Posted by Cara on 2/8/2012 1:16 PM | Comments (0)

Quick recap:

Christmas in Baton Rouge was great!

Miguel turned 5 years old and had a his first friend party..it was a huge blowout! (my FB account has photos)

Miguel painted his birthday canvas

Husband is working from home (lord, help me) now

Because husband is working from home, the guest bedroom no longer exists, the office is now in there, the old office is now the boys’ playroom, the guest bed is now in the boys’ bedroom and a twin bed is in the hallway on the 3rd floor.

Many closets have been re-organized and I’m planning a mega trip to my happy place (The Container Store) very soon

I got my first ear infection with ruptured ear drum in MANY years. I still can’t hear out of my ear. It hurts.

William and Miguel have caught the dreaded crud. Both sound like 50 year chain smokers.

In the past two weeks, I’ve given countless breathing treatments and spent way too much time and money at CVS.

I’ve become an activist for early childhood education. Save The Science School!

I’m already freaking out about Miguel going to Kindergarten in the fall. Pass the Xanax, please. But first I need to survive the application process…again, pass the Xanax.

But in all that “fun” I’m grateful for snuggles with my boys, hiring a cleaning service to help me out (knowing when to scream “uncle”), my Keurig coffee maker, sweet neighbors and friends who check in on us, restaurants with to go service, and a husband who is very slowly learning (it’s been 14 years…he’s a very very very very slow learner) to say “yes, dear” sometimes (it might be another 14 years before it is all the time).

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I’m just getting around to posting William’s canvas marking his 3rd birthday. This year William enjoyed mixing the paints on his palette, painting his palms and making handprints on his canvas. He was very proud of the final result.

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Posted by Cara on 10/28/2011 9:16 PM | Comments (0)

Miguel dressed up as a USPS postman and William dressed up as a UPS driver. We went to The Little Gym’s fun Halloween Carnival to kick off our weekend of Halloween festivities. After posing for photos on the front porch, we headed to The Little Gym. William fell asleep in the car and slept the entire carnival on Miss Lisa’s shoulder…he woke up as we were walking to the car. Poor little man missed it all, but Miguel was sweet enough to share his loot with him.

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Posted by Cara on 10/10/2011 9:00 PM | Comments (0)

William turned THREE years old today. For a couple of months he has told me he wanted a Dinoco cake with a race track. For those of you not in the know, Dinoco is a gas company in the movie Cars that Lightening McQueen dreams of being his sponsor. I stayed up the majority of last night (as in till 4am) to make William’s Dinoco cake with the race track, but every single minute of lost sleep was totally worth it. When he saw the Dinoco cake this morning, he was thrilled. He was so proud of it…all day long kept asking to be picked up so he could see it then proudly exclaiming “my Dinoco cake”!

Happy 3rd Birthday to my sweet William!

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Posted by Cara on 10/7/2011 7:44 PM | Comments (0)

One of the many incredible things about Miguel’s school is being able to take part in the many activities and events that occur at the Science Museum and Fair Park. Each year the classes go to watch the raising of Big Tex in preparation for the Texas State Fair.

William and I joined Miguel’s class to wait for Big Tex to be lifted by crane and placed in his spot for the Fair. He is huge and it is quite an undertaking. The kids were in awe, and if it is something you have never seen you must witness it at least once.

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Posted by Cara on 9/14/2011 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

Miguel and William certainly have mastered the art of mess making. Unfortunately, they have ZERO desire to master the art of cleaning up. William’s new favorite thing is to open the toy cabinets, wait for me to walk out of the living room, and while he is dumping the toys onto the floor holler at me “I is dumping!” It was cute the first time, not so much any more. This is what the house looks like when the Cleaning Fairy doesn’t show up for one night. Bet you can’t guess what I’m off to do…

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Posted by Cara on 9/11/2011 10:54 AM | Comments (0)

I survived the very long and very hot summer (although this week we are seeing 100+ temps again) with the boys. We spent lots of time at the pool, watching movies, going to swim lessons each day, camps, visiting various indoor (thus, air conditioned) places in search of entertainment, and in general destroying the house with playdoh, paint, and toys. We also spent time in Baton Rouge, and on vacation in St. Kitts.

The beginning of the school year also marks the beginning of LSU football season and fall, which is probably my favorite time of year. It is unfortunate we live in Dallas and don’t get to go to the LSU football games each weekend. As a child, teenager, and college student, it was the highlight of the week. I really miss sharing the tailgating experience and games with Miguel and William like I did with my parents and brother.

My husband (stupidly, I might add) asked me the other day what I was going to do with all my free time now that Miguel is in school each morning and William is in school two days a week. He’s lucky he survived without being punched in the face. Free time…what’s that? Oh, you mean the 6 (SIX!) hours a week I have without either of the boys. Ha!

In all that “free time” I have, I have volunteered to chair the auction at Miguel’s school as well coordinate other fundraisers, volunteers, and the teacher appreciation committee. If I didn’t enjoy being involved, I wouldn’t do it, and I like being involved in my children's schools.

In addition to school, Miguel is taking a karate class once a week, and William is taking a Mommy and me art class as well as a gym class. I’m squeezing in working out each day, book club once a month, doctors appointments that have been neglected too long, and all the stuff that goes along with being a wife to a traveling workaholic and mother. It’s a fun crazy life!

Update on Miguel’s health: His platelets are normal. Not much else to report…he’s one lucky guy.

Some random photos….

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Teacher gifts for the first day of school. 2 liter bottle stuffed with candy, a notepad, pens, pencils, hand sanitizer, popcorn, cheese crackers, and Crystal Light on the go packets. The card said…bottled especially for (teacher’s name) by the Miguel Wood Bottling Company.

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An in progress photo of LSU cake balls. They were dipped in milk chocolate and some in white chocolate.

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Gorgeous strawberries waiting to be dipped in milk chocolate.

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Sweet Miss Lisa, who is more than likely going to kill me for posting a photo of her, but I can’t resist. She is a wonderful friend to me, and adores the boys. We love Miss Lisa!

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Miguel is 4 1/2 years old, and started his PreK 4 year of school at The Science School last week. Miguel is an amazing techie. He adores technology, and one of his favorite outings to the Apple Store much to Daddy’s chagrin. He asks me everyday for an iPad 2, and has learned all of my complex passwords for my phone, laptop, and who knows what else. Miguel likes to have both feet firmly planted on the ground. He adores music, read along books with CD, his Leapster Explorer, and Angry Birds. He is a busy body, and if I don’t keep my eyes on him at all times he can be found drawing on the kitchen cabinets or himself, digging in drawers, or just plain getting into things he shouldn’t be. Miguel is inquisitive, and never stops asking why? what? where? when?, which can be quite exhausting for me. I adore that he still lets me smooch all over him, and loves to cuddle with me.

Photos are from Miguel’s first day of Prek 4.

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Ms. Doris, the lead teacher of Miguel’s class

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Posted by Cara on 9/11/2011 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

William, who also answers to Yum Yums, is one month shy of turning three years old. He is quite the chatter box, and not much gets past William. He adores cars, trucks, and fire trucks. He especially loves his Dinoco car and Mack truck from the movie Cars. He entertains himself with racing cars across the living room, building train tracks for his Thomas trains, and building Lego towers. Honey, his lovey, is his constant companion as well as blue blanket. He enjoys going to school two times a week, and his gym class at The Little Gym. William has incredible manners, a silly fearless  personality, and likes to get his groove on to any kind of music. He prefers meat and potatoes, and will only eat fruit if it is hidden in his food. And, probably my favorite…he is a Mommy’s boy!

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