Thursday, October 16, 2014

Making Me Smile

Looking back at an old blog post, I saw where I had done a page of memories of the kids.  I liked it so much I decided to go for it again.  These are some more of my memories of the kids that make me smile.


She and Amber, long before tanning beds, "laying out" in the DRIVEWAY of all places.  Thank God for his protection.  -What was I thinking...

Her love for collecting old textbooks from teachers so she could play school with her brothers and others.  If she got her hands on a Teachers Edition, she was basically in Heaven.

Always thinking her daddy had the best ideas.  (Even if it was my idea first and she didn't like it then.)  Girl LOVES her daddy.


Marks first words... bye bye       Loves to go places.

He was always throwing his blankie out of his crib and saying "Uh Oh" so you would come get it for him, and then doing that over and over again.  He did that so often that his blanket became his "Uh Oh".  Thats what we called it for quite some time.

How he wanted me to put up the tent so they could "camp out" in the back yard.


 Josh standing at the door when Todd left for some church business and saying "Er Da go?" (Where Daddy go?") every two or three minutes - almost until he got back.

Playing on his airplane see saw we had in the back yard.

How he never wanted to spend the night away from home.  Not even to Mawmaws unless Mark was with him. (and not even so much then.)

Good Thing - Bad Thing    In order to get the kids to realize that even though some days had undesirable things happen, every day also had good things, we started a tradition at the dinner table of naming one good thing that happened and one bad thing.  Or the best thing and the worst thing that happened during the day for them.  It was always interesting.

When the kids were arguing or complaining about one of their siblings, I would stop them and make them say 5 nice things about their sibling.  I loved doing that.  hehehe

It's nice looking back.  Remembering.

It makes me smile.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Memories Dancing Hugs and Tears

 The reception was lots of fun.  We had a full dinner which was yummy.  The wedding cake was great. We loved getting to visit a bit.

I got this great picture of our niece and nephew.  As I looked at them I got a little teary remembering their visits when they were little.  Swimming at Mawmaws, jumping on the trampoline with them,  cooking for them, and all the tricks the cousins all played on each other. How Zach would always say "Whyyyy?"  That day Steph tried on my wedding dress.   I miss them.

So anyway, after dinner the dancing began.

Arent these guys cute?  I dont know them but they sure are sweet.

And this-----   THIS!  All the night before the wedding, and all the next morning I kept telling little Ryan that he was going to dance at the wedding with me.  He kept insisting that he wouldn't.  So when I looked up and saw him dancing with the bride I COULD.NOT.BELIEVE.IT!  I gave him a look!  Yes I did.  (and a wink)  And no I never got the privilege.  Poor Aunt Cristi.  :(

Once the dancing got started it was time for Grayson to shine.  He was not shy about it.

He difinitely had the moves.

Can you tell he was good?

We all had a good time.

I was glad I got to get this shot.  The dip and kiss.

It got a little late for us so it was time to say goodbye.  :(  Seriously I wanted to cry.  So did Steph.  So did mawmaw.

But we said our "I love yous" and our "Goodbyes" and our "See you in May's"  :)

 We got our hugs and out the door we went.

As we were walking to our car we heard her voice from behind...
 She chased us down.  She had forgotten to give her daddy a gift of a photo of them together that she had at the reception on a table full of photographs.  It was so sweet of her.  It means the world to him.  The fact that she left her reception to chase us down was sweet and special and a wonderful opportunity to get one more hug and one more I love you in.  And then we did cry.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


 The Cabrera wedding had several traditions incorporated in.  One of them was the lasso.  There were two cords which were connected together to become one cord.  It is symbolic of how their love binds them together.  The beautiful lasso was placed over both Stephanie and Jose and they said their vows linked together.  The couple is prayed for while linked together and the belief is that they will continue to pray together throughout their marriage.  If you click on the picture you can see the crystal lasso.  It glittered in the lights at the ceremony.  It was really beautiful.

After the walk back down the isle after the ceremony,

another of the traditions was explained to us.

 This is a decorated box of coins.

Braydon was interested in this tradition as much as we were.

His grandma was showing him the box of coins and explaining the traditions to us.  In this Hispanic tradition the Priest blesses the coins in the ceremony and the groom gives the coins to the bride as he pledges to care for her and their home and family.  The bride receives them and commits to help her husband and use the gifts and things they have to care for their family and others in need.

Braydon seemed to like the coins.  Dont you think?
 "I think I will buy me some matchbox cars with that money."
"No, maybe a big truck!"
"No, no, candy, yes candy.  I can get some candy with that money!"

Mawmaw with her great grandson.  We wish visiting with them could be a yearly tradition...

Mickey was so happy to be able to be at their wedding.  Here he is with his beautiful daughter and her new husband.

Here he is with his handsome, tall son.  We love these guys.

One more of this handsome little guy.  Just look at him...  He reminds me a lot of Josh at this age.  Believe it or not he had those round cheeks and that hair.

I love this picture.  Look at those girls faces looking at my sweet husband.  Can you tell we love him in this family?

After the ceremony we headed back to the hotel for an hour or two before the after party also known as the reception.  Which was great with Ryan who loved one more opportunity to punch the buttons in the hotel elevator.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

We love you Steph

After my fun in the back with the bride for a bit I went to my seat to wait for it all to begin.  The music started which sounded amazing in that cathedral.  The grandparents were seated and then this...

He did such a good job.

His brother carried this pillow amazingly as well.  Seriously though, he is so little and he did perfect.

He walked down that isle and stood by his daddy and his brother and was sooo good.  So was his brother the whole time.  They did great.

And I was so glad I had my camera ready for this next shot.  The music changed a bit and all of the sudden this beautiful red head slowly began walking down that isle.  When little Braydon caught sight of her-- he leaned way over and saw his completely gorgeous mommy walking toward them.  He was mesmerized.  He kept his attention on her the whole way there.  It was precious to see.

The rest of us were looking at her with love in our eyes too.

As Steph reached the alter, they bowed.

Then she was handed off to her groom and they stepped up to the alter near the Priest.

When they did this, the neatest thing happened.  Well at least in my opinion.  Our sweet little nephew Ryan (all by himself) broke out in applause.  It was very fitting.  We should have all followed his lead.  Way to go Ryan.   And yes,  I was camera ready.

I havent been to many Catholic weddings.  This one was so beautiful.

I loved the music.

I loved the prayers.

I loved the communion.

I loved the Bible readings...  Uncle Todd was blessed with this honor.

I loved the faces of our loved ones watching on.

All the way to the kiss.

At some point in the ceremony the children went to sit with family on the front row.  So as the couple were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Cabrera and they started back down the isle, they made a little stop.

And this little guy was some happy about it.

We are so happy for our sweet Stephanie.  We pray that Stephanie, Jose, Grayson, and Brayden will be happy together all of their days.

May God bless this little family in a big way.

 We love you Steph!