Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Squeezing out every last drop!

As my maternity leave dwindles down to only a few more weeks, I am making sure to squeeze every last drop of family fun during this time. Everyday we try to go on an adventure!

Like to waterfront park with our "best buddies" as Judah calls Jackson & Luke
Beth & I took advantage of the extremely warm weather lately and got an early start to the water park fun... 
It's moments like these where I remember NOT to take my beautiful city (Charleston) for granted.. it has so many amazing things to do all the time... I know I gripe a lot about the humidity and heat and lack of 4 seasons, but I need to give credit where credit is due...Charleston really is a beautiful & fun city
In the blink of an eye, Levi & Viviana will be running around in that fountain too! 
We've been doing the Tour De Playgrounds, trying to visit all the best playgrounds in Charleston. I taught Judah how to do a cherry drop (where you flip upside down from the monkey bars and jump down)...not sure how good of an idea this is as it now gives me heart palpitations from the tall monkey bars.... I'm sure I freaked my Mom out all the time, I was like a monkey. I guess this is payback.
Picnic in the park (you know our all organic, healthy lunch from Taco Bell).
Finally conquered his fear of the BIG slide (to ride sitting up, facing forwards at least).

And the kid that has no fear.... 
I captured this picture of Viviana's pout, how can you resist this girl?

Going out to eat.... I'm so happy to have Vivi here with me now.... 
Cause now I'm not the only one that's not clad in orange & Tiger paws! 
Happy baby! 
Going to lunch with friends so they can meet Vivi.... 
And of course, lots & lots of snuggles with all my babies... (How much do Judah & Vivi look alike in this picture?) 
My best little helpers... 
And of course, still hours of staring into that sweet little face and smooshy lips 
And tons of kisses from Daddy.....

That's how you survive as a working mama, you squeeze every bit of fun and family love out of the time you have with your kids, maternity leave, weekends, weeknights!

Monday, March 26, 2012

He said, She said....

On Sunday, as we were getting ready for church, Viviana tooted really loud and this was Judah and my conversation:

Me: Judah, what should I do if Vivi poots really loud in church and everyone thinks I did it??

Judah: You should say really loud "That baby is GROSS!"

These boys are a bunch of clowns, they keep us laughing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thank you Beth for the awesome photo shoot!

Beth took these amazing pictures of the kids... she took several of Viviana in a special outfit, but I do not want to reveal the pictures yet, as they will be part of her birth announcement!  But here are some of the awesome ones she got of the boys & the three of them..

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I heart dates with my man (even if one of the kids tags along).....

Our friend Denise was so sweet to not only watch the boys for us so we could go on a date, but she also treated us to lunch! What a blessing. We had an awesome date day walking around downtown & shopping & eating!

And we were happy to take Viviana with us because she's the quiet sleeping kid. ;)
Denise is the best to watch the boys, she knows how to have fun! 
Our delicious lunch at the new Greek restaurant downtown, Guillermo ate Baklava before the meal. Who says you have to follow the rules of dessert after lunch? 
And that night we had a great trip to the outlets, it was just a Fab day! Everytime the kids BEG us to ride all the rides at the outlets but we never have quarters, so finally we had cash and it was the first time all three kids rode the merry go round! 
..... are you ready for this? 
First time on a merry go round. Side Saddle, like a little lady. LOL.

And then Sunday Funday, *happy birthday Elizabeth/Guillermo* lunch at the Q's  
Gavin's such a good cousin and so good at holding babies
And Auntie E too...... 
My turn! Nothing sweeter than holding a newbie.... I'm already getting sad about how much bigger she is than when she was born...... 
Awww, my sweet girls! Beth did an awesome photo shoot with the kids, I can't wait to post the pics, they'll be up soon! 
And if taking pics wasn't awesome enough, Beth brought the boys huge lollipops! She knows what shows my kids love.  
Ahhh, funday takes it out of you..... 
Viviana & her Dad have these special talks every night.....
where Guillermo tells her things like, she's not allowed to date until she's 30 
Or she has to become a nun..... 
Viviana says that's not cool DAD! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Our Trip to Atlanta & My Back to Reality....

Several months ago when my Mom told me that they had decided to make their spring/summer trip to Atlanta this year to celebrate my little nephew Dean's birthday, I contemplated for a long time taking advantage of my maternity leave, a girl's trip, just Viviana and I, a free ride in a big comfortable Suburban with my sweet parents to join them to celebrate & be with my sisters and their families. 

 On the one hand I imagined this wonderful trip with all of my favorite people in the world (of course other than my sweet guys back at home) and just shopping & playing & talking til all hours of the night.... then on the other hand I imagined my precious baby, who normally literally still sleeps all day and is up to sleeping 7 hour stretches at night becoming monster baby (as these things can tend to happen on trips) and screaming for two 5 hour car drives, being up all night and crying all day and me being ready to check myself into a mental hospital, But thank God she's still in that very portable stage and she literally slept both car rides (except for crying about ten minutes on the ride there and about five minutes on the way back) and practially slept all day for the four days while we shopped & ate out until we dropped. Thank you God! Thank you Viviana. :)

This was my view... that girl is chubbs central! 
This is the big birthday boy!  I love my Dean, he is so stinking cute and I think there is nothing this kid wouldn't do... he has NO fear (which of course is trouble with his fearless cousins, I can only imagine the mischief they'll all get into in a few years).  I know he'll be the class clown & the kid that does whatever the other kids dare him to. He has mischief in his eyes, but man, they are adorable eyes. 
 Happy birthday sweets!

Julie got to spend lots & lots of time cuddling with Viviana! There is nothing better than spending three uninterrupted days of girl time with your amazing sister!

These boys LOVE their Mimi & Papa (who can blame them?).

I love my brother in-laws.... all 3 of them... Firoze, Will & Ivan.... I couldn't be more blessed to have such amazing- funny- generous- kind guys in my life..
This duo (Firoze & I) is trouble here... we laughed about our antics the whole weekend. We're both that kid that would NEVER turn down a dare or do ridiculous things to make people laugh.

We got to spend great time with Rebecca & Will too since we were there 2 weekend days & 2 week days, they hung with us the whole weekend.  And can you believe my incredibly smart 5 year old nephew Devon literally learned to read like overnight? He is reading tons of words, big words without sounding them out or anything! I think that kid may be doing quantum physics in a few years!

For Will being one of the smartest people I know he also has that amazing ability to get down & dirty with the kids and have fun all the time.  
I wanted to post this picture, Viviana's expression was so funny. Vivi started smiling up a storm over the weekend and "talking".  Our conversations went like this:
Me: Viviana, you are SO cute
Vivi: Ughh
Me: I love you SO much!
Vivi: oooooh *grunt* (fart)

It was precious girl talk, lemme tell you.
And of course Julie is the "Pioneer Woman" in our family and she made amazing meals! The only blessing I don't live in the same town as her, I'd be 800 lbs from her meals! 
Viviana getting love from her cousins 
Happy Birthday Deanie!

Loooove chocolate face

And I missed my sweet boys so much and my first day back was definitely my "back to reality" reminder of how easy life is with one baby versus my 3 babies!

This is our day at the park..... 
While we're waiting for Beth & her boys to join us I tell the boys they can play in the little water fountain (which basically would just get your feet wet).  Instead, Judah decides to jump into the "wading pool" (which is clearly marked DO NOT SWIM, it's only for looks) and get soaked up to his shirt and Quinn basically sits under the fountain. So now I have two soaked children, a baby in a Baby B'jiorn and a crap load of picnic stuff, balls and baby junk. I'm trying not to bring to much "north charleston" to the nice Daniel Island park with the Daniel Island moms and go "Kate Gosslin" on my dear boys.

So what's a mama to do? Let the kids go sans pants and eat on the docks!

And the sweet cousins who actually did NOT jump in the wading pool or sit under the fountain wanted to join in the pant-less activities......  
A picture speaks a 1,000 words. If you ever wanted to know the energy of having a 5,4,4,3 year olds together, just look at the looks on their faces.. it says it all! Lol.

Who wears pants to a picnic anyways??

I love hanging out with Beth, if anyone knows exactly what I go thru everyday, it's her. We sure have fun laughing about life together. 
Lil miss will be out numbered by all of her boy cousins!  But I have a feeling if she takes after me, she'll fit right in.  She'll probably be just as rough & tumble as them! 
Thank God for friends who are not afraid of taking a splinter out of a kids foot. Not only is Beth a RN, but she also is not afraid of these things like I am. Unfortunately it did not come out, so Guillermo will have to go digging tonight. I'm getting prepared for lots of screaming. Do you remember getting splinters dug out by your parents when you were young. It's the worse! Right up there with getting your teeth pulled out. Or electrocuted. Or ripped limb by limb. Ok, now I'm just being insane. But seriously, it's like the worst. Say a prayer Lol!