Monday, April 27, 2015

About us. Right now.

What part of the world do you live in?
The Texas coast. Its's a big cultural mix here. There's the Spanish influence- a lot of Mexican restaurants, bright colored houses, Spanish being spoken. Then there are the country folk raising their cattle and listening to country music. There's also the coastal aspect. Many people own boats and fishing is a big deal. We're a chemical plant town. Most of the men and a lot of woman work out there.


How many children do you have and how would you describe them?
I have three children. Olivia (5), Lola (2), and Sebastian (8 weeks). 
Olivia feels everything deeply. Anger, hurt, excitement. It's all over the top. I guess she's like me in that way. Every emotion has to be felt and made known. She also loves organizing her things, which she does not get from me. Most of the day you can find her lining up or sorting her shopkins. She also loves arts and crafts, books, flowers, and all things fancy. 
Lola- my little free spirit. There's no telling that girl what to do. She has a mind of her own and isn't afraid to stand her ground. She gets embarrassed easily if she gets hurt or if anyone laughs at her. She loves horses, babies, and mermaids. 
Sebastian is still tiny, obviously. But he's such a sweet little baby. There's something in his eyes that tells me there's an old soul in there and I can't wait to see his personality start to shine through. 

What are your core family values?
Family first. Always. Kindness to others. We want to emphasize experiences and memories over material things.

How do you spend most of your days? At home, doing the typical mom things. Cleaning and cleaning some more, cooking, changing diapers, bathing kids, reading books, washing clothes, feeding the baby. These kids keep me pretty busy.

What is your favorite thing to do as a family? 
We love to be outside, but we're not exactly the camping/roughing it type. We like the beach and zoo. Cooking together and eating out together. Movie nights with popcorn. Just as long as we're together really.

What are you passionate about? Marriage. Motherhood. Breastfeeding and my pumping journey. Natural birth. Health but without jumping on any bandwagons. Friendship.

What inspires you? 
My children, of course. And other mothers, especially mothers of bigger families.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The third child

The third child cries a little bit more than the others. I just can't respond to everyones' needs at all times the way I'd like.

The third child doesn't bathe as often as the others. And all the baths that do happen take place in the kitchen sink. 

The third child doesn't change clothes as often. A little spit up stain never hurt anyone, right?

The third child doesn't have a set schedule because, well, let's face it, the second child didn't either. 

The third child has to deal with his sisters fighting to hold him. 

The third child stays swaddled most of the day because it's the easiest way to keep him calm. 

The third child does get the most kisses though, from all four family members that are absolutely obsessed with him. That must make it all worth it.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Scenes from the weekend:

What a good good weekend. The kind where you start Monday feeling totally refreshed and ready for the week.

Luis worked Saturday morning and it was rainy and yucky. So the kids and I lazied about the house and took our time getting ready. Then, when Luis got home, we headed to my mom's for a late lunch. Lola had been asking for Mimi and Pawpaw for well over a week, so she was pretty excited. 

After so much rain, Sunday was finally beautiful! We slept in, I made breakfast, and then we started packing up for an afternoon at the beach. It always makes my heart so happy watching the kids at the beach. THAT'S what childhood is about. Running free, using their imaginations, being in nature. Not just behind a screen. Olivia already got a pretty nice tan, too! And the other two didn't burn, so win-win. 


Friday, April 10, 2015

Easter

We woke with the intentions of going to church, but there was just no way we would have gotten five people ready in time. So instead Luis and I made coffee and breakfast and the girls played with their Easter basket goodies. We took our time getting ready and I cooked our potluck contributions and then headed to Maria's house at lunch time.

We still had the moonwalk from Lola's party, so the kids had that to play with. We did the traditional egg hunt and it was so fun seeing Lola really participate this year. Even if she did only get three eggs. Ha. And she was a little confused about confetti eggs. She kept pouring them on herself.

By the end of the day, the girls were exhausted and dirty. The best way to end any good day in my book.




























Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lola's Donut Party

This was probably my favorite party yet. Mostly because it required the least effort and Lola still had a blast. We served hot dogs and donuts and the kids played on a huge moonwalk and my friend Brooke even brought out a couple horses. It was such a good, laid back time celebrating our favorite 2 year old.