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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Monday, July 16, 2012

Alayna's Lalaloopsy Birthday Party

The party that started out as a Wizard of Oz theme... didn't quite happen. You see this summer Alayna has learned about the Wizard of Oz and being that it's always been one of my favorites as a child we talked about it a lot. So when it came time for me to start planning her birthday party I asked her if she wanted Lalaloopsy or Wizard of Oz. I think with the hype she chose Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately I didn't get a jump start on her party like I usually do because the summer has been crazy busy. But with my sister's help I did put together the MOST ADORABLE Wizard of Oz invitations and we delivered them.

And 3 days before her party she tells me, "Mommy I really wish I was having a Lalaloopsy birthday..."

I was like, "Child you couldn't have told me that a long time ago?!"

But since I only had a couple things for her party and nothing major my sister kinda convinced me to just change the theme to what she actually wanted. So against my OCD self when it comes to planning (you know I have to have plenty of time to have the whole party mapped out in my head and go over every detail for weeks in advance)I changed the theme and she was one happy girl.

So in one day I had to run around and buy everything for her party and luckily my sister was able to do all the design work for me and have it all printed. And my son and I ran all over town looking for the dolls she wanted as her gift. AND not only that but in one of our pit stops that day, my husband and I were walking through the Lalaloopsy section at Target (we were kidless) and he found a "Jewel Sparkles" dress on clearance for $14! So he bought it. But when we got home we had a very sad younger sister Arielle because she is JUST as obsessed with the dolls as Alayna. And Daddy said another trip to Target was in order. So off we went to buy a "Crumbs Sugar Cookie" dress. And when I got home I was so excited and the girls tried on their dresses with the tights and shoes... and in walks my baby Tal. And she was fascinated that her older sisters looked just like the dolls she plays with everyday. And that's when I turned to Daddy and stuck out my lip and said... "Baby needs a dress too." By this time it was so late that Target was closed. So we jumped in the car a 3rd time and drove to Walmart for the "Mittens Fluff N Stuff" dress and had them price match it.

Oh the things I do for my girls. And the things my Husband does for us!(Don't worry Diego wasn't left out... he got a wrestler!)

So well into the night I was up cleaning, baking, decorating, and wrapping. But like I always say... it was worth it to see my baby girl with pure happiness. She got exactly what she wanted.

Alayna is my crafty child. She loves anything to do with drawing, coloring, and being creative. So I set up a craft station for the girls to make their own Lalaloopsy doll. It was a "naked" doll and I set out crayons, pipe cleaners, foam stickers, and poms for them to use.

As guests started to arrive we took pictures in front of my decorated wall.

Alayna & Her Nina







Birthday Girl Alayna Danae

Baby Sister Atalie Belle

My 3 Lalaloopsy Dolls

After eating the girls started on their activity. And it was a hit! They played at that table the entire party!

Grandpa and Abby got there a little late because of church and my Grandma wanting to feed them afterward... but when they did Arielle was the first to greet Grandpa!

But Atalie quickly followed.

I pulled Alayna away for a little bit to get a picture of her with them too.

It was funny because Arielle was standing next to me as I took the pictures of Alayna and when she saw Grandpa and Abby kiss Alayna... she yelled, "My turn!" Which made everyone laugh. She got so embarrassed. But Grandpa and Abby were happy to do it... and that made Arielle obviously very happy!

Then it was time to sing Happy Birthday. My best friend Tiffany made them for her. I love Tiffany, I didn't want to bug her yet again for another one of my many parties to make me some cupcakes but she offered. And as always I cannot say no because I LOVE her cupcakes. They're my favorite!

And her favorite part was opening presents. And we watched as she opened Lalaloopsy after Lalaloopsy among the other tons of stuff she got... clothes, Barbies, a lunch box, activity books, games. But her expression and she opened each Lala and discovered it was yet another one that she wanted so badly. Priceless!

And a gift I was so excited about was the Lalaloopsy backpack my cousin Vanessa got her!

I love how Arielle got bored watching her open all those dolls and not being able to play with them. She just laid there daydreaming.

But she made out great. Here's a portion of what she got.

I took the opportunity for another photo session with the birthday girl...

Alayna and my Sister Nichole

Cousins: Mia, Alayna, Karla

Cousins: Emma and Alayna

Brother got to emerge from his room towards the end of the party and both wearing their Nerd glasses I bought them.

Me and my Princess

I just love my girls (Tal was napping)

Me and my friend Tracy!

Alayna handed out her goodie bags

She also handed out the button cookies I slaved over the night before. It was my first time making cookies so don't laugh at them.

And I passed out the cake pops I made. A pain in the butt they are... but I have perfected my chocolate ones that I dare not make any other flavore because these are so freakin delicious!!!

Everyone agrees with me except Kika who likes to be difficult... but deep down inside she loves them.

After everyone left I crashed out and left Daddy on duty the rest of the night. Apparently he was wrestling and screaming with them in my bedroom the whole night and I didn't even hear any of it.

I was exhausted.

But look at this face?!

You my baby girl are my best gift! I love you more than you'll ever know!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sindi's Baby Shower

My cousin-in-law Sindi is one of the best people I know. I love her to death. Today my Bestie and I threw her a nautical themed baby shower. I thought it was perfect since her baby is going to be named Noah! By the way, I LOVE the name Noah!!!  

The guest of honor arrived! And she looked so beautiful.

So after most people were done eating we played the baby food game. This game is always funny!

My Abuelita is so funny. When she really likes the flavors she really likes them... but when they are gross she makes all sorts of funny faces and sticks her tongue out. She is so fun to watch!

My aunt Kika very much enjoyed the baby food game.

Nichole didn't want no one cheating off her. I guess it was a good thing for everyone else... because she totally lost! Haha!

 Our other game was the bottle drinking races. First up were my sister Nichole, my cousin Alexis, and my BFF Jazmine. We filled them with 5oz of pink lemonade and they were having a tough time chugging them. Not to mention we were all cracking up!

But when Alexis looked to be pulling ahead and winning... some bumper boat action started happening!

And the ganging up didn't stop there... I would say this was interference... but it made for a better game.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Poor Alex she lost by THIS much!

And we did another round... with my cousin Vanessa, Sindi, and my aunt Kika. This time we only put 3oz and they were super concentrated and focused!

Kika ended up winning!

And then we had Sindi open her gifts.

I bought her a bouncer seat that I fell in love with! I just loved the colors.

And I also bought her a car seat.

She got a bunch of adorable clothes. I forget how cute baby boy clothes are since mine is now 9. And we had a diapers/wipes raffles so she got a ton of those!

Sindi love, I hope you had a great time. Tiff and I had fun putting it together for you. We love you!

And Tiffany... thank you so so much for helping me with this! You're an awesome best friend! I appreciate how giving you are, not many people would do this for a friend and her family. I love you too (even though at times you're kinda stuck up and snotty)!

Besties For Life!

And last but not least I want to thank my sister Nichole. She is my graphic designer extraordinaire! She made all the paper goods and invitations and everything was so cute and exactly what I envisioned. She never fails me. Gracias Sea Star!