Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Just Could't Wait

So this year I was inspired by a friend of mine to attach a Christmas letter with our Christmas picture we always send out. I just loved their letter and I think I may have to steal her idea and add it as one of our Christmas traditions. So for those of you whom I don't have your address or live out of the country here it is, our Christmas letter.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Texas!!

Samuel is now 1 year old. He reached many accomplishments this past year. He started walking right around his one year mark. Then he started talking up a storm. His first word was Bella. That little boy loves his dog. He loves getting in between her legs and getting Bella kisses. He also enjoys being chased by his big brother and getting into his big brother’s toys. His favorite activity is to pull apart the Geo Tracks dad builds for big brother hence he has acquired a new nickname, Godzilla. He also likes to terrorize mom and dads closest any chance he gets and the kitchen Tupperware cabinet.

Bradley is now 3 years old going on 4. Early on in the year he mastered going potty like a big boy. During the summer he took a gymnastic class which he loved. This fall he started in a coop preschool. On his days off from preschool he loves to visit the library. He likes story time and the puppet shows. Also recently Bradley has taken up a new weekend hobby creating some fun wooden crafts at Lowe's and Home Depot. So far he has built a fire truck, a drum, a snowman, some Christmas ornaments and many more things. This year Bradley had lots of family travel far and near so he learned a lot about maps. He loves maps and loves to know where everyone lives or is visiting. Bradley loves to include everyone in all things and he never wants to leave anyone out. Like many little boys of his age Bradley loves race cars, WII, computer games, and to play outdoors. But his favorite nocturnal activity is to play guns with Papa, Tom, Chris, and Rick.

Maggie this year was very busy from potty training to packing and unpacking. Early on in the year Maggie oversaw that all the home improvements in her old house were completed before she and Brad could put their house on the market, soon after she found herself under a pile of moving boxes getting ready to move. Now that she is settled in her new home she is ready to start delegating some home improvement projects to Brad for the coming year. As for now she enjoys teaching preschool to 5 three year old kids every 4 weeks. She has also taken up P90X to be able to keep up with all the kids.

Brad has also found himself very busy this year following through with many home improvement assignments. Amidst the craziness of getting the old house ready to sale and getting a new house he has managed to surprise Maggie with a romantic dinner for their 5 year wedding anniversary and he has also taken time off to play with the kids. He also found a new hobby which he shares with Bradley, playing guns on the XBOX 360. Now he is patiently waiting for next year’s honey do list from Maggie. Meanwhile he has taken up some unexpected home improvement projects, such as repairing a busted water line and repairing the heater.

2009 was full of surprises and excitement for us and we can’t wait to see what 2010 will have in store for us all. We wish you all the best for this Christmas holidays and the coming year. We hope to hear from you in the coming year.

LOVE,

THE SUMMERS 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Thanksgiving

So I thought I would have time to write a few things about November but I was so busy that before I knew it, it was December. The whole month of November I was torn between going to Laredo or staying home for Thanksgiving. Of course the easiest choice would be to stay home and spend a good time with my family here and possibly catch a good sale. So I did the latter. But instead of doing what I normally do on Thanksgiving while I stay home it was more of an emotional roller coaster for me. I knew my mom would come and see me but unfortunately she never comes alone and she always brings people to entertain. So instead of coming to see me she comes to entertain her guest which then become my guests. I guess this should not come to a surprise for me. This is customary in my native country. I clearly remember as I was growing up going to party's of people I did not know. We were the invited of the invited. I also remember showing up at someone's house unannounced and without a warning. I can still remember my mom saying to me, "Vamos a ver si estan ahi?" (Let's go see if they are home?). I guess my mom was not used to calling people on the phone ahead of time and asking them if she could come because well she did not have a phone growing up. So on many occasions we would show up at a friend's house unannounced as they were getting ready to leave to a boda o quincenera (wedding or fifteenth birthday party). Normally the people we would go visit never turned us away or asked us to leave instead they would invite us to the party. And that my friends is how one becomes the invited of the invited. However, it's funny how the invited of the invited only works amongst one's own culture. You see I thought that since my mom was invited to my in-laws for Thanksgiving she wouldn't mind bringing her guests too, but instead of going to my in-laws they decided to have their own Thanksgiving at my home. Although it was stressful and chaotic in my house that weekend I got to see my mom enjoy my kids more than usual. Thankfully, Thanksgiving is over and next year I plan on spending Thanksgiving at the Firehouse with Brad and a bunch of strangers because I guarantee you that Brad will be working overtime and I will be very glad and thankful for it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

October

October was full of festivities. We welcomed the autumn season by traveling. And no it was not a trip to the grocery store or the library. We, well, more like me and the boys took a little trip to the Houston area. We went to a friend's wedding. My friend Merlin whom I've known since middle school tied the knot to his sweetheart. At the wedding I was so glad to reunite with old friends and to catch up with close friends. The following day we went to visit my step sisters in Houston. Coincidentally my niece was having a birthday party for her little boy who is Sammy's age. It was at this fun place where there are lots of tunnels and padded walls where kids can bounce off the walls. Bradley had a blast at this place, surprisingly he did not fuss when we had to leave. My guess is that he was ready to go home after a long weekend.

The next few weeks we simply waited with anticipation for Halloween. Bradley was so excited about being a Firefighter, and Sammy was just content that his outfit would keep him warm. The weekend before Halloween our ward had a Trunk or Treat. Our ward's Trunk or Treat was so much fun and the food was delicious. There was a Chili Cook Off and it was perfect for the cool weather.

For Halloween we went to visit our old neighborhood and old neighbors. Then we headed to my in-laws where we roasted marshmellows on a fire pit and watched movies on a projector. This is a family tradition which we all very much enjoy.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Getting Ready for Halloween



So every year my mother-in-law invites us the "girls" over to do a craft during Women's Conference or General Conference while the men are at the Priesthood Session. This is our latest craft. I am not quite finished with this one but this is what mine looks like.

I still have to add some embelishments to finish it up.


Here is the other side.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Let's ReCap the Last Month

For those of you who keep up with my blog, I apologize tremendously for not staying up to date. I was out of commission for a while. About two weeks ago I was making some delicious Au Gratin Potatoes and as I was slicing my potatoes I sliced my thumb. So typing was quite limiting. But my thumb has recovered and I think I am back in business unless of course the early symptoms of what I want to be a normal cold turn into N1H1. Lets hope that is not the case.
So in the last month we have been keeping ourselves pretty busy. The house is coming together. But it will be a while before we see all our wall decor up. However, Brad did manage to organize the garage, he kind of had to. We lost our car keys for the 100th time so we cleaned out the garage while we looked for the keys. The keys were not in the garage they were in the kitchen. But since we had everything out in our driveway the boys took advantage of that enjoyed a ride on their power wheels.

We joined a coop-preschool for little Bradley. It has been real nice that I can still keep in touch with some of our friends from our old ward. This week we hosted preschool in our house. The theme was : I am Thankful for My Body. We learned about our bodies about our bodies and how to keep them clean and healthy. We talked about Tina Tissue and Ted Tissue, and since we coverd the letter D we did "D"ragons I am really enjoying doing this coop-preschool.




This month we also celebrated little Sam's 1st birthday. I can not believe he is 1 year already. He is such a cutie and such a mama's boy. He is adorable and is such a character. We are truly blessed to have in our family. We had a very nice low key family gathering. As can see by the pictures Sammy is not much of a cake eater. He was not sure what to do with the cake.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We Are Home

We have been living in our new home almost a month. We have opened the last boxes we have and we feel cleansed. I have to admit that I do get nostalgic when I drive down 620 or when I go to Sam's. It is a strange feeling to move in the same city. We are very excited to get started on new projects in this house. We've already made our list of things we want to do in this house to make it our house.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Count Your Blessings, Count Them One by One

It's kind of hard to see the light through the thickness.
I have to think about some more positive things while this fiasco is going on.
1. Little Bradley threw up on Saturday but fortunately it was nothings big.
2. Little Sam threw up on Sunday but fortunately it was nothing big.
3. My boys love grandma Micki's house.
4. My dog is being well taken care of.
5. Watering my mother-in-laws plants was very therapeutic.
6. We don't have any kids that sleep in bed with us.
7. I have a great family.
9. I don't live in a hotel.
10. I can use the internet whenever I want.

Perspective

I am not handling this home buying thing very well, and I guess I feel like some of my clients felt about me when I was working for the county as medical case worker. We had lots of people who would apply for this medical program. A large number of our clients were considered "indigent" so they couldn't afford to pay for their medical bills. As a case worker I was probably one of the toughest case workers. I had my handy manual by my side and if my client did not meet requirements to participate in the program based on our policies, then they were DENIED. It was a tough job, I had to deny people medical services that their lives depended on, but if the client did not meet the critireas or lied to obtain the benefits I not only had to deny them the services but to pursue legal action. It was some tough business. As I was one of the youngest case workers and I felt like I had a huge responsibility in my hands I felt afraid of making a mistake so I would study my cases left and right to make sure that my client was indeed eligible or ineligible for the program. Now I feel like I am the client and the the lenders are the Nazi Maggie. Now that I look back and think about my work I remember looking at every inch of my clients' application. In retrospect I think that was a waist of time. If I were to go back to work at the County now, I would do things so much differently and I think I would feel so much more gratification from my job, instead of feeling like the enemy. Being on the other side gives you so much more perspective.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Get a kick out of your cookies?

On Wednesday after a whole day of waiting to find out where our loan was at, just to find out it would be delayed even more, we decided to go out for dinner. We went to Hunan Lion. We have come to the conclusion that there is nothing better to sooth the soul like food after a stressful and unproductive day. Dinner was good and then we got our fortune cookies. According to our cookies we have good fortune coming our way. Brad and I always joke about the sayings on the fortune cookies, because the majority of the time we don't get any fortune statements. We usually get a Chinese proverb i.e., "Talents that are not shared are not talents", or "Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still". We think our "fortune cookies" are, well, more like funny cookies. But this Thursday we had two cookies that made us smile and gave us hope. We of course are not very superstitious but we got a kick out of our cookies.

This is what our first cookie said:

We thought this cookie was quite an amusing response regarding our home transaction situation.


Then I opened the second cookie, and it stated: Funny stuff isn't it?


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Broken House

Moving is a great way to start fresh. But this move is taking so long. It has not been the most pleasant experience. The last time I moved was when I was recently married. I moved from my college apartment to this lovely home. I did not have much. I had a bed, a couch, and a computer table. Some dishes and my clothing. Moving was a breeze. But those days are long gone. Since then, I have aquired a washer and dryer, a fridge, a new computer table, a sectional couch, an etertainment center, a bedroom set, and two boys and all the stuff that comes along with them. This move has taught me some very important lessons. 1) Never move when your children are between the ages of 8 months and 3 years. 2)Prearrange babysitting, otherwise don't expect to pack too much. 3)Next time you move make sure you can move in to your new home on or before the closing date of your old home. 4) If you live in Texas, the summers is not a good time to move, it is scourging hot!!! 5) Make sure your AC works while you are preparing to move, while you are moving and after you moved. 6) Potty train your children and emphasize on the quantity of toilet paper that should be flushed down the toilet. 7) Prepare for some serious whining from your children, they know something is up. 8)Plan on living in your new home for 20 years. After this week, I think we all need a vacation. This move has been especially hard for little Bradley. He has clings onto me and Brad. He told Tom the other day tha his house was broken. I can't wait to move into the new house and fix his house again. I think he is going to love this new place but it will take some time to get adjusted.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Thank Heaven for Little Boys

Two weeks ago we got the phone call from our realtor:
"Brad and Maggie, Someone put in an offer on your house, call me back to discuss the offer."
Brad and I were shocked. Speechless! Because just a few days before Brad and I had talked about giving our realtor the boot and taking the house off the market. We conviced ourselves that we could certainly live in this house a few more years. Why move? We love our neighbors, we love our ward, we love the schools in the area, there are just so many things we both love about the location of the house and the house itself. I told myself, who has not lived a little cramped. And we looked for every excuse on the book to not leave our beloved home. We even postponed an open house.
So we decided to play the counter offer game. We finally got a reasonable price for our beloved home. But of course "reasonable" always comes with an addendum. Ours was to close by the 31st of July. Lovely!
Now I only had exactly 31 days to find a house. We found one. Now we had 30 days to close on a house. It was a nice house. Big lot, older home, upgraded (sprinkler system, new kitchen), and livable. Sent in the offer and we played a little more counter offering games and got it. We schedule the new house to be inspected to finalize our contract.
This is where things took a turn from bad to worse. The inspection results were not pretty. Major work needed to be done in this house. We are absolutely not afraid of hardwork, we have been there and done that. But the sellers were not willing negotiate any of the changes that by code needed to be addressed. So we backed out of the contract.
Now we are homeless! We quickly looked for another realtor (same broker) to help us find a house. Fortunately we weren't able to see too many houses last Friday because our new realtor was coming back from some girls camp. But she did manage to send us the latest listing.
Only two houses had been added to that very narrow search that met all our needs.
So I scheduled to see those two houses without Brad because he had to work. Brad made sure I was well accompanied by two experts in house hunting, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law. As soon as we walked in the first house it was everything we (as in me and my expert advisors) wanted and then some. We walked through it, loved it, loved it, loved it. I walked out of that house and very confidently I told the new realtor that I wanted to make an offer and I wanted to make an offer now. That I did not want to go see that other house. Fortunately my experts brought some sense into me and advised me to go see the other house as a backup. All I can say is that I was too excited about the first house. My realtor did not expect that I make an offer on the house so she had to run home and pick up her kids, so she told me to run home and pick up some papers to make the offer official and to meet her at the office to submit the offer.
The offer is submitted, but the seller's realtor has disappear...and this is where the wait begins.
Something I learned about me this weekend ... I am not very patient. So we submitted the offer in the morning at about 10:30AM by noon the realtor was still not responding. 1 rolls around, 2 rolls around, and 2:30pm rolls around. I picked up Bradley from my in-laws and on my way home I decide to visit the owners of the house. I politely asked them if they had another contact to their realtor. They did, they gave me the number to a developing agency. While I quickly visited with the owners I had my kids in the car with the a/c blasting and and the driver's door open to hear the screams. The elderly couple invited me in but I said I couldn't because the kids were in the car and wet from being in the pool and they asked how many kids I had. I said I have two boys one is 10 months and the other one is 3 years old. They smile and told me that two little boys had grown up in that house, their two boys. I thought that was an awesome coincidence. I thanked them so much for the new information and went my maggie crazy way. I gave my realtor all the info so she could reach the seller's realtor. 9:00PM and still no seller's agent. I knew that I would not know any news until Sunday after church. As soon as I got home I called Brad to see if our realtor had any news. He reported that after all our work someone had beat us to put in the first offer. I WAS DEVASTATED! But he reassured me that there was some hope because I had put in a full offer. So the realtor would present both offers to the buyers. Monday morning with only 18 days to move out I got the good news. All I have to say from this experience is..'Thank Heaven for little boys'. I think that that is what sealed our deal.
So here are the details of the house. We are now moving to a new and improved house. We are going from 1977 to 1978. From a drive to a cove (culde sac), from no trees and no grass to two matured peacan trees and lots of grass and shade. From no laundry room to an awesome mud room/laundry room. From a 3 bedroom to a 4 bedroom and from a 2 bath to a 2.5 bath. You guys get the idea. It is lovely. Much work lies ahead for us. But nothing that a little elbow grease can't change.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Happy Fourth!!

This year Brad was off from work to spend partially Fourth of July with us. We first had an awesome breakfast at my in-laws house. They invited a few friends and the family. It was great to see so much patriotism. After breakfast we said the Pledge of Alligence and then we headed off to the parade. Last year was our first year as a family to watch the parade, since then we have made it a family tradition. The parade this year was a bit confusing, people were running back and forth from one side of the street to the other because we did not know on which side of Main Street the parade was going to be on. Although we were late to set up and find a shady area to sit and watch the parade things seemed to have worked out better for us. We were sitting in the median of Main Street in Old Round Rock, so all we did was turn our chairs around. The kids had a good time, and so did we.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!



I love Father's Day. It is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. I don't remember celebrating Father's Day as I was growing up. I don't think I even knew there was a day to celebrate this special occasion. If I think back it was probably because 1) I grew up without a Father 2) this holiday is celebrated during the summer and I never had anyone introduce me to this event (unlike mother's day when I was still in school and my teacher's always had a craft of some sort or another to take home for mom) 3) during the summer I was shipped off to my grand-aunts in Mexico City of whom 1/2 of them were widows or divorced. And even when my step-dad was around I don't remember celebrating this holiday. It just wasn't a big deal. Anyhow, my first recollection of Father's Day was soon after I got married. I remember that my sister-in-law who is my age came to my in-law's house and brought her dad a paper tie she had colored or cut in primary. I thought that was so cute. I wondered in that moment, how cool must it have been growing up with a Dad like Sam. I know that the absence of a father figure in my life had some affects in me. But I am glad I was able to recognize that and move on with my life. Although I did not have that permanent father figure in my life I am so glad my husband did, because if it had not been for his Dad I don't know if Brad would be that splendid Dad he is now. So now we make a big deal. I love looking for Father's Day cards or making cards. This year Brad got this video, a card from Chancho, and he will get a bike. I wanted to get him a fishing pole, I probably still will get him a fishing pole. I think that on Father's Day Brad will start getting more and more gifts that will help him spend more time as a Father.



Not only did I make a card for Brad but I made little cards for the kids in nursery to give to their Dads.

Monday, June 15, 2009

29 isn't so bad...

I think this 29th year will be great.  I am already planning many things. I am looking forward to meeting Brad's family for the reunion.  I am also very excited and looking forward to have Bradley be part of preschool program.  I plan on training for a 1/2 marathon again, and actually run the darn thing in February.  And of course this year I will probably do some painting in the house if we don't sell.  

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May and stuff

Lately I have not had a chance to sit down and write on my blog. But this month was a pretty amazing one. I enjoyed Mother's Day very much. My sweet husband got me a bag for my scrapbooking supplies. I was also called into nursery this month, and I very much enjoyed doing our first nursery craft. I guess I should put a picture of that on here but I will do later. I also enjoyed my first time teaching in nursery. I have never had a calling in nursery so I am enjoying it. Since my new calling I have kinda gotten very "nursery" crafty. Bradley and I have been working on a letter of the week, and I have done tons of online research for preschool activity for my big boy. Been staying busy. We also celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. I was very impressed by my husband. The night before our anniversary he asked me if it was okay if he did not get me anything for our anniversary. And of course me being as frugal as can be I agreed to his request. But the morning of our anniversary he had flowers delivered to me and he also informed me that he has made reservations for dinner at Fogo de Chao. Now Brad and I don't usually make anything big out our anniversary but he really surprised me. We had a great time eating out. After a very satisfying dinner we came home and watched a movie. Sometimes when you have little kids having a quiet night at home is almost impossible. We are just so glad my mother in law took the kids for the night. So after having such a good time we agreed to do the same thing every year. I can't complain marriage has been great and it gets better with time.

Monday, April 13, 2009

April Showers

What has been going on in our lives in April. Lots has happened in our lives since I last posted something here. We finally got all the doors in the house in. Something I have been waiting for a long time. I love how the back door and our kitchen door to the garage look. They bring in tons of light, and now that that the doors are in we put the house on the market. This will be my first time selling a house. I have to the conclusion that I don't like uncertainty. Just last month my marriage made a brakethrough and now I feel like another aspect of my life is working on a breakthrough. Other than moving we have already had a lot of fun in the 13 days of April. On April 1st we had a ton of visitors in our house. We had our pest control guy come over, our house alarm repair tech come, the roof inspector, and we also had two visitors my high school friend and Anden, Bradley nursery friend. We also had a chance to take pictures in the bluebonnets. My goal is to have our little family take pictures in the bluebonnets someday. I have been doing a bit of babysitting this month too. I think that babysitting is a great thing especially if your youngest is to young to play with your oldest. I think I will do this until little brother is old enough to play with his big brother.

As I was reviewing my post, I realized I skipped a very important part of this month. This month we suffered the loss of a wonderful woman in our family. Brad's Grandma Rachel Summers. I got to meet and spent some time with Grandma Summers. WOW! This woman lived a phenomenal life. She was a great example for us all. She lived the gospel and literally lived it. Brad was able to travel up to Oregon for the funeral. He said that all of his 200 plus cousins and second cousins were present. Rachel Summers will definitely be missed but her memory will never be forgotten.



On a happier note, the weekend following grandma's funeral our dear Lizzy got married in the San Antonio Temple. She looked stunning with her wedding dress. And we could not be happier for her. Brandon is a lucky guy and I am sure Lizzy is too. Micki as usual out did herself with the reception decorations. The whole thing was beautiful.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Blessings of Marriage

Sometimes I feel like I take marriage for granted but in the last few months I have come to understand a new dimension of marriage. Brad and I will be coming on our five year anniversary and have discovered that whenever adversity strikes a marriage it can turn ugly or in our case it has helped us open our means of communication. It helps both of us to come together as a team and to resolve whatever the dilemma is at hand as a team and always look out for each other and for our children. I have come to understand that whenever I am struggling with something Brad is willing to be there by my side to help me overcome whatver hardships I may be facing and vice versa. I don't think I have come to know anyone better like I know Brad. I remeber when I was in college and I was dating and if something about someone irked I did not want to keep trying to get to know that person, I would just simply give up and move on. I was very selfish with my time. But when I met Brad, he taught me a very special thing, that he would never give up on me, that he was not too busy and was willing to share his time with me. And I know that I too did not want to give up on him. I am so glad I opted for marriage even though I had other options. I know now that in only five years of marriage I have matured so much, more than I have in all of my years. I am glad that when the time and the season came for me to marry I seized the moment and gained my eternal buddy and now my eternal family. And I want to stress "eternal".... not perfect.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mormon Messages: The Blessings of the Temple

So a few years ago when I was coming back to the church I heard that a photographer somehow sneaked into a temple and he or she "threatened" the church that he would make those images public unless the church would buy the pictures from him, so in response to his threats the church published a temple calendar with images of celestial rooms and baptisimal faunts from multiple temples. Anyhow, these messages the church has produced has made me think about how the media can be utilized. Fortunately our church leaders prefer not to get involved in a bickering contest to help people understand what we do and believe in. Instead, they simple use the same tools the adversary uses to explain the purpose of a temple. I love the temple, and I am so glad the church is doing this not only for obvious reasons, but personally it helps me so much to have daily reminder of the temple and everytime I view these segments it brings me a moment of peace. My favorite part of this video is what Elder Nelson says" Everyone is welcomed who prepares well."

Beautifully!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What's for Dinner?

That's the infamous question we all have on a daily basis. I am not much of a chef, but I do enjoy cooking. Sometimes, I do amaze myself, but not often enough to make a career out of it. I think I would cook more often if my hubby was the type of man who would like to sit down and eat. However, Brad is more of a snacker type of guy. Hence, I got into the habit of snacking too. But when you have kids, you can't snack all day, plus, I love to sit down to eat with Little Bradley and now Samuel too. I love to hear him say the meal prayer and I love to hear him talk to me. We usually shut the t.v. off, and we eat together. It is our special moment. I love it. If there is one thing that irks me is to eat alone. So, now I won't be rushed to enjoy a meal, or in sections, because I forgot to cook the noodles, but the sauce is ready. Now I will be able to sit down and eat with my little guys and enjoy a great meal thanks to Shaleen's Freezer Meals. I am so glad I won her help to make freezers meals at the Service Auctions. We got 42 freezer meals down in 3 hours. I am so looking foward to more sit down meal, and maybe Brad will join us too.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mormon Messages: Why Mormons Build Temples

I love this message. I am glad I can share this with people who don't understand the gospel and are easily mislead by the media who sole purpose is to increase their ratings.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

112th Washington Birthday Celebration


I have been planing this trip for over a year now. I had told my mom that I would go down to Laredo when it was not too hot. So I figured that the coolest thing for my kids to do down there was the parade. It is a 3 hour long parade with lots and lots of things to see. So we went down there this weekend. I AM STILL recovering. So this will be little Sam's second trip on the road, and I have made a new discovery, he does not like road trips. The boy does not travel well at all. I have also discovered that as nice and comfy the Chicco carseat may look, it is not very breathable. And if you are anywhere in central or south of central Texas you may opt for a carseat with cotton, so your kid does not sweat like a mad man. Anyhow, so the drive could have been better if little Sam was not so hot all the time. My cousin drove with me and we were able to catch up. Down in Laredo we were able to see the parade. It was real fun. I really enjoyed it. Little Bradley did too. I only had a chance to have a few of Laredo's delicacies since Brad discourages me to go to Nuevo Laredo. I of courseI could not leave without having some carne asada and mexican sweet bread. Of course I had my mom's delicious food. We also got together with other cousins. I got to meet two new family member and everyone got to meet little Sam.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another Unforgettable FHE


Lately, we have been trying to set our priorities right. We have been making a huge effort to spend more quality time together as a family. This week for FHE, Brad thought it would be a lot of fun to go kite flying. It was an awesome idea. We drove down to Mueller Lake and met with one of his work buddies. Alex, as Chancho prefers to call him (real name: Les) invited us to fly his awesome kite. It was so much fun to fly kites, although I did not do much of it. Little Sam and I just hung out with Tanya (Alex's wife according to Chancho) and their cute little dog Plug. We just sat back and enjoyed watching Chancho go crazy. It started to rain so we had to cut the kite flying short. So we proceeded go down to South Congress to have a delicious pizza from Home Slice. This was my first time there, and I have to say that it was great. Love the food and the atmosphere, very much like Austin.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Married? Divorced? Single? ?????

There has been quite a controversy about my relationship status with Brad on my Facebook profile. We used to show to be married to each other, but now it only shows me as married, Brad as single. So this is what happened. I started getting very strange emails from weirdos out there on my profile. The last one said, "Hey pretty lady....want to hang out tonight." This was from a complete stranger and I got quite concerned. I honestly thought no one other than friends could see my profile, or that my partial profile would only show through other friends' profile. Well, I started thinking about how this weirdo found me. As it turns out, Brad has an application on his Facebook that he later added unto mine called Mob Wars. It is through that silly computer game that I was getting all more than once crazy email. So I asked him to change everthing on his account so that they would not send me any more junk. I will also be eliminated from Mob Wars and loose all my crack, weapons, and prostitutes. So no worries, we are still together, although most days its more like I am still together and he is still together with his new girlfriend, the firetruck. If I would be replace it probably would not be for a another woman, it would be for a mechanical instrument i.e. firetruck, xbox, bicycle, etc. anything that does not speak or has the capability of complaining. Sad, but true.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

What I miss about Laredo..

So lately I have been reconnecting with my roots, my people, and my hometown: Laredo. As much and as hard as I try to stay away from Laredo, there is always something I will miss. There is something mystical and enchanting about Laredo. Maybe it is that it is so close to Mexico, maybe it is that everyone speaks Spanish in a US city, or who knows maybe it is the water we drink there. Regardless, there is always something I miss, and it not the weather. It is the homemade food. No matter how long it has been I can almost savor the food in my mouth. So here are a few of my favorite places to eat in both Laredo's.
1. El Rancho su Majestad -that choriqueso, there is nothing more delicious on the surface this earth than a warm corn (homemade) tortilla filled with choriqueso.
2. Tacos de Papa- there is this little house on Calle Obregon that sells these delicous tiny flautitas de papa with the hottest salsa. You have to eat almost twenty of them before you fill up, but watch out that salsa will get you.
3. Tostadas La Sibera- Oh!! These tostadas are to die for, I remember getting one just before my braces got tightened. Delicous. Highly recommended.
4. El Tokyo-Caldo de res, absolutely the best. Love this little place right across from where Mas Mas used to be right on Guerrero Avenue.
5. Tacos El Venado-openned all night, nothing better could fill you up after dancing the night away than a couple of El Venado Taco with some cilantro and onions and rich salsa.
6. Taco Palenque-everything is good there.
7. Un Elote- there is no place on earth that makes the best corn on the cob than the street vendors in Mexico. Love the mayonnaise on it with the red chile powder and that cheese that they sprikle on it, Yummy!!!
8. Conito-this shop has been closed for quite some time, it was right across from the cemetary back when I was in high school. I loved to get a snow cone better known as a "raspa". The lady who ran this placed lived just behind the little store. She made her own syrup, and the best part of it all was that she would add a scoop of ice cream at the bottom of your snow cone. My favorite flavor was pineapple. This place was always so refreshing during the scrouging summer time.
9. El Pescador-a shrimp cocktail. Yummy, I remembe going to eat at this place a lot as a kid. My mom is from very tropical place so sea food has always had a very special place in my tummy. .The other great thing about this place are their rolls, so buttery. Yummy. Red Lobster has nothing on this place.
10. Hot Dogs with Bacon- not only are the corn on the cob from street vendors delicous but these incredible smoking hot dogs. This is a recipe for a heat attack, but so worth it. Add bacon to anything and you will see your world change.
These are not in any particular order, just in the order they popped in my head. Food is also a way communicate to me a good time. I tend to remeber events by what was served. My mom said that when I was a little girl about 3 or 4 we visited a relative of our and I wanted to leave because she did not offer us anything to eat. I guess that was my way of say I was hungry. I have always been a hungry girl and am always looking to learn to make new things.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Putt, putt


Yesterday we decided to have our FHE activity at the Round Rock Putt place. We had lots of fun there. Little Bradley was especially having fun putting in our golf ball in the hole. So Brad and I had one shot to get the ball in the hole, because if we didn't little Bradley would help us put it in. We decided that we will make this FHE activity once every three months. Maybe he will let us us put the ball in the hole next time.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Look at Me!!



Lately I have not posted many picutures of our kids. And I was thinking that I was short changing my little Sammy because I have not taken nearly as many pictures of him as I did with little Bradley. Anyhow, I have been trying to catch Sammy smiling. He has such a cute smile and such a deep laugh, just like his brother's. So here it is to the four month old little Sammy.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Tagged!!!

I believe I have been tagged at least four times, I don't think I can keep up though!!
Rules: It's harder than it looks! Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag 10 people. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real . . . nothing made up! If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers. You cannot use any word twice and you can't use your name for the boy/girl name question.Have Fun!!
  1. What is your name: Magdalena
  2. A four Letter Word: more
  3. A boy's name: Mark
  4. A girl's Name: Monica
  5. An occupation: maid
  6. A color: maroon
  7. Something you wear: mittens
  8. A food: mole (Mexican dish, yummy too)
  9. Something found in the bathroom: my toes just kidding: Mirror
  10. A place: Morroco

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Faith Recovery Stimulus Package

House Approps Cmttee
[F U L L C O M M I T T E E P R I N T]
5TH Congress
1st Session
Making supplemental appropriations for faith preservation and family bonding creation, missionary investment, marriage and family stability, constant church attendance, scripture study and family and personal prayers for the fiscal year ending in June 30th, 2009, and for other family purposes.
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DURING F H E AT THE SUMMERS
MOM, from the Committee of Appropriations, reported the following bill; which was committed to the Committee of the Whole Summers Home, on Woodhill Drive and ordered to be printed.
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A B I L L
  1. Be it enacted the Senate (aka: Mom) and House of Representatives (aka: kids) of the
  2. Summers Family in Family Home Evening assembled.
  3. SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
  4. This Act may be cited as the "Summers Family Faith Recovery
  5. and Reinvestment Act of 2009"

SECTION 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Table of Contents for this Acts is as follows:

Title I- General Provisions Title II- Faith Building Development Title III- Family Bonding Creation Title IV- Missionary Investment Title V- Temple Marriage Investment Title VI- Marriage and Family Stability Title VII- Constant Church Attendance Title VIII-Meet the Solemn Responsibility of Husbands and Wifes as commanded in the Family Proclamation ( and not by Dad's interpretation of whta a solemn responsibility means)

STATMENT OF APPROPRIATIONS

The following sums in this Act are appropriated, out of any blessings in the Blessings Treasury Bank, not otherwise appropriated for the fiscal year ending in June 30th of 2009 and for other purposes.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

So it's finally done!!

After almost four months, I finally had a chance to get around to my Family Home Evening Board. I ordered four FHE board, and they are finally done. I did two in Spanish and two in English. Here is mine. I love it, and can't wait to make more magnets for the board. I am planning on doing some with our pictures, and some with some for the holidays.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chanchoism

For those of you who know little Bradley, AKA: Chancho, here are a few of his latest Chanchoisms:
" You want to play me"= "Do you want to play with me?"
"I scoresed!!"= "I scored!!"
"Oh my goodness!"
" That's COOL!!"
"Flojo"="rojo"
"Play Wii, guns, puter?"(daily)

Happy Birthday Little Bradley!!

Today we were suppose to have a birthday party for little Bradley. Unfortunately, big Brad was sick, and we did not want to get any kids sick. But he still had a good time. Last night the boys (Uncle Chris, Uncle Tom, Bryce, and Dad) played video games. So the party started too early. Someone had to pay the price for staying up late, and that was Brad. I guess he has not completely recovered from bad cough and staying up late was not good combination. But little Bradley did receive lots of visitors, Ashely came a dropped off a gift, Becky and Chris came to play, and Grandma and Grandpa brought Chancho him a power wheel, then our neighbor came and brought him a gift which he has yet to see. Although we did not officially celebrate his bday today it felt like it. I just can't believe that he is three, now he talks and runs. Although little Bradley is a busy body and wears me out, he also has a very sweet and loving side to him. He reminds me daily about kindness, and forgiveness. He has such a tender heart. Just the other night after he was put in time out, he heard his little brother crying in his crib, and he turned on his mobile, and said " Here you go little Sammy, it's all better." I am so very blessed to know that Bradley has taken little Sam under his wing and loves him so much.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

This is what happens when you turn 30!!

So I have been thinking that I should give Brad a huge party for his 30th birthday. However, he had to spoil it by getting sick. Every winter Brad gets very sick, we thought we had outsmart his weak immunity this year, unfortunately he got sick again. He is on some serious cough medicine that makes him look very funny, and act very strange. He walks around as if he is a zombie. I do not trust him holding baby Sam when he is under the influence of "cough syrup". So for that very special father and husband. Happy 30th Birthday!! We celebrated Brad's 30th birthday at my mother in law's house, despite the bad cough and funny looks Brad had. We had a total Brad Birthday Blast. He had a combination birthday theme of Miley Cyrus and Thomas the little Engine Tank. We played pin the number on Thomas. We had some awesome pizza wheels and some yummy cake. For those of you who know Brad best, he received the best gifts ever. His mom stocked him up with all sorts of candies that he loves. Candies that I have never in my life heard of but he is so very familiar with. There was so much candy that I think we have the sweets part covered in our three month food storage supply. You see, at home not only am I notoriously known for loosing keys but for being the sweets-patrol. He also got the "Scene It" game for his XBOX. This could not be a better birthday, sweets and videogames.

Monday, January 5, 2009

How to Break a Bad Habit in 10 Simple Steps?

At home I am notoriously known for loosing my car's keys. At one point I used to leave them in the engine while my car was parked in the garage, but after we changed car's I locked my keys in the new car. So after that I decided that I would always take the keys out and hang them out our key rack. So I can say that I was doing well until, I had a second child. Now that I have to get a car seat out of the car I always put the keys in my pant's pocket. Anyhow,to make this long story short. Yesterday, I was feeling very confident. Everything was going smoothly, the kids and Dad were dressed, fed, and happy. Since Brad was going to drive I was going to work on my makeup in the car. We all got in the car at exactly 8:45 a.m. When I heard the infamous words" Where are the keys?".

So here are the steps on how to break the habbit of loosing your car's keys:

1st: Plan a very important event for your family (i.e. Child's Blessing)

2nd: Panic and a lot when you realize you can't remember where you last saw the keys.

3rd: Jump out of the car and start looking for the keys frantically.

4th: Call your father-law to give you a ride to church because the keys are no where to be found.

5th: Be late for the important family event.

6th: Invite your family for brunch after important family event.

7th: Finally after everyone has left say a little prayer and start to look for the keys calmly.

8th: Retrace your steps.

9th: So I finall found the keys. They were where I last put them. In my pant's pocket. Although on step #3 I had looked in my pants but again I did it frantically that I missed them completely.

10th: Say a little prayer and be thankful!!

I promise I will not loose my keys again, at least not at home.