Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never forget...9/11/01

I just went back and read my post from last year and nothing has changed, except it's been 11 years instead of 10. This day will always spark a huge amount of emotion, even fear, in me. I think it's just the nature of that vicious attack. As I said my prayers this morning I thought...so many people were getting ready, just as I am, heading to work, and they NEVER knew that in a few short hours their lives would be taken away. So sad, so heartbreaking. God bless those people who lost their lives. God bless those families left behind. God bless those children whos moms were pregnant with them at the time, and they'll never get to meet their daddies, this side of Heaven. I will never forget. My children will never forget. Although they are too young to understand it now, or even be told what today is all about, they wore their red, white and blue today, in honor of the THOUSANDS of lives lost...THOUSANDS of lives taken in a few short hours. It is SO hard to wrap your brain around, even 11 years later.

Don't ever forget...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dutch Wonderland Pics

Last weekend we ended our summer with a trip to Dutch Wonderland. It's a fun little amusement park in Pennsylvania, geared towards the younger crowd. Manuel is probably on the verge of being a tad too "old" for it, but all in all, he had a great time too! :) We went with my sister, her husband and their kiddos.

And for good measure...
 The kids waiting patiently for their cousins to arrive so our day of fun can start! :) 

 Spencer and Vivenne are here! :) 
 Cousins :)
 Mia and I "flying" :) 


 I don't do things that spin, but Manny and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it! :) 
 Vivi LOVES her Uncle Manny







 Manuel's piggies...not sure why I decided to ride the Sky Lift with my sister and Manuel when I'm scared to death of heights! :) 



I am SUCH a big baby...yes, I was THAT scared! ;)

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! :) 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Still "here" :)

Goodness gracious, it's been FOREVER! (a month today, if I'm not mistaken), but I'm still here and life is going AMAZING! I hope you all are doing well. I've continued to read up on all of my blogging friends, but I just haven't had the time to post! :)

A lot has happened in a month...lots of work, lots of church, awesome Sunday school discussions in our married couples class, Mia's 2.5 year check-up, cookouts, Back to School night, Manuel's first day of 1st grade, and a trip to Dutch Wonderland! :)

The first day of school for Manuel was super scary as a school shooting happened at a high school a mile or two from his elementary school! :( I know none of you that read this are local, so I'm not sure if it made news in your area, but it was a very sad, scary first day of school for many of our community children! The 15 year old who was shot is still in critical condition, and the poor, tortured school is in custody...such a sad situation. Such a sad state of affairs that our world is in! :( You always here these stories and are saddened but when it happens in your very own, nice, middle class, community, it really brings it all home. I pray for all of the children out there, across the country, that their school years would be peaceful and safe!

Besides that awful start, Manuel had a great first week of school! He is only one of 4 little boys in class (the rest are girls) and honestly I think that's what he needs. He is SO smart, and needs to apply himself..I feel he wasn't able to do that last year because he was too caught up in the monkey business, goofing off. His teacher is a tad older, seems to be really good with the kids, so I'm very optimistic for Manuel's school year!!!! :) We just joined the PTA for the new school year, and are excited to have our first family fun night this coming Friday!

Here are some pics from the first day...
 An end of summer, run through the rain, and enjoy an ice cream cone kind of day! :) 
 You pick and choose your battles...LOVE the Ravens book bag, NOT a fan of Spongebob! :)
 My 1st grader! :)
 My babies! :)
 Cracking up at Mia insisting on taking our picture! :)
 She's not in school, but still needed her pic taken too! ;)