Saturday, December 8, 2012

Another Fall flies by...

One of my favorite things to do in the fall is take the kids to Roadrunner park on Saturdays for the weekly Farmer's Market. Great local produce and breads, and then we get to feed the ducks and play on the playground. It's a win-win!

Quincy & Paloma getting ready to celebrate Mexican Independence Day in September

Visiting Mama Mimi for lunch!

Quincy started playing soccer this year with his best friend from preschool - it was hilarious and exciting all at the same time.

Quincy scoring his first goal!

Happy kid!

My Tia Yolanda came in town from Cancun to visit for a week. She hadn't been here since Quincy was a baby, and it made my heart so happy to see how quickly my kids were drawn to her. A week is never enough time with my Tia Yoli. I love her so much!

I did all the flowers for my friend's wedding at the end of October - they turned out so beautiful, and the bride and groom were beyond happy!

I took Paloma with me to Quincy's Halloween party at school, and she loved every second of it.

The whole family got into the spirit on Halloween!

While Solon and Quincy were at soccer one Saturday, Paloma and I joined my Alpha Gamma Delta collegiate and alumnae members for the annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk at Tempe Beach Park. It was fabulous to see the thousands of people there supporting this charity.

Park fun!

My Alpha Gam Pearl Sister, Erin, after the Feast or Roses luncheon. This was her last week as President of the chapter at ASU (so proud of this girl!)


Tia Billie cuddling with baby Donovan

Just a quick recap. December will bring a great post filled with a trip to the "North Pole" on the Polar Express, Christmas, and an "Adventure in Neverland"! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Summer Highlights... (Man, I've been a slacker)

Okay, so I have totally been slacking the last 2 months. I remember at the end of May wondering what the heck we were going to do to pass the time during the nasty Arizona summer, and here we are 2 weeks into Quincy's preschool year, and I am questioning where the time went? Here are some of the Bell Family's summer highlights.

We spent the end of June/beginning of July visiting Solon's family in Iowa.

Every year, my parent's neighborhood (where I grew up) hosts an Independence Day Parade & Pot Luck

We spent the afternoon of the 4th celebrating with Charissa & Christina's families. It's always a blast to get our kids together since they have been best of friends since birth! Thank you Eric & Charissa for the great food & fireworks. It was such a great day.

We always love celebrating our matriarch! My Mama Mimi will be 90 next year so that means a BIG party is in the works! Love this woman so much.

Mom, Mama Mimi & I hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law Larel who was due with my nephew around my birthday. When Larel told us that big brother Kellan would always sing "You Are My Sunshine" to her belly, I knew that would be the theme for the shower. It was wonderful to have such an intimate party with family and close friends. We all got overwhelmed with emotion for this little guy's arrival. I created a dessert table for Larel & all the guests.

We were so grateful to have Becky and her family over on a Sunday morning before they headed home to Tucson. It was truly quality time, and was just what both our families needed! With Noah being just a few months older than Paloma, they played so well together. And Noah just loved Forrest so much - the feeling was mutual!

We had to run errands, and it was just fun to snap a few (dozen) pics of the kiddos.

It seems like just yesterday it was Christmas Eve and my brother Natan was announcing to the family that Kellan was going to be a big brother. I remember bursting into tears of joy for my brother and sister-in-law. That was truly a special moment for all our family. Well, on Tuesday, August 21st at 10:01am, my new nephew, Donovan Ray Jacobs, was born. He was about a half pound smaller than Quincy - 9lbs 1oz - which sounds big for a baby, but when I held him in my arms, he was just a little peanut. I had been talking to Larel's belly throughout her pregnancy, and when I walked in the room and started talking, Donovan opened his eyes as if he recognized my voice. It was such an awesome feeling. We are so excited to watch this gorgeous little boy grow!

Cute candids!

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Quincy started his 2nd year of preschool at Shadow Rock, and thankfully, this year was a much smoother transition. No tears. No fear. Just pure excitement to see his friends again. I was a little worried the first day when I showed Quincy his new room, and he refused to go in, because he wanted to go to his old classroom. So I took him back to say hi to last year's teacher, Miss Carol, and she was so happy to see him, and grabbed him by the hand with excitement and walked him to his new room. (Thank you Miss Carol for doing that!) That was all the transition he needed to enter his new room with his new teachers (who are FABULOUS). Paloma was able to come with us the first day for Orientation, and made herself right at home with the 3-4 year olds. She will have NO problem next year when it's her turn to start. She does get sad every day that we drop him off though, because she wants to stay and play (just like I did when my brother started school before me).

Paloma has certainly blossomed this summer. She is talking like crazy! She has so many words, and is putting together 2-3 words phrases all over the place. She remembers EVERYTHING, and surprises me every day with her new words and expressions. This summer really gave my kids an opportunity to bond, and they are starting to play so well together. They hold hands, share snacks, hug & kiss each other good night, the works. They are so happy to see each other when they wake up, and it just makes my heart melt. They are such good kids - it just makes me so grateful, every day.

Phew! That was a long post. I don't know why it took me so long to put this one together. I guess you can say I have been preoccupied with other stuff like Alpha Gamma Delta Alumnae stuff, preschool board stuff, event planning stuff, family stuff, turning 33 (big deal) and a whole lotta life in between. But I got it done!

The weather is cooling down, and we are so excited for Fall!! It's our busiest time of the year...