We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Pictures Galore!!!!

There are about 6,924 pictures in this post so beware.

Fourth of July

Mom and I took the kidditos to see "Cars 2". This was very bittersweet as "Cars" had been Asa's first movie in a theater and sissy and I had taken him. We took him to the nice theater and of course I documented it with about 10 pictures. I probably have them posted in my blog but I can't look them up and re-post them now, it's too hard. I was a bit apprehensive as Valentina doesn't have the longest attention span. Asa wasn't quite two when sissy and I took him but he sat through the whole thing. Valentina was quite excited and in keeping with tradition, I insisted on going to the nicer theater where sissy and I had taken Asa five years ago. We made a day of it and got pizza to eat in the theater while we waited for the movie. Here is Valentina waiting......


Asa was an old pro at the movies and was happy to be eating pizza, his favorite food.

A few weeks ago the kids had a birthday pool party to go to.

Right after this picture was taken, Little Miss Diva Valentina accidentally got flipped off the air mattress and went under water. I held back my first instinct, which was to jump in the pool after her but I told myself that she could touch the bottom of the pool. She popped right back up to the top immediately or else I WOULD have gone in after her. The damage was done, however, and she cried and cried. Valentina didn't go back in the pool after that.

Valentina had a much better time swinging.

Asa liked going down the slide.

My dear, sweet boy.

If it looks like Valentina has white hair that's because she does. There was a pinata at the party and as is Mexican tradition, there was flour added to it. We don't add flour and this was the kids first time whacking open a pinata with flour in it. Poor Valentina got about 90% of it dumped on her. When I was growing up we used to fill some cascarones with flour instead of confetti.

Here is a dejected Valentina walking away from the cake table. Valentina was hurt as she informed me that she kept waiting and waiting for cake but nobody gave her any.

Sad, cakeless, Valentina.

It turned out that Valentina just didn't wait in line long enough. Sure enough she got her cake and ate it too.... WITH ice cream.

Asa went to soccer camp. This was his first day.

Such a big boy! I can't believe it!

Valentina was so proud of her big brother.

I've talked about Asa's severe separation anxiety problem since sissy died. He has an incredible fear of being left behind/forgotten/not picked up. I have to make sure that whenever I pick him up from somewhere I have to be there at least 10 minutes early or else he cries and panics that I've forgotten him. I have told him over and over and over, especially when he started school, that someone will ALWAYS pick him up. One day when I picked him up from camp I waited in a different area than usual. He had to look up from the field a few times before he saw me waving to him. When he finally walked up to me he told me that next time he wanted me me to wait in the front, not off to the side. I asked him if he got scared when he didn't see me. Asa calmly said "no, I knew you'd be here." I felt like crying with happiness and sadness. Happy because he finally knows that I WILL pick him up and sad because of why he has this fear.

Asa was in a wedding last weekend. The wedding was at the bride's grandparents house which is beautiful. I took these pictures the night before the wedding, during the rehearsal. This is where the reception was going to be.

Rehearsal. In keeping with the brides religion they don't have ring bearers, they have Bible Boys. The boy (Asa) carries the Bible up the aisle, hands it to the pastor and then takes his place with the groomsmen.

The ceremony area.

The cutest kidditos in the world!

The wedding was a Western theme so Beya, Papa and Valentina all wore cowboy boots. So did Asa but he didn't want to join in on the trio photo.

Walking up the aisle. The girl next to Asa was the brides sister and she did double duty as both flower girl and bridesmaid. Her hat held the flowers that she sprinkled and at the end of the aisle she dumped them out and put on her hat. It was very cute.

You can see Norm sitting down and obviously I was across the aisle taking pictures. So why weren't we sitting together? Asa was nervous before the wedding so I let him pick out where he wanted me to sit so he could see me and know right where I was. By the time I sat down the other seats next to me were already taken so Norm was stuck on the other side.

The beautiful bride. I LOVED her dress!

Done with the ceremony, walking back down the aisle. Asa did GREAT and looked so handsome as a cowboy.

I had to get a shot of the boots the bride wore. I thought it was beautiful especially since she had peacock feathers in the bouquets which had that gorgeous blue in them.

The rustic centerpieces.

I adore, love, appreciate and am so thankful for mom and papa!

Valentina, expert soup thief! The party favors were Top Ramen, a favorite food of the bride and groom. Little did they know that it is one of Valentina's favorite things to eat. She calls it noodle soup. She LOVES soup of almost all kind but this is one of her favorites so she was in heaven. The packages were at each setting on the table but Valentina snuck around and stole everyones for herself! The ironic part? We all forgot them when we went home after the wedding. Oops!

Valentina had a great time jumping from paver to paver during dinner.

I don't know how many cupcakes the kids had. Valentina had at least two, I think Asa may have had three.

Valentina dancing with the bride. I felt kind of bad because Valentina thought she was HOT SHIT dancing with THE BRIDE so she kind of bogarted her. The bride was great with Valentina and I think a great time was had by all. Well I KNOW Valentina had a great time! She danced all night long.

The two sweetest kids.

So! As you can see I've been busy, the kids keep me busy and I'm so grateful for that.

I'm grateful for so much.

And that's the truth!

Good News, Bad News

Good News - I got my hair fixed. I went in and actually PAID someone, a professional (not a transient) to cut it.

Good News - The lady who cut it said I didn't do too bad a job cutting it myself :)

Bad News - This is the shortest I've ever had my hair.

Good News - I really don't care about my hair. I've never been one to freak out about the length of my hair, it grows super fast and it doesn't bother me.

Bad News - Sissy was always the one who loved and took great care of her hair. I feel bad that she was the one who had to lose her hair TWICE to cancer.

Bad News - I lost my camera. I have turned the house upside down looking for it. I couldn't find it yesterday and have yet to find it.

Good News - I had downloaded all the pictures I had taken of the wedding already so I didn't lose anything.

GREAT NEWS - As I was writing this Valentina found my camera!!!! It had SOMEHOW ended up in one of her toy boxes. Unbelievable!