Week 18: Finally, Friday!!

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Hello, Saturday πŸ™‚ It has been a couple of weeks since my last post and that is not a good way to start the new year. But, life decided to have me ill since my birthday and I am still pretty cruddy. However, I didn’t want to get too behind, so let us post away!

I am uber grateful to the Lord that I managed to only miss ONE full day of work, and one day of WFH. So, the damage at work was not too bad. I have no idea what came down on me, actually I still don’t. But, please GO AWAY! I hate being sick.

We went home for New Year’s week and it was awesome, until I got sick. We hit up Lopez and Timmy Chan’s on our first day πŸ™‚

Week 18 Highlights:

The girls went back to school this week. The polar vortex phenomena cancelled the first day of school back(but not work). It was -8F. NEGATIVE EIGHT, y’all. This is not Alaska or Siberia. It was cold.

The rounds of choir practices and math clubs have began again. Xavi decided to join the Scrabble Club. Let us cheer, for it is not the Pokemon Club or a Gamer’s Club. YAY! I think she will do well since she does well during the Spelling Bee.

Aspen:

For a minute, I was worried she might start missing day care, then she reassures me: “No! I don’t want to go to school. I wanna stay here with my, Daddy!” Glad we got that out of the way.

Whilst standing on Xavier’s feet going up the escalator, she yells out, “I AM FLYING!! DAD! I AM FLYING!!” I love her toddlerisms.

Convo with Aspen:

Me: Aspen, how was your day today? What did you do?

Aspen: I was mean to the girls. I was cranky all today.

Me: What!? Why were you mean to the girls and why were you cranky? (I needed to know)

Aspen: BA-CAUSE, Janis. BA-CAUSE. (She turns and walks away).

The End.

Week 18 Gallery

*This includes some from week 17, since I skipped a week.*

Week 16: Christmas 2013

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No Friday post this week πŸ™‚ You get Christmas 2013 instead πŸ™‚

We had an awesome and white first Christmas here in Kansas. I can’t believe that it is over already 😦 Anyways, we had a double Christmas celebration. Xavier’s family came into town the weekend before Christmas, so we had a semi-Christmas dinner and opened some of their gifts. We really enjoyed having family here for the holidays. The weather turned for the ugly while they were here, so venturing out was limited to the last minute Christmas shopping and coffee πŸ™‚ It got down to like 2 degrees with snow and lots of ice.

Christmas eve, we cooked up Noche Buena dinner, finished wrapping gifts with the girls, and of course, A Christmas Story marathon. When we finished with the kitchen, the girls made their Christmas cookies, which ended up being cookie scraps, but they were still good πŸ™‚ Aspen didn’t last until midnight and fell asleep somewhere in between, the big girls were too excited and stayed up all night. We had Noche Buena dinner(Jaelan prayed for the food, it was cute), and then we opened gifts. It was a blast, I love Christmas food, and watching the girls open gifts, and Christmas excitement. I love it! Christmas day consisted of more eating, talking/face timing with family and friends, playing with gifts, NBA marathon(Rockets beat the Spurs), hanging out with the family, and more eating.

Overall, it was an awesome Christmas! It has been a heck of a year and we have so much to be grateful for I don’t even know where to start. So, Thank You, Jesus, for being everything! We can’t wait to bring in the New Year and looking forward to what it has in store for us.

I hope everyone had an awesome and blessed Christmas and a safe and blessed New Year!! πŸ™‚

Week 16 Gallery

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Christmas Card and Egg Nog!

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I am a little late this year, but here is our 2013 Christmas cards. I still have to mail out a few and yes, I know tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and I apologize in advance. For the card photo, I just picked out one of the girls’ that I shot, pretty much same as last year. I think it worked out ok. Also, I changed up this year and used Zazzle(I used Shutterfly last year). Zazzle had the best selection with the best daily savings, so I decided to try them this year. I also liked their paper and envelopes better. We hope you guys like them! πŸ™‚

On a completely different note, after much anticipation, I finally got to try some EGGNOG tonight. Yes, eggnog. Never had eggnog ever in my life, until tonight. I served some at our Ugly Sweater Christmas party last year, but two somebodies, drank the whole supply. So, this is how I drank my first eggnog:

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1 oz KahlΓΊa Peppermint Mocha liqueur

1 oz Whiskey

4 oz Eggnog

A pinch of ground nutmeg for garnish

Instructions: Mix everything in a mini goblet and garnish with ground nutmeg

ViolΓ ! Awesome and easy eggnog cocktail to drink at home or to serve πŸ™‚

*Happy CHRISTMAS to Y’ALL!! Enjoy church, eat well, and be merry!*

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Week 15: Finally, Friday!!

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I might just have to change the name this series. Because, it might be Friday, it might not be Friday. Maybe.

This week was pretty sickening, literally. Everyone at home was sick at some point during the week. There was a day or two were everyone in the house was sick at the same time. Luckily, my illness only lasted a day and a half, so I have recovered. The rest of the family is getting better.

We got an early surprise, yesterday, the real Friday. Xavier’s parent, brother, and cousin Todd, came into town to celebrate Christmas early with us. The girls are so excited and happy. And we are pretty psyched to have family during the holidays!! This means that we will have gumbo, turkey necks, and sweet potato pie in addition to our Noche Buena menu. YAS!

AND, shockingly we got some Christmas shopping in this week, this NEVER, EVER happens. YAY!

Week 15 Highlights:

This week was the girls’ last week of school before Winter Break. So not much was going on. Jaelan and Xavi were both sick at the beginning of the week, but have since recovered. Lots of fluids, salty soups, and vitamin c going on this week!

Convo with Jaelan:

Jaelan: Mama, I think that we evolved from monkeys.

Me: (GASP!) What!? Why!? So you don’t believe in GOD!? Why do you say that!!?

Jaelan: Oh, I believe in GOD and I think he is awesome and great, But I think we evolved from monkeys.

Me: Not acceptable! How can you believe in GOD and believe that we evolved from monkeys at the same time.

Jaelan: Oh, that’s easy, cause GOD created the monkeys.

I couldn’t decided if this was caused by school, television, the internet, social media, or what. SIGH.

THE END.

Aspen:

More awesome news, Xavier and I finally coordinated our schedules so that Aspen will not have to go to day care!! YAY! She started home care this week! The big girls never set foot in day care and we felt kind of bad cause Aspen is having to, but it couldn’t be prevented as we have no family or help here in Kansas. So, now all is well, and Aspen will be cared for by her family πŸ™‚

No fancy toddler smartassedness from Aspen this week because she has been sick and pretty not active. She is doing better as of yesterday though, so I am sure her antics will re-surface next week.

I am pretty excited for this year’s Christmas because Aspen is a little more aware. She keeps asking who are all of the, “pwesents”, for and she knows who, “Santa”, is now. We are not too big on Santa photos, so we didn’t really break our necks this year to get one in. Also, some pre-Christmas activities on the gallery this week.

Week 15 Gallery:

*The photo above is the Christmas tree at Village West*

Holiday Lights!

One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas holiday is to drive around town with my family and look at all of the awesome Christmas lights and decorations. A friend back in Houston recently asked where the best places are to go in Houston to see some awesome holiday lights and decorations. Are you kidding me? You live in Houston and you don’t know where to go to see holiday lights? Well, I guess I need to tell you a couple of my favorite places. As for Kansas City, we have yet to check out the holiday lights around here, and hopefully we will be able to this week, and below are the places we had in mind to visit.

PS: Houston sites are recommended based on my personal previous experience. If you have other suggestions, feel free to share them! πŸ™‚

PSS: Nadine, I hope this helps!

Houston Holiday Lights

1. The Heights

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2. River Oaks/Galleria/Uptown

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3. Houston Zoo Lights

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*There are also a handful of neighborhood with awesome Christmas lights display, but I thought I would stay within city limits*

Below are the places we want to visit here in KC, if you have other suggestions, please share! πŸ™‚

Kansas City Holiday Lights

1. The Plaza Lights

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2. Union Station

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3. Crown Center

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*images are all from google.com and are not my own*