Tuesday, December 31, 2013


This year was Jack's first Christmas and he was ready for it! We've had the tree up for a month, we moved all the decorations from the bottom and for the most part he stayed away from it. For the most part. He has been a walking little man for a few months now and he is only getting better and faster! Victor's hotel hosted a Holiday party for their employees so we had a fancy night out and left the kiddo's at home with Auntie Crystal. It was such a nice night! The people he works with are really great, and the hotel spears no cost to put on a great party. Dinner, dancing, casino, drinks, photo booth, all kinds of fun stuff to do! This was the only picture I took all night. Lame I know! I wore lipstick and my Grandma's pearls and this is the only picture I have to show for it!

Christmas eve is always spent at Grandma's house eating tamales, playing games and then opening presents with all the kids. It's something I look forward to every year since I met Victor.
There was a very serious game of domino's going on and Alana was keeping score for the first round. She decided she wanted to play the second round and won the first two games. Playing with experts with years of experience. She is awesome! She loves to play games and does really well at them!

We exchanged gifts and then headed home to put together Jack's bike and pull out all of the stuff from Santa! This year Alana really wanted a Barbie that rides the horse. We decided to get Jack this cute Radio Flyer bike that we can push him in and then he can ride on his own when he learns. Finally about 1am Victor and I were done and headed to bed!

The sun came out and no sign of Alana! Finally about 8am she woke up... at her age we were up before the sun to see what Santa brought us and then we would have to wait for the sun to come up before we could go wake my parents up! Some of her favorite presents of the morning were from Aunt Ashley and Amy, and Auntie Crystal! This crazy kitty cat that she wanted had been wrapped and meowing all week long every time you turned on and off the kitchen light. We tried hard to play it off like we didn't hear it. Alana swore there was a cat in the kitchen, after a few days she even put two and two together and realized it was the one she had seen and wanted at the store before. I played it off like dad wrapped all the presents so I didn't know. HA! She is a smart girl though!

After the kids were done opening it was my turn! We got Victor a nice Angels watch and new Angels Leather wallet! He loved it! But then it was my turn. I had two boxes, the first I opened and it looked like a Camel back for hiking. I was happy about it, I thought it might be a good chance to get out and start hiking! Victor saw the look of confusion on my face and said it was a new diaper bag. Hmmmm... Then I flipped over the tag and it said camera bag! OH BUDDY! Bring on the camera! I couldn't wait to get it in my hot little hands! I couldn't believe that after millions of years of wanting a professional camera I had one! Victor has always been a great gift giver (well before we had kids) but this year takes the cake for sure! Thank you my love! I always borrow my sisters and now I have one of my own! Don't get me wrong, my little 5 year old point and shot still works, but I've wanted a Cannon for awhile now! They just take the best quality pictures! Can't wait to post some pics I've taken with it!

The rest of the morning we headed out to Corona to do Christmas with my side of the family. We had the best breakfast ever that my sester made, we exchanged gifts, played a few rounds of Apples to Apples and then headed back home. I love Christmas morning with my sisters and dad. We are just missing my mom to make it complete. It always seems like something is missing, we all know what it is... but I know she is there with us.
Victor had to work Christmas evening so me and the kids visited our Garcia family for awhile before we turned in for the night! It was a beautiful day, 80 degrees, you really couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Christmas day! So thankful to everyone in our family on both sides for making this a great Christmas for the kids! I saw a friend post the other day on FB saying that she thought she loved Christmas so much as a child. Then he had children and it's even better! It's so totally true for me! They make my morning! Watching them open gifts and get so excited about them, it's beautiful! Alana is working on her thank you letters. It's a great way to practice her spelling and writing that she is so good at, while on break from school!

Alana and I had a girls movie day with Crystal and went to see Frozen! Such a great movie, can't wait for that to come out on Blu-ray!

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Greats!

I am totally ashamed to say that Jack was 11 months old before he meet his Great Grandparents for the first time! What a horrible grand daughter I am! We tried to head out to see them a few months back and it just didn't work out. Victor and I both had a day off and decided we were just going to drive out there! So we did, finally! Jack got to meet his Great Grandparents! It was so nice to see them, and I will make sure that another year doesn't pass by before we see them again!

Love this picture of Jack just looking up at his Great Grandpa Andy!

The babes with Great Grandma

And Great Granpa

One of my favorite parts of visiting has always been the lake! The deck and the dock that sits on the lake. Hopefully sometime this summer we will get out on a boat ride with the kids.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Breakfast with Santa

This year, like last we got to have Breakfast with Santa at Victor's hotel on the beach! It was fun to get the kids dressed up and put them on Santa's lap! Alana told Santa she wants a barbie house and the Barbie with a horse... Looks like it's going to be a barbie Christmas this year! I was a bit nervous about Jack. Although Alana never did it, I have seen tons of kids scream their heads off on Santa's lap. We sent Alana up first so she could talk to him in peace and then I dropped Jack off on his lap next to Alana and he looked up at him, and just stared. He look at us calling his name and never cracked a smile but never was scared either! Worked out perfectly for his first time on Santa's lap. (Ok, well second time, but it doesn't count if Grandma takes you and doesn't even tell me.. Not so happy about that)

He is a serious man! But my babes did look adorable all dressed up! They enjoyed the pancakes and the drive to Daddy's hotel. Always enjoyable! Adult party next week which was pretty awesome last year, so I'm expecting it to be just as awesome this year. (Plus I won't be "about to pop" as I was last year).

My handsome boys!

Me and my sweet Christmas babes!

Santa by the beach!

Happy boy! 11 Months old

Rosie Posey!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Smart Girl

Alana received an award this week at school! Kindergarten has been pretty easy for her so far, she is doing really good in her class. Victor goes once a week to volunteer in her class and with a quick change of plans last week, I got to go in his place for that day! It was so interesting to see the different levels of kids in her class. From the kid that can barely spell "and", to the kid that needed no help to spell "hospital". Crazy! Out of about the 15 kids that were there, I was very happy to see Alana in the top 5 of those 15. She is a smart girl and loves to "play that game". It's really me asking her how to spell things and what sounds letters make. She loves to play it!
I left work and ran home to see her get her award, we had no idea what it was for. Every quarter the teacher picks out a few of the kids and they have an awards assembly. Alana received an award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Language Arts! She was very proud and so happy we all came to cheer her on! She took a picture with the principal (which is fun for her at this age). So happy she is doing so well and I pray she always loves school this much!

Alana and her friend Hayden

Proud girl
Some cute on-lookers

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

O' Christmas tree

Needless to say, Jack didn't understand why we were picking out a tree for Christmas. He had pretty much zero interest in it this year. He stood and looked around as to say, what are we doing here? It was a really chilly night but we picked out Alana's favorite tree! She couldn't wait to get home and decorate it! Her favorite part is putting on the tree topper. She keeps saying "putting up the star" but our tree topper is Mickey and Minnie. Although we may just let her pick out her favorite star this year to buy! Good ole Home Depot has the best trees at such a great price, so instead of going to one of those Christmas tree farms, which is fun, but expensive, we head over to Home Depot to pick out a great tree! Hopefully next year Jack will be more into picking the "one" out.

Taking out all of the ornaments and placing them on the tree was less fun this year. Jack can pretty much reach the bottom foot of the tree and wants to pull everything off. So I decided that I was not going to put anything no the tree that could be broken. I have a lot of glass ornaments that I don't want to fall off the tree and break, so I just didn't put them up. Although I am pretty good at watching Jack around the tree, I am not there 100% of the time, so this year I skipped all of my breakables!

What are we doing here mom?
No, seriously, what is up with all of these trees?
My happy place!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

18 years!

Gosh time flies! I know this first hand with my kids, but to know that my first baby niece turned 18 this month really puts time into perspective! I was 15 when she was born. She lived with us at home so it was pretty awesome to get to be part of her first years! She will be graduating high school this year which will for sure bring me to tears! Her boyfriend wanted to throw her a party for her birthday so we jumped on it and threw her a party! We decorated Mat's backyard, brought in some food and music and she had fun with a small group of friends! She seemed to have a lot of fun! Happy 18th birthday Hailey! You will still always be my dork! I love you!

My awesome banner I made!

18 Years old!

Nothing too fancy, just done Harp style

Kids these days :)

My beautiful baby niece!

So grown up now with a boyfriend and all.

Monday, November 25, 2013


Every day this month on FB, people have been posting what they are thankful for. Some are kinda crazy and some are nice to read. I decided to not put them on FB, but to post them here where I can come back in 6 months and remember what I am thankful for.

This is not everything I am thankful for, but these are the top most important things:

1. God – I wonder sometimes where I would be without him. I don’t always feel close to him, but I know when I need him he is there for me. He has helped me through so many hard times, and has been present through so many good ones. I am thankful he is there for me every time I turn to him and even when I don’t. I need to be closer and talk to him more, but I am O so thankful for him. Thankful that he died for me.
2. My Alana Rosie – She is the sweetest 5 year old I know. She is caring, loving, and so kind. I see myself having the same relationship with her as I had with my mom. I hope she will be my best girl forever! I know when they turn into teens they can be a handful, but I pray she always stay close with me.
3. My little buddy Jack – I am thankful to God that he blessed me with a little boy. He is so completely different from Alana, the last 10 months has been very challenging, throwing another kid into the mix sure changes everything. But every day I am thankful for his love of his mama. I am thankful for every time he wants to be in my arms and cuddle with me.
4. Victor – I am so thankful for my husband. It’s been 10 years this month. We have had a lot of ups and downs but we have stuck through it and came out so much better on this end of it. He works so hard for us in everything he does. The days I come home to a super clean house when laundry is done, it means so much to me! He really does share the parenting with me 50%. I never thought I would say that, but it has been amazing to share my life and children with him. I am thankful in so many ways to have him as a husband! I do pray that when we are old, we are out sitting on our porch having coffee watching our grandchildren play.
5. My children are healthy – I know this sounds kind of broad, but I am so thankful that both of my babies are healthy, growing strong and have no health issues. Sometimes I look at some of my friends that have a child with a disease or I hear a story about a child and I just stop and pray for them and then give thanks to God for giving me healthy children! I am not sure I could handle it any other way, and I know God knew that when he gave them to me.
6. My job – I recently changed jobs and I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have found. There have a been so many times that I have not enjoyed my job for one reason or another, but I am so happy to be in a position that I get to make that choice to leave a company for another. I am thankful of the choices that have been put in front of me. I have met so many awesome people through my life at each job, I am ever so grateful for that. My job helps to keep the house over our head and the clothes on our back. It helps to put food in our mouth and I am very happy to have a job, not only that I enjoy but that has many benefits to my life.
7. My sisters – I am thankful to have two sisters. Growing up we loved and hated each other and now as grown-ups we do the same, but I love them both dearly! I am grateful to have a good relationship with them and their daughters. They may not always be around, but they sure are there when I need them. I am thankful to have Julie as an older sister that has taught me so much. Sometimes I think she made mistakes in life so that I could learn from them! I am thankful to her for silently being there for me when I need her! I am so grateful to have my little sister Jacquie! She has always been right at my side when I needed her the most! Believe it or not, we think a lot alike. From the time my mom was dying, to being there for me when my children were born. She has helped me through so much in life. I am thankful to have two sisters to lean on when I need to!
8. My In-Laws – Gosh, some people hate their in-laws and have such a horrible relationship with them. I couldn’t be more thankful for mine! I may not be able to understand my father in law half the time he mumbles to me, but the love he shows my children just blows me away. The love he has for all of his grandchildren is amazing to me. Victor was really young when he met Oscar, but Oscar has always treated Victor as his own. He is Victor’s dad and that is that. We are lucky to have such a wonderful loving man in our lives that my kids and my husband look up to! What can I even say about my mother in law? I love her so much. She is so kind, selfless and loving. She treats my babies like her own. She takes care of my children like no other woman ever could. She does everything, she cooks everything, she cleans everything, she just DOES! She is amazing and I am so thankful for her. She cares so much for me and would do anything in the world for us, it amazes me. I am really thankful for her every single day. I don’t find many way to tell her how much she means, but I should try more often!
9. My Mom – Even though she is no longer here, I am so thankful to have her in my life for as long as I did. She was my best friend and such a great role model to me. She really did teach me so much and was always there to support me. I am so very thankful for the time God allowed me to have her on earth.
10. My dad – When I was a little girl I would always hear noises in the middle of the night and I would swear someone was trying to break into our house. I was about 4 and 5 years old when Richard Ramirez, the night stalker was in the news and I just knew he was coming to my house! Even after he had been caught I still had such bad dreams and freaked out every time I heard a noise in the house. The reason I tell this story is because my dad was my protector! When I would wake up in the middle of the night because I heard something, I would be frozen in fear laying in my bed. It would either take me about 10 minutes (which feels like a lifetime when you are little) or I would hear another noise and then I would be able to unfreeze and hop out of bed and go get my dad. I remember I would run my fingers across the bed frame at the foot of the bed and make my way around to my dads side, just to tell him I heard a scary noise and I think someone is in the house. He would get out of bed, grab his bat behind his bedroom door and go investigate for me. Of course there was never anyone in the house, but each time we would never hesitate to grab that bat and look just to make me feel better. I grew up with him as my protector and even to this day he looks out for me. In his own sort of way. I am very thankful to be close to my dad growing up. He has always been such a man of strong faith and I am so grateful for that! A girls first love is her daddy, that’s for sure!
11. This Blog – Although this is a place you may stop by ever so often, or maybe this is your first time reading my crazy words, this blog has been amazing to have! I am so thankful to have a place that I can document my best and worst times. I can write and re-write my stories, my memories, post pictures of all that happens in my life. There have been SO many times that I have said, I don’t remember when that was, let me check my blog. This blog has been an outlet for me, a support group for me. A place that I don’t feel judged. It’s just a blog, but I am very thankful to have a place that I can type my words out of my head! That being said, I am also very thankful that I get to stay in touch with people through blogs. I love to read other people’s stories and see pictures and the thoughts in their head! To be able to give my friends and family a place to check so they know what’s going on and can see the latest pics of the fam. (If I stop lagging and post them).
12. Music – I am very thankful that music is such a big part of my life! Almost every moment I am awake I am listening to some kind of music! My hubs shares the same love of music and therefor we have passed it onto our kids. Alana is only 5 and she knows more Michael Jackson and Beatles songs than you probably do! Our love of music is awesome! Some days it cheers me up, some days it makes me cry. Some days I just go home and put on my mom’s old Beatles Rubber Soul album and watch Alana dance to it, feels my heart with joy! Music is amazing and I am so thankful to the people who have made and continue to make it!
13. My church – A few years ago we became a member of NOCC. It was right down the street from our new house so we decided to try it! We loved it! They were so very welcoming to us and invited us to come back. So we did! We have been a member there for about 2 years now. I am so thankful for the leadership and the great decisions they make there. I am very thankful for the friends and families I have met there! The people there are so nice, and really reach out to us right when we need it! I am so thankful to have a place that I love to go to and worship.
14. My friends – Yep, I’m gonna lump ya’all into one. ONLY because I could really go on and on about my friends! I am thankful for the few that are super near and dear to me. The ones I talk to on a daily basis, the ones I talk to once a week and even the ones that I only keep up with on FB or through a few texts every now and then. Each friend in my life is really important to me! Each one is in my life for a reason! There are a few out there that I miss as a friend and wish we could be close again, but each in time I’m sure. I am thankful for my friends that support me. That let me cry on their shoulder, that let me vent. I am thankful that after all of that, they stick around. I am thankful for the ones who call me when they need something. Thankful for the ones who just need a night out and I can be there for them. Or the ones that just need some baby love. Close or not so close, I am thankful for each of them, for their love and support to me and my family!

10.5 Months

One day he took a step or two and the next hour he was a walking boy! He's been so ready to walk for a month now so I knew it was only a matter of time. Everybody thinks it's so early, but Alana started walking at 10.5 months to so I assume it would be the same for Jack!

He doesn't talk all that much, he says mama, but that's about it. He baby babbles, but I guess with Alana for a sister he really won't need to talk much. He eats everything in sight! There's not one thing that I've given him that he won't eat. I only don't give him shellfish, sugar and peanut butter. Other than that, he eats meat, pasta, every fruit and every veggie I give him. I am lovin that! We don't need to buy him baby food anymore!

He is still the biggest snuggle bug! He loves to cuddle and sit in my lap and hug me! He is super sweet. If we go somewhere that he is not familiar with, he will just stop and look around. It's like he is just taking it all in. He has such a serious face most of the time. But when you get him laughing he is hilarious! I can always leave it up to Alana to make him smile or laugh. No matter what she does, he thinks it's so funny! The love between the two of them is awesome right now. Gosh I hope they are always this close. Dreaming, I know.... but I am enjoying it right now!

I HATE to compare, but by this age Alana was sleeping well through the night. Jack, no so much! I have started a new routine this week that has him sleeping through the night, but only time will tell. I need my dang sleep!!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Laguna Love

Every few months we get to go with Daddy to his hotel and spend the night! We love it, we get VIP treatment and everyone loves to see the kids! We had some beautiful weather this time and we were able to spend time in the pool and on the beach! Yay for Daddy's hotel! Love these babes!