Monday, November 24, 2008


Today I went to see Twilight with my mom and sisters and one of my cousins. We like it but because of who we are, we spent a lot of our time in the theatre cracking jokes and laughing about little things here and there we would catch that were funny. My mom hasn't read the book so she kept leaning over and asking us, "Was this part in the book?" At the part where the Cullens are introduced to the story she leaned over and made the comment, "Those people look like vampires..." She left the theatre to take a phone call and when she got back she caught the last end of Edward telling Bella that she is his drug of choice and so she mostly just caught the word heroin and was asking us during the movie if drugs are in the book.... "No, mom... He is addicted to being with her, like a drug addict addicted to drugs...." We had a great time. Good way to end the day. My sister Sarah and I went to lunch today at the Sage. If anyone goes to McMinnville, Oregon, they need to go there for lunch. Best marinated mushroom salad dressing ever. I want to go back tomorrow for another salad. Dad watched all the kids while we were gone. That was my three, Sarah's one, three foster kids, and two of his own little ones. It was him and the kids until Ryan arrived at 6pm to help him out. Somehow they managed to have all the kids but one fed, dressed and asleep by the time we were home. Mom should go out with us more often. She deserves that kind of break!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I guess this is a Flashback.... Well, since in Enrichment yesterday we did an activity where we picked a penny from a dish and told about what we were doing in that year that what printed on the penny... here are a couple pictures from that year. 2001. I was pretty crazy, and as the women at Enrichement learned, I have had a lot of different hair colors. Sorry guys, no pictures of the rainbow colors. I actually didnt own a camera during that period of time :) Lucky me..

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Question about Gifts!


What gift(s) did you handmake for others last Christmas? What was the handmade gift you are most proud of (any year/holiday/occasion)?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Today is Nicks Birthday!

We started this weekend on Saturday with a trip to the Tempe Marketplace. The kids had a lot of fun playing in the water and we bought presents for Nick. Then we went to Red Robin for lunch. We had a fun day.

For Nicks birthday I made him a Harley-Davidson cake. He wants a motorcycle but we can't afford one so we got him the next best thing, the chocolate cake version!

Nick's parents got him a remote control helecopter and accessories. I got him a Hurley backpack and Julian got him cologne and a shirt.

Nick blew out all his candles so I guess his wish will come true. I bet he wished for a Harley, because that one already came true (mmmmm chocolate!).

Friday, November 14, 2008

Oh I just had to go and look at Amy's blog.... Thanks Amy, I have now organized my pictures into folders because before they were all just a mess of pictures in the picture folder. So I guess this means I was tagged, and so are you (anyone who may possibly be reading my blog). The rules are you post the 4th pictures of the 4th folder, 8th picture in the 8th folder, 12th picture in the 12th folder and the 16th picture in the 16th folder. I dont have 16 folders though and some folders are family history documents and such so here are four pictures randomly from four random folders: This is a picture of my Sister Sarah and her baby Jonathan. I have a folder of her photography on my computer because I'm working on a web page for her photography business. The kids were in the bath one day with their new bath paints and we decided to say hi to dad at work. I took this on my cell phone.This is a picture of Carmen and me taken with her KidTough camera. She got it for Christmas and we had been playing with it all week. I really should start showering BEFORE breakfast when there's a camera sitting on the table.
This is Nick when we went to Silver Creek Falls, near Salem, Oregon. That particular day was literally three or four days after I had had surgery to remove my gallbladder, and yep, I went on a hike up a waterfall that soon after surgery. I am insane :P I took that picture of Nick on the path that leads behind the waterfall.

King of the Knights

Today my in-laws came to visit. They brought gifts! Nick's mother brought Julian a full knight costume. He insists that he is the King of the Knights and has gotten very good at nighting people. He says, "I knight you to protect your family and kingdom" as he taps the blade on the right and then left shoulders of the kneeling knight. Carmen was given a sesame street dress. She is the princess the King of the Knights defends and rescues. Isaiah, he just likes balls.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This Summer

I just started this blog and there is no way I can catch up on the last 6 years so I'm reviewing this summer. This is what we did this summer:

We went to Oregon and saw the grandparents and great grandparents
Nick graduated college
I worked at a movie theatre to earn money for gas. The boxes are nacho chips I had to date and restack.
We went to see Wall-E.
Julian turned 5
I turned 25
We went to the mall
We got Julian ready for school

Monday, November 10, 2008

Remembering Tata

My grandfather died when I was in middle school. This is a picturee of me (left) and my sister Sarah (right) with him. He loved icecream. I remeber every time he came to visit he would drink his coffee and smoke a cigarette every morning. Sarah and I used to always tell him "caca" trying to tell him that it was bad for him. I remember at our young ages we were concerned about the smoking killing him. We didn't speak spanish and had no way to communicate with him other than gestures and reactions and the two or three words of spanish we knew. We loved him so much. Once when I was about 9 I made by hand a case for his glasses. It was a simple pouch sewn by hand with thread and yard. He loved it. I have never known someone my dad respected more in the entire world. Yes he respects my mother and his children, but the respect he had for his father was one of awe. I miss him and though I could wish my heart out he was still alive, I believe it was part of the plan. He was preceded to the other side by my grandmother, who he missed dearly. They are together now.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Daddy Daughter

Carmen and Dad went to the Ward Daddy Daughter Activity on Saturday. The Young Women and I organized the activities. It was a lot of fun and the girls did a great job getting things to run smoothly! Carmen had a blast!

Maybe next time there could be a Mommy Son Activity (according to Julian). He even went to the Bishop today at church and asked him when the next Father Son Campout would be, he felt so left out!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Wonderful Oops

This is what an oops looks like. There is a funny story behind this though. All that month Nick was worried I was pregnant. I kept reassuring him that there was no way I could be pregnant and that I wasn't pregnant. He would bring up his concerns once every three days or so. Finally, the Saturday night before I was to start my period I got tired of his antics. He was up late watching TV like a maniac, flipping flipping flipping through all the channels over and over. I went to sleep. I woke up a couple hour later and the channels were still flashing before his eyes. He was sitting on the floor at the foot of the bed watching the lights flicker through the channels. I told him to go to bed, that I'm not pregnant and that I would start my period the next morning. I had to use the restroom so without telling him I grabbed my emergency pregnancy test from the back of the cabinet (it had been there for a very long time) and I decided that I would take the test then wave the negative test in his face so he could finally go to bed and turn of the gosh darn TV. I went in and took the test and immediately two lines appeared. My one and only thought was, "OH CRAP. HOW AM I GOING TO TELL NICK?" I left the restroom and walked over to Nick and kneeled behind him and told him, "Nick, I have something I need to show you." He looked over at me and at the test in my hand and his dead dropped and rolled as he mumbled something about 'How are we going to do this?' I reassured him everything would be okay and to get some rest. I went back to sleep immediately, Nick was up til 5am.
And this is what an oops looks like 12 weeks later. Now give me a little leway here, this is my fourth so my body goes straight into gain and stretch mode now. So such thing as 'hiding it' anymore. We are very excited. Nick is excited now and is glad we are having another baby. I am just now posting this because I went to the doctor today and heard the heartbeat for the first time so I know there is a life growing inside me!

My little sister Rebecca (the one directly left of the graduate) is getting married December 6. Time goes too fast. I taught her to read! I will have to find a better picture of her. She says she will come for a visit as a part of her honeymoon road trip. We will see... but we will have a bed ready! Love you Becca!!