April 13, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s 9 Months Old!

We have made it to 9 months! It’s strange because it feels like he’s been here a lot longer. Yet, I also think, how can it be nine months!? This little guy is such a fun, keep you on your toes kinda guy. A total fighter, when he has to be (sister gets a run for her money on sharing toys). A snuggle bug, who would really love to be held while you stand. Plus, a mover-and-a-shaker. Even though he loves to be held, he also loves to try to crawl up you or get down on the floor to explore or go to someone else’s arms…all in about 1-2 minute (or 30 second) cycles. He’s a constantly on-the-go!

Right now he’s standing, unassisted. In the middle of the room he will straighten his legs with his bum in the air and arms out in front of him, then slowly bring himself up. He looks utterly thrilled with himself (throwing his arms around) and it’s exhilarating to watch, as his Momma.

He started waving, a teeny bit. Got tooth #5 and we are starting to see #6 (which means he’s a drool machine). He babbles and makes trill noises all the time. Poor thing, also got pink eye (in both eyes) and had double ear infections. The only good that came out of that, was his mood changed, almost, overnight and he started sleeping through the night. DID YOU HEAR THAT!?!? SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!

I’m a new person, folks.

Just like L.L. we had a 9 month well visit that we passed with flying colors. You can see her blog post here! Our pediatrician was very happy with Cecito and even seemed like he was in a fun loving mood. He laughed and played with Cecito, leaving me feeling like I was walking on air. BUT that’s not the big reason I was so stoked after his appointment, just take a look at these stats:

Height: 30 inches (96%)
Weight: 18 lbs 11 3/4 oz (32%)
Head Circumference: 46.5 cm (87%)

Did you see that 96%!??! Momma’s still super stoked.

 

What in the world are you doing, Momma!?

What in the world are you doing, Momma!?

I'm SO outta here!

I’m SO outta here!

Yes, give me that!

Yes, give me that!

Now, I'm happy - happy - happy!

Now, I’m happy – happy – happy!

Look at the 'almost dimples'!

Look at those ‘almost dimples’!

This is an everyday face.

This is an everyday face.

I want to turn this way, catch me!

I want to turn this way, catch me!

Wait, now I want the other way...fast hands, Momma!

Wait, now I want the other way…fast hands, Momma!

This is his favorite thing to do.

This is his favorite thing to do.

Look at that lovable face!

Look at that lovable face!

March 26, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Just When You Thought…

Things would never get better…

You have an awesome morning, alone, with your two kids.

I’m all warm and fuzzy today. After months of feeling defeated.

Both kids still have a cough and sinus issues…I feel like I can handle it.
Two clients need something ‘yesterday’…I feel like I can handle it.
Three days late on grocery shopping…I feel like I can handle taking both kids.
I’m actually writing a blog post, on a whim!

All because the three of us went out for breakfast (since we have been out of morning food for days) and they behaved beautifully. LL even shared her pancakes with Cecito when she was done.

I fed the baby as we waited for our order to arrive. Coloring with LL between bites and letting her help by stirring my coffee. Then, the food arrived and I got to eat it while it was STILL HOT! Slapped butter on her pancakes and she went to town without syrup, she actually thought the bottle was more coffee — I wasn’t about to correct her. She tried bacon and decided she didn’t like it, this time… Say what?! Fed the babe puffs and we all ate in peace.

This rarely happens. I’m so jazzed about it ’cause Momma needed a boost.

Another rare occurrence…Cecito slept through the night twice in a row for the first time ever! After two nights of hourly wake ups, but I don’t care. Two nights in a row! He can actually sleep through the night – yahoo! If you can’t tell hugs and warm fuzzies are pouring out from is post.

Now to finish up client work that I kept me up until midnight!

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March 23, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s 8 Months Old!

Man-oh-man, the baby is getting so close to not being a baby anymore! Doesn’t feel real and I cannot imagine doing it again, but geez, thinking that our days of baby anything are behind us makes me nostalgic and excited. That, folks, is kinda what I’ve experienced parenting to be; a paradox.

Our little man is turning into such a boy. He’s moving fast and getting into everything! One day, Gil even said that he saw that glimmer of “uninhibited boy,” in his eyes as he wrangled around on the floor with a toy. We are completely in for it with this one. He’s already tall enough to swipe everything off of a side table, loves power strips and outlets and anything that hangs down. We knew we were lucky in having a teeny little one the first time around, and are learning right along with the second. He’s even too tall to stand under the table without bumping his head! Gil and I were talking about that and are pretty sure that L.L. was 18 months before she had to be careful of that one.

So, the boy got his top two front teeth last month. He’s also started the blubbering (raspberry) spitting, just like L.L. at his age. Plus, he’s pulling to stand on everything and starting to take his falls more gently. It’s almost like slow motion falling, I’m a much more relaxed Momma after seeing him catch onto this milestone. He’s got his top two teeth this month and has learned how to pick up little pieces of food and actually make it to his mouth. Lots of fun with so much change that happens way too fast.

Stats are hard to come by the past two months. I didn’t get a chance to measure him, but I did get to weigh him when we were at the pediatrician’s office for L.L:  he’s 18 pounds 9.5 ounces!

Here are some pics for you to enjoy!

What is going on? Me no like that bright thing in the sky!

What is going on? Me no like that bright thing in the sky!

I don't like this chair either.

I don’t like this chair either.

Wait, maybe it's the shoes!?

Wait, maybe it’s the shoes!?

Let's see if the keys make it better...

Let’s see if the keys make it better…

Nope, the shoes have got to go! (One time and we/re done, L.L. wore them forever!)

Nope, the shoes have got to go! (One time and we/re done, L.L. wore them forever!)

I love to chew...chew, chew, chew!

I love to chew…chew, chew, chew!

I'm thinking, thinking...

I’m thinking, thinking…

Still don't like the chair.

Still don’t like the chair.

The hat isn't half bad, but only for 30 seconds at a time.

The hat isn’t half bad, but only for 30 seconds at a time.

All those teeth, happy boy!

All those teeth, happy boy!

Lost in my thoughts, do you see the wheels turning?

Lost in my thoughts, do you see the wheels turning?

Happy Baby Lashes

Happy Baby Lashes

I'm standing!

I’m standing!

Oh-oh-oh...Wait...

Oh-oh-oh…Wait…this deserves a good raspberry spit!

AND down!

AND down!

March 8, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Kid Ventures

Typically, we don’t go to inside play places. However, with the recent rain and getting over a two week sickness we itching to get out of the house. It was fun and we made a whole day of it by getting there around 10am and not leaving until 3pm. I didn’t take a lot of pics, but the ones I did take were worth a blog post, so here you go. Enjoy!

Hoola-Hoop!

Hoola-Hoop!

She ended up getting pretty good at throwing that thing around her.

She ended up getting pretty good at throwing that thing around her.

Happy Little Love

Happy Little Love

I couldn't help but love this part of the day.

I couldn’t help but love this part of the day.

Uh-oh...baby doll bump her head!

Uh-oh…baby doll bump her head!

Someone wanted to show off his standing skills.

Someone wanted to show off his standing skills.

What do you mean I don't get a cookie!

What do you mean I don’t get a cookie!

I'm not going anywhere until I get my cookie.

I’m not going anywhere until I get my cookie.

 

February 21, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Look Who’s 7 Months Old

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Gosh, what to say, what to say? When you are so far behind that you can’t remember month to month anymore. I’m trying, really I am. Even making notes trying to recall what the baby did each month isn’t as grand a plan as I thought it would be.

So, lets start with the big one, he’s CRAWLING! Not just learning to crawl, full on crawling and climbing over everything he can get to. This happened the day he turned 7 months and then two weeks later he was showing off by pulling himself up on everything! The kid cannot go 5 minutes without falling and crying, but he doesn’t give up. Well, when he really hits his head he does. Just lays there screaming and I don’t blame him. The kid gets bumps and bruises every single day. Not usually just one, either. It freaks me out, but I have to remind myself that he’s a boy and that’s more than likely, just his nature. Get used to it, Momma!

As if that was enough of a heart attach for me, he then attempted trying to stand the same week he was pulling himself up. I’m not sure if he meant to or not, but he took his hand off the ottoman and immediately fell. This seemed to tick him off, so he cried…a loud shrieking sound. After about a week or so of that he’s no longer shrieking and he stays standing, for a beat, before he falls on his bum. There have been a few sideways or forward falls, see the above mentioned bumps and bruises. The bruises stink, but the rest of it is pretty cool.

He’s a mover and a shaker, folks!

This month he’s also proven to needing supplimenting *milkshakes*. I was a bit bummed and amazed, but I’m ok with it now. The kid takes down 4-7oz after he nurses, so obviously he needs it. I’ve also taken down the amount of solids he gets since I noticed he hadn’t any weight in almost a month.

Here are his stats:
Weight: 16 lbs 11.25 oz (weighed at Mother’s Circle a week after he turned)
Length: 31 inches (measured at home a few weeks ago)

Ok, now for pictures!

My boy

My boy

He didn't think that football was much of anything.

He didn’t think that football was much of anything.

Baby feet and hands!

Baby feet and hands!

Almost tasting it...

Almost tasting it…

Domingo is WAY more interesting!

Domingo is WAY more interesting!

He even gives kisses.

He even gives kisses.

Maybe too many kisses?

Maybe too many kisses?

Ok, lets try this again, from a distance.

Ok, lets try this again, from a distance.

Watching the Super Bowl is always better standing, right?

Watching the Super Bowl is always better standing, right?

Wait kid, the tv's the other way.

Wait kid, the tv’s the other way.

Now how do I get this thing out of my way?

Now how do I get this thing out of my way?

That face!

That face!

Now for the L.L. flashback: I’m 7 Months Old

February 16, 2015
by gwendolyn
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My Not So Happy Valentine

This year, it was my turn to make dinner. I had it all planned out; simple, yet extravagant (for us). It was going great, I had chosen to make fancy grilled cheese. You know so we didn’t have waste and didn’t double our grocery bill. The night before I prepared the pulled pork. After lunch I made the gouda mac-n-cheese. All that was left was to assemble, cook and steam the brussels sprouts. Easy.

Gil volunteered for dessert, since I made it last year. He went out on a limb with a brownie recipe that only had two ingredients. If you were wondering, they didn’t come out as expected. Poor guy, but he saved our sweet tooth cravings with cheesecake. Not just any cheesecake, slices from the same place that made our wedding ‘cheese cake cups’. Yay – fun!

We sat down to eat and it was amazing. The adults loved the food, L.L. ate brussels sprouts like they were candy and the baby took down sweet potatoes with oatmeal. We opened a bottle of red, since we were celebrating, and it seemed Valentine’s Day was ours, finally.

Then, bedtime for the baby (he goes down 6:30/7p.m.). I emerged from the kid’s room for Daddy to announce he was getting worse and felt really terrible. You see, L.L. had been sick for a few days, but we thought she was getting over it. Her mood was better, no more crying out in the middle of the night because her nose hurt and she was finally drinking the fluids she needed. So after putting her to bed Daddy took off to the drug store for sinus medicine. It had been building all day.

You would think that was the end of the night, but no…oh no, couldn’t be the end for our household. After that, L.L. went to the bathroom 4 times and it wasn’t pretty. Poor thing didn’t know what hit her. While Daddy’s sinus pressure kept building and he started to feel cold…awesome. He went to bed early barely touching his wine. We didn’t even discuss the cheesecake. I made up the couch for me to sleep on and then the night time saga began.

Cecito woke up about every 10-30 minutes from 8:30p.m. to 11ish. Then around 11:30p.m. Gil’s standing above me in a towel, holding L.L., also in a towel. Both of them wet. He sincerely apologized, then informed me I needed to take L.L. because she vomited all over the bed. They just took a shower to wash her vomit filled hair.

WHAT!?!?!?!?

So, we cuddled for a bit assessing how she felt. It was really sad and scary because she got sick while she was asleep on her back, so it was all in her mouth and he heard her making vomit noises and had to quickly turn her over to get it out. She was scared and Daddy was freaked out. Unlucky Daddy had to disassemble the bed and get it to the washer. Then, make one on the living room floor for her. I made sure I had everything she needed out there and we all went back to bed.

I have no idea what time that was, but I was finally woken up, for good at 5:15a.m. During that time I was woken up from…

* L.L. coughing and refusing water
* L.L. coughing and finally accepting water (her poor throat sounded like sandpaper as she swallowed)
* Domingo trying to get back in from the kid’s room (I was too tired to put it together)
* Domingo pawing at the door again, because I was too dumb to let him in the first time
* Cecito wanting to nurse TWO times
* Cecito doing random wake up…I lost count…
* Daddy getting up for warm compress
* Daddy changing over the laundry

To say the least, I was tired. But not as tired as Daddy and L.L. They slept most of the day away. Now, it’s 8p.m., the next day. I’m finishing the wine while writing this and everyone else is in bed.

Good news: Cecito’s top teeth started to poke through. This morning you could see the white of both and a corner of one. Maybe his sleep will improve!

Bad news: My nose is started to feel a bit stuffed and I’m sneezing – a lot. Boo!

Bummer news: The flowers Gil had delivered me were wrong and the rose sprays had droopy heads this morning (the next morning).

I shake my fist at you, Valentine’s Day.

Since I hate to end on a negative note, here are some pics. This was all before the beginning of the end happened. Our happy little family.

My masterpiece.

My masterpiece.

Mmmmmm...good eats!

Mmmmmm…good eats!

The kiddos!

The kiddos!

Happy Brother and Sister. Today she said she was happy she had a brother!!

Happy Brother and Sister. Today she said she was happy she had a brother!!

I love getting pretty flowers.

I love getting pretty flowers.

 

February 8, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Officially At The End of My 30’s

Don't mind if I do! (Card from the hubs.)

Don’t mind if I do! (Card from the hubs.)

I am, officially, 39 – thirty-nine! Feels really strange to say it. Then I think, I am almost middle age  — what!?Almost over the hill. Almost in my 40’s! It makes me feel like I should be older or think older or act older or dress older, but I don’t. Honestly, I don’t even feel close to 40. Which is a something that I will go into another time. Of course, I have a lot to say about that, but right now I just want to talk about the wonderful week I had celebrating.

Normally, we go to the mountains for a snow weekend, but we weren’t able to do that this year, and it really bummed me out, but we did have guests in town. My in-laws were here for a visit! They are always a good time. While they are here we go out all the time; basically it feels like we are, also, on vacation. Plus, their birthday’s are the week before mine, so we are celebrating the whole time, it’s great!

However…I swear, I put on 5 pounds during this visit. It’s a good thing we don’t have a scale at home!

This year the extra fun part about my birthday was that a friend offered to put together a dinner. I didn’t have to do anything but choose the night, it was the best. No worrying about anything, I just had to show up! To my delight, an old friend came down for the night – all the way from LA! She made the rest of the evening just as easy. I didn’t have to decide on drinks or food…yummy things just appeared out of nowhere. I was in heaven. After dinner, we went to a newish bar that I had wanted to try out and we continued the fun.

It really was just what I needed and wanted to do. The one downer was that the baby woke up early, so I was exhausted the next day. Even though that’s not new, it meant that when Gil and I tried to go out for our first real date night since becoming parents we were extra tired and almost called it off. Of course, we couldn’t do that, so we rallied and went out for two beers. It was very nice to go out, just the two of us. And the grandparents got to babysit, for the first time. I would say it was a win-win!

Kicking the day off right!

Kicking the day off right!

Baby Boy in a restaurant high chair for the first time!

Baby Boy in a restaurant high chair for the first time!

Birthday Besos!

Birthday Besos!

Surf-n-Turf Tacos

Surf-n-Turf Tacos at Pacific Beach

Dinner at West Coast Tavern

Dinner at West Coast Tavern

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Keeping The Party Alive at Coin Op!

Keeping The Party Alive at Coin Op!

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To the left is the Rockstar from LA and to the right is the awesome party planner!

To the left is the Rockstar from LA and to the right is the awesome Party Planner!

I don’t get to see these lovely folks enough. Thanks so much for making my birthday special. Between family and friends I was on a glorious high for days! xo

January 25, 2015
by gwendolyn
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The Boy’s Half Birthday

Late, late, late! Two days before the boy turns 7 months – eek! The one saving grace I have is, that I took pictures two days after he turned 6 months…so there’s that.

Let’s jump right into it. The kid is the cutest, dark brown eyes with dark lashes that go on for days. He looks a lot like me, but plenty like Daddy, too. He drives me bananas and melts my heart all in the same moment. Not to mention the baby giggles – the baby giggles – they are outstanding. He’s wasn’t quite crawling for the six month mark. However, he can still get around doing the worm. He sits up so quick and can get under a couch or chair in seconds. What he isn’t i, daring. Nor is he a “bounce right back” kinda baby. So, we have plenty of tears everyday.

The most amazing part of this kid, for his half birthday, is the amount that he eats. He can wolf down 4 ice cubes of food in about 5 minutes. If you don’t have that spoon moving towards his mouth he is shrieking like a dyeing cat. It can be ear piercing, too. He nurses all day (yep folks, we are still breastfeeding – yay!), gets two meals of solids and a bottle right before bed. Still wakes up once to nursing during the night. He should be giant, but he’s not. Still a regular babe, and we adore him.

I can’t stop kissing his cute baby cheeks. I do it so often that L.L. has started kissing us and her stuffed animals the same way I do him: lots of consecutive kisses on the cheek without moving your lips from the cheek. Makes me smile thinking about it, can you tell I’m smiling right now?

Here are the stats:
Weight: 16.75 oz. (21%)
Length: 26.5  (41%)
Head Circumference: for some reason only the ranking is on the form (68%)

All smiles

All smiles

This is almost 'the lounge' he does it all of the time, only without his right leg kicked out.

This is almost ‘the lounge’ he does it all of the time, only without his right leg kicked out.

My handsome son.

Hello handsome.

Almost a flying baby.

Just look at those cheeks!

Showing off his crawling potential.

Showing off his crawling potential.

Stopping to relax for a bit.

Stopping to relax for a bit.

I'm over this picture thing, Momma! (Notice his little teeth!)

I’m over this picture thing, Momma! (Notice his little teeth!)

Almost forgot to add in L.L.’s First Half Birthday link!

January 13, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Getting Ready For The Holiday

‘Cause there were just too many pictures to share in one post! Here are the ones of us decorating the tree and our attempt at a family picture. Enjoy!

Daddy getting the tree ready.

My handsome bearded man.

Cecito getting into the spirit of things.

Come here and let me lick you, big red thing!

L.L. starting to warm up to Christmas decorations.

L.L. starting to warm up to Christmas decorations.

Cecil's first ornament from Granny and Grandpops.

Amazing!

Decorating the tree with Daddy.

Decorating the tree with Daddy.

She loved to blow into the horn! This lasted for days and it was her favorite ornament by a long shot.

She loved to blow into the horn! This lasted for days and it was her favorite ornament by a long shot.

She, also, loved the beaded items.

She, also, loved the beaded items.

Helping Momma decorate the tree.

Helping Momma decorate the tree.

We had to put them all on the tree. They were too pretty not to spread out on the floor, too!

We had to put them all on the tree. They were too pretty not to spread out on the floor, too!

This is a normal picture of her...always on the go!

Too busy for pictures, Momma!

Momma topping the tree. We need a star, one of these years we will get around to it.

Momma topping the tree. We need a star, one of these years we will get around to it.

A few tunes for you?

Banging away!

Daddy helping out, just a little. Look at that cute smile on his face!

Daddy helping out, just a little. Look at that cute smile on his face!

Trying to get a good family picture.

Trying to get a good family picture.

We had a tripod and timer on the camera...this is how exactly how the kids and dog felt about the process.

We had a tripod and timer on the camera…this portrays the mood in the room pretty well.

Ok, let's try some kisses...

Ok, let’s try some kisses…

How about a RAWR!? This was the best one, by far.

How about a RAWR!? This was the best one, by far.

Momma and Daddy (aka Gwendolyn and Gil)

Momma and Daddy (aka Gwendolyn and Gil)

The aftermath, no one is happy.

The aftermath…

How did your holiday prep go?

January 12, 2015
by gwendolyn
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Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!

This year our Christmas got much more fun. What ‘they’ say is true. Holidays with kids really is more fun! Even though L.L. didn’t completely understand what was happening it was loads of fun watching her so happy with the new gifts she got.

Everything was a gasp and wow in wonderment. It took us a while to get through all of the gifts, and truth be told; I opened a good number of them, but we all still had a great time.

We started off the day getting all of us up and at ‘em after sleeping in until 8 am, it was incredible! Probably had something to do with our awesome Christmas Eve at our friend’s house. Acting out the nativity scene and reading from The Bible, ginger bread house decorating, yummy dinner, even better dessert with lots of hide and seeking. It was so great that one kid fell asleep on the way home and the other went gently to bed right away. Merry Christmas Parents!

Gil decided to get up at 7:30 and couldn’t believe he was the only one. I don’t recall how well we all slept that night, so I’m sure it was our normal couple of wake ups. We had to wait for about 10 minutes until L.L. noticed all the new gifts in the living room, but once she did it was ON!

Eventually, we ate breakfast and everyone enjoyed the day. The one story that I’ll share from the day was L.L. insistence on ‘going to work’. She got a Frozen back pack and that lit a fire in her to get out the door. She repeated over and over and over, “I gotta go to work.” As we walked around the block with her sparkling backpack, blue Frozen outfit and 10 new barrettes in her hair. It was epic.

Teddy Bear from Uncle Tom

Teddy Bear from Uncle Tom

Frozen Singing Elsa Doll (this thing is SO LOUD - why don't these kids toys have a volume button that only parents can get to?)

Frozen Singing Elsa Doll (this thing is SO LOUD – why don’t these kids toys have a volume button that only parents can get to?)

Christmas Baby

Christmas Baby

Sporting her new "My Favorite Things" Flashcards

Sporting her new “My Favorite Things” Flashcards

Happy Astronaut Daddy

Happy Astronaut Daddy

ABC Flash Cards - Momma Loves all these flash cards!

ABC Flash Cards – Momma Loves all these flash cards!

First time opening a gift!

First time opening a gift!

Even D thinks the watch band is pretty cool.

Even D thinks the watch band is pretty cool.

Shaker Music Band Toy makes for a great teether!

Shaker Music Band Toy makes for a great teether!

Momma Hit The Jackpot!

Momma Hit The Jackpot!

AMAZING TUTU!

AMAZING TUTU!

We had to go to the mirror with everything she tried on.

We had to go to the mirror with everything she tried on.

Can you guess what's in the box? Yep, Frozen, costumes. What else could it possibly be!?

Can you guess what’s in the box? Yep, Frozen, costumes. What else could it possibly be!?

Best Cousins Ornament  (Another one of Momma's favorites!)

Best Cousins Ornament (Another one of Momma’s favorites!)

Leaving the house.

Leaving the house.

So happy to be "going to work."

So happy to be “going to work.”

"No Momma, you stay - you stay, stay...I gotta go to work."

“No Momma, you stay – you stay, stay…I gotta go to work.”

Christmas Night

Christmas Night

Christmas Tutu!

Christmas Tutu and Headband! (I couldn’t get enough of this outfit.)

Cecito's already learned to flirt.

Cecito’s already learned to flirt.

Who's ready to get their hair done?

Who’s ready to get their hair done?

The dudes.

The dudes.

The ladies (with Cecito)

The ladies (with Cecito)

The kids have to get in on the picture fun.

The kids have to get in on the picture fun.

First time making Christmas cookies with Momma.

First time making Christmas cookies with Momma.

Don't we both ooze cool? She's wearing Momma's shirt and Daddy's necklace.

Don’t we both ooze cool? She’s wearing Momma’s shirt and Daddy’s necklace.

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