Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I finally got the pictures up on phanfare of our trip to Ventura Harbor.

We had a really good time that evening taking silly pictures.

First we went to dinner at this great seafood place. I had scallops, G had fried shrimp (of course) & my cousin Steff had homemade clam chowder in a bread bowl. It was da bomb, so yummy!!

During dinner the kids had fun watching the seagulls flying around and actually landing in the restaurant hoping for a bite to eat!

Then we walked around the harbor and took some pictures. But then we had to leave because it was TOO COLD !!!! Yes, you heard me right...TOO COLD, the kids were cold and I did not pack any jackets so we just packed up and left back to Steff's house for a quiet evening and to let all our food digest! It was great.

Click here to see all the pictures of Ventura Harbor!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Look who's talking...

I've been wanting to post for awhile all the cute and funny little things that Aaron has been doing lately, but I haven't had a chance. Hopefully I'll get it together & put up some kind of list of his milestones big and small.

The biggest thing lately is how much he's been talking. And all the "words" that he says. It so funny to hear these words come out of my "baby's" mouth, of course it's just because I still look at him as this little baby but the truth is that he's almost 14 months old!!

Here are some of the words he says:

~"wooo" like when he farts or has a stinky diaper he'll wave his hand in front of his nose & say "wooo" (Whew)

~"ha" (hot), when he gets close to the stove he always says this & waves his hand in front of his face in the same motion as when he

~"wow" when he sees something really cool.

~"num-nums" when he's eating or wants something to eat.

~"mmmmm" (really exaggerated) when he's eating something really delicious like Doritos!

~"Spy" (spike) when he's calling the dog.


~"bad, bad, bad", my poor baby gets into trouble a lot.

~"uuummmm" when he's thinking really hard or trying to make a decision.

~"Da-U" (thank you) usually when you give him something.

& all the "norms" .... "ma-ma", "da-da", "pa-pa", "grm-a"(grandma..that one's really cute to hear), "wa-wa" (water), "bye"

~"Uh-Oh" this is one the first things he started saying, it's my favorite so cute in his big deep voice.

~"Uh-Uh" as saying NO to me, he got this one from copying Lilly she says the same thing when she doesn't want to do something.

~"DA-r" (there) he'll say this when he hands you something...and he hands me everything, one by one, toys, papers etc.

~"hi" & "O" (hello), "hey" ...he'll get my cell phone or the house phone & hold it up to his ear & say "O" I'm guessing this is "hello" & he's copying how I answer the phone.

~"bubba" & "bubba" is "brother" and the other is "bubba" for his bottle, they sound almost exactly alike to the untrained ear, only we can tell the difference.

~"BA" (Boo) in his deep man voice, he says this when ever I'm putting his shirt on & it goes over his head, he'll say "BA" (boo) when his head comes out the top of his shirt.

I think he's mastering mimicking his brother and sister because he always tries to say the same words as them and if they're laughing he'll start laughing too, he doesn't know why, he's just copying them! It's so funny and cute to see all this take place, he is talking a lot quicker than the other two kids did. I guess it's because he's learning by example & they never stop talking all day long!! LOL!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Today I was standing in the hallway with my little sister Martina. Aaron had crawled all the way at the other end of the hallway. He pulled himself up onto the wall. And then off he went. Walking. He took several steps down the hallway towards me & Marty.
I couldn't believe my eyes. It was such a mix of emotions, totally joy for my baby boy and this major accomplishment. But I also felt a little sad because this is just another 'step' towards him becoming more and more independent and not such a baby anymore.
It was a great moment and I was so happy to be there to see it!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

We took a much needed break from the Valley heat wave this past weekend. My cousin invited us to go visit her in Oxnard. It was so nice and cool there, it was unbelievable. My cousin even took us to the local police department so Gerardo could get an application!! They did have a heat wave of their own, one of the days we were there it actually got up to 80 degrees!! I really would move there in a minute!!
My cousin Stephanie lives in Oxnard with her husband & her two boys Matthew & Tyler but her husband and her boys were in Illinois for the week visiting her husband's parents. It was so nice she lives really close to the beach and Port Hueneme, we just did a lot of relaxing and cooling off!!
It was perfect.
First time Aaron has been on the beach. Port Hueneme, I don't know the name of the beach. He was fine here with his Daddy.
I actually lived here while I went to college, I would sit right on this beach and study!! But, I haven't been here in about 2 years, so it was nice to come back & be jealous of all the great weather!!
I love this picture because you can see Lilly playing in the water in the background!! So cute!! But Aaron did NOT like the wet sand or the water on his feet, he totally cried when I put his toes in the water!
Jacob loves the beach and the water. One of his favorite things to do is to dig up sand crabs. Then he would show them to Lilly and she would run off screaming...funny!
It was also Spike's first time at the beach. We didn't have any one to watch him so he went on our mini vacation with us. It was good because he kept the kids entertained!

Click here if you want to see all the pics of Aaron's first time on the beach & how much fun we all had!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

And The Survey Says...

A few weeks ago I told some of you about the surveys that I have been doing on line & getting paid for. I was just wondering how everyone was doing with them? Did anyone sign up and have you earned anything?
I have been doing good with it, I am averaging about $40 or so per week now, which pays for my gas, there are some weeks that I don't get any checks & then some weeks I get a bunch. I have been using a lot of gas running my kids around and going back and forth to my mom's house helping her re cooperate from her surgery.
Last week I got $45 worth of checks. The first pic is of all the checks I got yesterday, they totaled $30 plus a $25 gift card to Red Lobster. The next pic is 2 $5 checks that I received in today's mail. So here's the proof that it really works and you can get a few extra bucks cash.
I have learned how to get through a survey quickly, which surveys to do, and a few other tricks. Email me if you have any questions.
Anyway, if you did sign up, I hope your having fun & earning $$$

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lilly's obsessed! Don't read if your easily offended!

So, my 3 year old is obsessed with showing people her butt. It started out cute, but now she won't stop. Any time she sees anyone she knows, she tells them to look at her butt. Yes, that's my Lilly, the exhibitionist in training...oh no, what do I have to look forward to??

Will this lead to flashing guys on spring break?...Will this lead her to a life on the pole?...omg...Gerardo & I were just speculating last night....I don't even want to think about it..LOL

I guess it's natural for kids to be curious about their anatomy, but Lilly's taken it to the next level..LOL

Okay, I have to admit, I laugh every time she does it...I guess that's why she keeps on doing it!

At least she's not naked when she does it, it's pretty much just like this picture. And she hasn't done this to any strangers, although she has done it in front of strangers!

If anyone has any advice...let me know!!

And for those of you that are easily offended...please try not to get to bent out of shape the next time you see my princess and she asks you if you want to see her butt....

Monday, July 7, 2008

Aaron bloggin'....

I can't keep Aaron away from the computer!! He loves to get the mouse and start clicking away!!

He also loves the blue power button on the tower of the computer.

He loves to push it and turn it on and off!!

I know one of these days my computer is gonna crash and it's gonna be all Aaron's fault!!

Today I heard some clicking noises and I KNEW that he was messing with the computer.

I came into the room and there he was....BLOGGING!! LOL

I don't know how he did it, but he clicked on the link to Tia Mimi's blog!!!

I guess he just wanted to check out his cousin Ollin!! So funny!! I had to take a picture before he got in trouble!!

Saturday, July 5, 2008


Happy 4Th of July from The Chavoya-Flores Family!!
Trying to get a good pic of my NOT easy!!
Fireworks!! Yeah, Aaron & Lilly loved them. Aaron fell asleep during the 'show'!
We had a quiet 4Th of July at my mom & dad's house. We swam, ate BBQ tri-tip & had some fireworks in the front yard. It was a lot of fun.

Let's Go Swimming...

My kids have really learned to love swimming this summer! We believe in getting the kids into the water as soon as possible so their not afraid to learn to swim. I put Jacob in the pool at 6 months old, we put Lilly in the pool for the first time in summer 2005 when she was about 7 months old, & Aaron was just too little last summer so this summer is his first time in the pool, and I would have liked to get him in earlier because he is a little more afraid than the other kids. Lilly went swimming last year, but this year she has just decided to go for it & took off swimming with floaties only! She's not afraid at all, she swims all over the pool, in the deep end & everywhere! Yesterday she started jumping off the step, it's only a matter of time until she's jumping off the diving board!! She's my little adventurous!!
We have been putting Aaron in the pool this year, but since he's already a year old he's got his own ideas about being in the water. He doesn't like it when it's too cold, so he'll cry until we get him out. But on a nice warm day when the water is nice and warm, he'll stay in the pool for a long time & float around in his little boat & splash the water!
Jacob has always swam in the pool, but he's always been deathly afraid to swim without floaters & he never jumps off the diving board. But this year he just got brave one day & decided to swim without his floaters. It was surprising but he just took off swimming all over the pool & the deep end without being scared. Yesterday he tried jumping from the diving board & really did a good job, before the end of the day he was doing cannonballs, twists & trying to dive!! We're proud of him.

And all of you remember, we're gonna spend a lot of time at my mom's house swimming this summer...and you're always invited to join us!!

Click here to see all the pics & to see video of Lilly swimming & Jacob doing a cannonball off the diving board for the first time!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

What The???

How do toddlers fall asleep in such crazy positions???

I only got this one pic of Lilly asleep yesterday, she woke up with the flash so I couldn't get a view of her from the other side.

But she's actually asleep STANDING UP on the couch. She's standing on the edge of the couch & leaning over on to the recliner.

My poor princess, but I guess she was comfortable enough to fall asleep!!

I have so many pics of Jacob asleep in weird positions too! I don't know how they do it!

Oh well, Sweet Dreams!!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Dracula Aaron:

Now that Aaron is teething, he's decided to start biting everything..and everyone in site! With only a few teeth, you would think that a little baby bite wouldn't hurt that much, oh no! It's SO super painful when those little choppers dig into you! He's bitten me, Jacob & Lilly...and probably Spike too, but he hasn't complained. Yesterday was the worst, he bit Lilly several times & also bit Jacob on the leg & me on my arm and knee!
The Victim: Lilly Flores wearing her 'much needed' Dora the Explorer Band-Aid to 'protect' her wound from Aaron!! She cried SO much when it first happened...but flashed a big smile for the camera...yes I have her trained to be 'camera-ready' at all times!
The Accused: Aaron Flores trying to look innocent in this pic, but he knows he's caught! Guilty of the crime of biting his sister's arm!
In his defense, he couldn't help it...he's probably just frustrated with this teething pain & doesn't know what else to do.
I'll just have to keep a closer eye on him & make sure he's got something else to chew on, besides his sister's arm!!LOL