Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Take me out to the BALL GAME!

How, how we love the spring. It's so majestic in Charleston.  Even with our bi-polar weather. It's perfect one day and 50 degrees, rainy and grey the next, but whateves, it's still pretty awesome!
 
Spring now means baseball for us. And we love it. It's not my favorite sport the kids play, but it has the best "spirit"....
 

 
Three little monkeys sittin' on a bridge....

 
This guy has been playing short stop, which is really fun. And he's moved up to machine pitch. We're all saying prayers he gets it. It's REALLY different than t-ball!
 
His team is the Red Sox.

 
Quinn is in his last year of T-ball  & his team is The Bats!

 
This little monkey just happily plays in the dirt the whole game. She's the "best sport" of all!!




 
Happy SPRING y'all!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Life Changer

Judah got baptized last Sunday!
 
I knew before Judah was born that he had a special purpose in this world. I know that more and more as he gets older. He's so stinkin awesome. I love this boy!
 
 
 
This is Judah's testimonial video they played before his baptism.
 
 
 
Our sweet friends & family came to celebrate with us!

 
We're so thankful for our sweet family, always there for all of our special events!

 
Oh, how I LOVE THIS BOY! Thank you God for my sweet life changer, Judah Bear!  I'm so excited to see God's plans for his life!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spring has Sprung!!

Guillermo turned 35 on March 2nd! We've had two great weekends celebrating him! The weekend before his birthday we had a family celebration & this weekend we went out with my parents to celebrate! 
 
Guillermo is such a blessing to me, to our family.  He just radiates joy & happiness & kindness & love. Most of all to me, I feel so grateful.  I count my blessings to spend the rest of my life with someone so fun & loving.  I hope this year is the best year of his life!!
 
 
I love this hottie!

 
Cheers!

 
No kid loves to color more than this guy!

 
Look at these pretty girls!

 
Judah had his first baseball tryouts this Saturday, and we're so excited for baseball to start!!

 
This little guy monkeying around in the trees while we wait. 


 
The happy cheer leader watching her bros play...

 
After baseball tryouts we had a bike fest/oyster roast which is always a blast, although G and I always have major "bike fever"- which we wouldn't get another motorcycle for many years until after the kids get older.

 
Our sweet friends who helped put the whole fest on.

 
Guillermo, Viviana & Quinn just devour the oysters.  GROSSSSSS. :)

 
My sweet babies.
 

Judah picked out his favorite bike... guess it's a Steelers thing? And he was too cool to smile. ;)
 
 
Quinn's smile, on the other hand , is about to break his face!

 
Viviana's favorite bike was the blue sparkly one.. And sorry dude- owner of this bike- that my daughter kept calling your blue sparkly bike the "Elsa motorcycle".

 
Random bedtime photo of my gorgeous girl. Who has her daddy's big brown eyes.

 
After church special snacks. And just so you know Cheetos fingers + gray chenille couch = bad idea.
 
Sunday was another busy but fun day.  We went to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Hampton Park with Tio! Such a GORGEOUS day. Spring- bring it on!!




 
Cutest crown craft right here. Take the thin wire with sparkly cut outs attached (they sell in all holiday themes in craft stores), make a "circle" the size of their head, wrap with tulle & ribbon. So stinking cute!

 
Look at these awesome guys!

 
Do you like Judah's snake? God bless those sweet face painting volunteers. :)

 
And Viviana's Elsa diamond.....

 
Hallelujah for SHORTS weather!

 
The coolest tile wall near the park.....

 
I am so in love with these precious babes. The biggest news for Quinn, he accepted Christ into his heart this week!!! 
 
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
 
That is my second baby to receive Christ in their heart, there is literally nothing better on this earth than watching your kids have their own relationship with Christ.
 
And Judah's being baptized next Sunday. We couldn't be happier!!
 

 
This same spot is where we had family photos 6 years ago.  Judah was just two years old in the picture below and only 4.5 tiles tall.  Now he's almost 7 tiles tall & just getting bigger & smarter each day!
 
 
One of my greatest joys as a mama is to take the kids out individually. To have precious one on one time with them is so important for our family.  It recharges us, fills our love tanks & just keeps us so close. We have great conversations, we hold hands, we compliment each other, we tell each other how much we love each other.
 
I can't say enough good things about Judah.  Now that he's getting older he's so COOL.  Some people are just naturally cool and that's Judah.  He's SO diplomatic. When he compliments Guillermo on his cooking, he'll quickly add, but Mama, your cooking is SO good too.  When I ask who his favorite teacher is, he'll say he loves all of them.  He is always thinking, strategizing and he is always striving to do his very best. He's very competitive in sports, but so tender and loving towards people.  If someone around him is hurt, or crying he runs up to them to make sure they're ok.
  He hates to disappoint us.  Judah is by far the most like me (I'm not naturally cool, Lol, just in my competitive, leader but sensitive nature).   He is a special kid for sure!

 
Because Judah & I are both really into physical activity Judah wanted our date to be running & eating vegetables. Since at night it went back down into the 40's I thought indoor fun would be better, so I surprised him with skating. Which I think he's been once before years ago.  After a few times around the rink he was doing so awesome!

 
How's this for throwback!

 
Glad we took this picture before getting on the rink cause I was sweaty betty after a few rounds of speed skating.  :)

 
And of course you couldn't leave without a few arcade games! I hope the kids always remember our special dates like I will!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

More Cute Dates & Randomness....

Spring has slowly crept our way, then more days of cold & gray & rain, but boy, those beautiful 70 degree days are pretty spectacular.
 
I think everyone and their Mother was out weekend before last when it turned warm... look at those pretty blue skies.
 

 
Vivi didn't like the "spider web" ...

 
My little dare devil.

 
Judah reminds me so much as a kid. I remember going as high as I could go and literally wondering if I could make it flip over...

 
Vivi has my ball catching abilities (aka, NOT catching abilities. lol).


 
It was an impromptu park visit, but a few of our friends met us out. That's my favorite kind of outing.



 
Looking all kinds of ghetto fab in her princess dress & barefeet & leaves every where. But happy because finally the kids could play outdoors without being chilly!
 
I got to take Quinn & Viviana on individual dates. The boys are old enough to pick the date. Quinn wanted to go somewhere fancy. And dress fancy. Cause "we fancy tho". ;)

 
He picked out his own outfit & got to order a special drink (Shirley Temple). :)

 
We took the obligatory "date" pictures of each other. (with this crazy angle my face looks like the size of my whole body. Lol). Quinn is the sweetest most thoughtful boy and always says the sweetest things. He's so serious on our dates (which is the opposite of him in real life) and was such a little gentleman at the Hibachi restaurant.

 
Viviana was just getting over a stomach bug (and I was just catching it, unbeknownst to me) when I took her on a date to the Children's Museum. Look at that precious girl!

 
Cute little buddies, Gus & Basil.

 
Viv's masterpiece.

 
It's so nice to only watch one kid in the water room.

 
She thought she was a real pirate and wanted me to walk the plank when I told her it was time to go...

 
But this is how we both felt when we left. Ugh, stomach bugs. .. just heinous.

 
Look who looks like the baby on this birthday card!

 
Just a typical school night at our house. The kids have to read every night. So Judah can pick books and read a chapter from his "chapter book"....

 
Judah loves to pick the same book over and over. And his teacher probably shakes her head to see he's read "The Gas we Pass, the Story of Farts" for the 10th time. Only my kids.....
 
Being one of the City's photographers has it's perks. Most recently I got a new camera, which is AMAZING. Just a few fun shots with the camera - NOT edited post download.

 
Ahh, the textures, just breathtaking.

 
How handsome is this guy??

 
How cool are those colors? And slight bokeh. Too cool.

Since the kids were sleeping Ellington was my photography subject more than she would like, but how cute is she? For being only 6 months old, she's such a good dog. Her temperament reminds me of Indy. Sometimes I feel like it's him reincarnated. :)