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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Preston's First Visit to Six Flags!

Last weekend we wanted to take Preston to Six Flags! We decided Preston needed some one on one time with mommy and daddy. Thankfully, we had Mimi and Papa watch Kelsey. It is important to us that Preston experiences all different types of activities, and we are so blessed to be able to share in some of these firsts with him! We want him to be able to say he's ridden a roller coaster and been to a theme park. Not only because its fun and we know it will fill his heart with joy. And we remember going as kids, so its a bit nostalgic. But I also think its important socially for him to have these experiences and be able to articulate the things he did and saw and joy that he felt while there! I know joy filled his heart just by watching this sweet boy experience all of these rides, we watched his eyes widen with awe as we walked around the park and he giggled as he danced with the Looney Toon characters. He had a blast and so did we! I love doing life with this sweet boy and his daddy! Can't wait to do the same with Kels when she gets a little older!
Ready for a fun day!

My boys

My big boy driven momma

Bugs feet!

Ferris Wheel

Preston's first roller coaster- Mini Mine Train

So excited


Runaway Mine Train-Big one-LOVED

Strong boys

Won Preston a cape

Dancing in the streets


Wylie Coyote

Preston's got moves

Mine Train again! Preston's favorite

Train around the park

Choo Choo

My Super Heroes

Pepe and the crew

Log ride-another favorite

Monday, April 13, 2015

Stephanie's Baby Shower

Last weekend we celebrated Stephanie and baby Vivian! We had a cute children's storybook themed shower at our house. It turned out pretty cute! We had a great showing as well! Lot's of family and friends came in to celebrate. After the shower, the guys joined us at our place and the party continued until wee hours of the morning! It was a beautiful day and I think everyone had a lot of fun! Can't wait to meet sweet baby Vivian, she is already so loved!
Uncle Steve adding to Vivian's tree of thumbprints

Papa giving his thumbprint

Dad-to-be adding to the tree

Preston adding his thumbprint

The night before, Vivian's mommy and Mimi

The original Mota crew

Excited for a fun day planned

VAM Vivian Ann Mays

"Happily Ever After"

Sweet cake with Pooh, Peter Rabbit and Bambi

Green Eggs and Ham

Party favors (cookies and bookmarks with quotes)
"You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing!"  -E.B. White

"Mom to Be"

"Once Upon a Time"

Steph's baby pictures

Gene's baby pictures

Yes she will!

"Tea Time"

Hostesses- Elaine, Lisa, Monica, Kathy, Mrs. Mota and I

Vivian's grandmothers

Mom and I

Elanor, Jennifer and Aunt Gloria

Catherine and Elaine

Mimi, Steph and Mom

Mimi, Steph, Mom and Grandma Ina

The girls

Excited to meet baby Vivi

Best of friends

My beautiful momma

Elanor and Jennifer (cousins)

Lisa, Steph and Laine-Old work friends

Monica, Steph and Kathy-Old high school friends


So excited

Steph and "Meme"

Gara (neighbor) and I


Cousin Kristina

Cousin Clarissa

Vivi's grandmother

Mrs. Mota and Kathy

Aunt Gloria and Mom

Old neighbors

Aunt Kristina and Eden

Its game time!

Momma-to-be, not so sure of these books

Our activity director Kathy

Elanor won the book game!

Name the celebrity babies

This crew has no clue ;)

Fun crowd

Photo opp

Excited Aunt Lana

Yay! Mom-to-be!

Tons of gifts

Steph and her hostesses

Uncle Jerry, Mrs. Mota's brother with the Motas

Having fun

Kristina, Amit, Uncle Jerry and the Motas

There's a baby in there!!!

Future mommy and daddy


Me and my boy

Preston and nana being silly

Love my momma

Aunt Gloria and Tristan

Kels and Mimi

Sweet Kelsey

Eden Rose and Clarissa

Amit and Kristina

Steph and Vivian's future Mimi and Papa

Just me and my girl

Stephen and his dad

Sweet girl

Preston playing with Elanor

Having fun

Enjoying the day

Kids at play

Love him

Good times with good friends

Selfie time

Great afternoon on the patio



Shots all around


Me too!

Everybody! To baby Vivian!

Kels and Uncle Gene

Steph and Lisa

My lil pirate

Playing chess

Uncle Jerry, Aunt Gloria and the Motas

Steph and Vivian's Papa to be

My handsome boy!

Selfie time again

Kristina toasting Steph and Gene



Extended cousins

Being silly

Having fun

Playing with balloons the next morning!