Archive | October, 2012

Las Vegas

29 Oct

My mom, Lux, and I went to Vegas the 18th of this month. My brother, who passed his Nevada State Bar exam, was being sworn in by a judge. Mainly, I wanted to spend some time with my brother and my super lovely sister-in-law and my nephews and niece. We basically just watched movies, ate a lot of good foods, watched Dexter, and went to the Hoover Dam! It was great for Lux to meet all her little cousins. Lux did AMAZING on the flight there, and on the one home, we only had a little trouble landing. But MY ears were killing me on the landing, so I’m sure it couldn’t be any better for her little ears.

Here are some of my favorites taken from that week. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera when we went to the Hoover Dam–silly me!

Benjamin & Lux  
Benny showing his cousin his toes. 

My beautiful niece, Allison

My nephew, Brody. Leaning in for a kiss, maybe!?

Telling secrets….. 

My brother being a nerd… 

This is one of my favorite photos from the trip. Allison loves babies. 

My brother, Leighton (My sister and mom call him Rudy, though) before his ceremony

Feeding my little baby nephew! I can’t wait for Lux to start eating solids =) 

We made a tiny little mess….
It was such a fun trip. On Sunday, I went to church with the family, because they had their primary program. So I got to see my nephew and niece sing and speak! I haven’t been to church in like, 10 years. I’m glad I went. It was a lovely program.  My sister also ended up coming the night before we left. I think it’s always nice for my mother to see her children all together. Especially, when we’re laughing the whole time. We get a little crazy when we’re all together. 

Nothing makes me happier than getting my brother and sister all under one roof! 

Can I just pause and talk about how wonderful my sister-in-law, Kristen, is? She is, like, my hero. Three kids under the age of 6. She keeps a super clean house, and is an amazing cook. AND she puts up with my big brother. She is a saint, and I am very blessed to have her in my life! 

Russell stayed behind back at home for this trip. I thought it was nice to give him a few days of peace and quiet. I know he used the time (when he wasn’t at work) to sleep, play his video games in his boxers, and drink some scotch. So, he got his much needed man time. I was happy to give it. 

Now that we’re back at home, we have much to do. We are getting ready to move to a bigger place. [I CAN’T WAIT!!!!] 

three months.

24 Oct
Yesterday (the 23rd), Lux turned three months. Okay, can my baby stop getting so big now?!
We just got back from visiting my brother and his family in Vegas yesterday, too. Lux is a pretty good traveler, I must say! I think she had a good time visiting her cousins, especially, baby Benjamin. Even though he tried to poke her eyes out! 
I have photos from Vegas, but my darling three month old is rather grumpy. So until next time…
Oh yeah… and she’s discovered her toes. SOOOO cute. 

black and white.

13 Oct

I get the camera out as much as possible these days. She’s getting so big, so I feel the need to take pictures of her doing all sorts of stuff… These photos, I played with a bit. And when I say I played with them, I really mean I just put a black and white filter on them.

I often wonder how it’s possible that I got this beautiful, special little girl. I mean, yes I know how she came to be, but how did I get so lucky that she turned out to be so beautiful? How did I get so lucky to get such a GOOD baby?!  Gosh, I sure do love this little face, so much….

my dear, sweet grandfather

8 Oct

It is with great sadness that I write this today. My grandfather passed away yesterday afternoon. I know it was for the best, because the last month, let alone years, he had been really struggling and was in a lot of pain. He had all his best girls with him, his wife, my mom, my aunt, my sister, myself, and my daughter, when he passed. And his caregiver, Narcisse, was by his side. So he was not alone when he left this world. That makes me happy to know that he had us all there with him.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have all my grandparents up until this point. I will miss him so much. He   was the best kind of man out there. And he was the best provider a family could ever have. Because of him, my grandmother will never have a want. Because of him, I was able to go to the college of my dreams and not have to worry about how I was going to pay for summer school or my rent. He was always there giving help all around him, when we needed it.

He was a tough man. I remember for the longest time being scared of him because he was just so stern. I know he was this way because he loved us, and wanted us to succeed, like he had succeeded.

I’m going to miss my grandfather more than words can ever even describe… I hope that when and if I eventually have a son, that he can follow in my grandfather’s  footsteps, and succeed in anything he wants.

I love you grandpa. Thank you for everything you’ve ever done for me, my mom, my dad, my aunt, my sister, my daughter, my brother, my cousin… and all you’ve done for grandma to assure that she lives a comfortable life without you by her side. I will miss you always.

RIP John Bracco, Jr. (grandpa)
May 20, 1927- October 7, 2012

a sneeze.

5 Oct

pretty cute, right?

baby leah.

2 Oct
Russell’s best friend, Matt and his wife had their baby girl, Leah on Friday night. 
(it’s pronounced Leia, like Princess Leia–just for all of you who are like me and think it’s like Lee-a)
I don’t want to get into any detail about their story, because it is not my story to tell. But I will say Victoria (and Matt, too) were put through hell and back. And what should have been a happy, joyous occasion for their family, quickly turned into a very scary one. Victoria has proven to be one of the strongest and bad-ass women I have ever met. And I am so happy that everything turned out for the better, and they will be safe at home very soon. We love the Harris family so very much. 
I can’t wait to see our girls grow up together and become best friends like their daddy’s are.

Merrick (Not sure if that’s how to spell his name, I’ll get confirmation on this, he is Victoria’s sister’s little beef cake son-so cute!), my darling Lux, and little baby Leah. Clearly, they’re all bffs. 

ordinary moments in our ordinary lives

1 Oct
i love this sweet little face!