Sunday, November 30, 2008

High School Girl

A few months ago I was hired to give the keynote speech to 180 young ladies at the country club. These ladies were Juniors and Seniors in high school and they were all taking part in Cotillion.

This is the 3rd year that I have had the distinguished honor to speak to such a fine group of ladies. It gets better every year! (Except for the whole texting under the table,... I totally saw you!)

Anyway, before my speeches I like to walk around and meet and greet everyone. I had just started, I was at the second table and I walked up to the girls and asked, "So where do you go to school?"

They were very polite and told me where they went to school. I always ask this question because every year, without fail, you can walk around and room and the girls seat themselves by school. It makes sense, I know,...but they should be mingling! That's the whole point of coming out.

We chatted a minute or so and as I was getting ready to leave, one of the girls asks me, "Where do you go to school?"

I probably turned beat red but then I told her I was the speaker. It was too funny. It has never occurred to me that they would think I am a high school student. I know, that makes sense too.

I made sure to mention it during the speech and that got a good laugh. Not to worry: I didn't point anyone out, that would have been rude.

Friday, November 28, 2008


I was so busy trying to get a storyline with pictures of our Turkey day that by the time I got to saying what I was thankful for, I was sooo tired and went to bed.

I kept reminding myself in the middle of Cole's tantrums yesterday that despite this moment, I am blessed to have him in my life. I was thinking of life before baby. I almost can't remember. Then I think that I can look back at pictures but it seems that my interest in photography did not really show itself until I had Cole. Perhaps it's the subject, he is a cutie pie! (Says the mother, I know, I know.)

Anyway, back to the point ADD girl....

So I stumbled on my pictures of Christmas 2006 when I was huge: I was 7 months pregnant. Here's a pic in case you're wondering:
I was thankful that I had him. I was thankful that I nursed him. I was thankful that He chose us for him.

Today, though it's not Thanksgiving, I am thankful that Cole says "Sorry Mama" to me like 30 times a day. I have no clue if he knows what it means but if I have scolded him and after he has calmed down, he will sometimes come up to me and apologize.

I am also thankful for Will. What in the world would I do without him? Just now he bathed Cole and dressed him and put him to bed so I can work on some designs. Now, it just so happens that I got side-tracked and ended up blogging. But hey, this is for a good cause too.

Did you know that in November, Will and I celebrated our 6th year of marriage and our 13th year together? Crazy how time flies. In just a few short years I'll be able to say that I have been in love with him half my life. I would tell you the exact years but I failed math, a lot, so I decided that if it was important enough you'll tell me.

I am thankful for my family and for being able to live so close by. I love the chaos of family and friends. I love when my house is a mess: it just means there have been some busy bodies there. It's like that picture you see of yourself and you think it says so much about how you were really feeling. I mean the joy pictures, where the life and happiness jumps off the page at you. I remeber this day and I used to have this picture in a frame and everytime my sister saw she said I was glowing. I was thankful, and whoever took that picture captured that feeling.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

We started the day late, woke up about 10 am and Will left to Mimi's to help with the food. I stayed home to get dressed and bathe Cole.Then, he was upset that Yaya took him out of the shower and left his "tuck" (truck). He threw a fit and came back into the bathroom crying. "Down" he says patting the counter. He's still a little confused with the whole up versus down thing but wer'e working on it. So, in an attempt to make my life easier, I put him on the counter.
He was content and let me finish getting ready. We left for Thanksgiving lunch at Mimi's and Will was hard at work...

Delicious, as usual. Cole was so excited to see Uncle Mark and Uncle Darrin's "puppies" that he wanted nothing to do with Nana, or anyone else for that matter. Nana was not happy about that!
Nana will also not be very happy when she reads this post and sees this picture! I am Thankful mother that you don't get angry very much...

My dad invited Stan, an old family friend over for Thanksgiving. He's an older widowed man. This is the 2nd or 3rd year that he has spent the holiday with us. I always tease Will that he and Nanny might hook up and when he found out Stan was coming over he said "he better not get any ideas". Well, they hit it off! I wouldn't call it a "love connection" but they had a lot in common.
Meanwhile, in the living room, Cole was making a love connection with Tata. He was having a grand 'ol time playing with him and he kept giving him random hugs and kisses. It was too too cute!
Then he started loving on Mimi and Nana. He kept giving them kisses, one for Mimi, one for Nana, one for Mimi, one for Nana...Then, the rest of the time, we were yelling at Cole to get his finger out of his nose! This is the newest thing of his. He thinks it's hilarious. We kinda do too, but sh, don't tell him. We were trying to take a nice family picture and all the while he had his finger up his nose.
We kept pulling it out and he got fed up. No nice family picture if he could'nt poke his nose. No nice family picture it is! We gave up, called it a day and went home for a nap. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The shortest longest line

Went to see Dr. Duran today to see what the plan was. Should I continue on another round of Clomid or have a dye test done. Resutls: No dye test, higher dose of Clomid. Great except this means more money. Clomid isn't covered by our insurance.

Solution, Mexico! Isn't Mexico always the answer? Having a bad day...drink it up in Mexico. Need some quality wood it up in Mexico. Need cheap meds, (or meds without a script)...drug it up in Mexico! Viva Mexico!

I called mom up and she was babysitting so I called Will up and he was like, "just spend the money and get it here". No way, I am a bargain shopper! Why am I going to spend $60 for them here when I can get them for $12.50 in Reynosa?

So I got Bob, (or Bop, as Cole lovingly refers to him) to go with me. We are in the car just leaving Bob's and he asks me if I have my passport. Are you kidding me? I am such an airhead! Only me. So he takes me home to get it and we get there, I get my meds, and some for Yaya. We get to the bridge to return and I'm like "Get in this line Bob! Look at how fast it's moving?" Then guess what happens? Yeah, we see cars passing us by like they're on a subway. Goodbye car #15, we haven't moved an inch! We finally get to the Customs Agent and then we're done. On our way home and Bob says to a friend on the phone, "We got in the shortest longest line". I thought it was funny and blog-worthy.

Anyway, cycle number 4 on Clomid. Maybe next month....maybe twins :)....

Until then, I was anxious to get home and see my baby! Makes the sun shine despite the rain!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

DFM 2008 Tickets

I am selling DFM tickets for Junior League of McAllen. I will be there as well doing cards and Santa photos. If you would like to buy tickets please let me know and I can stop by with them. Above is a flyer (which I designed-all but the Gingerbread man).

We're Ruint

Will is out of town all week and it is sooo boring here at home without him! Well, Cole keeps me real busy and entertained but we still miss him like crazy.

There is this comedian that jokes about people being "ruint" and when Will goes out of town Cole gets "ruint". Nana is sleeping over these days because she will use any excuse to spend the night with Cole-ster. So Cole's bedtime ahs gone out the window and so has his crib. He is sleeping in the bed with me and my mom the entire night. I thought that maybe I can stand his crying but then my mom starts in! I give up. Hey, actually, they are both "ruint".

I have lost any hope in thinking that this is temporary because we have some dear dear friends coming in to visit us this weekend from Castriville and Cole will be giving up his room and in bed with us as well. But it's worth it to have the Winceoffs and Nana visit!

Can't wait for you to get back honey! We miss you terribly!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Check out my New Header

Did you notice my new blog title and header? Look up.

The High Road

I wrote yesterday in honor of my father because it was Veteran's Day. I can't remember if I mentioned that my father had a moral compass like I had never known. Still, it's rare to find someone with the qualities I admire in my father. Will, of course, but I wouldn't have married him otherwise-he had some pretty big shoes to fill.

Today I had thought about writing about some concerns I have about someone I love very much and who is very dear to me. But I thought about my father, and I knew that I just couldn't air it out like I might my laundry. Of all the things I thought about, all I could think was that such behavior would disappoint my father and went against what he taught us. I am taking the high road despite this overwhelming desire to share. Don't get used to it, this is a once in a lifetime thing!

So here I sit, with my thoughts all bottled up. This feels weird. How do people act so discreetly? I am a sharer. Oh, who am I kidding, an over-sharer.

You probably don't know this about me but I love quotes! I heard this quote and I wanted to share it with you:

"No boy is worth crying over, and the one who is, won't make you cry."

Thank you Gloria Ann for sharing it with me.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Father, My Hero

Jesse is my father, a Vietnam Veteran. Today, on Veteran's Day I would like to honor him and remember all that he has done for our country, and all that he does for his family.

I love you dad. Thank you.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Bad Mommy

If you are reading this I had just finished posting one (so read the next post to see it) when I realized that I never did post any Halloween pics. Nobody got to see Cole in his costume! Also, I haven't mailed out our Halloween greeting cards! They were super cute-too bad nobody has seen them -unless you read the blog-you lucky boogers you!

Before you take a peek, let me just tell you that I don't know what Will was thinking when he was sporting that goatee. Because he can, every once in a while he does. He looks super old-that cradle robber!

Also, you may notice that Cole's Halloween "costume" are really pajamas. The idea was for Cole to be a fighter pilot with a personalized suit/jumper but we saw these jammies and it was all over once we put them on Cole. They glowed in the dark! We all know how I like a bargain so I was pleased to see that I would be saving $35 going the jammie route. (I got a manicure and pedicure with the savings-...I'm kidding people! What kind of mother do you think I am?)

We went trick or treating to about 4 houses and decided to call it a night because Cole was being a little turd. Every candy he got he would hold it up to us and say "open". I don't think so buddy-not this close to bedtime. When we would say no he would throw a mini tantrum and wanted to go his own way. Yeah-we went home and invited Blaine and Birdie over. We stayed up late watching a movie Will picked out-it sucked. But the company was great! Anyway, without any further ado-

Halloween 2008 pics:This is Cole's godfather. He was Minnie Mouse.


Cole is still kicking us out of his room:
But on a brighter note, he's wearing his new Christmas "yammies". (Courtesy of Mimi)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Great Christmas Gift Ideas

I just got an email from Aunt Wanda asking if we thought Cole might like a particular gift and it got me thinking that the holidays are right around the corner. So many of us are trying to find the perfect gift, right? Well, of course you can always order personalized stampers and embossers from me-I know granted I ever get them uploaded, I know, I know. But another great gift is embroidered anything!

I have a friend that does monogramming and embroidery. Her name is Jamilyn and she owns Peabody's Boutique. Please take a look at her website because you're sure to find someone the perfect gift! Will and I are having our stockings embroidered and we have used her to embroider little boy boxers and tees and little girl bloomers. You have to check out her stuff-super cute!

I am going to try to see if I can get a pic of Cole in his boxers or take one and put it up. He looks like a little man.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"Mommy Get Out"

Nana was over last night and she and Cole were playing in his room for quite some time. I decided I wanted in on the fun so I went in there and Cole threw me out! I felt horrible so I told Will to go in and see if he got thrown out too, he did and I felt much better. Then I went in again to capture it on video:

Monday, November 3, 2008

Tantrum Proof

This was last night...I can't even remember what he was distraught about. Movie-time calmed him down pretty quickly. I love movie time!

*Note: I don't like him to watch tv but we have noticed that in order to wind him down and ready for bed, it helps if he gets to watch tv (or "mowies") with us. After a few minutes if this, we pick him up and he usually says "night night" to us as we walk to his room. We lay him down, he says "no honey", it breaks our heart (sometimes we give in) and he puts himslef to sleep. I hope this lasts a few months. Oh, and thank God for time change! He fell asleep an hour earlier!

Happy Halloween!!!

Pretty sad, but I have my Halloween cards that are sitting here in the study waiting to be addressed. It's no longer Halloween but I ordered them and by golly I am sending them out anyway! When I get around to it, maybe after Christmas. Here's a sneak peak at them...

and the back....

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hello Kristina!

I have a public blog so that everyone can read it. I like sharing my family life with everyone. Rumor has it however that someone very interesting is reading my blog. Because of this, I have to be very very careful what I post on this blog.

My sister has a stalker who is now my stalker. Her name is Kristina. She has found my blog and is now an avid reader scanning it for information on my sister. I will no longer be posting about my sister or her son, Kaindan, because google searches on them bring my blog up. It's pretty neat, try it. I've made sure to hide all posts about my sister and Kaindan so she finds this particular one. Hopefully she "googles" it again soon and finds this little note:

Hello Kristina! I'd love to hear from you, we all would, so please post a comment or email me.
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