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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Friday, July 31, 2009

Summer Vacation is Over

As the summer break from school winds down... we spent all last week just trying to spend even more time together. Because then we go back to routine.

Arielle got in a LOT of brother time... she absolutely loves Diego!

This little fella made a home out of our back yard for the last few weeks:

And as a farewell to summer we spent a day at our favorite hangout... Peter Piper Pizza!

And I got to see my Goddaughter who I hadn't seen in a few months!

And Diego took good care of all 3 girls... and kept them all entertained the whole 4 hours we were there! I swear I will miss all the help when he's back in school all day!

And the babies literally spent the last 45mins on the carousel. They were even falling asleep... So funny!

And then the kids were sad when Ari had to go home... They love her so much.

And last but not least my cousin Jessica came and spent a week here in AZ... and she spent a couple days at our house. So a photoshoot was in order! (More on this later) She lives in California and she'll be a Senior this year. Isn't she gorgeous?!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

All In One Day

The weather here is very weird sometimes. These pictures were all taken on the same day within about a 2 hour span:

My husband took this from the roof of my brother's house facing towards the east.

Then he turned to the west and took this... still from the roof.

And this was facing South directly in front of the house.

Then my brother had to drive us home. So off we went. And it started to pour. And if you know Phoenix weather... it's doesn't POUR hardly ever. It was dark and I couldn't get a picture of the rain when I was squished in the cab of his truck.

But it really did pour.

Then we exited the freeway only to see a fire had just started. Pretty close to my mother-in-law's are some factories of sort and it was on fire. There was so much traffic because the fire dept had to get through so we were stopped there for a while.

But my husband took these:

And these are a mixture of the rain and fire:

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Alayna's 4th Birthday Party

After all the hard work, sleepless nights, and just plain exhaustion I put myself through... her party was a success!

We chose Yo Gabba Gabba as her theme. She's loved the show since it first came out when she was a year old. Most of the kids in our family are completely FASCINATED by this show too. And now that she's getting older I wanted to commemorate her love for this show because by next year she'll be too old for these type of themes. But of COURSE they don't sell Yo Gabba Gabba anything. And if they do it's VERY hard to find, costs way too much, or you have to get it over the internet and it takes forever to arrive.

So I decided to just make everything myself. Easy peasy right? Haha... Wrong. So enlisted some helpers that got me through 2 weeks of torture. I mean I loved making everything but with all my ideas I kept coming up with more things to add to out to-do list and I didn't sleep at all.

So before I go on to a million pictures... cuz you know there's a million... I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to my sister-in-law Jennifer who without her I may not have made this party possible. She helped me with ANYTHING I needed and even lent us her home so we could have the party there. And also to my cousin Rebecca who decided to come on a mini vacation from California... just in time to help me with all my projects. She drew pretty much everything for me! And we stayed up all night and ran on little sleep for 4 days to get everything done. I love you both!

And without further ado:

All the trouble I went through was all for this!

But this little girl is definitely worth it!

Alayna had fun swimming and even showed off the fact that she can swim without floaties now!

After a few hours of being a little mermaid she changed into the outfit I made for her! Complete with a Foofa (the pink character) inspired and age appropriate party hat! I think I am going to make a party hat every year to match their outfits!

Then we sang Happy Birthday! The awesome cake was once again made by my sister-in-law's Mom. She seriously makes the BEST cakes.

Diego and Arielle even got a little camera time.

Present time!

(I love the look on mine and my dad's face)

Then I gave out all the goodie bags... they were a HIT!

And her Godparents surprised her with a gold necklace!

And when it was all over it was time for disaster clean up...

But after all the kids were in bed we rewarded our hard work by swimming at midnight.

Smirnoff... Quiet... A Pool... and Great Company = A wonderful end to the night!