Wednesday, March 24, 2010

3 Knees ?

So, since John couldn't wait for me to announce the gender of our baby, he immediately upon hearing it from the sonographer, bolted out of the room to call family, and so I texted the rest of the people he hadn't managed to speed dial, this (super tacky to some, but hilarious to us)
"Our baby has three knees, a RIGHT KNEE, a LEFT KNEE, and a WIENIE"
Yep, today we found out that the sweet little spirit we've been waiting for, Beckham Thomas, is on his way! I kept thanking Heavenly Father over and over in my head as we saw him on the monitor all curled up in my belly. Although I always told John I hope it's a boy, he was always quick to remind me he "already has one." I know he loves Bash more than life itself, but I just wanted to see what a little Johncito (his Cuban nickname) would look like. We shall see.....





Sprink Break 2010... where did it go?

No Sprink Break would be complete without a beach trip kick off. So, we headed to Lake Jackson with the my MIL, Brenners, Carruths, and Rickers for some fun in the sun. It was a little chilly, but kids do not care! They headed straight for the water and had a blast. Aunt Jenna had a sweet set up with hot dogs and smores. The kids will never forget this beach trip, can't wait to do it again. Growing up so close to Padre Island, I'm ALWAYS down to go to the beach!
What am I doing here, it's cold!! Nathan comforting her
Polka dot pals Building castles with Abuela Was this really safe moms?

Tues. we definitely rested. We put on a couple of shows in the playroom. Aunt Jenna gave Mia this onefor her birthday, she loves it. Although she does need a lot of redirection as she tends to reach through the curtain and pull the puppet off of my hand. Then we popped some popcorn and watch the Care Bear movie. Super Duper 80's cartoon classic. Does anyone remember this one? My all time fave of my childhood. I had all the bears thank you!

Wed. (St. Patricks)- we attempted to make some last min. festive treats, so I just used what I had in pantry. I got a ton of ideas from tatertos and jello one of my favorite blogs,they didn't turn out quite as nice but the kids loved them. Sorry attempt at a pot of gold, I used the left over black sparkle from Bash's Michael Jackson cake, and then made the coins out of sliced gum drops from the Christmas gingerbread Rice Krispie box. Pilsbury cresent roll shamrock, although it was supposed to be a sweet snack with sugar and cinnamon, I improvised with butter and garlic salt and served them with dinner. Rice Krispies and cupcakes were enough sweets.

Thurs. the kids and I met John and his co-worker in west Houston for lunch at a place called India's Restaurant on Richmond. It was by far one of my favorites yet here in Houston. I know I said that about London Sizzler, Bombay Brasserie, Shanai, and Chutney's, but this was truly delish! John had told his co-worker, who is from Northern India, how much we love Indian food so he wanted to join us and tell us more about their culture and food. It was really cool having an expert there to explain things better, usually I just serve and don't care what's in it. But he told us about the ingredients, spices, etc. It was so much fun, the kids really love the butter chicken, chana, and naan. I'm just going to dispell this myth right now for those of you missing out, INDIAN FOOD IS NOT SPICY, UNLESS YOU ORDER IT THAT WAY OR A SPECIFIC DISH THAT IS!!!!! So many people think it's like "Along Came Polly" and you'll get IBS and start sweating profusely at the meer taste of it. Not the case.
Then after lunch we headed to IKEA, one of my new getaways, I can't stay away, I think I've been like 5 times this month. I could stay there for hours just browsing, shopping planning, and getting ideas. I definitely have an excuse to go now that we are needing to plan a boy nursery. Any ideas? I like this furniture for Beckham and this pattern

I love Thurs. cause every other is like John's Friday because he's off every other Fri. So, later that night John and I vegged out with some (I'm pregnant so give me a break) twizzlers, sour skittles, sweet tarts, poppcorn, pickle, and water of coarse, and watch the cutest family movie "Bandslam". It's refreshing to know that you can still watch cute movies without sex, swearing, or anything else inappropriate for kids to watch.


TGIF, yay !! We watched the Call kids so that their photog mommy could go on a shoot. Then she returned the favor so that John and I could get a date night and we headed to rodeo. But, not without trying out an Indian restaurant just down the street from Reliant. The owner was sweet enough to give us a parking pass and we were close enough to walk. SCORE! The rodeo was cool, but my tummy was craving funnel cake, turnkey leg, jumbo pickle, and bar b q filled baked potato. OH MY GOODNESS, I was in Heaven we tried it all, and yes I ate it all!!!

Sat. the fun continues, after working on the house and yard of coarse, we got rained out (how convenient) so John took Bash for a man date to the drag races. They got rained out so what else is there to do on a boring rainy Sat? The movies! We took the kids to see "Diary of a Wimpy Kid", another safe family movie. Mia did great, I love that we can take her to the movies cause it doesn't ruin it for Bash if we can't find a sitter. As long as she had snacks, she was good to go.

Sunday we wrapped up Spring Break with a spiritual and meaningful Stake Conference. Then Monday it was off the hum drum of the school and work week.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Miss you Papa Ririe

Although Mia never got to officially be with her Papa Ririe here on earth, we know that they spent lots of time together in Heaven. Today is a special day as it marks the third year that John's father has been in Heaven. Mia went with her Abuela to take flowers and visit Papa Ririe. She sent us this precious picture to remember this day. Sebastian and his cousins always remember, talk about, and miss to pieces, their grandpa.... til we all meet again.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bye Uncle Joe !

Well, Uncle Joe's stay, while way too short, was truly a blessing. I know John will always cherish the time he got to spend with his "baby brother", especially him coming to church with us two Sundays in a row. If you knew Joe you'd know that's a pretty awesome thing. They did some serious male bonding, ie: trip to Bass Pro Shop with Jonah and Bash, working out, grilling streaks, fixing cars, and just hangin doing guy things. I'll sure miss having a serious shopping and lunch buddy, Joe was down to go whereever and whenever, which is really cool because John hates shopping so he was glad that Joe was so willing! We even got to do a serious shopping spree for a wedding he was going to in San Diego when he got home. We managed to eat lunch with John at least 3 times a week and hit up some really cool restaurants. Joe was a fabulous sitter too, as soon as he heard Mia wake up from her nap he'd ask if he could get her. It was so cute, by the end of his visit, if she fussed for anything, he knew what she wanted and he'd get it for her. Bash was on cloud nine cause he had someone to shoot air soft guns with and talk about guns and knives and play Mario Kart. We miss Uncle Joe tons already, but we're looking forward to his next visit soon!


Joe's last night




Hangin with Mia before his flight

Watchin videos

The video was teaching the word "smiling" and Uncle Joe taught her to smile, they did this every morning together so she was bound to learn

After we dropped off Uncle Joe at the air the airport, Mia just stood at the doorway pouting. I guess she realized he wasn't coming back. I of coarse got out the camera and tried to make her laugh. These are the many faces of Mia...
many faces of mia

Ricker Sealing - Dallas

I LOVE SEALINGS!!! This last weekend we drove to Dallas to attend a sealing for the Rickers who are related through my brother and sister in law. I was telling my SIL, Jenna, that it felt so good to sit through a sealing without all of the attention on you, and also getting to really take it all in. It was a beautiful ceremony and we couldn't be happier for Elaine and Jared. Elaine looked so gorgeous in the fabulous dress SHE made. She is also expecting and so she thought it'd be easier to tailor with the growth of her pregnant tummy if she did it herself. Everything was perfect, her children were so precious, her husband was so sweet and attentive and that includes the lovely reception at their chapel afterward. We are so happy that we could be a part of this unforgettable and special day!

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Yippeee, We're done here!
Oh these girls were just lovin on each other
Jack: Don't think I've forgotten about you, even though we're far apart, I still miss you! Mia: I miss you too
"Reunited and it feels so good..."
Bad combo for kids: Mom + Camera + Temple = TONS of pics!!!
Reception

After the reception and a LONG nap at our hotel, we got together for dinner with the Rickers at Joe Willy's, only the most fabulously greasy, salty, and fried food you could imagine. I don't mean greasy in a bad way either! It was DELISH! The pregos (Elaine and I) both had FRIED PICKLES, FRIED MUSHROOMS, burgers, and of coarse Blue belle ice cream to top it off. It was the coolest place I'd been to in a long time.
Good and Evil- I'll let you decide which ones which
Lil Jared wanted to pose too!