Thursday, December 21, 2006
Also on a side note. Just wanted to tell my husband THANK YOU. You have truly been amazing this week. Thanks for washing, drying, hanging all the clothes, cooking, cleaning out the fridge, packing, staying home with the girls on your days off. Thank you.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Belle: Do you want me to say that bad word again?
Me: What bad word?
Belle: You know "I don't want to be your friend anymore" that one.
Belle and Emma were fighting over something.
Belle said "but I had it first"
I said "So!"
Belle said "Don't tell me so, that's a bad word. Do you want me telling you so?"
I said "You're right, I'm sorry"
Now I have to try and elimate that out of my vocabulary, that or find a substitute.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
by Marianne Williamson
from A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
(also quoted in the movie Akeelah and the Bee)
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
I only have 2 kids. 3 and 2 years old. Going to costco can be an adventure. The one thing that I like about Costco is that it's cart is big enough to put two kids in the front of the basket. I dread going by myself with the girls. This is how it goes. The girls love to play which is fine but their playing includes alot of screaming, hugging, hitting, laughing, loud talking, more screaming, some crying, etc.....
I on the other hand am trying to concentrate on the shopping, and being ADHD, it is very difficult for me to concentrate on something with alot of other distractions. So I get fustrated, and can't wait to get out of costco. I try to ignore them, try to confort them, try to tell them to be quiet, try to be firm, try to threaten, nothing works for a long period of time. Then I get fed up and leave.
Yesterday we went to costco as a family, and my husband got to experience what I experienced. Am I just letting my kids have too much fun in the store? It's not like they are running around like animals? How do your kids act in the grocery store?
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147 : 11
Monday, December 11, 2006
Anyways, I finished making my Christmas gifts. Finally. I can't say what it is, because my family reads this blog. But they are great. Tomorrow I can hopefully post pictures of my little angels.
Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5 : 7
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Still haven't closed on selling our house. The lender wanted another apprasial. That was done on Monday. It's Wednesday, and we still haven't heard anything. I have faith that God will work this out in his perfect timing.
The last I heard, we should be closing on our new house in the last week of December, I'm of course hoping for sooner.
Verse of this day:
I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Anyways, let me leave you with this:
Me: Isabel, how many friends do you have.
Isabel: too..... too many
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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A brief history about my pastor, he was a drug addict for 40 years before he gave his life over to Christ. About 3 months ago he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. He got it from the needles he used. Well, people layed hands on him and prayed for him. He went back to the doctor and the Hepatitis C is completely gone.
He was telling his story to a couple and they wanted him to pray for their son (30 years old), who had a brain tumor. He went and prayed for the son. The son went to have another MRI done. The doctor asked why, he told the doctor and the he believed that God was going to heal him. So another MRI was done and the tumor was still there. The went ahead and started the 4 hour surgery. One hour into it, the doctor came out and told them that they had their miracle. The tumor was not there.
Isn't God awesome?
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
"How bout me?" Ahhhh, Emma wanted to help. So I let her press the start button. I sometimes forget that she's 2 and growing up and won't be my little baby forever.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
During 2004, 7,810 passenger vehicle occupants under 15 years old were involved in fatal crashes. For those children, where restraint use was known, 29 percent were unrestrained; among those who were fatally injured, 50 percent were unrestrained. (NHTSA, 2005)
It is estimated that 451 children under age 5 were saved as a result of child restraint use in 2004; if all children under 5 had used child safety seats an estimated 566 lives (that is, an additional 114) could have been saved. An estimated 7,472 lives were saved by child restraints from 1975-2004. (NHTSA, 2005)
In 2003, 21 percent of the children under 15 years old who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were killed in alcohol-related crashes. (NHTSA, 2004)
Of the children 0-14 years old who were killed in alcohol-related crashes during 2003, 47 percent (209) were passengers in vehicles with drivers who had been drinking. (NHTSA, 2004)
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from two to 14 years of age.
Monday, November 06, 2006
1. It's cheaper
2. I don't have to be confined to my scrapbooking room.
3. Everything can be done on my laptop.
4. Did I mention that it's cheaper.
Well I tried it out and this is my first page. I don't know. I may create one 8x8 album as a "let's try it out and see if I like it".
I'll let you know.
Please keep her daughter Taylor Blankenship in prayer. Next summer, after she turns 1, she will have to undergo open heart surgery to repair a hole in her heart.
Kristi, if you are reading this, you and your family are in my prayers. I'll talk to ya soon.
"Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 2 Chronicles 6:40
Friday, November 03, 2006
ie. I googled Dallas County Voter Registration. I found the site where I can just type in my name and it told me where I was to go and vote and other information. If you don't have your voter registration card, don't worry all you need is your driver's license.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Well I'm glad it's over, now gotta prepare for Thanksgiving. Hmmmm just thinking about turkey, ham, dressing, greenbean casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberries, tamales, pozole, asado.... oh my gosh, I'm getting hungry....
I can't wait only 3 weeks away.
Friday, October 27, 2006
2. I can't sleep with my feet sticking out of the covers. I know that there is someone there waiting to get me.
3. I love cherries, but not cherry flavor stuff.
4. I love onion straws, onion loaves, thin onion rings, but can't eat raw onions on my hamburger.
5. Me and my husband have the same shoe size so we share shoes. Well I wear his, he doesn't wear mine.
6. I cut my own hair, and I cut it short, and it looks good. Can't be paying no one to do it for $48 dollars, when I can do it for free. (I used a double negative, bad Michelle, bad)
7. I listen to talk radio rather than real radio. I used to think that people who listened to talk radio were old and uncool. I know for a fact that I'm not old and I am very cool.
8. Sometimes I wish I can collapse on the kitchen floor and suck my fingers and rest, just like my daughter does.
9. I love that my 3 year old is headstrong, cause I know she won't take crap from no one, she ask why about everything, and stands her ground. What sucks is that she does it to me as well. We need to find a happy medium.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
And then I get up at 5:30 am.
But, the Judgement Day haunted house will be awesome. It's free.
Will be open this Friday, Saturday and next Tuesday from 7-10pm
If any of you want more info like where it's going to be at, you can email me.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
So it took me $19.46 to fill up my new car. Wow.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Everytime Isabel goes potty she says "I'm done" and we reply with "did you pee-pee or poo-poo" (because if she just pee-pees, she can wipe herself, if she poo-poos we help her out.)
She reples "I poo-pooed" So Eddie goes in the bathroom and says "Man that's a big one", and without skipping a beat she asks "Is it green or brown?"
Friday, October 13, 2006
I'll miss you van. I'll miss you.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Isabel sees the butterfly and says "Ahhh look at the butterfly"
Emma sees the butterfly and gives it a big STOMP.
Isabel: Uhh, she killed it.
Me: No I think it was dead
Isabel: No, she did it.
Emma: (Fled the scene on foot)
Monday, October 09, 2006
Dora the Explorer Cake
A little smile
Ok, last week we put our van on craigslist for sale and then also on cars.com.
We've had four calls on it since Friday. We couldn't show it this weekend for various reasons, but we are going to show it to 2 people tonight. Hopefully one of them will buy it. Also after 2 months of having no one come and look at the house someone called 30 minutes ago. They wanted to see it between 12:30-2:30. I had to call them back and tell them no, because the playroom is a wreck, my bathroom is a wreck, I was in the middle of washing clothes so I've got piles of clothes everywhere. We told them tonight between 5:30 - 7:30. That means I've got to get home and bust my butt... Eddie will be there, so hopefully he'll get most of it done.
Timing....God's timing is perfect.
Well all along we were praying that we'd sell our house. We started construction on another house, and the deadline to get out of that contract is Nov 30. Our hearts desire is to get out of debt, and God knows that. Since we hadn't shown the house in 2 months, we had given up and came to the conclusion that we were just going to stay. We love our house, but it is expensive to maintain (taxes, distance, still no landscaping, still no fence). So here goes.
God you know that we want to get out of debt. We got rid of cable, internet and the phone. We are even selling the van, and selling the house would be awesome. So whatever your plan is for us we'll take it. Your plan is better than our plan. If you want us to stay in the house fine, if not, fine. You be our guide. We totally turn the situation over to you. In any event, I know that you will always provide our needs plus some. I ask this all in the name of Jesus... Amen
Friday, October 06, 2006
Me: "Oh my gosh, It's me again!"...
it was the same officer that had pulled me over 2 weeks ago.
Officer De La Santos: "Weren't you driving a different car..."
Me: "No same car"
ODLS: "Oh I thougt it was a car. Were you on your way home?"
Me: "Of course"
ODLS: "Well, the reason I stopped you, was because you were going 43 in a 30"
Me: "No way!, I thought the speed limit was 40, hey but at least I have my driver's license and insurance card this time"... smiling big...
ODLS: "Ok, let me see" then he looks at Emma in the back seat "This one here is giving me a mean look, I think she's mad at me"
Me: "Oh is she mad-dogging you, sorry."
ODLS: Smiling... "I'll be right back"
He comes back...
ODLS: "Didn't I give you a warning last time?"
Me: "Yeah, but that was for a broken headlight." Another big smile.
ODLS: rolling his eyes, with the you got me look... "ok, do me a favor and slow it down"
Me: "Ok, thanks, but I really did think it was 40.. and you won't see me agian.. promise"
Whewwwww... got out of another one... I told Isabel "You dad is going to kill me"
So the rest of the way home, she would ask "When is daddy going to kill you?"
Not tonight thankfully he's working.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
On Friday, when I picked up Isabel from school, she didn't want to leave because she was painting a horse. As I watched her paint, I thought to myself, holy cow this is going to take forever, we'll never make it to the homecoming game on time, if she continues painting this way. See they use a long q-tip as their paintbrush. So she was putting the q-tip in the paint and putting a dot on the paper. Dot, by dot, she was painting the head... ok, I had to figure out how to get this girl to hurry up and paint so
I said "Isabel, can I help you color?"
"I'm painting, not coloring."
"Can I help you paint?"
She handed over the "paintbrush", and I proceeded to paint but moving the q-tip back and forth, to get more coverage. I handed it back to her and she continued to do the same. So instead of 2 hours it only took 10 minutes for her to finish. She was so proud. What sucks about the whole thing, is that when we got up to leave, she had to leave the painting there, because it was wet and had to dry. She didn't like that one bit.
Everyday that I wake Isabel up to go to school, I know I'm in for a fight. All the kicking, crying, wining (I don't want to go to school) over and over and over again). She does this every single day, all the way to school. And when we get there, she kicks and screams some more. The teachers seem to be sympatheic with me but I can't help to wonder if they are saying in the back of their heads "Here we go again"...
This morning I prayed "Lord, please don't let Isabel cry, please give me patience, don't teach me patience, just give it to me"
So we are off... I wake her up and she cries, I get her in the car and she cries... oh no not agian. As we are driving over the lake I turn the music off and turn around (I know I'm driving, but it was only for a sec)... I say
"Isabel, do you like fighting with Mommy?"
She nods her head no
"Well it makes Mommy very sad when you fight with me. Can you not fight with me anymore?"
She nods her head yes
"Ok, do you want to help Mommy take Emma to class?"
She nods her head yes
"Then you will go to class, and not cry and Mommy will go to work"
She does nothing.
"Do you want me to sit with you for a while when we get to school?"
She nods her head yes
After that, the rest of the ride was peaceful. She sang to herself and struck up a conversation with Emma.
We got to school, Emma fell outside, blood and everything. Got her cleaned up and took her to class, I sat with Isabel for a minute and told her I had to go to work. She gave me a kiss and hug and said "Ok, bye Mommy"
As I walked out, I was is awe. I think the teachers were too.
Monday, October 02, 2006
So, we've been at our house for 1.5 years... since May of 2005. Eddie would tell you that he's been there since March of 2004, cause that's when we started building it. Ok, he not we. I did help clean all the ruble dirt, and I did screw in all the electrical plates, and other stuff. Anyways, we have not planted a single tree. I did plant some plants in some planters that sit on either side of the door, but they have all died.... so we are going to plant these trees. Aren't they beautiful... We are going to plant them in the back because that's where we get the most sun. But I just love that they are red, cause they match our front door. I can't wait until they are this big....They are on sell at Home Depot $45, (20 gallon trees).. A bargain.
My mom turned 50 on Saturday. We had a great day. Eddie made breakfast for us, eggs, sausage, hashbrowns, and french toast...mmmm good.
Then that evening we went out to eat at Red Robin, then went to shoot some pool and go bowling.
The only mishap was that after we had all finished eating, Emma started to choke on a french fry which caused her to throw up everying....
Yesterday, we went to Chucky Cheese after church with some friends to celebrate Emma's birthday, her official party is this Saturday. Can't wait.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
1. You can sing "I Love You Lord" in English and in Spanish.
2. You can sing your ABC's (Well I know that it's your abc's).
3. You can count to 10 in Spanish and English.
4. You love to watch Dora the Explorer, Mickey Mouse, and Ice Age.
5. You love to pick on your older sister, pull her hair, scratch...
6. You love to take baths, and drink the bath water.
7. You can blow bubbles in the bathtub.
8. You love to ride your fire engine.
9. Anything that Belle does, you want to do it too.
10. You let your sister cover you face with makeup.
11. Playing on the stairs is you favorite passtime.
12. The other day you saw a tree and said "tree" then saw another one and said "two tree"
13. You have a great laugh, and you love it when I tickle you.
14. You still put your two fingers in your mouth backwards and suck on them.
15. You know all your body parts in Spanish and English.
16. You know Up and Down
17. You went to Mexico this year.... I've never been.
18. You can sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Cinco Patitos", and "Bubbles"
19. You can quote a line from "Ice Age".... "Where's the baby?... there he is"
20. You are one amazing child.
Monday, September 25, 2006
I was so relieved when the 20 minutes were over. Needless to say, my abs are sore and so is are the muscles in my back. So even if I didn't do all the moves correctly, I did get some benefit out of it. Right? If the soreness doesn't go away in my neck and back area, then that means I screwed up something along the way, and that wouldn't be good.
Friday, September 22, 2006
Nephew: Well, I'm bigger than you Isabel?
Isabel: Oh well, I'm bigger than Emma.
Nephew: Well you're not the boss of me.
Me: Well I'm the boss of you so you both be quiet.
Isabel: (with great satisfaction) See my mom is the boss of you.
Emma: (Oblivious to everything)
Me: Hey Isabel, did you have fun in school?
Me: What are your friends names?
Isabel: Ian, Aspen, Faith, Amanda...
Me: What about Andres? (who she's known all her life and sees every Wed. and Sun.)
Isabel: Oh, he's in my class.
Emma: Hi mama.
Me: Hi Emma, did you have fun in school today?
Emma: (shaking her head yes)
Me: What did you do?
Me: (Short and sweet, I like that)
Since we go through tons of yogurt, I think I will do this one. I've lost 2 family members to breast cancer. My grandma is a 6 year breast cancer survivor.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Cocaine Energy Drink
Friday, September 15, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I hope my baby gets better soon.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
For all who lost there lives today 5 years ago. The civilians, the policemen, the firemen. I remember you.
Thanks to all the first responders who continue on a daily basis serving their cities, saving lives. Thanks to all the soldiers who have fought to bring justice for 9-11. I remember you.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
You are always doing stuff for me, Eddie and the kids. No one can ever compare to you as a sister.
I remember when you and Eddie beat up some guys defending my honor. (Back in our crazy days)
I remember as kids we would fight like cats and dogs daily, and when mom wouldn't speak to us, we'd make up.
I remember when you went off to the Marines, I was glad, cause I had the whole room to myself. Then sad, because you were'nt there to clean it. (ha ha) And after 3 months I was was happy to see you again because I missed you.
I remember when you copied me and bought a white civic after I bought my black civic and then you turn around and buy my dream car, a mustang.
Thank you for always being so generous, like the time you brought me lunch at work
and the time that you bought me Uggs for Christmas, eventhough I had no clue what they were.
The time you bought me a Seiko Kinetic watch from the "Pawnshop" that you worked at.
You are always thinking about me. Thank You..
We had 29 great years together, hope we have many many more.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Saturday - Grocery shopped until I dropped
Saturday night - Went to our teacher kick-off party, where I won 1st place for the room decoration contest (2nd year in a row). Thanks to all you teachers who put your ideas out on the internet.
Sunday - Church and a pool party that night (I did not swim) I was in the kitchen with the other ladies making homemade tostadas. YUMMY
Monday - Cooked a big breakfast for my in-laws, then went to my sisters and cook-out for lunch, then went to see the movie World Trade Center.
I'm ready for a vacation now.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Emma is gonna love it.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
How could this have happened in America? Why did it take days for any food and water to get to these people. The head of Fema at the time said days later that they just found out. Idiot. Does he not watch the news? Brian Williams was there every day reporting. How could he not have known. The question of race has come up several times. If this had happened in Myrtle Beach, would it have taken as long to get people food and water? Sad so sad. I just don't get it. There are people in this country worth millions and billions, and we couldn't send helicopters of food? I just don't get it. There was an update. The lifeless baby lived. Praise God. I don't know what I would have done in that situation, the desperation those people felt, hungry, thirsty, hot, suffering, hopeless. Makes me realize that my problems are miniscule compared to what the victims of Hurricane Katrina went through.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
First I want to pray for the woman that was attached. Secondly, I want to pray for the woman that was going to buy our house, that God will give her peace and wisdom on any decisions that she needs to make. Third, I was to pray for us. if this is not the person that is going to buy our house, I pray that God will provide us with another one quickI can't get my house back to show room condition, because we had already started packing. So I pray that we'll find a buyer that will overloook all the boxes, and will just love the house.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
The hardest thing about this whole thing is going to be preparing Isabel for the move. At the age of 3, she knows that that is her house. I told her the other night that we were going to get a new house, and live with Grandma for a while. She said "But I like this house, this is my house". I told her that it was someone else's turn to live in this house, but that she was going to get a brand new house.
We are going to decorate her room all Cinderella. I have a cool Cinderella Bed topper already and posters.. I went to home depot and they have paint card that shows a Cinderella room, all the paint colors and how to paint it. For Emma I think I'll do Dora the Explorer, she loves that show. Gotta find an example Dora room.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Link to house
Thursday, August 17, 2006
"Sorry, it's on the floor so you'll have to wait until we get to church"
"By the way, where's my mouse that I gave you?"
"I threw it on the floor. You gonna have to wait too. Sorry."
I'm in BIG trouble.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
This weeks study in sunday school was entitled "How to cope with life's uncertainties". The fact that all the studies the last couple of weeks have pertained to our situation is kinda cool. I hate this waiting game, I just wish we could sell our house. I mean I have already started packing, and just to have to stop and put everything on hold is nerve wrecking.
Daddy, I know you have a plan for us. Your perfect plan. You know how much we want this house sold, and how much we want to move. If it is in your will, please make it happen. Please let this guy who wanted to buy our house approved for a loan.
In Jesus name I pray.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Please be praying for this situation. We really want our house to sell.
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Well we found a house that we like. Since it's an older home, it'll need some updating on the inside. Great backyard, with a door at the back gate that leads to the covered playground area of the elementary school. Nice gated pool too. 4 bedrooms with 3 full baths. Plenty of space throughout the house. I think we are going to put in the offer tomorrow or friday. Be in prayer about this. I pray that if this is the right house, everything will run smooth, as far as negotiations, inspections, apprasial, and closing.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Me: "Just let him in"
Isabel: "What are you saying mom?"
Me: "I'm talking to the car"
Isabel: "Why are you talking to the car. It doesn't have a mouth. Only us, only
us have a mouth. Look see (as she points to the car), see the car doesn't have a mouth."
Me: (Laughing) "You are so funny"
Isabel: (Laughting) "No, you funny. You talking to a car and it doesn't have a mouth. What's wrong with you girl"
You know I should take her to go see the movie Cars, so that she can see that some cars do have mouths.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
This Saturday at River Legacy Park at 7:45 am
$8 to enter before game day, can register at "The Runner" on west Pioneer.
Donated packaged/boxed/canned foods are encouraged for the Arlington Life Shelter; part of the race proceeds will go to that organization.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
President Bush on Thursday signed legislation extending for 25 years the Voting Rights Act, the historic 1965 law which opened polls to millions of black Americans by outlawing racist voting practices in the South.
Why just 25 years... Why not forever? Am I missing something?
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Usually I save it on a usb drive and carry it with me, just in case I need to view it or pay bills. Sometimes, Eddie wants to look at it, but can't because I left it at home, so I can't email it to him. What's cool about google spreadsheets, is that you can upload your spreadsheet into your exsisting google account (ie. gmail). Then you can invite someone to view it. Google will then send them an email and they can make modifications to it. The spreadsheet stays in the account, so it's their to view or modify at anytime. This is great. Just another way technology makes my life simpler.
Monday, July 24, 2006
I saw Superman Returns this weekend. I liked it. I loved the opening scene of the movie, where the theme song is played. Disappointed that they left out "American Way", when describing what Superman stood for. Also wasn't too thrilled that his costumn had changed a little bit, a dark red cape instead of a bright red cape.
One section of the movie stuck out.
Superman: I hear everything. You wrote that the world doesn't need a savior, but I hear them crying for one everyday.
Superman is remembering Jor-El's last message to him from the first film]
They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son.
We do need a Savior, and we have one in Jesus Christ. Just as Jor-El, sent Superman to save the world. God sent his son, Jesus Christ to save our world.
For God so loved the world that he sent His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Friday, July 21, 2006
"Daddy, I pray that you will send the perfect people for this house. I pray that you will sheild their eyes to any imperfections. I pray that Eddie can finish mowing the yard on time. Thank you for all that you have given us thus far. Love you. In your Son's name I pray. Amen"
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Anyways growing up I wanted to be a programmer like her, but as years passed I would change my mind.
In the 2nd grade I decided I wanted to be a nurse. I would play doctor with my friends. When they would get hurt, they would come to me for a diagnosis. Weirdos. Didn't they realize that I really wasn't a nurse. Anyways.
In the 3rd grade I won 1st Place City-Wide for a Fire Prevention Poster contest. I won $25 and a bike. I kept that poster for like 7 years until one day I got mad and tore it up. I still regret that. Also in the 3rd grade I won 1st runner up in a programming contest. I still have the program that I wrote.
In the 7th grade I decided I wanted to be a vet, until I took biology in the 10th grade. I couldn't even disect a frog, it was the grossest thing ever. Ok being a vet is not for me.
So I switched back to programming. And that is what I do today. I like it, it's challenging. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
With our daycare cost going up, we needed to find a way to save some money.
So we cut out Dish Network, our home phone, and internet service.
This is going to save us $140, which is the amount per month that our daycare cost rose.
Totally ok with me. The only two shows that I watch are General Hospital and Grey's Anatomy, both which show on basic channels. Granted I'll miss DVR, so that means I'll have to bust out the old VCR if I ever need to record anything, or just call my sister to DVR something for me.
Don't really use the home phone much. Everyone calls me on my cell phone anyway.
Internet isn't being used much, because both Eddie and I have access at work, or my mom's or my sister's house.
What does this all mean. More family time.
Since the girls are going to start preschool on July 31, I'll need to start giving them a bath at night. 8:00 bath, in bed by 8:30 and hopefully asleep by 9:00. They will wake up at 7:00 is order to be in school by 8:00. Sounds like a plan to me.
With no cable I'll have the time to play with my kids more, clean more, and other stuff. This is going to be good. (I hope)... it will it's just an adjustment.
And I've also started bringing my lunch and cooking at home everynight.
Amazing how much money is saved when I do that.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Eddie and Emma arrived on Saturday night. I was so happy to see them. When I picked Emma up, she just layed her head on my shoulder the entire time. I think she was happy to see me too.
As Eddie was telling me about their trip, he says,
"You're gonna kill me"
"Why", I asked
"Because I didn't use the car seat the entire time we were there."
"Why" I asked again in a more frightened voice.
"Because none of the cars had seat belts"
Can you believe that? No seat belts. My first question was "didn't your mother know that?" I mean she did say she'd see if one of her sisters would provide a car seat so we wouldn't take ours. She goes down there every year, how do you not remember that none of the cars have seat belts?
Anyways, I'm glad that they made it back in one piece.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Happy Anniversary Eddie, may we make it to our 50th.
Eddie and Emma are in Mexico. Isabel misses them. She has been asking about them alot. "I want my Daddy and my Emma"... I want them back too.
Isabel is in the "WHY" stage. Example.
"I've got to wash clothes"
"Because they are dirty"
"Because we wore them and got them dirty"
"Because you said so?"
"Yes, because I said so."
On Saturday, we went to the Taste of Dallas. After a while, Isabel wanted to get out of the stroller and walk, but didn't want to hold my hand. This was my opportunity to talk to her about strangers.
"Isabel, you have to hold mommy's hand, beause if you don't, a stranger, who is somebody you don't know, will grab you and take you away from mommy, and then you will never see mommmy again."
"I don't want the stranger to tak me away." "Go away stranger go away"
Let's just say she never let go of my hand, in fact she held it tighter.
Friday, July 07, 2006
But, we are teaching our girls that when they see other family members, they should greet them with a hug, and when they leave, they should give them a kiss.
Isabel hates kisses. If I ask for a kiss, she'll flat out tell me "no". And poor Emma has picked up her habit as well, although not as bad.
If you attempt to kiss Isabel, she will wipe it off immediately, which totally cracks me up.
Well last night we were at my in-laws, when we were getting ready to leave. Isabel keeping saying that she wanted to stay there. So I opened my big mouth and said, "If you give Lito (her grandpa) a kiss, you can stay". She said "Ok". Went right over to him and gave me a kiss on the lips. I was shocked. So needless to say we let her stay the night. I know now, that I shouldn't dare Isabel to do anything, because she will call my bluff.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
My kids got to see the ponys from the side lines, got the pet the animals that were brushed up against the fence. The only lines we stood in were the bounce house slide (I'd say about 10 minutes), and the face painting (which was slow). As soon as Eddie came with the nachos we got out of the face painting line and headed for the car. On the same row as our car, we set up camp on the grassy median. Let me tell you, this was the perfect spot. The girls got to run around, and when the fireworks started they were right in front of us, and we could still here the music from inside the park. About 5 minutes before it ended, we headed for the car, and were about to get out of there without too much headache. This was a great time.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Within the last 2 weeks I've seen 2 people that I went to high school with.
First was Laurie Rios, who in college, got married and became Laurie Alavarez, who then got a divorce and remarried and is now Laurie Nieto. Since we hung out in high school and college, somehow my got in touch with my sister, and then with me.
After emailing her, we saw each other this past Saturday at my nephews birthday party. She hasn't changed much in appearance. What has changed about her is that now she is following Christ. She told me that before going to Arlington High, she always went to a Christian private school. I would've never guessed. We talked about our churches, and she mentioned that she was praying about moving to a spanish congregation. I gave her info about the church. She said that she was going to send her kids there this summer for VBS. Cool. We are going to have lunch tomorrow.
Today I was at Albertson's durning lunch. I was walking in when I saw Monica. For the life of me I can't remember her last name. She had a little blond boy with her. That kinda caught me off guard, because Monica is Hispanic.... Anyways, as she passed me she was putting on her sunglasses, and I recognized her. Something told me to say something. So I said "Monica". She stopped took off her sunglasses and starred at me, like as if to say "who are you?" I said "Michelle Gomez" using my maiden name, because I knew if I used my real name she definately wouldn't know who I was. Still starring at me she asked "Where do I know you from?". I replied "High School". Then it registered with her. I'm thinking in my head.. I know I look totally different, I've gained weight since high school, and she of course is a thin as she was in high school, she probably can wear the same clothes.
Anyways, we chatted for a while, and then I asked her where she was going to church. And told her where I was attending. She said "You know we've been thinking about moving to a spanish congregation, wow this must be a sign from God"...
Anyways, she suggested that we exchanged numbers and get together. So we are going to have lunch next week.
I'm so glad that God has brought these two people back into my life.
Did I mentioned in 2 weeks, I going to go visit my friend Dixie in New Braunsfels.
We've been friends since High School.
P.S. It just dawned on me what Monica's last name was. See I've been recently listenting to this awesome band called Del Castillo (recommended by Dixie). Anyways.. that was her name, Monica Castillo.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Is there a simple, cheap and trusted intervention that can cut a baby's risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?
Yes, there is: The pacifier.
According to Hauck, they may have a direct effect on opening the airway. Babies who suck on a pacifier may also sleep less deeply and arouse more easily than infants who don't use them -- seeking the device if and when it falls from the mouth. Other experts have theorized that the pacifier's bulky handle leaves a protective airspace around the baby's nose and mouth as it lies upon the mattress or pillow.
AAP recomendations for preventing SIDS include:
1. Put infants to bed on their backs,
2. Only use firm sleep surfaces and keep soft objects, such as pillows and heavy blankets, out of the crib,
3. Give baby a smoke-free environment both before and after pregnancy,
4. Keep baby in the parents' bedroom, but not in bed with you,
5. Don't allow baby to get overheated. Infants shouldn't feel hot to the touch.
(By Meryl Hyman Harris HealthDay Reporter)
I followed each of these guidelines. Until this day, my kids kick off any blankets that I put on them. They are so used to not using them. I would just use the "Back to Sleep" zip up blanket on them when they were little. Now, in the winter I put on them in sweats.
My little one never used a pacifer, she still sucks on her first two fingers. She'll be 2 in October. I'm trying to break her of this. When I see her when her fingers in her mouth, I ask her to remove them. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I don't want her sucking on them anymore because they are now kind of crooked. Oh well I'll keep trying.
Monday, June 26, 2006
That kid loves shoes. She can spend an hour in her closet trying on shoes that don't even fit her anymore. She loves wearing dresses and slippers, and if you give her lipgloss she, can sit for what seems like eternity applying and re-applying. I had to telkl her yesterday that you only apply lipstick twice a day (at least if you buy the one that stays on forever).
Emma is now in her "first adolescense (terrible twos)". "No" is now her favorite word. And if she doesn't get her way, she'll throw what ever is in her hand clear across the room. That girl has a good arm on her. She constantly picks fights with her older sister. Scratching, pulling hair, has even bit her once or twice. Even through all this, she is still the cutest little thing. It's hard for me to get mad at her, cause she just smiles. Her favorite thing is Dora the Explorer. She will have me read her book over and over again. I need to get her a new one. I will try to remember these times, because even though they are difficult at times, she'll only be 2 once.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The alarm went off at 5:00, or so I think. Eddie reset it to go off at 5:15, supposedly. I got up when it went off, jumped into the shower, did my hair, got dressed, got the girls clothes ready, put the girls in the car, and got some yoguart from the fridge. I was pulling out of the driveway at 5:35.
Now, either I am Wonder Woman or the clock had to have been wrong. I'll have to check tonight and make adjustments. I can't be coming into work early, wouldn't want my boss to think that I'm trying to look good. (right Jeff?).
Isabel: Which hand
Me: That one (pointing to the one on the right)
Isabel: (opening her hand, with nothing in it) Um Nope
She puts her hands behind her back and pretends to fiddle with them.
Isabel: Which hand
Me: That one (pointing to the one on the left)
Isabel: (opening her hand, with nothing in it) Um Nope
This went on and on... It was so cute.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
After work, I'm going to head home to my family. I think I'll stop along the way to get a magazine or something for my husband. He's been working alot lately and is tired. Hopefully this will cheer him up. If the weather cooperates, we'll head over to Mansfield to my aunts house to go swimming. Eddie is wanting to try out the girls' life-jackets. I think we'll just throw them into the pool. (Just kidding)
Anyways, I downloaded the new Selah cd from itunes titled Greatest Hyms. I love hymns, and they do an awesome job on this cd. My favorite is "His eye is on the sparrow" and "Bika Mono (Pass me not) / It is well with my soul". I highly recommend this cd.
In other areas...
We dropped the price of our house another 20,000. We haven't had someone come to see it in 2 weeks. We just want it sold, we enought cash to put down on another house. As soon as we sell and move to a more affordable home, Eddie will be able to quit his part-time jobs. Keep this situation in your prayers.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Just wanted to let know know how much I love you. Since conception, you have been there to protect me. All the times that I fell you lifted me up and held me in your arms. You always would give me wisdom when making decisions. Eventhough sometimes I disobeyed you, you still loved me as you punished me. You have been so good to me.
You are just the coolest dad. You always give me everything I need and even somethings I just want. You have given me some of the best gifts a girl would want. A mother and sister who loves me and would do anything for me. My grandma who told me about your son, Jesus. A husband, my life partner, who loves you just as much as I do. Children to call my own. Children that make me laugh, and give the best hugs and kisses. Thank you for teaching me about being humble and helping others in need. Thank you for putting people in my life that minister to me and that I can minster back to.
I cry "Abba", Father to the best Dad in all of the universe. Nothing and no one can compare to you.
Happy Father's Day
From your "favorite" daughter,
Love always and for eternity,
Thursday, June 15, 2006
For the past couple of months I've worked with someone who is a ordained minister of a local Christian church. At first, I was nice to this person and would try to be helpful. All I got back was ATTITUDE. This person was hired because of who she knew within the company. This person was hard to teach, hard to work with, and just plain not pleasant, to me or any other co-workers. I went to her supervisor concerning this matter. Later I found out that many of her teammates did the same. The supervisor had a talk with her. Let me tell you that helped so much. Today it was like talking to someone new. Nice, polite, mouth shut while learning, just a 180 turn-around. Funny thing, is that today, the person that got her the job, resigned. So now, she is back to being the rookie, new kid on the block. Funny how things work out. I'm glad there has been a change, it will make working with her all the more better.
Despite all of this, I look at myself. Do I always display the attitude of Christ?
At work, with my husband, with my children, at chruch, with the people I interact with. No not always. So I remind myself, I represent Christ everywhere I go, to everyone I talk to and interact with. I represent Him.
Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
She'll yell out "Mama", and I'll yell back "Emma", well go back and forth for what seems like eternity. It's funny, because she'll copy me on how I say her name. If I whisper, she'll whisper. If I use a low voice, she'll use a low voice. I cherish moments like these.
Well I'm 1/2 way there. I started scrapbooking Isabel's Cinderella party pictures on Sunday night, and continued last night as well. Isabel is excited at seeing her book, and still remembers details of the party which was almost a month ago. Like when Cinderella painted a butterfly on her hand. Hopefully I can finish the book this week. What an accomplishment that would be. I think I'll go down to Walmart at lunch, I hear they have a great Disney section for scrapbooking materials... So far I have spent $48 on this book, and that is not counting the materials that were already on hand.
Friday, June 02, 2006
It's not about me. Being a servant of Christ can be summed up in two words.
If nothing else, Christ considered you when he died on the cross for your sins.
Consider others feelings, put their needs above your own, don't be selfish.
I'm talking to myself here.
Monday and Tuesday were good, I couldn't skip Wednesday and Thursday. We'll see what today is like. When it comes to GH, I'm a junkie, been on it since the 80's and I was born in 1975.
Yesterday was the last day and Isabel and Emma went to Sophia's house. Sophia started taking care of Isabel since she was 1 years old, and Emma since she was 3 months old. Since Isabel is 3, and Emma almost 2, I'm going to put them in preschool starting in August. In the meantime for the next 2 months their Aunt Lily will be taking care of them. She just finished college and will start teaching 1st grade in August. This should be a good summer for them. She will enroll them in the summer reading program at the local library, and do lots of other things with them as well.
As a thankyou gift to Sophia, I bought her a Precious Moment. The minute I saw it, I knew it was perfect. She still takes care of 2 other babies, so her hands will not go idle. It was so cute, just wanted to share.....
Thursday, June 01, 2006
On the drive back from Odessa...
Emma and Isabel both had plastic cups with cereal in them. Evidently, Isabel finished hers and asked if Emma would share.
Emma kindly transfered cereal from her own cup to Isabel's cup.
Awwww, how nice she shared. A Kodak moment.
Same drive back from Odessa 3 hours later...
Emma and Isabel both had plastic cups with cookies in them. Evidently, Isabel finished hers and asked if Emma would share. Emma said no. Isabel preceed to scream "dame, dame" (traslated "give me some" "give me some")
As Isabel is throwing a fit, Emma quietly took the cookies out of her cup one by one and threw them on the floor. Then she threw the empty cup to Isabel as if saying "Here, take your cup, but you won't get no cookies"
Toooo funny, to get mad
Monday, May 29, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
Emma is almost 20 months old. I put on the Dora sheets, pillow and conforter. She liked it. The one thing about moving a baby to a toddler bed is that they have to learn how not to fall out. When Isabel was learning, she had the priviledge of falling out onto carpet. Emma has wood floors in her room, actually the whole house does. So, to make the falling out of be painless, I put her Dora blowup bed next to her bed so when she fell out it wouldn't hurt.
At 12:30 Eddie found her on the Dora blowup bed. At 4:30 she had the top half of her body on her bed, and her bottom half hanging off of the side. It'll take a couple of weeks, but she'll get the hang of it.
God is so good. To take a man, Paul, who was killing Christians, turn his life around, and use him to preach the Gospel. That is a wonderful testimony. God shows me that there is hope for the alcoholics, drug addicts, the "nobodys" of this world. Everyone matters to Him. He can use us, in our most pitiful state, if we just let Him.
Lord, I will continually pray for all the "nobodys" of the world, the people that society has pushed aside. I pray that you would open their eyes that they might see your love and grace that you offer freely. I pray that you would us them and us in a mighty way to further your kingdom, by spreading your Gospel to the lost.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
It's a Little People® Learn-to-Dress® Eddie™
As you can see "Eddie" is a fighterfighter, just like my husband Eddie. Needless to say this is a cool doll to have.
Yesterday after picking up Isabel, she starts to whine "I want my daddy!"
I said "We'll see Daddy in a minute"
"No, I want my other Daddy!" she replies.
I give her this what are you talking about look.
"That one", she says as she points to the "Eddie" doll.
I had to hold in my laughter! I don't think she would be calling the doll "Daddy" had it's name not been "Eddie"
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Sad just sad. But I'm a firm believer that it shouldn't matter what enviroment you grow up in. If you want to make something of yourself you can, you have the power to be somebody. I pray that these two boys both make it.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Accent: Pure Texan, born and raised.
Bible Book that I like: Colossians
Chore I don't care for: Mopping
Dog or Cat: I love dogs
Essential Electronics: Cell Phone... can't leave home without it.
Favorite Cologne: Obsession, by Calvin Klein
Gold or Silver: White Gold
Handbag I Carry Most Often: $12 small purse from Target
Insomnia: No... I can sleep anywhere, anytime.
Job Title: Software Developer
Kids: Two girls; ages 3 and 19 months
Living Arrangements: I live in a big house with my family. Hopeing to downsize soon. (the house, not the family)
Most Admirable Trait: Generosity, I think
Naughtiest Childhood Behavior: Bitting the 2nd grade teacher. After 3 paddles, I never did that again.
Overnight Hospital Stays: 2 -- the births of my daughters
Phobias: Tight places, and the dark
Quote: To be or not to be, that is the question.
Religion: Not religion, a relationship with Christ.
Siblings: One sister, Felicia
Time I Wake Up: 5:00 am
Vegetable I Refuse to Eat: Mushrooms (is that a vege?)
Worst Habit: Loosing things...all the time.
X-rays: CT scan on my head (I'm normal)
Yummy Stuff I Cook: Chicken Enchiladas, yummy to my tummy.
Zoo Animal I Like Most: Polar Bears..at the San Diego Zoo
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Then we went to the church where Eddie and I had it decorated with pink, purple, and silver balloons.
Here is Isabel in her Cinderella outfit and Emma in her tinkerbell outfit.
Here is the cake that my mom made.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Lord, just incase I didn't ask in your name.
I pray that you will move us to a new home in Arlington, by the end of the month of June. I pray that an offer will be put on this house by the end of the month of May. I pray that you will heal my daughter of bronchitis, and remove the ezcema from Isabel'a and my eyes. I pray that you will give me help with my asp.net project at work, and that I complete it soon, real soon. I ask all of this in Jesus name.
Emma, she's got bronchitis. Poor thing. So not only is she on an antibiotic, he told me to give her some of Isabel's Histex as well. He's hopeing that will help all the mucus. If she's not better, he will put her on albuterol. Isabel was on that as well through an inhaler, before being put on Singular daily. I hope it doesn't come to that for Emma.
I on the other hand have lived with allergies all my life. I'm used to it by now. I don't take drugs, unless, I'm totally sick. Allegra 180, and Nanonex. Prednasone, if I'm really bad off.
As I sit here writing, Isabel is sniffeling, saying "I got boogers"... I know honey me too.
Monday, May 15, 2006
I can't withdrawl money from a teller, without a signature card.
I can't show it to the officer when I get pulled over.
I can't get a copy of my birth certificate.
I can't purchase anything with my debit card, if they don't have one of those keypads to punch in your PIN.
So today, I'm on a mission. I'm going to have my sister get a copy of my birth certificate for me... if she has time.
Then I'm going to take that along with my social security card, marriage license, and insurance card to the DPS office to obtain a driver's license. Then I'll exsist again.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Serving others. People who say thank you, people who do things for you in return, nice people, grateful people. That's the easy part
Serving others. The people who betray you, cut you down, people who don't appreciate you, people who are hostile against you, people who don't notice. That's the hard part.
Lord, help me serve others with a sincere heart. Not wanting anything in return.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I remember my 21st birthday. It was the funnest weekend, my friends took me out, we danced all night, then the following day, we went to a Jay Perez concert at UTA. I knew the bass player farely well, so they sung Happy Birthday to me... that was cool. We were sitting on the first row in the stands, and there were guards standing on the track not wanting us to get out of the stands. After much protest, and the ok, from the lead singer, I was the first to climb over the rail, soon others followed and we began Tejano dancing on the track. It was fun.
I remember my 24th birthday. I was graduating from College and I traded my 2 year old Honda Civic for a new Honda CRV, as a present to myself. I was also getting ready for my wedding in July.
I remember my 29th birthday. Just two days before I gave birth to Isabel. On my birthday, I begged the doctors to let me go home, even though I still had high blood pressure. They did, and I had a cake waiting for me when I got home.
I remember my 30th birthday. I was moving into my new house and unpacking. Not fun. I finally had a 80's party at my house in June. It was a blast. We had a costume contest, Limbo contest, and other games. Me and David (a friend of ours) did a rendition of Bohemian Raposdy for everyone, it was hilarious.
And now we come to today....