Saturday, December 30, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Click Here to view slide show! We had a wonderful time. We really did need to get toys for the kids because they had grown out of theirs and I donated most of them so they were bored! Now, they are actually playing together and spending time actually having fun. On Christmas Eve we visited Charles' family, then took the boys to see them in their Christmas play, then back to my house for the party with my family and some friends. The next day the kids woke up to presents here and then we headed off to Charles' grandparents house. All in all it turned out to be a great time. :)
Monday, December 18, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
I just love the holidays! Not so much the shopping and all the materialistic aspect of it. But the lights, the cheery moods, the music, the crisp air, the excitement. Today at Scottsdale Bible there was a Christmas tree and every ornament had a name so I got to put mine on one and hang it. Today I took the boys in my class down the hallway so they can watch the construction men at work laying down concrete. They loved it! Then we went back to work after a half hour. They got to see it being poured and then smoothed out. Today I get my Christmas picture cards from Costco. I'm so excited to send all 125 out! Anyhow, I hope your Holiday season is going well also. :) The kids and I have so much planned, like the lights at the zoo, a church production at a church we always love to see, a bible town that another church makes in December with all the animals and things you can walk through. Then, our own kids plays. This is such a fun season to spend together as a family. I especially feel blessed to share it with Charles. He is such a joy to be around. :)
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
We took the kids to the sitters and then we ate at Havana Cafe. We've been going there for 8 years together and we were sad to see that Greg "the main man" was gone. Then they tore down all the little leaves and lights that were so pretty. They painted and made the place brighter. It wasn't as pretty as it normally would be. We still loved our food as usual though. :)
Then we headed off to the Cheesecake Factory and shared the cherry cheesecake with some coffee. It was a nice night together. :)
Celebrating 8 years! Here are our 3 pics. :)
Happy 8th anniversary. To my love, you loved me even when I was unlovable. To my friend, you listened to me when I was in tears. To the father of my children, thank you for my four beautiful blessings. To my husband, thank you for working hard so that I can stay at home. To have all of that in one person makes you a rarity these days. Who could've imagined that it was possible to find "the one" and truly know the right decision was made? You picked me when others said not to. You married me when some said we shouldn't. You showed me that I could trust you at your word to never let me down. To never break a promise. You proved that to me on December 5th, 1998. A winter day when the Christmas lights were starting to go up. When the carols were being sung. You asked me to marry you in a beautiful restaurant with the view of the city behind me at night. You didn't know but you married me in the month I always dreamt of marrying, in December. I hadn't planned it that way but I always daydreamed about a winter wedding. I love your name and you proved the meaning of your name. You are an amazing husband, father, and friend in this day in age. I'll never forget that the day after our wedding, it snowed in Scottsdale even though it's never supposed to snow and it hasn't snowed since. That year was a magical year for me, the year you gave the rest of your life to me. Every time I hold your hand, I remember the first time you held mine. Thank you for saving our first kiss for our wedding day. I love you, Charles. I can't wait for the rest of our lives.
To Martin and Maureen; thank you for helping to bring Charles and I together. Without you we wouldn't have been able to marry and for that I am truly grateful. Martin, thank you for sacrificing for us and using your hard earned money to give me a wedding I always wanted. Maureen, thank you for your time and all the love you put into everything. The planning and details. I know it was a lot of work for you and you pulled it all off so wonderfully. I couldn't of asked for a better mother and -father-in-law. I love you guys so much.
To my mom and dad; thank you for paying for our honeymoon. It was a beautiful resort and I thank you for all the last minute planning. Thank you for always being there to hear my thoughts and you've been there through my tears. Thank you for helping us with so many things throughout the 8 years. I appreciate you so much and I am forever grateful! I love you.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Happy Birthday to my best friend Brianne. I didn't know that real friends existed any more until I met you. It's hard to find a friend that doesn't just fade away after a year or leave when they find another friend. You've been my friend even when I wasn't in a good mood. When I was havin' a bad day, you would listen. When I was crying, you would tell me you'll pray for me. When I was disappointed you would let me voice my fears. Thank you for always being there. Happy birthday, Brianne.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
|Stephen Wiltshire MBE, (born 1974) is an accomplished architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. Stephen's interests are: earthquakes, cars, and architecture, in that order.|
He is an award winning artist with a truly amazing gift!
Stephen Wiltshire was born April 24, 1974 to West Indian parents in London, England. He was mute and at the age of three was diagnosed as an autistic. The same year his father died in a motorcycle accident. At the age of four, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London where he expressed interest in drawing. He began to communicate through his drawings. At the age of 8, he began to draw imaginary post-earthquake cityscapes and cars.
Teacher Chris Marris begun to encourage his drawing and with his aid Wiltshire also slowly learned to speak at the age of 9.
At the age of ten, Wiltshire drew a series of pictures he called a "London Alphabet", a sequence of drawings of London landmarks, one for each letter.
When Wiltshire was part of a BBC programme The Foolish Wise Ones in 1987, viewers phoned in, expressing interest to buy his work. A collection of his works, named Drawings, was published that year.
Wiltshire has become a popular artist. He can look at a target once and then draw a very accurate and very detailed picture of it. He once drew the whole of central London after a helicopter trip above it. He can also make imaginary scenes like St. Paul's cathedral surrounded by flames.
In 2003, there was a major retrospective in the Orleans House gallery in Twickenham, London.
Stephen's work has since been the subject of many TV documentaries; neurologist Oliver Sacks writes about him in the chapter "Prodigies", in his book An Anthropologist on Mars.
His books include Drawings (1987), Cities (1989), Floating Cities (1991), and Stephen Wiltshire's American Dream (1993). His third book - Floating Cities (Michael Joseph, 1991) - was number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
In 2006, Stephen Wiltshire was awarded an MBE for services to art[
Saturday, December 02, 2006
My husband's job had an office party at the Sheraton Hotel like last years. We dropped our kids off at the sitters and headed to the hotel. It was fun! We did the same stuff as last year. First we eat dinner, then the music starts. Some people dance (in their own section), some stay and visit, some go play poker. Now you have to know that their is no real gambling happening. Otherwise we'd have no part of it! Some people won prizes like Sean who won $500 and others won $250. They just call out random names and people win. We won last year. I finally found some fellow Christians so we hung out outside and talked for awhile and that's when the night really picked up for me. I'm not really into the loud music and all that other stuff. Anyhow, I got home late so I'm heading for bed! I"m stuffed with food and dessert and now I'm exhausted. Oh, I just love the holidays! :)
Thursday, November 30, 2006
(If I decided someday to have another)
1. Because I want to. That's why. (Now that I got that out of the way, let's move on!
2. Because I just can't wait to see how cute those new Maternity Clothes are all about that everyone's been talking about.
3. Because I want a newborn, just one more time.
4. I love the look on Charles' face when I tell him another one is on the way.
5. I wish I could be assured that my last one would be a girl for Ivy, but I just have to hope.
6. I looooove the look on people's face when they see me pregnant and ask me if this is my first. I love their reaction when I tell them exactly what number it is. (If I did get pregnant again, it would be #5).
7. I always wanted to see what it'd be like to have a winter baby. 3 boys are in August and my girl is in July.
8. I love the look people give me when I tell them what number pregnancy I'm on and then they ask me "How old are you anyway?!" For some reason everyone says I look younger than I actually am. Remember, God designed women to have children early on, that's why ovulation starts decreasing after the age of 27. I'm 27 right now.
9. I love their little hands and lips when they are newborns! Soooo cute!
10. I've always just wanted 5 kids. Plus, I only have 5 seats available in my van for kids!
11. I've always wanted to be surprised about whether I'm having a boy or girl. I don't know if I could make it 9 months though!
12. I think children are such a blessing from the Lord and the only people that disagree are those that don't know the bible or understand it's interpretation.
13. I just think children are beautiful and I love how they teach me what life is really all about. Nothing in this world ever compares.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Oh gosh. I wasn't gonna share with you about what happened on "Black Friday" because I didn't want to seem like I was venting. But I think I'll go ahead and share it with you now that I've calmed down and I can see it with a little bit of humor. Maybe... Okay, first off, we had planned for awhile to hang out at our friends house. While the guys take a few of the kids, Michele and I were gonna go shopping at the mall for the day after Thanksgiving sales. After Charles and I drove a half hour to our friend's house (and Michele and her family), we find out that they had changed their minds and didn't want us girls there with our kids. Michele and I, in shock, got back in our vehicles (with our 7 kids) and drove to the mall. We were definitely bummed because even though it was gonna be a game day for the guys, it was also gonna be our fun day. I have to also mention that when we go to people's houses, we always clean up after our kids so that we don't leave toys everywhere. That's something I take pride in. So I knew that wasn't the problem. Anyhow, what's done is done. On the way to the mall, Ryan threw up all over himself and Michele found him some extra pants. We met at the mall and it was extremely crowded. I went into Guess first off to get my jacket, then headed to American Eagle for my husband's anniversary gift, then Windsor for my dresses. While I'm in Windsor trying on my anniversary dress (and the other is my Wedding Vow renewal dress), my poor friend is trying to keep all 7 kids together. She finally takes them to the play area by herself. Kyle and another kid got into a little fight at the same time that Ivy was escaping. I then hurt my foot so it was painful to walk. I don't know what happened to it. We go to the toy store and my friend turns her head for a second and doesn't see her little son walk out. It was soooo crowded in there, it was crazy. Security locates him in a Sprint store. He had wandered very far. My poor friend was crying she was so scared. We then decided to go to a McDonalds OUTSIDE the mall. She backs out in the parking lot and then a guy backs into her car so now she has a dent in it. We finally back our cars out of the crazy parking lot and somehow we lost each other. I drove and drove around the area but never found her. I finally just start driving from the mall and I spot her going the opposite direction as me. I do a quick u-turn and honk at her. We finally met up there and ate awhile. With 7 little kids, somehow all cups got completely spilt over and we were wondering if we should leave a tip the table area looked so bad!! LOL! We call the guys and ask them if they just want to meet us at Michele's house so we don't have to be banned any longer. They agree so they meet us their soon after. Once we arrive there, Ivy starts to get diarrhea and Chaz throws up 3 different times after that. Finally after we head out of there I was extremely exhausted and my foot was killing me! I can safely say that it was definitely Black Friday it was so crazy! LOL!
Friday, November 24, 2006
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Of course the thanksgiving gathering with Charles' family was much larger but we just got a photo with the immediate family. To the left is Mike, Desiree (Charles' sister), Charles, Ivy, me, my father and mother-in-law Martin and Maureen, Melanie (Charles' sister) with her future husband Juan.
I hope you had a great weekend!!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
1. Well, first off, I am so glad that Charles and I got over the flu last night so we could enjoy thanksgiving dinner today! The same thing happened last year!
2. I'm so grateful that I have wonderful in-laws so that spending the day with them is enjoyable! Everyone is just so pleasant to be around.
3. I am so grateful that God gave me such a loving husband that would be so selfless and so attentive. I hear so many stories of how little couples have in common, or how they don't communicate well, or how they are so into their careers. Only God could of led me to Charles. I'm so thankful for that.
4. I can't believe I've been so blessed to have unbelievably handsome sons and a beautiful daughter. Could I have gotten any more blessed?! Sheesh la-weez!
5. I'm getting a house finally! I'm so sick of living in apartments. Charles and I are kicking ourselves for not buying sooner. We just never were interested because we just loved living in luxury apartments and not having to worry about anything.
6. I am so blessed to have been able to lose most of my weight after 4 kids! Thank you dad for your awesome metabolism! Believe me, I didn't work for it so I can't take any credit. In fact, all of my dad's side are skinny. You would be shocked if you saw how skinny all my uncles and aunts are. :P
7. I'm so grateful that my husband has a wonderful career that he loves. Not many people can say they actually love what they do for a living.
8. I've always wanted a beautiful piano, not a keyboard, and it sounds beautiful. I love just being in the quiet and running my fingers up and down the beautiful keys.
9. I'm grateful that I'll be getting a house and so that I can start getting some pets. We want to big dogs, one little dog for me, we have a little kitten, and we'll be getting some birds. Oh, and I'll be aquiring a little aquarium for my new little tadpoles that'll be turning into frogs soon. Maybe a hamster. Oh, the possibilites are endless!!! I would get some fish but I can't ever keep them alive. Ever.
10. I have great sisters-in law. (yes, that's how you say it. Not sister-in-law's). Could I be any luckier?
11. I have a great church!!! I love how much their focus is on evangelism and reaching out beyond the 4 walls. I love how they go out to Mill ave and witness to everyone that passes by. We have people in church that got saved that way and have stayed.
12. I have a great best friend. She's funny, sweet, and fun to be around. She's loyal and she keeps secrets and isn't a gossiper! Trust me, people like her are hard to find! I am definately grateful for her.
13. I am so grateful that I have Christian parents and that they raised me in church. They are loving, giving, and loyal to what really matters in life. I am lucky that they attend the same church as I do.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Last night, while I was at the salon, Charles walked the kids around the mall. I only like a certain salon, even though they cost more, I don't have to worry about someone cutting too much hair off when I just ask them for a trim. Well, Charles came in to the salon after I was already seated and I was like, "look at my kids!" to the lady. Right then Ivy threw up all over herself in the stroller. Twice. Everyone saw it. That's happened to me other times. The timing is so odd. So Charles left to go clean her off in a bathroom somewhere and shortly I get a phone call from him on my cell. He's asking me if I can take a break to come rescue him so he doesn't start heaving also. I told him I couldn't but I told him the easiest way to wipe it all up. I was giggling because he was having such a hard time. Then Charles went to a store to buy her a new outfit and came back in to see me. She looked adorable with her new outfit and hat! So he left again with the kids and I got a call shortly after asking me if I had any diapers. I said that the disney diaper bag was in the van. I heard a big sigh. He just ends up asking a mom nearby for one so he wouldn't have to leave to get one. I'm giggling on the other end because I completely understood what he was going through! It was nice to not have to be the one to deal with it. Hee, hee... Then Charles found out that she just didn't have a messy diaper. It was diarreah so it messed up her new outfit a little. After he got her changed and set to go, she threw up again. By the time he came back, I was trying so hard not to smile. I know that sounds evil but I just couldn't help seeing the irony in it! As a mom, I completely understood how he felt. Oh man.... Hee, hee! Really, I shouldn't be laughing! Ummm... I just heard Ivy do something right now and then say "uh oh"... so that probably means I'd better go. Where's daddy when I need him? :)
Monday, November 20, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Could there possibly be anymore errands than the ones we ran yesterday! Sheesh! Can you tell by looking at Charles that we've been in horrible traffic just trying to drive through the biltmore (one of our favorite places) and around the rest of the adjacent cities? Can you tell in the picture that I was not prepared to be going out in public looking like that? :x Oh man! Don't let your jaw drop but we were running errands for 7 hours. Yes, 7 hours. After that, we headed to bible study and since I forgot to change before hand I had to go into one of my favorite stores, Aeropostale, and buy a cute pink sweater (that goes so great with jeans).
See Ivy passed out in the backseat? Today we had more errands to run because we had to go buy Jasmine's little pink collar and get her a tag made that says her name and our number. Arrgh! Never mind that I got incredibly lost trying to get around the mountains so it took me a half hour to get only a few miles away. That was embarrassing to admit to my husband because I never get lost. Just everwhere I turn, there was a mountain. I was like, "Have mercy"!
You know, I look ghost white in that picture. That's what happens in the fall and winter time. Then when summer comes this kind of tan happens! I wish it would always stay like that. I hope I'm not blinding you in the picture above. You probably got a sunburn just looking at me. :P
Friday, November 17, 2006
My son Chaz got in trouble at school and he is not allowed to go back until I have a parent-teacher meeting so he's been out for 3 days. That is standard for kids in the special needs class. It's been hard to find a time for us to both agree on. Finally I get to meet with her today! I will be going to Chaz's doctors office today and demand an appt since no one will return my phone calls. Well, since Chaz loves to stay home, I am putting him to work
1. mop the floors
2. Clean the backyard
4. pick up toys
5. pick up laundry
6. Clean his room
7. Make beds
8. Clean the bathrooms
10. And whatever else I can find for him.
I don't want him to think he can get to "step 5" at school, be sent home, and then play. So now he can't wait to go back to school. :)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
1. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in House wares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
2. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the ladies rest rooms.
3. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and asked to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.
4. September 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
5. September 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told of the shoppers he'd invite them in if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.
6. September 23: When a clerk asks if they can help him, he begins to cry and asks, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'
7. October 4: Looked right into the security camera; used it as a mirror, and picked his nose.
8. November 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, asked the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.
9. December 3: Darted around the store suspiciously loudly humming the "Mission Impossible" theme.
10. December 6: In the auto department, practiced his "Madonna look" using different size funnels.
11. December 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browse through, yelled "PICK ME!" "PICK ME!"
12. December 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumes the fetal position and screams "NO! NO! It's those voices again!!!!"
13. December 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, "There is no toilet paper in here!"
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
See how things have changed since six months ago in May! Click Here.
ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT!
Okay, my sister has this nice flat screen wide monitor. Well, I scrolled down admiring how much nicer the colors were on her computer when in horror I spotted my virtual model! She didn't look like my size, she looked wider! She's supposed to show my exact measurements. Then I started to look at all my other pictures and realized they were doing the same thing. A wider version of me. Man, if that's what all wide screen monitors make me look like, I'm gonna have to lose another 15 pounds! Yikes. LOL! I hope most of you have regular monitors. :P
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
I can't remember where we were in the second picture but I can tell you one thing for sure... I can't stand those umbrella strollers. I think they make them for people who are 4 feet tall. Short people for sure. : )
I was spending the day at my friend Brianne's house and the kids just loved riding in this car so they spent most of the day doing just that. Here is a picture. Ivy kept climbing up next to Chaz and riding around with anyone who would drive. Here's a little clip below. So cute.