Friday, March 30, 2012

My Cousin Is A Doctor!

 We don't have a brother, but we might as well have.  Who knew the same boy that tortured us with "the crab" and tickle fights during our family get togethers and vacations would grow up and become
Dr. Joel Esperanza

We're so extremely proud of you and the accomplishments you've had thus far.  And yes, we all know you're guapo as well!  We're praying that you'd continue to use the talents that God has given you to

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Friday with the Husband

Note to Self:
Don't forget about your awesome time away with The Husband (see below).

We slept in, and it was AMAZING.
I got to shower and get ready without feeling distracted or rushed.
Those of you with littles will appreciate how exciting that was for me!
We went out to breakfast at a sweet roadside deli and ate and ate:

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Beach Bound

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Note to Self:
Don't forget about your awesome time away with The Husband (see below).

We're going to the beach - by ourselves!

The girls were offended that we weren't taking them, but they'll get over it I'm sure.
When I took Espy and Gianna to the bus stop this morning - they were both pouting, Please don't go,

Monday, March 26, 2012

To My Girls

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Dear Espy and Gianna,

Please don't be offended that we went away without you!  I know it's hard to understand why in the world your mom and dad would want to go have fun without you, but soon enough you'll understand - and then you'll be grossed out at the thought of your parents kissing and stuff.

One day a long time ago, it was just mommy and daddy.  It was during that time we got to know

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's Our Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, Babe!
I love you more than words can express.
Thank you for loving me the way He loves me.
Thank you for apologizing when you don't.
Thank you for taking care of me and our girls.
Thank you for walking by my side - loving me every step of the way.
I love you forever and ever.

Beach Bound

Friday with the Husband (Part 1)
Friday with the Husband (Part 2)
The Final Shenanigans

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunday Funday

I had a great time with these cuties the other day.

It's been so beautiful - I'm thinking spring might be here to stay?  We're hoping so!
After church, I tried out a new recipe - SO good!
As Espy was eating,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Maileen's Journey - March 19

January 2010
This month last year I had surgery to remove an aggressive cancer that we discovered had already expanded to my liver categorizing me as a Stage IV cancer patient.  On the 15th nearly to the day of my first surgery, my doctor told me that my liver has one little spot left at 6mm - and that with the

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Guess what?
No - not another recipe!  Promise.
Even though I know I guess I'm somewhat of a grownup because
I like a good recipe and enjoy cooking from time to time.
Who am I?
Where's Grace?

Nope, just wanted you to know that I've discovered the stickiest,
crumb-iest (is that a word? not sure - just go with it), yuckiest place in the world.
See this thing?
She eats like there's no tomorrow - not as in

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Leftover Consumption (Baked Potato Soup Recipe)

The girls will actually eat leftovers.  I can't believe it.  I don't know if it was the influence of a fantastic spring day, or if they in fact love this so much that they're willing to eat leftovers, OR if it was a combination of both.  Regardless, this recipe is a keeper - and you should try it when you're in the mood for a delicious (and easy to make) soup.  Thanks for sharing, Kristie!
Photo by: Mama Loves Food!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Season of Busy

The Husband and I use Google calendar to keep each other posted on what's going on with all of our schedules.  I don't give ToDo Lists preferential treatment, either.  In addition to our online calendar, I have a wall calendar and a notebook calendar to keep everything straight with our family's ins and outs.  OCD?  Slightly.

When I got home from Isabella's gymnastics class, this was my inbox:
In my husband's words,

Monday, March 12, 2012

Best Day Ever

It's been starting to feel like spring!  Well, we'll randomly have a snowstorm - but then it'll be 70 degrees the next day so that counts sorta kinda as the commencement of spring, right?  Last week we had a particularly gorgeous day.  The girls and I were super excited.  That evening I started this

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's All in the Details

Model: Isabella

jeans (purple butterfly embroidery on the back pockets) - from NeNe
shirt (red/black hearts and bows) - also from NeNe
sparkly pink headband, pink sunglasses, and Spongebob watch - courtesy of Gianna
wooden bracelet - crafted by Gianna
bright orange headband (used as a necklace) - courtesy of Espy
Old Navy hot pink flip flops (not pictured) - courtesy of Gianna
Backpack backpack containing: a Barbie, a cell phone,
a thermometer - just the necessities, of course

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Maileen's Journey - February 28

January 2012
Please keep praying for my cousin, Maileen!

February 28

CT scans on the 2nd...glad to be home to build a routine and my doctor said she found it amazing that my liver has been clearing up so well...It's a God thing...and a good diet that God blessed long ago

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Life in Tweets


is it seriously 4:55am already?
what are the odds of bill and i switching bodies this AM?

thank You for a new day -

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sickness and an Awesome Husband

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Yesterday started out just like any other Sunday morning - waking up and getting ready for church.  Bill didn't have any meetings so we were all able to ride together which is always nice.  

Our church is awesome.
I'm sure yours is, too - don't take offense! 
While we were singing, I started feeling funny and lightheaded.  I just dismissed it to the lack of