Monday, June 24, 2013

Let's go fly a kite!

I promised the kids all day Saturday we could go fly their new kites after we ate supper (Guillermo was smoking a pig all day so we couldn't leave the house til after that) and I thought despite the late hour, the closest -windiest place I could think of was the Mt Pleasant park.... and of course no wind. Bur burr.
But we still had fun. Something magical about simple pleasures in life in the summertime....don'tcha think?


 Judah ran as fast as lightning and got it going pretty good......
Quinn on the other hand drug his thru the grass for about a quarter mile and then......

MY KITE BROKE! More like, pulverized.......

This one was the clean up crew. The whole time she spent picking up trash & handing it to me. Now I love that the girl loves to clean, but gross, just gross. Not enough hand sanitizer to keep up with that one....
And of course every good summer outing needs ice cream with sprinkles, right? :)
The kids crack us up all day long. While we were at the ice cream shop Quinn opened the freezer door where they store the cakes and yelled,
"EWWWW, it smells like an old man in here!"
And on Friday this was our conversation:
Quinn: there's a vampire in Judah's class and his mom packs him red ants for lunch.
Me: Who?
Judah: Jamir.
Me: Jamir's lying, there's no such thing as real vampires, only pretend vampires, like the ones in movies. That's like me telling you that I'm an astronaut and we're on the moon right now. Just cause I say that doesn't mean it's true. Do you understand?
Judah: yes.
Quinn: No, he's really a vampire, he eats grass. Vampires eat grass!
Me: Cows eat grass. Are they vampires?
Quinn: Ummm, I don't know?
Moral of the story- watch our for those vampire cows!!

PS> the meat was worth the wait. YUMMMMMY Guillermo is probably as proud of the pig as he is his own children seeing this picture up on the blog. LOL.
Happy customers at Guillermo's "Pit" restaurant.
Our church always thinks of fun things for families to do, which I think is awesome. 
There was cookie making......

And airplane model building..... Judah lucked out and got Guillermo as his artist to help draw on his plane.....

I shouldn't probably admit that I  actually drew that "shark" but I wanted to post Quinn's hilarious additions to the plane. The green thing is the heart and the purple lines are "green beans that the shark ate".... that shark must be Bruce, the vegetarian shark from Finding Nemo.

They even had a dance party! Which you know is sort of a slice of Heaven for this dancing crew!
This is Viviana's favorite dance partner. Both boys only slightly got into their hokie pokie dancing Elmo. Now Vivi, this is her best friend! She goes from dancing to kissing him to rocking him nighty night.....all while he's jerking and singing in her arms.

This is her new thing, every day when I get her from nap or in the morning she's taken her shirt off. I'm just praying this isn't a precursor to her taking everything including diaper off!

All I can say is my husband now has a pony tail. :)

Happy summer ya'll!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

California love...

Guillermo's sister Carla and her boyfriend Max came to Charleston all the way from California and we got to see them for only one day, but it was a great day!

It was a very special FOODIE day.  We love having people over to eat, but this time it was very special.  Guillermo loves to cook, I love to host. This is the first time we've ever had people over and they  brought enough food to feed an army!
-like I said, a very special day, especially for someone likes to eat, LOL-
Guillermo cooked his Puerto Rican meal for lunch & Max cooked some Mexican dinner. Delicious food & camaraderie in the kitchen all day. And major bro-mance over chicken & pork smoking/grilling.
 Mofongo!!! Nom Nom Nom.
Sorry for the terrible quality of pictures. I wanted to post all of these pictures for my in-laws in Italy despite the shadows/blurriness/etc. Blah.
Thanks again for the awesomeness Carla & Max! We'll miss you!
Waaaaaa, I want more fresh guacamole!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Becoming someone's hero.....

I am very blessed to have several people in my life I consider a real life hero.  Part of it was working with incredible police officers and other emergency personnel for so long and part of it is just knowing incredible people who make incredible choices and live their lives in a certain way that you consider them a hero.
My Dad is one of my heroes.
I try as hard as I can to encourage the boys to emulate good leadership & courageous traits because I believe you become what you practice being as much as certain traits you are just born with.  

My two budding heroes.....
Heroes always work hard! The boys help every weekend with our house cleaning and every day they put away all the dishes in the dish washer & clean up all their toys before their nap and before they go to bed.
I know one day the kids will be able to communicate that Guillermo is their hero too. Guillermo is an incredibly hard worker and shows the kids SO much love.  Guillermo is constantly doing for me, for our family and for others. He has the best attitude & gets along with everyone.
My life is a mess without Guillermo, I am SO thankful for my baby daddy.

On Father's day we got to eat & play at my parents house & my Dad got to use his new grill!


Great googly moogly. Look at the size of that steak. I think it's half the cow.

Viviana's new thing is to do EVERYTHING she shouldn't do at my parents house. Climb on top of the furniture, take a shower from the drink dispenser in the fridge...... such a "fun" toddler age. sigh.
To make sure the kids ran off all of their energy after my parents house we took them to the park in our neighborhood. Whoever thought an empty football field could provide such great entertainment!
*cue Chariots of Fire theme song* Lol......

I am so thankful for adventurous friends! My friend Beth agreed to meet up at the beach Saturday night.  I'm not sure why, but I looooove going to the beach in the evening waaay more than during the day. It's so peaceful & gorgeous.
....and so American. There's just something special about being on Sullivan's Island, something so "lowcountry".

Had to post this picture, it looks like Quinn is walking on air!

 Vivi is chasing her boyfriend.

Its the Coppertone baby!


Those are some cute & tired boys there!


We are so thankful for all the Dads in our lives! Including Jose & Ramon! We love you guys!