Friday, June 20, 2014

Update...

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 plan...my 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 math....so 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.






Thursday, August 1, 2013

Goodbye July

So we say Goodbye to yet another busy month, and usher-in an even busier August. Here's a look back at our July adventures.



The month started off grande with my Beloved and I soaking in each others presence. We ventured off into the woods for some couples shots courtesy of my Moose Friend Chae. She caught some moments that capture the playfulness that envelopes our love for each other. Here are a few from the 100 she took....












Its been really nice having the summer off to enjoy a slower pace and downtime with my Turtle. We've had the opportunity to go on some hot dates, take an enriching faith & marriage class, and cut up the dance floor at the many weddings July had to offer. We've even caught a little baby fever...Who knows what the next year may bring. Maybe a new beauty or beast to add to the 4ACE crew.  




 Love was in the air all month as we went to wedding after wedding. Here is a shot of the kids at their auntie Racquel's wedding. It was a fun-filled night and a wedding that was fit for the magazines in grandeur. Atticus made a point to romance the older chicks by serving them Shirly Temples with a smile and catering to their needs. He is quite the catch ladies...his charm and massages are the result of a well trained boy.

In other news,the crew and I made sure to get plenty of Vitamin D on a daily basis, whether we were basking in the sun at the park, swimming with Papa Shawn at the pool, or enjoying the beautiful beaches...                                                                                                     

Char-pagne-in-the-brain turned 16 this month and invited the whole bunch to La Jolla Shores for an all day beach party and bonfire as the sun set. These kids are growing up wayyyyy too fast! I remember her in pigtails with all kinds of candy and treats in her little purse...now she wears her hair down, looks like a gorgeous young woman, still with all kinds of candy in her purse. 

 About mid-month, the cousin decided to bless me with his presence while on a school break. Now I have a roomate that understands my humor and will run with me whenever I ask. It's pretty awesome. We've been training at the stadium once a week. This rascal really kicks my butt, but the pay-off is awesome! Last week we ran a 7:46 mile. I haven't ran like that since I was forced to run the mile in 7th grade P.E....even then, I could only run a 7:49. Thanks cuz.



 July has also allowed plenty of opportunity to brush up on my photography. I'm still learning the mechanics of it all, but here are some pics from my summer sessions (4acephotography.blogspot.com)







That's all for now. Hoping for a great August in preparation of lots of big events!  Hasta Luego.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coco, learning how to love.

I'm in love. With that said, I'm still learning how to love: big difference ya'll. To celebrate my 10 year union and love for my beloved Turtle, this September, we will enter into a convalidation (from the Latin word meaning “to firm up” or “to strengthen.”) within the Church; not merely a renewal of vows made previously but a new act of consent, essential to marriage in our Catholic faith.

In the 10 years that we have been given together, we have kept our faith through the storms and grown up together instead of falling apart. In life, we cannot predict the obstacles we will face, but we can choose to love one another through these obstacles, following the example that Christ gave us when he said, 'above all things, love one another'... But how do we love one another? Where do we learn? It is written in the scriptures:
* Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated,
it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Prayer is the glue that holds a marriage and a family together. We welcome you to pray with us and for us as we prepare to unite in marriage.
A successful marriage isn’t the union of two perfect people. It’s that of two imperfect people who have learned the value of forgiveness & grace. ~Darlene Schacht

Thursday, June 13, 2013

And so it begins...

Today was the official end of school and start of freedom for my childrenz...or so they think (momma has summer school lessons already lined up for these rascals). I'm looking forward to a progressive, fun-filled, and relaxing summer. The Monsters blew me away with their report cards and MAP scores so I hooked them up with ice cream and swim time with the cousins to end their last day of school. 


I'm not looking forward to the Beasts overtaking my bed space  so I will definitely have to layout some boundaries; these fools are getting too big and putting their toes in awkward places...

 However, I don't mind engaging in some much needed cat-naps with sis and Gypsy. Summertime is a good time to catch up on quality time with my princess...


A good time for enjoying all San Diego has to offer with My Beloved and the Beasts...


 Getting these buns in shape with Sister Ugly as we bike all over town in hopes that we will melt our "double butts" while simultaneously working on our tans...
 Letting loose with my crew and indulging in an occasional dranky drank as I kick my feet up, get a massage from my well-trained boys, and enjoy the company of this awesome family I've been given. I'm looking forward to these next few months...Summa Tiiiiiiiime, let's hope the livins easy.