Monday, September 28, 2009


We celebrated two special birthdays this weekend - my Dad's 65th and Baby P's 1st!

My dad's birthday is actually today, so - Happy Birthday Dad!!!

Friday evening, we celebrated my Dad's birthday by going out to eat at the Macaroni Grill, followed by birthday cake at our house.

Saturday, we were all very excited to get to spend time with Nana and Papa!

Then, Sunday was Baby P's birthday celebration at Gymboree. The kids had so much fun! It was great to see! Baby P loved playing and watching all the kids.

Fun in a new, exciting place!

The kids got to walk up this bolster and jump off.

L hiding.

Having a blast!

The Gymboree instructor had the kids tell her what ingredients went into a birthday cake. Then, used scarves to 'make' the cake inside the inner tube.

Birthday cake explosion!

Baby P got inside the birthday cake...after the explosion.


Parachute - On top...

...and under. WooHoo!

Birthday cake time!

My first taste of cake...yummm!

Family photo, Yea! These seem harder and harder to get with everyone looking in the direction of the camera and without any crying.

Awww, I love my family!!! We are so blessed!!!

P.S. In lieu of gifts, we collected food donations for Food Paks. Distribution of the Food Paks will help feed hungry families in San Antonio and is organized by the Children's Hunger Fund in partnership with Oak Hills Church. An update on that will be coming soon. Thanks to all who donated!!!

Friday, September 25, 2009

1st Birthday!

(continued from previous post)

...5 days later, on September 25, 2008, our precious 3rd baby boy joined our family!

Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet Baby P!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

one more post for today

We have one less boy wearing diapers!

I was really not looking forward to potty training again. However, it was a cinch! L potty trained in about 2 weeks! He did and continues to do great. Still needs frequent reminders to take potty breaks, but that is to be expected...and I'll take it!

Great job L!


an attempt at a A Poem By Ana:

One year ago today, I felt like I might burst!
One year ago today, was this baby boy's due date.

He would be our third baby boy, not our first!
Five days longer, we would have to wait...

first haircut

Saturday was a fun filled day for us. We got to visit with family and Baby P got his first haircut.

The boys were very excited to see Paw Paw, Maw Maw, Uncle A and Uncle D. We met for lunch and had a good time spending time together. It was great to see them!

After lunch, we proceeded to surprise my mom by taking Baby P in to get his first haircut at the salon where she works. He did great! No crying...just very busy while sitting in Daddy's lap. :)


So handsome! Thanks Ita!

Monday, September 14, 2009

guess who is walking?!

Okay, so I'm a little behind. Baby P actually took his first steps at the end of August. Lately here, he's really been practicing. He thinks it's so cool that he can walk. So, he'll pull himself up and go at it. Today, he took 10 steps! I've tried to get it on video, but the best I have so far is just 2-3 steps on a 3 second video. I wanted to put it here on my blog so family (especially Nana & Papa :) ) could see.

The first video is of Baby P pushing around a chair, which he loves to do. He has even figured out (since this video was taken) how to move around the chair to keep going if the gets stuck at something.




Friday, September 11, 2009

Psalm 91

I heard this Psalm read on the radio today in honor of September 11, 2001.

It is an assurance of God's protection. Which is kind of interesting. What about the thousands that weren't protected and died 8 years ago? I don't know how to answer that. Why them, why so many, why so much suffering in the world? I think that I'll never understand why? Also, God could look at me and ask the same of me, "Why do you allow humans around you to suffer...from hunger, illness, sadness?" But what I do know is that it wasn't God who caused those horrific events 8 years ago. It was man. It was man's free will and choice. So, why didn't God just stop it? Why, if He is omniscient and omnipotent, did He let it happen? It's just not that easy. The world would be totally different if it were that simple. It would be something like the Garden of Eden, I suppose. I don't think it's possible to understand God. He is too colossal for our mere human understanding.

If it's proof you're after...sorry don't have that. I can only tell you that I just know for myself that I wouldn't have what I have, be who I am, be where I am and go where I'm going if it wasn't for Him. I've don't deserve His love and salvation. It's just there for me to accept.

Psalm 91:1-16 (NLT)

1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2 This I declare about the LORD;
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are you armor and
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
thought ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High you shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near you home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won't even hurt your foot on
a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras
you will crush fierce lions and serpents
under you feet.
14 The LORD says, "I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation."

What a wonderful Psalm to use as a prayer of protection. God doesn't promise that we will not have any troubles; He promises to "answer" and "be with [us]" (v. 15). There is a light in this sometimes seemingly dark world.

One more verse I wanted to include:

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Continuing to grow in Him,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

1st day of preschools

C will be attending 2 preschools this year - a Spanish immersion preschool and the preschool he attended last year at Oak Hills Church.

Back on August 25th, C had his first day of Spanish preschool. Before the first day he said to me, "Mommy, I'm not going to cry because I'm a big boy." As we were walking up to the building on that first day he said, "Well, I might cry just a little bit." Sweet boy...being brave. I could tell he was nervous. And yes, he did cry. But now, C is adjusting and seems to be enjoying his new school.

Today, C had his first day of preschool at Oak Hills Church. I think it went very well. Why do I think that? Well, when I asked him how it went and if he had a good day he said, "Oh, good! And I didn't cry!"

Here he is...intently checking out his new classroom.

So, here's to one last year of preschool before starting kindergarten.

I can't believe it!