Friday, March 07, 2014

Lost, but Found again!

So since Aaron was a in just a couple days old...
Blankie & Baby
he's had this blankie! It was just a taggie blankie that I bought for him and mother embroidered a giraffe and his name on it. This blankie has been through a LOT with my son. It doesn't look quite as bright and shiny anymore, that's for sure. He has slept with it every night...and for naps!
Blankie Collage
And for a while it shared the spotlight with Barney at the baby sitter's house - everytime I would pick up Aaron he would be napping on Barney with his blankie in hand!
Blankie & Barney
And usually the blankie was in one hand and his two fingers from his left hand were in his mouth. This poor blankie has been through the ringer...but it's always been there. And went everywhere, too - it was always with us on trips near or far.

So, you could say this blankie is pretty special & I had plans for it once Aaron outgrew carrying it everywhere and sleeping with it. Well...on his birthday, which was February 23rd, we got up and went to church and the blankie went with us. Granted it stayed in the car during services, but was there waiting on Aaron when we got back in the car. When we arrived home he brought it into the house with him ---- and that was the last we saw of it. We left that afternoon to go to his birthday party and we didn't take it, but didn't think anything about it. Just figured it was somewhere in the house. We arrived home that night and checked the usual hiding spots, but it didn't turn up. Emma graciously lended Aaron her blankie from when she was a baby to sleep with till we located his, as she's done before when it was too late to hunt for it or if we'd mistakenly left it at the sitter's or my parents' house.

Well, days passed and we still haven't located the blankie. Aaron was actually okay without. He told me he was a big boy now (you know b/c he was now 4) and that he didn't need it to sleep anymore. Michael made fun of me for obsessing over finding this blankie at first, but when he realized how heart broken I was b/c I'd lost something so dear to my baby boy that I'd wanted to keep he would help me look for the blankie.

Finally I'd just given up - very sad that I would not have this for the next 50 years to hang on to as a piece of Aaron's baby days. It was gone. Nothing to do about it. We'd been remodeling and I'd pretty much decided it had been thrown away with all the clean up efforts and the trash truck had hauled it away.

THEN Wednesday night I went upstairs to check the play room one more time. I had already looked all over the play room before and supposedly the kids had, too but we never found it. I don't know why, but before I could put the kids to bed I just wanted to look once more with their help. And there it was - behind the big toy box in the corner!!!! On his birthday after we got home from church I'd gone upstairs with Aaron to take his picture in the rocking chair - what I do every year on their birthday - and he'd taken it up, too and guess it got left behind when it was out of sight! I couldn't believe it! I screamed down to Michael that I'd found it and I swear, as corny as it sound, I cried a little, too!!!! I was just so overjoyed that I'd found it!!!

It may not look as bright and shiny anymore - after all it's been through a lot with my all-boy baby boy...
but now that I've found it and he's outgrown sleeping with it's on to its 2nd life! Aaron and I took it to my mother this morning and she and I are going to figure out a project for this blankie so I'll always Aaron will always have it with him!

For me, it was a Pink Elephant named Dumbo - I slept with him so long with my arm around his neck that the stuffing is all gone from that spot! My kids have Dumbo now. What about you or your kiddos - what's that one special thing from their baby days you'll never get rid of?

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Mardi Gras

Friday night we took an impromptu road trip and headed down to Galveston for the night - had a fun dinner at Rainforest Cafe & got up early to enjoy Mardi Gras with the kids! We hit up the first parade at 11am and then played around Galveston for the day before watching the biggest parade at Mardi Gras that evening! The kids had a blast - so did we - and we have enough beads now to have our own parade! LOL
Here are a few pics from our first parade that morning!
Mardi Gras 2014
We spent some time during the day at the park, too...they loved this seesaw - I have to say I had never seen one like this before, either!
After some playtime re-energized us and some dinner we headed down to where all the action was for the next parade. We stopped to get some beads from the balcony partiers first - Emma thought this was awesome. And I have to say she was good at getting their attention I guess b/c she racked up on the beads! I mean she is a cutie pie after all!! LOL - and atop her daddy's shoulders she had a good view, too!
This was just when she was starting out, too - by the end of the parade I don't know how she was walking upright with all the beads she had around her shoulders!
Mardi Gras 2014
The parade was awesome - I took so many pics of all the floats, too many to post them all!! And we made the local news, too - our spot on the parade route was right next to the news crew so we saw ourselves several times when we watched the parade coverage later that night when we made it home.
Mardi Gras 2014
It was an awesome time and I have to say we slept great last night!!

Then today after church we went to my parents' house to celebrate my mother's birthday.
Happy Birthday Teta!!!!
We took dinner over and I made a super yummy peach cobbler - I have to say it was super yummy and made for a good birthday cake! Happy Birthday Mommy - we love you bunches and bunches!

Now it's time to start another week - but then we have spring break!!! WooHoo!! And I'll sleep good again tonight - it's been a super busy weekend!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Baby is FOUR!

It's hard to accept how he is growing up - he is and will always be my baby - but Sunday my baby turned four years old! And, of course, that means rocking chair pictures, too.
Have you ever seen such a handsome boy? Now I could be a little bias, but you can't deny that sweet face is adorable! He just looks so big in these pictures.

We had his birthday party at Cosmic Jump this year - it's a jump place, but one that has trampolines, not just all the blow up jumpers or moonwalks. The kiddos had a blast and I'm sure they all crashed when they made it home just like mine did! Here are a few pics of all the fun and the super yummy cake we had - Thomas & Friends, as if he would have chosen anything else! Third year in a row to choose Thomas, too! Ha ha - the boy knows what he likes! He's a faithful friend of the trains!
My dear, sweet, darling boy Aaron! I love you so much and am so proud to be your mommy!
Happy 4th Birthday Baby!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2nd Day of H-Town's 2 Day Winter

Houston doesn't see much winter...and this year has been no exception. But last Friday we had a freeze and all the schools shut down & our offices. I know the Northern states probably get a good laugh at that, but Houstonians aren't used to driving on ice & with all the overpasses we have they get covered in ice when we get a freeze like that!

We had another one that was supposed to hit today and be even's been cold, but didn't freeze like they thought, but the schools & our office had already made the decision to shut down last night so we had another "snow day" today, too. We did get more white roofs this time which were pretty! Most of it was sleet, but it was still very pretty! And we did have pretty icicles in the backyard!!

My hometown a little further north actually got quite a bit of snow, which is also rare - I've been jealous seeing all the great snow pics friends & family have been posting up there on Facebook! It's absolutely beautiful and it looks like everyone has been having a blast playing in it!!

Tomorrow it's back to school & work! Even though the office was closed, I did actually work from home (and on the road) I am ready to get back before it piles up too much more!

Monday, January 06, 2014

IG Lately...

I didn't do a NYE post and well, frankly, we've been usual! But I think now that our routine is back on track - kids back to school, us back to work - other than moving my parents (which we finish tomorrow), we are going to have a little breathing room now. Phew!

So, I thought I'd do a quick IG post about what's been going on...

If you follow me on IG these will be familiar!!

Starting from the top left - 1) that's the kids playing on the ramp of the UHaul while we loaded boxes from my parents' house for their move. 2) Emma - being too cool in my shades!!! We all got covered in some red sands from Mexico about a week or so ago and my poor truck was being neglected - so we took it to the car wash to get some pampering - 3) the kids love to watch the car wash! They also had a dental visit over their break - it was actually Aaron's first time to go and he was so great! You'd think he was a veteran - he jumped up on the chair and 4) showed 'em his pearly whites! New Year's day we made the traditional (Southern tradition) 5) black eyed peas, cabbage, and ham (pork chops) - so we'll be healthy & wealthy in the new year! ;) The 6) b&w is just a snap of my kids snuggling up together being cute watching a cartoon! The 7) gym pic was the final WOD of the year at our box...we had to snap a pic of the group before leaving! Next pic is 8) Emma using one of her Christmas presents - she loves art and she is pretty good so my dad bought her a complete set up paints, canvases, brushes, apron - everything she needs to create some beautiful art! And lastly - the kids were fighting one day so Michael made them stand and 9) hug for two minutes straight - it was pretty funny actually! Got them over their argument, though so it was effective and something we'll do again!

So, that's life lately through IG! Tonight we have gymnastics and my parents are staying with us since their old house is bare and they don't close on their new house until that's what we will be doing tomorrow night - moving them in! They are going to be 4 miles from us - it takes less than 10 minutes to get there - we are all pretty stoked about it! Mom is actually overwhelmed and ready for it to be done. She isn't used to her home being in disarray - it's usually very clean & neat & tidy!! The mess is stressing her out! I wish I had inherited that trait from her. LOL

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Our Christmases 2013

It's been a great Christmas season for the Kubeczka's this year...very full, but also very fun! We started Christmas Eve at my in-law's house...
It was awesome watching the kids tear into their gifts...Adalynn really got into her gifts!! LOL

The cutest time was watching the big girls primp her and play with her little light up vanity set!

This was a favorite gift for's a tile with custom lettering my MIL had made for us.

We had a lot of outtakes for this shot...LOL...I thought about posting them all just for the laugh!

Christmas Day Emma was the first one up - Aaron actually got up earlier, but just moved from his bed to ours & went back to sleep! Later Emma woke us up to let us know that Santa had paid us a visit!
Speaking of Santa - does he wrap gifts he brings to your house?? Santa doesn't wrap the gifts he leaves at our house, only the gifts from Mommy & Daddy - just curious what everyone else does.

Means they get to play with Santa gifts without waiting on us to take them out of the box or put them together if needed...but they also end of with a pile of wrapping paper to get buried in! LOL

Geddo & Teta (my parents) always come over Christmas day for lunch, too!

That afternoon we had our 3rd family gathering at Michael's grandparents' house...three Christmases in two days and we weren't done yet!
My family is big...big! So our get together with the entire family is usually one weekend after Christmas - so yesterday we headed to East Texas. We were missing quite a few folks yesterday, but managed to get a good family shot with those who made it. The last time we got a good family shot was Thanksgiving three years ago (with around 50 people, yesterday we had 37) - it was long overdue!

We had a bonfire, too and Aaron helped with the firewood!

The kids had fun exploring with their Aunt Donna!

Geddo & Teta went exploring through the woods with us, too!! CUTE!

This is my mommy & one of my sisters...

and mommy and all her kids...
This was my Grannie's 99th Christmas...and she is still living in her own house all by herself! My sister's MIL (left) does stay with her a few nights a week and my brother lives about 300 feet away from her, but technically she does still live on her own! Count your blessings!!

We had a wonderful Christmas season with our family - hope you did, too! I have the next week off to get our house back in order...but I'll also be helping my parents with their move and we have dentist appointments to get to this week. It'll be nice to be away from work for a bit, but it won't be a staycation by any means!

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas - can't wait to see what the New Year has in store for us all!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Blake ~ Christmas 2013

We missed Miss Blake's 9 month photoshoot (sick kiddos, bad weather, sick adults...), but we caught up and got her 10 month and Family Christmas pics all rolled into one photoshoot! I have to say, in the few months since I've seen her this little girl's personality has really blossomed! She was smiling and laughing and talking so much!! It was a very fun photoshoot!!

And hubby got to see me work, too. He was running errands with me last Thursday and I told him he had to be my assistant for the photoshoot b/c I wasn't going to drop him off at home and drive back out to the Kirby house, then back to our house to get him and finish our errands. No way! Too much driving! Honestly...I think he head fun! And he was a pretty good assistant, too - LOL!

She isn't really standing all that well on her own yet, but we caught the 2 seconds she did stand tall - and that was all wee needed! Ha ha!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Kids Christmas Party & Santa Town (lots of pics)

Saturday was a FULL day!! Fun...but full!

First thing in the morning we headed to my office for the annual Kids' Christmas Party...which was a blast like always! Pics with Santa, face painting, balloon animals (in our case a fishing pole and a flower), dancing, games, snacks, cookie decorating...there was a lot to do!
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
APC Kids Christmas Party
When the party was over we headed home to get all bundled up and headed out for Santa Town! We stopped on the way for lunch and went to College Station, first - had to show Michael some of the places we used to frequent during my college years! ;)
After the short trip down memory lane we headed into Santa Town - this was our first visit, but I know it won't be our last! It was c-c-c-cold, but so much fun and the lights were so beautiful!! Snow, hot cocoa, kettle corn, live music, s'mores, shopping, bonfires, longhorns, Santa, hayride through all the lights...uh-maz-ing! We had so much much that the kids didn't make it five minutes down the road before they passed out cold!
Santa Town
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Santa Town

Friday, December 06, 2013

Recent Photo Shoots

I've been busy with two little babies lately - Blake & Blakely!! Yes, both girls & not related - I have to catch myself to make sure I'm using the right name! LOL

Miss Blakely is 4 months old - I did her first shoot a few weeks ago, but she wasn't a very happy camper, so we cut it a little some cute pics, though...
Sneak peak of Miss Blakely!!!
So, last weekend I went back to finish our shoot! She was a lot more pleased about this 2nd session and daddy was there this time, too so we got shots of the whole family!
Blakely Collage
Miss Blake is now 9 months old - I got to shoot her 3 month & 6 month shots...and Sunday I'm going to take her 9 month pictures! I can't wait - she's sitting up on her own now and crawling around a bit I think so we'll have a fun time!
Beautiful Blake 6 Months
A couple weeks ago I also took the kids to Old Town Spring to take pictures - I wasn't planning to use them for our Christmas card so we weren't dressed for the holidays, but I really like how the pictures turned out so I used them after all! I can't wait till the cards get here. I had hoped they would be here today, but sadly I haven't received them yet. Maybe tomorrow.
Kids in OTS
The weather here this weekend is awful - wet and cold. I wanted to take Blake out Sunday, but I don't think it's going to happen now...winter has finally arrived in Houston. We'll see for how long! We left yesterday morning in 80 degree weather and by the time lunch came around it was nearly 40! Today it's been in the 30's. Weather here is like a rolling coaster this time of year!!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Emma's 7th Rocking Chair

Every year on their birthday the kids sit in the rocking chair I got from my Grannie when I was pregnant with Emma and I take their picture. I think it's awesome way to watch them grow. This year looking back on Emma's past 6 pictures I got a little teary eyed I must admit...just from last year she's changed so much to me!!!

This is Emma's picture this year at 7... Emma turns 7
And here are her past 6 pictures...*sniff* *sniff*
Emma 1-6
It's amazing how much a year changes things! She looks like such a "big kid" now...