Friday, October 29, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year.....Shutterfly Holiday Cards!

Okay, so did you sing the Christmas song in your head while reading my blog title? Okay, maybe that was just me :) But we are coming upon one of my favorite times of the year, not specifically Christmas itself (although I do love it) but the time of year when you start designing your Christmas cards to send to friends and family!!!

I will be using Shutterfly this year because they have an AMAZING selection! I'm all about the photo Christmas cards and they have so many to choose from.

My favorite card is Nativity Blessing 5X7 flat stationery card. I like that it reflects the TRUE meaning of Christmas. That is definitely what the Gomez family Christmas card is going to be this year. Now, I have to get the perfect shot of the kids! :)

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30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 19

First things first...Happy Halloween weekend (almost ;) to all of you! :) I can't wait to see all of your pictures! :) I wanted to post pictures of the kids, but I want to wait until Sunday when they are both dressed up, at the same time, and HOPEFULLY cooperating! ;) My mom is bringing Mia up to my office this afternoon for our Mini-Halloween party (for all the employees kiddos!) I'm super excited for my friends to see her all dressed up. They see her often (she goes to daycare right down the street, so typically every other Friday is "Mia Friday" where I bring her in the office for a few hours in the afternoon) BUT they haven't seen her dressed up as a chicken! :) Manuel isn't coming (but have no fear! :) it's because he has his Halloween parade and party at school. He's 4 1/2 now, you don't miss those sort of things! He has changed his mind from a knight (we have the costume) to an Indian (we have the costume) to NOW he's going to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (and guess what? That's his costume from last year! As I said, he's 4 1/2, it's what they do! :) Thankfully we didn't actually spend money on the Knight or Indian costume or else I'd be an angry mommy! :) They were hand-me-downs! :)

Day 19: Something I miss...

I miss my dad. It was a year May 15, 2010 since he passed. It was the day after his memorial service that I found out I was pregnant with Mia. My dad a VERY rough 59 years of life-part of it was his childhood, a HUGE part of it was choices he made. He shouldn't have died so young, but 40+ years of alcohol and drug abuse will do that to you. No matter what though, he was my dad and I LOVED him! He was a great dad (when he was sober) and I miss those times. But mostly, with all my heart, I miss seeing him and Manuel together. He and Manuel had SUCH a special bond! Manuel will randomly talk about my dad and I LOVE it! I wish he was here to have met Mia. I miss what could have been between a PopPop and his first granddaughter.

I miss my nephews, Mateo, Ian and Anthony. Although I only knew them for mere moments this side of Heaven. I knew them while my sister carried them. I miss them, I love them, and I can't wait to see them one day! :)

I miss family vacations. My family (meaning extended, as well) is VERY close! When I was little we would all (20+ people) go on vacations together. They were amazing! I miss those days.

I miss my Nonna (ny grandmother) and PopPop's (my grandfather) cooking. They were both born and raised in Sicily. They moved to America when my mom was around 8 years old. They knew how to cook food like no one I've ever met. Food, cookies and homemade bread! YUMMM!!! PopPop died in early December 2003. Nonna is still here, but a brain tumor took away her ability to cook and live alone. She now is in a nursing home :( But I am SO happy that she is still here to have met my children. They know and love their Nonni. Although she can't live on her own, her same spunky spirit is still in there! :)

Okay, there I go getting deep and mushy TWO days in a row! :) I apologize. A few lighter posts will be posted later today (or in a few minutes because I'm at work and don't feel like working! :)

Go link up!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 18

Before I do my challenge for the day, I have to write down a "milestone" for my sweet Mia Pia...we were having her physical therapy this morning and she was sitting on a shoe box (yes, a shoe box. It's all part of her PT! :) and she went from sitting on the box to pulling herself to a standing position using the couch, and holding on to the couch to continue standing. Yes, Mia is 9 months and one week old BUT this is huge for her. She army crawls like there is no tomorrow and gets wherever she needs to go, but as I've mentioned before she is "delayed" (physically) due to some low muscle tone issues. PT is helping her SOOO much! Cindy, her physical therapist was SO proud and of course so was I. I started crying! She'll be up to speed with her peers in no time! :)

Okay, on to the challenge...

Day 18: Something You Regret

I'm not one of those people who can say, "I regret nothing in life because I am who I am today because of ...." Although that's great if you can say that, I can not!

I regret not finishing college. I went, I cared too much about partying and after several semesters I walked away, with nothing. It makes me sad! I was going for my Mental Health and Human Services degree. I know I would have made an awesome social worker. Maybe one day! :)

I also regret the extent of hard partying I did back in my early 20's. I really do sit back at times and say, "If I hadn't done ........... (fill in various drug) so much, I wonder how much different of a person I would be." Some of the drugs I did were "heavy duty" and done often enough that there is no way my mind and body got out of it unharmed. I'm sure there was permanent damage done to my brain and my organs from the things I did. I regret it. I wish I could take it back, but obviously I can't. I'm a COMPLETELY different person nowadays, and I guess that's what really matters.

Sorry to get deep two days in a row! :)

Go visit Katie's page and link up! :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wee Bit Wednesday

{one} have you ever seen a ghost?

Well, this is up for debate...when I was younger we lived in a house that we (later) found out was built on an Native American burial ground. I ALWAYS thought I saw skeletons dancing in hallway in a fire pit (weird, I know) but true. Now could it have been a dream? Possibly. Could it have been ghosts/spirits? Possibly. If you believe in that sort of stuff.

{two} when was the last time you dressed up for halloween?
2008. We had a thing at work and I just put on a Raven's jersey, painted black under my eyes, and I was a football player. Creative, no? :)

{three} what’s your favorite candy?
Candy, candy? Sour Patch Kids

{four} did you have a favorite costume growing up?
I loved them all!

{five} did you carve pumpkins this year?
Not yet. And I'm guessing we probably won't since it's October 27th :) BUT we did last year.

{six} what’s your favorite scary movie?
I HATE being scared, but I love scary movies. Weird, I know. I can't pick a favorite.

{seven} haunted houses or corn mazes?
Corn mazes

{eight} are you superstitious?
To some extent

{nine} have you ever owned a black cat?
Black and grey

{ten} what are you plans for this coming halloween?
We will take the kids to the "Trunk or Treat" at church, and then head out trick or treating in the neighborhood where my hubby grew up.

On Cloud Nine

This MAY seem to be a stretch for an "On Cloud Nine" entry, but really it isn't. This picture makes me SO happy! I love the way Manuel's eyes are squinted so hard because he is just so in to hugging Mia! :) And poor little thing, looks so helpless but she loves it! :) She ADORES Manuel. I know this won't always be the case, but for now, I eat it up! :)

Go visit Carlotta and link up

Wordless Wednesday

 Taking in all the sites of his 1st field trip :)
Mia getting in on the action of her brothers 1st field trip :) 

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 17

Day 17: Something you are looking forward to

I'm looking forward to many things in life, but we'll keep it to what I am looking forward in the near future...

1) Bringing Mia to my work on Friday afternoon for our mini-Halloween party for the employees children. Manuel won't be coming because he'll be enjoying his Halloween party at school.

2) Taking Manuel and Mia to the pumpkin patch with their cousin Spencer on Saturday.

3) Taking the kids trick or treating on Sunday evening, after the truk or treat at church.

4) A friends sons 1st birthday party next Saturday.

5) And last, but certainly not least...THANKSGIVING!! It is my FAVORITE holiday EVER! I love our tradition of going around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and everyone saying what they are thankful for. It's always a tear-fest but touching and so reflective of our family as a whole. Then Black Friday is spent celebrating our own mini-Thanksgiving dinner (Manny, Manuel, Mia and I) and decorating the house for Christmas! :)

Go visit Katie and link-up!

Pour Your Heart Out

When I was thinking about this blog post in my head last night I was apprehensive about posting it because I, for the most part, am "light" when it comes to my blog posts. Normally fun link-ups, pictures, etc. But when I saw that Shell over "Things I Can't Say: Spilling it All On My Blog" hosts a link up where you can pour your heart out, I had to post. So, without further ado...

My thoughts on my mothering skills have been poor, at best lately! :( I'm a full time working mom and I hate it! Now don't get me wrong, I don't honestly think I could stay home full time. That's a tough gig (kudos to all you stay at home mommies!) But I wish I didn't have to work full-time. Every day, Monday thru Friday, I wake up at 5:40am and my day starts. I usually get home from work around 5:30pm. On average 12 hours of my day is spent outside the home and that breaks my heart! When I walk in the door from work it's run, run, run (dishes, dinner, bottles, lunches, bags packed for the next day, etc.) And let me point out, my husband helps A LOT!! He grocery shops, he helps clean, he helps with dinner, he helps with the kids, etc. But I guess my point is, that when I get home and have to do all of these things, my children want their mommy. They want me to sit down on the floor, play, laugh, be silly, and just have fun and I just feel like there is not enough time! And I know, I should say, "Dishes can wait. Bottles can wait..." BUT I'm one of those people that until "the work" is done, I can't "play" So my time making bottles is spent making bottles/shooing away Manuel when he asks me for the 500th time if he can have a snack, or my time making lunches is spent making lunches/watching Mia stare through the gate at me that we have up to keep her out of the kitchen (Yucky germs lurk on the kitchen floor that I CAN'T clean every day because of life getting in the way! :), etc. etc. etc. And my heart breaking because I should be holding her and not having her stare at me through a gate, I should be entertaining Manuel's 500 questions and requests, and the list goes on and on. Basically, at times, I suck (excuse my language) at being a mom. It's SOOO hard to balance! I love my children more then life itself and I hope that they NEVER feel un-loved or that Mommy is too busy for them. Me NOT working full-time is not an option at this point in time for our family. I hope that one day Manuel and Mia realize that we only did what we had to do for our family and to give them the best.

That's all, thanks for listening :)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 16

I am SUCH a bad blogger. I haven't been around to catch up on some of my fav blogs in a few days (I hate when life gets in the way! ;) AND I never posted "Mobile Monday" or Mia's 9 month stats yesterday!! :(

Mobile Monday will have to wait until next week, but since this is an on-line baby book of sorts for Mia (I have a "real" baby book too, don't you worry! :) She was 19 lbs 8 oz and 28 inches. Everything is going well. Her physical therapy is helping her leaps and bounds and although her gross motor developement is delayed (obviously! That's why she's in PT! :) she is fine in every other area! :) We are in the process of trying to get her DMSA scan scheduled (to check her kidney function), oh, and most importantly, she is super cute! (In case you hadn't noticed! ;)

Now, on to Day 16: Your dream house

My "dreams" in regard to a house are very modest (so to speak). I don't dream to live in a a huge mansion type home with lots of rooms, windows, etc. Honestly, I'm a big baby, so I'd live in fear that someone would constantly be trying to rob me! :) I just want the basics....a back yard for my children to play in with a cute swing set, a front yard to decorate for all the holidays, a cute little porch for rocking chairs (and again, to decorate for the holidays :), 3-4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice size area for the kids to keep their toys (perhaps in a finished basement), etc. I envision the outside looking like this...
Photo courtesy of

But even a tad more modest then that. My husband and I have rented since the beginning of our relationship (and still do). We hope to be homeowners one day, very soon! :)

Go to Katie's page and link up! :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 15

Happy Monday!

I'm not skipping Day 13 & 14 on purpose, but as I've said before, I typically don't blog on the weekends, and I came to work late today (because of Mia's 9 month check-up) so I'm just going to do todays and catch up on the two days I've missed as time permits! :)

Day 15: Favorite Bible verse:

Ephesians 2:8-10 (New International Version)

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse means so much to many, on so many levels. I came across it when I was writing a card to my husband one day, and it speaks volumes to him, to his situation, to our situation. If it weren't for God, my husband wouldn't be here, our marriage wouldn't still be in tact, and life would be SO much different!

Go visit Katie and link up to this AWESOME challenge. Only 15 days to go! :)

*Mobile Monday and Mia's "stats" will be up later. I have work to do! :(

Friday, October 22, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 12

Day 12: What you believe

...PEOPLE CHANGE...(this is MAJOR to me! My husband is proof of that!) God... children are my life and I don't think I'll ever know true heart break unless something happened to eitehr one of them... husband is my soulmate...
...I am a reality TV show addict...
...I am made to do great things, I just need to figure out what...
...saying thank you and being kind can make someones day...
...those surrounding you (ESPECIALLY in the work place) can completely determine your mood for the day.. of the greatest sounds in the world is a childs belly laugh...
...that you have to Believe in order to get through life...

Go visit Katie and link up! I love this challenge! :)

Photo Freak Challenge: Bath time

When I came across this photo challenge, this picture of Mia IMMEDIATELY came to mind! I love how she's just smiling away at her reflection. And pics of children in the bath tub are always adorable!

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Without further ado...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 11

Let me get something VERY important out of the way first ;) ...I didn't win the Pillow Pet over at  i guess you could say we have  Super bummed! :( Manuel would have loved it! I know, just go buy it, but it would have been fun to win AND with Christmas coming, money needs to be saved. But, Amy's blog is super cute, so go visit! :)

Now, to the Day 11: Favorite TV Shows. I seldom ever have time to really sit down and watch television but we do have DVR so I'm able to catch up every once in a while.

In no particular order...
Modern Family
Real World/Road Rules/Fresh Meat Challenges (all 650,000 of them! ;)
Biggest Loser
Hells Kitchen
Teen Mom
Pagent Moms
Mike & Molly
Big Brother
19 Kids and Counting
How I Met Your Mother

And I'll stop there because CLEARLY I have a reality show addiction! :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wee Bit Wednesday

{one} have you ever crawled through a window?
Yes, in my younger days! ;)

{two} what’s one subject that you wish you knew more about?
Politics. Not that I find it interesting, but I should know WAY more then I do!

{three} who’s your favorite villain?

{four} have you ever hit a jackpot on a slot machine?
No! I wish

{five} what is your favorite disney movie?
Beauty and the Beast is an "older" fav! I also love Monsters Inc (that's Disney/Pixar, right?)

{six} if the whole world were listening, what would you say?
BE KIND! It is SO much easier to be nice to others then it is to be nasty, HONESTLY! If someone lets you over in traffic, put your hand up to say thank you, it takes one second and would probably make their day! (I know it does with me because it SO seldomly happens!) JUST BE NICER!!

{seven} if you could choose one song to describe you or your life, what would it be?
I'm sort of "twisting" this question and sharing a song that I would use to describe what I would LOVE for my children to always take with them in life...
"The Words I Would Say" by Sidewalk Prophets

"Be strong in the LORD and,

Never give up hope,

You're going to do great things,

I already know,

God's got His hand on you so,

Don't live life in fear,

Forgive and forget,

But don't forget why you're here,

Take your time and pray,

Thank God for each day,

His love will find a way,

These are the words I would say"

{eight} your desk: messy or organized?
FAIRLY organized ;)

{nine} have you ever had surgery? tonsils out, a cyst removed from my wrist, 2 c-sections, and a cyst removed from one of my ovaries

{ten} if you could have any animal as a pet, what would you have?
I'm not a big animal person, but a baby tiger cub (as long as it stayed small and baby-like FOREVER!) would be fun! :)

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: Something you are afraid of

I'm a big scaredy cat, honestly! I always have been and probably always will be! :) Hubby has grown to "love" my quirks ;)

1) I'm scared of the dark. No lie. A 29 year old who is scared of the dark. I have to sleep with SOME sort of light on. It's a must!

2) I'm scared of losing my children or my husband before I die. I can't even imagine it! Scares me to death!

3) I'm afraid of not finding my purpose in life. I do know that God has a plan for me, and something is my "calling" but what if I don't ever find it???? I hope I do! I know I am made to do great things in this life, but I certainly don't feel like I've found my "thing".

4) I'm afraid of being buried alive! I'm EXTREMELY claustrophobic and I don't think ANYTHING could b be worst then that! UGH!!

5) I'm scared of something happening to my house and losing all of my stuff especially pictures and "stuff" that can't be replaced (baby books, coming home outfits, etc.)

And really, the list could go on and on BUT I think 5 is a nice number to stop at. Go visit Katie and link up!

Wordless Wednesday

My big boy trying to find something to do to occupy his time on our journey to the mountains.

Whatever works ;)

On Cloud Nine

Go visit Carlotta's blog and link up! :)

This picture makes me happy! :) I LOVE the beach and although the beach season is behind us, this picture of The Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD, at night, makes me smile! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 9

Day 9: A picture of your friends

Although I don't see much of them anymore (now that we are wives and mommies) but I do have friends! :) I have had them since high school and I adore them! My sweet friend Selina just had her daughter (first born) last week, Seraphina May. I can't wait to go and meet her on Saturday. These are my friends, through and through. I love them all, and even if we go months without seeing each other, it's like not a day has passed when we do finally get together! :)

Go visit Katie's page and link up! :)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Happy 9 months Mia Grace

Today, my sweet angel, you are NINE MONTHS OLD! Holy heck, that's SO close to 12 months! ;) I don't think I'm ready for it. The only thing I'm ready for is your "Winter ONEderland" first birthday theme! :) I am already collecting the baby food jars for the sno-globe favors.

Here are a few recent pics...

Okay, now down to business...
-I'm going to guess you weigh around 18 lbs and some ounces! :) You were 18 lbs 5 oz (if I recall) at your nephrology appt at the end of last month. We'll have an official weight on Monday (10/25/) when we head ot the ped for your 9 month check up. And I BELIEVE that you were 27.5 inches at the nephrology appt, but again, we'll get an exact length on Monday. I'm a bad mommy! I should have written that down after your appt! :)

-You are SO close to crawling (up on your knees and using your arms). You have mastered the army crawl, and it is HILARIOUS to watch! :) You really looking like you are in the Army, creeping under barbed wire or something! And you are FAST! This is such a huge milestone for your sweet girl because of your low muscle tone. As soon as you start "really" crawling we will cut physical therapy back to once every other week. You are almost "caught up"! YAY!!!

-You are in size 4 diapers. I'm not really sure why, because you are no where close to the size 4 weight range, but they don't leak, so we'll keep it that way! :) We use Huggies and I think they are cut smaller, so maybe that's why you're in a 4. Who knows!??! :)

-You are pretty much in 9 months, across the board, with your clothing. Some random 6 month items still fit you, but for the most part, you are 9+ months in clothing.

-You continue to spend your days at Linnie's while Mommy and Daddy are working. You are Linnie's baby and she loves you to pieces. You get so happy when we pull in her driveway! (But let me not fail to say, you get SOOOO excited when Mommy walks in to pick you up! ;)

-You continue to have physical therapy once/week with Mrs. Cindy. She absolutely adores you, and you adore her! :) As I mentioned above, we decided at your last visit, that once you are crawling ("for real" :) then we will cut the PT back to once every other week. You are making progress my sweet girl, and we couldn't be more proud!

-I'm not sure I should even type this, because I have a feeling I am going to jinx myself but for the last week or so, you have been sleeping AWESOME! You'll go down around 8pm-ish and sleep until 5ish (give or take) with no waking up in between. That is SOOO awesome compared to what you were doing! :) Usually, Mommy wakes up around 4:30am (Just out of habit, UGH!!), I'll go downstairs, warm up a bottle, and bring it back upstairs so when you wake up, it's ready for you. I can give it to you, and then Mommy can go back to sleep until 5:45am when my alarm goes off for work!

-I'm pretty sure that when you say "dada" now you are referring to the man who's heart you have, Daddy! You get so excited when you see him! You say "mama" a little more often now, but NOT in reference to me!!!! :) And your newest thing is "na-na" You don't have any "Nana's" so we are thinking you are calling your big brother, Manuel, when you say "na-na" Perhaps we are giving you too much credit :), but I made the connection yesterday when you kept saying it over and over again to him! :) Let's give it a few more weeks and we'll see if I'm right :)

-You are a pro at drinking water from your sippy cup. I'm going to guess that Dr. K is going to tell us that since you are doing SO great with your sippy that we can start putting your formula in there, but I'm not sure if I'M ready that for that! :)

-We just bought you Stage 3 food when Daddy went grocery shopping this weekend. So far, so good. I still don't think you eat enough, but I guess we can ask Dr. K on Monday. It's so funny because when I did all of this with your brother, I didn't over analyze any of it, research it, I just DID it, and he was totally fine. With you, I feel like I have to look everything up, follow by the book, etc. Isn't that how your supposed to be with your FIRST, not your SECOND!??!! :)

-You don't pull yourself up to stand yet, but if we stand you up, and have you hold on to something, you do well keeping yourself up. Again, with more PT, I think this will continue to improve.

-Mommy heard from your nephrologist (kidney specialist) this evening...the radiologist who read your kidney u/s was concerned with your kidney asymmetry. We will be scheduling a DMSA scan ASAP! I hope we get answers baby, so we can put all of this behind us! 

I think that's about it Mia! You are my beautiful little girl and I look forward to each day with you, your daddy and your brother. You have my heart sweet girl (now, don't you EVER break it! ;)

Skyline Drive Pics (part 2)

This SHOULD be my last post for today. I am SUPER busy at work (and should be working! ;) I am sad to say that today is October 18th, which means that my sweet Mia Grace is 9 months old today. I SHOULD be posting her 9 month "update" but I'm not sure if I'll get to it or not. Worst case scenario, it'll be up tomorrow. BAD MOMMY! :)

Enjoy these nature pics...

Skyline Drive Pics

As I've mentioned two or three (or ten! ;) times today, on Saturday the Gomez's headed to the mountains for the day. This is VERY unlike our family to do this, but hubby and I decided on Friday night that we were going to pack a picnic lunch and go! So, that's what we did. It was a BEAUTIFUL Fall day! We had great time. I wish we had waited a week, maybe, to go because not all the leaves had changed (like I hope they would have) but it was still gorgeous!

This is going to be a two part picture bonanza! :) This post will be family pics and the 2nd post will be nature pics. Enjoy! :)

 Mia Grace, being a GREAT traveler! :)
 Mountain Climbing Manuel-in his slip on shoes, OOPS! ;)
 Mia and I watching Manuel "mountain climb"
 Yes, she's in the car unbuckled, no, we aren't moving! :)
 Sliding down the rock-he blends in with nature :)
 My attempt at being "creative" :)
 Beginning our hike
 Mia being happy, along for the ride :)
 Stopping for a picnic
 My extremely fake cheese (and clearly I needed to pluck my eyebrows BEFORE our trip! ;) and hubby
 The Gomez's Skyline Drive 2010
I've outsmarted her...since she can't keep socks (or shoes) on her feet, I put tights on her to keep her piggies warm in the mountains! :)