Monday, July 25, 2011


Did you add sand to Xavi's diet?

What is this?...
Only one way to find out... the mouth.
I mean, how else will I know what anything is?

What's that mom?
Aren't I cute?
Debbie asked me the next day if he'd been eating sand...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Water boy

Xavi loves the water, which definitely pleases Mario and I since we both love the water.  Mom said that when she was watching him while we surfed, he would just watch the water and the waves...hypnotized, mesmerized.  It's no wonder since I swam the whole time I was pregnant, walked the beaches often listening to the surf pound, surfed until I was 20 weeks along, and gave  birth to Xavi in the water. 
Eight months later here he is swimming laps in the tub.
He seems to think he can breathe under water or he is trying to explore it with his mouth (like everything else).  I tell him "Xavi, no"...when it looks like he is trying to breathe or drink bathwater...he smiles as if to say, whatever mom! 

Notice the bubble beard after just getting busted for putting his face in the water...
He tries to catch the water coming out of the faucet or the pitcher I use to rinse him off. Which, by the way, is his favorite toy...I really need to stop buying "toys" and letting him play with plain household items. 

He doesn't seem to mind water in his face since I can just put his head under the faucet to rinse the shampoo off on the rare occasions that I wash his hair.  I tried to capture how cool his hair is in this photo...waves, curls, entropy, it weird that I think my son has the best hair?  But I guess that isn't such a stretch...his dad has great hair and mine has waves.  Maybe it's just fun to see our genes in another little human.

Gramma Nina and Xavi explored the sprinkler when she visited us this month.  Although it was a short visit, they had some good time to play with his new truck, sing songs in Spanish (and teach mama one too), and get wet.  He smiles everytime I start to sing that song (Se pillo Colgate para mi papa...Se pillo Colgate para mi mama).  Next time, I'll learn another ;)  Thanks Mary!

His top two teeth have made two appearances...and disappeared both times!  The first time Debbie and i wondered if we were crazy or if we'd imagined seeing them.  Last night was the worst night sleep we've had since he was born...and I can see them there ALMOST poking through for what I hope is the final time.  Even so...he's been so cute and happy today...I just happen to know that he just a little bit uncomfortable. 

We spent the day at home...not "doing" a lot but crawling, exploring, playing, falling a few times, and laughing.  It's a wonder that I can feel so full after a day of not getting anything done...well nothing except being there for my boy, and well, just being.  Thank you Lord.  I am so blessed.



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Texas Wedding

 We flew to Austin, Texas for Leif and Jenna's wedding.  It was in Wimberley, Texas Hill Country and boy, was it hot!  The best part was cooling off in the water behind the house we stayed looks a bit more like a pond due to the awful drought conditions.  Xavi didn't seem to mind.  He splashed and kicked and squealed to be put back in. 

 I finally got to meet many of the special people I've heard so much about from Mario, Seth, and Leif.  Quality human who still serve and men who have served.  Women who loved, lost, and still support their men in service.  Others who were instant dear souls and more that seemed like family.  I guess I realized how much I crave friendships and loved the time we had to spend with these wonderful people. 
Lisa and Xavi at the beautiful Lejos home we stayed in.

Debbie was there so that we could attend the parties and services at night...she's such a blessing.
Not just our "nanny" but a friend and super woman.

Leif's sisters:  Lala, Merit, and Kirsten...loved the Babin family!

All of Leif's men

Watching her walk down the aisle

It's official...Mr and Mrs!

Donkey bearing cold beers

Lisa, Marisa, and Kelly...some of the gorgeous "wives club" members

Bride and Groom entering the sword arch

Only an appropriate kiss gets them through to the next

My handsome man in uniform

Loved the "choker whites"...
Mario got blood on his pants when they were screwing around with the swords (..boys!)

At the airport heading home...Xavi had a blast with his three favorite people all in a row

watching the world go by with his dad.
What else can I say?  Although I'm glad to be home and NOT on an airplane with a very busy boy...I'm so glad we went, so glad we had Debbie so that Mario and I had some time to ourselves (And DANCE til all hours!), so glad we saw Leif get married, meet his family, and get to know more of the "community" glad we eloped! :) 

June 2011 catch up

Here's a quick catch up from our June...which includes another plane ride to Wisconsin for work and a trip to St Louis with Gramma as our nanny.
Xavi and Gramma made each other laugh and laugh.

Swinging on the front porch swing...
watching the fireflies light up the night.

Having a Guiness with my dad...

learning about stairs

making Grampa smile

staying up past my bedtime...matter of fact, until I couldn't pull myself up any more!
visiting Mark Twain in St Louis

Gramma watching Xavi while I did work stuff

enjoying a warm summer evening on Logan's nice grass

Isn't it fun to wake up in a giant bed..with the sun on your face?

"Dr". Pat Jones, PhE, I presume and Lisa "don't know what I'd do without her" Hackett
lay over in Dallas...checking out the cars in the kid play area (definitely a first for me!)

Climbing on a rubbery fishy...getting my energy out so that I'll sleep the 3 hours to Orange County

Back home with Miss Debbie...we sure missed her!
sitting in my bar "stool", working some puzzles

exploring my toy shelves my SEAL bodysuit

And again, who needs toys when there are boxes and packing material to play with?

One of our pre 5am wake ups...due to a bit of jet lag.  I think he was ready to head out for a jog! 
I was lagging I admit...but enjoyed the dark, quiet mornings with my boy.  Precious memories that I will treasure!