Friday, August 31, 2012
When I was 36 weeks pregnant with Xavi, Mario and I did a cast of my belly to memorialize the moment. It was supposed to be a fun little project but it ended up being a lot harder than we thought...and then it's taken me 2 years to complete! BUT I finished it this week (a bit of pressure with another deadline coming up on us :))...TA DA!
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 8:58 AM
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Most days I don't worry about Xavi getting as dirty as he does...it's just necessary to wash before eating and take a tubby every night. (Today I just hosed him off before nap time because it was hot and he was all sticky.) Most days I don't pick up until AFTER the little tornado goes to bed...it takes about twenty minutes every night to put order back in the cottage. Most days (especially lately) I am exhausted by the time evening rolls around...and sometimes I take stock of all I do in the day to make sure that I have a good reason to be especially tired. Mario caught this series of photos to demonstrate one such activity...makes me tired just looking at them. Enjoy!
WHEW! Just one example of daily chores that require wrestling with a very strong, busy, and determined little boy. Include in this category such activities as changing diapers, getting dressed, putting on shoes, taking a nap, drying off after tubby....but in the end, the smile returns once he is set free.
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 9:39 PM
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
We found a new "secret" spot to enjoy beautiful beach days in Southern California. Secret because it appears as if people around here aren't aware of how great it can be...once you get down there. You see this is a surf spot that has a smaller, rockier beach than others in the vicinity and quite a hike to get down with gear, boards, and baby in tow. Xavi, however, walked not only down the hill but all the way back up...TALKING the entire way. I couldn't catch my breath and Mario just laughed at our crazy, strong little man.
Xavi: you've brought us such joy, healing, and amazing love. I know you'll be the best big brother. You'll always be a bright, shining light in my heart.
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 9:42 PM
Monday, August 13, 2012
|He was good as a busy almost two year old can be...but with an hour to go, I was all done. |
In toddler time, an hour is an eternity.
|Direct Flight...but Mario was delayed so we had another adventure to negotiate in getting to the beautiful Hale Koa hotel on Waikiki.|
|If it looks early, its because it IS early. 4:30 wake up for the first two days...our hotel was right on the beach which made things a lot easier.|
|We would get some fruit and a muffin then go see the ocean first thing. In the afternoon, the beach was too hot and windy for him, so we went to the pool then. We swam, had Hawaiian shave ice, chased birds, and went everywhere with a bucket.|
|Mario surfed most mornings before work so we were all out the door early but met up again poolside in the afternoon.|
|Turtles were next door at the Hilton along with Penguins and more "Whoa, big fish"|
|Another boundary to push|
|Mario took us to another hotel that had dolphins...but surprisingly that didn't hold Xavi's attention for too long. ..|
|It was the turtles that he wanted to see more of...|
|story time with Papa|
|HOME! Finally home, he was perpetual motion at 11pm...DIGO ! CHA CHA! BIG TRUCK! and then he slept for 6 hours and 45 minutes ON HIS OWN. Our new record.|
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 11:26 PM
Sunday, August 12, 2012
We lost Ponch in May after an acute bout of pancreatitis and organ failure. He was living in Texas with Gramma and Grampa and although they took good, loving care of him until the end, there was nothing else to do but release him to doggy heaven. We didn't get to say good bye and it felt surreal that he was really gone forever. No more Ponch hugs or "one eye" moments. He lived with us just a short time but he had a way of taking over every place (and most moments) that he left a big hole behind. We missed him when he was in Texas but always thought he'd live for at least 25 years, bringing us many more memories and laughs. We thought our kids would grow old with him. But you really never know. And he is gone.
We had him cremated and took his ashes with us on our recent trip to Hawaii. He went on one last hike with Mario, Xavi, and I. Mariner's Ridge is a hike that he did regularly with Mario while living in Hawaii. There is a memorial for Mario's teammates and it was a special place for them. And so he went "home" to Hawaii and a special place to remember him. We may never have another Ponch but I'll always cherish the memories and moments that we had... Including having to LOCK the refrigerator before leaving for any length of time, seeing him sit next to me in the car a vigilant navigator, hugging him and putting our heads together so as to see "one eye" one last time in El Paso, and the way he looked at and loved Mario. Rest in Peace Ponch. We will always love you.
Ponch would have wanted us to "party" even in serious moments...so we did our best in his honor to have light in our hearts and think of all the things we loved about him. We imagined him on our hike..lagging behind on the way up but then surging to the front on the way down. Staying close and looking up at us with a wink and a smile even though he was sure he was not going to make it without a snack or two. We love you Ponch. We hope to find your spirit again.
Posted by Mary Beth Melendez at 10:43 PM