Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shopping day!

The girls and I had such a wonderful day shopping. I always dread going out with all 3 of them, sometimes they can be downright impossible and sometimes they can be wonderful. Miriam was seriously grumpy, she got hit in the mouth today TWICE. One time her lovely mommy hit her with the shopping cart. She always walks with her hands on the cart. Well she dead stopped when I turned the corner and the next thing I know there was blood everywhere! Nothing makes you feel more like a rotten mama than when you accidentally make your kid bleed.

We went to Goodwill today to try and find not so Christmassy Christmas picture outfits (we found none BTW but hit the jackpot with perfect outfits at wally world!). Well, the strangest thing happened. I turned down one of the isles and this guy just dead stopped and started to stare at me, I thought to myself "oh no he is about to hit on me and I forgot my wedding ring". I quickly left the isle but he followed me down another, AGAIN staring the whole time. I went to another isle , there was a girl she dead stopped and started staring. I ran to another isle, there was a different girl who again, just dead stopped to stare. Down each and every isle of Goodwill was a different person staring at me. Til finally I just shouted "CREEPY" and we took off to the register. At the end of one aisle like out of a horror movie 3 of them gathered to stare at me, I flew past them then at the register ALL OF THEM (about 10 people) gathered to STARE some more. I was freaked!!! Come to find out they were a group of mentally handicapped men and women who had gone to help stock the store.

Now I wonder what it is they saw in us that they had to stare like that. It really was creepy as heck! Do you think the noticed Miriam was special? Did they see something about us I could not understand? I don't get it but I am still a little freaked about it as I have always believed the special people of the world could sense things.

Besides that we did have a great day. We managed a 22 pound butterball turkey, a super deal on formula at only 5 bucks a can, some other great bargains, great picture outfits, a good lunch and over all a good girls day. Time for Mama to have a rest!


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wonderful day!

Besides the fact that none of us feel good at all we had a most wonderful thing happen. I was sitting at the computer with the girls all around me, Sophia was sitting in my lap when I heard "mmmm..MAMA". I dismissed it at first thinking it was one of the girls just shouting out mama as the word mama flows in our home often. Until it clicked that I had never heard that particular voice say Mama before. I looked down at my little Sophia who was looking up at me with the cutest smile and realized my mini monkey said mama for the very first time. I was so happy, I picked her up, gave her a hug and she just started bouncing with excitement. Sure she said "Dada" first but Mama just makes my heart sing!

What a great day! :-)


Monday, September 14, 2009


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Miriam!

This weekend was hectic but turning 5 is a big deal so we pulled it together and tried to give Miriam the best possible turning 5 experience she could have.

Originally we had planned on a classic backyard BBQ with a bounce house and other fun outdoor games. But the Weather had different plans for us and we had to figure out a way to have the party with 40 people on the RSVP list inside the house. In order to do this we had to clean up the garage.


As you can very well see, cleaning up the garage filled with garage sale items, donation items, unpacked boxes (that unfortunately had been opened and rummaged through a million times) and hundreds of other random items was not going to be an easy task. Not only did we have to get this garage cleaned in order to have room for all those people but I had to get our messy kid lived house clean as well.

I started the garage on Thursday and Tom finished the Garage on Saturday probably about 10 minutes before the first family arrived. PHEW! It is so nice to have the Garage clean and our family gift from 2 Christmas's ago set back up again (pool table).

That Saturday morning I was up bright and early (5:00am) to get ready for my day. Because we were not able to use the BBQ and because I wanted to make this birthday special with a home made cake I had cooking to do. I managed to bake/ice decorate 36 cupcakes (chocolate covered strawberry , brownie bottom/strawberry cake on top), a sheet cake (brownie bottom, vanilla cake on top) and enough homemade macaroni and cheese & Spaghetti casserole to feed an army. With a little help from some friends we also managed to put on the table bread sticks & English muffin pizza's. There was PLENTY of food for all! (even though I forgot to serve the salad..ooops!)

Miriam's Rainbow cake! :-)

In the end, even though the preparation was exhausting Miriam was able to enjoy a WONDERFUL birthday with some amazing friends. We all ate (well not , played games (pinata, a scavenger hunt & arts/crafts), had some cake, opened presents and just had a wonderful time. Thanks to everyone who came to share with us the experience of 5 years with our big girl! It is amazing how fast our children grow up. She might not be grown yet but if the years keep going this quickly she will be before we know it!

First thing Miriam discovered about her party was....FOOD!

It's Pinata time!

Enjoying the fruits of her labor!

Having some rough house time with Daddy, always fun...but scary for mommy!

Time for cake. As you can see by looking at her nose, she helped herself before the candle was ever lit! If you look in the final picture you can see how angry she got because she had to wait for cake like the rest of

And the result of the cake eating experience...

And finally Presents!


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday funday! (pic

Normally on Sunday we would be sitting in church and enjoying our time worshiping Heavenly father with our church family but today we had a change of plans. Miriam has had a rash from an allergic reaction she has been having from dye. She woke up this morning and the rash was so bad it was bleeding. She was grumpy, loud and in pain so we decided church would not be a good place for Miriam today. Instead we gathered up a snack for the girls, Georgia's new Soccer ball we got from Ross for 4 bucks, our Scriptures and headed over to Old Settlers park in Round Rock. It was just such a beautiful day that we absolutely had to enjoy every second of it!

We took a nice stroll through the park, let the girls play a bit on the playground then sat down for their snacks. We found a cozy little shaded area just off the lake where we read scriptures and tried to teach Georgia how to play Soccer for the first time. We had such a wonderful family day!

And please ignore the fact that Tom and I are wearing the same clothes from date night. I spent my morning doing laundry and somehow we BOTH ended up choosing the same thing. Amazing how when you have been together as long as we have you start to share a brain.


Saturday, September 5, 2009

Date night!

Once every few months my darling husband and I decide we have had it and need a break. We gather our extra funds and go out for a night on the town. Or about as "on the town" as you can get when you don't drink!

This time we decided to get acquainted with our local Sushi and went to an amazing restaurant in Round Rock called Origami. How it has taken us so long to visit this place which has been sitting in my favorites folder in my tool bar for 6 months is beyond me! The service was outstanding, we sat at the Sushi bar, which oddly enough I and my Sushi loving self has never done before. The Sushi Chef's were absolutely wonderful. They were friendly, smiling and made the prettiest plate of Sushi! It was quite tasty as well. The Unagi and spicy tuna was PERFECT. Some places give you Sushi that is way to cold, this was perfect room temperature by the time it was given to us. So GOOD! We will definitely be going back. We are not so sure when, but we will be going back!

After we ate we headed to Main event. If you don't know what that is , it is a super fun indoor fun center. We played Glow in the Dark Golf, Bowled a few games, shot some pool & played Laser Tag. It was an amazing time and we got it for a discount (labor day weekend special) which made it even better.

I truly wish we could afford nights like these more often. Most of our extra money goes into Miriam's bank account. But sometimes I think parents really need to think about their mental well being. Tonight was VERY VERY needed. Tom and I enjoyed every second of our time together. And I am so glad that after all of these years we still desperately enjoy each others company.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Our Fashion Diva!

I completely forgot to post these pics of Georgia. She put her first outfit together all by herself, shoes and all! She had no help and I think for a 2 year old the outfit looks rather trendy. For those of you who do not know Georgia is a shopaholic! Her favorite things in the world are clothes and shoes. Her daddy whipped out his wallet last week and the first thing out of her mouth was "Money". Do you think we have a problem? Tom certainly seems to think so!



A Wicked Night!

This was such an amazing night. I had a rare opportunity to spend the evening with a wonderful group of ladies, dining at one of my favorite Italian restaurants Baris Pizza and Pasta and attending the theatre! We saw the Broadway musical "Wicked" at the Bass Concert Hall in Austin. It was a wonderful and memorable experience that I truly wish I could have shared with my husband who had to work. However, I don't get to do the night out with the girls often so it is a night I will treasure!

Silly me totally forgot her camera so I stole these pictures from my friends. ;-)


Outside Mnisa's house:

Natalie, Mnisa, Me


We have arrived!

Left to right: Natalie, Mnisa, Louise, Me & Robin


A serious Ending:


Having a little bit of fun:


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Guess who can pull up?

That is right, our little Miss Sophia, Mini Monkey herself can pull up on her own. She was so cute when I walked into her room, standing so tall, peeking over the side of her crib. I LOVE IT! I wish Tom were here to see it but I quickly took pictures and sent them via Text. Aren't cellphones awesome?



Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School!

Miriam finished her first day of school today on a very good note. Not only did she use the potty but they said she has been in a great mood all day long! She loves school so much.



Monday, August 3, 2009

Caught yah!

My crazy Monkey has been scaling cages. I suspected she had been doing this for sometime, this time I caught her in the act trying to rescue baby monkey from captivity.