Saturday, October 01, 2016

California Trip! {September 2015}

In September we went to California for my mom's birthday. It was a fun excuse to visit my family and surprise my mom with a trip out. We were going to make it a complete surprise but with my mom's work schedule it is better for her to know in advance rather than just showing up, that way she could make plans. So we told her when she was leaving Colorado (when she came to help us move back in July) and we was SO excited! It made leaving us at the end of July easier for her since there was already another trip on the books for a little over a month later. 

The night before when we were packing and getting ready for the trip Regina came over to me while I was nursing Elena and we started talking about trip. She started asking me questions about the trip and making sure we were all coming... "Cia come too" "Nena come too" "Papa come too"

CA trip questions from rachel boschini on Vimeo.

The girls were SO excited ever since they knew the trip was planned, so when the morning finally came it might as well have been Christmas morning! 

 Riding the bus from the parking lot to Denver Airport.

 E asleep on the flight- there was extra room on the flight so we were able to bring her whole car seat and she got her own seat on the plane. I love it when lap babies get their own seats for free!
The girls only in Grandmas house for a few minutes and already playing with the dollhouse!
 Finally in CA and reunited with cousins! We love them!
 First morning "home" and fed well with an egg, bacon, brie and avocado open faced sandwich, peaches and coffee.
 A day spent at Cardin Ranch is a good day. Uncle Chico's property and toys are the best! The girls love it.
 Luke was OBSESSED with Elena! It was so sweet.
 So many things going on in this photo.
 Logan showing Lucia his chickens.

 A trip (or two, or three) to in-n-out is always on the agenda for a trip to CA.
(obsessed with Lucia's smile in this photo)
 and after in-n-out a trip to Leatherbys. a rare photo with just my bros!
 Logan and Lucia with their Uncle Jakey

 Lucia and Uncle Chico
Regina and Auntie Lo/her Godmother 
 one of my bffs, Diana- we've known each other for 8 years!
 Baptism prep for our little Elena. Elena was baptized the day after my mom's birthday so we ended up spending some of my mom's birthday getting ready for the Baptism reception (which was held at Chico and Lorin's house).

 My mom's birthday dinner
 Logan giving the big girls a ride
 how cute are my parents!?

 Logan told Baca, 'This is my Lucia."
 homemade pumpkin ice cream with homemade whipped cream and toasted almonds
Elena's baptism! (post here)
 Fernando with his Godson
At in-n-out (again!) on our last night in town.
 Regina with her Godparents
 Headed home all too soon
Regina had her "purse" on her arm ready to deboard the plane.

Back home in Denver International Airport.
This is what we look like when we travel (plus all of our bags which are not pictured.)

Friday, July 08, 2016

August videos

Enana! from rachel boschini on Vimeo.
Elena gets her hand in Regina's face at the very end of the video and Regina says "Enana no!" hahaha

They can't get enough! from rachel boschini on Vimeo.
The big sisters are obsessed! There is no other word for it!

HIDE N' SEEK... or something like that from rachel boschini on Vimeo.
I gather that Regina doesn't quite understand the concept... 

7 week old Elena! from rachel boschini on Vimeo.
Newborns forever! We have been blessed with the easiest and most content newborns. 

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

August 2015 {part 2}

The second half of August:
 There is NO such thing as too many pictures of sleeping babies. It's just not possible to have too many.
 Mornings when papa doesn't have to work, especially random weekday mornings, are the best mornings. 
Lucia helping buckle up Regina. 
Lucia is SUCH a big help. Whether Regina wants to accept the help depends on what mood she is currently in. 
 What most of my mornings look like. 
 I love the old lady look of newborns. ha! 
The hair loss/crazy hair! the double chin!
 What it looks like when I go to the grocery store by myself, which is pretty much every time. 

And I wonder WHY people always (literally always) comment on me "having my hands full."
 Regina sitting in Lucia's seat so she could have a turn holding Elena's hand while we drive. These girls are OBSESSED! 
 Just over 6 weeks old here!
 Reuniting with an old friend, Lisa from grade school who happens to live in Colorado with her husband. We had an amazing dinner and these fantastic grilled Palisade peaches:

 My sweet friend Lisa sent us this beautiful little monogrammed notebook for Elena. I LOVE it and her adorable monogram! Thanks again to the kind Kirks! 
 Checking out the local parks
There are so many amazing ones in CO. This was one was in Golden; and we met up with some friends here for a potluck one beautiful Sunday afternoon. It was two other couples who happened to have moved to CO around the same time we did--and since then they have become some of our close friends. 
 This little folded hands pose is too much! She is perfect!
 Perfect depiction of crazy G, dirty face and all
 My Aunt Sylvia sent me this and I got a kick out of it! 
 She was the HAPPIEST newborn!
 Getting passport pictures taken for Tia's wedding!
Poor thing was so calm but she would not keep her head still. We needed a shot of her head straight where we could see both ears but she kept moving her head and it was impossible to get! She laid on the floor for almost an hour at Walgreens while we tried to get her to look straight (meanwhile big sisters got into everything in the store). We finally gave up and I bought a board, took it home and had Fernando help me get the shot at home. We finally got it after another 20 minutes of trying. 
That patient baby, she didn't cry once through the whole experience!
 I LOVE this picture that Lucia took.
This particular morning was a weekday that Fernando didn't have to work until later in the day and we were able to go to Mass and donuts as a family.
Having Fernando around (so much) more has been priceless! 
How I was able to get all the girls bathed when Fernando wasn't around. Elena's turn first and then watched while I bathed the big girls! 
My aunt Alicia gave an old car seat to Chico and Lorin and when they were done using it we got it. We keep it in Fernando's car so we can run errands with just ML or G without switching a car seat over every time. 
This particular time I ran to the grocery with just Regina. I thought she might enjoy the one-on-one time but she just talked about Lucia the whole time. In the picture about she's pointing next to her and saying "Cia's seat! Cia's seat!"
half-asleep, content face milk coma
Getting a kiss from one sister on the head and the other on the hand. Must be rough to be so loved!
Every day Lucia does "quiet time." A few months after we moved to Colorado she started to give up her nap. She used to nap around 1:30pm to 3pm and some days instead of napping she wouldn't be able to fall asleep, so I established a "quiet time" during that time instead. She would do quiet time in her and Regina's room and Regina would nap in Elena's room (before Elena started taking naps in her own room).
We got a little digital clock for Lucia so she would be able to know when it was 3:00. Otherwise she would be coming out of her room multiple times, asking if it was time to get up yet.
In the beginning (maybe the first six months or so) she would end up napping about 2 or 3 times a week. Then it transitioned to where she only naps about once a week or once every other week.
When she's not napping, she's coloring. Since she can't read yet, she can only spend so long just looking at books, but coloring-- she can/does do for HOURS on end! She LOVES coloring.

From when she started really becoming interested in coloring (around 2.5) to around 3.5, she colored mostly in coloring books. Then around 3.5 she started doing both coloring books and lots of free hand coloring.
It has been so fun to watch her masterpieces (spoken like a true mama) and to watch her abilities change and grow over time. She's amazing!