Thursday, December 17, 2009

Little David singing "Santa Claus is coming to town"

In my post from yesterday... two posts in a row?!?! What is going on?!? ;o)

Any whoo... I mentioned little David likes to sing Santa Claus is coming to town. I recorded him with my phone so the quality is lacking but you can at least hear him sing it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Merry Christmas!! =)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

9 days till Christmas...

Wow! How time flys! I can't believe Christmas is almost here. Little David couldn't be more excited, this is his first Christmas where he truly realizes what is going on. And... can't forget to mention this!! He sings 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town!'... It is THE cutest thing you will ever hear, I will swear by that and not just because I'm his mom. If I can post it I most certanly will... you can't see him very well but you can hear him and that's all that counts. LOL!

The kids will be heading to their grandma's house this Saturday to spend 4 whole days without their parents around... oh what will David and I do without them?!?!

I wanted to post some pictures that we took this past year. Hope everyone had a wonderful 2009 and lets have an even better 2010!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Fun at the Arboretum

This is one of my favorite pictures from our afternoon at the Arboretum.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Halloween Fun!

This was the first time in 3 or 4 years that we decided to go all out for Halloween. We created kind of a Haunted House for the kids to walk through. Here is how the guys dressed up.... you can probably imagine that some of the kids went running for the hills!!

But... we did have some kids that came back 2 or 3 times... after a while I had to tell them that they couldn't get any more candy because we were starting to run out. All in all it was a very fun night and our kiddos had a blast too... Here are their pictures....

Bella as "Sleeping Booty" as she likes to say it.

And here is David as Captain Hook. We found this costume at the Disney Store and it was the ONLY one because a lady had just returned it. It fit him perfect!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Meeting Lily (Emily Osment) from Hannah Montana

Almost there after waiting about an hour in line.... =)

And here she is, the moment Isabella was waiting for!!

Chacho had to get in there too....

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Back to School (already?!?!)

Yesterday was Isabella's first day back to school. She is now a 1st grader and she was excited to say the least... Here she is with her new outfit and back pack...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Happy Birthday to our little Boy!!

Today is your 3rd birthday and you have grown so much in such little time. We are so very proud of you and lucky to have you in our lives. We love you David... Love mom & dad.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Death of Michael Jackson...

I can't believe I didn't post about this the day it happened... Today is a week since the 'King of Pop' died, the same day that Farrah Fawcett died of cancer and the day after Ed McMahon. Needless to say last week wasn't a good week. I just wanted to post this video that Matt Lauer had with Jermaine Jackson... Just heart wrenching to listen to him speak about his brother... What a loss for the entire world...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Stranger

Thanks to Michelle for helping me film this one!

Oh and we can't forget Isabella. The star of the film!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Promotion Day

Today was Isabella's 'Promotion' day, she is no longer in Kindergarten and is now offically a 1st grader (at the end of July when school starts again). Her first summer vacation starts tomorrow... my advice... enjoy every moment of your school years. Once you are out, you'll want to go back! =)

Here is the school Principle for the current year. It will be changing next year.

And here is our little Bella accepting her promotion diploma.

And here they are singing a song about going to 1st grade. That was too cute! Brought a tear to my eye. =)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Isabella's graduation photo...

Here is Isabella in her cap & gown. She will be in 1st grade this fall. How far she has come!! We couldn't be more proud of her.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A little taste of the wedding photos..

I think I'm going to remove the slide show and just post a few of my favorite pictures. =)

This is Jayme, her maid of honor on the left and her bridesmaids.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


A very special birthday wish to our Beautiful Isabella...   We hope you have a wonderful birthday!!  
Here is Bella enjoying a donut in her classroom this morning.  I surprised her by bringing Dunkin Donuts, milk and balloons to her class this morning.   Of course she loved the attention!!  ;o)    

We are extremely grateful to have her in our lives and we will be celebrating 4 years of NED status on May 2nd!!!    Soon we will be officially in Remission!!!   Way to go Bella, you are awesome and we love you!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bella as a Flower Girl

Here is our miss Bella as a Flower girl for Edgar's wedding.   I will post more soon so keep checking back!  =)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Edgar's Bachelor Weekend

Here is a video from David's weekend out with the boys... David edited this video and added the song... I think we need to move back to California and have him go work in Hollywood!! =)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cute Books

While we were in Prescott, a little day trip out of Jerome, we found this cute little shop called Trinkets.  They had the cutest stuff in their store and it had me in there looking around for quite a while.  The kids were sitting quietly at a cute little table just big enough for their little tooshies.    We continued to walk around the little shops that were in this area called Bashford Courts Mall,  a small 3 story shopping area inside a building.  You wouldn't have even known it was there if you continued walking down the street.   We went through all the stores finding something cute in each one of them.  After we were done looking around we decided to sit and grab a snack at the Prescott Brewing Company before dinner at The Asylum back in Jerome.  While I was sitting there enjoying our pretzels, I decided...  what the heck!   I am going back to that store to get that book I saw for the kids.   So when we were done we headed back there and I picked up this book, The Tickle Monster.  It is such a cute book and the kids really enjoy the tickling they receive while we read it together.   Then my mom picked up the other two books for the kids; Illustrated Stories for Girls and Boys.  The book has like 20 little stories in it perfect for little boys who love Pirates and Robots and the other has Princesses and Fairies.   And of course who could pass up the little stickers that you can put in the inside of the book with their name on it...   Love that store!  I gotta go back and pick up the gloves that I totally missed!     Watch the video on this site when it first comes up to see what I mean...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Connor Hotel

We went up to Jerome for a few days this past week.   I've posted about the Jerome Grand Hotel before and it's haunted history.   This time we didn't stay there, we stayed in the Connor Hotel, right in the middle of everything.  The room was great!   I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to go and stay at a decent place.  It's within walking distance to everything you would want to see and the room we stayed in (room 2) was VERY spacious.   The ONLY downside is...  Room 2 is over their 'Spirit Room', the ever famous biker bar below the guest rooms.  If you want to stay up and party all night with the guests in the bar, this is a perfect room for you.  But if you are traveling with kids and usually go to sleep by 10 or 11...  don't plan on getting a good nights sleep in this room.   Here are a couple pictures of the room we stayed in...

Friday, March 13, 2009

Jim Cramer on The Daily Show

Not sure if anyone watches The Daily Show or even knew about the duel between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer, but here are the Unedited Videos from the show that aired Thursday night.  Very interesting to say the least...   =)

Saturday, February 28, 2009

A fun day at the lake

Here are some pictures of our day at the lake... it started out kind of rough though. When we launched the boat there were white caps on the water. For all you land lovers that means the winds were high enough to make the tips of the water crest. But the winds died down and it turned out to be a pretty fun day on the water.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Stopped in my tracks....

Typical evening of Internet browsing...  go online to YouTube to find the Fun in the Snow video you see below.  I found the link to embed on our MySpace profile, put it on my page and saved it.  I went to my home page in MySpace and saw that my sister had uploaded some new pictures.  I went on to view her pictures and saw some thing I hadn't seen in almost 5 years....
my dad

He passed away almost 5 years ago and I still haven't dealt with his death.  I lived away from him and since I didn't see him every day it was easy to block it out of my mind.  But seeing this picture brought back all of those feelings I have suppressed for the last 4 1/2 years.   I miss him so very much and it pains me to think that Isabella won't know him.  I don't have any pictures around my house, I took this picture from my sister's MySpace, so I asked my sister to send me what ever she may have so Isabella can get to know her grandpa. 

Friday, February 13, 2009

Jerome - The Haunted Hotel

Another very creative Video by David Ugarte... He's got quite a talent!!

Fun in the Snow

This wonderful video was created by David as a Valentine's Day gift to me.  =)   Very sweet!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

To Craft or not to Craft.... that is the question

I have this friend at work, she is an amazing mom to say the least.   She has two kids right about the same age as Isabella & David.   She is always creating the cutest crafts for her kids and she sent me a link to a site where they have these cute butterflies you can print out for Valentine's Day.   I had already purchased generic Valentines from the store but I figured why not...   I'll give this a shot, what do I have to loose.   =)   I'm being creative and Isabella will have unique Valentines to give to her class on Friday.   

I decided to check out the Skip to my Lou site.   They have so many cute ideas for crafts that I thought to myself, I can do these!!    But do I start this??   I will need to keep things organized somewhere, and my husband ususally knows how that works out.   ;o)    

So maybe you'll see me post more about being crafty...   Maybe... just Maybe!!!  

Monday, February 09, 2009

There really are bigger things than politics, stimulus plan, economic crisis and materialistic items...

I just learned this morning of a baby who's life was cut short because of Neuroblastoma.  She was only 11 months old and was just diagnosed a short 2 weeks ago.    The pain her parents and family must be dealing with at this moment, I can't even comprehend!

Please take a moment to visit their site.

I feel absolutely horrible for this family's loss and I can't imagine the pain they are going through.  Its been almost 4 years since Isabella had her last surgery to remove her tumor.  The surgery where we didn't know it at the time, but we almost lost her.   When I hear of things like this it reminds me of how lucky we are to still have her in our lives.  We are grateful for every moment we have and I know all of the parents that go through a life threatening experience with their child learn to NEVER take them (or any of their other children) for granted.

All of the issues that are going on around us, be it our difference in political views, the economic downfall or what Gucci purse we got means nothing compared to the life of this baby and any other child dealing with this horrible disease.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Toy Story

Toy Story... a very cute movie that came out over 10 years ago now. For most of you, you probably already know what the movie is about. For those few who haven't seen it, here is a little synopsis. Toy Story is about the 'Secret life of toys' when people are not around. A little boy named Andy loves playing with his toys, especially his cowboy doll named "Woody". When Andy is not around his toys come to life, playing into the thought we always had as a kid... "Why aren't my toys where I left them?" And of course as a kid, we always think our toys are real and have feelings.

I remember dragging my mom and my husband (who was just my boyfriend at the time) to the theatre to watch Toy Story. I didn't have kids at the time, but I have always enjoyed animated movies. And if I remember correctly, this was Pixar's first movie. Then when Toy Story 2 came out, we had to watch that one as well. One of the rare instances where the sequel lives up to the first movie. When the DVDs came out we added them to our collection of movies at home.

Then Isabella entered our lives... we introduced her to disney movies at a young age. I look back and wish we wouldn't have but it was hard as heck to get that girl to sleep!! =) So as she gets older, she really starts to enjoy the Toy Story movies and loves the characters. Christmas 2005 we decide to get her most if not all of the main characters from the movies. It took us a while to find them, but she was so excited to open her presents and find, Woddy, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear and Slinky the dog. David told me we have Bullseye, but I don't remember seeing him in the basket of toys in Isabella's room. She loves these toys and usually plays with them on a daily basis and being the way that I am, I can't help but think these toys are exactly like the movie.

This past Christmas Eve... David has the day off while I had to work, I got off at noon, but still! ;o) The clock strikes 12 and we all dash out the door and I head to Superstition Springs mall to pick up some last minute stocking stuffers. Now you are probably asking yourself why I would brave the mall on Christmas eve... Well there are 2 main reasons, this was the Christmas of 2008 where the US and many other countries were in a bad recession (and as I type this, we still are) so I had a feeling the mall wouldn't be too packed. And the 2nd reason... I usually know the side of the mall to park on where no one usually goes to park. It's always by a department store that people don't shop in too much or an entrance to the mall that isn't near the most 'popular' stores. I get what I need and start to head home, as I'm driving out of the parking lot I call David to see how he is doing with the kids. Maybe they took over the house and he's buried in the back yard!! hehehe Nah! I know that would NEVER happen! I call him and ask if he would mind if I picked something up to eat. Now wait a minute!! Don't get the wrong idea here, I'm not asking for Permission... I just didn't want to go and grub only to find out they were waiting for me to go eat. So David mentions he's hungry too and wants to meet me somewhere to eat. I was like... Sure!! That sounds great!! He mentions a place not too far from our house called Baci's Italian Bistro. They just moved into their new building and we've only been there a couple of times. I usually put up a fight because every time we go there we end up walking out of the door $60 or more poorer than we went in. Their food is awesome and they serve you gigantic portions but the plate I really enjoy is $20 and so is David's... so with just our two plates we are already at $40 and we haven't fed the kids yet!!! LOL

Any whoo... So I meet them there for lunch and to my surprise their lunch menu is quite affordable. The kids are excited to see me and Isabella has her Jessie doll with her from Toy Story. We enjoy our lunch laughing and talking about the holidays and the happenings from the year. We finish our food and ask for the mandatory box to put our left overs in. I think Baci's owns stock in the company that supplies their boxes for left overs because you will never leave that place without one. As we walk out of the restaurant, Isabella wanted to hold one of the To Go boxes and I had the other one while David was holding on to little David. We proceed to get into separate cars, put the food in the back seat and head out to a couple of shops to do some last minute shopping.

Later on that night as we were enjoying our Christmas Eve I realized that I hadn't seen Isabella playing with Jessie. So I turn to her and ask, "Isabella, have you seen Jessie?" She ponders this question for a couple of seconds and then proceeds to tell me No. As she answers my question, I go through my memory bank and remember the last time I saw her... Baci's!!! I then ask her... "Did you leave her at the restaurant?" And this time she takes a little longer to think about it and tells me... I don't know. I do a quick look around the house to be sure she's not stuffed under a couch cushion or hiding under a pile of toys in her room. My search leaves me empty handed so I grab my keys to check the car. Maybe Isabella accidentally left her there...   and again my search leaves me empty handed.     

Now this is where the missing toy is affecting me more than it does Isabella.   I can't stop thinking about the movie Toy Story and how sad Jessie was when she was left behind by her 'owner'.   Here it is, Christmas Eve and she is now a 'Lost Toy'...  (if you've seen the movies, you'll understand).     So I decide to call the restaurant, hoping they were still open...   They answer.     "Hi, my name is Michelle and I have a weird question for you.   You see, we were there earlier today for lunch and my daughter left her toy there.  Has anyone turned in a toy doll?"   He puts me on hold to check.   Meanwhile I'm thinking to myself...   She's got to be there, that is the only place we went today where I saw Isabella holding her.   He gets back on the phone...   "Sorry, no one has turned in any doll."   I said okay even though I was thinking to myself...  they just didn't look hard enough.   At this point David is telling me to forget it and hopefully it will teach Isabella a lesson and she won't bring toys with her anymore.   But I just couldn't let it be...   Jessie was lost and of all days...  Christmas Eve!

So I hop in the car with Isabella and we take a little road trip to the restaurant.   We get there and I ask if I could look on the side of the table where we were sitting.    He says to me...   "You were the one who called earlier right?"   When he said this, I knew at that moment he thought I was crazy.   They let me look on the side of table....   nothing.  So I give them my name and number to call if anything shows up, knowing full well they just threw that paper away the moment I walked out the door.   So I somberly walk back to the car and tell Isabella...  "Jessie is gone".  We drive back home and when we get there David asks me if we had any luck but he could already tell by the looks on our face.   

I was sad that night and wondered to myself...  "Why am I so distraught over this toy"...  "It's JUST a toy!"    But it's because of that darn movie Toy Story...     I couldn't help but feel sad that Jessie was now 'lost'.   

A couple of days pass by and David goes outside to get something out of the car.  He walks in and tells me... "Look what I found"   I look at what was in his hand and its Jessie.    I asked him where he found it and he said she was in the Trunk.    The weird thing is, I know for a fact that I didn't open the trunk when we left the restaurant and I remember distinctively that Isabella didn't carry her out of the restaurant because she wanted to help me carry the boxes of left overs.   I didn't put the left overs in the trunk because I didn't want them to slide around so I put them behind the drivers seat on the floor.   So how did she get in the trunk....   maybe it's like the ending of the first movie when Buzz and Woody show up in Andy's car after chasing it down the road for miles....   hmmm...    One can only wonder!!!   ;o)