Monday, August 31, 2009

Hair cut, and ya know what.....

Dante is teaching Quinn how to crawl forward. ;)
As time goes on, Judah does better & better with his haircuts. I guess part of the trick is to let them suck on a blow pop the entire time. I prayed the cut would be over by the time he got to bubble gum... his hair is so short now, we'd have to shave him bald if he got gum in his hair! ee- Judah's part of the "bring the 80's back" movement!
Too cool for school.....
Not really!! Same ol' clown.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Quin got da Jibba Jabba.

So Quinn's constant jibba jabba finally turned into a "word"!! His first articulated word. Mama!!! How it melts my heart (Judah's first word was Dada). Not that Quinn has a clue that Mama means me, after that he said "baba baba baba baba".... but what a sweet sound. And Quinn is starting to crawl backwards too.... Where is my baby?? He's growing up!
Also, my friend recommended a new place to play indoors. If you're like me, you're always looking for new fun things to do with the kids and this place was great. Lots of area to run around, a toddler/baby friendly ball pit. A big play "tower" like in the play areas at fast foods... but bigger. Tables for coloring too! It's off long point road. Also, if you want the Chuck E Cheese feel without the crazy mouse, try Party Kingdom on James Island. Their pad Thai was great! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here a shoe, there a shoe, everywhere a shoe shoe

I love cute kicks and I cannot lie, you otha brothas can't deny.... So here's the deal. We've finally come to the point in Judah's life that I've been dreading.... he's making a fuss about what he wears. Thankfully not in all clothing yet, but with his shoes. So Judah has some really cute shoes, thanks to my shopping prowess (I don't ussually buy anything that is not on sale/second hand/some type of deal) and the amazing generosity of my dear friends and family, so he has a collection of really cool shoes right now. Like his incredible Hulk shoes, his Grover shoes, a few pairs of Chucks and his skate shoes (which he thinks are great because he's really into skateboarding)...but he screams when I try to put him in any shoes other than his beat up *daycare* blue saucony tennis shoes. Hmph. What's next? Will he be that kid wearing a cowboy hat, snow pants, a tuxedo jacket and cleats? And you know what else he's REALLY particular about- where I drive! He get sooo upset if I veer off River's Ave to take the interstate home "NO!! Go straight, Go Right, No go over buuuuuuump, turn arrrrrrrooooouuuunnnddd!!!" Oh yea, in daycare recently he demanded that they sing the "daddies" on the bus go "shh, shh, shh".... NOT the mamas... and he said about twenty times yesterday that "mama drives red car" (I drive a greenish color minivan)... Hmmmm.... wonder where he gets his strong opinions from? ;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

If playing is my job, I deserve a raise!

Quinn wants to be one of the big boys, to be mobile, to play with everything that Judah is playing with and to always be on the go, or to reach for stuff constantly (not cool if you wear glasses, btw).. this is such a fun stage, where babies are so intrigued by the world around them... but as Quinn gets more independent, I get more sad that he's getting bigger and not my little mama's boy anymore.... happy to just stare and smile at me.

95% of the time, they play really well together.. have I mentioned Judah is rough? 110% boy? Well, he definitely takes after his Dad in that department. Growing up, Guillermo's Mom used to call it "Amore de Muerte" (sorry if that's not 100% correct translation, or misspelled) which means, love that kills, because even when he's trying to be loving by giving hugs, it's not just a normal bear hug- it's like an anaconda hug/vice grip. Judah inherited this from his Dad and now instead of giving Quinn normal hugs, he smashes him into his chest, or he hugs him and rolls over onto the floor. Quinn is the toughest kid I know, no matter what Judah does to him- he smiles in complete admiration. Quinn says- Amore de Muerte- bring it on!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I can finally disclose!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm going to be an Aunt again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My sister is having another baby!! She is due in February 2010. I am sooooo excited for her. They are the best parents and their son Devon, I think is definitely the cutest smartest almost three year old ever!! Congrats y'all! Love you! (PS. this pic was taken back in Christmas 2007)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The most beautiful message taped to my child's back!

Judah has been very, hmmmm how do I put this tactfully - NAUGHTY in daycare lately. Every day we get the disappointing report. And lately Guillermo's even been forced to leave work and go to daycare in the middle of the day because our form of problem solving and behavior modification works a LOT better than daycare's method of solving behavior problems. ANYways, yesterday, when I went to pick him up, his teachers had just left for the day but wanted us to get this message, which they taped on his back. Wow. If only this were the report EVERY day! I'm going to claim he's turning over a new leaf and starts to mind his teachers like he minds us at home! :)


I've worked a lot in my life, I'm not saying that in an obnoxious way, it's just what I've always done. In college (full time student) I basically worked full time between two and three part time jobs. When I worked at the Taylor Agency, I also had the part time job at the clinic. At CPD I worked about 50-60 hours a week, working off duty whenever I could to make extra money. Now that I'm a Mom, I realize that working 45 hours a week, then coming home and trying to be 100% for your kids, is the hardest job (s) I've ever worked. And I feel like I've been working non-stop for about two years now- since all my time off is for sick kids. I NEVER work extra at work anymore (thank God), except for budget season (the past two months). So for my own mental sanity, I told Guillermo, despite not having money for a vacation, I NEEDED a vacation! :) SOooooo... I started brainstorming and got a really good rate at my favorite hotel in Mt Pleasant. Charleston Harbor Resort. For $129.00 we got a room (with a view, overlooking the trash cans- ha- hey, for $129 dollar room, that is normally over $200 *thanks priceline*-I'd look at a lot of unsightly things) and had unlimited use of their pool for a whole day. We had an awesome day and my parents came too! The kids didn't sleep that well, I played musical beds that night and eventually Quinn and I went joy riding around Mt P at 6am, but nothing could dampen my staycation. Not even my sprained ankle- when I tripped friday in the parking lot at work- but that's another story.... I felt like I was on a tropical island for one day and it was amazing! If anyone reading this ever feels like they need to get away but don't have the leave or money to go far, consider doing this- it was the best $129 bucks we've spent in a long time and regaining some of my sanity was a priceless fringe of the day and night away "from my problems!!!!" (sorry- had to throw in the What About Bob line, I wasn't really escaping my problems- except work, I suppose, I consider it a problem that the lottery commision hasn't called me yet and advised me that although I don't play the lottery, they're going to give me a $100 million dollars so I don't have to work anymore).

My parents are so patient and awesome with the kids, if we were all together there for one more day, I bet they would've taught Judah how to swim without the swimmies! Quinn- like my Dad (his namesake) is part fish, he could've stayed in that water for hours!

Guillermo enjoying a moment of lounging in the pool while "Mimi and Papa" watched the kids..

Island boy!

Judah never wanted to leave and threw fits whenever it was time to get out... if I were 2 and not 30, I may have thrown a fit myself....

Guillermo and I even got to watch a sunset on the docks while the kids were pretty much asleep from their long day in the stroller!

My little monkeys. I think we need to do this again next weekend.... ;)

Kaboom....rat a tat tat tat......

Judah has never reacted to a thunderstorm before, so I was surprised when the other day he said to me after a REALLY loud thunder crash "Thunder?" and then corrects himself saying "No, dums" (drums).. so I asked him, "Is that God playing drums up in Heaven?" and he responded... "No, Dante is playing dums and Gavin is playing gee-tar"

Dante- you'd better quiet down on those drums!! ;)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Spending G's........

YAY!!! Happy days are here again!!! So I'm finally finished with my budget. For those of you who know what I've been going through at work.. it's been insane to say the least. I finished my first year of preparing the budget without anyone to ask questions (since Major Whetsell retired). It was a long grueling process, probably took me about 2 months, but the last two weeks were the most intense... in the past 8 days, I've worked 21 hours of overtime. Now, hopefully life will return back to normal! :)