3rd One's A Charm

Avila Maria born 6lbs. 13 oz. 19inches long on June 19, 2011.
At four days old...


Musings and Amusing

I will forget these someday...so I must write them down. Will we be able to still access our blogs 20 years from now? How am I going to print this thing?Well anyways....

Christiana's Lines as of Late:

"Shoot! I forgot puppy." or "Shoot, we late". Many things are preceded by "shoot" these days.

"Can I use Daddy's poop-paste?" (Dad's toothpaste must taste better?)

Nicholas struggling to get out of his seatbelt is encouraged by Christiana sitting in the seat next to him, "Try hawdoe and hawdoe Didi." ...means try harder and harder Nicholas.

"Monchum, Monchum." I've been trying to figure out for weeks what this means. She uses it randomly. I think it means a lot. She sometimes develops her own words for things.

"No wet me, wet me." ....means, no let me, let me....very independent this one.

At night, we are often entertained by hearing the following songs sung in crib at the top of her lungs in no particular order over and over:

Peter Cottontail, Old Me donal (Old McDonald), Cruelly Aboo (Cruella Devil), Twinkle Twinkle Litle Staw, ABCs, and Hail Mary.

She LOVES to sing.

Amusing Happenings...

Incedent 1:

Sitting down in the pew at church and giving a big wave to the alter, "Hi Jesus!" copied by Christiana with a wave and a, "Hi Jesus."
Then Nicholas asks Andrew and I to wave and say hi.

So there we all are waving to Jesus.

Incedent 2:

One day while eating breakfast, they each hand me their pretend catipillars to hold. "They so cute Mom," Christiana always says. They are also intermittenly handing me pretend food to eat and so on.

I was distracted and telling them they should eat when I hurriedly pretended to eat what was in my hand, forgeting that it was their pretend catipillars.

They both looked at me with wide eyes of shock. I felt horrible, but was crying laughing at what had just occured; I had "eaten" their catipillars. Then Nicholas asked me if I was crying because I ate the catipillar. Oh my.


Out and About

At the zoo...

Since most of June was blocked off in anticipation of the baby, but with no baby as of yet, we decided to take a little family outing to our local zoo. Weather, 80 degrees with a sunshine and a breeze. PERFECT.

The Five of us...

Anna and Gabe

They brought an over sized plump grape for me to squeeze.

and Cousin Gabe

Meechie came too!

Kellan was a bonus ; )

Out of all the animals in the zoo...the kids were captivated by the baby ducks.

Never knew flamingos have eerie yellow eyes.

or that these giant tortoises live 200 years

Then we got to feed the giraffe...highlight of the trip...for Andrew ; )

For only $1 you could buy a branch for them to eat out of your hand...never knew leaves were $25 each...

And these are just down right odd creatures.

Afterward we ate hamburgers and ice cream at the famous, Freddy's. It was quite the treat. She had previously gave him a hug when she found out they were going to get ice cream to eat, and made sure to sit right next to him to eat hers.

When asked what their favorite animals were:

Nicholas: "The rhinos and the giraffes"

Christiana: "The whinos. They stinky, mom."

Andrew: "I'm a lion man" ....(we got to witness one of them go off into a rant of a roar and a zoo feeding....was very interesting.)

And after all that walking and exploring...not a single contraction...this little bambino is still very much chillin out enjoying the ride.


In Two Days...

No, not getting induced or anything excited of that nature.

I merely read each of these books - both took about two days each.

Polar Opposites in terms of content these two.

UnPlanned was captivating, when I expected it to be maybe a typical conversion story. It is so easy to become numb to the realities of the abortion industry, but this refreshed and exposed the horror. What I think was most intriguing was getting into the minds and angles of thinking and workings of the "other side".

Warning: Women should not read when pregnant or may become pregnant, or who are nursing, high emotional reactions may occur. Just saying.

The Hunger Games: Totally addicted. It was thrilling and a perfect combination of strategy, survival and romance...and I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it. Although sadly godless, like most best sellers these days, it made me think about surviving and if I had any survival skills of my own if thrown into the wilderness. No: jack squat. But I did marry Andrew, who wishes he lived during the Oregan trail days. I'm glad God thought otherwise and put us in this era. Anyways....can't wait to read the rest.

Pathetically - I've already looked up the movie trailers and who the cast of characters will be, and put my name on the reservation list at the library for the next two books in the series.


The "Summer Nights" Dinner Party on the Lawn

I've always wanted to do a party in on a summer night in June...under the trees with white lights. I know...so sentimental and ridiculous, but I can't help it.

(The Invites)

So, maybe it was part of my pregnancy nesting phase or just my party planning gene....but we had one and it was lovely.
The Set Up....We strung white lights, put out lawn furnature, lit tiki torches, and set out the fire pit.
Thank goodness for my partner in crime and her husband...they came over and did most of the manual laber I couldn't do... I'm half surprised the baby didn't slip out because I could have swore at about 6p.m. I was trying to after all cooking and cleaning rampage.

Food and Beverage....The drink on the house was White Wine Sangria and we served Buffalo Chicken Sandwhiches and Burgers with Fry Sauce. Everyone else brought their own beverage of choice and dishes of delight to share.

Lawn Games.... were not lacking. Polish Horshoes, Bocci Ball and Washers were competively played during the course of the evening.

The Music....The playlist included Michael, Jack, and Dave (Buble, Johnson, and Mathews) with Gypsie Kings, Josh Viettti, and several others making their way in. It was just right upbeat, yet relaxed. I'm a firm believer in the right music sets the tone of the party...but I could be the only that notices.

Minus a few hundred misquitos, which we quelled by drenching in bug spray and lighting candles, it was a wonderful night with some of our great couple friends.

(the girls...many from Bible study we did together during Lent this year)

So we ate, played, and talked into the evening and enjoyed the blessings and celebration that summertime brings. I think maybe we'll make this a June tradition.