• For Husband, truly the love of my life
  • For my kids, they are the best thing I have ever done
  • For my family, as dysfunctional as we may be, we love and have one another
  • For my friends - for the very same reason
  • For my in-laws who are great anyway but even more so because they agreed to come to CA for Christmas!
  • For Maria who loves Christa and Casey as her own
  • For Casey's daycare who teaches him so much
  • For Betty and The Bun and the happiness their fuzziness brings me
  • For Oxnard, you know, because I know everyone here and it is HOME
  • For my job that allows me the flexibility to be an actively involved mom
  • For Husband's job because it is in our county and its bomb insurance!
  • For the mess in my house because it means I'm probably too busy playing with or taking care of my kids to clean up.
  • For my cleaning lady, and the gardener and the guy who washes my car. Seriously.
  • For my house! Having a roof over my head!
  • For the loads of laundry I have to do because it means my family has clothes on their backs
  • For the dishes in the sink needing to be washed because it means we have had food
  • For the price of gas going down
  • For our cars that seem to keep doing a bang up job not failing us
  • For good music and the few good TV shows I watch and good books and EW. 
  • For stupid Facebook and Words With Friends and Instagram because they let me keep up with people I normally wouldn't


Christa Tuesday - 40 Weeks

Today is the second week of Christa's ninth month. We still have plenty of time to master the selfie-game but here are a couple practice shots. These were taken before we left the house this morning. After she snacked on some banana and bread, chugged a bottle, took a poop, tore up brother's toys and proceeded to crawl all over the entire house like a mad woman. Mind you, all of this occurred in a matter of two hours. I swear I will need to chain this child to her crib because she never stops moving and that means many a red forehead.
Despite my predictions, this chick still isn't walking on her own but Lord knows she's close. She pulls herself up on anything and everything. Her Gaga had intended on giving her this stand-up/push/walk toy for Christmas but Husband insisted that he have it this past weekend instead as she will have out grown the need for it by December. She is definitely making the most out of it right now. Nothing is safe in her path with her octopus grabs. What we thought was a baby-proofed home is quickly proving not to be.
Her top teeth are popping through the gum now so that means many a night - almost always at midnight - where she wakes herself up crying. She has found her voice and it gets louder with every passing day. She's not much of a crier but she loves to babble and ramble loudly. Casey loves to repeat her sounds to her and that just gets her going even more. He is the one person in our family that makes her laugh the most. Her personality is just the best and I hope she doesn't turn evil. Ha! 


Weekend Pics

 Betty & I got to go to work on Saturday
 So we all got Starbucks and I wished I had a coffee as big as me
 Then I bathed the bunny before I went to a funeral
 And the rest of Saturday was spent at home.
 On Sunday I woke up to a cotton candy sky and had to take this picture
 Then I watched Christa put more beverages that don't belong to her in her mouth
And Betty remained starved for attention.


Haiku Friday

Seems impossible
That Thanksgiving is next week
I just can't keep up
This weekend is my
In-laws' anniversary
And Christine's birthday!
And then we will blink
And it will be Christmas Eve
And Twenty-fifteen


Christa Tuesday - 39 Weeks

Today is the first week (and first day!) of Christa's ninth month. It is a bittersweet day for me because it is the one-year anniversary of my dad's death. Because Christa was born three months to the day he died, the 18th is always going to connect the two of them. I really feel being pregnant with her when he was dying and having her so shortly after I lost him has aided the grieving process. I can't get lost in sadness when I have this little ray of sunshine in my face all the time. There are so many characteristics Christa and her grandpa share, particularly in the eyebrows and her smile. Every so often she will throw me a look or arch her eyebrows at me and I think "there's my dad." It's quite a gift.
I got my monthly email from babycenter talking about separation anxiety and I don't really notice that with Christa so much but that could just be because we are together so often. Maria is the only one she doesn't mind being handed off to when I'm leaving or even if I'm in the room. If I'm holding her and someone tries to talk to her - mainly women - she will act all coy and shy, though, tucking her face into my chest.  Her little personality is really shining through these days and she laughs at our little games and gets super pissed when she wants something and doesn't get it immediately. And let me just say this: Christa is in EVERYTHING. If her brother has it, she wants it. If something is within reaching distance, her octopus arms are reaching for it.
Those stubborn top teeth still haven't popped through the surface of her gums but I know that she is bothered by them. She isn't walking yet but she is very mobile and crawls with determination. She is pulling herself up to stand and I even see her lifting her little legs as if she thinks she is going to climb onto a surface. We really need to watch out now. I also think she's going through a growth spurt because I have noticed her 9-month clothes are already getting kind of snug. On top of that, her hunger is insatiable and she's taking many naps. On Sunday night she went to sleep at 6:30 pm and I was afraid of what ungodly hour she would awake on Monday morning. Imagine my surprise when she slept all the way to 5:30. Mind you, I kept waking up imagining she had died in her sleep. Typical.

"She's been out as long as she was in." - Husband remarking on the 40 week/9 month thing.

11/19/14 Edit: Christa met her new pediatrician this morning for her 9-month checkup. Her top teeth have broken through and she is in good health and looks great. She is in the 75th percentile pretty much across the board at 28" long, 44.5" head circumference and weighing 19.1 lbs (which is exactly how much I would lose from my body. Ha!).


Weekend Pics

 On Friday night my super handsome 8-year old nephew spent the night. On Saturday morning at breakfast, he rocked this smooth milk 'stache. Casey worships the ground Ethan walks on to an almost disturbing level so he was on cloud 9 having 1 on 1 time.
 On Saturday afternoon we went to a potluck so my super handsome son helped me back cookies after his haircut. We made a big mess and added way too much vanilla and maybe not enough egg or flour but they were still delicious hits.
On Sunday we had lunch with BFFs mom and dad at Toppers! 
 Here's my wee fam bam.
 And Gaga even joined us!


Fed Up Haiku Friday

Kim Kardashian
Maybe you should take a break
The world's seen enough
If you don't believe 
In vaccines then don't get them
But why recruit peeps?
Internet fatigue
A platform for ignorance
Thoughts but no thinking