Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Weather Outside is...AWESOME!

We have been spoiled by two beautiful days. It was so nice to play outside again. Mason's been a little cheated with his outside time because it's been too cold to take Little Miss out. Once the nice weather hit we took full advantage of it. Mason had really missed his 4-wheeler (You'll have to excuse his '80's Brat Pack' hair. Steven used the blow dryer the night before and I didn't feel the need to fix it).

Even Addie enjoyed napping outside while Mase and I played. I think she was dreaming about a day without her brother poking her in the eye...keep dreamin' sister!

Just a few bath time shots...

Now, I know some of you are anxiously awaiting our Christmas photos (insert sarcasm here), but you'll have to wait. Rene and Lindsay bought this new fancy-smancy camera and all the pics are on there. Some of you might even be interested to know that we will be opening the Torres & Torres Modeling Co. Our portfolio pics will be available shortly. So check back soon to see them all!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

2 Months and 2 Long in the Crib

Addison Elisabeth @ 2 months
Weight 10lbs
Length 21 3/4 inches
Mommy wishes she would sleep longer at night, but she is oh so cute!
Addison and Mommy ready for church.
The best part of having a girl...the BIG bows!

Now a little of Mason...
Last weekend I was desperate to finish wrapping the gifts and both kids were sleeping. I was almost finished when I heard Mason start calling my name to come get him (he's still in his crib, and I plan to keep it that way until he crawls out...or until he's 5 j/k). I went ahead and finished and then went to get him. He must have been extremely bored because this is what he looked like once I got him out.
We have been working on how to get dressed and undressed. He must have thought it was as good of time as any to practice.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

New Style...

Mason wore these for most of the day. I think a future at Shoguns is in his very near future.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bye-Bye 20's...Hello 30's

It's true! The Torres boys are 30. We had a small shindig for them on Sunday (thrown together last minute) that turned out out to not be so small. Lindsay's family+my family+Torres family=40 peeps. Thank goodness I didn't offer up my tiny house to host the PARTAY!
Neither Steven or Rene wanted a true party because they said they were too old, so below you can see how excited they were to have their picture taken with their cakes. I laugh because neither one knew what face the other was making and this is what we got...I guess that's why they call them twins...
Here's the 'You'd better put on a happy face for your wife' picture.
Much better I might say!
In all seriousness, I have spent 11 years with the love of my life (that would be Steven, but I do love Rene too!) and I can honestly say that he has grown into a great, great man. The 30's should serve him well! Happy 30th Birthday!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some Good Sleepin'

You know you slept well when you wake up with hair like these two monkeys. I wish you could see the other side of Mason's hair. The pillow monster definitely attacked him. His hair was sticking straight out from his head. Something the water bottle could only cure.

Thanksgiving Part II

I thought I'd get this post up before it's been a complete week since Thanksgiving. Seriously, I've been in a turkey induced coma from 4 Thanksgivings. On Friday, Steven and I loaded up the kids to head to my Dad's house and then to my grandparents. We had a great time at both places however, I did get a nice 'schooling' in the area of Mason and Sleeping. Mason has NEVER been a kid who sleeps in his car seat. In fact, until he was forward facing he would scream his head off anytime we went somewhere. He's a much, much better passenger now, but he still doesn't sleep. SO...I don't know why Steven and I thought it would be wise to skip his nap and let him sleep in the car. We figured he'd be so tired he'd knock out. NOPE! Not only did we do this on the way there, but the way back we did the same thing. I have one word for our decision...IDIOTIC! Anyway, he did great on the trip but boy was he a mess when we arrived at our destinations. In a few months we will head to Indiana and Steven said we should travel at night so the kids will sleep. I asked if he was crazy.

Addie with my Dad.

Mason monkey'ing around with his Cousin J.

My dad lives at the lake and right out the window is a really nice view. Mason decided to get in touch with his naturalistic side while we were there.

At my Grandparent's house they have this electric sweeper thing. Mason has such a love affair with this thing. He seriously runs it all over the house. Where can I get one????
Steven taking a siesta with his daughter.
(Notice his choice of reading before snoozing off...hee hee)
4 Generations with the blanket my grandma pieced together. It's tradition in our family that each newborn baby gets a blanket. The white squares are embroidered by all the women in the family. Addie's turned out beautiful!
My grandma still has the touch!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Part I

Lucky us we got to have 2 Thanksgivings! Steven's mom moved back to OK about 2 months ago and we wanted to make sure she had a good Thanksgiving now that she is back. I decided I would cook a mini-Thanksgiving lunch. Well, it actually turned out to be a full-blown meal. I do have to say, I did well for the first feast. However, Steven and his mom did the turkey...I just prepared all the sides.

After we cleaned up we headed over to Big Rene's to celebrate Thanksgiving there. Things always get interesting over there. You know how families get around the holidays. At first everyone is hugging and so glad to see one another, and then as the day goes on people start to get on your nerves. Come on, admit it...it happens. Below is our 'journey' through Thanksgiving.

2 Generations of Cousins
(1st generation=Rene, Lisa, and Steven)
(2nd generation=Lincoln and Addie)
Don't they look happy!
Steven's cousin Serena loving on Addison.
So Sweet!
Addie and Lincoln enjoying their version of turkey.
Viewer Discretion Advised
As I mentioned before, as the evening went on things started getting interesting. I hestitated to even post this part because most people don't know about this side of our family.
It all started when Steven's dad had a little trouble digesting the food. Here Steven is helping him try to make it to the bathroom to get cleaned up. While Steven was off helping his dad Lindsay started making comments about how I parent. You can see how well I handled the situation...

Lindsay wasn't about to be slapped across the face without retaliation. I'm telling you it got really nasty, but this isn't even the worst part.

The boys saw us getting into it and started arguing...which led to some pretty heavy blows.

Unfortunately, Steven's cousins (Serena and Lisa) started fighting too. Their mother, Lily had to get invovled! YIKES!

In the end, everyone made up, but boy it sure did get nasty for a while. You just never know what to expect when the Torres family gets together. I'm just glad we took our Christmas picture together before we went over there. Two shiners don't really say "Merry Christmas" very well.

Okay, okay, this is all made up. In all sincerity we had a great time with our family. We are so blessed to be surrounded by so many people who love us dearly. Hopefully you enjoyed your day as well.
Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving Part II...tomorrow we head to Springfield to see my Dad and then to my Grandparents to celebrate with my side of the family.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Two Peas in a Pod

I absolutely love this picture...such a classic! They are two peas in a pod when it comes to sleeping!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Taking the Time

Yesterday I was running late (I'm still getting used to the 2 kids thing), and was taking Mason to Steven's work. I was so irritated when I turned on Main St. only to see a train passing by....ARG...this was going to hold me up even longer. Out loud I sighed, "Oh great a train!". As I said it I looked in the rear view mirror to check on the kids. When Mason heard me say train, he immediately lit up and starting "choo-chooing". It really reminded me that even though this was a complete inconvenience to me, it was such a fascination to someone else. In the long run, it doesn't matter if I'm five minutes late somewhere. Instead I should just take the time to see things how someone else might. That train just made Mason's day. When he went to bed that night you could hear him in his bed..."choo-choo". Next time I think I'll take the time to enjoy my surroundings instead of becoming frustrated and rushed.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mason Turned TWO!

Mason turned two on November 6, 2008. I can honestly say that I cannot believe my baby boy is TWO! He is getting so big so fast. On his actual birthday my dad and his wife came over and brounght Mason a really cool train set and a magnetic doodle board. He loves them both! Then we went to my mom's for dinner. Mason really enjoyed blowing out his candles as you can see...

This year for his party we decided to have only family for two reasons...1. Mason freaked at all the people at his 1st birthday party and 2. We have 2 new babies in the family. Anyway, below are some pictures of Mason actually enjoying his 2nd birthday party. Funny how his 1st party, I spent tons of money and time planning the perfect party and all he did was cry. This year, very little preparation and little money spent and he has a blast...lesson learned!

Mason and his 2nd cousin Xavier. I laugh at this picture because they don't even looked related.
Mason checking out his new adjustable waisted jeans.

One of his presents from mommy and daddy. He LOVED the tricycle. He wouldn't get off of it to blow out his candle so Steven had to pick him up with him sitting on the tricycle just so we could get the cake part over and serve it to our guests.

Yummy cake that stained his face.
I told you he loves it. After bathtime he went straight to it and did some naked riding. I'm pretty sure this is what we'll be doing all day tomorrow. At least until he discovers the t-ball set...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Lincoln and Addison

Rene and Lindsay brought Lincoln over last night. He's still way bigger than Addison. Today Lincoln turns 1 week and Addison turns 3 weeks. We are so grateful to have such healthy babies, and can't wait to see how they get along in the future.

Mason was quite funny with the babies last night. He couldn't decide which baby to kiss first. He did however give each baby equal amounts of kisses. If Linc got one, so did Addie. I'm wondering when all the 'love' will fade, but I'm so enjoying it right now.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trick or Treat

You know your child is spoiled when they have two costumes to choose from. Since it was so stinkin' hot outside, we put him in the Scooby-Doo costume. However, someone refused to wear the hat part that actually made him look like a dog...OH WELL! Not a battle I was ready to fight.
The costume I loved...he looked so cute as a chicken.
The pictures below are from Trunk or Treat at my mom's church. They had all kinds of games and activities for kids to do. It was perfect for kids his age. We had a great time, and Mason was not shy about choosing candy. I thought it was funny because how he knew that he was getting candy, I'll never figure out. They ONLY time he has ever received candy in his short little life was from the haircut place, and that's a sucker (it's the only way to get him to sit still)! At one point he reached his little hand into his pumpkin and was gnawing on a crunch bar with the wrapper still on. I guess he thought he'd eat it before mom took it away! Poor guy.

Besides candy they also had popcorn. It was a BIG hit with the little man.

Not that I'm bragging (okay, I am), but Mason was the only little kid who was able to make the ball go into a ring. Not only did he make it in, he got it in the next to the last one. He must get his athletic ability from his mommy!

Picking out his own candy!

Grammy B. helping him fish for a prize.

As you can see Mason had so much fun he didn't want to leave. I'm sure one of these days this pic will be priceless to me, but right now we see this face way too much!
In true newborn fashion, Addison slept through the whole entire event!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sleepy Girl

I wish I could still sleep like this...

Hide and Seek

Where's Mason?
Here I am!
I went in our room to put away laundry and I heard little chuckles coming from the pillows. While I went to get the clothes out of the dryer Mason went to our room, crawled up our bed, and hid behind the pillows. Shortly after the laughing he asked, "Where's Mason?" I just love his personality. Quite the jokester!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

The pumpkin he liked.

We had to pull him off this to go home.

Must get his country side from his Papa.

My family after a day at the pumpkin patch...can we say "tired"?