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Family

Easter 2011


We had a very nice Easter with family and friends. My SAHMommy friend, Amber, had a easter egg hunt play date. Bella and I had so much fun! This was her first egg hunt and it took a little while to get the idea of it. She likes to empty the basket. 🙂 *click here for video* We also had a nice dinner Easter Sunday over at my folks house. Bella looked so pretty in her Easter dress!
The Easter Bunny brought Bella a new bunny friend. Thanks Easter Bunny!

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Home projects

April was a back breaking month. Our front yard needed some serious attention! Two weekends we(mostly my husband, the muscle man) spent tearing out the old yucky bushes and putting in some new pretty blooming plants. We surrounded the new lovelies with some nice stone bricks that match the color of the house. It looks soooo much better! Heck bare nothing looked better than what was in there. 🙂

We also wanted a swing for sweet Bella for the backyard so we built one. It’s not the greatest design but it’s only intended to last a couple of years till we get Bella a full sized play set. We have one swing on it now and will add a bucket swing next to this one. The first time she saw it she flapped her arms and squealed with delight. I love that we can walk right out our back door and play.




Knock on wood?

I’m not a superstitious person but growing up I picked up a few of my Mom’s superstitions. Her favorite one is “if my left palm itches we are going to get some money. if my right palm itches we are going to loose some money.” The one that stuck with me the most was “bad things happen in three’s”. This past Saturday we received very sad news that my husband’s mother passed away. She was in poor health and her body couldn’t seem to recover from an infection she had in a wound on her leg. I never met her, as she lives in Central America, but naturally Oscar was sad so I was sad. That same day our washing machine completely broke down. (#2) Oscar tried to tinker with it but couldn’t get it to work. On Tuesday, shortly after the new washing machine was delivered and installed, I wanted to take Bella out on the back patio for a sit in the shade. I opened the back door and at the left side of the door’s base board was a snake head. (#3) All I could see was his head(which was 2 inches long!!) and I assumed the rest of him was parallel to the house. I HATE snakes and so I FREAKED! I put Bella in her crib, threw on some boots, grabbed a shovel and ran around to the back of the house. I was afraid he moved and I wouldn’t be able to find him and then I’d be looking over my shoulder every time I went in the back yard….oh who we kidding, I would never be able to go in the back yard again unless this snake is gone!!! (and by gone I mean dead!) Well, to my luck, he was in the same place, only….the rest of his body was not parallel to the house….the rest of his body was IN THE HOUSE! His head was hanging out from BEHIND the trim around the door. Now I really FREAKED! Oscar was not home from work yet so I called my Dad who lives nearby for help. He came over with a shovel, a rake, and the biggest wooden stake I’ve ever seen. I jokingly asked him “Are we killin’ snakes or killin’ vampires?” He made me go back in the house but I watched through the window. He managed to pull the trim off the door and I see him STAB the shovel into the house! Then time slowed down, like in a movie….he looked at me, with one hand on the shovel, the other hand gestured the “ok” sign and he flashed me a smile that gleamed, you know the ones that make that “twinkle” sound. I had my own James Bond superhero dragon slayer! I was so proud of him! 🙂 I figured it was safe so I took off around to the back to see what was happening. The snake was worming his way free and then tried to escape through the grass. Dad wasn’t havin’ it and finished the job! No head for you! This sucker was THREE FEET LONG and we thought it was a copperhead but after looking at photos online think it was a rat snake. We’re 99.9% sure he didn’t come from the house or even have access to the house but was just hangin’ out in a 2inch gap behind the door trim. Wow, what an emotional ordeal. So there you have it! However, I thought we had filled our bad juju quota, right? Wrong, the ceiling fan in our master bedroom just quit. (#4) Just goes to show you superstitions don’t mean a thing.

On a serious note, please keep my husband and his family in your prayers during this difficult time. Thank you.


Christmas 2009

35 weeks


We had such a wonderful Christmas this year! Our family from Indiana came in as usual. It’s always good to see them! In our family we have several traditions that we do every year. We work on a puzzle, make pizzels (an italian cookie), and we eat, eat, eat. This year was no different. Santa was good to us and Bella received some very cute outfits and hats. We wish you all blessings of love and good health in 2010!


Needed House Updates

With a baby on the way we decided that the 10+ year old carpet was not suitable for precious, tiny hands and feet. What started out as new floors turned into a whole new kitchen and living room. It’s amazing what fresh paint and new tile can do!! We also added new lights and subtracted a pointless brick wall. After 6 weeks of an upside down house we have finally got things back in order. Below you can see the before and after pictures. (We still need to rehang curtains and art, so walls are bare.) We are very happy with the results. Next project, the baby room. Yippee!!!!

kitchen lights before

kitchen lights before

close up of ugly old light

close up of ugly old light

kitchen lights after

kitchen lights after

floor tile before

floor tile before

floor tile after

floor tile after

front hallway after

front hallway after

cabinets and ugly orange counters before

cabinets and ugly orange counters before

counters and backsplash after

counters and backsplash after

counters, cabinets, paint and lights after

counters, cabinets, paint and lights after

another after

another after

brick wall seperating kitchen from hallway - before

brick wall seperating kitchen from hallway - before

why do you exist!?

why do you exist!?

poof, and now it's gone

poof, and now it's gone

wide open kitchen/hallway after

wide open kitchen/hallway after

living room before-cramped

living room before

built-in bricks before - no clear place for TV

built-in bricks before - no good place for TV

built-in bricks after

built-in bricks after

living room after

living room after

living room after - tv has new home but curtians still need to be rehung

living room after - tv has new home


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Why is it that cats LOVE being in boxes? Is it like when we were kids and we loved building forts? It’s your own little place, nobody elses.

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Tania

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This weekend Oscar and I got to spend some time with our niece Tania. Isn’t she beautiful? She is finishing her freshman year in high school and she and 4 other girls have qualified for the track state finals for relay racing. I’m not sure the distance. I’m so proud of her. We spend most of the weekend at the house but Saturday night we all went to The Movie Tavern. (where the picture was taken) We saw X-Men: Origins and the final fight scene does NOT disappoint! Let’s all pray Tania and the girls kick butt at State. 🙂