Saturday, April 7, 2012

Christopher is THREE!



My son, my BABY, is three.

 It happened just a few days ago, on the 5th! He is growing like a weed. It seems like yesterday he was a newborn, and I was afraid to let anyone touch him. Especially my husband. I don't know what it was, but I am sure many moms have felt that way, if I wasn't IN THAT ROOM, no one could do it right when it came to my baby.

Now? He goes to daycare five days a week, spends weekends and nights over and his grandparents, some of them HOURS away.

He has really become his own too. He has such a personality. Sassy, smart, very imaginative, and independent.
He loves superheros still, music, Power Rangers, Dora and Diego. He likes to read and go to the park. His two best friends are Holden and Noah, and a little girl named Anastasia follows him around.

Having him has been the most amazing experience and has made my life so much fun and full of meaning. I love my son so much, it's hard to describe.

The only thing missing is his little sister (or brother)! But that is still in the future, Josh needs to finish school first at least!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine Cards!

This year is the first year that Christopher is going to be having a Valentine party at school! I was so excited that we could do Valentine cards and let him pick out what kind he wanted (Transformers). But after we got home, I wasn't really feeling the box card kit after all. Well, Pinterest to the rescue. I pinned this idea a while back and decided to try it out.

Melted heart crayons, attached to a home-made card. I bought new crayons and already had all the other stuff I needed: paper, yarn, glue gun, and the silicon heart shaped bake ware.

There actually very easy to do. The worst part is removing the wrappers off the crayons.

Now, you can do them however you want, rainbow colored or same colored; like mine. Just chop them up and fill the hearts. Bake for about 15 min at 350. Let them cool for 15 to 20 min and then pop them out. Wrap some thread and glue them to the paper.

Super cute and perfect for kids!

Monday, February 6, 2012

New Year, New Place, New Start!

Two months!
It has been two months that I have been gone from the blogsphere!
I missed it. Things have been CRAZY.

Since my last post the following things have happened:
  • Josh started school at MediaTech Institute. It is a super cool place for Audio Engineering, and I am so happy and excited for him.
  • Christopher started school and Ireland's Kingdom Pre-school. It is a nice little place in the heart of old town Pflugerville, TX and he LOVES it. He is friends with every kid in the class and they get excited when they see him come in in the morning.
  • I started another semester at Austin Community College . I am taking classes on campus and online.
  • I have also left my job at Alamo Drafthouse. But I am looking for a new job, and have a few interviews lined up.
  • Last, but not least, we moved!
 My husband and I have always lived as cost effective as we could, like many people everywhere, but a combination of slow season/not getting hours and unanticipated bills and costs brought us to the most difficult time of our lives together. We always seem to hit bump every few years and with a combination of hope, optimism, and amazing family; have always gotten through it. Mostly from our amazing family.
This time was no different. While we were busy knocking our heads together trying to figure out a new budget so that we would be able to afford the both of us going to school, working less, and paying daycare, Josh's Aunt was thinking of her own way to help us out.
You see, she recently moved in with her boyfriend of many years, but still wanted to keep her home. It has been her home for the last 20+ years. I am sure you have put it together. She graciously offered her home to us. And not only did she offer us a place to live, but at a price that we were able to afford in our budget. Our family has always been generous and helpful, but this, even over a month later, still renders me speechless.

We moved in right away and living in a house is more amazing than I remember! I am in love with it! I have always loved her home, and being able to come here every night and see my son and dog in the backyard is such a joy.

Not to mention my new kitchen!!!! It is so AWESOME.

I can go on and on with the house, but instead of words, let me show you a few pictures.

It has been so wonderful so far and I am so thankful for the help and graciousness of Josh's Aunt.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Soap and Reindeer

As I am posting gifts that I am giving my family, I can only hope that they might actually NOT read this right away. :D But I just loved how these turned out!

It has been a DIY season this year, I am trying to not spend money that I don't have and this is totally awesome.

Now don't mind the dirty table behind him. He was the first one I did and I also have a list of things to do that are very long, so I'm a little messy right now.

How did I do this you ask? I'll show you!

First I made soap. But you don't need to make your own to do this, you just need a bar of soap. I mean, I guess you could do this around anything soap shaped too.

But let's just say soap.

You will need the following:
Pipe Cleaners
Wiggle Eyes
Red Pom Poms
Jingle Bells
Cup Towels
Hot Glue Gun with Glue.

First you wrap up the soap, leaving out two sides to make the ears:
I had the top of my towel folded so I could make sure the layers over lapped on the top of the soap.

Next you I bunched up the sides, inserted the pipe cleaners, and tied a ribbon around it:
You could hot glue the pip cleaners, but I wanted to use as little glue as I could.

Now you get the hot glue out!
Add hot glue to the googly eyes and put them right where the towel begins to curve.
Then glue the red pom pom for it's nose.

The Pipe cleaners will become your antlers, so you need to bend them around to form them. I went with three prongs on each antler.

The last step is gluing up jingle bells. One for each pong and one in the middle. Be careful with the hot glue, the jingle bells are small and when you hold them, it's pretty much guaranteed that you will get some glue on your fingers, so work quickly.
Then you will have a cute little reindeer as the wrap for your awesome homemade soap (or whatever you decided to wrap).

I also recommend a little tag. Glue it between the ribbon and ear. Mine is just labels the sent of the soap, and I made out who its to on a sticker on and added that to the bottom of it.

Super Cute!
I hope you enjoy and try it out, they are fun and easy to make!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Wedding Anniversary

Today, November 19th 2011, I have been a Mrs. for three years.
I remember my wedding day like it was yesterday.

I was halfway through my pregnancy, so I had to find a dress that could hide the bump as well as possible. I didn't really want my pictures to have a big ol' belly. The song we danced to was "18th Floor Balcony" by Blue October. We got married at Chapel Dulcinea and it was wonderful.

Since we got married we have and experienced many things.
The day after we got married we found out we were going to have a boy.
My husband had to try not to leap out of his chair and fist pump the air.
I started crying from happiness and couldn't stop the entire ultrasound.
The technician even asked me if I was okay.
This is from before we found out what we were having, but it was all I could find at the moment.
We went to Las Vegas for our honeymoon, a trip the Josh won at his job. Our first time on a vacation together, and Josh's very first time on a plane. Although the trip was free, we still spent $800 dollars. Heehee.

 After spending 24 hours in pre-labor and 18 hours in labor, I gave birth to our son Christopher James on April 5th, 2009. By far the best and most important thing of our marriage was this event. Nothing can compare to become parents. My love for husband grew ten fold when I watched him become a father.

This is him at 6 weeks old. I am only going to post this, I already bombard this blog with his pictures.
After our son was born, time went so fast and suddenly we were celebrating our 1st Anniversary.
Our routine as a couple was set and we were no longer considered newlyweds. We had a few times when things got a little hard and there was stress put onto our relationship, but we were able to overcome them and grow stronger.

Then our 2nd Anniversary passed and we felt like an old married couple. Our schedules became so hectic. We worked opposite schedules and I started going to school. But we have figured out a way to make sure we still spend time together.

Now we have come to our 3rd Anniversary. Statistically speaking we are now at a 30% less chance of getting a divorce. We are considered a successful couple. All I can say is that I am more in love Josh today than I was when I saw him at the end of the Aisle. There are definitely things about him that bug the crap outta me, but it doesn't stop my love for him.

And he loves me too. He sticks by me, even when I am in the middle of my crazies. He will taste the random food "ideas" I make, and even like a few of them. He tolerates it when I pull out a camera because I "have to have a picture". Like these ones I took today:

Now those are the originals, taken by my lovely brother-in-law, but I LOVE LOVE the following edits.
I am a member of a social network for moms called Baby Gaga and some lovely moms edited the picture for me. I am going to be taking a photography class in January, so until then I need a ton of help. I couldn't choose just one, so I am posting all of them!

This one is by



Last one!

Thanks to all those Mommas!

I look forward to all the future years I have with my husband and all our next Anniversaries.

I love you Josh, you are my second half.

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