Thursday, July 21, 2011


I deactivated my facebook the other night. It's something I've been thinking about doing for a while, but kept making excuses for. "But I need it to bring in more clients." "I want to show off pictures of Olivia." "I'm too nosy." The last one is definitely true. Which is while I'll probably end up getting back on every once in a while. But for now, I'm enjoying the peace. I got tired of grown adults in their 20's (even 30's!) acting like children and starting arguments on there.

It's also made everything else I do feel so much more important. Like, maybe it is more beneficial to read the next chapter in my book instead of waste 30 minutes re-reading statuses I saw earlier in the day. It makes much more sense to come home from work and start a load of laundry instead of sitting on the couch, on my phone.

Luis and I were discussing it last night, our generation has spent the past 7 or 8 years posting everything we do and think online! It's definitely an adjustment not to. I feel like I think in statuses, haha! But I love that no one else knows what I'm doing at every moment. The people that want to know what's going on in my life actually have to initiate a conversation with me elsewhere! Gasp!

I'm thinking about getting back on every once in a while to upload pictures, because that's where they're most organized. Unless I can figure out some of the other sites that do that. And I also have a twitter, but I've always used that sparingly. The blog is here to stay, that way I can look back on moments of Olivia's life that I might otherwise not remember.

So for those few of you that read this, if you'd like to get a hold of me another way, my email address is

P.S. Luis and I will be welcoming a new nephew today! Can't wait to meet Zaiden!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

20 months and 4th of July.

Today, my beautiful baby girl turned 20 months old. It's hard to believe that she's only been in my life for 20 months and she's completely changed my whole world. 

At 20 months, Olivia likes:

Cats! She loves all off them, even animals that appear to look like cats, like skunks...

Her favorite movies are still Fox and the Hound 2 and Lilo and Stitch, but we've also added Cars.

Her favorite foods are toast with jelly, fruit loops, apples, and oranges (which she also calls apples.)

She loves water and loves to be in a pool. She has no fear of the water. She'll even try to count on her fingers before she jumps in to us.

She is so tan! The Mexican in her is definitely showing during the summer time. 

Her vocabulary is still growing daily. Some new words are:
Vroom vroom (car)
Wushdat (what's that?)
Dulk (milk)
Cucu (cookie)
Talk (chalk)
Hugh (hurt)
Woah (hello)
and she's referring to so many more family members by name.

She started daycare today. She was so excited when we went in and she was referring to all of the kids as "bebies." Which some of the older ones weren't so happy about, haha. They told me she didn't even cry after I left. The only time she cried was when she first woke up from her nap. I don't know if it was just that she was cranky or waking up in an unfamiliar place. When I came to pick her up I snuck in and watched her play for a few minutes. Once she saw me she took me to see some of the toys she had been playing with. She got upset when one of the little boys tried to give me a hug. She pushed him away and said, "my momma!" Ha. She waved at everyone as we were leaving. I asked her if she had a good day at school and she gave me a big nod, her way of saying yes. I asked if she made new friends and she gave me another big nod. I'm so relieved that she did so well.

We had a very relaxing July 4th, yesterday. We were all tired from the vacation and ended up sleeping until 11am! Even Olivia who went to bed at 10pm the night before. 13 hours of sleep! Once we got up and dressed we headed to my grandparents's house to swim and eat lots of fruit. 

Afterwards, Olivia went home with my dad so that Luis and I could go see Transformers 3 with Luis's brother's family. We loved and haven't really stopped talking about it since! We thought there weren't going to be any fireworks because of the burn ban, but it turns out they had them last night at 9. Oh well, there's always next year!

Monday, July 4, 2011


Sorry I haven't written much lately. We just got back from a 4 day vacation yesterday. Luis's family goes on a vacation every summer. This year we went to Concan, on the Frio River. We all rented a big house that sleeps 24 people! Luis, Olivia, and I got our own room with three beds and our own bathroom. There was a huge living room and dining room area, and a big outdoor patio area, as well as a pool, an area to play horseshows, and a sand volleyball court.

Olivia loved the pool! She has no fear of the water, which is kind of terrifying for me! She would even jump in for us. And she got so tan! The picture above is only from our second day there, so by the end of the trip, she was much darker.

I loved watching all the kids interact while we were there. Olivia loved having her cousins around 24/7. And since we've been back, she's been asking for them constantly.

On Friday we went to Garner State Park. It was a lot of fun! We weren't able to float the Frio because the water was too low in a lot of parts, but at the park they still had some deep places. The men were even able to swing off a rope and jump in. None of them were able to touch, so it must have been pretty deep! Olivia loved sitting on the bank and throwing rocks in the water. 

The women on the trip! On the far left is Luis's oldest sister, Erica. Then his other sister, Maria. Then his mom, sister in law, Angie, and myself.

This is the kids at breakfast on our last full day there. I loved that I could always find the five of them together! We were only missing Isaiah. But next year, him and his new little brother will be tagging along, too :)

The night before we left, Luis and I were playing with Olivia and swinging her. He had one arm and I had the other. One of her hands slipped, she didn't even fall, but apparently her arm was jerked a little too hard. She just kept crying and crying and saying, "Ow! Daddy!" She kept grabbing the same part of her arm so we knew something was wrong. We drove 30 minutes to the nearest hospital and took her into the ER. By that time, she had completely stopped using her right arm, so we were a little freaked out. After waiting for almost 2 hours, we finally had x-rays done. And then we had to wait another hour or so for the results. She had no broken bones or fractures! Just a sprained elbow. (I didn't even know you could sprain elbows!) They put a splint on her, gave her some motrin, and sent us home. 

This is her the next morning. She thought it was hilarious to take the cotton out of her splint and put it in her ears. We were able to take off the splint last night. She's obviously better now because when we ask her where it hurts she points at the other arm trying to get us to feel sorry for her, haha. Little stinker.

We had planned to stay an extra night at get a room in the San Marcos area and try to float the river there, but I think everyone was just ready to get home at that point. We had a great time and decided that we're going to start making it an annual trip. 

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July! We did. I'll write about that tomorrow since I haven't had a chance to upload those pictures yet. Tomorrow is also Olivia's first day of daycare :)