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.



Wednesday, December 9, 2009


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.