Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NOT Wordless Wednesday

Happy Wednesday Everyone! My husband does not read my blog, but I feel I still "owe" him kudos on this day! :) (BTW...the reason why he doesn't read my blog is because he doesn't know the link to it. He knows I write a blog. He knows I share stories/pictures/etc. on here. But I have not shared the link with him (or anyone that I know IRL (in real life) for that matter) because I'm scared that if I knew that people who I know IRL read this, I might not be as open and forth coming as I am! :) Weird? Perhaps, but either way, that's how I feel! :)

Today is my 5th wedding anniversary and I couldn't be more happy! It is no secret that I love my husband! And it is also not a secret that things have NOT been easy for us in the five years that we have been married. BUT I can type here today and say that I love him more than I EVER have and I truly can not imagine my life without him. His life is an amazing example of what God can do. Our marriage is an awesome example of the power of forgiveness. Our children are a beautiful example of the power of prayer, and the wonderful combination of God, forgiveness, love, hope, transformation, the ability to change and SO much more! Trust me, it's not been an easy journey here, by ANY.STRETCH.OF.THE.IMAGINATION but I stand firm in my belief that God did this. God stitched every single part of this plan that we live day in and day out and I am blessed.

About a week ago (because we can NEVER keep surprises from one another! :)) Manny gave me my beautiful anniversary gift (diamond earrings) so I wasn't expecting much today (OBVIOUSLY! :)) except for a card...I came into work today to find a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting at my desk. Manny (and Manuel) had hand delivered them so they'd be waiting for me when I came in (Manny had to pick up a job for his work, by my work, so they dropped them off. I had NO clue and was SO surprised! :))
He said I may or may not have more surprises coming! ;) We shall see! :)

And for good measure, two of my favorite shots of Manny and I (these have been posted before)...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! As Spring approaches (well actually Spring is here BUT you wouldn't know it by the 31 degrees I woke up to this morning! :)) but this time of year means busy, busy, busy for the Gomez family. Pretty much we "run" (not literally, of course! ;) from now until late summer, which is normally fine by me, but sometimes you just want to sit and smell the roses, so to speak :) But since this season of busyness is just now starting, I'm still okay with it! :)

And so it began...the 30th birthday parties. These first few months of 2011 myself and the majority of my closest friends will be turning the big 3-0. I have NO reservations about it...I honestly couldn't be happier where I am in my life and have SO much to be proud of. I have an amazingly wonderful family, a relatively successful career (although that could change at any moment, but we'll take it for today! :)) So I'm not one of those people dreading the big 3-0. One of my oldest and dearest friends turned 30 on Saturday. She is 8 months prego, so she wasn't up for any mass celebration, but we did manage to enjoy a nice surprise party dinner at Liberatore's. Manny stayed home with the kiddos (sometimes it's just not worth it to get a sitter, especially for a few hours). I enjoyed a delicious dinner with Kelli and some of our friends. Of course I spent most of my time talking about the kids (isn't that how it always is?) AND I didn't take a single picture :(

Then yesterday was church and teaching Sunday school. And then Mia and I headed to my friend Mary's wedding shower. Mary is getting married on June 10th and I am one of her bridesmaids. I take any opportunity I have to bring Mia along since my time is SO limited with her Monday-Friday. I asked Mary if she would mind if Mia came (it wasn't a surprise shower), and of course she said no. Obviously I would have brought Manuel too, BUT spending time with Daddy is WAY more fun than spending time with a bunch of girls! :) I'm not a fan of doing much on Sundays (other than church). I usually just like to relax at home with my hubby and kiddos, but Sunday was the only date all the bridesmaids were available (and actually still, one of them wasn't able to make it). Mary got a lot of wonderful stuff, and again, fun was had by all! :) I did take a few pictures there, but only of Mia and Seraphina (the Maid of Honor's daughter, who happens to be one of my best friends. She's an anesthesiologist. I am SO proud to call her a friend! :)) But anyway, I only took pictures of the kiddos and a self portrait of Mia and I :)

Now, here it is Monday, and I'm exhausted from a busy weekend, but I am SO blessed to have so many amazing friends in my life, all of whom I've been friends with since high school (and before).

Lots more showers, 30th birthday parties, 1st birthday parties, weddings, etc. coming up over the next few months. But let's not forget a VERY special 5th wedding anniversary on Wednesday....MINE! :) I'll definitely be doing a post about my wonderful husband and our marriage.

Oops, I almost forgot...

And for good measure...
 Mia and Seraphina (best friends forever, they just don't know it yet! ;))
 "Hmmm, I don't know about her?" :)
Being cute (what's new? ;))
Mommy and Mia self portrait

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Out of the mouths of babes

I posted this on Facebook yesterday but since this blog has become a journal/baby book/place to jot down my memories :) I have to share this:

Last night was Pizza Hut night at Manuel's school (meaning we would go to Pizza Hut to eat and a percentage of the cost of our bill would go to Manuel's preschool). So we got, eat some delicious pizza and get in the car to head home, and of course, it's POURING down rain. I'm slowly driving along and have to stop as an ambulance goes speeding by us, then this conversation unfolds (there might be SLIGHT paraphrasing as I don't remember the EXACT words that came from his mouth):

Manuel: "Pray Mommy!"

Me: "What bud?"

Manuel: "Pray for those people that the ambulance is going to help. Every time an ambulance passes Daddy and I he tells me that we need to pray, so we do."

And then we prayed for those people.

I teared up. I find it SO amazing that my husband is raising my son to be such a good, well rounded person who is comfortable with prayer, knowing God, etc. I have no doubt that my husband will be a HUGE influence in Manuel's life (and Mia's too) and raise him (with my help, of course :)) to be a great person and one day husband and father. This is huge for me! Manny did not have a good role model growing up as to how to be a good person, specifically husband and father, should be. And actually, if I really think about, he had no good male role models in his life (he had a grandfather who I hear was pretty special but he passed away when Manny was relatively young). So the fact that my husband has already done so much in Manuel's life (and he's only 5) makes me so hopeful and excited to see the person we raise Manuel to be! :) One more reason why I believe the cycle of addiction has stopped with my children! I'm telling ya people it is a truly humbling, amazing thing to see God's grace EVERY SINGLE DAY in my reflection, in the eyes of my children and most wonderfully in the eyes of my husband!

And then a sweet thing Manuel said the other night at the dinner table...

I asked him what he loved about Mia and his response was so sweet:

"Well for 1, she's cute. And two, I love how she screams*. And for 3, she gives me hugs. And four, she has earrings."

*Mia started screaming at the top of her lungs a few weeks back (not in a fit throwing sense, just this high pitched, loud, happy scream and we made the mistake of laughing (because it was HILARIOUS!) and now she does it ALL.THE.TIME to make us laugh! :))

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you are having a great week!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless (almost) Wednesday

There are no words to describe how much I love these two little people! They are my heart, soul and everything!


Monday, March 21, 2011

I said "Yes!"

That sounds like the title of an engagement story post, but as most of you know, I'm already married (and will actually be celebrating my 5 year wedding anniversary on 3/30/11 :) so my title has nothing to do with that. It has to do with a fellow bloggers post that I read a few weeks back and I was touched, moved and motivated to make change (as I often am when I read her posts)! Rachel at finding joy is SO inspiring. If you don't read her blog, you should. She is a mom to SEVEN children and just completely awesome! Her posts are inspiring, raw, straight from the heart, and her faith in God is constant, even in her struggles. Go visit and read about her life, you'll be inspired too. But back to her post a few weeks back...it was about making a conscious effort to say yes to our children when we are SO used to saying no. I'm guilty of this more than I care to admit. Anytime Manuel asks me anything, I feel like my first answer is always, "No!" Sometimes I don't even think it's intentional or that I'm evening listening to what he's asking, but yet the word "no" just flows from my lips before I've even processed what he's asked. That's sad, but the truth nonetheless. So the other morning we were up and at 'em early, like we always are Monday-Friday and he was feeling a bit sluggish (don't we all have those mornings?) and when I went to wake him up (he was sleeping in our bed with my husband because Mia had a bad night and I was sleeping in their room in Manuel's bed (while Mia slept in her crib)) and he said, "Mommy can I just stay snuggled up in here for a few more minutes?" Typically, "No!" would have shot out of my mouth faster than the blink of an eye (because he has to get to school, Mia has to get to daycare, I have to get work, etc.) but I stopped myself, "Sure buddy! You can stay snuggled up until Mommy's done her hair." You would have thought he had just won the lottery! :) He was very excited to relax a little longer and watch cartoons until I was done. He happily cooperated when I told him it was time to get dressed. Then he asked me another question that would, hands down, ALWAYS get a no response..."Mommy, can I eat my breakfast in bed today?" But as "no" was about to come out of my mouth, I stopped myself and thought, "UGH! Toast (which he loves and was having for breakfast that morning) can make a huge mess and get crumbs everywhere in my bed, BUT, ITS.JUST.CRUMBS! They can be cleaned up. They won't stain. They won't ruin my sheets. Christina, do you know how many parents would LOVE for their child to eat breakfast in their bed, but their child is sick in the hospital, or even worst, no longer with them :(" So I looked at him, smiled, and said, "Yes! Mommy will be right back. Let me go get your toast." Again, he was SO happy over something SO simple. With children, it's the little things. Sometimes we get so caught up in life, that we forget to stop and just "be".

I'm not perfect! I'm sure I've said "no" twenty times more then I've said yes since reading Rachel's post BUT I'm making and effort. I'm trying. If you're guilty, like me, give it a try too! :) And if you are perfect and wonderful and making no parenting mistakes ;), but still want to meet an amazing blogger go visit, finding joy. You'll be inspired! :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Happy 14 months Mia Grace

Mia turned 14 months yesterday, but I was participating in the Day of Blog Silence for Japan, so that's why this is getting posted a day late! :)

I think next month, when Mia turns 15 months, I am going to stop doing the monthly updates. I mean, lets be honest, it might start getting to be a bit much! ;) (not for me to do, but meaning a bit overboard! :)) So I'll do it on "milestone" months...18 months, 24 months, (or maybe not quite so much time in between because that seems extreme too! :)) Either way, it won't be every month. Now, with that out of the way....

What are you up to these days...

-Mommy took you to see Dr. K (your pediatrician) on Tuesday, the 15th, for a follow-up to your pneumonia and you weighed 23 lbs 1 oz. You used to be SO good at the doctors...getting weighed with no issues, getting your temp taken with no issues, etc. but unfortunately you've been traumatized (by the DMSA scan) and now you flip out about everything. It is SO sad! :( Mommy tried to tell you it would be okay, but you weren't buying it. Poor baby! :( In time, I know you'll forget it, but still, it breaks my heart. As far as your height goes, Mommy isn't sure (and you won't stand still so I can measure you! :)) but we'll find out in May when you go for your next well child check-up.

-You have REALLY gotten good at walking. Last time Mommy posted you preferred crawling, but not anymore. You are a lady on a mission and get where you need to be via your chubby little legs! :)

-You are still in size 4 diapers.

-You are wearing mostly 18 month clothes All of your Spring stuff is 18 months and is a tad big, but come time for you to actually wear it on a regular basis (once the temps get warm and stay warm) I know they'll fit you perfectly! :)

-You continue to spend your days at Linnie's while Mommy and Daddy are working. You LOVE it there and that makes my heart so happy! Of course I'd love it if Mommy could work part time and spend more time with you (and Manuel! :)) but that's not a possibility right now, so I'm glad you have someone who takes SUCH amazing care of you! :)

-You managed to climb up about 5 or 6 stairs the other day before your brother screamed and alerted us to the fact that you were climbing the stairs! TOTAL MOMMY/DADDY FAIL! I don't know how we forgot to make sure the gate was up.

-You are back to sleeping through the night, for the most part :)

-You STILL only have two teeth. I asked my dentist a few weeks ago at what age we should start worrying about the number of teeth you have. She said, "Oh, it's nothing to worry about right now. We typically wouldn't start worrying until about 2 or 3." Sheewwwww! :)

-You are a chatter box, that's for sure! :) You love "talking". You have several words that we understand, "Mama", "Dada", "Gaga" (thats what you call Cheerios! :)), "Rara" (what you call Robert, Linnie's son), "Go", and "Bye" (there are more, I'm sure, that I'm forgetting).

-You can point to your ears, hair, teeth, and belly when asked.

-I'm still amazed at how easily you transitioned off the bottle on your 1st birthday. You are still going strong :) and drinking your milk from a sippy cup with no issues. And you still LOVE your water!

-You still eat baby food, Stage 3, along with "real" food. (which the dentist said is great because although you can "gum" food, if it's not chewed then it's easily digestible (is that a word?) and can cause gas, indigestion, etc. which you already have issues with. So yes, you are a 14 month old who still eats baby food! :) But that's okay.

-You are HILARIOUS! You keep us on our toes and laughing constantly. But oh boy are you getting a stubborn streak in you! :) You are in a throwing fit stage (head back, arching your back, the whole nine yards!) I know it's just a stage, so I try to remain patient with you! :)

-You love giving hugs and kisses to your daddy and brother. Your new thing, when Mommy asks you for a kiss, is to shake your head no over and over again and smile! You little stinker! :)
I love you my sweet baby girl!

And for good measure (pics from our St. Pattys Day photo shoot! :)
 Manuel's serious face ;)
 This would be PERFECT if it wasn't blurry!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patricks Day

I want to start off by saying you thank you for the sweet comments on yesterdays post. It takes a lot for someone like to me to open up in that way, but I felt good after doing it. I felt a little "free-er" (is that a word?) and I really appreciate the feed back.

Now, on to today...Happy St. Patricks Day! I'm not Irish, but I am wearning green, and so are Mia and Manuel :) (hubby wears a uniform, so he's not wearing green! :)) I took some REALLY adorable pictures of them this morning before work/school/Linnie's but needless to say I didn't have time (at 6:50am!) to upload them to Photobucket! :) So I'll do that tonight. In the meantime, an oldie but a goodie from St. Patty's Day 2010 (that I just shared a few weeks back, but really, it never gets old in m eyes :))...I can't believe that was just last year and Manuel looks so baby-faced and Mia looks like a little blob (of course I mean that in the sweetest, most loving way possible!!! :)

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out



I had mentioned recently how I wanted to open up more on my blog, show the "real" me and be more raw about what I've been through in my life in hopes of being a source of encouragement for others. Unfortunately I let my oversensitivity get the best of me, opened up a little once (well, that's more then a little, I suppose ;) but I left everyone hanging) and haven't gone back to my "open and honest" format until today (and please don't misunderstand, I am ALWAYS honest and truthful about everything I post on here, but I haven't been "open" lately. But that's all about to change as I link up to a Pour Your Heart Out post over at Things I Can't Say. This might be lengthy, but feel free to sit back, relax, and read :)

I ended this post with my husband leaving for rehab in April of 2009 (clearly one of the hardest days of my life). How could I be SO dumb? How did I not know? And to be honest, I don't think I'll ever know the answer to those questions, but I don't dwell on it anymore. I didn't know what he was a drug addict (prescription and street), and that's all I can say! Manny was in rehab for two weeks (clearly not long enough, but we couldn't afford for him to be off work any longer). Manuel thought he was away for work and when we went to visit him (Easter Sunday) he thought the place we were visiting was where he was staying for work. Keep in mind, he was only 3 at the time, so he didn't know better (my goodness, if this happened now, he would NEVER buy it! He's SO smart) But we were separated for two weeks, Manny came home and all seemed well. He was offered his job back and of course took it. Life seemed to be going smoothly until Manny relapsed. May 11, 2009. My world was shattered! How could this be happening!??!??!?! What was I going to do???? My mom was going to be heart broken. She would be beside herself if I forgave him again and decided to stay AGAIN. WHAT WAS I GOING TO DO!?!??! Here we go again...

May 12, 2009 Manny entered rehab again. This time at a hospital (to also deal with his emotional/anxiety/mental issues brought upon him by a pretty horrific childhood!) He was gone again, but this time, I was oddly okay with it. Would he get better? I had no clue, but I knew that for two weeks I did everything on my own (the first time he went away) and I COULD DO IT! This was huge for me (I am VERY much a dependent person. I always have been. My mom made my doctors appointments for me until I was 20 (well not really, but you get my point! :)) So he left, and I cried, but I was okay. I told him that HE would be the one telling everyone where he was this time. It was not up to me to pick up the pieces and tell his grandmother (who was BEYOND devastated), my mom (who was also BEYOND devastated), etc. He needed to take full responsibility for his actions and that was that. If he got better this time...good. If he didn't...good. I was okay on my own, and I would do EVERYTHING in my power to raise Manuel to be an amazing person whether Manny was part of it or not.

May 15, 2009...Manny was gone at rehab. My best friend since I was 8 was visiting (she thought Manny was on a fishing trip...only my family knew). We were hanging out, our boys were playing. My cell phone rings and it's my Aunt Kathy (my dad's sister) and I knew it couldn't be good...my dad was gone. At the age of 59 he had died of a stroke (years of drugs and alcohol of abuse will do that to you). My dad was dead, my husband was in rehab, and my best friend was standing in front of me while I lost it! "Call Manny! He has to come home from his fishing trip! You just lost your dad." Veronica said over and over again. I couldn't muster any words. Do I keep lying? Do I tell her the truth? What to do? Finally I said it, "I can't! Manny isn't on a fishing trip, he's in rehab." Of course she stood there in shock! I don't remember exactly what happened next. I know my mom, aunt and uncle came over to comfort me (and of course Veronica stayed). Manny happened to call and I had to break the news to him. Of course he was guilt ridden that he couldn't be there for me. But he was where he needed to be. Life would have to go on. My dad was gone, but honestly, I felt peace about it. Manuel was going to miss PopPop (even though he was only 3, he and my dad were very close) but I had to be strong. I had to keep it together. And I did....

May 23, 2009...the day after my dad's memorial service I wasn't feeling well, so I took a pregnancy test. You guessed it, it was positive. My husband was a (recovering) drug addict, my dad had just died, and I'm pregnant and bringing a child into this mess (before I found out about Manny and his drug addiction, in my blissful ignorance, we had been trying to have another baby).

I had to try and make this work. IF Manny could stay sober, I owed it to my children, to God, to my husband, to myself to try and make our family work. (I understand that might be SO hard for you some of you to understand. Trust me, looking back, I don't know how I did it, but I am SO glad that I did. God knew what he was doing! :))

Almost two years have passed since Manny got sober. Too many memories and details to put in this post or it would take you DAYS to read it (if you are even still reading! :)) All I can say is that God entered our lives fully and completely, and that probably helps you fill in that two year span! :)) But I am beyond happy to say, that we are still HAPPILY married, Manuel and Mia are healthy and happy, Manny is 100% sober, and life is good. We will be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversay on March 30, 2011 and I can honestly say I love him more today than I EVER have! But what makes me most happy about this entire situation, and the "silver lining" (if you will) is that I know that the cycle of addiction has ended (or at least that is the prayer from the depths of my soul). You see, my dad was an alcoholic and drug addict, so was my grandfather. Manny's dad was an alcoholic and drug addict, so was his grandfather (well not so much drugs, but drinking). Manny dealt with addiction. I went through a REALLY bad phase of drinking a lot and doing a lot of drugs (not to the point of addiction but I was doing them A LOT). I DO NOT WANT THAT FOR MY CHILDREN, EVER! And I honestly think, that the cycle of addiction is OVER! My children will grow up in a household where they go to church, love God, Mommy and Daddy are sober and healthy, etc. And I know anything can happen, BUT, I pray that the cycle of addiction is over!

Thank you God!

Thank you for reading (if you still are! :))

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Purex Crystals Giveaway Winners

Good Morning! :)

If you entered my Purex Crystals Giveaway you've WON! :) That means Jackie, Ashley and Heather you will each be receiving a coupon for a free 28 oz bottle of Purex! :) I'll be e-mailing you shortly for your addresses so I can mail the coupon ASAP! Trust me, you'll love it! :)

Have a great day everyone! :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hello friends! :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! The weather in my neck of the woods was beautiful (and by beautiful I mean mid-50's but I'll take it! :)) We did some Spring cleaning on Saturday, pulled out the spring/summer clothes for the kiddos, organized the closets, put the "wintery" porch decorations away and got out the Spring ones, and now, well now we just wait for it to feel like Spring! :)

We received several bags of hand me down clothes for Mia (18 months-4T) from a co-worker of Manny's, which was SO nice, and it was very exciting to pull out the 18 month Spring line! ;) (I am not one of those people who is too good for hand me downs, EVER! :)) There are some dresses in the mix that have a vintage feel (and definitely remind me of something my mom would have put me in when I was young)! I can't wait for Mia to wear them. I'm thinking about one of them possibly being her Easter dress, but I haven't decided yet. Either way, she will look like a doll, I'm sure! :)

Manuel is LOVING the nicer weather and being able to get outside and ride his bike. Once it gets a tad warmer we are going to work with him on taking the training wheels off his bike (that Santa brought). He's excited. I'm a nervous wreck just thinking about it. But that's nothing unusual! ;) We have this official Kindergarten registration next Friday (March 25th). I can't believe it! My baby! :( He is VERY excited to be attending summer camp (at his preschool) this year! It's only an extra $10/week but considering how much they do, it's REALLY worth it! And I figure that it will give him one final summer hurrah before he starts his 13+ years of schooling! :)

Hubby is continuning to work his butt off for our family! I couldn't be more thankful! It's nice to be fully confident in your job, be awesome at what you do, and be recognized for the level of your work. A lot has changed for hubby recently (in regards to how people treat him at work) and his hardwork and amazing work ethic is finally being noticed by the "higher-ups" YAY!!!! :)

My job seems to be "stable" for now...I work in the mortgage industry so really, "stable" is a very loose term to not really mean much of anything. For today, I still have my job (Thank God!) and hopefully it will remain that way, however, I can say with certainty that if we have another slow month one of us (my co-worker or I) will be gone. Even though I have been here longer, she doesn't have a family or a husband so her schedule is pretty much open and flexible, so I THINK I'd be let go before her, but I guess only God knows that! :) So for now, I'm grateful to still be employed and contributing to the well being of my family! :) (financially speaking). I'm spending the night away from Mia for the very first time this coming Saturday (eekkkk!) I know I deserve it, and it's okay for Mommy's to get away, but I do feel bad and am definitely going to miss her (and Manuel too, of course! :)) but it's just one night, less then 15 hours away from them, so I'll manage! Every year my friend Lauren hosts a "Girls Night In" at her house, with a theme and the whole nine yards. This year the theme is Post St. Patty's Day. We are going to have a great time! :) I can't wait!

I hope you all are doing well. Don't forget to enter my Purex giveaway here. I'm choosing five winners and only 3 people have entered so you have some pretty good odds in your favor! :)

And for good measure (pics from this weekend-ish)...
Manuel cheesin' it up :)

Mia wearing her new Spring coat (that she got for her b-day)
Hubby and I self-pic :)


Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Winner

Before I start this post and announce the winner...PLEASE pray for all the people in Japan and around the world for that matter who have been affected/will be affected by the earthquake and tsunamis. To think that they woke up this morning assuming today would be a normal, happy day for them and for many, their worlds have been turned upside down. Can you even imagine? I know I can't. Lives have been lost and presumably many more that we don't yet know about. So PLEASE pray for everyone!
On a MUCH lighter note...

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Friday! :)

The winner of my CSN $25 gift code giveaway is #12 (via random.org) Domestic Diva from Lovely Domestic Diva. I will be e-mailing you shortly.

Don't forget to enter my Purex Giveaway here. Who doesn't want a free FULL size bottle (28oz.) of awesome fabric softener! :) You'll love it! I promise!

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! It's supposed to be a nice weekend in our neck of the woods so I hope to get the kids outside and get lots of pictures. I haven't posted pictures in a few days and that is SO unlike me! :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hello

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Wow, it's been a couple of days since I've posted anything meaningful and from the heart! :) But I do want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone for their encouragement on this post. It wasn't written for attention or to seek pity, it was just from the heart, so thank you for your encouragement! It's so weird how, even as adults, your insecurities come out in something as "simple" as blogging, and the concept of cliches and feeling left out can become prevalent!

In case we aren't friends on Facebook...I'm working from home again today because Mia has pneumonia! I swear, any time any sort of congestion/coughing/etc appears in Mia I'm SO quick to jump and take her to the doctors because of all of Manuel's respiratory issues (RSV, asthma, pneumonia SEVERAL times, etc.) but for whatever reason, I though this time, "Give it a few days. Lets see if it's just a cold..." Then last night Manny was holding her putting her to sleep and he said, "I don't think she's okay. I think it's more than just a cold." He made the decision to take her to Patient First (it was 8:30pm and obviously her pediatricians office wasn't open). FINALLY, around 11:30pm Manny called to tell me that after two chest x-rays it was determined she had pneumonia. Poor girl! :( I hope she's on the mend ASAP. I also hope and pray that she is NOT on the road to follow in her brothers footsteps in the respiratory department! Please pray for a quick recovery for my sweet girl!

Lastly, I have two giveaways going on right now, so be sure to enter...

My first one is for a $25 CSN gift code. Go here to enter. The giveaway ends tomorrow, March 10th at 11:59pm EST. So be sure to enter! :)

I'm also holding a Purex Crystals giveaway and FIVE winners will be chosen to receive a coupon for a full size 28oz bottle of Purex Complete Crystals Softener. As of right now only two people have entered (that's sort of sad! ;)) So enter that giveaway here.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring Blog Party

I've sort of reached a crossroads in my blogging. I LOVE blogging! It's a great way for me to document the lives of my children and family and hopefully one day my children will read it. BUT I'm starting to become too concerned with the "little things" (ie. if I post and don't get any comments, etc.). I've always been one of those people who care ENTIRELY too much about what others think of me. I am extremely self conscious and am always trying to make sure people like me (yes, even as an almost 30 year old wife and mother). It's just the way God made me! :) I've always been a big believer in treat others the way you want to be treated, so when I take the time out to say something kind, meaningful and from the heart to someone (in person or on someones blog) and they don't reciprocate, my feelings get hurt. Yes, I know, again I am an adult and it shouldn't matter, but I'm just being honest and it does! :) With that said, I'm taking a step back and TRYING not to concern myself with things that, in the grand scheme of life, do not matter. I will continue to post about my life, my children, my husband, a sporadic photo challenge, an occasional giveaway, etc. but the days of being overly concerned with "blogging numbers" (followers, comments, etc.) are over! :) Here's to turning over a new leaf :)

Now that is over :) ...I've decided to participate in a super fun blog hop over at Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground. Link up and join too! :)




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A little about me: (well, you already know I care WAY too much about what people think of me! ;)) but other than that...My name is Christina. I am Sicilian (my mom was born in Sicily). I live with my husband, Manny and our two children Manuel (5) and Mia (1). My husband and I both work outside of the home. Manuel is in preschool and Mia is cared for by an AMAZING woman who is like family to us. Our time, when not working, is spent together just having fun and enjoying life! :) We attend church regularly and absolutely ADORE our church family. I teach Sunday school every week to two and three year olds. We are here, and still alive, because we were saved by God's grace. Trust me, if you take the time to read any of my blogs posts to see where my husband and I came from and where we are now, you would understand...only God can bring someone from the absolute grips of Satan to where we are today! :)

Now, on to some fun questions that Lynette posted....

How would people describe your personality? (If they could only use ONE word.) Are they right?
Kind. Not to toot my own horn ;) but yes! :)

What celebrity/celebrities would create a “Star-Struck” feeling if you saw them in real life?
I'm not really "into" celebrities. Don't get me wrong, I watch TV, movies, etc. but I've never been one to really care about celebrities and their lives. I think if I saw anyone famous (even if it was just a reality TV star! :) I'd be star struck and probably freeze up. I think that has happened when I've seen local news personalities out and about! :)

Who is your favorite blogger? Why?
Oh my, I'm not sure I could pick just ONE blogger. I have several mommy bloggers that I adore. I do read/follow a lot of the "big" bloggers, but I tend to relate more and connect with the moms/people who just write from the heart about their children, their lives, their adoptions (I love following adoption blogs. I find them SO amazing), etc.

What is your comfort food/drink?
I LOVE pizza and chocolate milk (not together! :))

Be brave – tell us something very random and weird about yourself.
Every time I drive over a bridge I look in my rear view mirror and picture it crumbling behind me and wondering if I could speed off the bridge fast enough, before the part I'm drive on collapses too. Yes, I realize this is a tad odd! :)

Do you have a strong desire to do something you’ve never done? What is it?
Yes, to take a missions trip to a foreign county

Movies: Action, Drama, Romantic Comedy, Documentary, Comedy? What are your favorite genres?
Actually, I hate movies. I watch them because my husband LOVES them, but I'm not a fan. I think it's because I hate being required to sit still for two hours (or so). I'm always thinking of a million and one other things I could/should be doing! :) But if I HAD to choose it would be romantic comedy.

Books: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Romance, Biographies, True Stories, Self-Help, Devotional/Study? What are your favorite types of reading material?
I seldom ever read (sad but true), other then childrens books.

Music: Funk, Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, Film Score, Blues, Classic Rock, Crooner, Alternative, Heavy Metal, Techno? What are your favorite types?
I used to listen to a wide range of anything and everything...rap, country, classic rock, alternative, etc. Now I primarily listen to contemporary Christian, and country.

If you inherited a million dollars, what is the first thing you would do with your money?
Put money aside for Manuel and Mia to go to college, THEN buy a house!

Name one weakness of yours (confession is good for the soul).
Food. If it's unhealthy food, I probably love it! :)

If you could live anywhere at all (and take all your loved ones with you), where would you go?
I can't imagine living anywhere other than the East Coast, but somewhere in the Midwest or South might be fun.

Strange Talent? Can you juggle basketballs, put your legs behind your head or perform some other strange feat? Hmm, nothing that I can think of.

What’s something you consider yourself to be good at? (Don’t worry, it’s not bragging, it’s acknowledging a God given gift). Helping others. I know it's not a talent or gift, per se, but in my eyes it is! :)

What is one of your favorite things to catch a whiff of? the smell of cookies baking, YUM! :)

When you leave a social gathering, do you wish: You would have talked more or You would have talked less? I'd go with talk more. I'm usually very shy and quiet in a large group (unless I know you really well).

If money wasn’t a factor, what stores would you shop in? Not sure. I typically only shop in reasonably priced stores (Target, etc.)
What is your greatest fear or strange phobia? It's not strange, but my greatest fear is definitely something happening to one of my children. I read a lot of Caringbridge/Carepages about sick children and my heart literally aches. I can't even fathom it (and hope I never have to).

What is your greatest accomplishment? being a mommy! Cliche, I know, but from what I was in my early 20's to the mommy I am now, it's truly amazing!

What are your favorite animals? I'm not a big animal person (I know, don't hate me). I mean I like them, but I just would prefer to be a pet-less household :) (my husband, on the other hand, will make sure when we stop renting we have a dog, whether I like it or not! :))

Are you a hopeless romantic? No, I'm a realistic romantic :)

That was fun! Go visit Lynette and link-up! :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ramblings...

Okay, first things first...I'm an IDIOT! My double root canal was NOT this morning. I walked in to the dentist office and as soon as I went to sign in, and noticed that my dentists name was not on the sign in sheet for the day, I knew I had made a mistake. Sure enough I did. It's TOMORROW morning at 9am. UGH! Oh well, that's life. I'm slightly preoccupied, so it makes sense that I wasn't using my brain...

Layoffs are coming at my office and they are coming in full force. I work as a Pricing Analyst at a mortgage company. It's no secret that the mortgage industry has many highs and many lows. We are in a "low" time (as it always is after Christmas, before Spring) and that means it's time to let people go. Last year I was safe because I was on maternity leave. This year, I'm not so lucky. I am scared to death (That would be an understatement) and I just have to put it all in God's hands. The thing is that I'm not worried about how we will pay our bills, how will we put food on our table, etc. if I lose my job because God ALWAYS provides, but I'm just scared about starting over. Scared about having to start looking...here's the thing, I went to college but dropped out before getting a degree. I can promise you this, NO WHERE is going to pay me what I make at my current job, starting out. Plain and simple, it's not going to happen. No other job is going to give me the flexibility my current job offers such as working from home if the kids are sick, bringing Manuel to work if an issue arises, coming in late so I can be the one to take the kids to all their appointments (as long as I get my 40 hours in each week), etc. I'm scared. No way around it! One of my co-workers/friends (who's daughter goes to Linnie's (the lady who watches Mia), was laid off yesterday. She's a single mother of 4 children! (say a prayer for her please). It's starting and there's nothing to say that I won't be next. I've been here 4.5 years, but the girl I work with (who does the same exact thing I do, who's only been here 1.5 years) is single, no children, etc. She is MUCH more flexible with things then I am. That's an automatic "pro" to her and "con" to me! :( I'll keep everyone posted.

Sorry to be "Debbie Downer" but sometimes life just has a way of smacking you in the face when things are going SO well (as they have been). But again, I have to give it to God. God is good all the time, all the time God is good. I have to remember to praise him in the happiness and praise him in the storms. I need to remind myself of this! It's SO easy to say when you AREN'T going through trying times, it's much harder to say and BELIEVE when you are struggling. But I'm trying! :)

Have a great day everyone! :)