Sunday, November 9, 2008

Weekend in St. George


Gabe and i escaped to St. George last weekend with our friends Lina and Oto. We were lucky enough to be invited by them. They had a time share that needed usin and we were happy to help. Thanks guys! We rented a car and all cruised down together. It was a nice and relaxing weekend. Good food, good company, and beautiful weather (sigh). They have a little guy a few months older then Malina...you have probably seen him in some pictures here before.

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so Lina and i thought we'd give the babies a quick bath...let me tell you bath's for Malina are calm and mellow, i wash her hair and she plays with her toys. She splashes a little bit here and there. Well from what Lina tells me Lil O's bath times are quite different. Malina gave him a little friendly splash and he returned it with a tidal wave! It was intense to say the least...by the time the bath was over the floor was covered in water...as you can see, they had a blast...

she loved the swing...

Daddies and kiddies

Mamas and babies



Thrill Seeking



Doubled up



workin on her strut

Oct 30th: i am so excited for Halloween i can hardly stand it! Guess what i'm gunna be...





An ELEPHANT!

(she looked so cute in her costume I was tempted to dress her in it the next day)









Lil O and Auntie Lina




Outside Omniture's insane Halloween Party




Gabe's team at work was assinged to be characters from the cartoon network Aqua Teen Hunger Force..hence the french fry costume



Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Birthday Malina (October 8th)

We had a little family celebration for Malina's first birthday. It was a good thing that her shindig wasn't on the day of her actual birthday because I'm certain i would have been a mess. I have to admit that October 8th was a sad day for me. I couldn't be happy about my little baby turning one. I couldn't help but think how fast she has grown, how much she has changed, and how every year October 8th will come even quicker.

I know that Malina and i will always have a special bond because she is my first. There is something unique about your first. Everything about life is so new. Gabe and i would lay in bed with her between us and stare at her for hours. I remember holding her little body in my arms in the middle of the night and feeling a connection that seemed older than time. I would memorize her expressions, the curve of her ears, the color of her olive skin. Those first few months had its challenges for us both, but with each new development we learned and understood each other more completely.

I love that for the time being i am the one that can fix it all...when she bumps her head and needs a kiss, when she is sick with a fever and needs to be held, when she is sleepy and needs to be rocked, when she is hungry and needs to be fed, i am hers, and she is mine. As overwhelming as this sounds, it's the intensity of it that makes it amazing and allows me to love her so completely. I treasure this time we have together. Just the two of us during the day till daddy gets home; of course it's her favorite part of the day. I hear that every year brings more joy...so on with the next...

I love you Malina....Happy birthday baby girl.
hello, i'm malina

MY daddy...


Nana, Mama, Auntie Aimee (I missed my Autie Tanya)


Uncle Dan, Grandpa, Auntie Kels and Uncle Nick

its my party and i'll sleep if i want to...


Just slide the silver slipper on...hurry before its midnight!


My birthday Dinner...

fruit bouquets


yummy! special cupcakes by the sweet tooth fairy!

more cupcakes...so pretty (thanks auntie megs)


Yummy cookies! (auntie mandi, auntie caroline, and auntie mimi made em special for me!)


a whole cake just for little me?

so you want me to just go for it?

ok...here i go!

Uh oh!...



i'm stuffed!


a cell phone! yeah thanks auntie kels


my first doll! i'll love her forever, thank you nana!

ohh! so many presents...thanks everybody!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Krabi, Thailand


Krabi was the perfect ending to our excursion through Thailand...3 cities, 3 flights, 3 kids, 7 days. It was an adventure. Whew we got to Krabi, we laid by the pool, ate yummy food, and just relaxed. The beach was like nothing i had ever seen; rocky cliffs meeting right up with the green ocean. If i clicked my heels together right now i'd dream of going back here for a day....

cousins pictures


our little family


One of the best things about this trip was all the quality time i had with tanya. I treasured each day with her....we laughed till we cried. I miss you so T please come visit us soon!


Malina loved the independence she had at the beach....this was her signiture crawl on our trip

gabe= water toy

mini happy as ever



my sweet pea...


she's lovin skinny dippin



at two in the afternoon this beach apears when the tides are low


our little lady sound asleep


my sweet kiara


me and my sis


Gabe husked and cut this coconut himself...its in the hawaiian blood i guess...

under the sea...

Chaing Mai, Thailand

I loved Chaing Mai...we enjoyed this charming city and the beautiful people. We experienced lost of exciting things here...this was probably my favorite part of the trip.


Malina and i making a new friend


Picture taken while elephant trekking


Mama and baby



Long neck village

Kiki and Malina hanging out

Gabe:"You know that show when animals attack"

Jess: "yeah, what about it?"


Gabe: " Well its always in Thailand"


Super brave Tai kissing the snake


Super brave monkey kissing gabe