Mother's Day Weekend {2014}

With the pools being open already this year it made Mother's Day weekend a nice relaxing one! I cant imagine a better way to spend it than hanging out with the ones who made me a Mommy in the first place! Love them so much!!
Proof that my kids love broccoli! Ha ha!
Yummy grilled veggies, shrimp, chicken and wine! Perfection!
My kids also have a new obsession with water balloons!
I let Elena decorate a mug for my Mom with a sharpie and then baked it in the oven to set it - it turned out great!  
My Mom loved it! :)
We had a yummy brunch at On The Border and exchanged gifts. It means so much for my Mom to refer to me as an amazing Mom, what an honor! I love her so much!
On the way home we grabbed some ice cream! Perfect!
Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mom's out there!!


Pool opening time!!

We usually wait and open my parents pool on Mother's Day, but it has been so warm this year we decided to go ahead and get it open at the beginning of May! Elena was ecstatic and such a great helper this year!
 I think this is the first year ever that it was completely clear when we took the cover off! Yay!!
 Last year at the end of summer we found a really good deal on a small pool for our backyard! While we were at it we decided to go ahead and put it up too!
Brrr...this is cold Daddy!!!! 
The cold does not slow down Elena one bit!
 Dom is happy to wait until it is warmer to get in! I always wanted a cute pool boy...now I have one! :)
Yay for summer!!!


Cinco de Mayo!

We were not planning on doing anything for Cinco de Mayo this year, except maybe have a few margaritas!! But our little party planner Elena had other plans! She was asking me how to spell things and I found out she was making an invitation for her best friend to come over for a Cinco de Mayo party! Ha! Since we didn't have anything planned, and she lives across the street,  we decided to go ahead and have a little ''fiesta''. I mean - Elena had already made a party banner! (This was her reasoning!) I decided to make enchiladas and also decided since we were already having a party I might as well invite my friends too! So I invited Rowe and her kids and Marie over too! Now it really was a party! Here is Elena's banners that she worked so hard on! :) (I helped her with the outline of the letters but it was all her idea!)
We had chips, guacamole, salsa, margaritas, Mexican beers and homemade enchiladas and rice - yummy!!
 It turned into a really fun night, especially for Elena and I'm glad we went ahead and let her throw her party! :)
How cute are these three? Jack, Ella and Dom - party animals!
How cool is this pop-up baby seat?? Awesome!
These boys are just too cute!
I didn't even get a picture of Robert this night! He has this crazy sombrero/cowboy hat that is hilarious - but he was hiding from my camera!
 I really enjoyed catching up with two of my best friends!
 My how our Cinco de Mayo parties have changed over the years!! ;) For the better of course!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!


21 months.

My little guy turned 21 months last month!! He is getting so close to 2 years old it is crazy!! His newest obsession is planes, thanks to the Planes movie he got in his Easter basket! He is continually pointing them out in the sky, playing with them, talking about them, running around with his arms out, you get the idea...
 He loves to sat cheese for pictures, and its so cute. When he knows he is doing something cute he will look at me and say, Mama Cheese! Lol, I guess I have him trained! :)
He is one of the kindest and considerate kids ever! He always says thank you and loves to give hugs and snuggle. He is continually saying Love you (Mama, Dada, etc...) and giving us big huge hugs - I hope he never outgrows this!!
He also has his fair share of temper tantrums, especially when he wants to do something his way and doesn't get to do it that way - meltdown city!
He also likes to put his little finger up and say 1 more, pwease. Very hard to resisit! ;)
He has absolutely no interest in the potty, he will run and hide to do his business and when I say - hey, lets go use the potty he yells "no!" at me. But he does let me know he is tooting (usually at the most inconvenient times - people sure do get a kick out of it though!)
He is pretty darn fearless! He will climb on any and everything. Seems to have no fear of heights or falling either!
He has been joining me for runs and bike rides. Talk about a motivator - more mommy more!
He is obsessed with popsicles, all day everyday he will ask for them. His favorite place to enjoy them seems to be his swing.
He just jumped into a size 9 shoe!! This is crazy! He still fits in some of his 8s but most kids his age are in like a 6 or 7 at the most!
 We've been doing swim lessons and he absolutely adores the pool - on the way he will repeatedly say pool, kick, jump, whee!
 One of his favorite games to play is to stand on one side of the yard and say - Ready, Set...GO! and run to the other side - over and over and over again!
He has discovered sidewalk chalk and wants to draw on everything!
He loves pasta and rice and beans - his Italian and Mexican heritage are definitely coming out there!
Has become a total Mama's Boy lately - I guess it came from being sick a couple weeks back and he has been very clingy to me ever since. I have a love/hate feelings about it because I love that he wants me, but I also loved his independent happy non-clingy and whiney self - we will just have to see what the next month holds!
 Wants to do everything Elena is doing, follows her around, plays with what she is playing with - he is her little shadow.
He has started calling her ''Lanie'' for short - it is pretty sweet to hear him say Hi Lanie or Love you Lanie! 
Random strangers always comment on how cute and fun he is - we feel blessed that his awesome personality shines through so much that even strangers can see it! 
Looks like its time to start planning a fun plane themed 2nd birthday party!! Yay!


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