Sunday, December 15, 2013


Thanksgiving has come and gone, but of course I am just now getting a chance to post! 
I'm the worst! 

I had a great Thanksgiving week off with Ell. We had a chance to catch up with friends, and have some much needed quality time together, and with family. 

On Monday, we had a chance to meet up with my dear fiend Kirsten and her kids Madeline and Theo at Safari Park. Ella loves going, and it was nice to have friends along. We also went later in the week with Gigi. Ell would go every day of the week if she could. 

Tram time!

Her favorite lioness was ready to greet her as soon as we arrived! 

We also had a chance to meet up with my best friend Ash, and her little boy Robert. Ash is expecting another little boy in March, and we couldn't be happier for her little family. 

We had Movie day at Gigi's house with Grayson and Garin. She loved it!! 

We finished some fall art too! 

Speaking of art, of course I had to decorate my door at work. My students wrote what they were thankful for on each feather. Most of them said, My (loving, supportive, kind, etc. …, My faith, My teacher). I loved having a chance to do this with my kiddos. 
I LOVE our new paper cutter at work even more! SO fun.

Our Thanksgiving was super busy, going to both Jose's parent's house and my Mom and Cortie's house for Thanksgiving. We had an early brunch at Jose's first, then headed to my Moms for dinner. It actually worked out perfectly, and we able to enjoy both meals with our families. It was also wonderful getting a chance to spend time with our families. I feel so grateful to have all of them in my life. Jose, Ell, and I are so lucky to have such a supportive, loving, and encouraging family. 
We love you all dearly!

Ell's adorable shirt was made by my friend, and boss, Rolayne. Ell loved wearing it, and she even decided to smile for a picture! Lucky day for Mama. Thank you Rolayne for making our girls day so special with a personalized shirt, just for her! 

When I think about all that I have to be Thankful for, I can't help but think of my two loves, Ella and Jose. I honestly don't know what my life would be like without either of them in it! Ella has brought SO much joy and love into our lives. She brightens each day, and makes me appreciate each moment we have together. She is my whole heart, and I thank God every day for bringing her into our lives.

And this man is everything to me. We have been in each others lives for almost 20 years. I love him more and more each day, and am blessed to call him my husband and best friend. 

I sure hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones. 
Now… on the Christmas!

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Visit with Papa Doug

Last weekend, My Dad came home for a quick visit and we could not have been happier. I don't get to see my Dad as much as I'd like, so I always LOVE when he comes to visit. Our weekend was spent just hanging with with my Sis and the boys, enjoying our time together. We sure do love you Dad!

My Dad came prepared this visit. Ella always takes a little while to warm up to her Papa Doug, but this yummy rainbow sucker was a pretty big hit! I think he's off to a great start. 

On Saturday, we headed up to Ramona for dinner with my Sis and the boys. Ella adores her cousins, and Grayson ran out to meet his favorite gal when we got there!

Gar is obsessed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid and was so excited to show me his new book. Well, Ella sure loved them too. I pray that her joy of books and reading continues. Just like her Mama!

We headed out back to throw the football around and Ella fit right in with the boys. 

 These series of pics warms my heart. Ella loves seeing the moon, and always points it out during the day and at night. The moon was so bright and beautiful, so Ell kept showing the boys saying, "Look, the mooooooon"! I was standing off to the side and heard Garin saying,

 "Why wait to go to the moon, when you can go right NOW!"

These three are my world. 

Gar and Ell making snow angels. Yes, in the grass. It's as close as we're going to get in So. Cal!

On Sunday, we headed to the park for some fun in the sun. 
It was a beautiful weekend! We are so lucky.

Our little Charger girl!

My very handsome Dad! 

 Gar loved having a chance to throw the ball around with his Grandpa!

 And.... this just captures it all. I cannot put into words how much joy this brings Jose and I. The boys are so sweet to their cousin Ell. I know their bond will only get stronger.

Thanks for coming out for a visit Dad. Can't wait for you to be back in December. We love you!

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Where did you go October?

October seems to have come and gone in the blink of an eye. 
We had a super busy month, filled with tons of fun. Here's a recap! 

Fire Station Open House

In early October, we headed up to our hometown and visited our local fire station for their annual Open House. Jose's parents live right across the street from the fire station, and Ella is completely obsessed with all the fire trucks as they drive by, and helicopters when they land. We were so excited to take her, and knew she would be in awe of everything up close. Well..... that's not exactly what happened! She was terrified of all the loud noises(notice her covering her ears) and she wanted nothing to do with any of the trucks. Ell wouldn't even sit in one for a pic! It was a total bust, however as soon as we left all she kept saying was fire truck and helicopter. Maybe we'll try again next year!

Here she is with her Dada, Abuelita, and Gigi. 

Halloween Art

I was so excited to do some art projects with Ell this year. The teacher in me just couldn't resist! She loved every minute of it, and was so excited that they were hanging up for the entire month.

Bates Nut Farm

A few weekends before Halloween, we headed out to a local pumpkin patch so Ella could pick out her pumpkin. This particular patch is super popular, so we decided to get there bright and early as soon as it opened to avoid the crowds. Well, turns out everyone had the same idea, and the parking lot was already completely packed at 8:45 in the morning. We weren't able to visit the petting area, ride the horses, or take a tractor ride because the lines were ridiculously long, and it was way too crowded. We did however have a great time picking out our pumpkins, and Ella loved running all around the pumpkin patch!!

Don't mind that our girl is wearing the SAME dress she wore last year! I probably tried on about five of her dresses and they were all too big. She is so petite and long. 

"Big pig Mama!"

A snow cone with Gigi!

And, I'm done!

Here she is helping her Dada carve, and Jose insisted on pumpkin seeds. Yum!

Halloween Night

As I've mentioned before, Ella is completely obsessed with Tinkerbell, so I thought it was only fitting to get her a Tink costume for Halloween. She loved it, and wore it several times before Halloween. She would ask for her Tink dress, and the minute I put it on, she would twirl around the room. It was so sweet. I found it on Etsy of course, and it was pure perfection(in my eyes).

My Mom(Gigi) came over to see Ella before we went Trick or Treating. I'm so glad my Mom gets to see Ella for all of these special holidays. She sure does love her Gigi!

Ella couldn't wait to get over to Dono and Emme's to begin the festivities. We have joined Meg and Dustin for Halloween since Ell was born. It is always so fun to see Dono and Ella together. They certainly do love each other. and Emme fits perfectly into the fix. I sure do love these three.

Here's Ella walking up to the door, and Dono answering. The look on his face makes my heart happy! 

Don''t mind how awful I look! It was along day.
How cute is sweet Emmerson and Dono the pirate? 

Heading out!

 Here we are at our first stop. We were so happy to stop by Jordan and Brynnlee's house first. Jenny was so sweet, and it was the perfect start to our night!

Meg and Dustin have a fabulous neighborhood, and all of the neighbors are out and having a blast. Ella was soaking it all in, and loved seeing all of the other kids. She kept stopping and saying, "Hi guys!" She also did so great with saying trick or treat, Happy Halloween, and giving her thank you's. She did however have a hard time comprehending that she was only allowed to grab one piece of candy. It was comical! That pumpkin didn't leave her arm the entire night, and let's just say it took a little prying and a few screams to remove it from her arm when we returned home. Poor Be kept saying, "NO! Pumpkin treats!" It broke our heart to take it from her! 

Holding her ears again! She hates loud noises! May have something to do with her tubes. 
The girl can hear EVERYTHING!



And that's a wrap! It was a whirlwind of a month, and I know the next few will be just the same. Hoping I can blog a bit more frequently, but we'll see. Being a full time ,working Mama is tough, and I still haven't found my balance this year. I'm working on it! 

Hope you all had a great October. This was our best yet!

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