Sunday, April 15, 2012

Easter Pics #2

Happy Sunday Friends! :) 

I hope you all had (since it's almost over) a great weekend! We had a great weekend...a birthday party on Saturday, LOTS of spring cleaning (not so fun! ;)) and then church, Bible Study (awesome) and outside play! :) Lots to update you all on, but for now, I think a week later is a great time ;) to share some of my fav pics (ones I took) from Easter! :) 

 Mia eating pasta..not sure that ANY of it got in her mouth ;)
A little gross, but mostly funny :) 
 His biggest, most fake cheese ;) Getting ready to dye Easter eggs before bed

 Off to church on Easter morning
 The best pic I could get of the two of them outside of church
 The Easter Bunny even came to Mom-mom's house (Manny's moms)

 Patiently waiting for their annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mom-moms

 The priceless expression of finding her first egg
 It was easier to run in bare feet :) 
 The kids great-grandmother, Buscia....this pic cracks me up because she is such a fashionsita, but clearly house slippers were more comfortable than heels for an egg hunt! :) 

 Patiently waiting to trade in their eggs for the "gifts" that were in the eggs

 Buscia (Manny's dads mom) and her great granchildren
 Granny (Manny's moms mom) and her great grandchildren
 My BEAUTIFUL children

Post-Easter Dinner cake that I made for my moms birthday! :)

Prayers for your week to start off well friends! :) 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Pics #1

I was planning on posting the pictures I had taken yesterday, but when I saw my cousins pics on Facebook, I had to "steal" them and post them immediately! Enjoy! :)

 Manuel hanging around with Poppy
Vivienne (niece) and her brother, Spencer

 Angelina (my cousins daughter) and Mia

 Last year Mia had a black eye on Easter...this year it was Vivi's turn

 My moms beautiful creations :) 
 My moms b-day is tomorrow so we surprised her with a cake and some homemade cards by the kiddos :)
 Probably my fav pic ever of Mia and I

A picture and a story

Happy Monday Friends! :)

I hope you all had a FABULOUS weekend...we had a beautiful Easter, and I have some pretty awesome pictures to share, but I need to upload them at home, and well, unfortunately, I'm at work :)

But in the meantime, I have a cute story/pic...

Tomorrow, Manuel starts "Open Door" tomorrow (a before/after school program our county runs at his elementary school (and several of the local elementary schools in the area. It's significantly cheaper than Celebree (where he's been going since he was 4), and with us moving at the end of June we needed to start cutting costs, and most importantly Manuel was requesting to go there because several of the kiddos in his Kindergarten class attend, so we obliged :)) Since Friday was his last day at Celebree and school doesn't start back (from Spring Break) until tomorrow, we figured today he would just go to Linnie's (aka Linda...Mia's sitter, and who watched Manuel from 8 month-4 years old.). Mia was very excited to have her big brother come with her today! :) We are driving down the road, and per usual, I had my local 95.1 Shine FM on (Christian radio) and a song came on that I LOVE "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin...

Me: "Ohhhh, I LOVE this song!"
Manuel: "Are you going to raise your hand while you sing Mommy?" (as in raise my hand in praise, which I tend to do, yes, even in the car! :))
Me: "Not yet. It's not at the part where I do that."
Manuel: "Mia, are you going to do it too?" (he knows that Mia will often follow suite and also "praise" with me :))
Mia: Starts praying (our usual bedtime prayer. Silly girl! That's her "go to prayer" ;) then grabs Manuels hand (like we do when we pray at dinner). I stop at a red light, turn around and see this...

Life isn't perfect, but we (Manny and I), must be doing something right! ;)

And yes, Manuel got a haircut and yes he looks SO much older, but it looks GREAT! He just seems happier, which make me happy! :) (and yes, he's wearing Spongebob. I don't let him wear it to school, so he wanted to take full advantage and wear it today! ;))

I'll be back soon with some super adorable Easter pics! :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

Living He loved me...

As a Christian, there is no other greater joy than knowing our Savior! He died for our sins and than rose again to save us. I pray that you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and if not, this Sunday (or today or tomorrow ;)) would be a beautiful day to get to know Him! :)

Each day I grow in my Christianity and closer to the Lord. I am flawed, that's an understatement, but my Jesus loves me no matter what and for that I am SO thankful.

Song lyrics speak to me, and I feel like these lyrics are perfect for today...

Glorious Day by Casting Crowns
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
And 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

'Cause living He loved me, dying He saved me
And 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 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
Living He loved me, dying He saved me
And buried He carried my sins far away
Rising He justified freely forever
One day He's coming, oh, glorious day, oh, glorious day
Glorious day

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

I pray that you all have a wonderful Easter! :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Let's go climb a tree

Hello sweet friends (and I mean that! :) There are several of you out there who I've formed true, genuine friendships with (even if we will probably never meet this side of Heaven! ;)) that I just adore! I mean when we are becoming Facebook friends from my personal page to your personal page (not just my page to your blog page!) that's true friendship! ;) But seriously, it just amazes me how this blogging world works...and people who don't blog totally DON'T understand it, but it's all a "God thing" how you can feel such a close bond with someone who you've never met!

I just realized that I never posted about our awesome weekend, well, it ended up being a tad not-awesome but that's okay, we still had fun! :) Friday night, for our anniversary, we did just as we had planned...Hop (the movie) OnDemand, carry out sushi, and relaxing. It was GREAT! Then Saturday Manny worked, so I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese (for a birthday party) and they had a blast! The bullroast was a lot of fun, and it was great to catch up with old friends, but it became clearly that this momma who NEVER drinks, can't even hang with some wine because I was feeling it for days! ;) I must be getting old! We were SUPPOSED to take the kids to the circus on Sunday, but as we were heading downtown, I just happened to read the vouchers (a friend who owns her own business had given us 4 tickets because she had been given them by a client and couldn't use them), only to realize that the tickets were for a Monday-Friday show, NOT a weekend show! :( We were all really bummed out! And you may be thinking, "Well, why didn't you just go to the show and buy tickets?" Even with the cheapest seats, it would still cost and arm and a leg, and we are saving to move in June. The only reason we were going in the first place is because they were complimentary passes. So instead of the circus, we settled for ice cream, the pet store and playing outside, not even close to almost as awesome as the circus! My heart may have broken a bit when I was going to get Mia out of the car at the pet store and she said, "Seeing elephants?" :( It was my fault for not reading the tickets and I felt AWFUL! But we made the best of it! :)

Now, on to the title of my post...yesterday, after we got home from work and daycare it was SO beautiful outside, so we took the kids front and they climbed the tree in our yard (and rode bikes, played soccer, etc.) It was a great evening!

These two faces brighten my world! :)

I was holding Mia in the tree while taking the pic :)
Mia "climbing" the tree ;)
Yes, he's that high. No, I'm not crazy! I'm actually quite proud of myself..I am REALLY neurotic when it comes to my children, almost to a fault. With everything that Manuel is going through (if you've been praying, it's working, so thank you!) I realized that perhaps my "craziness" is starting to rub off on him and not helping what he's going through, so I'm trying to loosen up a bit. I would never let him (or Mia) put themselves in danger, but I'm working on relaxing a bit. It's working! ;)

Tomorrow is Friday and I can't wait for Easter Sunday with my family! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! :)