Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Saturday

Last night was epic. Jackie was supposed to be leaving to NYC but postponed until Monday. That meant she could come out with me and Rikki. (The three of us have been besties since junior high and have only been reunited twice since graduating high school.) We originally planned on just hitting up the Dia de los Muertos festival with the baby, but my mom offered to babysit so we thought it'd be fun to dress up for "Halloween Saturday." I have a strong aversion to spending a lot of money on cheapy looking costumes so I wore an outfit I already owned and bought a little hood to be Little Red Riding Hood. Rikki always goes all out for Halloween and won't dress up as anything that doesn't require makeup so she opted to be the Big Bad Wolf. Jackie decided to join in on the DDLM celebrations and paint a calavera on her face. The three of us got ready at my mom's house, which was tremendously fun by itself. It definitely reminded me of the "good ol' days."
After checking out the festival we did a little bar hopping. We visited my little brother at work (D' Pizza Joint) and went to watch our friend's band play (Los Loco Locals). Then Rikki insisted we go to this club for a costume contest. I'm more of a bar person; clubs aren't really my scene. I couldn't handle it for very long and didn't make it long enough to watch the contest. Jackie and I split to Whataburger and grubbed on the most delicious fast food ever before calling it a night. 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eva: Week 33

Evita, this week you've started to mix up your consonants a lot more, and you really sound like you're trying to talk. You also said "mama" for the first time (instead of just "mamamamama"). I'm not sure if it was directed at me, but your tía Rikki said you were looking at me when you said it. You've been sleeping a little better this week, but still no teeth! I'm not sure what's up with that. Yesterday we went to the animal shelter and you just LOVED looking at all the kitties and puppies. I'm sure you miss being able to play with ours. You also fed yourself an entire bottle with just one hand the other night, but even though I know you can do it yourself you like me to feed you. 

Eva by the Day:

New this Week:
-more consonant mixing

Friday, October 26, 2012

I Can't Wait

I have a confession to make... I think I know where we're going- which country we'll call home in a few weeks. The thing is, I'm not allowed to say quite yet. Not because it's top secret information or anything like that, but because it's not 100% confirmed yet. There is a small chance it could change between now and Monday-ish. It's killing me to not be able to shout it from the rooftop. I'm so freakin excited. But I have to keep silent for now. I don't want to jinx it.
So I'll distract myself with cute baby pictures.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Throwback Thursday: Halloween Edition

For this week's Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd share some pictures from Hallowens Past. Unfortunately, I could only find pictures from the last few years (and 1992)...

1992

I actually sort of remember this Halloween party. I was 5 years old and spent it with my Dad, sister, and little brother, D.J. I think I was Tinkerbell for a few years in a row. I loved Peter Pan.

2009

This was my first year of law school and I was at our law fraternity's annual Halloween party. I didn't want to spend much money on a costume so I bought the devil horns and wings kit and wore a red and black dress I found for $7 at one of those cheap fashion stores.

2010

I celebrated Halloween with my law school friends again. I got the urge to paint a calavera on my face so that's what I did. I put my hair in makeshift victory rolls and used some lace I had lying around for a veil. 

2011

Last year I was preggers with Eva! I was about 18 weeks and not really showing so the shirt I ordered about a month in advance looked kind of dumb. Daniel and I volunteered at a haunted house fundraiser for two nights, so one night I just wore the throwback devil costume from 2009.
Hopefully I'll find pictures from other years so that I can add to this.
Are you dressing up this year? What will you be?
Also... share your posts about past Halloweens below! I'd love to read them. :-)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Dia de los Muertos Art

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations have begun in deep South Texas. Yesterday Eva and I attended a student art show commemorating the holiday. Here's a peek at what we saw:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Caught a Seagull

One of my best friends in the whole world just graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is back home (where I am) for a while before she moves to NYC. That means that she (Jackie), another one of our best friends (Rikki), and I are in the same place for only the second time since we graduated high school and went our separate ways. (I posted about the first time here.) The three of us have been best friends since the 7th grade, so even when it's been years since we've seen eachother, we always pick right back up where we left off.
Yesterday we had the kind of adventure that makes me long for the days when the three of us could hang out everyday. After hitting the gym, we decided to meet up at the beach for some fishing. By the time we got there the wind had picked up, and fishing seemed like a terrible idea, but our stubborn-selves went anyway. We cracked open some beers, cast out our lines, and waited. Well, it wasn't long before a seagull spotted my lonely shrimp floating in the water and decided to snag it up. Yes, I caught a seagull. I panicked. I had never done anything like that before and didn't know what I was going to do to get it off the line. Thank god for Rikki. Rikki is an only child to a super adventurous hunting, fishing, and surfing father. If you know Rikki, you know that she was the little boy he never had. She took the line from me and told me to go grab her shirt. A throng of seagulls hovered around her waiting for a chance to get a bite of her shrimp while she was distracted. Texas seagulls are vicious. It looked like a scene from The Birds. Anyway, she set that bird free in no time, which I was stoked about, because honestly I probably would have just cut the line.
Here's what we kept the baby in. I can't believe we pulled it off.
After that whole ordeal I was over fishing. Rikki cast out a few more lines before giving in to the reality that we weren't going to catch anything else that day. We packed up our things and headed to my house for some pooltime. We spent some time splashing around and catching eachother up with how our lives are going.
We ended the afternoon at a little bay bar with some fried shrimp and Lone Stars. 

It was perfect, and I made it a point to appreciate every second of it. As cool as it is to move around and see new places, it SUCKS not having my best friends to share life with.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sandcastle Days

Every year, South Padre Island hosts an international sandcastle competition. This year wasn't as great as I remembered. There were only around 6 sandcastles. Maybe my expectations were a bit too high, so I decided to share a few pictures of them anyway. And to be fair, they weren't finished when I went, but still... 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Eva: Week 32

I have long forgotten what it's like to have a baby who sleeps through the night. You've had a terrible time with your little teeth lately. Sometimes you wake up crying from a dead sleep. It makes me so sad. I'm exhausted from all the nightwakings, though. I hope your teeth come soon! One thing teething hasn't seemed to affect is your playtime. You're still all over the place, exploring every inch of the floor. You've also been babbling a lot lately, but it's not the typical "baba," "mama," or "dada." Instead, your babble of choice is "boobooboo" or "babooboo" or "googoogoo." I have no idea where you get that from. I love you, silly girl!

Eva by the Day:

New this Week:
-first kid party (your second cousin Zoe's 1st birthday)
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