Friday, April 29, 2011

MIA

No, not as in Mia, but M.I.A as in missing in action....I have been meaning to post tons more pictures, write something meaningful (somewhat! :)), etc. but I have been SO busy at work doing my regular duties and learning new things that I haven't had time to blog (imagine that, not having time to blog at WORK. I gasp at the thought! ;)) I plan to be back to my regularly scheduled programming soon (HOPEFULLY! :)

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend! :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Recap Part 2 (mostly just pics :))

So here are some of my favorite shots from Easter Sunday of my family! My extended family is VERY close! My cousins are like siblings to me and I hope and pray that Manuel and Mia will be that way with Spencer and Vivienne (my sisters children). Although Manuel and Mia have cousins from my husbands brothers, I know, sadly, that they will never be close with them. Manny's one brother, J, has 4 children who we see MAYBE 4 times a year. Manny's half brother, S, has a daughter who we see more often than the others, but not by much. Manny was not raised in a tight knit, close like I was, but he wants so much more and so much different for his children than what he had. I love that about him! :)

 Vivienne, Manuel, Mia and Spencer (cousins and best friends, they just don't know it yet! ;))
 The girls..."bookend cousins"-Mia was born in January 2011 and Vivienne was born in December 2011 :)
 Mia and Nonna (my stylin', beautiful Momma! :))
 The "orange" boys (not planned for Erik to be matching too! :)...my cousin Erik, Manny and Manuel
 My cousin, Tanya, Erik and I (it was SUCH a blessing Erik was here to spend Easter with us. Erik is in a year long Christian based rehab program to beat a very serious addiction)
 Uncle Lenny and Mia (UL is VERY special to our family! First off, he adores my children, but that's not the only reason I love him! :)) Uncle Lenny (my moms brother) was born in Sicily about 60 years ago. He was SEVENTEEN lbs when he was born to my sweet Nonna WITH NO DRUGS at home!!! They thought he was stillborn (he was blue) so they set him aside to save my grandmothers life (clearly she was hemorrhaging and keep in mind this was in another country 60 years ago!!!). He was without oxygen, for nobody really knows how long, and they didn't know he was alive until finally he let out a little cry. Uncle Lenny might not aways says the right things and might be a little slower at things than others, but he is our Uncle Lenny and we LOVE him! :)
 Manny and Christopher (my cousins son), relaxing, watching Tangled
 Mia and Spencer
Mia watching the boys :)

I sort of did things backwards, but oh well...tomorrow will be pics of Easter egg dying and Easter morning :)

Enjoy your day friends! :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Recap Part 1

Good Morning Friends! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with your families! The morning of every holiday when we say our family prayers it always brings tears to my eyes to think about the people out there who don't have families to celebrate the holidays with. UGH, I can't even imagine. My heart aches for those people! I hope each and everyone of you enjoyed family time! Even if you heart was hurting for ANY reason I pray you were surrounded my family and friends to make the "burden of your heart" more manageable!

Our weekend was busy with a lot of family activities. I would literally have 1,000 pictures to put in this post, so instead I'm just going to spread it out over a few days. Here are a few pictures from yesterday, of just us (meaning Manny, Manuel, Mia and I). I'll post more pictures of the entire fam tomorrow! :) Just an FYI...at church and in the beginning of the day the children were dressed impeccably (if I do say so myself! :)) but by the time we got to my aunt and uncles (where we ate dinner) Manuel was in shorts and shoeless, Mia's tights were off and she was also shoeless! :) It was unseasonably warm so it was fine by me! :)

Enjoy! :)





Friday, April 22, 2011

Today....

I have nothing cute to post or witty to say today. My heart is broken for a sweet blogger/friend (who I have never met) and her family as they experience a very sad loss. It's crazy how God brings people in to our lives who we may never meet or REALLY know, but they hold a special place in our hearts...God knows what she is going through and I pray SO hard that her family is lifted in this difficult time. Without going into personal details or naming names, just take the time to pray for her, her husband and their little girl. God knows who they are!


On this Good Friday and Easter weekend please remember....


One day when Heaven was filled with His praises
One day when sin was as black as could be
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin
Dwelt among men, my example is He
Word became flesh and the light shined among us
His glory revealed

Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He’s coming
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree
And took the nails for me

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door
Then He arose, over death He had conquered
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him
From rising again

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming
One day the skies with His glories will shine
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine
-Casting Crowns

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thank you and pics...

Hi Friends! :)

First, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to comment on my post yesterday. I think that's the most comments I've ever received on a post (that wasn't a giveaway), so it really warmed my heart to know that you all took the time to care! :) (no seriously, every comment made me smile, NOT just because it was a comment in general, but because they were all heartfelt, so thank you!) God did/is doing amazing things for my family and I, and I couldn't be more grateful!

Now, since my last several posts have been pretty heavy, this post is going to be light and full of pictures! :)

*I normally would NEVER ask people on my blog for votes of any kind (those sort of pleas normally only go to family and friends in real life ;) but I have entered Mia in the Parenting Magazine cover contest. If you were looking for something to do today ;) , please VOTE for her! :))

And for good measure...
 Mia waiting patiently for her cousin, Vivienne to get her ears pierced
 Manuel holding Daddy's toolbox
 Sweet brother and sister...I LOVE watching their relationship blossom
 My nephew, Spencer and his little sister, Vivienne (my sisters rainbow babies :))
Spencer and his bunny
Precious Vivi with her newly pierced ears :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out-Two years ago

Good Morning Friends! :)

Everyone knows I love a good "Pour Your Heart Out" post and since I was already planning on writing about this today, as soon as it happened this morning, AND it makes for a great Pour Your Heart Out post (or at least I think so :)) I'm going to share it and link up with Shell.

This "season" of life (April/May) will probably always remind me of Manny's road to sobriety, (Let's be honest, how can it not? That was probably one of the most life changing experiences I've ever been through)however I typically try not to think about the first time he left since clearly that wasn't successful. We celebrate his TRUE anniversary of sobriety (May 12th) but the time from April until May 12th, 2009 brings back not so many good memories for me. Life was in complete turmoil and chaos (although I held it together for Manuel). So you can understand why I wouldn't want to remember those times in detail.

But as I'm driving to work this morning, I hear Mia in the back seat talking away so I tilt my rear view mirror down to see her, and I see the most precious, sweetest, adorable, chubby little face looking back at me, and I smile and then it hits me like a ton of bricks...today is April 20th, it was two years ago today that Manny went to rehab for the first time. It was two years ago today that my life and my world as I knew it turned upside down. It was two years ago today that people told me to leave, I could do better, I could make a better life for myself and Manuel, I needed more. But you see, if two years ago today I had decided to turn around and walk away, this sweet little face that was staring back at me in the rear view mirror this morning wouldn't be here. As this thought dawned on me, my eyes welled up with tears. I will never understand why I stayed from the beginning but God knows why. Because if God hadn't stepped in, and made me follow my heart and stick by my husband there is one very special, amazing little girl that wouldn't be here today. Wow!

Thank you God! :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Happy 15 Months Mia Grace

*EDIT: Today, 5/2/11, we had your 15 month check-up. You weighed 25 lbs (on the dot) and you were 30.25 inches. That is only .25 inches from your 12 month check-up so Dr. K is assuming that the person who took your measurements last time measured wrong OR it's possible that you really didn't grow much (but I'm thinking the inaccurate measuring). She said we won't be concerned and hopefully come your 18 month check-up you've gotten taller! ;) And your head is still off the charts (large) but it's consistently off the charts, so there are no worries there! :)) As Dr. K says, it's for all of your knowledge and big brain! :))

*I promised lots of awesome pics from all the weekend fun we had, but unfortunately I don't have any! :) I took some pictures at the bouncy place thingy we went to but they didn't turn out. I was using my moms super fancy camera that I have NO clue how to use, so it didn't work out. But just know we had a great time! :)) I'll do a little recap tomorrow but for now we are going to celebrate Mia's big 15 month b-day! :)

What are you up to these days...

-You don't go to see Dr. K until May 2nd for your 15 month check-up, so that's when we'll get your exact stats, but for now, I'm guessing you are around 25 lbs and some ounces. Maybe I'm wrong! :) You have quite a belly on you! :) We refer to it as "Linnie Syndrome"....Linnie LOVES to feed her babies and must think they'll starve unless they are constantly eating! ;) She does really good though with adhering to Mommy's desires for you to stay away from too much "bad stuff" (chicken nuggets, french fries, etc.)

-You have perfected your walking! :) You don't run yet, but you can walk REALLY fast (especially when you realize the gate is down and want to get up the stairs! :)) but

-You are in size 5 diapers. We actually use Walgreens brand (believe it or not. It's SO funny because when Mommy had your brother I insisted on Pampers! I wouldn't dare use generic or any sort of "off brand" but times have changed sweet pea. It's not that Mommy loves you ANY less, but let's use our brains here...if Walgreens brand is a thousand times cheaper AND work just as well, then let's save some money! :)) And just to clarify, Walgreens size 5 are for babies 25 (or maybe it's 27) lbs and up! :) I know some brand size 5 are for 32+ lbs. That is NOT how much you weigh Mia Grace! :)

-You wear almost all 18 month clothes. You can still fit into some of your 12 month stuff, but it's pretty much 18 months across the board.

-With Mommy's job loss "scare" last week we almost had to say goodbye to Linnie and neither she nor I were handling it well AT ALL! I couldn't stop crying when I thought about you leaving her. And she was just absolutely beside herself...like she said, "I loved her before she was even born!" and if that doesn't sum up how she feels about you, I don't know what does! :) We are SO lucky to have someone so amazing taking care of you Mia while Mommy and Daddy work. And thankfully, HOPEFULLY, God willing, we won't have to worry about saying goodbye for about 3 more years (when it's time for you to start school!)

-You are SO mischievous and quite the climber. Your favorite thing to do is dig in the trashcan. The other morning I caught you eating an apple out of the trashcan that your brother had just thrown away! :) And you will climb on top of anything and everything (including your brothers Bob the Builder laptop that he's outgrown, but you LOVE it!) to get up on the sofa.

-You are back to sleeping through the night, for the most part :) We finally have a bedtime routine down for you. Up until about 2 weeks ago you didn't fall asleep unless Mommy or Daddy were holding you. I know it was a bad habit to be in BUT that's what worked for our family. However, along with that, came the inability for you to self soothe AT ALL. So I put my foot down (very begrudgingly ;)) and decided that you needed to be put asleep, while you were awake, and put yourself to sleep. IT.WAS.SO.EASY! You were ready! We say our prayers as a family, you say "bye bye" to Daddy and Manuel, blow kisses, I say my special little prayers for you on our way upstairs, I lay you down, turn on Violet (the doggy that plays music), cover you up, say, "Good night. I love you" and walk out. That's that! :)

-You now have a total of FOUR teeth! FINALLY! :) Since our last blog post (at 14 months) you now have both of your top one year molars coming in. YAY!!! :)

-You are amazing Mommy with how many words you say! You repeat EVERYTHING, but the words you actually use on your own are, "Mama" "Dada" "Ball" (everything round, even your waded up diapers are balls :)) "Go" "Bye bye" "Hi" "Nan Nan" (Manny, as in my son, not my husband. I call Manuel, Manuel, but at school, at church, etc. he goes by Manny). I'm sure there are more words, but that's all I can think of right now.

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

-You continue to pretty much eat anything and everything, even spinach! :) And you still LOVE water! And yes, you still eat some baby food.

-You LOVE being the center of attention! You will do anything you can to get people to laugh! :)
I love you my sweet baby girl!

And for good measure (some poor quality cell pics! :))
 Happy Girl! :)
Manuel teaching Mia his "sight words" for Kindergarten :) 

Friday, April 15, 2011

By the grace of God...

And for reasons I will never know or understand...my job (along with my co-workers) was saved. I will remain a full time employee and I could not be more thrilled/relived/THANKFUL/etc! I know it would have been a blessing to spend more time with my chilldren (obviously! :)) but I know that for my family, at this point in time, I need to be working full time, and clearly God agrees! :) I received a phone call last night, after I had left the office, from my co-worker, and she said they had just told her we were "safe". Thanks to D, T and B going to bat for us, and making it known what an asset we are to this company, we are staying! :)

This week has been an emotional roller coaster (not to sound dramatic, but it truly was. My heart is entirely too sensitive for so much for "craziness" in one week) but I had put it in God's hands, and this is what God wanted, so I'll take it! :)

I heard a song on the radio this morning that made me nod in agreement...

"I am not skilled to understand, what God has willed what God has planned. I only know at His right hand, stands One who is my Savior."-Aaron Shust

Thank you all SO much for your thoughts and prayers yesterday. It's amazing to see how much people who don't "know" me still take the time to care! :)

Have a great weekend! We have two birthday parties to attend tomorrow, so lots of pics to come on Monday! :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The unknown....

Thank you all very much for your prayers, comments and e-mails on my last post. I haven't updated since then because A) I cry every time I write/talk about it and B) It's still up in the air. A LONG recap...my co-worker (K) and I were told by our manager (D) that he had to let one of us go, but he couldn't bring himself to do that because we are AWESOME employees (if I do say so myself! :)) so we had to be moved to part time (24 hours/week). K and I were devastated, understandably so. That basically meant that what I was used to making every two weeks is what I would now be bringing home in a MONTH! We aren't poor by any stretch of the imagination, but we certainly aren't wealthy, so this was a huge blow to our family. After my last post I was very up front and honest with D and told him that I couldn't do it. There was no way I could come to work, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-1:15pm...the gas, the tolls, the daycare, the schooling it just didn't make sense at all. He understood. I told him I would have to regretfully to put in my notice and not be able to work here anymore. I asked him to speak to our HR Manager and see when my last day was. Now keep in mind through all of this, I am HEARTBROKEN (sobbing tears!)...I do not want to leave the job I've had for 4.5 years, the friends I've made, I don't want to take Manuel out of school (which also means no summer camp), I don't want to take Mia out of daycare, etc. but those were all things that were going to happen.

Fast forward a few hours, and D comes to me and says that they REALLY dont' want me to leave! This is ideally only temporary until things pick back up, and they'd hate to see me. How would I feel about working M, T and W from home (that way the kids could stay home with me and I would work). I said yes (not really FULLY thinking it through, OBVIOUSLY!) So that's what was decided. Then D's boss (B) got wind of what was going on (he had no idea) and was SO mad that they were doing this to K and I. So, now we are at a standstill...B, D and T (another boss type person), fighting to keep us on full time because we are WAY too good of employees to let us go. Things seem promising! I'm not getting my hopes up though. And that's why I haven't written since my last post because things are still very much back up in the air. BUT at least there is hope. I've cried for days, not over the job (although that would stink) but over Linnie losing Mia. Linnie is like our family. I could not ask for an amazing person to take care of my children (remember, she took care of Manuel from 8 months-4 years old) and she was beyond words upset about losing "her baby" (that's what she refers to Mia as :))

So, now I wait. Hopefully we hear something today. The waiting game stinks, but this is all in God's plan (I have to keep reminding myself!!! :)) and whatever is God's will, is what will happen. So I wait. And now that the emotions have simmered (a bit!) Manny and I have decided that really, there is no way I could work from home with both kids. How do you have a 5 year old and one year old (who need breakfast, lunch, dinner, diapers changed (well Mia :)), ATTENTION, things to do, etc. and still manage to work a full day and do actual work (math, nonetheless)!?!?!? It's not possible. At least not for me. SOOOOO, if things don't work out, and I don't stay on full time, I think I will still have to leave my job! :( But hopefully I won't even have to worry about that. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


Needless to say, stress has been my middle name these last few days. But God has this! I know He does! :)

And for good measure, you need pics, I just know it! ;)
Mia reading her baby a book (upside down :))


SO cute!


 HILARIOUS! Self pic :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Please pray....

I hate to ask for prayers for something that seems so "insignificant" in the grand scheme of life but my co-worker and I were just told that one of us had to be let go. Our boss couldn't choose (which was nice of him) so instead he opted for us both to be cut to part time hours. Sounds good, right? Well, not really because at this point I'd be working from 8:30am-1:15pm, Monday-Friday which means I basically would be working to keep Manuel in school and Mia in daycare. Doesn't make sense, right? Well of course not BUT I DO NOT WANT TO HAVE TO START A JOB SEARCH FROM SQUARE ONE! :( I am SO unbelievably shy and the thought of having to start from square one makes me want to cry (heck, I have). I know it sounds so petty, but if you knew me in real life you would say, "Oh yes Christina, that totally makes sense!" Please pray that my heart leads me to not what is best for me, but what is best for my family! I know that God will provide for us. I have faith. It is now time for me to say all those comforting words to myself that I normally say to other people. And not only say it, but believe it in my heart. And again, please know that a job loss is NOTHING compared to what others are experiencing, so I apologize if this seems petty, but this Momma needs some prayers for peace in my heart.

Thank you friends! :)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekend Wrap-up (and lots of pics)

Hey Friends!

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. It's supposed to be 80+ degrees here today in Maryland and although I'll be working all day, it'll still be nice to look out the window and know that it's beautiful outside! ;) Plus, it always warms my heart when I know that Manuel will be able to play outside during "free play" at school and Mia will be spending the entire day running, sliding, swinging, etc. and I love that thought! :)

Our weekend was GREAT! Friday night was pretty low-key, as they usually are. Hubby and I wake up at 4:45am Monday-Friday, so when Friday night comes around, it's usually about a 9pm bedtime for us! :) Plus the weather was rainy and cold, so it was an even better excuse to do nothing! :) Then Saturday was great...my sister Amy and I had planned on taking my mom out to lunch for her birthday, but first we needed to get Vivienne's (my 4 month old niece) ears pierced and get her Easter dress. (We had planned on also buying Mia's Easter dress that day but I jumped the gun and had to buy the one I saw at My Baby Clothes Boutique which I posted about a few days ago). It was great for my mom, sis and I to spend the day together (along with Vivienne and Mia). It doesn't happen nearly as often as we'd like...my mom works, my sister is a teacher and a mother to 5 (2 here on Earth, 3 in Heaven), and of course I work and have my two. So Saturday was a treat and SO much fun! We went to Olive Garden for lunch and it was AWESOME! While we were doing this Manny took Manuel to his 6 month check-up at the dentist and of course it went great! YAY Manuel!!!! :) Then Sunday was church, teaching Sunday school, and relaxing. I could have sworn that I downloaded some pics of my sweet niece and nephew to Photobucket this morning (from my sisters Facebook page) so I could share them on my blog, but I think I downloaded them on computer and then never uploaded them to Photobucket! :( Oh well, in the meantime, you'll just have to settle for lots of cute pics of my children (some from this past weekend and others from two weekends ago! :)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!





And I swear my husband DOES exist (although he's in SO few pictures! :)) He's not a fan of having his picture taken (who is, really? :)) and I don't force the issue! :) But I promise, he's real! :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday Ya'll (said in my best southern accent except I don't have one! ;))

I STILL need to post super adorable pictures of Mia and Manuel from LAST weekend, but I had to share these 3 (very poor quality)* pics that I took with my cell phone this morning. The "legs" Mia is wearing are from mama runs with scissors. I won a giveaway last week that she had and I absolutely LOVE them! Check out her Etsy shop. You won't be disappointed! :)

*My cell phone broke on Monday :( It wasn't anything special but it had SO many videos, pictures, "notes" (on the Notepad tool), etc. on it from the time Mia was born up until now. I slid it open to send a text and it just broke. It won't power on, it won't do anything! :( I'm super bummed that all of those videos, pictures, etc are gone. I know, I know, I should have downloaded them (if that's even possible. I'm so NOT technically savy! :)), backed them up, but it's too late now. And to add insult to injury when I tried to use Backup Assistant to put my contacts in my "new" phone, SOMEHOW I overwrote all of Manny's contacts with mine, so now I don't even have any of my numbers, UGH! Oh well, it's a cell phone. If that's my biggest "problem" of the week, I should thank God! So now I'm using one of Manny's old cell phone (circa 1967 ;)) and the camera isn't the best.

But enough babbling, here are the pics...(oh, and if you notice the kids look a little tired, it was 6:30am!!! :))



Have a great weekend!!!! :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Old Man Winter

Yes, I know it's a Spring (my favorite season) and we are a mere 17 days away from Easter, BUT I came across a slew of pictures from our last storm (hmmm, January or February) that I had never posted and I wanted to share...

Enjoy and be thankful that we won't see snow again for several more months (at least not in my neck of the woods, I HOPE!!!! :)
 These two are inserperable! It warms my heart to no end to see them interact! :)
 Gathering up snow for their snowman

 My bundled up sweet pea
"Um Mommy, I really can't move!" :)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday! Tomorrow I will post more "season appropriate" pics from last weekend! :) I am SO good about posting pics on Facebook and then I forget that most of you aren't Facebook friends, so I need to post them here too (since I know you are just DYING {sarcasm :)} to see them too! :) 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: Why?



Link up with Shell and Pour Your Heart Out...

*DISCLAIMER: This is going to get pretty "deep" so feel free to skip this and return tomorrow when I'm back to posting pictures of the kids! :)*

Last Sunday's sermon was about why God allows bad things to happen to good people. As always, Dr. Hall, our Senior Pastor, did a wonderful job of delivering the message, straight from the Bible.And I get it, I really do, but still, if I'm being honest, it's SO difficult to understand. (I know, that was a total contradiction, but just follow me  :)) Actually, I guess it's really easy to understand if you believe in God, but still, sometimes my heart, my mind, my soul, cries out, "Why??????"

I had mentioend yesterday that I have a very sensitive heart when it comes to my children, and I do, but I also have a very sensitive heart when it comes to total strangers. Those of you out there struggling, who's blogs I've come across, I'm praying for you. I am! Those parents struggling with sick children, I read your stories and I picture myself in your shoes. Although I can't understand the depths of your pain, I try to imagine a millimeter of it, and my heart breaks. Those of you out there struggling with a child who has died. I read your stories and just cry. I keep thinking, "Why? How? I just don't get it!" And I don't. We won't ever have answers this side of Heaven and I know that. But day after day in this blogging world you come across SO many stories of heartache, tragedy, and sadness, and you can't help but think, "WHY???????"

I pray, and I know that might be all that I can do for some of these families. I hope it's enough. I hope they know that total strangers are praying for them, and that it eases their load if only for a moment. Yes, I know, there are plenty of happy, "fun" blogs too, and I read those too :), but my heart and mind is always drawn to those who are suffering (perhaps thats why I've always wanted to go into the Mental Health and Human Services field). I read so many blogs about pregnancy and infant loss (I am drawn to them because of my nephews) and I can't help but think, "Why would God "allows" a woman to carry a baby full term only for it to pass away during birth?" "Why would a woman be "allowed" to get pregnant after struggling for years with infertility only to lose the babies 24 weeks into her pregnancy?" And really, the list of "Whys?" goes on and on.

This has just really been weighing on my heart this week. I read about it every day, and pray about it everyday. But for some reason this week seems to be sadness overload... I've come across this totally unimaginable, heartbreaking story, and then read about the heartbreak that this family has yet again experienced (more sadness then 100 families combined should ever have to go through) and this amazing mommy who lost her husband while pregnant with their third child and the blogs of failed adoptions I read about from the grieving adoptive families. Then there is sweet Lucy and Kate who everyone in blogland is praying for. And sweet Alexis is from my area and shared the same birthday as Manuel (same day and year) who passed away from a brain tumor, DIPG. And the list, sadly, could go on and on. But I think you get my point. When you come across these blogs, pray for these people. It's the least we can do. When the "big name bloggers" ask for prayers for various families, and you visit them and comment, "I'm praying!" Make sure you do. Again, it's the least we can do. I'm sure you would want others to do that for your family if that was YOU going through something life changing.

I think that part of the reason why these stories touch my soul SO much (more then just say your average person who comes across a sad story)...I'm a mommy, I'm a wife, I'm a sister, I'm a daughter, and I try to imagine myself in these people shoes. And when you do that, you can't help but be touched by these stories. What if that were Mia? What if that were Manuel? What if that were Manny? UGHHHHH!

I just don't get it sometimes...

Wee Bit Wednesday




{one} what is one food that, as an adult you love, but as a child you said you’d never touch?
Oh my goodness, SO many things...mushrooms, onions, asparagus, and really the list could go on and on

{two} did you go to college? if yes, what was your major?
Yes, I did go to college. My major was Mental Health and Human Services. I stopped going before I got my AA. *sadness* :( I hope to go back one day


{three} what’s the most wild animal you’ve seen in real life (not counting the zoo)?
A deer? hahhahaha! :) But really, other than the usual deers, racoons, etc. I haven't really ever seen anything wild


{four} have you ever been to a fortune teller?
Yes. My aunt and uncle used to have a HUGE Halloween party every year at a local mansion (it was SO neat!) and one year they had a fortune teller. I was scared to death to talk with her, but I did. I was 5 months pregnant with Manuel. It was neat, but I don't recall a thing she told me! :)


{five} can you juggle?
No


{six} hardwood floors or carpet?
Our house has both, but I would prefer all hardwood. With children carpet gets SO dirty!


{seven} is it called “soda” or “pop”?
Soda


{eight} what was your first car?
Kia Sephia


{nine} what is the most decadent dessert you’ve ever eaten?
Oh geez, dessert is my weakness, so tons of things! :)


{ten} how often do you rearrange your furniture?
Never. Once we get our own home (that we buy, not rent), I'm sure it's something I'll do every once in a while

Happy Wednesdsay!

Pics coming later! :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Catching up....

Hello Friends! It's been a few days since I've posted a "real" post, so here it goes...

I feel like we have been in a whirlwind of sickness since last Tuesday. Manny had to pick Manuel up from school because he was running a fever. My poor child was out of school from Tuesday afternoon and he JUST went back this morning (Tuesday!) He was running crazy high fevers (103+! When he was younger that would cause him to have seizures, but he's outgrown that. Now, when he has really high fevers he hallucinates. UGH! But I will say I'd rather hear him babble about nonsense than see him seizing ANY DAY! Those are pictures I don't think I will EVER be able to erase from my memory! :( )We took him to Patient First on Tuesday evening and they said he had an ear infection. I knew it went further than that, but I'm not a doctor so I took their word for it and moved on. Then after several days of fevers I knew something else was going on. My mom took him to his ped yesterday and sure enough he was wheezing so he's on antibiotics for that, steroids, his daily inhaler, etc. Poor little guy! :( BUT he did seem better today, so much to his dismay, off to school he went (I'm sure it's easy to get spoiled by staying home for several days in a row with grandmas! :))

Mia is being Mia! Sheww, that girl is ORNERY! :) Manuels tantrums were NOTHING compared to my sweet baby girls! :) She can be SO sweet and so loving and just the absolute cutest little thing you've ever seen and then just like that she turns on you! ;) It's quite funny actually, but of course we don't let her know that! I have tons of adorable pics from this past weekend, but haven't downloaded them on the computer yet :( I hope to share them this week!

We got the official date for Manuel's preschool graduation...May 27th at 11am. Oh dear! No seriously, I'm sure some of you are reading this and thinking, "There she goes with her dramatics again about her son growing up..." But really, my heart (especially when it comes to my children) is extremely sensitive. I cry about anything and everything! I've always been this way, ever since I was little. I cried for days leading up to Manuel starting preschool and him ending his days at Linnie's (where Mia now goes). I have no doubt I will be "ugly crying" come graduation day (You know what I mean...the kind of crying where your face gets all red, your eyes get puffy, the whole nine yards! :)) And I'm sure they'll have some sort of sweet song, play or performance, and then it'll all be over for this momma! :)

And my goodness, I forgot to mention the final surprise of my wedding anniversary that hubby pulled off (We can NEVER surprise one another, EVER!). When I got home from work last Wednesday, I walked in the house and Manny was dressed in a nice shirt and pants. I stopped for a sec and thought, "Hmm, that's odd. I guess he decided to be dressed when I got home while we ate dinner." (instead of in his "comfies" like usual). He said, "Don't take your coat off. Your mom will be here shortly and she's watching the kids while we go to dinner!" I was VERY surprised and very excited. It was a week night, we both had work in the morning, so we just stayed local and went to Red Lobster, but every second of it was awesome. The food, the conversation, and just the ability to "be" without having to share my cheddar biscuits! ;)

Okay, so this was totally random, but I like to post something of significance (well, at least in my eyes ;) once a week since this is our family journal of sorts! :)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 4, 2011

2011 Ultimate Blog Party

Happy Monday Everyone!

I decided to link up to 5 Minutes for Mom and their Ultimate Blog Party! It's never my intention to reach 10,000 followers or anything of that nature, but I do like to get my blog out there in hopes of being an encouragement to others, through my blogging! :) Visit the Ultimate Blog Party. You won't be disappointed, and I'm sure you'll find tons of blogs that you might not have otherwise found! :)

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Let's see...

If this is your first time here, my name is Christina

I live in Maryland. I have two amazing (ornery! ;) children, and a wonderful, awesome husband. I work full time (outside of the home). I teach Sunday school to two and three year olds. I could really work on being more patient (ironic since I'm a mother and Sunday school teacher, no? ;) My dream job is to be a social worker/child advocate/something that can help the world be a better place, but right now, I'm a Pricing Analyst at a mortgage company and SO thankful for my job. We are Baptist and attend church regularly. I'm not "in your face" about religion, but I do share my take on topics here and I will be the first to say, that without finding God, I would not be here today!

I blog about my children, my life, and randomly do a giveaway. I'd do more giveaways if given the opportunity. My blog posts tend to be pretty "light", BUT I do post about serious topics as my heart leads me. My father was an addict, my husband was an addict so you'll sometimes come across posts about that. I lost my triplet nephews in May 2008 due to them being born at 23 1/2 weeks so you will also see postings about them. I think about them EVERYDAY! I tend to find myself following a lot of infant loss blogs as well because my heart aches for those mommies :(

I'm a huge believer in the power of prayer and pray often! If we are online friends you can basically count on the fact that I pray for you! :) I'm super sensitive and cry every week over watching Coming Home, One Born Every Minute and Secret Millionaire (yes, I LOVE reality TV! :)

Okay, enough about me...

Here's my hubby, Manny...


And my children, Manuel (5) and Mia (1)...

Thanks for stopping by!