I’m Back!

We went on a trip for a week, and now we’re back. I decided to coincide my bloggy vacation with our family spring vacation in San Diego. I had access to the internet, but I wanted some time off.

Here’s Cady experiencing sand for the very first time. She wanted Daddy to help her, and then she wanted to stand on his foot to keep off the sand. Kids + new textures = funny.

Cady & Tim

She got used to it later and didn’t want to leave, especially after some more kids joined us at the playground.

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“Coffeeshop” Performance

Tim happened to notice on his school activities’ Facebook page that they were looking for musicians to play in their “Coffeeshop” show, so he contacted the person in charge and was immediately picked. There were three performers, and (I might be biased but) I thought he was the best (I’m actually a very tough critic). Cady and I watched him play, and she ran around the student center courtyard just long enough to attract the attention of admirers and tire herself out.

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Daddy and Cady before the show.
Tim and Cady

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The first performer.
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Yay! I love clapping!
Cady

Performer

Chubbsy.
Cady's shoes

Daddy’s turn.
Tim

Let me just adjust this front mic.
Cady

I’m not really supposed to do this, but I think it’ll be for the best.
Cady

Tim

Who are those people up there?
Cady

Tim

Time to practice walking down steps.
Cady

The last performer for this session.
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Tired and ready to go.
Hello Kitty

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Sunny Days

We’ve been making the most of the beautiful weather and keeping to my vow to get out more. We’ve been spending a lot of time visiting different playgrounds. “Playground hopping” I like to call it. Cady loves it and every time we drive past one, she says, “slide, slide!”

Daddy getting in on the fun.Tim

Cady

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Rubbing her hands in the wood chips for good luck or something. She does this a lot. Often before and after sliding.
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P.S. Can you tell this is one of my favorite outfits? After a wash, it always went right back to the front of the line. We’re retiring the pants now though because they’re getting too small. Luckily, she has a new pair of pink tutu leggings in the next size ready and waiting.

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The Little Gym

I’ve been taking Cadence out more, keeping her busy, and giving her opportnities to interact with other children just like I had resolved to this new year. After taking a free trial class at The Little Gym, we knew we wanted to sign Cady up for the rest of the semester. They run, jump, sing, and tumble. There’s playing with bouncy balls, and the teacher fills the room with bubbles. Everything about it is fun for Cady, and we get to do it together. After the first class she actually asked me to take a nap, and after the next week’s class she took a three hour nap! Both nights she slept really well, too.

Cady

Cady

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Playground Playdate & Passing Milestones

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We met up with some friends at a playground. Cady’s friend (23 months) was really independent and not afraid to run a distance from her parents or all over the playground equipment by herself, and I thought it was hard to catch Cady for a shot.

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Cady

Cady on the other had wanted us to stay close, moved slower, asked for help, and checked everything out first, which lucky for me made her easier to photograph. It’s funny how kids can be so different.

Cady

Cady

They were in the same place, but they didn’t actually play together. They just played near each other. I’ve noticed this with all the kids about Cady’s age from our recent experiences. It’s one of the characteristics listed for a tot this old. From what I’ve read, Cady fits them to a T (whatever that even means).

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– separation anxiety
– scribbles with pens
– walks quickly/runs
– can dump an object out of bottle/container
– builds a tower or two or three blocks
– can walk on steps one step at a time
– follows simple directions
– gives kisses
– listens to stories
– names objects
– points to several body parts

This is the part where she gets the idea to start making mud angels.
Don’t know how she comes up with this stuff.

Cady

I’m pretty sure her vocabulary might actually be larger than 15-20 words, but I’d have to sit down and write all the words she says with understanding to know for sure. She has a few two word sentences like “no more” or “more [fill in the blank],” and she might have a couple three word sentences if you count, “dog go woof woof woof.”

Cady

Tim & Cady

Sweet Shot Day

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Busy Bees

I’ve gotten that feeling that I know happens to a lot of bloggers. You go away for a little while for one reason or another, and then it seems like so much has happened to catch up. The more behind you are the more overwhelming it seems, but at the same time, you want to record what happened because you don’t want to forget. That’s what this log is for to begin with.

My right arm has been really hurting despite using my left hand for everything I can do one-handed. Don’t know what I’ll do about it yet. In the mean time, my husband is doing a lot of typing and checking things online for me along with a lot of other little things when he’s home. I’ve been kind of bummed on and off that I’m not doing all the things I’d like to be doing when I’m bored at home, especially since I had such a long list of goals for the new year that is being put off until later. On the bright side, I’ve still been doing a lot that I planned on doing like getting out more.

Here are just a few of the things we’ve been up to lately…

I took family photos for a friend.

Ybarra Family

After our photo shoot, we all went to Cici’s pizza, which was Cady’s first time. Also, she’s been wanting to wear pearls lately to copy me.

Cady

I made cupcakes for my sister’s 21st birthday.

Pink Mini Rose Cupcakes

We hung out at the lake where the ducks like to hang out before we went to a rodeo themed playdate party with the playgroup we recently joined.

Cady

Then in more news, we visited toddler time at the library for the first time. We also did a free trial class at the The Little Gym and have since decided to sign up.

Cady also had her 18 month checkup, and she is BIG– 29.4 pounds!
Weight: 95th percentile
Height: 97th percentile
Head: 97th percentile

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Our Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day Cupcakes [ Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and fondant toppers for the mommy and baby Valentine’s Day party ]

Valentine's Day Flowers [ 200 flowers from my husband, which came with a teddy bear, bath salts/shower gel/bubble bath, and chocolates ]

Cady

[ Cady very excited about a balloon at the Valentine’s Day party ]

Cady was nervous at the party at first. There was a lot going on. We hung out in the kitchen and snacked. She wouldn’t let me put her down. Later when Daddy came to drop off my cell phone, she wanted to leave with him. Every once and a while during the party she would ask where he was thinking that he was still at the house.

After he left, I found a comfy chair in the corner where we could have a little space but still be in the room with everyone else. She quickly forgot about her reservations when I put her down in front of all the toys. I was even able to go to the other room to get my camera or walk to the kitchen to snack. Later she would want me to be close to her again while she played or even ask me to carry her. I think being with a lot of people can be overwhelming when you’re not used to it, especially when most of them are towering over you.

She did enjoy herself. I think it will be good for her to have opportunities to play with other kids. We have some friends coming over tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to that, too.

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Weekend Update

Tim

Tim and I had a really great lunch date in the city while the baby was with my parents. He suggested a place he thought I’d like because of their delicious beignets. I’m glad we made reservations even though I thought they’d be empty at 3 in the afternoon because there was actually quite a long wait. We requested on the reservation a table by the window since I had never been before (Tim had only been at night), but the whole dining room turned out to be bathed in great natural light from the large windows. It was such a pretty restaurant even the hallway leading up to bathrooms was lovely.

Grand Luxe

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[ Tim’s big salad ]

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[ I’m usually more interested in the small bites ]

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[ creme bruelee duo ]

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[ round instead of rectangular beignets ] ~~~~~In other news:

Cady threw up from coughing too hard again. This time she was already asleep in bed, so it made a big mess and kept us all up late. It wasn’t too bad though. After a little crying, she calmed down, and we let her watch a little Barney to cheer her up while we cleaned everything and had a good laugh as to how the throw up magically made it into the bathroom.

Tim, “maybe some flew in there.”
Me as I gestured the path it would’ve had to have taken, “it flew out and turned the corner??”

My carpal tunnel has been hurting a lot the last couple of days, so I shouldn’t be at the computer at all, but I’m so behind on returning comments. I made a mental list one night when the pain kept me from sleeping of the things I’m allowed to do on the computer from now on (like writing posts) and the things I’m not allowed to do (aimlessly browsing Facebook). I’ll really be stringent on my time online in the next couple days since my Photoshop class is starting online on Wednesday (yay I’ll finally learn how to edit), and I’ll really need use of my hands to learn, practice and complete assignments.

My husband pointed out that I frequently have typos in my blog. I’m kind of embarassed. I’m not dumb. Honestly. I’ve just been sleep deprived for the last 18 months and probably rushing when I type a little here and there at few minutes at a time to add to an entry before I post it. I know. Excuses, excuses. Maybe I’ll have him proof read my posts from now on (because he just has so much free time– not really).

My contacts came in the mail, and I saved $70 by buying it from 1800Contacts and getting a 6 month supply. Not advertising. Just excited about any money saved.

Tim helped me make Valentine’s Day red velvet cupcakes for a mommy/baby party tomorrow, so that I wouldn’t have to do too much work with my hands. I took a nap because of a headache, and when I woke up, he had come home with fried chicken because he knows it’s my favorite and didn’t want me to have to cook dinner, and he also got eggs to make the cupcakes for me.

To all my bloggy friends, I really appreciate your support. I will read and comment back on your blogs and am always working on it a little at a time even though I’m currently and frequently behind. I will also return the favor to my blog buds who have added my button to their sites. I know I’m late on that as well.

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7 Fun Facts

Thank you to Lili and Jesslyn Amber for the blog awards. Here (finally) are my 7 Fun Facts.

1. I graduated from a Baptist university where I received my B.A. in political science, joined a sorority, and got to ride in the locally televised homecoming parade wearing an evening gown for being one of the homecoming queen nominees as well as participate in other homecoming events.

Photobucket [ photo taken by the advisor of my sorority ]

2. I have somewhat of a curved spine, which wasn’t discovered until x-rays after a car accident (it wasn’t my fault) revealed them to a doctor. My husband said he couldn’t see the curve, but that he could feel it if he touched my back.

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[ photo taken by Chris Wineinger

3. I love country music. I don’t know if that’s weird because I’m Asian or if people already expect it since I live in Texas, but I don’t really listen to much else (with the exception of baby/kids music). I love cowboy boots, small cities, rodeos, and dancehalls although I haven’t been in any of those since I got married minus the small city when we go back to my alma mater for homecoming.

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[ photo taken back in college at the Heart of Texas Fair and Rodeo ]

4. I’m Filipino-American, in case I haven’t mentioned it enough on here already. I love Filipino food and Filipino telenovelas. One of my second cousins who still lives in the Philippines (and is absolutely gorgeous) is an actress who has done a few telenovelas herself. Also, my mom’s late uncle was once a cardinal of the Catholic church in the Philippines.

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[ visiting the beaches of Boracay ]

5. I love Europe. I mean, what girl doesn’t? I first went with my parents in 11th grade and again my freshman year of college before going on my own to complete my language credits. I really enjoy the food, the shopping, and the beautiful cities. I wouldn’t mind living there when the kids are grown up.

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[ spring/Easter break in Rome with friends ]

6. When my husband and I first got married, we would hold hands in bed every night while we slept. He oftens still takes my hand at night, and it really helps me let go of any worries or anxious thoughts that might keep me from relaxing and going to sleep.

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7. Two words: Gabby Gazette. It was my pretend newspaper/magazine about current events in my life on a two column spread I wrote on our family computer when I was in fifth grade using a kids software program called Creative Writer (I had Fine Artist, too). It was a lot of fun, and I would have different sections (all written by me) including a poetry corner. I don’t think I ever printed it for anyone to read, but looking back, it was kind of like my first blog.

I don’t wanna be anything other than what I’ve been tryin’ to be lately,
All I have to do is think of me and have peace of mind,
I’m tired of looking ’round rooms wonder what I gotta do
Or who I’m supposed to be
I don’t wanna be anything other than meGavin DeGraw

Ni Hao Yall

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Me and My Family

My carpal tunnel type pains have been improving so long as I don’t do too much with my hands, which is tough since that’s nearly everything. Tim got me an ergonomic keyboard, which is pretty nice. Texas got really cold, and we had rolling blackouts due to all the energy use. The predicted snow never made it to our area, and all the kids (and grownups) were pretty disappointed, but Cady maintained a good attitude (since she didn’t know what was going on).

Cady

Tim and I went to a certain big camera store for the first time, which was pretty busy, just to look around, and we met a minister in the parking lot who was parked next to us, happened to notice him and I both graduated from the same Baptist university (I have a sticker on the back of my car), and wanted to meet me and Tim/invite us to his church.

Cady

My sister was on the front page of the local section of the newspaper for some great work she did at her university. Tim took me shopping, and besides buying clothes for the baby of course, I actually got a couple of things for myself, which I’ve rarely done since having the baby.

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Also, we went to a new Asian market near us, which I really like even though they didn’t have everything our previous store does because it was really organized, had great crab, had good deals on a couple of my favorite items, and is conveniently located. The Yan-Yan were on the bottom shelf and had Hello Kitty on them, so of course, Cady tried to take every single one. She made the cashiers go crazy when we were leaving with all of her waving and blowing kisses.

Cady and Tim

I almost forgot. The JoAnn Fabrics near us is closing (re-locating to a bigger store), and they’re getting rid of everything, which means big savings. I paid $21 and saved $262! Patterns were $.50 a piece with no limit!

Tim and Quinn

I’ve just been doing the usual mommy stuff, except much less time at my computer during my “me time” while the baby is asleep. I’m ever so slowly catching up on comments and spending most of my leisure time in books. I’m currently at my online request limit for our local libraries online catalogue, and my virtual “book bag” (wish list) is maxed out, too, while I wait for my requests to become available.

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