Saturday, October 27, 2007

new favorite movie

Keith and I went to see Dan in Real Life last night. LOVED it. It was definitely one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It even made Keith tear up a little. And then later when we were walking in the mall, I told him I knew he had started to tear up, and he did again! Girly-man. :) You all have to go see this movie. It was awesome and it's totally in my top ten movies. Keith was asking today when we're going to go see it again. I'm not lying, and I can't say it enough, this movie is awesome.

P.S. If you don't know what movie I'm talking about, here's a link to the official site

Saturday, October 13, 2007

comin to ya live... (part 2)

from San Diego!! We left our hotel this morning to drive down here to take the girls to Sea World. They were so excited to see Shamu again. And this time we got to feed the dolphins and all the girls got the chance to touch a dolphin. That was pretty dang cool. We also fed the seals. The trainer told us not to dangle the little fish over the edge because there were seagulls all around, just waiting for you to do that so they can fly in and steal the fish before the seal gets it. Sure enough, Elena dangled hers over and I got a picture of the bird stealing it out of her hand. Speaking of Elena, we only lost her twice today. So I'd say our parenting skills have greatly improved. Side note - I walked away from her just a little (like 5 feet), but she didn't see me walk away. She turned around, and started looking all around for me. Once she saw that I was nearby, she kind of chuckled and then said "Oh! I thought I was lost again!" And if anyone is wondering, the Orlando Sea World is definitely better than the San Diego one. Not that this one wasn't fun, because it was, the Orlando one is just bigger and better. I don't know what we'll do tomorrow. We don't really know. Maybe check out the Pacific coast beaches (I've never seen the Pacific before - but I'm sure it can't compare with the beaches of Naples) or just sightsee around town. I guess if you care you can check back in tomorrow night. And I still can't post any pictures, but I was able to find these ones of us from the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney. The one of Amya and Téa didn't come out for some reason, but there's one of me with Maricela, and Keith with Elena. And just so you know, my score is slightly lower than Keith's because I was trying to take pictures and wasn't really concentrating on shooting. (It's actually an improvement on my score from last year!)

Friday, October 12, 2007

comin to ya live...

from Disney!! Amya and I have our fall break this weekend. Keith and I had talked about taking the girls to Disney but didn't have any definite plans. Wed night we were talking about what we wanted to do over this break and Keith said, "So what about Disney?" We packed up and left the next morning. We just spent 11 hours at Disneyland with the girls (which may have been a few too many). I don't have a cord to connect my camera to my laptop, so I can't post any pics, but we had a great time. The girls looked for characters to get autographs, we rode all the rides they wanted to, we lost Elena at least four times and we watched the parade twice. It was a blast. But I'm seriously thinking about stopping at WalMart for a leash for Elena tomorrow before we take off for SeaWorld. If our hotel down there has wireless, I'll update again....maybe we'll only lose her three times tomorrow.


Sunday, October 07, 2007


I don't even know where to start. I think I'll just separate by girl, and we'll start with the oldest.

Amya had her seventh birthday almost two weeks ago. It seems like I say this all the time, but I just can't believe how fast she is growing up. She got a new bike from us for her birthday and, though she didn't want us to, we got her a big one with no training wheels and different speeds and all that stuff. She was very apprehensive about riding it. She wanted us to buy training wheels to put on it until she could get used to it. But Keith said we should just get it and teach her to ride it without the training wheels. We got home and tried it out. She wanted me to help her, not Keith, because she was afraid Keith would let her fall. So I ran alongside her while she pedaled. She thought I was holding on to the back of her seat, but I had let go almost as soon as she had taken off. She rode that thing the very first time she got on! I was so excited - I was having to hold in the shouts of congratulations so that she wouldn't realize I wasn't holding on. She didn't even know until we got to the end of the road and I told her she had ridden the whole way by herself. After that, she rode up and down the road all by herself. She's still having a little bit of a hard time turning, and starting, but she'll get it. We are just so proud of her!

Elena's fourth birthday is this coming Wednesday. Again, how did she get so big? We bought a new bike for her birthday present as well, and she is so excited about it. She picked out a pretty princess bike with streamers and a backpack and then insisted on getting a princess helmet to go with it. She is our little princess girl. It's amazing how much of a girly girl she is, while still being a tomboy. She'll be out playing in the mud while wearing a princess costume. But she has a lot of fun riding on her bike and trying to keep up with Amya.

Tea has had a bike since her second birthday. We got her this little tiny tricycle that we thought she would be able to ride. She has never actually ridden it. She would sit on the bike and push her feet along the road to go. She never pedaled. The day we brought home Amya and Elena's new bikes and were encouraging them to ride and helping them with their bikes, she finally decided to ride. It was like one second she couldn't ride, and the next second she could. And that little girl can go fast on her bike. It's so cute to see her pedaling her little feet and trying to keep up with her big sisters. Tea has also started to really love coloring. It used to be that she would grab a crayon and just scribble all over anything in front of her. Now she's coloring in actual coloring books and trying hard to stay inside the lines. She's so cute when she comes to show us the new page she's colored. You can see how proud she is of herself and how happy it makes her when we make a big deal out of it.

I think Maricela is the one we've seen the most growth in during the last month. But then again, she's a growing baby who's learning new things every day. The most exciting thing is that she's walking! It has taken her what seems like such a long time to get to this point. She started taking just little baby steps (baby steps down the hall, baby steps onto the elevator...) and now she's walking around the house. She's been trying for about a month now. Like I said, it started with just one little step here and there. Then she was taking two steps, falling down, and crawling the rest of the way. Then it was like five steps before she would fall, and then crawl. Now she's walking everywhere, and if she falls, she gets right back up and walks some more. She doesn't want to crawl at all anymore. She's so cute! I'm having a hard time finding clothes for her though. You'd think having three girls before her would give me plenty of things to choose from. I don't know where things have gone, but I can't find enough clothes in my stockpile to keep her clothed. And the scary thing is that she's wearing basically the same size clothes as Tea! Tea is so tiny, and Maricela is so big, that they can basically share clothes! And we finally found some tennies that fit her....her feet were so fat that they wouldn't fit into any shoes we tried on her. She could wear sandals that would velcro over, but we could not find tennis shoes that her feet would fit into. I was getting scared because it's getting colder here, and she needed some shoes to protect her feet. Thankfully, we found some and she loves them! When she sees me coming towards her with the shoes, she starts laughing and wiggling her feet. She's such a fun little baby! Oh yeah, she also has four molars now! And I didn't even know they had come in. I was tickling her one day, and she was throwing her head back to laugh, and I saw something in her mouth. I tipped her back to inspect, and there were four molars in there! She hadn't had a fever, hadn't complained, nothing. Such an easy baby!

Well, I've got all the typing done, now I need to add some pictures. I'll have to go upstairs for that (I am loving our new wireless - I can get on the internet from my school laptop downstairs and still be with the kids!). So hopefully during naps today I can get upstairs to upload some pictures. I also have video of the girls on their bikes and Maricela walking. So if you read this and there aren't any pictures yet, come back later to see those.

Monday, October 01, 2007


so I'm a slacker and I know it. believe me, i feel really guilty. so guilty that i've stopped using capitals. actually, i think that's just laziness, but who knows. i need to post some pictures. i need to talk about amya's birthday, and all the milestones ALL of my girls have crossed. but it's so hard to climb the stairs and listen to my girls playing downstairs. i want to be with them because i've missed them all day long. and at the end of the day i just want to go to bed, i don't want to get on the computer. but i need to get this stuff down. otherwise i'll forget. so i'm making a goal to blog every day this week and get caught up on the memory keeping i'm supposed to be doing. and i'll start that tomorrow. (look at me procrastinating already)