Friday, November 08, 2013

Maria Lucia's First Birthday!

Maria Lucia turned ONE on April 18th of this year and although very belated, here are some pictures from that special day! My mom came into town the night before Maria Lucia's birthday visit and celebrate with us. The birthday party was just us, my mom and Fernando's parents. We had dinner (Raclette) out on our back deck and it was a beautiful evening! 

We are so blessed to have this precious girl in our lives. She makes us so happy and we could not imagine life without her! We cannot believe a year (well more than that now) has already gone by! We love you Maria Lucia! 

The birthday girl playing with the awesome blocks her Tia Laura sent! Thanks again, Tia! 
taking some of her first steps on her birthday!
Beautiful birthday dress courtesy of Nonna and headband courtesy of Grandma 
smiling at her papa making faces at her outside

the spread of bread, meat, veggies and cheese ready to be cooked

the birthday girl and her cake
cake courtesy of Nonna!
singing to the birthday girl
that was inevitable 
eating the marshmallow bunny
and the cake 
do I have something on my face?

(15.5 weeks pregnant here)

opening some presents- fake food  and a tea set (from Baca and Uncle Chico and Auntie Lorin) to go with the kitchen that grandpa and grandma got her!  

and an apron too of course 

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

April {2013}

Things I don't want to forget about April... 

Having the Tower girls visit
 We had a great girls' day including lunch and shopping! 
Beautiful Carolina Spring walks with doting grandparents to carry Lucia while I push an empty stroller... 
spending time with my amazing in-laws while Fernando was out of town for work
Lucia LOVES her Nonno!
sneaking in and watching her sleep 
saying goodbye to Fernando before her left for his Johns Hopkins Fellowhship interview
(15 weeks pregnant here)

walking with help 
this adorable thing drinking out of a straw for the first time
two days before her first birthday
picking up grandma from the airport
she flew in the night before ML's first birthday 
ML opening her first gift
a birthday shirt from "Tia" that she sent even though she was in Africa.
THANK you Tia Laura! 
those eyes 
our baby girl turning ONE! (that post here)
outgrowing this bouncy seat
beautiful April Sunday mornings
(16 weeks pregnant here)
delicious meals prepared by my mom
this one can be found here (I would highly recommend it!) 
learning to walk!
this girl finally drinking whole milk
No more nursing or formula for this girl!
I wanted her to keep nursing, but right at a year she decided she was done!    
ML watching her papa do mow the lawn
She watched him the whole time saying, "papa papa papa"
my 12 month old!
putting everything in her mouth, per usual
spending time with grandma before she has to go back to CA
baby kisses
Grandma waited her WHOLE trip to get Lucia to kiss her and just as she was saying goodbye before we took her to the airport, Lucia voluntarily gave her a big smooch! Grandma was SO happy!
some phone pics from April
Lucia walking for the first time (with the help of the balloon string). 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

March {2013}

a beautiful march morning sun
Maria Lucia "signing" a (belated) St. Valentine's Day card to send to her Tia in Africa!
Fernando after his Fellowship interview at UNC 
preferred sleeping position for a few weeks- face down in her crib...this couldn't have been comfortable 
my grocery shopping buddy
on her tippy toes looking at something in the backyard
This dessert right here has quite the story behind it.
On our way to Greenville, SC we took a ONE HOUR detour for some Pinkberry. There are Pinkberrys (or would it be Pinkberries?) all over in CA and the only time I can get it is when I visit home. The closest one to us is in Charlotte, NC and since we were driving through Charlotte to get to Greenville, I figured- let's stop! I didn't realize it was SO far off our path and between driving to it, stopping to eat it and feed Lucia and then driving back on our way, the whole detour took an hour (or more)! What a patient husband I have!
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Now on to Greenville! Have you ever known you want to live somewhere before even going there?! Well that is how we felt about Greenville, SC! We had never visited Greenville (or really known anyone who has lived there) but we have heard great things about it, namely St. Mary's Parish.
Fernando had Holy Week off so we decided to take the first few days of the week and make the trip to SC. We made it back in time to be home at our parish for the Easter Triduum. We booked a cheap hotel which actually ended up being really nice and made the trip down with no plans! Those are the best kinds of trips. 
Exploring around Greenville.
It was pretty cold so we had Lucia bundled up!
We ate at a bunch of yummy restaurants with different cuisines including Greek, Mexican and southern BBQ.  
We enjoyed walking through Falls Park. There were lots of cute shops and restaurants around too. One of our favorite parts of downtown Greenville. 
On our way back home we stopped twice, once for all things peach at Abbott Farms and a second time in Charlotte for lunch. The peach bread, peach butter and peach cider were all very delicious! The stop in Charlotte was great since this time we just went to downtown Charlotte instead making another ridiculous detour. We walked around downtown and stopped at a few different places before finally deciding on Fuel Pizza. It was a cute pizza place set up like an old fashioned gas station. 
Although not great quality and taken with my phone, these are the ONLY pictures we got of Lucia's first Easter! The dress was courtesy of my parents! 
My family! Although we did not get to spend Easter with them, they sent a picture of everyone after Mass on Easter Sunday. I miss them so much, but technology these days (between picture/video messaging and facetime) really does help us feel like they aren't THAT far away... 
(Future) Sister Maria 
random phone shots I snapped in March

and now for some random videos: 

trying to get her to say "mama."