Monday, November 30, 2009

You are my sunshine...


You are my sunshine...
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My sweet girl smiling in the sunshine...

She brings a smile to the face of everyone she meets.

Has never met a stranger.

Does not discriminate when passing out the smiles, waves and "hi's".

Be it an elderly lady or a tattooed biker dude.

She loves them all.

And we all love her...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jesse is October's Student of the Month!


...and I have the bumper sticker to prove it!

It was a nice ceremony and his teacher gave a little speech. She said how she had been waiting for Daddy to come home to name Jesse S.O.M. Which was a relief to him because the poor boy was getting so discouraged that he hadn't been picked...in all of what? 2 prior months? LOL! Anyway, she said a lot of nice things about him and then she told everyone about how much Jesse liked Abraham Lincoln. She said "Jesse knows a lot about Abraham Lincoln. Jesse, why don't you share something with all of us?" Swoosh....and she put the microphone up to my 5 year old's face. Without missing a beat he replied..."Abraham Lincoln was our 16th President". It was amazing! If my teacher had done that to me while in Kinder I would have hid behind my Mom and cried. I am so thankful that he is so confident and secure. What a wonderful way to be able to go through school!

We are so proud of our little man. He is smart and happy and just a great little person. And, I think he's pretty cute, too, but I'm just his Mom.

We Love You, Jesse!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day!





My father-in-law, Nacho, joined Sam and I at the boys school yesterday! Jesse had asked him to come speak to his class about being a veteran and Nacho was kind enough to accept. He stopped at our house and picked up Sam and I on his way. We headed to PJ's class first since I had an appointment to teach Junior Achievement. We were a few minutes early so his teacher asked Nacho to speak to her class for a bit while they had their snack. He had brought along a few pictures, so she showed them to the class while he told them about what he had done while in the service. PJ's class was very impressed with all of the places Nacho had lived while in the military. Ms. C pulled down the world map and he spent a couple of minutes pointing at places around the world where he had been. By about the 5th or 6th location you could hear the kids starting to say "whoa!". haha They were very impressed. They asked a few questions and then Nacho sat with Sami while I did the JA lesson.

After 3rd grade we headed to lunch with the kindergarteners! We even sat at the little table with them in the cafeteria. The boys eat at about the same time, so when PJ came in he came and sat with us, too. I thought it was great! Loud and busy, but super fun! While we were eating the kids really wanted to talk to us. They kept telling us little bits of information; they had been talking about veterans and looking at some of the things Jesse had brought in before lunch. The funniest thing, though, was when I heard a little girls voice say "Mr. Nacho? Are you going to go to the playground with us?"

After the kids had a few minutes to run around on the playground they came in and got ready to listen to "Mr. Nacho". Jesse took a bag full of things that his grandfather had given him to school with him that day. They had already seen and talked about all of that, so while we were there Jesse got to stand up front and hold up the pictures Nacho had brought. They were pictures of him in the tower where he was an air traffic controller. The little kids were a bit confused with all the buttons. But mostly, they wanted to know about guns. Guns and uniforms. haha But, mostly guns. Nacho tried to explain to them that the military was formed so that people wouldn't have to fight and use guns, but I'm not sure it went through their little heads. Shortly after he said that one little boy raised his hand and announced that his Dad was a Ninja...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

11 months!


Our sweet Samantha is 11 months old. She is doing so great! She is just a wonderful little person. She loves people. Doesn't know a stranger. And is easily the happiest child I have ever met.

She has discovered that she loves tomato sauce. Lasagna, pizza, ravioli...loves them all. Can't get enough of them. But, she will really eat just about anything.

We are still waiting on her to start moving. She reaches and somehow scoots a few feet over a matter of time. But, no crawling. She just doesn't seem to have anywhere she wants to go. She has a constant stream of live entertainment that comes to her! Why go anywhere when everyone comes to you? :)

Most exciting this month was the fact that Daddy came home! Pete had a mandatory training for work and was gone for 9 long weeks. When he came back it was apparent that Sami did not recognize him. But, it didn't really matter. He carried her through the airport and she made no objection. They spent the remainder of the week getting reacquainted and now you can just see her light up when Daddy is near. So, I guess I am back to being second in line around here!

We are now busy getting ready for her big birthday celebration. I'm working on her invites and her special cupcake dress. I just can't wait!

I'm sure there are many things I forgot to mention, but Daddy's homecoming really was the highlight of our month. And, I seem to have forgotten most everything else because of that.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween 2009


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Miss Samantha in her Halloween outfit at brother's school.

(If you click the picture it will take you to the other Halloween pictures!)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

This is Sam...







Jesse got her for Christmas last year...and I think he likes her. Just a little bit.

Monday, October 12, 2009

10 Months old!


Oops, I'm a little late. (But, the pic was taken on time!) And, I swear she is not a grumpy baby, I think this is her "figuring something out" look.

Miss Samantha is now 10 months old. And, she is wonderful! We are so lucky to have her as our baby. The big kids and I send all day playing and laughing with her. She truly loves her family. And, people in general. She loves to "call" to the little boys she sees in stores, and she will wave goodbye to the cashiers when we leave. She has also started to really like music. She will start bouncing if she hears a song that she likes. I am sure this will make her Dad really happy!

Sam has 3.5 teeth, I think. She's odd in that she doesn't like to pull your finger into her mouth to bite on. She wants me nowhere near her teeth. So, as far as I can tell the bottom tow are in and one top one. I"m guessing the other one is starting to pop through, too. She isn't crawling, but she moves around on her quilt by her toys by reaching really far and then scooting a bit on her bottom. I think. She is however, trying to pull-up on things. She will get on her knees but using toys for leverage and just a few days ago when I was weighing her she tried to pull up to stand!

She is the happiest baby I have ever known! It is rare for her to cry, and when she does it is more of a sad whimper. She enjoys playing on the floor next to her toy baskets. She will dig through them up to her elbows trying to get what she's after. She loves clapping, waving, telling us that she is "sooo big" and she will occasionally sign to me. I was getting more signs last month, though. I think that I need to be more consistent with her on that.

She is eating most anything these days. She loves fruit, and bread. She also enjoys turkey and CHEESE, fishies, crackers, bananas, pancakes and her new love is Stove Top stuffing!

I am so excited to see what is next with this little girl. Her brothers and sister just adore her and I know that they are excited to have her here for the holidays as well. Last year at this time our home was very tense. We knew something wasn't right with her and we were on the verge of starting our many trips to doctors. It was a very stressful time. So, we start this holiday season so grateful that we have our little angel here with us. I can't wait to see how these next few months go with all the kids here, happy and healthy.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I LOVE Dad


I LOVE Dad
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I found this on the calendar, written by my sweet Jesse.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Step Four, Success!


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Step Three


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Step Two


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Step One, sit and smile


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In the middle of a clap.


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This picture cracks me up!

Two Teeth!


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Sweet Jesse and Sami


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Friday, September 18, 2009

See that little boy in the front?


I'd have to say he is the sweetest boy in the world...

This morning while we were in the hurryupandeatandputonyourshoesandgrabyourbackpack rush the boys missed the bus.

PJ didn't take the news so well.

Jesse replied "that's ok, I'll get droved to school".

PJ still wasn't taking the news so well. He earned 5 laps. (his punishment for not controlling his temper is to do laps around the tree in the center of our cul-de-sac.)

So, after he heads out to (hopefully) walk off his anger I say to Jesse "Oh my goodness, Jesse, how in the world do you live with him?"

He stopped eating his pancakes and just smiled... "Cause I love him, Mom".

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

H Info...meeting the plastic surgeon

So, today Sami and I set off for the big city. :) Last week when we met with the pediatric dermatologist she referred us to a plastic surgeon. When I called to make the appointment I realized that her office was in the same building as the perinatologist I had seen for those last months I was pregnant. I thought this was great because I already knew where the building was! However, I wasn't prepared for what happened when I got there. As I turned into the hospital parking lot I almost vomited. Nice. And then, when I pulled into the parking garage I started crying. Who'd have known that was going to happen? ack! So I parked, and then it hit me...I was coming back here WITH my baby, not coming here alone scared to death that something bad was going to happen to her. So, on the way out we stopped by the peri's office and saw my favorite nurse. It was so great seeing her holding Sami!

Anyway, I of course, wasn't sure if I'd like the plastic surgeon - cause I'm just that way with dr's. But, surprisingly I did. She was very smart, kind to Sami and knew a lot about Hemangioma's. She did do that kooky thing that some people do...talking to me through my baby. "sooooo.....what is your name?" I didn't answer because I hadn't figured out what she was doing yet. Then she said "and how old are you?" Ummm...... Then she looked at me and asked how old she was. Oh, then I figured it out. So, we went on. She looked at our beauty spot and we talked for a long while. Her approach is to keep her on the Propranolol until she's 1, come back to see her and then come again every 3 months. She will plan surgery when we have 6 months with no change, good or bad. The reasoning on this is that the less there is of the heman the less invasive the surgery will be. I agree. So, say we go back at 12 months, then 6 months later it is still the same, we may talk about doing it then. However, if after those 6 months it is improving on it's own noticeably we will still wait. I agree. But, then she said that she could be 2,3,4 years old before it would be the right time. And that kids don't gain their self-consciousness until they are 7 anyway. I don't agree. So, all in all I liked her. I liked that she knew what she was talking about - she treats mostly children with facial malformations. She also supervised the pre-surgery treatment of hemangiomas prior to coming here. I have no doubt she knows her stuff.

On the way out as I walked past 2 ladies with an infant carrier. I heard the older one whisper "that's a hamangioma, too". So, I stopped and asked if their baby also had one. He did, right under his eye. He was also a preemie - weighing 4 pounds 1 ounce. He was born at 30 weeks and had a hard time, he spent 10 weeks in the NICU. It was apparent he had other issues, but he was very sweet. As I walked away I thought how lucky we were that Sami was and is so healthy. This hemangioma is NOTHING compared to what could have been. We are so lucky.

I have mentioned before that we are talking through email and phone with a surgeon in CA. He wants to do the surgery now, or before 14-15 months. He is well-known and respected in his field. I talked to him and loved him. And, I know a couple moms who have been to him and had him remove their childrens hemangiomas.

So, the dilemma is who/what to go forward with...

On a lighter note I was thouroughly annoyed when I left the parking garage. I was TWO minutes over on my time and had not gotten my ticket validated. So, of course, they were going to charge me $1.50. At this point I had visions of pulling a Frasier (ever see that episode where he's being charged for 2 minutes and refuses to pay?). Instead I asked her if we couldn't just pretend I had gotten it validated? Nope? Well, I told her I had no money, just a debit card. So, she tells me to give her my license and she'd give me a "promise to pay" coupon. Well, my wallet was in the diaper bag in the back of the truck. And, when I went to open my door to go get it I couldn't get out because I was too close to her little ticket booth. So, she waves out the window for the car behind me to back up. I have to back up, get out, get my wallet and drive back up to her. So, just because I was feeling spiteful when she handed me my ticket to sign I wrote Angelina Jolie...

Monday, September 14, 2009

My sweet girls...


They adore each other...and I adore them.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Sweet Sami


Sweet Sami
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The sweetest laugh...


The sweetest laugh...
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My Sweet Face


My Sweet Face
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9 months old


Miss Samantha is 9 months old today. She is just the light of my life. I can't imagine starting my day without being greeted by her big, gummy smile. She has come so far in this last month. She is sitting up so straight and tall. She will pivot side to side and reach out to get a toy. She also holds herself up with her arms if she starts to tip. She has started saying more little words. DaDa and Tay are her favorites. She is eating more and more these days. I'm letting her try table foods and she is loving them. She even had some Spanish rice at the restaurant the other night! She loves her family and most everybody. She is literally the most happy child I have ever met in my life. She smiles and coos at everyone in the store and is very, very interested in little boys. I can tell she misses her brothers very much when they are at school. When we go out and she sees a little boys she tries so hard to get his attention so that he will interact with her. I am just so lucky to be her Mommy!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sami's new bling!



Yesterday Gramma came out to spend the day with Miss Samantha (oh, and us, too!). She brought along with her Sami's new bracelet's! She had given her the ID bracelet a couple of weeks ago, but it was a tiny bit too big, so she had to have her jeweler shorten it. It is absolutely gorgeous! She also brought her another bracelet! It was made from one of Gramma's favorite bracelets that had broken. It is so pretty, kind of a twisted rope chain. Both are so light that she doesn't really even know they are there. She did fuss with them a bit yesterday whenever she noticed them but today she hasn't touched them.

When Gramma got to our house we loaded up and headed to the mall. We dropped Sam's bracelet off to be engraved and then did some shopping and had some lunch. We headed back home just in time to get the boys off their bus and let the baby have a nap. When she woke up we headed to dinner with all the kids and them did some shopping in town here. By the time we got home we were all pooped. But, as Jesse said..."This was the best day ever!"

Friday, August 28, 2009

H Info...



I wanted to post some pics of our good friend Mr. H. Or Cindy. Or Mr. Happy Spot. Or whatever you feel like calling him. Or her. Anyway, I've been conversing with a Dr. who is very well known for his treatment of these birthmarks and he has requested I send him pictures every month. So, I was getting my pictures ready today and I think I can see a definite change. Of course, lighting and editing and all that good stuff will mess with the pictures, but the general size looks different to me. I was pretty sure I was seeing changes recently, but I always second guess myself.

The set of three were taken July 15th. The set of two were about the 22nd of August.

So, what do you think? Can you see any changes? Am I imagining it?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ice Blocking






Last night Aunt Cristal arranged an Ice Blocking Adventure for all the cousins. We met up at a park armed with ice blocks, towels, pizza, chips, watermelon and monkey bread. And, with monkey bread in the mix how can you have a bad time?

For the last few days while we had been planning and talking about going the kids were just baffled. They could not understand how this was all going to work. There were a million questions, tons of head scratching and finally PJ said..."Well, I'll believe it when I see it." Needless to say, he believed it...and he loved it.

Size 3 diapers!


Miss Samantha and I ventured out to Costco yesterday in search of diapers. And, I am proud to say that she is now wearing size 3's! She's still a little under the weight recommendation, but when I realized I was going to have to buy a box containing a gazillion diapers I decided to buy a bit big. Apparently, she thinks that it is hilarious to have a box of diapers that is bigger than she is.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday, 8/20/09





Today Sami and I ventured off to Ikea with Aunt Cristal and Cousin Ryan. Of course, I went after nothing in particular and ended up with lots. All NEEDED things I might add...(for the benefit of my husband!)

Jesse's big news of the day is that he finally got all his punches. And, he clarifies this by saying that "Mrs. Velazquez would not really punch us." He was so excited! They each have a card and Mrs. V will punch it when she catches them being good. I assume there is a treat involved but he was too excited to explain is clearly...I believe I heard something about a treasure box.

PJ is doing awesome in reading! I have started tutoring him every night and I can see improvement already. His big achievement of the day (for me) was that he came home, did his homework, checked off all the boxes on his job chart and then asked to go out to play. I think I heard angels singing!

Miss Taylor was also very happy today. She only missed 2 on her math test! She was soooooo happy! And, I was very proud of her - I have a fondness for math. She is very good at is as well, she just thinks too much. It's hard for her not to be analyzing it to death and just to do it. hmmm...wonder where she gets that from? haha

And, Miss Samantha...my sweet face. Happy as a clam. Loves every minute of her life. Had a blast shopping and eating lunch with her cousin Ryan. I think she's still trying to figure him out. She's not used to such small boys. Usually the ones that she sees are up and running around yelling. She was so funny at dinner tonight. Would not take the baby food carrots from me, but when I gave her some cooked cubed ones she snatched them up! Silly girl! She is also trying to figure out this whole phone deal. She can't seem to understand where Dada is. She will just sit and stare at the phone when he's talking to her, but then when I'm on the phone with anyone else she just babbles away..."dadadadada".

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Miss Samantha


Miss Samantha
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Miss Samantha


Miss Samantha
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Miss Samantha


Miss Samantha
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Oh, the summer night Has a smile of light And she sits on a sapphire throne. ~Barry Cornwall

Sami has discovered she absolutely loves swinging. I started taking her out a bit a few weeks ago, but lately it's Jesse who wants her to go out so he can push her. She loves it! Of course, I think he probably pushes a bit too hard, but she doesn't seem to mind at all. In fact, I think that the harder he pushes the harder she laughs.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Just some chit-chat...

The big kids have headed off to school. Tay to 7th grade, PJ to 3rd and my baby, Jesse to Kinder. All is going well.

Tay is doing well, seeming to enjoy herself. But, she is like her Dad that way. You can never quite tell because they are so easy going that they just go with the flow. She is at a new school and it is beautiful! Looks like you are on a college campus! Really nice! She is in Honors math and Language Arts again, and her elective this semester is Photojournalism. She has very nice teachers - although, of course, she had opinions about some of them. haha Her new school is a "Backpack Free" school. I'm not really sure why this is, but it is a little hard for her to get used to. She has to carry a really big binder that zips all the way around. So, being as there are no backpacks, there are no books to carry home. Which means that all her books are online. Fortunately, when Gramma and Tata heard about this they decided that Taylor deserved a brand new laptop! And, it's purple, too! Such a generous gift - but there is nobody in the world that deserves it more. Taylor is just amazing in all that she does!

PJ has a tough teacher this year. This is the same teacher that Tay had for 3rd grade. And, Tay spent 2 weeks crying and refusing to go to school. So, that tells you how bad it was! Once I figured out the problem, though, and talked to the teacher I realized that she was the nicest person in the entire world. She just has very high expectations. But, we have high expectations for the kids, too. So, when I saw her name as PJ's teacher I was thrilled. A little nervous, but really happy. And, it seems to be working out really well. He loves her structure and the rules. He was happy as can be to have to write up his behavior contract and have me sign it.

Mr. Jesse is loving Kindergarten. However, he has been sick and missed all this week so far. I was hoping he'd be going in today, but when I woke him up he said he thought he shouldn't go. hmmm.... We'll see. We were at the Dr. on Tuesday and he has Croup. Which, I thought only babies got, but I guess not. Anyway, he enjoyed Kinder while he was there. haha He was Star Student the first full week of class and he really liked that. He got to be line leader and do lots of special things in the classroom. However, he also had to have something to bring in to the class everyday. Which, made me the Star Mommy, I guess. And, it was a lot of work being Star Mommy!

Miss Samantha is all of a sudden doing everything! She is sitting up, and when I'm not looking she'll somehow dive to her belly and to the side. I haven't figured out how she's doing this yet, but I'm anxious to see her in action. She is eating very well, too. She loves most anything, but these days her favorites are applesauce, sweet potatoes and baby Goldfish. This week she also started doing a lot of talking. She is saying Dada, TayTay, and PJ swears he hear her say "phooey". I'm not so sure about that one, but whatever. She also has discovered her love of shoes. Mostly her Dad's shoes. I think that this is because he's the only (weird) person who wears shoes in the house. haha He'll be holding her and all of a sudden she's bent in half looking down at his feet. It's really funny!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Such a big girl!

All of a sudden my tiny baby is doing things that a giant baby should do! She has *almost* mastered picking things up and getting them into her mouth. As long as she is not mobile I guess I won't have to worry quite so much, but yesterday as she was sitting on her quilt with some toys I looked over and she was raising her hand to her mouth like she was eating something. Of course, I thought she had found something and ran over to check it out. Turns out her quilt has these little "ties" on it and she thought she was picking them up and putting them in her mouth. It was so funny to watch!

Friday, July 24, 2009

4th of July










I know, I fell of the blogging bandwagon again, but I'm trying...

Fourth of July this year we all headed to a park in Chandler. There were tons of people! They had bouncies and games for the kids, but the lines were sooo long that we only ended up doing one. The boys were just happy to be with their cousins! We all pitched in a packed a picnic dinner and waited for the fireworks while the boys ran around in the grass and on the nearby playground. Miss Samantha was an angel as usual. She loved being with everyone and seeing what was going on. When it came time for fireworks she settled back onto my chest, watched a few and then decided to take a snooze. Pete and I just sat back and laughed at how lucky we are to have her!