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Monday, December 29, 2008


Congrats to Jill and Matt! We are so excited for you guys and the fact that little Vim is going to have a fellow boy playmate!

Monday, December 22, 2008

The Young Family Vacation...

We took a vacation with my family last week to the Dominican Republic. Both my parents turn 50 this year (gasp! I reveled their age!) and we decided it would be fun to take a family trip to celebrate. Unfortunately not all the family could be there, my sister's husband ended up having to bail out last minute due to an out of the country job change. Therefore, that left Vim and my dad as the only two males. Which then led them to several trips to the bar....I can't blame them...its hard to keep up with a conversation when 4 related women get together.
Anyway, I am glad that we didn't go any later in the pregnancy. By the time we reached Punta Cana, I was pretty much exhausted and swollen. We didn't do any excursions, I was kind of eliminated from them, and my husband, the good man he is, sat out too since I couldn't do anything. Normally he has a hard time sitting still (we both do, but him more so), but I was very proud of him. He laid and relaxed most of the trip.
The two highlights of the trip for me were:
1) Playing in the waves: This was my first time to see blue water, and let me tell you, it was BEAUTIFUL. My sisters and I played in the waves like we were 10 again. It was very freeing...I guess because I didn't have my little man there to worry about or watch for, I just played like I didn't have a care in the world. It took me back to childhood memories.
2) Black Jack: They had a small casino on the resort and we played black jack every night we were there. I know that so many people have a hard time letting go of their money to gamble, but for me, its fun, its a game, its all about strategizing... I love it...but not in a 'I have an addiction kind of love'. I only play with a certain amount and when its gone, its gone. And if I loose $20, well it was well worth the entertainment for a couple of hours. I mean people go to the movies and spend $12 on a ticket which to me is crazy! Anyway, I won, then I lost, and then Vim won it all back. So we actually ended up making a little money on vacation. Not too shabby if you ask me.
Here are some photos from our trip...warning you are about to see a pregnant belly!
The 'Fam'

Pool Side Cabana...I gotta get one of these...first maybe I should work on getting the pool.

The Young Family 'Divas'

The Young Family Diva's after 'frolicking' in the waves! Notice the sunglasses...

Scuba Steve!

My dad and Vim...what more can I say...

Us being silly on the beach...we were laughing so hard...I about peed my pants.

I was sooo thrilled about this drink! I had imagined myself with a cute little drink with an umbrella in it and it wasn't until the last night that I got one...don't worry it's a non-alcoholic strawberry daiquiri!

Couldn't help myself.

Ohhh and the best picture of all! No we are not at a male strip club or a bachelorette party...but I could see how you could be confused. The resort put on a 'Chill Out' party in the Lobby one night, and they had techno music and brought in lights and dancers. You should have seen us dancing! This guy was awesome! He was on light up roller blades and danced in them...I had never seen anything like him. I told Vim we needed to hire him for the next party we throw.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Proof that God has a since of humor. Not even a few hours after I posted pictures of us standing in front of 'manufactured' snow and jested about how we have to make our own snow in Texas, God proved to us that it does snow here!!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Oh, tis' the season! Christmas Festivities are in full force around here. The tree is trimmed, presents are bought, and Christmas parties are in full swing! Here are a few pictures from all our activities over the past week.

Christmas tree lighting in Town Square...Yes, we are standing directly in front of a 'snow' maker, in Texas we have to provide our own effects. Fortunately, it was cool that night, and we didn't put the jackets, hat, and scarf on just for the effect.

The kids loved the manufactured snow...I think it was some sort of foam...but who is counting.

Tree Decorating!
We went to The Houston Symphony to see Polar Express.
We had 3 Christmas parties last weekend, but managed to not take a single picture! Oh well. I truly am enjoying all the holiday cheer going on. I have made a huge effort to get things done early so that I can enjoy it more, and not stress out...but I can't help but feel a little bit anxious when I walk into Wally-World and see the huge sign in my face, screaming 15 DAYS till Christmas!!! AHHH!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Family Pictures

We took some family pictures a few weeks ago for our Christmas cards in Old Town Spring. I am really pleased with them. It was kind of a last minute thing, and we had to cut it short due to an unfortunate event that involved a sharp metal pole and almost losing an eye! So with all the factors considered, the pictures exceeded expectations! Above is a sneak peak, Christmas cards should be out next week if every thing goes as planned!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

Babymoon to Europe

We just got back last week from our Babymoon to Paris and London. This was my first time to Europe, and we were fortunate enough to have friends/family in both cities to stay with. We spent 5 full days there and really had a great time. We took the Euro Star from Paris to London at 200 miles per hour through the chunnel. Some of you may be saying 'how romantic'...well, although we had some romantic moments, it was not as romantic as you may think....I mean, don't get me wrong, we had a great time, and I am for sure not complaining, but we were on the go, with a jam packed schedule each day...I swear we must have walked 100s of miles (or at least it seemed that way). We hit all the main attractions that each city had to offer.

Paris: 1) The Louvre 2) Eiffel Tower 3) Arc de Triomphe 4) Notre Dame 5) Montmartre 6) Others

London: 1) Double Decker bus tour 2) Westminster Abbey 3) The London Eye (but we did not ride it) 4) Tower of London 5) Tower Bridge 6) Changing of the guard 7) Crown Jewels 8) and others

And to be honest, I loved London. I can't wait to go back and spend some more time there. I am glad I got to go to Paris and see the historic sights, but I am not dying to go back anytime soon. The conception that the French are not so friendly is pretty accurate. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I could have enjoyed the wine and if I thought a baggett was a meal. Call me a fat American, but show me the meat and potatoes!

We sooo lucked out on the weather while we were there. The temperature was in the mid 50s and only one night did it sprinkle a little, the rest of the time it was nice out. And I had the best hair days while I was there...no humidity at all!

My favorite place in Paris was the small town Montemartre, just on the edge of the city. The Sacred Heart church sits at the top...you can't miss it, it is huge. It is so worth it to go up there in the afternoon and stay till sun set. It's the highest point in Paris (besides the top of the Eiffel Tower). There is a small court yard with little cafes and a ton of local artist painting and drawing.

We have a ton of pictures, as you can imagine. I am going to post all our pictures in 'our pictures' once I get them all uploaded but here are a few highlights for those of you who can't wait.

Westminster Abbey

Dinner with our good friends Ben, Bernice, and Michael as well as Vim's cousin David, at a local British Pub. Vim got to experience a traditional British meal of 'Bangers and Mash'..aka sausage and mashed potatoes.

London Phone Booth

The Tower Bridge (I always thought this was London Bridge, but the London Bridge is actually a one bridge down from this one, and looks like a normal bridge)


At the Louvre, I found it interesting that no matter how much time has past, I felt a connection to this mom...I am sure that some of you mom's out there could also relate.

The Louvre in the distance
Notre Dame

Of course the Eiffel Tower

From the top of the Eiffel Tower

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Last game of the season...

Taking a Corner Kick

Scoring a Goal

The Lions

Little Man had his last soccer game of the season this weekend. In case you didn't know, I love sports and I L-O-V-E competition...I grew up playing a slew of sports and some of my fondest memories are of softball games, swim meets, volleyball playoffs, and basketball workouts. I am so glad that Little Man has entered into the world of 'organized team sports' this year. Even if a child is not athletically inclined, I think there are so many great life lessons that can been learned through team sports!

We noticed before that Little Man does not have a problem picking up a sport. I mean, we have already had to apologize to the neighbor for a golf ball flying over the fence and hitting their windshield. He had his all time high season in the first soccer game, 6 goals. Yes it's great that he learned the fundamentals of soccer (goal kicks, no hands, corner kicks, etc)... yes it's great that he had fun...But the best things that came from soccer were the parallels we were able to draw to life. Sooo many good conversations were opened up due to soccer. The first one I remember, is the bragging conversation. He has come such a long way in that department! He now is recognizing when he is bragging, and really tries to control it.

Another conversation I remember, is encouraging your teammates (basically the age old 'there is no 'I' in Team)! And to sit on the side lines and hear him yell for each of his teammates this last game made me so proud!

And another, after a close game (even though technically we don't keep an official score, the kids and parents keep score in there heads...you can't help but do it! It's sports, come on people!) when the time ran out, Little Man burst into tears, upset at the fact that they had lost and he doesn't like to loose. This opened up a huge box of opportunity for great conversation. We talked about how we don't always 'win' in life. Sometimes we loose and we are disappointed. We still tell the other 'players' good job, and if we played our best then we have nothing to be ashamed of. And for the leagues that don't believe in 'winning or loosing', and who 'just want to play for fun', that's not real life, and I really think it's teaching children a false sense of reality...Just my opinion and thought, forgive me if I offended anyone.

Oh I could go on and on....you have to practice at everything in life if you want to get better at it.
And on and on....but I will stop there since I have to be getting packed and the laundry is calling!

So if you couldn't already tell, we had a very positive experience and plan on playing again in the spring. We were very fortunate to have had an incredible team and coach. Our coach is a dad of 4 and was coaching 5 teams at the time, but he somehow found time for an 'Awards Ceremony' for our little team, because he thought it was important to present each child with their metal and say something positive about each child and their season. A little man is very proud of his metal, as he should be!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Halloween Festivities...

Here are some pictures from our Halloween festivities...
We had a Pumpkin Carving Party with some good friends of ours...of course my camera died right after this picture, so I didn't get any pictures of the actual pumpkin carving, Stink!
The boy's decorating cookies...
Little Man wanted Fletcher to be Wonder dog, but the cape I found at the dollar store ended up looking more like Bat-Dog...but don't tell Little Man that.
The Police came to our house on Halloween...what can I say, we are a crazy bunch!

The Policeman caught Curious George!

Thanks to school, Little Man learned "trick or treat smell my feet, give me something good to eat...' Of course we nipped that in the bud right away, but in my head I kept finishing the song "if you don't, I don't care, I'll pull down your underwear!" I am sure he will learn the rest next year.

William's Pumpkin

Sarah's Pumpkin

Vim's Pumpkin
Hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Little Over Half Way There!

Yes I am 22 weeks, a little over half way there! Time is flying by, and I know that with all the holiday fun and business the next few months have in store, the time is just going to go by even quicker. I am starting to get a little anxious that I am not going to get everything done that needs to get done before Vim X II gets here. My husband thinks I am crazy (actually his exact wording was 'silly' which you can imagine didn't go over so well with a hormonal pregnant wife). I know that it may just be the natural 'nesting' mode kicking in, but it is there for a reason, right? I mean, God wouldn't give us this nesting feeling if we didn't need to be 'nesting'...Because I have a feeling this 'feeling' is going to tapper off in a couple months when I start to get larger and slower moving.

Anyway, the baby is perfectly healthy. We went in for our Anatomy check up, where the measure all the body parts. They couldn't get him to move to check out his belly, all he wanted to do was show off his male parts...(he sounds like some other males I know). Everything else (but his belly) looked perfect. He is about 1lb and very active right now. Here is a profile picture, it confirms that he will not have much of a chin...but I don't think he stood much of a chance in the 'chin department' since Vim and I probably have one whole chin between the two of us.

Finally, I am looking for some input. A lot has changed in 5yrs and we are in need of a travel system and other baby gear. The problem is that there are so many to choose from! SO I figured who would know best about strollers, infant car seats and baby gear then those mom's who have used them recently! So, if you have any hands on experiance with the baby gear, let me know what worked for you, what you found most safe and helpful. Because I have no idea. Email me or leave me a comment PLEASE!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Up in the Air Junior Birds-Men....

This last weekend we went to the Wings Over Houston Air Show. Vim's parents were able to join us for a few hours, which was a real treat. I was uncharacteristically unprepared. I don't know what I was thinking, I guess I thought there would be more shade and less walking. Even though it was quite cool Saturday morning, it warmed up quite a bit that afternoon. Needless to say I lost the leggings quickly and the sunscreen was then generously applied. Fortunately, my husband thought to grab the sunscreen right before leaving. We were all exhausted, but we somehow found strength to stay to the end....and let me tell you, it was well worth it! I mean, personally there are only so many airplanes you can look at but the Thunderbirds at the end were pretty cool (even for a girl). My camera screen was broken in a mishap a few weeks ago so I wasn't able to get any video footage of it but I got some good photos. (Note: I felt like I was in the dark ages, I actually had to put my eye up to the view finder and take a picture, and then after the picture was taken I couldn't see the picture till it was taken off my camera!! Oh how spoiled I have become!! Little Man will never know the hardships of using a 35mm)

In case you go in the future, here are a list of things you might want to take:

  • Water, water, water
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella
  • Light Weight clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • A Hat
  • Snacks (unless you feel like spending $4 on nachos)
  • Kleenex for the porta-potty (yes- gross I know, but when your pregnant sometimes you don't have a choice)
  • Hand Sanatizer

The coolest thing was that one of the 6 Thunderbirds pilots was a GIRL! And she did awesome.