It’s Saturday afternoon, the Baby is asleep and Tommy is at the field with Dad.  I REALLY should be folding some of my laundry, but I think that I’ll have myself a little nap, instead.  Before I do, I wanted to share one of our Sunday traditions with you.  After we come home from Church, I make Chorizo eggs and beans for the family.  It’s been so nice that Saddleback has started a new campus here, not only do the boys serve with their Dad every Sunday, we feel like we are a part of a family.  It’s been cool.  It’s also SUPER awesome that church is less than 5 min away from our house!  That leaves us time on Sunday’s now to come home, eat, chill and enjoy the day with each other a bit more than when we hauled ourselves down to to the main campus.  Thanks Saddleback!  We <3 you!


I’ve been looking for the prefect location… a sunny flower field or something to host a few of the spring shoots I have booked.  So, on Tuesday I packed up some snacks and headed out on an adventure.  I thought it’d be a quick trip, but when we arrived at the location that I was thinking of I quickly realized that it was going to take a good 1 mile hike in to find the perfect spot.   I highly suggest that when you go on a hiking adventure you prepare better than just packing 2 bottles of water, a few yogurts and THE STROLLER.

OH, THAT STROLLER.  There was so much mud from the recent rains that portions of the trail were completely washed out and nearly un-walkable.  Forget un-stroller-able.  I fought with that stinking stroller the whole way and by the time we got there, to the perfect spot, the kids were DONE. And really, I was too.  This spot though, oh, it’s so perfect. If only the kids would cooperate.

I have this little girl and her name is Ruby.

When I look at her, I see me. It’s like I am looking in a mirror, only better.  She is more of a woman than I could ever be and she is not even 2.

She is beautiful.

She is confident.

She is tenacious.

She is determined.

She is loving.

She is fun and funny.

She is not concerned what people think of her.

She has her Dad’s heart in the palm of her little hand.

It’s funny because even though my Grandmother has told me that all I ever wanted to be was a Mom, I only remember not wanting to have children. The joke is that when Ruben and I met, he asked me how many kids I wanted to have and I told him, ZERO.  Maybe I was selfish, maybe I was scared.  What sort of parent I would be? Somehow, over time he got me to agree to having two kids, THEN and only then he proposed.  He’s always said that he’d have as many kids as he could afford.   Sorry baby, my max was three and when I found out I was pregnant with Ruby I cried for a month strait, no joke.

Sounds horrible, right?

I just didn’t think that I could do it.  That I could have one more high-risk pregnancy, have one more infant, have one more child that NEEDED me.

But, I am so glad that I did. She makes me want to keep on going, to be a better person.  We do things that the boy’s don’t really care about.  We take walks and pick flowers, in fact she’ll look at me and do this little sniff thing and crunch up her nose (sniff, sniff) I know that she wants to go and smell the neighbors roses, lavender and rosemary so we go and sniff them, pick them and make little bouquets.  She wears the flowers in her hair and walks around proudly showing them off.

You are going to do important things baby, I can tell. You are amazing.

Mom - April 1, 2011 - 5:56 pm

I was pretty much telling grandpa that about her last night. You forgot to add how smart she is. We communicate so well and she’s so loving, just plops on my lap and gives me constant hugs.

Maybe she is a lot like you, maybe that’s why I click so well with her, or maybe it’s because she’s a girl so we understand the same things. Don’t know, just know that there’s something about Ruby. She’s our little lover girl.

Coming up for air.

I am here.  Everything is OK.  Thank you for your concern but, about 2 weeks ago I promised myself that I would not blog, take photos (excessively) or do anything otherwise until I finished up the two web properties that I have been working on.  It’s been night and day and I am so very excited to announce the sneak peak here.  The full sites will launch on Friday (and I’ll provide final links then) but here’s what I’ve been spending my days, nights and creative energy on.

The goal was to create a home on the web for these amazing schools, a place where parents and students can come to obtain the resources they need, and basically to make their home on the web as awesome as they are in person.  I think we have finally achieved phase 1.  The re-design, keeping the sites different yet cohesive, totally expandable. Phase 2 and 3 will include complete multi user functionality (social) and virtual classrooms.  I am very excited!

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