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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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Random Snapshots

Happy 8th Birthday to you!


He bought this mask along with a wrestler with his birthday money... hasn't stopped wearing it since.


Brother and Sister!


Don't shoot!


Yes my daughter falls asleep in the hallway sometimes...


I walked outside my house to find these one day...


So I called the kids to come outside and blow one.
We used to do it all the time when we were kids!







Sunday, March 27, 2011

8 years

I really can't believe that my son is 8 years old today. Really? I know I say this like every year but this year it's just a little harder to swallow for some reason! I can remember in detail like it was yesterday the day he was born. I can remember specific conversations word for word. I can play it in my head like a movie. It's really very crazy to me. 8?! I wish time would slow down. That means I have been out of High School for 8 years! I had him 2 months before graduation! Yeah pretty crazy that my H.S. reunion is like 2 short years away. Oy!

But back to my son...

I guess all I want to do is remember him the way he is RIGHT this second. Because if 8 years went this fast then 8 more can fly by in the blink of an eye.

{Diego}

Diego is the oldest of 4 and the only boy. And he lives this role. He is a leader. He is a take charge type of person. He is very orginized and responsible. He loves to be this way. He helps me with the girls, he gets on their cases when they aren't listening, he tries to make everyone around him lives easier. If I am cooking he helps, he cleans the table, he feeds his baby sister, he sits the girls down and helps serve them. And he does all this without asking. He is the most helpful, compassionate, caring, and mature child I have ever known.

He lives to please others, to serve others and to make my life as easy as possible. He does this not for rewards, or praise, just purely because he genuinely wants to see everyone around him happy. I don't know how many times in a day he will ask me, "Mom what can I do to help you?" "Let me help you!" He takes on so much responsibility on himself that I have to stop him many many times and tell him, "Diego you are not the parent, I am... so please just be a kid!" If we are at dinner he will make sure the girls and I all have what we need before he will even sit down. I had to ask him to sit and eat a few times and he still gets up to serve juice, get napkins, push Arielle's chair in, or make sure I have a drink too. And sometimes as I go to sit down I will say, "Oh I forgot the cheese (insert anything I forgot here)!" And he will automatically jump up and grab it before I have a chance to. He cleans up the girls plates, he gets his and Alayna's stuff ready for school the next day. I mean I can go on and on about how amazing this kid is.

They say a Mom has a special relationship with her son. That boys love their Mamas in a unique way... a love that's hard to describe. I know exactly what they mean. He will make a woman very happy someday. He has the upmost respect for women. He tells me everyday that he loves me. Without fail. He tells me everyday how much he appreciates what I do for him and the girls. It's not always in the same way but it can be a hug he gives me out of the blue and says Thank You Mom. Sometimes when I am working on bow orders he will come over and ask me to take a break... he will then voluntarily give me a massage or rub my feet. Yes. He does this all on his own. At various times thoughout the day he will check in on me to make sure I am not hungry, thirsty, or need anything. It's wonderful to know that my son, merely a little boy, can appreciate me for who I am... the good and the bad.

I still to this day don't know what I did to get so lucky?! If you know Diego personally you know exactly what I am talking about... I am sure anyone can vouch for me on that! I am so glad I get to be a part of this little boys life... Diego will do great things I just know it. He is the most humble and caring person. And his determination to be a GOOD person, a genuinely GOOD person, is incredible. He has told me many many times he wants to eventually help as many people in the future. What he will do is unknown but this boy has it in him to succeed in anything he chooses.

Diego,
Mommy still can't believe you're 8! Please don't grow up too fast.
I want to hold on a little longer to the boy who isn't afraid to kiss his Mom in front of his friends.
The boy who shows me off to the world like I am a prized possesion.
The boy who isn't afraid to stand up to people at school who mess with his sisters, who isn't afraid to stand up for other kids who are being bullied, and who isn't afraid to defend himself against teachers and principals who question why he got into an altercation with another little boy who was bullying.
You my dear have a kind heart.
A selfless heart.
A heart of gold.
I appreciate you everyday of my life. You make me prouder than you can ever imagine.
Thank you for being you... amazing you.
Love, Mom

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Diego's 8th Birthday Party

We had a simple little gathering this year for Diego's birthday.

Just some hot dogs...


...and cake.






And lots of family :)











My boy had a good time!


Oh and Arielle loves to give Grandpa kisses! :P

Friday, March 25, 2011

Diego's Birthday Weekend Begins!

Since Diego's birthday is Sunday (and like every year so far) I decided to take cupcakes to his class to celebrate! With Jr's new awesome work schedule he is off Thursday-Saturday so he got to go with me this year. That sure was a treat for Diego. He loves when his Dad is involved in anything we do because he used to work so much. So this had him pretty excited.

We got to go into his class and he handed out the goods.


It was adorable to see him up there just soaking in the attention when everyone sang to him!
video

And since it's his weekend... we let him decide what to do tonight. He chose the park. So we bought a pizza, loaded up the dog, and headed to the park.

The kids enjoyed their dinner...




Even Atalie who loves bread!


Arielle and I hung out while Jr took Diego and Alayna to play with Hazel in the doggie park.


Arielle is my little Best Friend Ever... she tells me this all the time!


And the rest of the time was spent on the playground.


It was a completely cold night for some reason and I was miserable. But the kids had a blast.

I am still cold. And I have been home for hours :/

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ramon Turned One!

My nephew Ramon was celebrating his first birthday Sesame Street Style at the same park we went to last week. It's our favorite park what can we say? It's awesome!

My sister and I got there "early"... because we were late... to help my sister-in-law Jen set up. But it's hard to get out of the house and remember everything with an army of kids. But we did get there with enough time to set up before the party started.

Tables looked cute!


A whole table was dedicated to coloring...


The goodie bags were set up...


And Jen set up her cupcakes that she made! Didn't she do a great job?! I loved them!


And when the baby of honor showed up the party got started!




My girls used the coloring station


My son hung around looking all cute...


I like my Dad even if he forgot to bring dollars for sno cones!


Arielle sure does love her #1 Grandpa... as she says


And Arielle loved her Elmo bow I made her


Ramon soon got tired and didn't like the whole present opening process at all...

But the cake well that was different... he kinda liked that.


And everyone LOVED the cupcakes! Haha! Kids and Adults alike!




One child didn't want to eat theirs because it was too cute...


One child thought about it but decided to eat it anyway...


And the last child gobbled hers up before Elmo even had a chance to fight for his life!


Atalie got no cupcake... she hung out with Tio Oscar...


Oscar the Grouch!


I can't believe that in 3 short weeks Miss Atalie Belle Pepper will be be one! It's gone way too fast! She is the little love of my life this girl. She totally has Mama wrapped around her finger with all her sweetness!







I am head over heels in LOVE with this Princess!