Week 32: Finally, Friday!!

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Happy Easter Weekend! I hope everyone gets a chance to appreciate the importance of this celebration. This week went by a little too slow, but still thankful, especially when you realize how close tragedy can hit. For those who have not had the chance to hear about the Jewish Community Center shooting last Sunday, that center is literally 2 minutes from the building where I go to work every morning. It is so close that when they held the memorial service this past Thursday, there was extra security around our parking lot to ensure safety. But more on this later on another post.

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Highlights:

Jaelan had her Talent Show tryout this week and she made it. She sang a Leona Lewis song. One of her favorite artists. She also her final honor choir concert this week. She was pretty sick, but made it through. She has really enjoyed choir this year and is very excited to go on to the middle school level.

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Xavi had her state exams this week. She missed one of them because she had a tummy ache, and had to go home early, but she was able to make it up the next day. Silly Xavi.

Also, today is Xavier and I’s 12th wedding anniversary 🙂

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Aspen:

Oh, Aspen, here she is, having a break down at the park 🙂

She is excited about going Easter egg hunting later this morning with her Xavi and her friend. One of the things I like about Aspen right now is that she thinks that everyone she meets is her new best friend. She also thinks that everyone who has the same name as her friends are also her best friends, she is funny. Example:

She overhears a lady call her son Aidan. Aspen happens to have a friend named Aidan.

Aspen: Oh, he’s Aidan? Aidan is my best friend, he(she point to the stranger Aidan) is my best friend!

Me; No, Aspen, that’s a different Aidan, he is not your best friend.

Aspen: No, mama, you silly, Aidan is my best friend.

Me: Yes, but, not that Aidan. We don’t know this Aidan, that Aidan is a stranger danger Aidan.

Aspen: Mama, no, Aidan is my best friend. You funny, mama!

You can see where that conversation was going. But I think she got it for the most part. I think it’s cute that kids think that anyone can be their best friend. If they only knew 🙂

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Week 29: Finally, Friday!!

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Happy, Saturday!! Another week whizzed through ridiculously fast! March is almost over and crunch time at work will hopefully slow down, lol.

Highlights:

The big girls got plenty of outside time this week. We now welcome the 30s like it ain’t cold. Anything below that is dangerous for outside activities. I am really glad that we live within walking distance to a park, cause the girls can run out there whenever they want to.

Xavi is currently prepping for her first scrabble tournament coming up this Thursday, I know exciting 🙂 I hope she does really well and kicks ass. You can never be too competitive, even(or especially) with brain sports.

Jaelan had a performance in front of the entire 6th grade during lunch yesterday. I am happy to report that she said she received the most applause. I was not able to attend, due to her not telling me about it until Wednesday. She sang, “Happy”, by Leona Lewis, not the one by Pharrell.

Finally, Jaelan asked me if she can ask me a question one day during dinner this week. I was like um, uh, sure…..? She asked: How did the world come about, you know like life and earth and the solar system, and monkey. She said she has a couple of scientific theories about it, which we discussed, but she wanted to know what I thought. I welcome these type of questions over that other one.

Aspen:

Aspen has been missing out on a few park days the last couple of weeks because she has been taking naps, religiously, between 5-7pm. So, when she wakes up, there is barely enough sunlight to go play. I have no idea why she is so exhausted so late in the day. But it is AWESOME! When I get off of work she is knocked out and all is well and quiet and peaceful. Mwahahaha!!

PS: This week, a friend and I got to check out a wine bar I had been eyeing at the River Market. I joined the club and might blog about it after I get a feel(or fill) of the benefits. This is mostly due to my obsession with cocktail/spirits/wine/dranks.

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A Letter For, Ma!

Dear Ma,

Today was your *th birthday, and because we are far, far away, we couldn’t sing you, “Happy Birthday”, in person. So, we did the next best thing, we made you a video.

SIGH. If you only knew the effort that it took and the number of takes we had to do because Aspen was being such a, ahem, toddler, you would understand, why we eventually had to settle for this, “final cut”. Let’s just say, that as always, there were lots of protests and tears, and, “I don want to!”(s). I had to bribe her with the candy dispenser full of Skittles, which she is holding on to in the video. And that blue stuff running down her chin? Skittle juice.

Nonetheless, mission was accomplished, and Mom, Happy Birthday, from Kansas. You are a very special person and we love you very much. ENJOY!

Love,

Your Favorites 🙂

Week 7: Finally, Friday!!

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Happy Friday!! Glad it’s Friday, as usual, but I needed another day and a half for work! It was a pretty busy and exhausting week, but what else is new, right? The only thing that pretty much happened from the weekend list, was 2/3 Halloween costumes, Jaelan couldn’t find one. This pumpkin patch visit is becoming very elusive, but at least it made it to the list, which means it ain’t happening 🙂

Week 7 Highlights:

Aspen

After 7 weeks of tears and protests, Aspen has finally gotten used to, and I assume, understand the role of daycare in her life: it is a necessary evil. So, she has given up on crying and protesting for more sleep every morning. Of course there is catch. She has to have one of her 3 princesses, tinkerbell erasers, in her pocket. But who cares, just glad that she is now comfortable with daycare. WOOT.

Aspen’s new favorite word this week: Probably.

Example: “I going to sleep in your bed, probably”, which means, definitely.

This week, “Chey Chey” apparently went on a rampage and punch/hit a couple or four kids in her class. Aspen was one of them. On the mouth, big top lip. She told me about it, I asked her did she hit her back, she said no. I told her next time to punch her back like she punches the punching bag at home, no regrets. She said, OK. You will NOT be BULLIED. And I am not ashamed.

Jaelan and Xavi:

Jaelan had her first choir festival on Tuesday(see video snippet below, they are the group in the white). In Kansas, they are serious about their choir. It was pretty impressive compared to the choir program back home. Unfortunately, they would not let us get close for photos, so what I have is it 😦

Xavi passed up her dad on Diablo III and that’s it. SIGH.

PS: We had game night with new friends for the first time since we moved here. It was great.

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*VSCO processed photos uploaded to wordpress kind of funky, I apologize in advance for the poor quality. Any advice on how to counter this issue will be greatly appreciated*

This Weekend:

Reading Reptile

Hoots and Howl

UH Cougars Football and Houston Rockets on tv