Saturday, August 16, 2014

August Ablaze

My summer "vacation" is nearing an end. I say vacation with a sarcastic chuckle...more like an obnoxious and fatuously loud belly laugh...the kind you hear coming from loonies in a mental ward who are humored by their surroundings. But, the Lord has been good, so there are undertones of Joy wrapped up in the insanity. The summer went by in a whirlwind of activity and it seems as though the heat set any hope for rest and peace ablaze. 

I am nearing exhaustion, so I will explain in photos...
 I'd like to thank the Holy Spirit, sanitizing wipes, sunblock, and febreeze for helping me manage my children, and the multiple children that accompanied them, this summer. Who needs a shower when you can douse your kids in Febreeze and wipe their feet with these versatile wipes!?! Hands-down, best inventions ever. 

 The husband and I made a point to nurture our babes with dates and quality time. My boys experienced fine dining with me while Sis was out with dad eating ribs and wings, finished off with a trip to the local florist shack to pick out her favorites. That was sweet dad. Way to set the bar high for future fellows wishing to court your little lady.
 I kept busy walking the perimeter of multiple sports arenas while the crew set out for some cardio of their own. I was very entertained with the idea of the Old Men playing ball with the Young Bucks (our boys and the boyfriends acquired by our nieces). To my surprise, the Olds showed the Bucks who was boss. Way to go guys. * notice, my sons take any opportunity to play sports in their underwear. 

Praise the good Lord for grandparents: Gram and Papa Shawn were ever present in our days, ready to rescue us from our ever humid abode and whisk us away on trips to much better places than our couch. The kids went bowling, played in reclaimed water, and made many trips to the Ice arena and Lake. 
My pretty little ladies finally allowed me some nutrient consumption as they eased up on the food expelling sessions in my 2nd trimester of incubation. My cravings have been somewhat healthy and my favorite sweet treat is sweet vanilla yogurt with frozen a fancy glass, of course. The girls are becoming active in this 23rd week. Aisley is proving to be the most active one, to my surprise, constantly rolling and punching around...sending mommy to the E.R. 1 or 2 times in concern over what the heck she was up to as my tummy morphed into odd shapes and pinched all sorts of nerves. Little Adeline has been low key, resting peacefully in  her cushioned loft (I can't feel her much aside from an occasional evening punch in the ribs. She has an anterior placenta which cushions the blows.)
Adeline Chanelle
Their favorite treat...
Aisley Calysta

 My sympathetic spawn even gave me an occasional date (with their own money! I was impressed ...)

My Razzle Dazzle and Tator Head finished an outstanding season of basketball, ending the summer as League Champions. Way to go Boys!!! Thanks to the entire family who came out each week to cheer them on. You are unforgettable and appreciated.
Our Beloved Leila, protector, friend, and confidant, passed away last week. She was a good girl. We are happy you are in heaven now. I'm sure you will be well cared for until we meet again.  
St. Leila Ali-Rest in Eternal Peace: May 2005-Aug. 2014
And, with a handful of days left until school begins for the crew, the ladies came by for a Back to School Brunch. We stocked up on essential oils to maintain health and sanity for a busy season ahead, scarfed down some food, and enjoyed down time with the girls. 

The past week of back to work prep, new sport participation on the agenda, and back to back practice... already a blur. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lemme Sum it up:

July was/is a busy month with all sorts of happenings. Let's review what's gone down, and what we have to look forward to thus far....   
6 weeks pregnutz to 20 weeks

In babies news, my ever growing uterus is becoming quite the comfortable and sizable loft for my two beauties who are doing very well in their 20th week. I am finding myself really out of breath, huffing and puffing, and not too concerned about getting myself dressed or my face painted on for the day. The norm has become throwing on a pair of the Husband's boxers and a sports-bra, washing my face and brushing the teeth (a huge accomplishment lately), and waddling around the house attempting to pick up hard to reach objects off the floor. I have become obsessed with reading blogs and message boards of Moms of Multiples and freak myself out from time to time reading preemie stories and the like. I have discovered that the abundance of estrogen and pregnancy hormones isn't very pleasant without the remedy of wine, to my dismay. I have never wanted a Sangria so badly in my life and will be requesting a pitcher shortly after the delivery of these girls. I have developed more compassion than ever for our turtle Keith, whom I happen to have a lot in common with these days, as we lug around our heavy cargo and often collapse because of the load from time to time. 

Our household has been jam-packed with girls' nights, baking, house remodeling, and Sunday dinners. I am getting use to this whole "girls in the house" idea. I've discovered that little girls require a lot of attention, they like to bake, and they are already in the habit of verbally punking one another in power struggles, with a pleasant smile of course. It's been entertaining watching the little girls in this clan (cousins and friends) interact with one another. So fiesty and strong willed. It will be a big change in dynamics once Adeline and Aisley come this fall and even out the Boy vs. Girl teams here. Sis Princess Mouse Face has been hanging out with Auntie V at the dance studio and perfecting her spins and points. I am so thrilled to see her amazing progress in Ballet and Lyrical. She starts soccer this fall and I will be stoked to cheer her on in mom's ol' sport. (Yes, I live through my children.)

My sweet and stinky sons are becoming quite the helpers these days as they assist dad in getting the house ready for an abundance of children. They are in the middle of being toilet trained-the art of wiping the bathrooms with Clorox wipes and learning how to pee only in the toilet, not on or around it. They have also become very business-minded, capitalizing off the alcoholism of their uncles and Sunday Dinners by collecting beer cans for a profit.  They've been spending their time at the beach, perfecting their surfing, browning their bodies, and diffusing their energy.
 We are looking forward to a productive few weeks as we prepare for school, birthdays, sports, and babies. Stay Tuned...

P.S. : shout out to the Husband for serving me like the large, prolific queen that I am. For the back rubs, burgers, and promptly done Honey-Dos around the house. You are amazing.

 (the Husband did this-paint and clean, what a Stud----------->) 

Love to my best friend/sister Chae (pictured here, with our daughters. We're both knocked up with girls) for your support as we survive these summer months as incubators. I appreciate the coffee, encouragement, and time away with you. Thanks for helping me celebrate year number 29 this month, and for 25 years of fun and craziness being your friend. I can't wait for CABO and VEGAS!!!!! WHOOOOHOOOO, MOMS GONE WILD 2015!

Friday, June 20, 2014


So it's been a year or so since I last posted. I have all kinds of creative energy lately, both literally and metaphorically...allow me to explain. Remember back when I said the Husband and I had caught baby fever...well, we decided to get creative and create some more little humans. I am a bit extreme in my thinking  and  I reasoned with my Love that if we were going to try for one, we might as well have another shortly after. You see, we like to have them in batches. Anyone who has had kids back to back knows that while it may provoke occasional psychosis, having two little rascals so close in age has many benefits. For one, they grow up with a little partner and playmate, along with other perks. I think the benefits outweigh the cost in anti-anxiety meds for sure. So we set in our minds and hearts that we would pop out a few more... 6 months of practice later, score. I was with child and glowing. But, to my heart's discontent, the little bean did not stay with me for long. I lost the babe within the first few weeks of being pregnant.

I had already gotten used to the idea of being barefoot and pregnant and of course my heart was broken. My type A go-getting attitude didn't keep me on the bench for long though, in fact, I got back in the game before the coach even cleared me to play. 3 weeks later, I was pregnant again; this time, with two little beans! 15 weeks of nervousness and praying later, we discovered we would be welcoming two sweet little girls to the 4ACE Crew. We are beyond excited and shocked that we are girl makers. I thought for sure I'd have another couple of knuckle head boys. I love my little monsters but it will be nice to even the teams with a set of girls, and my Princess-butt Mouse Face sure appreciates getting some sisters. 

Here is a shot of the two beauties from our last encounter with them...
Adeline is waving at the camera. She seems like the wild one. She was blowing kisses in some other pics.  Little Aisley is covering her face and crossing her legs...cute and modest. 

 Here is a collage of my rapidly growing belly. I have a feeling I'm going to need to strap it up with support bands if I keep progressing like this. The 1st 14 weeks were torture. The babies were rebelling against me and throwing out all their food in a projectile, violent food fight each night. I was nauseous all day and still had to teach my students. I was put on bed-rest for a few weeks and not allowed to run or even walk! Whew, so glad that's over. I'm on to week 15 and some change. 24 weeks and 5 days to go! What an interesting experience this has been...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Where'd the time go?!

WHOA! September, October, where did you go?!

That was an extraordinarily swift start to fall. Let me catch you up....

Some major life events took place this September. After 10 years of marriage, my beloved and I can now see clearly...clearly enough to know we need God at the forefront to keep this bond strong and unbreakable. So, we did it. After much contemplation, soul searching, and a change in faith-direction we got married in the Catholic Church. It was amazing. I clung to each word spoken, each vow we made was more clear to me than ever before and I meant them with all my heart. It was as if I had been on this God ordained lesson husband as my class partner and the subject, love. We kept repeating the class because it wasn't making sense; we didn't understand how to work together; we couldn't comprehend the subject and components. We were too busy...too focused on the world around us instead of tuning in to the Great Teacher's voice.. You see, the first trip down the aisle, the Hub and I were babies in the flesh and babies in the faith. This time, we know exactly what love is all about and who we want to be as husband and wife, children of God, and followers of Christ. So as we embark on this faith journey, we do so with wisdom, discernment, and thankful hearts that God's plan for our lives prevailed.

In addition to the new covenant we made with one another before the Lord, we vowed to raise our children in the faith and had them baptized as well. Here are some pictures of the beauteous ceremony:

September also marked the start of training for the triple crown series of half-marathons for the upcoming year. I had a goal in mind of finishing a sub 2:00 run for the first run (Carlsbad, this January). With that in mind, I casually asked the sis-in-law (Dawn Juan) if she'd like to start running together...I had no idea that would throw me full-force into a training regimen that would drop my pace from a 9:50 to an average 8:00. AND drop my weight from a fluffy 145 to a fit 130. This lady is intense!!! She runs through trails like a white panther and her idea of taking it easy is a 8min/mile pace from Torrey Pines to Solana...I can't complain. I'm doing things I never thought I could. It feels good. 

 October was filled with Girl Time in Fancy restaurants, Football fun, trips to haunted graveyards, apple-bobbing, crafting, and beautiful Sundays with the ones the matter most. The cooler weather brought us close together as we cheered daddy on from the stadium and stuffed our faces with treats and bbq in the days the followed. It was a blast dressing in our finest Spook-faced attire, dining on authentic mexican cuisine and wandering the spooky graveyard. The cousins tested their skills each Sunday dinner as we crafted up delicious apples and cute creations. All in all, it's been an awesome fall. I have much to be Thankful for as I count the days to stuff my face with turkey this November. Til we meet again, I leave you with this...

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.~Colossians 3:15-17

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All Kinds of Crazy..

I am now entering my 3rd week of work and terribly missing my summers days of laziness. I wish I would have appreciated those days when I could do anything I wanted, my house was clean, and laying naked on my balcony to catch some sun was an option...

With all the craziness of planning lessons, feeding children, and cheering on my Coach Hub, I have found it hard to keep up with my running which is only contributing to the dimples on my buns as I stuff my face with cookies and bagels in the staff lounge :( I sound like a member of the Bitter Witch Club...I can admit that...this damn humid and suffocating heat only makes it worse. My once partially smooth face has erupted into a canvas of heat bumps and acne thanks to the glorious weather. In between my bitter spouts, I've found fleeting moments to enjoy myself. Here's what I'm up to:

I have the fattest crush on my fine-assed husband. This past Friday, I sat in the bleachers looking down on the field as he called plays and coached up his boys like a champ.  I feel a great season coming on and I can't wait for Friday night butterflies, a little chill in an October sky, pizza and beer to celebrate. 

The crazy sister Dawn-Juan has got me out running with her on the weekends. She makes me keep an ungodly pace as we put in 8 miles or so. I feel like death afterwards, but it hurts so good.

I'm hoping I can keep with it and finally complete the upcoming Triple Crown series.  

My darling friend Lo made her way back into town to show off her baby bump and spend time with her friends and family. I was blessed to enjoy her so eloquently prepared shower and take a few pics of the occasion:

Sparticus finally got to fish at the beach the other day. It was quite cute watching him bait the hook, throw it out, and wait patiently for a catch to no avail. He kept good spirits and was more excited than anything.

In random life event news: After being given the task to tutor a friend's son in Algebra, I remembered how much I hated math...then I decided to become a math teacher to teach other kids who hate yes, you guessed it. I will be testing for a Math Credential this fall and hopefully on a high school campus soon educating neighborhoodlums near you :)... So I better get back to studying all this jazz. Thanks for tuning in.