Monday, September 29, 2008

Here We Go Steelers!!!

Mari and Xavier wore their Steeler jerseys to school today in honor of the Steelers playing the Ravens tonight.


Sunday, September 28, 2008


WOW was this place overwhelming! Mari and Xavier went there yesterday to celebrate their cousin Isabel's 9th birthday! I could not get over all of the STUFF they had. Mari had a good time picking out clothes for her "monkey"; however, Xavier could of cared less and was happy pulling all the clothes off the shelf!

First off they get you by making you choose from over 25+ animals to make. This process took us a good 20 minutes. Mari decided on a Monkey and Xavier decided on all the animals, but narrowed it down to an elephant.

Once you have picked out an animal you pick a sound and special heart and then you stuff it. Before stuffing you have to kiss the heart and close your eyes and make a wish and put the heart inside your animal. Once it is stuffed the staff asks you to jump up and down, turn around, and then hug your animal. Here are pictures of them hugging their animals:

Mari and her Monkey

Xavier with his Elephant
Now it was time to pick out what your animal would wear. They had everything from, Halloween costumes, princess costumes, sport themed costumes and vast assortment of boys and girls clothes. You name it they had it. However, you could not just stop at the clothes, you needed a hat, shoes, glasses, purse, cell phone, wands, swords, etc. It was unbelievable.

After about 1 1/2 hours looking for that magical outfit and $80.00 later, here are the end results:
Mari, Xavier, Isabel and Aranza

It was a lot of fun, but hopefully Mari won't want to go back anytime soon!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Disney on Ice

Mari and I went to see Disney on Ice last night with her friend Krista and her mother Debbie. It was a memorable night and we had a lot of fun. Mari LOVED the show and was dancing and clapping all night.

The Master of Ceremonies were Micky and Minnie Mouse along with Donald Duck and Goofy. We saw - "The Cars", "The Little Mermaid", "The Lion King" and "The Fairies". Before the show they had a "Princess Pre-Show" where they displayed all the princesses gowns and accessories. Mari was in heaven!!

After the show I asked Mari "what was you favorite part of the show?" and she replied "all of it!"

It was also great to spend time alone with Mari by herself! We need to do this more often.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another Mommy Moment

I must need a nap, or better yet maybe I should start my day over and get out on the other side of the bed. After dropping Mari off at preschool I went to the parking lot and got in the van, sat in the seat and attempted to start the van. However there was 1 small problem - it was NOT my van!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Xavier's 2nd Birthday Party

Dahlia and Zaida had a 2nd birthday party for Xavier at "La Escuelita Family Daycare". The theme was cars and trucks. All of his buddies were in attendance - Naomi, Quinn, Collin, Jake, Katie, Truman, Thatcher, and Kayla. Mari even skipped preschool so she could celebrate his day with him.

In staying with the theme of the party I made a "Dump Truck Cake" that all the kids loved. It even came equipped with its own serving spoon - a shovel!

The kids all sang Happy Birthday to Xavier and waited patiently to dig in the "dirt" (aka - cake). Xavier huffed and he puffed and finally he was able to blow the candle out with a little help from his sister.

It was evident that none of the kids would be eating lunch or taking a nap because they all enjoyed the cake so much they asked for another plate full. It was also evident by Xavier's face that the cake was yummy.

Fun was had by all and Xavier got a lot of cool gifts including cars, a sound cube puzzle, Elmo music maker and a football.

Once we got home the party continued as family called and friend and neighbors stopped by and said Happy Birthday and brought more gifts including Handy Manny and his Tools, Shoot and Score Soccer Net and and Elmo CD player! Mommy and Daddy got him his very own scooter and helmet and Mari got him an Elmo's Piano Book!

Xavier's had a great 2nd Birthday which is evident by his big smile!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My Baby is 2!!

Two years ago today I was at work getting ready to go to my 37 week OB appointment. Much to my surprise that would be my last appointment while pregnant. You were was ready to make your way into the world; as I was admitted to the L&D and schedule for a c-section later that day due to pre-eclampsia.

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating your 1st birthday. I can't believe how fast the time has gone. So let's try to enjoy each and every moment, because no matter what comes our way or no matter what stage of life we are in, we're gonna miss it.

I just want to say "Happy Birthday Little Man". I LOVE YOU!

Monday, September 8, 2008

"My Heart is Laughing"

Mari and I were laying on the bed Saturday night reading books and being silly. Mari started laughing so hard she was crying and then Mari said to me "Mommy you make me laugh so hard my heart is laughing". I adore my little princess!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

OMG - That was easy

I have finally entered into the great world of blogging in about 30 seconds flat! I have no writing experience; but I thought it would be neat to have a place to jot down my everyday experiences so I could someday share this with my children and my family could join in our daily adventures! Sit back and enjoy!