Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Sometimes I have to go back and look at the pictures of my little guys and reevaluate. Like this one of Sebastian.

Here he is, this new member of the family. Only breathing air for a week at this point. He wasn't a fan of the picture taking and we had been up day and night for days. I was tired, wondering how I was going to get to know this little guy and settle him down for a picture. Those were my worries.

Today, I worry about how to get markings off the walls, Vick's Vapor Rub out of his hair, if the child safely lock in working on the car door and how to keep him and his ukulele out of our room at 4 AM. Yep, things sure are different.

Then there's Jackson.

This picture was taken when he was three. I knew that we were a couple months away from going from a house of three to a house of four. Would I be able to nurture him in the same way. Would I get to spend my "Mommy Day" with him in the same way? Would he resent the new family member? How would stay the stellar potty trainer he turned out to be?

Today I worry about his sensitive heart. Will today be the day he's made fun of at school? Will he ever grasp the concept of remorse for cutting holes in our new couch or his new sweatpants. Will I ever see the bottom of his bedroom floor without a rake? Will he make good friends at school. We're officially less than 10 years from him being of age to drive. Yep, things have changed.

It's nice to look back and see these pictures and know that we're doing okay. The things that were at the front of my mind seem silly now. Hopefully in a few years, my current fears will amount to nothing. The bad part is I know I'll probably be exchanging these small fears for others. Until then, I have pictures of these times my kisses could make things better.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Here, Ducky Duckies!

Last weekend the boys, my mother and I went to see Cito & Abby in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. On our way home, we stretched our legs at Mammoth Springs State Park. They boys loved it! They were able to feed the ducks. Sebastian kept yelling, "Here, Ducky Duckies!" The funny thing is that they didn't run away from the yelling 2-year-old. So fun!

The duck food was about $1.00 a bag and it was so worth it!

Tia Abby's Birthday Party

For Abby's 21st birthday the Vargas family had a surprise birthday party. I think the big surprise was how into it Jackson was. He drew pictures on the back of 12 scrapbook pages and folded each of them with lots of care. He presented them to Abby. Then he created lots of art on the back patio with sidewalk chalk. He's pretty fond of his new Tia!


A visit to Aunt Carrie's office means M&M's and lots of smiles.

Jackson the Bandito

This pic was too funny!


Wow! Has it already been a month since our last post? Well, thanks to Columbus day, I'll be playing catch-up!
Poor cousin Felipe thought he'd have a relaxing nap in the hammock. The boys had other plans!