Friday, February 29, 2008

baby face

What a cutie...she doesn't miss many meals, look at those cheeks!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

sweet condolences

As I pouted this evening that my sweet, very handsomely dressed husband was off to enjoy an evening at the BVCL benefit with all (or at least most) of the most wonderful, pro-life people in this community...while I stayed at home with 2 attention-hungry youngsters and a fussy baby....

Mariana (as she gently grabs my hand): Awwwwww...I will stay with you Mommy.

How sweet...and she was very good tonight which is more than I can say for the whole bunch!

lunchtime generosity

(Mysterious knawed-on piece of bread crust ends up on my plate while I tend to baby)

Mommy: Hmmmm...that is not my bread.

Mariana (grinning): Nooooo...that is not your bread.

Mommy: Here, you have it back sweetie.

Mariana: No, Mommy, I am sharing my bread with you. but I already had some. Here ya go.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

for show

Allia's little six week ballet class ended yesterday, and they did a cute little mini recital for us including this dance where they used ribbons and danced around pretending to be bees, cats and then birds. So cute! (I wish I knew how to post the video!) Unfortunately two of the students had to miss due to illness and a death in the family. These four did a great job though. Thanks Tia/Miss Becky for a great class!!!

Monday, February 25, 2008

on the defense

My wonderful, intelligent, courageous, talented, amazing (shall I go on?) hubby successfully defended his thesis today! Congratulations, Austin! Master's Degree here we come!

And look at that nice refreshment table that his lovely wife put together for his audience! ;-)


is least inside our house. I got down the swimsuit bin to see what we have and what we still need for the upcoming season. But before I could complete my task, some little people found the bin and played summer all day...they swam on, ahem in, their fish blanket. Allia had herself so convinced it was summer by the end of the day that she went running out of the house in her swimsuit and was back in under a minute shouting in a surprised voice, "It is cold out there." Imagination can only do so much, you know!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Some fun moments

including a visit from Paw paw and Manah.

Happy Sisters

Allia's metroplex entitled "A Tower of Dallas and New York"
(she is sitting on a soccer ball pillow...she frequently does this when she has to go potty but is too busy..and then we remind her "Just GO!")

Doesn't Gloria look chubby here? She is almost 12 pounds already!

Look at that smile! Babies just LOVE Pawpaw!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

You know you are sleep deprived when...

1. You saw all of the hours on the clock the night before from bedtime to wake time: 10, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

2. You put both of the older children's pj's on without diaper or panties underneath and don't notice until they bring it to your attention.

3. You seriously consider moving lunchtime to 10:30am just so that naptime will come sooner.

4. You repeatedly fall asleep while trying to put the children down for their naps.

5. You walk into a room only to forget why you went there, over and over again all day long.

6. You have trouble falling back asleep after sleeping 3 consecutive hours twice in one night because you have gotten "so much" sleep.

7. You put clothing on backwards and inside out and leave the house without even noticing.

8. You absolutely cannot utter a full Hail Mary or Our Father without yawning multiple times.

9. You are getting less sleep than you did in college, but you are actually losing brain cells instead of gaining knowledge.

10. You have a new baby in the house!

**It is really not that bad. The blessings far outweigh the difficulties. :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is how NOT to use the Bumbo seat. Please do not try this at home!

Making a letter for her Abuelita

The girls got up this morning and asked me where their Valentine's dresses were....their friend had hers on the other day when they played. Yikes...this is what I came up with. Not bad for spur of the moment...they are red and have hearts! And baby Gloria? Well, she was just lucky to get a fresh change of clothes this morning. ;-)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Mr. Fix It

Sitting on the couch together after dinner:

Allia: Mommy, If the bad guys get me and kill me you would cry.

Mommy: Yes, I would be very, very sad.

Allia: If I get killed by bad guys can I still go to heaven?

Mommy: Of course.

Allia(very confidently): Then when I get there Jesus would fix me.

Note: I am not really sure where all of this concern about bad guys killing her is coming from...we don't even watch TV!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sleeping beauties

Ahhh, rest. I am off to try and get some myself. Please pray for baby Gloria who still has sniffles and is NOT resting well these days!

Friday, February 8, 2008


We've got 'em. And sniffles and newborns do not mix well...especially at night. *yaaaawn*

Thursday, February 7, 2008


I had the blessing of experiencing what will hopefully be a whole year full of "firsts" today with Gloria. She gave me her first sweet little smile! The girls went to play in the neighbor's backyard, and Gloria had just finished nursing after a very long nap. She was in such a sweet mood, so I just laid there and talked to her. She cooed back at me and gave me a few brief little smiles (with no toots or spitup to follow indicating it was gas!). It was SO sweet!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Lenten converstaion

Allia: Mommy, what are we having for dinner?

Me: Fish.

Allia: Fish from the sea?

Me: Um....yes, I think so. (I have no idea!!!)

Allia: Awwwww, I don't like fish from the sea.

Me: Oh, really, well what kind do you like?

Allia: Chicken fish. mean breaded fish that you dip in ketchup like chicken nuggets?

Allia: Yeah, yeah, that kind.

Me: Well, that IS fish from the sea. (still not really sure if that's true?!)

Allia: Oh, GOOD!!!


Ash Wednesday

Here are my little penitents after morning mass. I think Allia is going to win the contest to try to keep your ashes until dinner time! ;-)

We pray that all of us may have a Lenten journey that brings us closer to the risen Christ.