Wonderful December Day

I woke up and went on a cleaning frenzy. It was really the first day since I started my Christmas vacation that I could actually concentrate on tidying up. I was so behind on everything that just maintaining cleanliness wasn’t going to be enough; I’d have to clean hardcore in order to start maintaining! That’s what working does to me; I get lazy. I don’t know how other women do it to be a full-time mom and wife, hold a job, work and still have a clean house.

I took a break and checked my Myspace for a while, then cleaned again. I was just folding towels and telling to John I should call Sally when my phone starts singing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. She read my mind! She asked if I wanted to meet for lunch at Olive Garden and I said of course. Mom was thankfully already over and offered to stay with the kiddos.

It was so nice seeing her. We hadn’t seen each other since Quentin’s birthday on the 6th. We talked about friends, my pregnancy, her work, my work and our marriages—those conversations are always interesting, heh. She said it was so different actually saying Emily’s name now that we knew what she’d be called, because she’s so used to just Eenan, Jaylen and Alaethia.

We talked about our houses (she wants to re-do her kitchen and I want to get my bedroom more organized) and she asked if I needed help. I said yes, sure! She said she’d be over the next day, at 7am. I promised I’d have breakfast ready.

She insisted on treating me at Olive Garden. She spoils me. I wish we could have hung out much longer but she had to get back to work. We said our ‘see you laters’ and I stopped to put gas in the truck. Can you believe I filled up with $15 (gas was $1.39 at this time)!

I stopped by Target to buy the 500gig external that was in the ads, but of course they were out. I got my inspection on the way home, finally. I’d needed to get it since October—how I dodged that bullet with the cops over here, I have no idea, but I’m grateful. How sad that I never went to get it because it takes too long and sure enough, they took about an hour or more. I got home and started cleaning again. I went into the bedroom and for once didn’t feel overwhelmed. I figured out how to rearrange the furniture; even drew a diagram. I feel really accomplished but I still have a lot to go.

Mario called on his way home from work and asked if I wanted to go to Adan’s for a bar-b-q they were having for his birthday. I said sure. Mom stayed with Alaethia, the boys stayed with Mary. The guys are so funny. So many pics nad incriminating videos were taken LOL. Jorge, Jason, Adan, Mario, two of Adan’s friends, 3 of his cousins, me and later Mirella were over. We probably would have stayed much longer, but since I had to be up early we came home at midnight. Alaethia was sleepy by the time we got home (yup, Mom still hadn’t put her to bed, can you believe it?) so that kind of worked out for us.

What’s In A Name?

Gosh, I like being home. I woke up at 5:30am to snuggle with Mario and realized that’s the time I’m usually getting up for work. Bleh.

I woke Mario up to go to work. I meant to get up and make him breakfast but I was so exhausted from cleaning and staying up late that I went back to sleep until 11am with Aly. The boys actually let me sleep; Eenan told me he’d prepare their cereal (without spilling a thing!). What a big boy he is *tear*.

Aly and I woke up and I fed myself and Alaethia breakfast and started washing the pile of dishes. Mom was just waiting for us to wake up so she could come over, and then just sat and watched me clean. She says she supposedly comes over early to help out with the kids, but the boys were practically strangling each other and all she did was sit there. Argh. Anyway.

I asked the boys what they wanted for lunch and they said fish sticks. They always want fish sticks, which is why I hardly buy them. They ate 15 fish sticks each! Alaethia actually ate 2, which is really magnificent for her since she’s so picky.

I got all the kids ready so we could go to the post office, our bank and then INB bank to add cash to Mario’s gift card from his mom. He wanted to buy a scope or something like that from Cabela’s, but I didn’t want to use my Cabela’s card and he only had $60 on the gift card. I was going to add more, but it turns out I couldn’t. I ended up using the card for diapers at Target and used the rest for groceries at H-E-B and told Mario to use our debit card for his purchase. I thankfully didn’t take as long as I thought I would at H-E-B. I got everything we needed, including extras like Lunchables, drinks, and chips. Stuff like that never ends up in the cart when the boys aren’t with me LOL.

I went to Dollar General to get a few things I can only find there (like my dryer sheets) but I didn’t find a paint pan or rollers. Oh well. Mary invited us for dinner when we got home. Aly was in pain and moody so I put some drops in her ear and gave her Tylenol and before long she fell asleep. She was still a little feverish on and off. We spent time at Mary’s letting the boys entertain us. Eenan was reading the ingredients on his bar-b-q Lay’s chips and said mes-kweet instead of mesquite LOL. That set off a memory of the boys. They’d been pissed at each other a few days before and instead of yelling and getting into trouble started writing each other notes on Post-Its. Eenan wrote “You’re ugly” and Jaylen replied, “Eenan your stoopid”. It was hilarious. But they got scolded for being mean to each other.

I think it was this day (how sad that I can’t remember) that Mario and I decided that the baby’s name would be…

Drumroll please…


Yes, a very common name, which is unusual for us LOL. We just like it. Out of the 100,000+ names we read in that baby book, that’s really the only one that stuck out to me. It’s just cute and so girlie and Alaethia says it really well! It could also be because one of her favorite shows on Noggin’ is Little Bear and one of the characters is Emily LOL. We’re still not sure about the middle name, but I’ve got quite a list to whittle down.

I got started on laundry, bathed Alaethia, got Mario’s dinner ready and then Tommy and Yadira came over. Once they were gone I washed dishes and did more laundry. Can we say “nesting”? I’ve never had such huge rushes of energy for cleaning in my life. Needless to say, I was tired and my back was killing me. I rested on the sofa with my feet propped on a pillow and Alaethia came over and sat next to me. She had a little bag of hers with a compact in it and began putting makeup on herself, then me and then her sister, which means she was smoothing the pad around my belly LOL. She is so cute. I’m sure she’s going to be an amazing big sister. She gave her kisses and called her “Emma-lee”. When she got bored of Emily and me she asked her Daddy-O if she could put make-up on him “just one time”. Of course he let her ;).