Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Today we went BAWL-ING. That's how the little kids say bowling around here. We never correct them because we think it's so stinkin' adorable. We love to hear them say their mispronounced words. I guess you could say that we even encourage it, since we use the words ourselves. Jesse is determined to make the most of the kids' winter break, so bawl-ing we went.

Kids were excited as all get out. We hadn't been bowling since the day before school began, and they were eager to get back on that horse. There were some glitches with the overall experience however, beginning with the person in charge (at the bowling alley) not allowing Junior to use the bumpers. At first I didn't think much of it, since I figured maybe Junior could still bowl without the assistance of bumpers. After his first try though, he was pretty upset with only making gutter balls while his sisters were able to use the safety of the bumpers. I went back to talk to the lady and she refused to budge on her "guidelines" of no bumpers for children that were taller than the counter. We tried to encourage Junior to try it one more time, but it was the same thing: gutter balls. This time, Jesse went and talked to her. He returned determined to end the afternoon of bawl-ing and get a refund. Fortunately, Junior realized that he was giving up too easily and declared that he would bowl without the bumpers. I tried to take a few pictures of the action, but eventually had to drop everything and entertain Evelyn.

While looking after her, the little bugger made her way onto a bowling lane. I swear, by the way that kid was walking on that floor you would never have been able to tell that it was as slippery as it was. I walked onto that lane to retrieve her with such confidence, I never would have expected to fall so fast and so hard on my butt. LOL. I laugh thinking of what a spectacle it must have been. I scooted my way out of the bowling lane, with Evelyn firmly within my grasp.

After several quarters and a bruised butt later, I returned to our assigned lane to find that the owner of the establishment had showed up and tried to make up for the disagreement we had with the person in charge. She gave Junior some ice cream, since he was forced to bowl with no bumpers and offered us all a second free game, this time with bumpers for all the kiddos. DH and I switched places (he was the one bowling with the kids) and he watched Evelyn while I proceeded to get my fingers stuck in holes too small for my digits. After a few broken nails, the lowest score of the afternoon (mine), a bruised butt, not to mention - ego, we called it a day and headed back home. I'm glad the kids had fun today.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Day BBQ

Christmas Day got off to an early start. TOO EARLY if you ask me. We had just hit the bed when the kids were poking us to see if they could open the presents under the tree. Or so it seemed. We got home so late that we just tucked the kids into bed in dress clothes and all.

Evelyn was a pro this time at opening her presents. The night before she had had plenty of practice, and went to town tearing off paper. She squealed "BABY" when she saw the packaging for her toys. (Ignore the UNFLATTERING picture of me... at least I was awake!)

Emma anxiously waited her turn and pleasantly surprised with a dress-up chest. Later, when all had opened their gifts, all three girls would retire to their bedroom and don the fairy outfits.

Emily and Junior opened their gifts at the same time. They promptly put on their new skates and proceeded to leave scuff marks all over my nice wood floor.

After picking up some of the mess and getting the kiddos ready we headed out to my parent's house again. We stopped on the way there to get some "tripas" for the BBQ. Grandpa was there!

I tried to take some pics of him, since he is my last surviving grandparent. I noticed that all my brothers were there and I managed to convince them all to pose for a picture with Dad and Grandpa. I'm glad they did.

The afternoon was spent mostly outside chowing down on BBQ chicken and tripas with rice, flour tortillas and pico de gallo. Sorry there are no pictures of that. I was too busy eating to stop and take a pic. Jesse left later in the day to go visit with his parents. Since my mother-in-law is still trying to recover from her knee surgery, we try to keep the kids away so as to not bother her too much. Our girls can get rather loud and disruptive so when we do take the kids the visits are short and sweet. One can only take so much of the girls screeching and fighting over who gets what.

Either way, it was a nice way to spend Christmas Day. Later in the evening my Aunt Esmeralda and her husband (Uncle Ricardo) showed up as well as mom's brother, Uncle Jose Luis. After they left we made our way home to try and catch up on our sleep. Merry Christmas y'all... hope ya had a good one!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Loot

We spent a nice Christmas Eve at both our parent's (Jesse's and mine) houses yesterday. There was a HUGE amount of gifts at my parent's house. And at the inlaws, although things were low key, they were still fun. Kids made out like bandits! Jesse and I even got a gift card to Tony Roma's! We handed out bags upon bags of grapefruit and oranges from our own trees and tins full of homemade goodness. Both grandma's also got a nice gift that is sure to come in handy with the huge families they both have.

Tamales were eaten.

Ojarascas were wolfed down. (Jesse kinda closed the lid on me while scarfing them down.)

And let's not forget the nice silver cross necklace my little brother gifted me. It's beautiful.

All in all, I'd say it was a good Nochebuena and we are all happy and thankful to have our families close this year with which to share it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Momma's got a new pair of shoes!!

Look at these beauties! Aren't they irresistible? I thought so, and that's why I snatched them up the second I laid eyes on them. I'm pairing them with a red shirt for the festivities tomorrow. I'll likely bring along some back-up shoes since I doubt I'll be able to wear these ALL DAY LONG. Hmmm... I think I have a pair of comfy flats around here somewhere...

I'll be ROCKIN' these shoes tomorrow. You just wait and see!

(Sorry about the picture with flash. It's late and I couldn't get a decent picture without using the flash.)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Orange Blossoms in December

It's five days 'till Christmas and one of our orange trees has blossoms on it. It smells divine, but I have no way to explain this anomaly. Since I got the charger for my camera's battery yesterday, I figured it was a good a time as any to document this sort of thing. I'll be sure to come back with plenty of pictures of our holidays. I pray the Lord gives me strength and patience to survive visiting with my family. I'll keep focused on the blessings that He has bestowed upon me instead of complaining of things I know I can't change.