Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

I haven't always been the best about observing and honoring meanings for various holidays. A holiday, for me, was time off. A short little vacation, if you will. But, that sort of attitude is a disservice and dishonor to all that symbolizes the holiday under consideration. I am all about changing my attitude and my actions.

Take Memorial Day for example. This isn't just a day off of work, where the Post Office does not deliver mail and UPS does not deliver packages. Rather, it is a day we take to thank our fellow Americans, who have served or who are serving in the military, for defending our country and for giving us the freedom many of us take for granted. For whatever reason, whether pacifist tendencies or anti-gun preferences, people sometimes protest and hold picket signs to the soldiers returning home, instead of welcoming them back with open arms. I feel sad and angry about that. Regardless of what our political positions are, we should be thankful for people who sacrifice so much for what we enjoy every single day, our freedom.

Our soldiers give up their lives, in every sense of the term - relationally (and everything that is familiar to them), psychologically, emotionally, physically, maybe spiritually - for us. The least we can do is to show them that we appreciate the sacrifice they've made on our behalf. Thank you all who have or are serving in our military as well as family and relatives of people in the military, for defending American freedom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

From a different perspective

My husband took this photograph of Isabella from a different perspective. Love it. I think I often times need a reminder to look at my life from different angles and perspectives.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Herzlichen Gluckwunsch zum Geburtstag!

Birthday wishes to my youngest, Victoria, who turned one, yesterday, May 16th. I honestly don't know where the time has gone. They say to enjoy these precious moments, because they fly by. That certainly is the truth!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What a Mother's Day

This morning, I think I woke up on the wrong side of the bed or something. . . Not sure exactly what the deal was. I am certain that certain things . . . like my birthday, Christmas, Mother's day are super important to me. I don't want to be forgotten on those days. Skip wishing me a happy birthday, especially if you live with me or if you're a super close friend? That would be bad.

Anyways, I heard the best Mother's Day sermon EVER. Did not hear about some sort of exemplary model mother. Rather, Pastor Kevin Navarro presented four reasons for thanking us as moms. I was not prepared to hear this sermon and cried through most of the points/reasons he presented:

1. For bringing us into this world.

Seriously people. Giving birth, whether method (vaginally, C-section, naturally, with epidurals, whatever), is a huge deal. And the delivery portion is just the tip of carrying a growing and developing person in utero for nine months or however long a mother-to-be carries the little bugger.

2. For all the sacrifices a mother makes to take care of children - ranging from vocation to sleep.

People, I get slammed ALL THE TIME for "not having a job" or for "not being employed." Are you kidding me? When people ask me where or whether I'm employed, I most certainly do not want to respond by saying, "yeah, I'm unemployed." What the crap do you think I do everyday? Sit on my tuff and pick my nose? Let's see, I don't even know where to start. Doing laundry that seems to never end, cooking food that doesn't stay around for long (because our entire family is FAMOUS for the quantities we eat), washing seemingly endless amounts of dishes, paying bills creatively, tidying up a place that seems to self-multiply in clutter, cleaning things that get dirty as soon as I clean them, taking care of my children's pressing as well as not-so-pressing needs, yadda, yadda, yadda. Of course I am employed. I work around the clock, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, without a break and without a paid vacation! Sleep, I cackle in laughter when I hear about people who sleep until noon. I have no earthy idea what that is like; it was so long ago. Hobbies are a thing of the past for me, for the most part, not because I no longer take interest in the same things, but because I just don't have enough time in the day to do everything. The needs of my husband, followed by the needs of my children, come before my needs most of the time. Disclaimer: certainly God comes first and foremost in my life.

Any hoo, after church, Troy reloaded my Starbucks giftcard for Mother's Day. Then we went home, got the girls' their lunch and proceeded to make our lunch together. On the menu? Lobster tail and asparagus, served with rice. Both of those were on sale at Sunflower Farmer's Market. YEAH!

Are you jealous, yet? It was SO mouth-watering tasty and absolutely heavenly.

After that, we took the girls to a nearby park so Isabella could slide to her heart's content. She, like me, is ever cautious in approaching new things that may seem to be physically challenging. Up until a few days ago, she had been sticking pretty close to swinging and nothing else. She'd slide down the slide with us but not by herself. Troy got her warmed up to sliding on her own, and here she is, having a blast!


Happy Mother's Day, from our family to yours.

Hope you had as blessed day as we did. Best wishes to you.

Some very EAGER peacocks

Two major highlights from our trip to the Denver Zoo yesterday. For one, we got a pretty close look at this tiger.

He wasn't very happy about all the attention we were giving him; he ended up marking the glass.

In other news, near the giraffe building, there were 5 male peacocks showing off. guess it's mating season. one of them was on the roof. It looked like he had already scored and wanted more. Hey, it's not me, it's these peacocks that were determined. See?!

Our daughters were so patient and polite as we stood by and watched these peacocks for awhile.

I also indulged in Isabella's many requests. . . Mommy sit here, Mommy sit there, Mommy sit in the grass. . .

Fun times at the zoo, folks. You should try it some time.

Could not get a shot of all three of us looking at the camera. Victoria kept looking at the peacocks and Isabella kept wanting to run off and explore. Thanks for taking this picture of the three of us, Troy.

Pampering, oh so badly needed pampering

Yesterday, Sunflower Farmer's Market, grocery store that sells lots of organic stuff, was having a Pampering your Mother Spa Day, and you had better believe I took advantage of that. It was FREE! I got a free hair do. I got a free chair massage. Skipped the make-up. My wonderful hubby watched our two girls, while Christina and I got some pampering.


Saturday, May 02, 2009

Just couldn't get enough

Had to go back to the Littleton Historic Museum for a family date. I've heard that since admission is free, attendance can be super crowded on the weekends and, once school is out for the summer, during the weekdays as well. Since the weather was a little rainy and damp, not that many people were roaming around with us.

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