Thursday, May 28, 2009

Kevin's 21st Birthday Celebration










This weekend we celebrated my cousin Kevin turning 21 in Palm Springs. The boys enjoyed a good game of golf.. we had some awesome dinners, drank lots of margaritas, and had fun celebrating this big mark in Kevin's life. It was a great weekend ;)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Olivia


A year ago today Olivia Karrington entered this world. Happy 1st Birthday sweetheart. We love you with all of our hearts!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day -

I think so many of us forget what Memorial Day represents. As the weekend approaches, we look on to the three day weekend .. talk about what we'll BBQ, who we will have over, maybe where we'll go.
But, on that day, do we stop and really think " I'm free?"
Does it cross our minds that there are men and women who have given their lives so we can live that freedom day in and day out?
Here is a short video " Heaven Must of Needed a Hero." Please take the time to watch it, listen to it, and maybe afterwards say a short prayer, or have a quite moment to remember what Memorial Day truly stands for -


We give thanks on this DAY, and everyday to our Armed Forces, and those of you who have served or are currently serving to protect us and our precious freedom.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Weekend!












Sunday afternoon, we packed our bags and headed up to Tarzana for some quality time with Uncle Peter, Aunt Debbie, and the girls. We did a little swimming, BBQ'd, throughly enjoyed the food, drank some really good wine, and of course - enjoyed the company.

We love you guys, and can't wait til next time :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weaning Mommy!

For months Cole was drinking four bottles everyday. One in the morning, one with lunch, one with dinner, and then the last before bed. As time has passed, Cole has weaned himself. The first to go was the bottle with dinner. Initially he drank half, then a quarter of it, then literally one sip and pushed it away. The next to be illuminated was the bottle with lunch.. and now he has decided he doesn't want his bottle in the morning.

Bittersweet!

Since I couldn't breast-feed after only a couple months following his birth, I cherished those bottle times even more. Sometimes, selfishly I can admit, I would go into another room so it was exclusively him and I!!!!! Those were the moments our eyes would lock and I'd just get lost in the love and overwhelming feeling of thankfulness for such a beautiful, perfect gift. It was even more special when he realized he could move his arms and fingers! Then he would discover my face, and pull on my lips.. reach his hand up to my mouth so I could kiss it over and over and over.... all the while I am whispering over and over " I love you, " and " my beautiful baby" and " thank you God for him." All you Mommy's out there reading this know exactly what I'd say!!!!

Well, with each feeding disappearing, I was sad. I know in my heart there are other times now that I can whisper in his ear sweet, loving words - but not while he is looking up at me, depending solely on the nourishment from what is inside that little bottle! I hope he holds on to this night time feeding!!!!

Maybe God has made it that the baby isn't just weaning himself, but weaning Mommy too!!!!!??? Hmmm!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Bye Bye Baby Food!



Our little baby - is turning into a little boy more and more everyday. Our little nine month old is now strictly eating table food - as he insists he is ready for it by refusing all baby food.

Initally I thought " great!!! Less work for Mom.." HAHAHA!!! Nothing is as it seems.

What use to be maybe 10 minutes feeding our little man - now is a good hour ordeal.
What use to be a quick wipe of the face and hands with a cloth - now sometimes feels like I need to take him to the back and literally hose him down.

But no complaints here - this Mommy is enjoying every new stage, every new trick, and every new discovery - every step of the way!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shake, Rumble, and Roll!

It was a normal Sunday evening. Paul and I were relaxing in our big chairs.. talking with Corie, Shay and Orlando about how nice the evening had gone. We just had a houseful celebrating the life of our Mom. After a long day of preparation, cooking, cleaning, hosting, and still taking care of Cole - I was pretty tired.

Mid-sentence, I paused - feeling a wave! Making sure it wasn't Paul rocking my chair, I locked eyes with Corie. A second later our house was shaking. Paul and I immediatly ran for Cole !!!! Paul made it there first! Knowing Cole was safe - I then ran back to Shay to make sure she was ok with baby Ben.

Standing in the middle of our living room, watching the pictures shake, hearing the windows rattle, and feeling the ground beneath me move - I can say Paul and I survived our very first earthquake together. - a 4.7 earthquake to be exact. Til next time California!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Check Out Those Bikes!



As most of you know, every year Torrance hosts the "Armed Forces Parade." Its a pretty big deal in the traffic unit of the Police Department - and since Paul is a motor officer, he is oh so lucky to be apart of it!!!!!! This year, the Applegates were kind enough to have all the guys over where they were able to have lunch, kick back, and power up for what the next day had ahead for them!
Unfortunately this year, I was sick and couldn't make the parade - so this is the only picture I was able to catch. Next year will be a must ;)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

OUR NINE MONTH OLD!

WOW! Does time fly by or what??? Cole is already 9 months old. I swear he is going to be walking any day. Everyone says thats when we'll be in trouble - but to be honest - I think we can't get into anymore trouble!!!
Our house is torn to shreds by everday's end, he is officially throwing temper tantrums, understands the concept of "how to test" Mommy and Daddy.. has gotten "NO" down to its pure perfection and uses it even when he shouldn't!!!!! Yes, our little baby has become our "little man." He knows how to dance ( and its pretty cute!!! ) loves to be outside, has idolized his Father - and screams whenever he leaves the room ( Mom is always around, so no big deal if she leaves!!!! .. she probably just went poddy!!!! ) has discovered the toilet paper - make sure you shut that bathroom door, otherwise you'll have the whole roll all around the house before you can even turn around! Knows how to say " oooouuuuu" and has learned how to bark like a dog!!!, and my all time favorite - will come up to me out of no where - and kiss my foot, or notion for me to pick him to get a quick snuggle. Yes family and friends - Cole Michael has grown out of the "baby" stage, and is becoming our "little boy!" Here our some of my favorite pictures we have taken in the last couple of weeks.
















"Don't Worry About Me"


Three years ago today, our beautiful Mother left this life - and met her sweet Jesus. As we wept for our loss - the heavens above rejoiced for their gain. Someone once told me that "time heals all." Of course at the time I didn't understand. Maybe I didn't want to understand.

Today I can say " I have healed." I still don't know if its "time." Maybe its that I am a Mom to a beautiful baby boy who everyday, reminds me of God's love, forgiveness, and how sweet life truly is. Maybe its watching the Negrinelli Family grow - Before it was just six of us.. Now its two son-in-laws, two grandsons, and little Sienna who when my Mom passed - was a little five year old girl. Today she is 8 going on what sometimes feels like 16! There was still moments ( and I have a lot of them ) that thinking of my Mom brings tears to my eyes. BUT!!! they are no longer tears of sorrow, or tears of hurt, or tears of anger. They are truly tears of happiness. I no longer feel like I am without her. I know whole heartedly she is with us -

Alan Jackson - one my all time favorites, released this song just recently. Its pretty amazing. The words speak so strongly to my soul. I hope that as you listen to it - remember our sweet, loving Mother who may not be here physically, but lives through my sisters, myself, and now her sweet little grandsons.

Happy 25th Birthday Mommy!


As most of you know, my birthday is not the easiest day since its the anniversary of our Mom. But, since being a Mom and a wife, I have found a new appreciation for this day. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband, a healthy baby boy, a beautiful home, great friends, and a lovely family. My Mom would have hated for me to grieve on this day. Although its still hard, I can say - Happy Birthday to me!! and thanks to all of our loved ones for making it special for me - especially our son!

On a Saturday night, we had all of our closest friends celebrate with Paul and I at a Redondo Beach bar called Naja's. They have over 800 different kinds of beers. Since there was a band, there was lots dancing, lots of socializing, and lots of celebrating the wonderful life God has blessed me with. I couldn't ask for greater friends! I am so appreciative that all of you took the time to come out and have a couple beers with me :)