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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Hello again...

September has come...and gone and so has October. I'm still here, just MIA :)Things are going good. And...since it's Tuesday lets make this a ToT post.

1. Since it's been over a month since I posted I'll fill you in on what's going on in our lives...

2. I'm back to clinicals at the clinic and so far so good. It's definitely different, but I'm still learning a lot!

3. Paxton's at a new day care that we love. It took a couple weeks for the transition, but now he goes without crying and always seems to have a good time. It's another in home daycare, but there are more kids which Paxton loves. He has two sometimes three other boys to play with everyday and even a few girls. His favorite is the little baby that comes. He gets so excited when it's baby day :)

4. I think he needs a sibling, but I need a job first ;)

5. Can you believe it's already November? Yay, I'm already so excited for Thanksgiving!

6. Paxton is in dance class once a week and at first it was going great, but now he's started to cry and whine so we'll see if it lasts. Thursday is his last chance...

7. I've been pretty busy taking pictures of some pretty great people, now we just need to get our picture done so we can send out Christmas cards this year. Last year I sort of forgot, but this year I've already designed ours and I'm REALLY excited about it so hopefully we can get a great picture to go with a pretty awesome card!

8. You can look at all those great looking people HERE!

9.  On Saturday Paxton asked if we could go to the forest so I could take his picture...he sure knows how to get his momma to do what he wants.  As soon as we got there though, he would NOT look at me so I just had to settle with the side profile.  I still love it though.

10.  I figured out how to post pictures on my blog from work so maybe now I'll grace you with a few more posts than once a month ;)  I'm not making any promises though.

And...what's a post without some pictures.  Pax had a great Halloween and sure LOVES his gramma and papa.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010


This is the blog that got me started with photography...I started here almost two years ago and have grown into THIS.  It's hard for me to believe sometimes...I still strive for more.  I hope to be inspiring to others someday, I hope that other (amazing) photographers will follow my pages as I follow theirs.  I came across a new photographer that I've fallen in love with.  Crave Photography...I hope that I will be lucky enough to win her mentoring session from the Maternal Lens.

Monday, September 27, 2010

For Gramma and Papa

Thursday, August 26, 2010

hello again

My name is Andrea Elizabeth Lopez and a little over two years ago I started this blog.  I was going strong, really strong.  I posted almost everyday for the first 1/2 a year, then I started posting about once or twice, maybe even three times a week, then it went to hopefully once a week.  And well now...I haven't posted in over two months.  SORRY!  What I'm wondering is why none of you came looking for me...sheesh! :)

Lets make this a 10 post...

1.  I'm finally on a break from school/clinicals, and I'd like to say I deserve it!  I worked my BUTT off at my first rotation, but LOVED every minute of it.  Come September 20th I'll be shooting x-rays at Wenatchee Community Health and I'm definitely looking forward to it.  Then hopefully in March the job market will open up and there will be a position for me somewhere.  Keep your fingers crossed...otherwise, we'll probably be off to Seattle.

2.  I've been home this last week with Paxton and it's been A-MAY-ZING!  We've been having such a great time.  He is one special boy! 

3.  I'm also on the search for a new daycare for Paxton.  Our wonderful sitter (Miss Cindy) and her family moved last week.  We're really sad about it too.  I don't quite think Paxton really understands yet.  I've been explaining to him that he's not going to see her or the boys anymore and he says, "I know mom, we're going to find a new babysitter...right" but then he'll mention going there or playing with the boys and it breaks my heart.  He's grown up with them.  He calls them his brothers and truly they kind of are.  She and the boys are what he knows...where he was comfortable!  Having him in such good hands has made my life so much easier over the last two and a half years. Just knowing he was in such good hands every.single.day is what allowed me to go to school.

4.  On Paxton's last day there he came home with a book that Cindy had made.  Looking through it made me cry.  It didn't help that Paxton was looking saying, "look mom, it's me with my two brothers." 

5.  I've been busy with the photography business and I LOVE it.  Check it out HERE.

6.  I love that every time I call Paxton BOB he calls me ANNIE.  Where that all came from who knows, but it seriously melts my heart!

7. Today I realized just how grown up Paxton is.  My baby is GONE.  He's big and monstrous and seriously cute, but no longer a baby. (tears)

8. Papa bought a little saddle so that Paxton could ride the horses and I'm really sad because I can't find the pictures anywhere.  I've looked and looked and it's almost like they disappeared.  Almost like it didn't happen, which is what Enrique would have liked.  He was so mad at me when I took Paxton.  He wanted to be there too when Paxton rode for the first time.  I guess now we'll have to do it all over again and this time I WONT loose the pictures.

9.  We took Paxton the the fair in Moses Lake last week.  We all had a lot of fun.  It was really hot and there were a lot of people and the food wasn't as good as I remember, but still it was a lot of fun.  Paxton keeps asking if we can go back to the carn-a-bull.  I don't know what it is with him and the "bull" but it sounds so cute.  Pictures below.

10. Didn't he make the cutes little Dragon you ever saw?  He loved it.  When ever anyone would ask what he was he'd tell them a dragon and then rawwrr at them.  I think the one of him looking at himself in the mirror after she was done is one of my new favorite pictures.  He is so stinkin' cute!

11.  NOTE:  In the picture of him looking at himself in the mirror you can see a cut below his bottom lip.  He fell and hit his mouth on the couch and completely bit through his lip.  It was fairly nasty and even required a trip to the ER.  I figured he was going to need stitches.  They ended up not doing stitches though since it was an open cut on the inside of his mouth, they just washed him up and sent us home.  Paxton loved every bit of the trip to the ER though.  What can I say, he loves attention. :) 

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Everytime I drive from Wenatchee to Quincy I tell myself to pull over and take a picture of this...

I finally did...and I'm so glad! I can't wait until I have enough #21's to make a 21 book!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Weekend Recap::Father's Day 2010

We had a great, busy, weekend!  It's so nice to be on break from school and work.  Not that I mind work, I actually don't.  I even kind of like it!  I would like it even better if I were getting paid, but otherwise it's not bad.  I get along with sick people and I like that they like me.  Last week I had a patient tell me I was her new best friend (probably because I was the only one who took the time to actually try and talk with her, in Spanish at that) I also had an older lady with dimentia hug on me and call me mommy.  But not all my patients like me, but it's not actually me that they don't like it's my job.  A lady told me last week that by the time I was finished taking 2 x-rays of her that she was going to be dead because I was going to kill her with radiation...she was 91 though that's almost typical for patients of that age.  I also had a patient puke and pee all during a pelvis x-ray, that was exciting :)  At least it was only pee, she initially thought she went #2.  That might not have been so exciting ;)  Then I found the "quiet room."  For all you Grey's Anatomy watchers.  Remember two seasons ago when they would all hang out in the "guy's" room, the one who was in a coma?  We have a patient like that, he's quite and doesn't really talk so people hang out in there.  I went to tak his x-ray last week only to find people on their breaks hanging out in his room.  I couldn't help but laugh...all I could think about was the Grey's episode when "guy" actually woke up.  AWESOME!

Saturday we went over to Abe and Kelly's for a get together to celebrate Kelly graduating from CWU. Go Kelly!  The weather wasn't that great, but Paxton still attempted to get in the pool.  The girls were brave enough, but Paxton didn't make it past the ladder.  He looked super cute sitting there though!  I can only imagine all the fun he's going to have this summer at his cuzzies house!  He's already asking to go back so he can go swimming.  He's also asking to ride his bike, play in the dirt, ride his scooter, and search for bugs.  See, I told you he's going to have way too much fun there. 

Then Sunday we headed over to my parents and Enrique's parents to celebrate Fathers day. The first thing Paxton asked when he woke up on Sunday was, "now can we go to Gramma and Papa's house?" He sure loves them. Paxton was able to play outside all day and loved it...I loved it! It makes me so happy when he's able to run around and be happy. He went all day Sunday without a nap and around 5:00 it became apparent. He did fall asleep finally on our way back home, but not for long. He was then awake until nearly 10 pm. I don't know how he does it, shoot...I don't know how we do it most of the time. That child's CRAZY! But, I love every bit of it. Enrique actually told him today that he was a crazy-wild-man, and Paxton replied, "no I'm just a fast runner." Double-Awesome!

Paxton was at Gramma's playing in the flowers, while I was fighting off the bees ;)

To celebrate Fathers we took my dad (and mom) down to Crescent Bar for dinner and some Putt-Putt. I'm going to say the official score is now 1-1. We started a match down in Cancun, where both my parents smoked Enrique and I, but I think this time Enrique and I came out ahead. During golf, Paxton would get mad when it wasn't his turn, and at one point he sat on the fence and cried for a good 10 minutes. I'm not exactly sure why he was crying, but since he was sitting nicely on the fence doing so...I let him. This is when it really showed that he needed a nap. Poor boy.

Mom and Dad....rematch? ;)

After we were finished golfing we took Paxton down to the beach. He had been looking forward to that all day. He was exhausted and so were we, but we knew that if we didn't just take him down there for a little bit that we'd never hear the end of it. Especially since he doesn't seem to forget much! He had a great time though. The water was FREEZING, but that didn't stop Pax. I could hardly stand to let my feet get wet, but had we let him he would have been swimming. Crazy Dude.

Thank you mom and dad for a great day. and Happy Fathers day Dad.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fun at the Museum

How awesome is the children's museum?  Paxton We all had a great time there.  It was great to see Paxton in his element.  Everything was just the right size and he was able to run around and explore without getting in trouble.  How often does that happen?  Not often ;)

I think next time we head up to Seattle we'll take him to a different, bigger, museum. 

Today (Thursday) is my Friday...Woot-Woot!  I think the best part though is that I'm off all of next week...Hooray!  I think I'll have a few photo sessions, but other than that we don't really have any plans.  I'm hoping to spend ALL my time with Paxton.  He and I need some good quality time!  I feel like his life has changed so much in the last few months and I've been so busy I haven't been there to see it all.  He loves being at Miss Cindy's playing outside with the boys, but I know he also wishes he could just stay home too.

Stay tuned, I'm sure I'll have many more posts in the coming days!

Monday, June 7, 2010


Can you believe my little man is old enough to be in soccer?  He is...Fire Tots actually.  He goes every Thursday for an hour and works on different drills.  His favorite part is crawling through the tunnels.  He even goes out of his way just to do so!  Usually it's just Daddy and Pax for soccer, but last week I was able to get off work a little early to go watch.  His gramma and papa came too.  Let's just say that Pax does better when it's just him and daddy!  I'm glad that I got to see him though.  It was way too stinkin' cute!

My favorite part was dance time.  The "coaches" start and stop the music at different times.  When the music is on the kids are all supposed to dance and as soon as the music stops they are supposed to freeze.  I don't think there is anything cuter than watching a bunch of 3&4 year old]s dance.  The only thing...while all the other kids are up dancing, you'll find Paxton on the ground breaking...AWESOME!  He is always different and I love that!  I can't wait until we can actually get him into classes.  The following picture is worth 1000 words and might be one of my favorite story telling pictures. EVER.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Is it really Wednesday?  I'm not complaining.  Three more days of work and then it's the WEEKEND!  I'm really, REALLY, excited for the weekend.  I'm going to a photography workshop in Bellevue where I'll be working with a great photographer :)  We'll even have a couple there that we'll be taking pictures of so make sure to check back for those! 

I'm not sure though if I'm more excited for that or to take Paxton HERE.  He's going to LOOVVE it!  Don't worry I'm sure I'll have pictures of that too.

I had Monday off so Paxton and I hung out all day.  We never even left the house.  I wanted to but the little man just wanted to stay home.  I even tried bribing him, but no dice!  He's definitely a home-body!  But so is his momma :)  I don't think I even showered until 10 pm that night, but Paxton was nice and clean all day and lounged around in his awesome robe...check him out, it really is that cute! :)

I've decided that this child already knows he's half Mexican...all he wants is tacos, rice, and beans.  I don't blame him, but sheesh!  The other day he told me it was his birthday and since it was his birthday he wanted to go have rice and beans...although he told Grama it was his birthday too when she was cutting strawberries and angel food cake.  He even asked if her and Papa would sing happy birthday to him.  He's a little crazy, but he's my Crazy! :) 

Anywho, back to the tacos.  Enrique and I were having sandwichs for lunch, but Paxton wanted tacos so I made him cheese tortillas with turkey tacos.  He LOOVED them:)

Well HAPPY WEDNESDAY.  Hope you all have a TERRIFIC Memorial Weekend!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Paxton sure is lucky...

...to have such great cousins.

Last night we went over to Abe and Kelly's for dinner. When we asked Paxton if he wanted to go he got so excited.  He loves HIS Addesen and Bell-Bells.  I love that they are all able to play together often, and that they actually get along.  I love that the girls love Pax as much as he loves them, I love how he can tell them apart, and that he knows which one is more likely to play with him.  These days it's Addesen, two months ago it was Isabelle.  Either way Paxton sure loves his cuzzies and so do I :)

Paxton and Addesen were playing with Paxton's new bug catching kit.  They caught WAY more bugs than I would like to see in one container.  Yes, that gun-looking-thing Addesen has in her hand is sucking them up.  Pretty cool, but also pretty gross!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Weekend Recap!

Whew...what a weekend.  It was a great one though...we were able to see all my family on Saturday to celebrate Kendry's first birthday then we were able to spend it with Enrique's family on Sunday to celebrate Mothers day. 

I had a great mother's day.  When we woke up in the morning Paxton brought me a mothers day card that him and Enrique picked out...it was the perfect card.  I know that Mothers day is supposed to be about celebrating our mothers and all that they've done for us, and I did. I am so thankful for my mom.  She is the most amazing women I know.  She is strong, caring, and compassionate.  Everything that I hope to be.  She has taught me so much in the past few years, more than I ever realized.  Things that I couldn't understand until I became a mom myself.  Thank you Mom. 

But...Mothers day is more of a day for me to remember what I have, what I am so thankful for--being a mom.  I never knew love until I had Paxton and I'll never know a love as strong. 

Here's a recap :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

From the mind of a three-year-old.

It was great to sit down with Paxton and ask him these questions...he's a very smart boy and knows exactly what to say.  He knew when he was being silly and giving me crazy answers, but he loves to make me laugh.  I think he would have definitely been a perfect candidate for the show that Bill Cosby used to host where he'd sit down with a bunch of kids and ask them random questions. :)

What is your favorite color?  Blue
Who is your best friend? (pointing at me) "mommy!" Then daddy says, "what about me?"  So Pax says, my daddy too.
What is your favorite food?  Grass....rice and beans.
What is your favorite store?  Target
What is Mommy's name?  Andrea
What is daddy's name?  Ah-rique
What is grandma's nameMikki
What is Papa's nameMikki....Ah-rique...Annie...Talkie?  He never could remember it.
What is your favorite thing to do with Papa?  Feed his horses.  Do you ride them?  No just pet them.
Who are your cuzzies?  Addesen and Bell-Bells.  Oops, who are your cousins?  Bell-Bells, Addesen, Ava, and Kendry.
What color is the sky?  Blue
How old are you?  2...3...too old.
What did you have for dinner?  Hamburger, Hot dogs, noodles
Where do you live?  At Auntie Kelly's.  No...in my house.
What is uncle G-dogs name?  G-Dog.
What is your name?  Paxton Gray-beal Lopez (yup it sounds just like that)
What is your favorite cartoon?  Wow-Wow-Wubbzy.
What is your favorite toy?  Tractors

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Party Time!

Paxton had a great 3rd birthday!  It seems like we were just celebrating his 2nd birthday not too long ago.  Paxton is very much a little boy now, and I feel like I'm having to constantly remind myself that he is only 3, because most times he acts way older.

He is very outgoing and independent.  I think he is most definitely just like me...

His favorite things are:

His mommy and daddy :)
Playing cars
Reading books
Going to Pennsylvania park (yup, he requests it by name)
Chocolate milk with whip cream on the straw---with no onions.
Mack-ee-rone-iees, said exactly as you just read it.
Playing with other kids, almost any will do.
His cousins Isabelle and Addesen who he can now tell apart (started to about 6 months ago)
Green beans
Rice and Beans

plus much more...

Tomorrow I'm hoping to sit him down and ask him various questions about his life...I'll let you know what he thinks.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010


This is how he fell asleep...
TWICE :)  The second time was because he woke up and couldn't find his chips, he found them, then fell back asleep!  :)  He loves his chippies!

Busy Weekend!

Is it seriously already Tuesday?  That means only two more days until Paxton's birthday.  Whoop-whoop.  He is so excited about it.  He knows that we're having a birthday party for him on Saturday and he can hardly wait.  He had to take over an extra invitation tonight to Isabelle and Addesen, just in case!  Although I doubt that they'd forget :)

We were very busy this last weekend.  Enrique played softball all weekend in the 3-Cities.  He had his first game at 8 am on Saturday morning.  Do you know what time I had to get up to be there on time??? Too dang early:  4:45.  I don't think I'll be doing that again... His team didn't do so great, but had to play 5 games on Saturday.  Since we were in the 3-Cities we stayed with our bestest friends Amandalyn and Joey or as Pax refers to them, "Aunt Joey"  yup both of them, or on the rare occasion that he does call Amandalyn something, it's just usually Amanda. He always drops the lyn.

Saturday evening after all the games were over we took Paxton to Chuck E Cheeses.  He had a blast...although I don't think he was the only one.  Amandalyn, Joey, and Enrique had their fare share of fun too!  We told Paxton earlier in the day that when daddy's games were all over we would go, he was so excited!  He had a great time.  I definitely think we'll be going back.

Clinicals are still going great!  Last week was mostly uneventful, which for the Wenatchee Valley is a good thing, but for a student needing wanting to learn it's not.  I'm learning something new everyday and I'm enjoying all of it!  Hopefully something exciting will happen this week that I'll be able to share about!

Until then...


or for Amandalyn:  Peace-Love-and a wristlett with a chicken wing :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Crazy Busy!

Wow....it's really been a long time since I last blogged.  Life is busy-crazy busy, but I'm loving it all.

Work is going great.  I'm learning new things each day and so far I'm really LOVING every minute of it.  Yes, I know it's still all new and exciting, but I truly think I'll love doing this forever.  Everyday is something new.  Yes, I'm doing the same type of things, but the pateints are different--all with a different story!  I've already met some amazing people who are lucky to be alive, and yet they do it with such great spirits. 

I've also learned how grateful I am to have parents that were there for me growing up.  Parents that allowed me to be my own person, yet were there to guide me in case I steered in the wrong direction. I'm seeing so many people who don't have any parental guidance or the complete opposite--too much; which in turn has turned them to rebel. 

Can you believe that Paxton will be 3 next week?  Wowza!  I'm not sure what it is, but lately everyone has been asking, "when are you going to have another?"  To be completely honest, I don't know.  Nor do I know if I need another.  My heart is so full of love for Paxton that at the moment I'm content, and so is Enrique.

One major downfall of working at the hospital...no matter what I do I always feel dirty.  Maybe it's because I'm around sick people for the majority of the day, who knows.  Yesterday I had to go into complete isolation twice, meaning I had to put on gloves, gown, and a mask before entering the room.  One time it was to protect myself from the patient but the other time the pateint was neutropenic so they were protecting themself from me, just in case.

If the weather cooperates I should be doing a photo session tomorrow evening.  Make sure you check the official Andrea Lopez {photography} blog.  Oh, did I mention that I purchased my domain?  My photography blog is now officially just andrealopezphotography.com, no more blogspot.  Pretty cool, hu?  :)

The apple trees are all in full bloom here and look beautiful!  I can't believe it's already that time of year....

We had dinner Saturday night at Abe and Kellys.  Paxton had such a great time playing with the girls.  It was a beautiful night out so the kids had a great time playing outside.

Paxton looked so handsome for dinner.  He even arrived in his new hat!  Which I think his cousin Kendry also has.  Paxton's had the hat for some time now, he just never wanted to wear it.  He also has a matching tie that he loves wearing!

That's about it for now.  Hopefully I'll be back to blog before too long!  Remember to check my other blog!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Catching up again....

I'm now officially a working woman.  I've only been at it for 4 days, but those 4 days have been very eventful.  I'm really enjoying working everyday, but it will definitely take some time to adjust to the new schedule.  This week and next I'm working 8:00-4:30.  Then I'll switch over to 4/10 hr shifts, rotating the times and days.  I will usually either work 7:30-6:00 or 11:00-9:30.  I think the hardest part of me working all day is being away from Paxton.  Yes I realize I've only been working for four days, but already I miss my baby!  When we leave in the mornings he's still asleep.  Then after I pick him up from the sitters we have so much stuff to do that it seems like when we've finally finished everything it's already time for bed, then we wake up and REPEAT! 

Work is definitely exciting.  There is always something going on.  Yesterday I got to see an open-fractured ankle.  The bone was sticking completely out of the skin and blood was oozing out everywhere...it was awesome!  Since it was a trauma patient we had to go to the ER and take the x-rays using a portable machine.  I also learned yesterday that burning skin smells a lot like burnt popcorn...I actually thought it was popcorn.  I made that comment that it smelled like burnt popcorn, and that popcorn sounded really good.  Then one of the tech's looked at me and said, "ummm, that's not popcorn you're smelling that's the smell of burnt flesh."  Yummy!   I think the one part of the job that will be the hardest to adjust to is smells.  I don't think I'll have any problems looking at the blood and guts, it will be the smells that will get to me.  I don't think that any smell will be too much for me to handle, but I do know that some will make me have to invision the smell of something more delightful. :)

Paxton is doing great.  He's growing before my eyes and will be turning 3 in just three weeks.  I still can't believe it.  My baby is no longer a baby!  He'll even tell you that he's a big boy.  Yesterday he was in the bath playing with his toys, I heard him talking to all his toys makebelieving.  He grabbed one toy, looked at it, and said, "I told you, when I say no, NO means YES."  AWESOME.  That's why he doesn't listen to me when I say no.  He thinks it really means Yes.... Crazy little man.  Lately everywhere we go people are telling me how tall he is.  I've noticed that he's grown a lot in the last two months, but I don't think he's that tall...maybe.  Even the girls pointed it out.  According to them he used to only go to their stomach, now he is at their chin. 

I'm very excited for May.  I'm all signed up for a photography workshop in Seattle.  It's actually on Memorial weekend so I think we'll all make a weekend of it.  We've really been wanting to take Paxton to the museum so I think that will also be on our list of to-do's.  I'm really looking forward to the photography workshop.  I think it will be a lot of fun to be able to see how other photographers work and edit.  We'll spend the first two hours on-location shooting and then we'll spend the last 4 hours editing and going over the business parts of a photography business.  I'm also hoping that I'll have a new camera by then....We'll see :)

Oh, and on another exciting note.  I have my photography blog all finished.  Check it out, I even have my own domain now.  http://andrealopezphotography.com/  you can even send me an email at andrea@andrealopezphotography.com  I'm very excited about this. :)

Here are a few pictures from Easter.  Paxton had a great time at his Grammma and Papa's.  Thanks mom and dad :)

And yes, he totally ROCKS those sunglasses!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Break

So Far...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I would love to win this:

Have you seen all the beautiful new products &; contest for pro photographers here

Sunday, March 28, 2010


Playing around in photoshop while the boys watch cartoons!  Love these!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lets Play Catch-Up :)

NOTE: my new editor doesn't have spell check so if you find any, sorry.

1. Hip-Hip-Hooray! I took my very last final yesterday, I am officially done with in-class-school-days! Yippee! It feels a little strange though, I came home yesterday and was actually felt a little "off." When I was in school it seemed like no matter what I was doing, I had a guilty concious. I always felt like I should be studying...or my mind would wonder to what I needed to get done for school! Last night I was able to play with Paxton and give him my all! That is awesome!

2. Paxton almost had it out with the reciept-checker-guy at Costco yesterday! Sheesh, it was a close one! Paxton knows the Costco routine. We go in, get our shopping done, usually look at a book or two, check out, get Pizza (which Pax insists is to be eaten at the table) then Paxton takes the receipt to the person checking them at the door. Paxton is very proud that he can do this all by himself, and he always gets a smiley face...which he loves! Yesterday was a different story... Paxton RAN to the guy at the door, gave him the receipt, got it back and said..."WHAT'S this? Where is my smiley face? I very quickly said, "oh, look Pax it's such a neat line." Paxton then says, "oh, yeah. It's my favorite line, I love it." Lol...his favorite line, and he loves it! I was scared he wasn't going to let that man have the end of it. The look on Paxtons face when he didn't get a smiley face was priceless! The man loved that Paxton liked his line. However, I think when a child comes running to you with the receipt you should draw the child a smiley face! Isn't that a Costco rule-of-thumb? I guess that man didn't get the memo.

3. The other night we went to the Lady Bug Festival. You might wonder where that was...it was in our living room. We had to have apples, bannanas, and a map. We didn't see any lady bugs, but Pax didn't care! Sometimes I am amazed by his imagination. He also asked me how to say festival in Chinease. When I told him I didn't know he said, "you know mom, like Kai Lan says."

4. Today is my first official day of Spring break. I get the rest of the week off and all of next week. Then come Monday the 5th I enter the real world. 40 Hour work weeks, except I don't get paid. Hopefully I'll be able to adjust to this new life.

5. I'm very excited about our future. It seems so much closer now that I'm done with school. Soon...

6. I LOVE my iPhone. I actually don't think I could go back to life with out it. It's my lifesaver! I think the thing I like most about it though, is the camera. It actually has a really great camera. I'm able to go place without having to worry about lugging around my big-ole camera. I also have a really fun app that lets me do some fun edits with the pictures!

7. I've started a project. It seems like lately the #21 pops up a lot, I like it! It makes me happy. So if I get the chance I take a picture. I'm hoping that over the course of the next few months I'll get enough pictures of the #21 that I'll be able to make a book. Here are a few!

21 Reflections

8. I can't wait to spend time with AMY! Very, very, excited!

9. Monday is my 26th birthday. I feel old...26 seems old, or old-er at least!

10. Last Saturday we were sitting around bored and decided to take Paxton to Smallwoods. When we were getting ready to leave I got a text from Abe and Kelly asking if we wanted to come over for dinner, so instead they came with us to Smallwoods and then we all went to dinner in Leavenworth. Smallwoods was closed when we got there, but they leave the gates open to the animals if you come after hours. You still have to pay, but no big deal. The only downfall of going after hours is that you don't get to buy the food to feed the animals. That's Paxton's favorite part. You can still buy grain though...Smallwoods is a great place! I was amazed by how busy Leavenworth was. There were so many people.

This one I like to call "The Stand-Off"

This look here is all momma...the crazy face that I get from my mom, that she got from her mom :)