Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pre-School! :)

Zenock started Pre-school this week!

The actual thought makes me burst into tears...
How can my baby go from being a baby to being in school in THREE years.

It doesn't make sense.
They grow way too fast.

(showing off his new backpack.)

It was a super fun first day.

It rained all day... kinda like it did every first day of school I had growing up.

I had to wake Zenock up that morning around 8:00... That would be maybe the 4th time in his life he has EVER slept past seven.

As soon as he was awake though, he was BEYOND excited.

It was so cute.

They had show and tell the first day and of course he had to take his
BIG Buzz Light Year.


After school he was so excited to call Dad and tell him all about how he went to school all by himself, sang songs, and made an awesome picture with melted crayons.

He has been singing me his songs all week.

I love this school thing... It is just too fun to watch kids learn and see their excitement! :)
Next week is my turn to help with the class, I can't wait to watch.


P.S. Have I mentioned my little Zenock has some major "Beiber Fever." Really.
He sings "The Baby Song" and asks for it repeatedly whenever we get in the car.
When we are at home he wants to listen to or watch the music video and dance.

I love this age.

I wish they could stay little forever!

The thought and preparation (sorting/washing clothes, setting up the babies room, etc. ) of this new baby's arrival has made me think a lot about Zenock's past three years... and of course his arrival. Way too many emotions to deal with. It is crazy/emotional to think all that we have done with him in the last three years! I just can't imagine life with out my little Zenock by my side all the time. We sure love him. :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Continued... part two

Summer is BUSY!

Doesn't Summer officially end when school starts?

Well, my baby started pre-school today!
(I admit there were just a few tears before the hallelujah chorus started to sing.)
We took some cute first day of school pictures... Hopefully, they will get posted tomorrow.

Today, I need to finish our Washington trip pictures.
At least to somewhat keep up with my blog and the crazy fact that Summer is slipping away before my eyes.


Our three weeks in Virginia went by so fast!

We enjoyed making lots of fun memories with friends. :)

Our last two weeks adventures went something like this...


We visited lots of sites. We never had the chance to go into the library of congress while we lived there. I can't believe we didn't! Another one of my favorite... top 5.


We had some fun dinners with some of our other favorite friends. (They served up awesome dinners, which were just what my pregnancy cravings desired!) I'm still wishing I could just move in and let them cook for me for the next couple of months. :)
Thanks for your sweet hospitality services!!!

It was great reuniting all our little boys after so long. They had a blast jumping on the tramp and driving the gravedigger around the cul-de-sac.
If I had more motivation today, I would post the video where they actually drove/crashed into the ditch and Zenock flew out the door. HILARIOUS! Our little friend Mason was so cute to run and be the first on the scene to help pull them out... It took the rest of us awhile to quit laughing and get there.

Have I mentioned all the good food we had???

Alexandria cupcake was at the top of the list. SO Good. :)
We had fun eating them in the hall and chatting during nap time!
(I only ate four...)


We hit the water park, "Great Waves" one Saturday hoping to cool down and refresh.
The kids had lots of fun, but I was really hoping for COLD water!


We love baseball... It's tradition. :)

SO of course we headed to see the Washington Nationals as soon as they were playing at home.

The "amazing" Strasburg was supposed to be pitching... IT was a SOLD OUT crowd with standing room only. Luckily, we found a nice ball park usher who said she wasn't going to make me stand and found us some seats.... some pretty dang good seats. :) She also got JC free food/drinks. (Awesome!)


So the best part was that Strasburg didn't pitch... his arm wasn't ready.
When the other pitcher walked out... everyone booed and went crazy.
(poor guy. It's hard living up to "Strasburg" who is only TWENTY TWO years old!)
Oh well... We love a good baseball game any day.

Other things we did the last two weeks were...

More Uncle Julio's with my cousins who I haven't seen forever! :)
Shopping at our favorite outlets.
(Zenock and this baby are stocked up for the next year(s)!)
More and more good food.
Friends and more friends.

This list could go on and on, but unfortunately I'm tired and my mind is running on blank...
so we will leave it at that.


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Washington DC... continued.

Last June JC got to meet up with most of the guys he went to school with when we lived in Texas. They had a two week long training in Kansas and were able to tour all the church history sites.

Us wives got to sit home and care for the children... :)
We have heard how great and fabulous their "boys" trip was for the last year.

We knew their was going to be another training in DC this Summer and us wives jumped on the chance to go, bring the kids, and make it a vacation.
(No way were we sitting home again only to hear more great stories!)

SO... After three fun filled non-stop weeks in DC we made it home late Friday night/early Saturday morning...

It was a great vacation and so fun to spend time with friends that we grew so close to in Texarkana. :)

We all stayed in the same hotel... literally across the hall. Zenock loved being able to wake up, walk out the door, and play with four of his favorite friends.

While our husbands were in class... We got to play. And when they got home... We were able to play even more.

We visited our favorite sites, our favorite friends, and got to eat at our favorite places...

(I had my dr. apt on Monday and I can literally say after eating out for 3 weeks straight, I really did gain 5 lbs!)
I think we scared a few people whenever we walked in with our party of 6 adults and five BOYS age four and under.

It was a fabulous trip!
BUT, It was really refreshing to come home and wash and shower away all signs of hotel smells and stock my fridge with every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable.


week one.

Even after living next to DC for over a year there were still lots we hadn't seen or done. We were able to pick up right where we left off re-visiting favorites and adding new favorites to the list.

JC and I have both read Dan Brown's newest book that came out right after we moved. It takes place in DC and it was so fun to read, remember, and know right where things were. Part of our visits were to places in the book we hadn't been to yet.

I'll try to be careful not to duplicate pictures and stories you may have already seen or heard.



It was fun to head back to our old ward the first Sunday and surprise some of our friends. They were so sweet to welcome us back.

Monday we headed for the temple... One of our favorite FHE and getaway for the evening spots when we lived there. We've spent so much time walking around this temple. It will always be one of our favorites.


Zenock used to always ask us if a building was the temple... So we taught him to always look for the Angel Moroni, which is now his favorite part.

We took the Metro down to DC Tuesday night to the air and space museum. One of my favorite stops on the metro is king street where you get to see the George Washington Masonic Temple... So mysterious to me. :)

After about two days I think Zenock was ready to claim himself as part of Mason's family...


We celebrated JC's Birthday on Wednesday and forced (haha!) everyone to come with us to Uncle Julio's. Uncle Julio's is the BEST place to go for Mexican food. (Their fajita's are to die for.) If you are ever in the Dallas, Washington area, Chicago, or Florida you have to try it.
Nothing will EVER compare.

We were so sad when we found out one was opening just down the street from where we lived in Virginia... so we made it one of our first stops.

Afterwards, we took the boys outside and ended up getting some cute pictures... They were being so dang cute showing off for the camera.


They have lots of fun together!

(And yes... Zenock is still holding his cheese tortilla in his hand. He is possibly the slowest eater ever.)
I love Birthdays and love to make a big deal about Birthdays (or any holiday for that matter.)

Good times should be celebrated!


The first weekend we ended up all going our different directions and having other plans (i.e. church and family commitments.)

We started our Friday off at the National Cathedral. I had wanted to go before we moved, but never got the chance. So glad we went this time, but so sad we never took any of our visitors here. It is definitely in my top five favorite places of DC.

And... yes, we took the time to find the darth vador gargoyle on the cathedral. You can't see it from the ground, so we took turns taking pictures of what we thought was it and zooming in on the camera. haha! IT only took about twenty minutes.

And as a side note, which might be disturbing to some... BUT, I am not a star wars fan, nor will I ever be. I've never watched a movie the entire way through. I just don't get it.
(I'm sure my brothers are so disappointed to hear this.)
We thought is was pretty awesome, but apparently it doesn't compare to the cathedrals in France. Guess we'll have to go there one day to find out...


Friday night we got to eat at a little Italian restaurant in Alexandria. JC had been there a couple times before and knows the owner. The staff was so awesome and nice to us. The food was great too. We then walked down to the boardwalk and watched some street magicians and musicians. Alexandria is always one of my favorite places to be at night... even in the humidity.


Saturday we headed up to Philadelphia to see the sites. Apparently, you have to get there early to see the Liberty Bell and Independence hall... The wait time/line was over an hour to see the bell and the tickets were sold out for Independence hall. We did get to see it all from the outside... which was just as great for us! We didn't have the patience to stand in line in 100 degree weather. We had done so much walking that week already and Philadelphia is huge, so we ended up taking the double decker bus tour around the city to see the sites. SO glad we did!

We got to eat at Reading Market... which is a huge (crowded/shoulder to shoulder) indoor food market. JC made me try a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich... not too bad. :)

Other sites we got to see were:
Not like made of rocks/stone steps, but "THE" actual Rocky Steps. (Like the movie...)
Just think... "Eye of the Tiger..."

Totally worth the cost of the bus tour as well as our parking ticket for the day!
Gotta love Philly... (not one of my more favorite places to visit. haha.)

We were able to stop by and visit our friends Shawn, Krystal, and their cute little girl Victoria on the way home. It was so fun to catch up with them and for Victoria to teach Zenock about all things girl... (dancing, bracelets, crowns, magic wands, etc.) He didn't want to leave. We can't wait for their little arrival this month! So excited for you guys. :)
(So sad we didn't get a fun picture with you guys or get to see you again!)


That was our week ONE!

(That seriously just took me all morning... weeks two and three to come, eventually!)

I sometimes question why I do this, but then I remember the messages I get from family members constantly asking when I'm going to update. :)

Hopefully, they get to read their update before their big reunion that starts tomorrow!
We are supposed to be in Utah this week... My Mom's side is having a huge reunion (we're talking, grandparents, 7 siblings + spouses, 32 grandchildren + spouses, and I've lost count on great grandchildren all together for FOUR days! Ok, so some won't be showing up, like me...) BUT, my Mom is in charge. Huge responsibility and pressure. So proud of her and ALL her hard work, time, cooking marathons, and everything she has done for it. I'm sure it will be great Mom! Just so sad that we are missing out...
(due to drs no flying, because your first child was five weeks early orders.