Thursday, October 05, 2017


Guys, guess what?  I am baby-less.  I have a six year old, 4 year old and that little girl above just turned TWO !!!
She is a walking, talking toddler. We met our "chi-chi cut off" date (which was very willy-nilly over the last 6 months!) and actually came in 2 weeks before her birthday.  She I was such a whiny baby without chi-chi.  haha
I mean...she's my last baby.  I have been pregnant and breast feeding for SIX YEARS...and man if I was younger there is no doubt in my mind that I would've tried to make it go years longer. Im crazy, I know.

Anyway.  Back to my baby.  She turned two October 3rd AND she started school this week as well.

She's going to the same awesome Spanish school that the boys went to, The Language Garden, in East Atlanta.  No crying for this big girl, she has waltzed right in and made herself at home.  This was her when I came back a few hours later, happy as a clam.

Same as the boys at her age, she looooves to hang out in the schools' pumpkin patch. It is so fun and pretty.

Since her birthday fell on a Wednesday, we threw a little soirée the Sunday before.  Kroger did a fine job baking some vanilla cupcakes with pink (and I mean PINK) frosting.

I ordered a dove paloma cookie cutter and started a tradition.  Paloma cookies on her birthday every year!

Los hermanos were RIGHT THERE to help with the blowing of the candles.

There were several rounds of blowing so the birthday girl could actually do it herself!

My dear friend (and former neighbor) took some beautiful pics of the birthday girl (thanks Carolyn!)

I love this picture above.  She always uses her finger to tell me...  "wait a minute mami, just a little bit mami, no, I do it mami."
I love this happy little girl.

On her actual birthday we went out for tacos.  Baby girl loves her salsa! And her papi!

Ice-cream [down the street from our house] topped off the night.
Then it was home to burn off those calories on her new scooter.
She's  picking it up quickly.  I think she's going to be a very coordinated daredevil just like sus hermanos.

Happy birthday Paloma!! We love you so much!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Mateo Turns SIX!

My biggest baby is SIX! 
It's crazy how much this guy has changed...even in just the last year.  The chubbiness is gone - he moves way too fasst/too much for that.  The hair is actually gone now too.  (The day after his birthday tio Brrrian shaved it!)  He looks so much older now.  Noooooooooooo.  
Ernesto added the mustache and it reeeeeee-aly aged him. 😂
Pokemon Pokemon Pokemon. I don't understand, but it's the craze this year.
Horrible blurry pictures, but at 630am this is what you get. 

Because his birthday was on a Wednesday, I planned a little get together at his soccer practice.  It was at a park with a playground and could not have been better.  Easy for mami and a blast for the kids! 
Pokemon was the theme (his latest obsession).
I threw up my little folding table, bought balloons, a piñata, cupcakes and drinks.  Done and DONE!
We usually throw more elaborate [food] parties at our house, so this was kind of an aaahaa moment.  Note to self: sometimes simple store bought parties are in order...and just as successful!

The kids were running all over the place and adults were able to hang out! 

Thanks for the soccer jersey Federiccis!
Did we bring a piñata to the park you ask?
Uh...... hello?
Most of the usual suspects made it to the party.

My parents flew down and it just so happens grandparents day was supposed to be the day after, but ended up being rescheduled due to a water leak.  We went anyway:)

Before heading over to the school, Paloma and grandma baked "Grandma's cookies" (oatmeal) 
 Mateo was excited to pass them out to his classmates as a birthday treat.
 His teacher Ms. Pettitt begged to keep all the extras. ha!

Tio Brrrian drove down from Asheville...
 Of COURSE I love having him at our house, but he is always encouraging shaving the heads.
For the record, I love shaved/bald heads on adults, but on my little boys, it's not my preference.  Of course my babies are gorgeous with or without hair (#biased) but it makes them look so much older with short cuts. Do you find that with your kids too?

Oh well.  Yes, I understand they are going to be picking their own hairstyles etc in no time, but I feel like I might be able to SWAY them for a little big longer.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

TWENTY THREE MONTHS {Paloma's Monthly Photo}

My little tan Mexicana!  Look at those legs!  That tutu! That smile! 
I can't believe you will be TWO next month.  Althoughhhhhhhh you are a big girl now and talking our ears off.  Repeating anything and every thing.  Running with your hermanos. And hitting just like them too. (stop that- you don't have to copy EVERYTHING!)

Just recently you are interested in some TV.  Daniel the Tiger is the only show that you watch from start to finish, but you get a little interested in Peppa Pig and Curious George. 

You are a bookworm.  Reading books to yourself daily, but love trying to convince us to read "mas mas mas" at bedtime.  Current faves:  Mommy and I,  From Head to Toe  and a counting flip book. 

Speaking of counting, you are one smart cookie!  "two, three, four" is your favorite sequence! 

You have gone pee pee in the potty a couple times, but our praise has not convinced you that this is should be a regular thing yet.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Visitors from Ohio!! (Puckwaa & Family)

I LOVE having visitors! Always have!  It didn't matter if we were in a one bedroom apartment, with our guests sleeping in the living room on an air mattress, it's exciting when out-of-towners shake up the "usual day to day."

We have been waiting YEARS for the return of my brothers family.  The last time they visited was when Marcelo was a baby.
They arrived in the dark, but better late than never!  

We had a FUN week together!  It was supposed to be turned into a movie (sooooo many pictures taken!) and I was so excited after receiving this trailer from my brother just a few days after they arrived back home in Ohio. 

I thought..."he is ON it."  Im not even going to need to write a blog post for this.  Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like he is in any rush to finish the WHOLE movie, which means you are stuck with a long blog post of pictures and long winded commentary. 
*UPDATE:   still waiting for this video from my brother. 

Aunt Barbie is SuperMom and thinks of everything!  She brought matching dinosaur jammies for all the kids, which they were excited to put on and wear all week. 

Whenever visitors come, my first thought is "let's hit the Beltline."  My brother has an active family of five (like us!) and I think being on the Beltline with a ton of other people really let's you experience the vibe of a bigger city. 
We started at Krog Street Market and made the usual stops.  Skate park, King of Pops and Ponce City Market!
Had to show the cousins the Tiny Doors around the belt line. 
 Hazel is gaining on little Paloma and she will probably pass her up soon.  kissy kiss....

I just love hanging with my bro.  Our humor is the same, but we are very different. LOL 
Apparently we both like wearing gray.
These kids were tuckered and SWEATING!!! 

 Everyone was tired, but we did have one official sleeper...Hazel!
Something on the Ohio kids' list of "must do's" was Lego Land.  We have been there a bunch of times.  It's SMALL, but keeps the kids happy for a couple of hours. (#goals)
They played their little hearts out.  Somehow Marcelo ended up on a ride with a stranger as a chaperone???

Oh that sneaky Celi-cell.
But you KNOW the most fun thing about Legoland is that you have to exit THROUGH a LEGO store. Grrrrrrr.
Always a challenge getting them out without a meltdown whining. 

We hit Piedmont Park pool one day.  #1 because it's hot as hell in June and #2 because it is awesome 

The kids explored the back woods trail.....
Made time for slime......
They took a [what may be their last] bath together...haha
AND THEY SLEPT like champs!! 
(Yeah...those bunk beds aren't painted yet.  It's only been 8 months, don't judge!)

Uncle Bill did story time for the little girls. 

We left the guys at home with all the kiddos (they were fine!!) 
....while I whisked Barbie away for an afternoon surprise.
The Wednesday special at Jiao Reflexology -1 hour foot massage for 2 people- only $50!

We planned to venture to the beach while they were down south and Savannah is so easy!  Plus, using points at the Westin on the river is FREEEEEEEEE!
The excitement that brewed in these kids was a joy to watch! Vacation with cousins = the best!!
The Westin is on the river and crossing into downtown Savannah could not be easier with the 5 minute ferry ride leaving every 20 minutes. 
Tybee Island is about 25 minutes across the bridge and worth it for the warm water and kids friendly waves. 
Walking the ramp to the beach was pretty exciting because this was the first beach the three Arnold cousins had ever been to!!!!
....and they were HUGE FANS!!! This is a totally perfect kids beach....and everyone must know it because this beach was PACKED!

We carved out our spot and set up camp....literally. Sun tents are awesome!

Im so glad Barbie brought her good camera for some shots at the beach. did my parents get there you ask?  Well....they couldn't stand that we were having fun without them, so they crashed the beach party!! 
Kids were totally dumbfounded when grandma and grandpa were all of a sudden right beside them on the beach.  They were silent for a few seconds, and then super excited.  I have a video somewhere ....

When Barbie is there, pictures are taken.  Period.  Im glad...look how cute these shots are!!

Even though everyone was soooooo worn out from the beach, we had to make a stop at The Crab Shak.
Sitting outdoors with a platter like this was definitely a treat!

The kids fed the little crocodiles and managed to tackle this one for a picture.
Dinner was pizza poolside and couldn't have been easier/better. 

Smores at the poolside fire pit were a hit with the littles.

We hopped on the ferry for MORE SWEETS!!!

What is Summer without ice cream?!?!

What a trip!  Please make this an annual tradition Arnolds!  We loved hanging with you all week!




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