Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Please be in prayer

My sister is in the hospital right now with a severe kidney infection. She is in a lot of pain. Please pray that she will be healed and start feeling like herself. She has three kids at home and a husband that needs her!!

Also, my dad's arm doesn't seem to be improving. He was scheduled to go back for a check up next Wednesday, but he called the doctor and insisted that he be seen tomorrow. He wants the doctor to get more agressive with his treatment. He said his arm is just flopping around and doesn't seem to be healing. He is ready for them to put a pin in or something. Please pray that his arm will heal and that he will have confidence in the treatment that the doctors want to do.

Thank you all!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Barney Fife No Longer....

We spent the morning out at our friend Casey's place. The girls enjoyed driving the ranger around the pond...Logan laughed, clapped, and said whhhheeeee...
Alexia practiced her driving skills, chauffeuring her little brother and sister around...
Logan riding with Daddy on the four wheeler...
Logan and Casey....
Ariel tried to ride the four wheeler, but we made her get off after she almost decapitated herself....she was driving a wee to fast and her little arms could barely turn the four wheeler...
Okay, I finally shot my pistol...with a little persuading from Jose. The older I get the bigger of a chicken I turn into. He first let me shoot his 22, which I thought was a good little pistol. My aim is off a bit, but I think it was because I was shaking and sweating so much. Guns just really scare me, but I think with a little more practice I can be a "Expert Shooter". Jose earned such a metal in boot camp for his shooting skills! He is such a stud muffin and a great teacher!!

Friday, May 16, 2008


See ya' tonight!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What A Wonderful Mother's Day

First of all, let me just say that all of pictures are out of order. You can start at the bottom and work your way up if you want!!

I received a wonderful surprise after Sunday School on Mother's Day. Somebody secretly gave me the book Your Girl. It is a book on how to raise daughters to be godly women. I have been wanting to read this book since I heard about it, but had actually kind of forgot about it. Now I can't read it fast enough. It is a great book so far; really funny. Thank you for the wonderful surprise. It always feels good to be thought of. I have to say I was even a little teary eyed. Jose wouldn't tell me who gave it to him, but I think I know who you are! You are a wonderful blessing!! Love ya.

And for those of you with boys. They have Your Boy. The other one really is a great read and I bet this one is just as good. I will have to read it next.
Sunday afternoon Jose and our friend Casey tilled up part of our yard for a garden. Jose and I have wanted a garden for many years now, but something just seems to get in the way. Since they worked so hard in our yard first, Jose grilled steaks and I made baked potatoes and asparagus. We had a great meal. Monday night Jose went to Casey's to help him plant his garden. I tried to help with the rows, but Jose and Casey started getting a little territorial. They shooed us off because we were supposedly packing the dirt!

Ariel is helping Daddy plant some corn. I had to keep reminding him that she wants to help. See what I mean about being territorial?! Jose wants some sweet corn. They also planted tomatoes, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, jalapenos and watermelon. I might be at the Farmer's market selling me some organic veggies!! he he
Oh, and here is the "BIG" Mother's Day gift I received from Jose and the kids. I am proud to say that I am the owner of a shiny black 9mm hand gun. Jose said we need to go shooting so I can practice. I told him the gun wasn't ready yet that I need to dress it up with some bling!! He told me he is going to have to treat me like Barney Fife. I'm only allowed one bullet and I have to carry it in my pocket!! Talk about feelin the love, right?!?!

The girls were out of school on Friday so I took them to the park in Lubbock. They call it the "Castle Park" and they love it. Logan had a great time as well. The weather was perfect. I just followed Logan around and let him do his thing.

Isn't this the cutest picture. I just love it!!!
Logan thinks he is 7 or 8 years old already. This boy has no fear!! Kind of scary from a mother's perspective.
Alexia and Logan coming down the slide!
Saturday evening we went to Lobo Park to feed the ducks. The girls always love throwing bread to the ducks. I think their daddy even had a great time. The weather was beautiful. We didn't get a picture of the ducks, but here is one of us on the hill. Yeah, Logan wasn't very happy!

Anyway, we did a lot this weekend and had a great time. It was a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

44 Things About Me Too

1. Do you like blue cheese? no...although it is Jose's favorite. I tell him he's eating rotten cheese
2. Have you ever smoked? Ever? yes, not until I was 22 and then I vomited
3. Do you own a gun? A little bird told me I will tomorrow
4. What flavor Kool Aid was your favorite? tropical punch, baby
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? not too much makes me nervous anymore
6. What do you think of hot dogs? Oscar Mayer...beef only
7. Favorite Christmas movie? It's a Wonderful Life
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? diet dr. pepper every morning. I know I'm awful.
9. Can you do push ups? yes...I probably look funny though
10. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding ring
11. Favorite hobby? Scrapbooking, reading, blogging, walking
12. Do you have A.D.D.? No, but maybe schizophrenia...he he
13. What's one trait you hate about yourself? That I come across so forward and blunt...I just say what I'm thinking w/out thinking about it.
14. Middle Name? Dawn...see how we're all connected? The cool people anyway!! he he
15. Three thoughts I am having? I should be painting, I'm so funny, my stomach hurts
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly consume. Water and diet dr pepper, and occassionally margaritas, but more dr. pepper
17. Current worry. summer classes and kids being home...can I handle it all?
18. Current hate right now? the wind
19. Favorite place to be? outside in the sun with temp between 70 and 80 degrees. My favorite weather.
20. How did you bring in the New Year? With friends in Amarillo
21. Where would you like to go? chill in the mountains
22. Name four people who will complete this? hummmm, Holly it's your turn
23. Do you own slippers? Yes but I don't wear them
24 What shirt are you wearing? funny colored San Antonio shirt
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I don't think I ever have!
26. Can you whistle? yes
27. Favorite color? purple
28. Would you be a pirate? Maybe, I'm a wanna be bad girl...but too chicken!
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't sing
30. Favorite girl's name? Ariel & Alexia
31. Favorite boy's name? Alex and Noah, you can tell who is spoiled in the family...Jose
32. What's in your pocket right now? chapstick
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Logan, all the time
34. Best bed sheets as a child? I didn't have a bed...he he...I can't remember
35. Worst injury you've ever had? Maybe when I swang from a rope straight into a tree with my head. Wanna see the scar?
36. Do you love where you live? No complaints. I love our church and friends.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2
38. Who is your loudest friend? hummmm
39. How many dogs do you have? 1
40. Does someone have a crush on you? hopefully my hubby
41. What is your favorite book? too many to choose...What to say when you talk to yourself is a good one
42. What is your favorite candy? maybe a kitkat
43. Favorite Sports Team? Whoever is winning
44. What song do you want played at your funeral? I Can Only Imagine...I want it to be a celebration, not a funeral.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mother's Day

3 Pregnancies
27 months of being pregnant
823 days of morning sickness
86 pounds of total weight gained
3 epidurals
2 episiotomies
1 c-section
14+ staples
sleepless nights
stretch marks
10 pounds of unwanted weight

Alexia, Ariel & Logan: PRICELESS!!!!!

I couldn't resist!!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I know what you're thinking....

How can I leave that sweet little face? Isn't he just the cutest? And, can you tell he is just a tad spoiled? He was eating a blue raspberry sucker that Ariel gave him and then he wanted his cheeto puffs. I couldn't resist when he said please in sign language. I've been teaching him some from this book I've been reading, but he mostly will only ask for more and say please in sign language.

He loves cheeto puffs and PIZZA. I think he would almost live on pizza. It's pretty funny. He's talking some more. He says more, mamma and daddy and I think he has been calling the dog, kitty. I think he has a special name for his sisters too. He loves them and his white kitty. He sleeps with it everynight.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

We're counting down....

We leave in 27 days for Washington DC. We are all very excited to take a much needed break. This will be a great educational vacation for the entire family, excluding Logan. Logan gets to stay with his Abuelita and cousin April while we are gone. We will stay with my Uncle Todd that I haven't seen since I was in high school living in Washington State. Todd is my dad's youngest brother. He is retiring from the Army on June 10. We will be there for his ceremony and retirement party. Before Todd moved to DC he was stationed in Italy where he married a beautiful Italian woman, Anna, pronounced Onna. They have a beautiful daughter, Sabrina who is Ariel's age. I think they will have a great time together. I am excited to meet my little italian cousin and aunt. I've already been telling Logan how much I will miss him. I wouldn't mind taking him, but I think it would be too hard hauling him around all of the museums. He needs some bonding time with his grandma anyway, right?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Call Us Brilliant

Ever wonder what to do with all of those baby hangers you get when you buy clothes from the department stores? Well, do we have a solution for you! My husband is a genius!! He is very proud of his invention. Just had to share with you. Enjoy!!

Works great if you have a pantry. Kind of tidy things up a bit!!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Guitar Hero

A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a cookout and fellowship at the Jenkins house. Afterward, there was a little Guitar Hero competition. I think Cody won because he was the only one to do it like a "real" rock star! Pictures below...

Jose, showin' his stuff....
Dawn, showin' up the guys!!
Cody, the real guitar hero......

Friday, May 2, 2008

Mothers and Moms

Thought this was just too sweet not to share!

This is for the mothers who have sat up
all night with sick toddlers in their arms,
wiping up barf laced with Oscar Mayer
wieners and cherry Kool-Aid saying,
"It's okay honey, Mommy's here."

Who have sat in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing
crying babies who can't be comforted.

This is for all the mothers who show up at
work with spit-up in their hair and milk stains
on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For all the mothers who run carpools and
make cookies and sew Halloween costumes.
And all the mothers who DON'T.

This is for the mothers who gave birth to
babies they'll never see. And the mothers
who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art
collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for all the mothers who froze their buns on metal
bleachers at football or soccer games instead
of watching from the warmth of their cars.
And that when their kids asked, "Did you see me, Mom?"
they could say, "Of course, I wouldn't
have missed it for the world," and mean it.

This is for all the mothers who yell at their kids
in the grocery store and swat them in despair when
they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream
before dinner. And for all the mothers who
count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all the mothers who sat down with
their children and explained all about making
babies. And for all the (grand)mothers who
wanted to, but just couldn't find the words.

This is for all the mothers who go
hungry, so their children can eat.

For all the mothers who read "Goodnight,
Moon" twice a night for a year. And then
read it again, "Just one more time."

This is for all the mothers who taught
their children to tie their shoelaces before
they started school. And for all the mothers
who opted for Velcro instead.

This is for all the mothers who teach their sons
to cook and their daughters to sink a jump shot.

This is for every mother whose head turns
automatically when a little voice calls "Mom?"
in a crowd, even though they know their
own offspring are at home -- or even away
at college -- or have their own families.

This is for all the mothers who sent their kids
to school with stomach aches, assuring them
they'd be just FINE once they got there, only
to get calls from the school nurse an hour later
asking them to please pick them up. Right away.

This is for mothers whose children have gone
astray, who can't find the words to reach them.

For all the mothers who bite their lips until they
bleed when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of
recent school shootings, and the mothers
of those who did the shooting.

For the mothers of the survivors, and the mothers
who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their child
who just came home from school, safely.

This is for all the mothers who taught their
children to be peaceful, and now pray
they come home safely from a war.

What makes a good mother anyway?
Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips?
The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and
sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time?

Or is it in her heart?
Is it the ache she feels when she
watches her son or daughter disappear
down the street, walking to school alone
for the very first time?

The jolt that takes her from sleep to
dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put
her hand on the back of a sleeping baby?
The panic, years later, that comes again
at 2 A.M. when she just wants to hear
their key in the door and know they
are safe again in her home?

Or the need to flee from wherever she is
and hug her child when she hears news
of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are
universal and so our thoughts are for
young mothers stumbling through diaper
changes and sleep deprivation...
And for mature mothers learning to let go.

For working mothers and stay-at-home mothers.
Single mothers and married mothers.

Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us...
Hang in there. In the end we can
only do the best we can. Tell them
every day that we love them. And pray.
And never stop being a mother...

And for all the Aunts who have been
Mothers to kids without their own Mothers!

"Home is what catches you when
you fall - and we all fall."