Thursday, July 31, 2014


Growth spurts = time for some new clothes.

Aleni is someone that I always have to have with me when I shop for her. Case in point: She picked these from a myriad of Frozen, Dora, Princess and Hearts options. Can't say I hate her taste. :)

Excited to wear their new outfits:

(Where did she get the "Cross the leg" for the photo thing?)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

what to say...

So, you may have that friend that is stuck in a really hard place, and things are just not going well.

Of course, you want to encourage her that it will be okay. That it has to get better at some point. That in the future, she will look back on this time with fondness. Maybe, you try to encourage her by comparing her situation with one that is worse: "Well, at least you're not experiencing this..." Or, you want to try to be 100%  practical, to kind of get her out of her funk: "The logical thing to do is..." Or, you try to suggest all kinds of things maybe she should/could be doing...

You get the point.

Can I tell you something? Sometimes all that is good.

And, sometimes, all she wants to hear is: "Ugh. That stinks so bad. I can't imagine being in your situation. You are doing an amazing job in the meantime. It has to be so hard."

Because, sometimes that friend is weary of smiling at all the platitudes. Maybe she's thinking, "You don't know that it will get better." Or, maybe comparing her situation to one that is "worse" feels really hurtful, as if you are dismissing the very real struggle she is facing.

So, sometimes. Don't give a pep talk. Don't say that cheerful, trite thing. Just empathize, just feel what she is feeling, and let her know you see her in the midst of that hard time... and let her know you are there. Even if it's just to listen to her, cry with her, pray for her. Because, often, nothing will strengthen her more.

Monday, July 28, 2014


"Aleni, you look so fancy today."

"I am the mommy, and I am talking to the daddy. 
Now, you are the doctor and you have to check the baby in my belly."

"Ok! Wow! Your baby looks great! What's her name going to be?"


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Little Miss is proud of her adornments today. 4 hair scrunchies are a MUST before going out on the town.

Fun Saturday morning stop at Panera... with "snail donuts" (as Noe called them) and book reading!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

yet, rejoice.

Letting these words sink in this morning...

"Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him...Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord... You have filled my heart with joy more than when the grain and new wine abound. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lordmake me dwell in safety."

...and then, going back to re-read the beginning of the chapter and realizing... These words were written from a hard place. From a "not-safe" place. From a time of lack, worry, persecution and distress. Yet, David says: "Praise. Trust. Be glad. Rest." 

And, so I shall!

(Habakkuk 3)
Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
    I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    he enables me to tread on the heights.

Yet. Even still.

Friday, July 18, 2014


San Antonio gifted us with a milder, overcast afternoon today... so, we headed to the park!! We haven't had a comfortable park outing in weeks, so it was much enjoyed!

Cloudy and breezy... just what the doctor ordered!

And even though the clouds turned into light rain... the kids kept right on playing. 

They got soaked on the slides (which were extra slippery)! Noe was excited to show the wetness of his backside. You're welcome.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Today was a "Build a fort in your room and go crazy" kind of day.

Then, they ended snapping some pretty cute pictures of each other:

One more hot and steamy summer day: Check!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


After quite a few weeks without ballet... she was just a tiny bit excited to have another class.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


A snapshot Rey took on a "Daddy & Noe" date to watch airplanes. I heart it. (And the time they spent together.)

Friday, July 11, 2014


27 weeks!!

And... I got to go do my favorite pregnancy activity: Watching baby on the ultrasound.


Body profile:

Little legs and feet (cue the "awwws") ;)

Hands covering the face:

Finally found out.... 

SO excited!! :)

Monday, July 7, 2014


As much as they drive each other crazy.... they also ground each other. Moments earlier, they were barking orders at each other... Now, at the park, he searches for her. Scanning the park motionless until he spies her.... Then, he takes off in a dead sprint, happy to know where she is. Happy when they are together. 

Sibling love!

Being all big at the park ("Take a picture for daddy!") :

Wednesday, July 2, 2014