody to me! I really need to try and get a video...

Saturday, November 4, 2017

11 Months Old and a 3rd tooth!

Amidst a busy week of celebrations, mass, etc., Cecilia cut her 3rd tooth (first top one). And she turned 11 months old. I cannot believe we only have one more month until our baby turns 1. We all agree that time is going by way too quickly! She is balancing really well, cruising around and can even take one or two steps between objects/people.
She was having so much fun shaking this balloon like crazy!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Halloween and All Saints' Day

For the first time ever, Austin went with a friend of ours and our oldest kiddos to trick or treat after the vigil mass. They were supposed to only go on our street but ended up going a lot farther!

Then we had a lovely All Saints' party the next morning at which I completely forgot to take any photos. :/ So sad! I guess this just brings home the reason we don't usually participate in makes things too busy and distracts from the real feast day!!! :p And did I mention that we now have way.too.much.candy.?

Monday, October 30, 2017

Sharing and sleeping

We have been doing a lot of sharing with Cecilia lately. She likes almost anything but eggs, especially if it comes off of one of our plates!
 And a sweet sleeping girl

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cold weather!

We had a snap of refreshingly cold weather the last few days. It was so fun to go to the park in jackets and hats. It was gorgeous weather!
Gloria was so sweet swinging Cecilia and playing this little spinning peekaboo game with her.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Swim Team Halloween Party

Our 3 swimmers enjoyed the Halloween party for their team last night. They have been planning and making costumes for weeks now. We don't usually dress up for Halloween, but we figured it was harmless enough to let them participate in the team party. They had a good time, although I think they expected a little more excitement! Now we will focus on getting ready for All Saints Day!
Uma and Mal from Descendants
Mal and Captain America
And baby Cap

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fall Piano Recital

Cecilia loves Allia's music, so she often makes her way over to the piano when Allia practices to join in!
Everyone dressed up to go with their songs (minus Gloria who had a cold :/ )

"Linus and Lucy" aka Charlie Brown theme song (Mariana is dressed as Peppermint Patti)

Under the Sea

They did great!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Robotics champs!

The Brazos Valley Fair held it's first annual robotics challenge, and Mariana's team won first overall! Yay!!!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

More fall

We keep having short bursts of fall weather that draw everyone outside to play. The kids all raked this leaf pile together and had fun jumping in. Sebastian was pouting because he tried to make his own pile, but it got raked into the big one!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Robotics Wednesday

Every Wednesday afternoon is now Robotics Wednesday at our house. Mariana's team was at a loss for a meeting place, and I figured the big table would fit perfectly on our dining table (and it's one less place to drive!) so we offered to host. The crazy thing is that it started with her team of 5 and has grown now to 3 teams of 5 plus a few parents, siblings, extras. So it is quite a housefull. But like I tell everyone that marvels....with 7 kids I feel like our house is so often full of noise and chaos that it really isn't a big deal! ;)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pumpkin Patch!

We made our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch yesterday. Allia generously let me use her camera for part of the pictures, so we got some good ones! And, as always, the kids really enjoyed picking pumpkins.


Playing at Manah's

Cecilia loves to visit Manah and Pawpaw's house. I try to take her for a bit each day, although some days we just don't make it. She really likes the little rocking chairs in the living room.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

First Posole!

Cecilia is quite the eater. She was eating soft foods like avocado, banana and sweet potato. But lately she has been spoiled by Daddy giving her bites off his plate. Now she almost always refuses "baby" food and insists on eating whatever we have. This is quite tricky since she still only has two little teeth. Last night's dinner was Posole, so of course she was not happy when I tried to just feed her some of the avocado we had to go with it. So she ended up with a tray full of the meat and hominy and ate it all! She was even smacking her lips. She really likes savory flavors!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Intrasquad meet/ First swim meet

We had the first swim meet of the fall/winter season with 3 swimmers this year. It was Gloria and Stephen's first meet. All 3 swam very well, with Allia knocking off quite a bit of time off her times from last year's short course seasons!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

National Night Out

We braved the rain and mud to go to our neighborhood National Night Out party last night. It was well worth it. They had some cool stuff this year including jousting, rock wall climbing and mini golf. So fun to enjoy a night out with family and neighbors.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Our parish had it's annual fall festival this weekend. The kids always look forward to this so much! I was recovering from a cold, so Austin just took the older girls to Bingo Friday night.

Then yesterday we all enjoyed the games and fun together. It was a lot to keep up with our gang amidst the crowd, so I didn't get many photos...

Allia and Mariana helping with the cake wheel (our family won this 5 much. cake. :p)

Gloria won a lot of games!

The two boys fell prey to the sno cones!

This guy won the cake wheel and picked these cupcakes. He was so happy!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Growing girl

Cecilia is really enjoying her newfound mobility and is pulling up a lot. Anytime she sees Pawpaw, she expects him to hold her hands and let her walk around the room. She is pretty easy-going but can turn very demanding if one does not meet her expectations! She also often demands to be held by Allia and Mariana.
 She loves playing on the living room floor with the other children (though is not as welcome sometimes since she can crawl over and destroy their games!). It makes her so happy when they let her play/play with her! Here they just made her part of the potato head bin.