The Queen: Michelle

The Queen: Michelle
I am 28 years old. Still a princess but the queen of my family. Spoiled beyond belief. Lucky and truely blessed. A lover. A crafter. A mother. A wife. A friend. This is me.

My King: Junior

My King: Junior
The LOVE of my life! He completes me and balances me out in every way. He's a workaholic. He's loud, blunt, and crazy. He drinks Monsters like his life depends on it. Above all he is the greatest Daddy I could ever ask for, for my children. And he treats me like his Queen (and he calls me that too).

The Model Child: Diego Ray

The Model Child: Diego Ray
9 years old. My only boy. He is the epitome of the perfect child. He is so responsible and independent. Wise beyond his years. He is laughter, he is love, he is compassion, he is simply amazing. He keeps me grounded and reminds me always that I am beautiful. He is a natural born leader and takes care of the household and family better than me!

The Diva: Alayna Danae

The Diva: Alayna Danae
7 years old. She is drama. My fashionista for sure with a style all her own. Sensitive and loving when she wants to be. Thumbsucker. My biggest headache because she is the most like me. She is the only one who can cause me to become uncontrollably angry. She loves to dance. She loves to model. My bookworm and most academic.

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace

The Wild Child: Arielle Marie-Grace
4 years old. This one is something else. She is pure comedy. Never a dull moment with her crazy antics. She is also the crybaby. She does things her own way. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to be cute to get it. My Disney loving pal. So girly. Her favorite color is pink. Loves Rapunzel. Will wear a dress every single day. Can't leave the house without a bow in her hair. She refuses.

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle

The Munchkin: Atalie Belle
2 years old. My sweet baby. She loves her Mommy above all else. She is a cuddlebug for sure. The calmest most well behaved baby ever! But she has TONS of energy. She is so small and petite. She loves to sing and dance. She so SO ready for ballet and has yet to even step foot in a class. She loves Minnie Mouse and watching Disney Jr. She is hilarious and talks way too much.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sometimes Change Is Good

Only my husband can push me out of my comfort zone and get me to do things I wouldn't normally do on my own.

About a year and a half ago he made me go and get my ears pierced. I am kinda afraid of needles and don't deal well with pain so I never wanted to do it. After some convincing from him, we went to the mall and I got them pierced. Didn't hurt as bad as I thought.

So two days ago he was at it again. I was complaining that my hair was too long and needed to be trimmed. Now he loves my hair as much as I do and has always said that if I cut it he'd be mad at me. But he suggest to me that I should do something completely different to my hair. So I say... the only thing that will make it look different is cutting it very short. I've had long hair pretty much my entire life and never really worn it any different. So when he agreed that I should cut it short I was shocked.

So off we went to the salon.

I was so nervous. I must admit. But once I sat in the chair I had this surge of braveness and told her chop it off and hurry before I changed my mind! So she cut it and we didn't look back. Yes... it was scary... but I donated the hair to Locks of Love. The ONLY other time I've ever cut my hair it was even longer than I had it now and I also donated it. So I knew I wanted to do that again.

Like my husband said. Hair grows back. And my grows fast. So I am happy to donate the hair... and now I feel free. And I won't get headaches as much. LOL

So here she is cutting off my hair...
That came off my head! Nooo!
I couldn't believe I actually went through with it!
And here's the Final product! Tada!
I like it... but it's taking some getting used to.

Monday, April 7, 2008

What's in a name?

Princess Arielle

So my Dad has a hard time understanding why we pick the names we do. I figured I can explain. Naming our kids is fun. We love the names we've picked and Jr and I pretty much don't have a hard time agreeing. So let me explain...

Arielle: I love the movie "The Little Mermaid" and have always liked the name Ariel. Jr and I decided that any girls we had would have "A" names because we tend to like them better. So I mentioned Ariel one day and he liked it. He also suggested to put -ELLE at the end instead because my name also ends in -ELLE. So her first name was born.

Marie-Grace: My first thought for her middle name was that I wanted it to be hyphenated because my husband's first name is hyphenated. His first name is actually James-Henry... he goes by James... but we call him Jr. I think it's very unique so we started thinking. I like very simple middle names. So Grace popped into my head.

The day we found out we were having a girl was Nov. 15th 2007. That was my Grandma's birthday who passed away 21 years ago. Her name was Graciela. I found it ironic that I was thinking about the name Grace if we were to find out it was a girl... and the day we do find out happened to be my Grandma's birthday. So we decided Grace would have to be part of her name. Not only that... but my mom's middle name is Graciela and we wanted to honor her as well.

Nov. 15th also happens to be my Mother-in-Law's birthday. Her name is Maria Teresa. Jr wanted to honor his mom as much as I did mine... so we decided Marie would fit perfectly with Grace. Also his Grandmother was named Maria Elena.

So we got to name her after her 2 grandmas and 2 of her great-grandmas!

So it might have been a long name... but we put so much thought into it. Her name is very special and we love all the meaning behind it. It fits her perfectly and I love it!

Labor of Love

I was induced Friday morning. And we are now proud parents of another beautiful baby girl!
Labor was fairly easy. Of course I am a wimp and got the epidural, as I did with my first two babies as well. Hey I'm not trying to be a hero! Although with this one... I did have about an hour of hard contractions that brought me to tears before I got it done. But from start to finish my labor only lasted a little under 7 hours. Thank Goodness!

Here I am getting ready to push. Not in any pain but we had to wait for my Dr. to arrive, and for 15 long horrible minutes I had to resist the urge to push. So they put me on oxygen because the pressure was intense and I was having a hard time breathing and concentrating on NOT pushing!
But as soon as the Dr. arrived I was able to push. 15 minutes later, I was a Mommy again! Best feeling in the world!
She was born on April 4, 2008 at 3:11pm
Wow! My biggest baby. She weighed 7lbs 9oz. and was 19 inches long.
So how was labor my mom asked? There's my answer...
With an epidural... piece of cake. LOL

Here I am holding her for the first time. Definately an emotional moment. Then I FINALLY got to eat. My mom is the best!

And she got to bond with Daddy for the whole night while Mommy rested. My poor Hubby only got 1 hour of sleep because he was taking care of us. He's the best! So meet Miss Arielle Marie-Grace!
Here she is bonding with her big brother! He's so proud of her already.
Here we are just waiting to be discharged so we could take her home!

Sweet Baby... Made With Love

Jr and I would just like to say Thanks to my Mom and Dad for coming down here to help us this weekend. Arielle was definately surrounded by love coming into this world. Mommy, thanks for everything you've done for us especially! You are Wonder Woman... and we can't say Thanks enough. We all love you!

Jr, Michelle, Diego, Alayna, and Arielle

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

I Pity The Fool...

The conversation went a little something like this...

Via Text
My Sister: You're going to be a Tia again!
Me: To who?
My Sister: Us! (Meaning her and my brother-in-law I guess...)
Me: Really? Are you sure it's yours?
(Must have confused her cuz it took her a while to respond)
Sister: Well, duh!
Me: Oh I see.
Sister: That's it?!
Me: Oh yeah... April Fools to you too.
Sister: Jerk!
Me: I may be half asleep still... but Stupid I am not!

You can't fool me!

Have you ever been pranked or played a good April Fools joke on someone?