Wednesday, December 8, 2010

25 Fab People

I got a challenge from my friend Amber to list 25 random things about myself. But I just don't think I have that many things and I doubt people want to know them anyway.. I tell Kelly random stuff all of the time and she doesn't seem to appreciate it...SO I am going to list 25 Fabulous people in my life and tell why I love them instead! Fun right? The first few will be obvious.. but after that they are in no particular order. So if you are close to the bottom it doesn't mean I don't love you just as much as the first person. If you aren't on the list don't be sad either.. I DO love you! I just have a lot of family..:o)

1. Gabe~ Obviously he is my numero uno. I love him with all of my being! I love every single thing he does.. even when he is whining.. like right now. He is the sweetest little boy I know. He is the best cuddler and gives the best kisses. He says I Love you like nobody else can. He melts my heart.

2. Jorge~ I love this man more then anything. Through the good times and the bad. Through sickness and in health and in anything else that has ever come our way. Even through all of the times he has tried to kill me.. unintentionally...I think..:o) When I think of the day that my life truly began I think of the day I met him.

3. My mama~ I don't always show her my love in the best way but I do love her so much. She has always been there for me, and even though we had one bad year it didn't ruin all of the good one's. If I need her she is there for me within minutes. She's a great grandmother to Gabe, he just LOVES her!

4. My Dad~ Again I don't always show my love for him but I do love him. He has always been there for me and he is a great guy. I little strange sometimes... :oP but one of the most genuine people you will ever meet.

5. Alyssa~ My heart and sole. My baby niece.. the light of my life. She's the peanut to my butter and the marsh to my mellow. We can talk about anything and everything for hours. She has such a great heart and is going to do amazing hings with her life. I love you sugarlips!

6. Trisha~ My sister.. we have had a rough year or so but I know that we will come through it and everything will be even better then it was before. She was there when Gabe was born and she was the best supporter I could have asked for. Love you sis no matter what.

7. Brooke~ My cousin and my best friend! She has been like an aunt to Gabe since before he was even born. She takes care of me like I am her little sister. We have always been so close.. and when we have to leave each other its always the hardest thing. Except one time when she didn't cry and I was mad at her! lol jk.. it was the meds. haha

8. Aunt Susie~ I love my aunt Susie sooo much!! She is soo funny and sweet. She loves cleaning out my ears and scratching my back. She spoils me rotten and I LOVE it! She's always so much fun to be around and she Cooks! She cooks good!!

9. Melinda~ My Minnie fu fu..what can be said about this cousin of mine? She is amazing! She is soooo hilarious.. if you ever want to hear a good animated story about OJ Simpson or about anything else she is the one to ask. She has always been there for me. We have a very special kind of relationship. And soon she will give me my beloved red convertible Volkswagen... I just know it! :oP

10. Nikki~ My Biffle! I heart her so much! She has the biggest heart. I remember the first time I saw her I didn't like her. Then when I saw her husband.. I was like oh maybe we can be friends...;o) lol we met at Dillard's and we hit it off right away. I haven't always been the best friend to her but she has always been there for me. She is my sister at heart and her family is my family.

11. DyAnna~ My other Biffle! We met in 8th grade, she had big frizzy hair, glasses and braces. I thought she was the biggest nerd. But she lived across the street from me so we did everything together. After 8th grade she moved away but we always stayed in touch. Even now we are just as close as we were then. I am so proud of all she has accomplished. She went to Annapolis, is in the Navy, engaged now. Funny we ended up with the exact same guy too... I swear. Love you girlfriend!

12. Yuri~ She isn't just my cousin she is my friend. Are kids are 6 weeks apart and they have so much fun together. Yuri and I can sit for hours talking, playing games, watching the boys. I love having her in my life. She always brings a new perspective to things. On a Friday night our fav. place to be is with Yuri, Dennis and Levi.

13. Rene~ Oh Rene... he is like our child. Our first child. We loved him, cared for him, nurtured him and then when we let him out into the world he messed it up by dating stupid girls. Oh Rene... lol I love this kid he is def. one of my favorite people ever. I just wish he would visit more.

14. Dominic~ He is Jorge's first friend I ever met. I think we went through a little rough patch but I always liked him. He is a great guy with a huge heart! And now he has found the love of his life and I couldn't be happier for him! And she isn't PSYCHO! That makes me even happier! His whole family is amazing and has taken such good care of us. Support the Garcia's.. eat at La Casita!

15. Isaac~ My little bro... I'm not sure what path he is on right now.. whether its the right one or not but I know that he will figure things out on his own eventually. The day he was born I cried. I didn't want a stinky little brother, and growing up he didn't make my life any easier. But he has a huge heart and I know he would be there for me in an instant. I love him even though I don't always show it.

16. Charlie Wade! My bro-n-law is an amazing person. He is so giving and loving. He's not perfect and he doesn't claim to be but he is just him. I have known him since I was 5 years old. I have grown up with him as my brother and he has been in my life since my first memories. Plus he helped to bring some pretty amazing kids into the world.

17. My grandparents~ Love them! I lived with them every summer growing up. They helped to raise me and took care of me like I was their own child. I can't imagine life without them.

18. Elena~ Elena and Dom have been like family to me. I have known Elena since my freshman year. She was always cracking everyone up with her funny comments and big personality. I can go without talking to Elena for awhile but still know she is one of my best friends. The thought of losing her (and we almost did) still devastates me. She is an amazing person and every person who has ever met has had their lives changed by her.

19. Kelly Clark~ Oh sweet Kelly Mae..what can I say? Within the past year we have grown a lot closer. I am so thankful for her, she is like nobody I have ever met before. Her values and ethics are amazing. She is such a giving loving person. She is constantly surprising me with her kindness. She makes me laugh everyday and I just LOVE messing with her..:o)

20. Stephie~ My little Stephie Pooh! She is just so stinkin Hott! Who wouldn't Love her?! I'm pretty sure her man and my man are in love.. or atleast in a I love spending time with her and just doing nothing. She has a heart of fire. She is spunky and so loving. She is real and tells it like it is. She loves hard and hates hard. I am going to miss her so much when she moves to stinky Utah...:o(

21. Laura~ Lo lo! She is an amzing teacher who changes lives daily! She loves with all of heart. She is such a strong person, but sometimes she tries to be too strong and just needs to ask for help. She has had a rough year but she has kept truckin. Most days you would never even know that she was having a rough week. She is always smiling and happy. She is an insperation for everyone that meets her. She is such a great friend and she deserves so much more then she knows. I'm happy to call her my friend!

22. Amanda~ Mandakins! She is the most giving person I have ever met. She is so incredibly sweet. If you wanted a sweet potatoe right now she would drop everything she is doing and get it to you. I hate when people take advantage of her kindness or mistake it for weakness. She is a very strong person and has a whole lot of love to give. She is the best of the best! I couldn't ask for a better friend! :o)

23. Dayna~ Dayna and I have gotten closer over the past year too. We have kids almost the same age and they play well together. Dayna is the person that I can talk to for hours.. and I do mean hours! I can't even tell you what we talk about.. no really I can't..or I would have to kill you. I love how devoted she is to her Church and her family. She loves non-stop. I just wish we hung out more. We are the baby burgaide. Every baby born in the past year we have gone to visit together.. and we should have one coming! Team Jenna! lol

24. Nicole V. ~ Even though we haven't been close in the past couple of years she will always have a special place in my heart. I will always think of her as family and I hope that one day we can be how we used to be..except even better. She has the cutest little girl you will ever meet! She can be quiet and shy..but get a few drinks in her and your looking at a great time! lol we def. had some great times together! 

25. Amber C.~ We became friends about 6 years ago I think... She helped me with my wedding. I even asked her to be in my wedding but she said heck no! I don't even like you! lol ok she didn't say that. Over the years we drifted apart. This year she got me to do the Susan G. Komen walk with her and it was an amazing experience! She stayed by my side even when I was hurt and couldn't walk. She is always giving me great Bible versus that bring me back to reality. Maybe one day we can be the friends that we once were.

Ok there it is.. now if you want to do this feel free too or do the 25 Random Things about yourself! I hope you enjoyed meeting my fav. people! I have more but 25 is enough for now. whew!

Friday, November 19, 2010

More Than 60 Miles...

Most of you know that this past weekend myself and 3 other awesome girls went to Phoenix to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day 60 mile walk. We each had to raise at least $2300 to be able to walk. Together the 4 of us raised $12,114!!! All going straight to Breast Cancer Research.

Let me just break down the weekend for you day by day because each day was so amazing and such a great experience.

Day 1~
We woke up at 4:00am to get on the bus at 5:00am that took us to opening ceremonies. When we got to the park there were beautiful pink lit balloons, a big stage and free hot beverages! We went to the stage where they had us stretch first and then Janea the motivational speaker came out and talked to us about the walk and our journey from raising money to being at the walk. Survivors got on the center stage and had flags and raised another flag that had the names of survivors and of those that did not make it. We began our walk up a hill with lots of people cheering us on, they made a path for us and there were so many of them. It was a beautiful sight. To look back and see all of the walkers behind us and forward to see all of the walkers in front of us was amazing.

Every 2-3 miles there is a pit stop. They provide snacks (delicious snacks I might add!), LOTS of porta-pots, water and Gatorade. Along with a super supportive crew. Every single person we met, whether it was the medic or the snack ladies or the cheering crowds we met along the way, was so incredibly positive and encouraging, they kept us going even when it got hard.

Also, as we were walking we got to meet Elvis, Kiss, Michael Jackson, Super Hero's, and so many more. The communities along the way were just AWESOME!

Anyway the first day we walked about 9 miles and my knee was really hurting me so at lunch I had it checked out. Got taped up and kept going. Amber walked with me while the other 2 girls walked ahead. We walked 2 more miles and my knee just couldn't do it. So on Day 1 we walked 11 miles! Amanda and Kelly were troopers and walked the whole thing which was a little over 19 miles!!! Way to go girls!! When they got back they were hurting though, Kelly found out she sprained her knee, she was almost ready to throw in the towel and go home but she didn't, she toughed it out and stayed! :o)
That night we had a great dinner, chicken (I thought it was pork...) rice, veggies and salad, plus dessert! Yum!! They made sure NOBODY went hungry! Then there was Camp show where Amber went on stage and played a game, a minute to win it and then Tracy went up and played a game. It was so funny and the the lady Janae is just hilarious. She really knows how to make you laugh so hard and then cry so hard.
9:00 is lights out so we all went to our home away from home and passed out hard!

Day 2~

On day two we decided to take it easy, we didn't want to push ourselves so hard that we couldn't walk on the last day into closing ceremonies so we decided to take the bus straight to lunch. We got there and nobody was really there yet so we all saw the medic's. Kelly and I got our knee's tapped up and all four of us saw the chiropractor. Which I must say, the girl chiropractor really helped my hip and the guy helped my knee...:o) I was ready to walk! We ate lunch and were off! We walked 4 miles and the girls were ready to go back to camp, I know.. not a great day for us but by Sunday we were really happy we slacked on Sat! OH but in the 4 miles we did walk we went through the best cheering section in old Scottsdale! It was soooo amazing! All of the people that came out and everything they gave us. It was by far the best part of the day! Everyone makes you feel like a super star and even though we slacked that day I reminded myself that its not about the walking, its about the money we raised and everything else that we did in our journey to get there. When we got off the bus back to camp we were surprised by my mom and Dana!! It was so nice to see familiar face's and for them to come up just to cheer us on! At camp we took showers, got back and foot massages, played BINGO, ate some delish steak and potatoes and enjoyed a fun night of camp show! When the very last walker of the day came in everyone went out and cheered them on it was a really cool thing!

Also at Camp Show a man got up and told his wife's story. She was a 9 year breast cancer survivor and did the walk every year. About 2 years ago right after the walk she found out she had a brain tumor. That summer as they laid in bed together she squeezed her husbands hand and took her last breath. It is such a sad story, but it is something that happens way too often and until we find a cure for cancer it will keep happening. people think that since they or a loved one has not dealt with it that they have no obligation to it. But I can't tell you how many stories I heard this weekend of woman saying that they started doing this walk just because they wanted to and later either they themselves were diagnosed with breast cancer or a loved one was. 1 in 8 women WILL get breast cancer... think about everyone you know, and someone close to you is likely to get it.  Ok so one more really sad part of the walk and then that's it for the tears. They set up these tents, they are tents from the previous states who have already walked and they are tents that people can write on. Inside another big tent is the AZ tent that all of AZ could write on and there are pictures up of previous walkers within the last year to 3 years that have passed away. Seeing pictures of woman with no hair but the biggest smiles is just so.. inspiring... seeing women with their families, their children just had me bawling. Then you read what people write on the tents and oh my goodness there is not a dry eye in this tent. One message was from a husband to his wife who had passed, there were several that started off "mommy,..." long messages that people wrote to their loved one's who are no longer here because of this terrible, horrible thing. I just want everyone to understand how important this is and how much of an affect this had on me. We walk the 60 miles to honor and remember these people and to fight for them since they no longer can. This is not just their fight, it is everyone's!

Day 3~

Last day was bitter sweet... we were all ready for nice warm beds and real toilets. Especially me, I couldn't even go in a porta pot at this point, I came very close to vomiting several times. We got on a bus and they dropped us off in Scottsdale by Camelback Mountain. I had already decided on Sat. that I was going to push myself to do the full 15 miles this day. If I had to be in pain all night and for the next week then so be it! We walked through some beautiful places, houses, resorts, over a big scary bridge. Kelly, in all of her pain, walked the full 15 miles with me! Man that girl is a trooper!! Amanda and Amber only missed out on 2 miles because Amanda's knee was hurting, but they still did amazing! The last couple of miles to closing ceremonies seemed like FOREVER. Let me tell you, the miles they tell you are so not accurate.. they even said you will be asking.."is that a regular mile or a Komen mile?"

We FINALLY made it though! You go inside the building, get your shirt and a rose and wait for the last walker (Which we were VERY close to being the last walkers). Finally they get everyone lined up and everyone walks out as friends, family, crew members, EVERYONE, tons of people cheer you through. Then the ceremony begins, I couldn't see anything so..when I can't see I kind of tune out, plus my legs were killing me so I am not sure what was said at the closing. BUT I do know that when the survivors come out everyone takes off one shoe and lifts it in the air to honor them.

And that's it! Soo I walked a total of 30 miles... that's half.. I figure next year I will push harder and train much harder now that I know what to expect. I want to walk the full 60 miles because it is the most fun part of the whole experience. Having people cheer you on the whole way and the way the community gets involved is just amazing.

Now that it is over I find myself a little sad... not sure what to do... I know that I have next year and that it will be even better then this year but I am still bummed out that it is all over. I guess now I can really start to concentrate on Relay For Life... I hope I can make relay as amazing for everyone next year, as the 60 mile walk was for me. I hope that Myself and my team have inspired atleast one person and I hope that everyone has a better understanding of what this whole thing was really about.

Thank you to everyone who supported me in every single way! Donations of money, time, supplies, emotions, walks, everything. It kept me going and it will keep me going for the future years!

God bless you all,


Friday, October 22, 2010

School Time Blue's...

So as many of you know I am taking my last two classes to be done with my associates degree! Yay! I am so excited! One of the classes is a 5 week class and the other is a full 16 week semester. The 5 week class is a Sociology class and I went into it so gung ho! I have been getting 100%'s on all of my essays and 90%'s on all of my quizzes. I have a 95% in the class right now, but I am losing my interest and am so over it! It has been so much work over the last 4 weeks.

I have one week left and I am so not into it. I always do this, at the end of a class I start to slack off. I am trying really hard not to though! It is really important that I get an A in this class, for me. I have a 3.5 right now and was asked by Pima to join the honors program, unfortunately I transferred to Cochise so I can't join Pima anymore. I am just so happy that I am going to be done with my associates finally!!

I started college straight out of High School, I thought I wanted to be an architect but after 2 semesters I decided no. Then I thought a business degree would be useful, but I was quickly turned off by it, booooorrrringggg. It is a good thing that I took a business class though because that's where Jorge and I met! So I took some time off of school to try to figure out what I really wanted to do and while living in Tucson I realized the only thing that has always had my interest was Criminal Justice. Everything about it fascinates me.

So I started taking classes and realized it was the right degree for me. The day I found out I was pregnant with Gabe Jorge was not home yet and I had to go to class. I had to take a final in my math class! It was sooo hard to focus when I just wanted to tell Jorge the good news so bad! I went to school all the way up until I had Gabe. After I had him I took 3 semesters off! I don't regret it though because everything worked out. If I had kept going to Pima I would have had to take 5 more classes. But at Cochise I only had to take 2 classes!

 It has taken me 8 years to finally finish, but I feel like I appreciate my schooling more now and I learned so much more in my old age then I did in my younger days. I thought I would be embarrassed to say I was finally getting my associates... 8 years later.. but I'm not! I'm proud of myself for finishing it and hopefully I will be able to start on my Bachelors soon and get it done in less than 8 years! December Graduation Here I come!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Blessing a Day Keeps the Devil Away

Deuteronomy 30:16

For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

For the past 6 weeks I had the pleasure of doing an amazing Bible Study! Satisfied At last... by Kay Harms. I was in desperate need of a a Bible Study and this one just hit the spot! She talks about being fulfilled through God, rather then going to other fleshly desires, like alcohol, Internet, cigarettes, friends, anything that can be be good or bad, but ultimately it is not truly fulfilling. If you are upset at someone, rather then venting to a friend you should go to God with it. I had that happen once while this Bible study was going on and I prayed sooo hard about. I got impatient after about 3 days and I called a friend to vent, thankfully she didn't answer. In the meantime a Bible verse was written on a friends blog that answered all of my prayers! Right then and there my angry feeling towards this person went away and I learned from that, that I just need to be patient! God WILL answer my prayers it just might take a little time sometimes. Anyway, by the end of the Bible Study I felt very fulfilled, and with 2 weeks off from Bible study I am now doing everything I can to stay in the word and on good spiritual terms. I feel at peace inside, and even with somethings that we have going on at home, when I found myself getting overwhelmed I gave it all to God and I have complete peace about it because I know he will provide for us in time.

Last Saturday I had this feeling take over me that God had a blessing coming to me very soon, I had no idea what kind of blessing.. but a blessing is a blessing right! So Saturday me and the Hub went on a motorcycle ride which is a blessing in itself. Something about the wind in your hair and being at one with nature, its so relaxing. You forget about all the problems and the teething crying baby! We spent the day together and that night I found a gift card for $25 to Payless! Of course I was grateful but I was not sure why Payless... I didn't need shoes and Jorge or Gabe didn't need shoes.. BUT non the less it was a blessing and I took it just as that!

Sunday I got up and ready for Church, it was almost time to leave and Jorge was in bed and I asked him if he was going to go with us. He said, "do you want me to go?" I said of course I do! He got up and got dressed and we went! Every time Jorge goes to Church with me, which can be a rare occasion, I pray that God will teach a sermon that will go straight to Jorge's heart. I think the sermon on Sunday, at least parts of it, got through to him..:o) That was the blessing that day!

Monday I found out that I was getting reimbursed for school! A good chunk of money, not all of it but enough! We also had some other things work out in our favor money wise! Blessing!

Tuesday A place that I had put in applications for seasonal work called me to do interviews! Blessing! 

Wednesday I had an interview, it went pretty well but I found out that the hours were not going to be as great as I thought so I was a little bummed out. So that night I walked to my Relay for Life meeting and on the way I prayed about it... very soon after I had a friend text me a sweet message that was inspiring and I felt like it could be straight from God! Later that night when I was doing homework I saw I had a missed call and I called it back and it was the other place I had applied. They wanted me to do an interview on Thursday. It gave me a little hope.. Blessing either way...

Thursdays I went to the interview and I got hired on the spot!! I start tonight.. unfortunately it is not going to offer many hours either BUT its better then nothing!

NOW... to circle it back around.. now that I have this job I am going to need SHOES for the job... guess God knew what he was doing when he gave me that gift card after all...:o)
Even though you may not think all of these blessings are that great, they are.. even the little one's, its just taking the time out of your day to recognize them. I hope that you will ALL be blessed! Today and everyday! Give a part of your day to God and he will give all of himself to you!  

Deuteronomy 28:2

All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hoosier Lovers!

Jorge and Gabe at the pond checking out the ducks

Every year atleast once a year I go to Indiana to see my family. Some of you might not know that it is where I was born and that my whole family lives there, besides my mom and little brother and sister. We have never been in September before, this was Jorge's 4th time going and September was a great time! Growing up I spent every summer there, staying at my grandparents and those are the best memories of my life.. so far. My grandparents are 86 and 85 and man do they have energy still, they just go go go all the time!  
Gabe reading to Grandma and Grandpa

It took a little bit for Gabe to warm up to Grandma and Pa but once he did he sure did love them! They really loved him too! Grandpa loved it when Gabe would say Thank You. Grandpa taught Gabe to act like a monkey and one night at dinner Gabe looked around the whole table at everyone and when he saw my Grandpa he started acting like a monkey. It was so funny that Gabe associated a monkey with my grandpa. 
Grandpa and Gabe bonding
My grandma and Gabe bonded over something else. My grandma LOVES frogs and Ice cream! She has a little frog collection in her kitchen and somehow Gabe found them instantly, they are up in the windowsill so I am still not sure how he spotted them. Every time he would go over there he would point at them and say frog until someone would give him one. Then at our cousin Melinda's (Minnie Fu Fu) house a frog jumped at Minnie, and Gabe thought it was the most hilarious thing, he talked about it all the way home... "haha... frog... funny... ha ha" thats what he kept saying. 
Grandma and Gabe with the big frog
Grandma's favioret thing is Ice Cream! Man can that lady eat ice cream. If she even hears the word her ears perk up from a mile away. Well Gabe had not had Frozen Custard yet, which is HUGE in Lafayette and so delish! My Aunt Martha gave him some of hers and he was hooked! When she was done with hers he still wanted more, he saw that my grandma had some and ran to her, "Icy! Icy! Icy!", of course she shared with him. 

Another person that Gabe Loved spending time with was Minnie Fu fu! We thought we were only going to get to see her once because of her work schedule, she is a postpartum nurse at the hospital . But wegot lucky! She took us to lunch at Arni's and to the Frozen Custard for the best Vanilla cokes! Then to the park for hours! Gabe was in love! When it was time to leave he didn't even want to go with me and Jorge, he kept saying Fu fu, fu fu and pointing at her car. 

Gabe giving Minnie some loving

Another night we got to go to Minnie's house... oh what a house it is! We hung out in the basement, which is pretty my a house in itself... pretty sure its bigger then my house. We played Ping Pong, Ms. Pacman, Dance Dance revolution, ate some delish food and had a great time! To Gabe's surprise Minnnie had a tote full of toys just for him to play with! She taught him how to play the piano too, which he was surprisingly good at lol. The only songs I know how to play on the piano I learned from Minnie...:o)

Piano time

We love you Fu fu! Thank you for taking time out of your day for us and for spending my birthday with me! It means so much to me to have you in Gabe's life! Now come see me and bring me my car!! My car is a old red ragtop Vokswagon Beetle that Minni has that I fell in love with longggg ago! And one day it will be mine... I just know it! :o)

Sucker time with Taylor and Parker

Gabe got to spend some time with his little cousins too! They had a lot of fun together!

Taylor and Mahayla soo pretty

All 4 together, Parker Mahayla, Gabe and Taylor. Sorry about the red-eye

Gabe trying to console new baby cousin Roslyn

They got the whole world in their hands

He had so much fun in the water
Checkin out the tractor

The goat was saying hello.. haha

Thru the tunnel of water

Gabe had so much fun the whole trip. He did so good on the airplane and he loved playing with his cousins and grandparents. We are so blessed to have such an amazing family and to be able to go visit them as much as we do. Thank you Dad for all that you do for us and making it possible for us to go back there atleast once a year!

Gabe hanging out with Garandpa on the back porch

Last day with Grandma and pa

I hope that Gabe is able to have many more years of memories with his great grandparents!
Here is something a little extra. Parker wrote a song for me for my birthday and had everyone sing it to me, it was so cute I have to share! Enjoy!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gabe's Ready... Is mom???

Jaycee 3 months
In the past week I have had the pleasure of watching Kelly's baby, Jaycee, 3 times. She is 3 months old (yesterday) It brings back all of those memories of when Gabe was that little.  I do miss that age but I sure do love the age he is now!! He is soooo funny!!! He LOVES Toy Story 1, 2 and 3. He watches them atleast twice a day (I know bad parenting but it makes him happy), he knows when all of his favioret parts are coming on and he sings all the songs. He cracks me up daily. He is always amazing me too with his knowledge. I have no idea how he knows some of the things he knows.
Gabe almost 3 months

For example, I have taught him most of the body parts so it's normal for him to come up to me and point to my nose and eyes and ears and head and toes and name them off. The other day he had Po from Kung Fu Panda and he started naming all of the body parts. He got to arm and said "your arm". I haven't taught him arm yet so he got it from somewhere else. We figured out later he learned it from Toy Story 2 when Woody's arm falls off. See kids can learn something from TV! haha

While I was watching Jaycee, Gabe would try to help out. He loved to kiss her on the head and give her the bottle. He would try to put her pacifier in her mouth when she would cry. He was such a big helper and he wasn't jealous at all when I would hold her. It made me realize that he is ready to be a big brother...but am I ready to be a mother of 2? Gabe is still a baby to baby, by having another one he won't be the baby anymore...:o(
When Jaycee didn't come this morning around 7am Gabe went and got his monkey and a bottle and started feeding it like a baby, he is so sweet and such a cuddler. We started trying this summer for a baby but had some roadblocks, so after 3 months we stopped. I'm not sure I was fully ready at that time anyway. After the Susan G. Komen Walk we will probably start trying again. God has a time and a plan for everyone so I know that he has planned it out at the perfect moment for us! Now just knowing that Gabe will be ready too makes it that much easier...:o)


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Chasing a Raincloud

Yesterday I was supposed to walk 8 miles as part of my training. So I grabbed Gabe, some water and my ipod and set off. This would be the most miles I had walked since starting to train. Saturday's are the biggest walking training Saturday is 10 miles and it continues to go up. Anyway I began walking, when I got on the road that takes us South I saw a storm ahead. Lightening and all. It was just on the other side of the mountain so I figured I could make it where I was going then turn back around and RUN from it!
This is what I FIRST saw
We kept walking towards the storm. For those of you who don't live in AZ let me explain our weather to you a little bit (Oh no! Am I SERIOUSLY talking about weather?!) Everyone thinks it's all Sunshine here year round.. it almost is. July starts off our monsoon season... one minute it will be completely clear skies and the next it will be raining so hard that the streets are flooded. NO JOKE!
The Storm and I have moved closer to each other
I'm pretty sure that only in AZ can you see a storm move in and out. Have clear skies on one side and dark nasty clouds on the other and see where it is raining. I am from Indiana and I never recall seeing storms like this there. It's just a nasty day or it isn't. By the time monsoon comes EVERYONE is ready for it! Tired of the dry heat it is a blessing to have... except when you are trying to walk or have a nice day outside.
To my Right

As I took my turn to head back to my house at first I saw clear skies and it seemed like a perfectly normal day.. the storm was still behind me though.. Then I looked to my right and saw the storm above... To my left it was clear but there was some crazy lightening.

Behind Me
When I looked behind me I was reminded of the storm chasing me. I was walking as fast as I could. I was surrounded by storms! I don't mind walking in the rain one bit.. but I had Gabe and my precious new Ipod!! So I wanted to get my booty home before we got hit. Plus the lightening scares the hooten-nanny out of me!!!
At one time the thunder roared and it echoed from one side of the town all the way to the mountains. It was an amazing thing to hear.. but boy did it scare me!! I called Jorge halfway hoping he would say he was going to come get us but he just said better step it up! After that I started running.. I was less then a mile from home.

When it FIRST Started raining.. not even coming down hard yet..
Just like that it started raining.. I kept running.. then it began POURING! I found a tree where we could stay dry and called Jorge, this time I told him COME GET US!! In an instant it went from clear skies ahead to raining so hard that Gabe and I were DRENCHED! We looked like we just jumped into a pool.  Needless to say.. I didn't finish my 8 miles...:o(

I used to hate monsoons. I remember being in high school and going to Phoenix and it would be sunny and I loved it, then coming back to Sierra Vista and hating it. When I moved to Phoenix I missed the monsoon's sooo much! I would come to Sierra Vista just to be in the rain! As I have gotten older I have found a new appreciation for the rain..the sun..the snow..the 4 seasons... now i know why old people talk about the weather all the time. It truly is fascinating... wow..either I am getting old..or I am an old soul at

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My Journey to the 3~Day

My Ah~Mazing Team!
As many of you already know I am going to be walking 60 miles in 3 Days in November!! I am suuupper excited!!! There are 4 of us on a team.. each of us had to individually raise at lease $2300 in order to walk. Basically if you don't make the money... you don't walk. Sounds cruel but I understand the reasoning behind it.

Bunco for Boobs!

All summer my team and I have been doing fundraisers... Garage sales, a carwash, a night at Paul's Pub, Bunco, Bake sale and a awesome Pedicure Party! It has been sooo much fun! I have not minded doing it one bit!! It has been keeping me super busy but that's fine with me! We aren't done yet though!! Dillon's is putting on a PARTY IN PINK for us on Aug 25th where all tips will be donated to us! We will be doing another carwash and we are throwing a BIG Thank You BBQ for every single person who has helped us out in anyway!!!

In between fundraising we have been walking... 3 miles one day..then 5.. and the miles just keep going up. Kelly and I usually try to walk together but it can be hard.. I have walked alone a few times.. which I don't like but I survive.. I have also walked with Jorge, with my niece Alyssa, my cousin Yuri, My friends Stephanie and Lo. It's great to have that Support.

TWO of the best things that I have gotten out of this so far is

1~ I have the most amazing team.. not just the girls on my team but the support that I have gotten from so many people. I have made close friends throughout this.. so let me just say THANK YOU Stephanie Hull and Laura Wilhite.. even though you are not on our "Official Team" You have been the best team mates and the best support I could ask for! You have supported us from day one and been to almost every single event we have had. They have been our some of our biggest donors.. they have been there for us when we are down or need that extra push to keep going. You girls are soo great and I couldn't have done it..this far..without you!!

Stephanie, Lo, Kelly, Tessa

2~ The Survivors we have met along the way has been so inspirational and it reminds me why we are doing this. We have met men who have lost their wives to Breast cancer and it's such a sad terrible thing. Yet they are out getting the word out and supporting the cure for breast cancer as well. It's all so inspiring!!!

I know a lot of people may not understand why I am doing this.. and a lot of people may not care because they have never had to deal with Breast cancer or any kind in their family.. but 1 out of 8 woman in America will get Breast Cancer. It is so important to continue to fund and support finding a cue for all cancers. Too many people fall victim to cancer and it's not fun to watch a family member or friend go through chemo, or death because of it. You may not have money to give.. but just raising awareness is a HUGE help!!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me this far!!! You are alll so amazing and will be rewarded greatly!!!!