Monday, December 22, 2008

Mad Scientist

We just think our new little cutie looks a bit like a mad scientist in these two pictures that her Aunt Vipha took. It sure was fun listening to Chloe and Aaron bust a gut (laughing very hard) when they first saw these pictures on the computer this morning. . . :-)

She's wearing the beautiful dress that her Grandma Esther made when Chloe was blessed. We had all but one of Simon's siblings and their families, his mom, and my sister, DeeAnn and her family here for the blessing.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Aaron's 3rd Birthday

Okay, this is a little late. His birthday was on Nov. 18th--the day after Emma and I got home from the hospital. My sister-in-law Yvonne and her kids (David, Gracie, and Ruby) were here. It was fun.

This was the CARS race track and bundle of extra cars from the movie CARS that he bought with his birthday money from Grandma LeVar. He was really excited to go to the Mattel Toy Store Outlet to spend the money :-)

Below is the toy rocking horse he got from Grandma Esther!


Christmas Decor


So, the day after Thanksgiving we did get our tree out (nice new pre-lit one we bought last year on clearance after Christmas! How I do all my holiday decor shopping!).

The kids are so excited! We're definitely on the countdown to Christmas. They keep asking if it's tomorrow and then when I say no, they want to know exactly how many days are left. . . it's going to be a long Christmas season :-) But fun!








Thanksgiving

Okay, so I didn't take any pictures, but Thanksgiving was great! Extremely DELICIOUS! We had my mother-in-law (Esther), Simon's brother and family (Cesar, Vipha, Nic, Nate, Natalee, Elijah), and Simon's sister and kids (Claudia, Destiny, and Bradley).

They all brought the food and we just provided the house, paper products, and drinks! It was fantastic! We really enjoyed having them all here for the afternoon. The kids played pretty well together! (I especially enjoyed hearing Bradley and Aaron--both 3 years old--laughing and playing together. Very cute.) I should've taken some pics. . . I "borrowed" the one below from my sister in law, Vipha's, blog. Thank, V :-)

It's Aaron at the little kids table with his cousins, Bradley and Elijah. Cute! :-)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

more Emma pics and some thoughts

Just a couple of pics from the hospital that show her face better. We're sure enjoying having her home! Chloe and Aaron just can't get enough of her. They love holding and touching her and wish she'd open her eyes more :-) She's definitely a good sleeper!
Natalie is doing well. The C-Section was a little over a week ago and she's feeling so much better! Thanks for all the prayers, meals, help, encouraging words, etc. etc. This pregnancy is definitely an experience I won't ever forget! From nausea, throwing everything up and ending up on a Zofran pump (constant anti-nausea medicine) to sudden insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety, and ending up in a Psychiatric Hospital for a few days and being put on sleep and anxiety drugs. (and, I must note, that I entered the psych hospital on my 32nd birthday--Happy Birthday to me. . .definitely a new experience for me) And then, of course, the actual C-Section (which went much better than I expected. I did have a panic attack but it didn't last too long and I was able to stay calm enough--with the help of my wonderful sister-in-law, Yvonne's, expert help--I didn't have to be put out).

This experience has brought me some measure of insight and empathy for others who experience these kinds of things daily. I also learned of many other friends and associates who have experienced panic attacks and extreme or frequent anxiety that I had no idea about.
It's also definitely been a faith promoting experience as well. I know that the Lord will never give us more than we can handle and knowing that is what got me through it all. (though, I must be honest and admit that at some points I thought the Lord had let me go past that point of being able to handle it!) However, it was when I was really at my breaking point that relief came. The Lord knows.

It's always eye opening when I go through certain difficult trials only to realize how many others in the world go through the same things and much worse. May God bless everyone with the comfort and strength to make it through their trials.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Emma LeVar Guerrero...





...was born on Nov. 14, 2008. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 4 oz. and measured at 17 inches.

Please see the pics attached with Chloe, Mommy, Emma, and Daddy (taking the pics) - Aaron was asleep at home at the time.

Emma LeVar Guerrero...



...was born on Nov. 14, 2008. She weighed in at 6 lbs., 4 oz. and measured 17 inches. Chloe, Mommy, Emma, and Daddy (taking the pics) - Aaron was asleep at home at the time.






Thursday, September 18, 2008

"Blown away"

Okay, this is an entry for the ole journal so Chloe can read it when she's older. Yes, it's a bragging one about how smart my daughter is.

Well, a week or so ago I was talking with Chloe's pre-k teacher. She told me that she had been doing preliminary assessments on the kids to get a feel for where they are academically (letters, numbers, sounds, reading, shapes, etc.) and she told me that she was "blown away" by Chloe. She said she is excited to see how far she can go with Chloe this year. She's going to get some reading books from the kindergarten teachers for Chloe to bring home.

Chloe LOVES to read and is quite good. For the primary presentation last week at church the primary pres. (who knows Chloe can read) gave her a 10 line poem to read. She did well. I received lots of compliments from people who were very surprised she could read so well.

I should finish this entry off with a pic of Chloe reading a book :-) I guess I'll just have to add that later.

She loves pre-k!! I'm glad she's getting the chance to interact with a variety of kids her age and getting use to the structured school environment. She tells me about what they do and her friends. She's also made some comments about things that have been great opportunities for us to turn into a lesson on what to or not to do and how to treat others. It's fun seeing her expand her horizons!

Fish Face

Chloe's new talent (as of a few weeks ago--I'm a little slow at journaling. . .) Yes, she is finally able to make a real fish face :-)




And below is Aaron's attempt at a fish face. . .

Football and Band

We took Chloe and Aaron to their first football game Tuesday night. Their cousin, Nic, was playing for Haltom Middle School's 8th grade team. The kids sure enjoyed exploring the large stadium! And, Chloe loved chearing for Nic :-)

After the game, 3 junior high bands played (including Haltom Middle which has both of their cousins Nic and Nate (brothers) playing. Nic plays Euphonium and Nate trombone).
The kids loved hearing the music. Then the high school band showed us part of their marching show. The kids especially liked that! They made lots of comments about the "flags."
At the beginning of the evening, Chloe said she wanted to play the flute in band one day. However, after seeing the percussion section, she decided she wants to play the drums. I told her that her Uncle's Lance and Alan (my bros. who played drums in high school band--Lance still plays and has been a band director) will be very proud :-)
Fun stuff!

Monday, September 8, 2008

First Day of School!!

Okay, Chloe's first day of Pre-K was, oh, two weeks ago. I'm a little slow. . .but here's a video. The school she's attending is a uniform school. Hence the white polo shirt and khaki skirt.

Chloe LOVES her class! She has really enjoyed the past two weeks of school and looks forward each day to going. She goes 5 days a week for 3 hours in the afternoon and the school is about two or three minutes from our house! I've been really impressed so far with the school and the teacher.


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Anemic and Happy

Okay, yes, I am very happy that the doctor's nurse called a couple of days ago and told me that my glucose levels are fine, but I am anemic. I'm happy about it because it's a treatable problem. I know that taking iron pills will help me get my energy back. I've been taking them for a couple of days and already today I am feeling more energetic! YOO HOO!!

I was anemic in my previous pregnancies and kept suggesting to the doctor this pregnancy that I was. But, every time they checked my iron levels they were fine, until last week! I'm relieved because I knew my exhaustion had to be caused by more than just being pregnant since I'm keeping down 99% of my food these days.

So, the first 5 or so months of exhaustion was caused by lack of food staying down and now it's because of anemia. Since I'm keeping food down and taking iron pills, I see a relatively pleasant forecast for the remainder of this pregnancy :-) (yes, I am at the point where I'm big and having back aches, sore hips, etc. But, those things are all much easier to deal with without constant nausea and total exhaustion! :-)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

CHESS

It was really fun seeing Chloe and Aaron "playing chess." They both looked so involved! As you can see, Aaron was apparently at a disadvantage since it appears as though most (if not all) of his pawns were gone at this point. Amazingly, Chloe was somehow able to take them without even moving her pieces to his side. . . ;-)



New Haircut

My new haircut & highlights (from a couple of weeks ago.) I decided it was time for a change since all I ever did was pull it up in a ponytail or bun of some sort. . .--okay, not the best picture, but you get the idea. . .




Friday, August 8, 2008

Nephite warriors? Hmmm. . .

A couple of weeks ago Simon made some cardboard cut-outs of the pieces of the "Armor of God." Of course each piece of the armor is symbolic of something we do to put on the armor of God in our own life. He made the cut-outs for a Sharing Time lesson at church and then we used them for a Family Home Evening lesson. The kids really enjoyed putting on the costume & seeing daddy in it. :-)


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Memories of Me. . . (TAG)

1. As a comment on my blog, leave a memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember! If we're only blogging friends, write about a post that is most memorable.

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll be sure to write one about you... either on your blog, in my comment box, or I will email you back!

3. If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all ☺....that's not true---go ahead and say it---see if it changes anything!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Magical Mirror

Chloe came running from very excited from the bathroom. She came to me and said, "mommy, the mirror is magical." I said "oh, really." She said "if you have a shirt with words on it and you look in the mirror it changes the letters around!" I said, "oh, it makes the word backwards?" She said "yeah! Come see, you have words on your shirt." I mustered up some excitement and followed her into the bathroom to see the 'magical mirror'. Oh, to be young again! Kids are fun.

Monday, July 21, 2008

GUESS WHAT???

I actually felt pretty darn good this morning!! I woke up without nausea and was able to eat breakfast without it coming back up! I had a bit more energy and actually felt like getting some things done!! I think I was more productive this morning alone than I have been in the last month. . .I actually did dishes, cleaned the kitchen, laundry, vacuuming, and I think I'll actually cook a decent dinner tonight! (that is if I can rest a bit this afternoon. I am totally exhausted now and a tad nauseated, but not enough to be a problem).

Anyway, I just am really excited and hope that I continue to have more days like this morning!

Friday, July 18, 2008

4-year old conversation

Chloe: "Brooke, do you want to help me go potty?"
Brooke: "No thanks"
Chloe: "Will you give me the toilet paper when I need it?"
Brooke: "Sure. Do a little dance. That always helps"
Chloe: "I have a little potty wiggle"

*listening to their uninterrupted exchange was just too funny! (Brooke is Chloe's good friend who was at our house some this week)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Fireworks, swimming, and a wedding

Okay, yes, I'm just now getting around to posting about or fun-filled July 4th weekend. July 4th was fun. First we spent a few hours at my sister, DeeAnn's, home swimming in their awesome pool! I was so glad to be rid of that Zofran pump so I could swim too! However, I failed to take my camera, so no pics of that outing. . . Chloe and Aaron LOVE going to play with their cousins Beth and Josh!




Later that evening, we had some family and friends over for a potluck hot dog dinner and fireworks. The fireworks show for our city is visible from our front yard (well, not only visible, but almost like having front row seats!) We had LOTS of food, kids had fun, and all enjoyed the fireworks. Chloe was vibrant during the show--she often said "woo hoo" or "I love fireworks" and would jump out of her seat. Aaron, just watched without much movement (actually began to fall asleep at the end--one exhausted boy considering how loud fireworks are and his eyes were closing. . .)



Then, on Saturday evening, Simon's sister Claudia got married to Scott on a sailboat! It was a beautiful day! Susan, a friend of ours who has a daughter Chloe's age, kept Chloe and Aaron for us. It's been a while since Simon and I have been on a date (I mean actually leaving the house without the kids. . .we sometimes watch a movie or something at home after they go to bed. . .)



Anyway the weather was nice and the sailboat ride was cool. However, 2 hours was a long time for me to be on the boat (being pregnant it only made my nausea a little worse). But, I survived and enjoyed myself (though I had scoped the place out to figure out where the best place would be to lean over the vote and vomit if the need arose--I decided to use a plastic sack, if that was necessary--avoid having the wind blow it all back in my face. . .okay, gross. Luckily I kept everything down.
Scott & Claudia
Then, after the boat ride, there was a dinner and dance reception. Very nice! We enjoyed the evening and are very happy for Scott and Claudia! Scott seems to be a great guy and he and his family really seem to love Claudia's two kiddoes--and the kiddoes seem to love them back! We're excited to have him in the family.

Below is a picture of Simon and I at the wedding. I didn't take my camera but Vipha emailed me a few of the great pics she took.
Natalie & Simon

Simon, Esther, Cesar, & Josh
Natalie, Esther, Sandra, & Vipha

LeVar Family Reunion 2008

Okay, I'm finally getting around to finishing my record of this event. It was the 2008 LeVar Family Reunion in Nashville, Tennesse. Hosted by Natalie's Aunt Freda and Uncle Chuck. I was off the zofran pump by the time we left and was able to get by with just taking a zofran pill in the morning and evening. I was able to enjoy the trip (though I did keep thinking about how great it will be when I get to go to subsequent ones NOT pregnant and really feel good enough to fully enjoy the festivities!)



We stayed with Nat's cousin Brad and his wife Zoe the first night we were there. It was nice to have some one-on-one time with them before the whole group was around. The next couple of nights we were at a hotel (the same one as Nat's other siblings & families and an aunt and uncle)


Friday night we had a yummy fried chicken picnic! The kids had a great time in the park (Aaron especially liked the sandbox and would pretend to be swimming in the sand. . .needless to say he was in need of a hose down when we got back to the hotel!).



On Saturday we had a pizza lunch at a cool YMCA water park. Chloe seemed to play especially well with Miroslava (Nat's cousin Rhett's daughter--see below).

Saturday Night was a yummy catered dinner/family talent show in the gym of their church building. Chloe and Aaron didn't perform, but enjoyed the other perfermances. Before the dinner, they discovered the nursery room with toys and spent a lot of time in there. . .


Below is a video with a short clip of Aaron and Barrett (Nat's cousin Brad's son) playing in the sandbox at the picnic (well, I think Barrett came and took a stick Aaron had and ran and Aaron ran after him--but didn't seem too bothered by it). Then a few of the kids on swings.


Also, is a short clip of Natalie's brother, Thad, doing the beginning of a karaoke song and then some clips of after it was all over and the kids were playing with the adults cleaned up.








On Sunday we drove back to Arkadelphia, spent the night with Nat's brother, Alan, and his family and then drove home to good ole Texas on Monday :-)

Pregnancy Ramblings

Okay, so I keep thinking I'm past the nausea and vomitting, but it keeps rearing its ugly head. . .At least I'm not constantly nauseated anymore and I throw up only a couple of times a week. But, I finally went and refilled my zofran Rx because I was having so much nausea over the past week or so.

Even though the nausea isn't so bad, there are some constant that have yet to go away at all: LOTS of headaches, extreme fatigue, no appetite, bad taste in my mouth, ALL food sours in my stomach and leaves a bad taste (no matter how good it was going down. . .). It all just stinks.


I was talking with a friend from church, Alysha, who is also pregnant. She totally understood what I was talking about with all the symptoms in my last paragraph! She's had the same thing her entire pregnancy and is due in August. Unfortunately, she's also had some heart problems (unexplained racing heart at times) that's a bit scary.


It's strange how our bodies respond differently to pregnancies. I have a couple of other friends who are pregnant and every time I ask they say they feel fine and haven't had any sickness. Then, another lady I talked with who has five grown children, said she was only sick with one of them. Then there's my sister-in-law who's sick the entire 9 months and it got worse with each subsequent child (she stopped at 4). And there's me who was sick the entire 9 months with Chloe, about 5 months with Aaron, and yet to find out when it will end with this one. But, even with Aaron, the bad taste in my mouth and sour stomach lasted the whole time. Then there's my sisters who also both had it rough at least into their second trimesters. Then, there are the rare jewels who actually feel better and enjoy pregnancy. The world should be filled with those!


Okay, that's enough rambling about pregnancies. Just some of my thoughts to look back on.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It's a Girl

Yep, we had a sonogram on Monday and baby #3 is going to be a girl! Chloe is way excited and has a name picked out and everything (Elysia). Aaron is excited to have a baby--I don't think he cares much if it's a boy or a girl since he usually just say the opposite of what Chloe says she wants. . .

I guess I could scan in a sonogram pic. . .we'll see.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Road trip to Arkansas and Tennessee Part 1

Natalie's brother, Thad, and his wife and children (Yvonne, David, Gracie, and Ruby) flew to Dallas and stayed with us for a couple of days before embarking on the rest of their trip in a rental van. Thanks to them for coming so that Natalie's mom & all her necessities could make it as well. (Karma rode with Thad and Yvonne to Arkansas and then Tennessee & we drove in a separate car).
Aaron & Gracie enjoying a video
Our first stop was at Natalie's brother, Alan's, home in Arkansas. Below are some pics of them with their cousins.
Chloe, Aaron, Joshua, Nicholas, & Christopher (cousins)

Aaron loving the Little People car track!

Chloe doing her favorite thing--reading!


Chloe loved the play room upstairs and Uncle Alan and Aunt Erika's home! Before Erika went to bed (around 11:30p.m.) she thought she heard something going on upstairs. She came up to check, and sure enough, Chloe was playing in the toy room all alone while the rest of us were sound asleep in our rooms! Erika said something to the effect of "sweetheart, I think you need to go to bed." And apparently Chloe just said, "okay" and complied.

Darth Vadar (a.k.a. David), Joshua, and Nicholas

David and ChristopherMr. Cool (a.k.a. Nicholas)The next day we all set out on our drive to Nashville, TN for our Family Reunion 2008! (Natalie's side of the family) Below are a couple of pictures of Aaron, Chloe, and David enjoying a play area at McDonald's (actually I think these pictures are from the trip home from Nashville, oh well, out of order. . .)




Saturday, June 7, 2008

Partners in Crime

This picture is from a few weeks ago. They kids were being awfully quiet. When I came to check on them, I found them in the kitchen eating popsicles and a chair by the freezer. Apparently, Chloe had gotten a couple of pop-ice type popsicles from the freezer and managed to open them with her teeth. One for her, and one for her brother. . .I thought it was pretty funny that they were sitting so quietly and facing the wall while enjoying their popsicles--trying not to get caught, of course :-)

**I have lost my mind. . .Simon read this post and laughed because he reminded me that he was the one who discovered the kiddoes and took this picture a few months ago. My memory is terrible.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Dinnertime with Mickey and Minnie

Okay, I'm finally starting to feel a bit functional again. Yippee! These are a couple of pictures from a few weeks ago.
Chloe had insisted on pulling the little blue table over next to the big table to eat at. So, we got Aaron all situated with his plate and then was clearing a space for Chloe (she had put Mickey and Minnie in the other two chairs), when she informed us that she was going to sit at the big table. Normally, we all sit at the big table and it was a bit strange for Chloe to be so persistant about being at the little table. Little did we know that her plan was to isolate Aaron with Minnie and Mickey. . .well, he didn't seem to mind, so we let him stay there for most of the meal (until he started playing with his food) then his daddy moved him up to the big table with us.

This is one of those stories that's so much funnier when it happened than in the re-telling. . .