June 8 – 10, 2012

What a busy weekend! Mr. 72 and I started the weekend off by cleaning out the garage and part of his storage unit, lol. Exciting I know! But he was able to get a lot done and we even got to go to lunch at The Deli, see The Avengers, go to dinner at Pho Chandler and then I finally agreed to watch Clay Pigeons….something I had been avoiding because he said it was gory…not that bad really, it was good and had some funny parts, very quirky and strange too. I think Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (American version) messed me up because when it came to the knife/banging scene….if you’ve seen Tattoo, you know where my mind went and I closed my eyes.

The whole family also got together on Saturday for the Annual Backyard campout. Coolest thing ever. My sister hosted it, everyone went swimming, we ate, and they set up a projector and screen out back and we watched Cars 2. All the kids had blankets and tents, it was such a fun night! Plus, I figured out that I can still do a front flip off the diving board! Woot! Not too old after all!











45 days and counting

Uh-oh…I only 45 days to finish my Soon-ish Bucket List!! Did not realize time was going by so fast! I did take the liberty of editing down the list because some goals are no longer goals and others can’t be completed by August. For example, “Boo a Stranger” that really only works in October, otherwise you look like a ‘tard. PM Certificate, ya doing that since I have decided to go into teaching. Walk/bike more….I live in AZ, I can do this in the winter, even walking to the mailbox is like walking under a heat lamp anywhere between May and October.

Presenting the new and condensed list!

  • Already asked Mr. 72 to go hike Camelback with me…SUPER early in the morning before it gets to be 115 degrees….maybe a sunrise picnic should be in order??
  • Maybe we can do a sunset picnic camping this weekend??
  • Need to research some volunteer opportunities – Does the LOVE146 Org count? Seems like it does.

 Anyone want to help me complete anything???

Happy Father’s Day, Mr. 72

Mr. 72,

I’m going to cheat on this letter a little bit. I saw a card at the store and the wording was absolutely perfect. I ended up getting a different card…beacuse well…it was funny. But I wanted to share this anyhow because even though I try to tell you how much love and admiration I feel for you, I think it’s going to take me a lifetime to explain just how much I love you. You are such a great dad and I can’t wait to share my life with you and to raise 3 really lucky kids with you. One day they will see how much they mean to you and that you work so hard to make sure they have a blessed life. You are my life and I wouldn’t change anything about you.

I never thought I’d find a man,

with so much strength and feeling,

A man with such integrity and

goodness in his heart…

The more I know, the deeper

I appreciate and love him

As I’d cherish and enjoy

a rare and priceless work of art.


I realize he may not be

as perfect as I see him,

Yet in my eyes and in my heart,

there’s no one else on earth

More genuine and precious

than my one and only love,

And there’s no treasure anywhere

to equal what he’s worth.

Mr. 72, I never thought I would find a love like this. I never thought I was worth this type of love. All consuming, overwhelming, incredible love. You make me feel beautiful and worth your time. Thank you for being my soul mate and thank you for making all the life choices you did that brought you to me. Even though we both had to make the wrong ones to get here, I wouldn’t change any of it because it brought me to you. I feel safe and happy and like I can finally breathe. I saw a quote the other day that resonated with me so much.

“And then my soul saw you and it kind of went ‘Oh there you are. I’ve been looking for you’ “.

I always knew you were out there, I just hadn’t found you yet. I love you.

Love you always and forever,

Happy Father’s Day, Dad

You are better than the rest. I can’t really describe how incredibly lucky I am to be your daughter. You have shown us (4 kids and 9 grandkids) how to love unconditionally. You sometimes disagree with us, are disappointed with us, wish we would have chosen a different path, wish that you could make our life easier, but in all of that, you let us make our own choices and mistakes. Being a parent now, I see how hard that is to put into practice. Letting Smiles be upset or angry or make a decision that I know isn’t right, physically hurts me….and he’s just a toddler right now. I can’t imagine how hard that is going to be when I know his choices will have real consequences.
This past year has been so difficult but you never judged me, asked me to change my mind, or said you wouldn’t be there for me. You took me and Smiles in and let us stay until I got my bearings, you helped me find our new home, you always check on me to make sure I’m ok.
I can’t stress how good of a dad you are. Now at almost 30, I’m starting to see that you didn’t disagree with me because you wanted to make me mad, but because you had already made those mistakes or decisions and you were trying to save me from consequences or pains. I’m finally seeing that I can trust your judgment and that I should have the entire way. But I’m never a person to learn from someone else’s mistakes…..I know I should but for some reason I always decide to see if that other person’s mistake would also be a mistake for me….and I know you’ll be there to catch me when I fall….again.
I’ll always be a Daddy’s Girl and I’m happy to be because I have the best dad a girl could ever want. My dad is my hero, my support, my mentor.
Thanks Pops, I love you.

Screen shot of a video of me and pops doing Wii Dance Christmas 2010. Pops you are good times!

New Tattoo

I’ve been playing with ideas for a new tattoo. I have landed on a design I like (to be shared later) but it is meant to represent how much my son means to me, how much I love him, and how grateful I am to be his mom. I feel so lucky and blessed to have his little soul come to me to let me be his mom. He is so playful, silly, giggly, dramatic, smart, intense, and so sweet.

I’m now just deciding on location and color. I think I want it on the bottom side of my wrist…or maybe on the top part of my wrist (the thumb bone part)…..thoughts?? The tattoo will be about 2 x 2 in, no larger. I don’t know where else to put it. I already have one on the upper back. I don’t want a son representing me being in the tramp stamp location. And I don’t want it to be on a place that may sag or stretch  if I ever get preggers again or wrinkle badly when I get old.

I don’t want black, I want an actual happy, bright color. I thought about red but not sure about it, seems like more of a romantic love color…. my favorite colors are green, orange, and yellow. I’m not sure how any of those colors work on tan to palish skin. Maybe orange with a shadowy outline of yellow??

I read this today and thought the meaning was kind of cool.

The brightness of this color dispels darkness and is especially helpful when you feel the need to protect yourself.  It also assists in aligning you with riches, monetary support, and your position in life.

Sun Orange can be used by anyone to increase creativity and joy.

Sun Orange eliminates self-consciousness and allows you to express yourself with radiance and confidence.  It opens the heart and lets love enter.

This is a color that resonates with laughter and celebration-it is easy to smile when you wear or surround yourself with Sun Orange.  This color will lift your mood and allow you to see the brighter side of life.” -Michele Bernhardt

– From : http://www.styleyouniversity.com/birthday-colors-august-sun-orange/ 

Any thoughts?

June 1 – 3, 2012

This weekend was so fun but exhausting! Smiles was quite the handful on Friday night and ended up getting 2 time outs 😦 Nana and Abuelo came over for a visit that night too before leaving to CA to visit my sister’s family. Saturday Mr. 72’s mom and dad came in town and we took the whole family to the pool and then had a BBQ at the house. We played Wii Just Dance after the 2 little ones finally went down for the night. Sunday we headed to church and then me and Smiles spent the rest of the day playing at home…..wow I was ready for bedtime at 3:30! It was a looong day! All in all…great weekend! It was great to spend some more time with Mr. 72’s parents and as always having the kids together is so special for me.  Looking forward to a lot more weekends like this one this summer. ….Minus the fits and tantrums and time-outs!

Squeezer, Jolly and Happiness

What a fantastic trip! Mr. 72 and I went to California for the weekend [now 2 weeks ago], stopping at Huntington Beach and Brea, CA. I was so excited to get going I was literally bouncing out of my seat in the car…”Let’s go, let’s go!!!” 7 blissful hours talking with Mr. 72 sounded like heaven to me….and it was. We had the best conversation we talked about the kids, work, marriage, moving in together, family, careers, kids, random silly stuff and everything in between.

  • Mr. 72 surprised me with a Friday night stay at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa! The hotel was amazing, so beautiful. They had a few restaurants to choose from, as well as a store in the plaza. The bed was comfy and the balcony had a view of the ocean. There was an Indian wedding there on Saturday and it was so cool to see all the saris and decorations. All the bright colors made it so cheerful and celebratory.
  • Squeezer and Jolly met us at the pool the next day to hang out and relax. This was the first time meeting Mr. 72’s best friend and his wife. I was so nervous but after meeting them and seeing how sweet and fun they were, it was easy to relax and be myself. I love seeing two people who are so completely in love, it makes me really happy, and those two are obviously head over heels for each other, so stinkin cute! I can see why Mr. 72 speaks so highly and cares so much for them, hard not to after meeting them.
  • We ate lunch at the Huntington Beach Beer Company…twice – Mr. 72 and Squeezer had the Spicy Blonde Onion Burger and loved it (looked delicous…too spicy for this girl, I’m a wimp), Jolly had the Ahi Tuna Salad. I had the Pier Pale Ale the first trip we made (not my favorite but Mr. 72 said as far as wheat beers goes, it was pretty good), Homemade Spinach Dip (3 stars.. not the best but good)
  • Went to the beach and breakfast with Mr. 72’s family – This was the first time meeting them as well. They were so nice and I’m so excited to get to know them better. I felt so welcome and that they were genuinely happy to meet me as well.
  • Played at the Hollywood Hat Lounge – found some interesting styles…never tried on an uneven hat before, should have bought it, or at least taken a picture. Mr. 72 needs to start wearing hats but we have to find his style first…no luck at that store. Although I did like him in a newsboy cap, mini gyn spasm…he didn’t like it though.
  • Took a long walk on the beach and pier and watched the surfers. We cuddled behind a small building on the pier since the wind was so frigid. I love this man. I could have stayed there for the rest of my life.  
  • Had dinner with Squeezer and Jolly at Taps Fish House and Brewery – This place was delicious! I had steak, Mr. 72 had the Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass, Squeezer had a pot of mussels, and Jolly …hmm can’t remember but I know she liked it! This was so much fun, we all got dressed up, kind of felt like Homecoming for adults. Mr. 72 even placed my order for me since I can’t order a steak…it was very Mad Men. He knows the way to my heart, that one.
  • Watched Squeezer play with the Humble Hooligans at The Auld Dubliner in Long Beach. (You should ‘like’ them on Facebook and check out a show if you’re in the neighborhood). Me and Mr. 72 were the couple making everyone uncomfortable by making out, haha, whatevs. I’m sure Jolly and her best friend didn’t appreciate that but….what can I say, my man is irresistable!
  • Ended up seeing my little cousin B at Starbucks one morning. CraZY! I totally blanked on the fact that he lives right around the area. He was there studying and doing research. So glad I looked to my left or I would have totally missed him. Wish we would have had more time to catch up but at least he got to meet Mr. 72. Sorry for the impromptu ambush-like meeting!
  • The boys tried to go surfing but by the time we got over there it was too cold and the waves just weren’t there. I felt bad for them, I know Mr. 72 was really looking forward to that.

There are the major bullets from the trip. Hard to tell everything that happened in a post that anyone would want to read. The small moments are what make a trip to me, things that people don’t blog about.

Little Moments Vomit: Wendy’s forgot to put sausage in the Mr’s breakfast sandwich, listening to Tucson music mixes, discussing how Mr cannot helicopter ski off a mountain, Jolly’s driving skillz, making friends with a duck, beer getting stolen, bartender making me walk all the way back to my purse at the pool to prove I wasn’t twelve (bartender prolly thought kudos to Mr. 72 on bagging the young lady), riding razors back to Mr’s brother’s camp, holding hands….a lot, valet guy calling me Mrs. “Mr 72” when he got our car [SUPER G moment for me], eyeballing a couple of classic cars, sight-seeing Mr. 72’s childhood spots, wearing the same “couple-outfit” to another Irish bar, napping on the beach, Mr and Squeezes’ impromptu jam session in the garage….and then again in the living room, shots in the kitchen, stinky but adorable dogs, polka-dot dress, playing shuffle board and drinking white russians in the swanky lounge, whiskey does not make you frisky lol.

See? It’s the little stuff. The drive home was just as good as the way out. I could talk and stare at Mr for 7 hours any day. Love of my life. Thank you mi amor for another wonderful vacation. I adore you.

More pictures to come….someone, *cough *cough, hasn’t downloaded them yet.