Posted in Friends, Holidays, Note, Personal

Memorial Day

We went to South Padre Island with Maribel, Carlos, and Nick for Memorial Day. The beach wasn’t as crowded as I thought that it would be. When we got there, we got down, unloaded, and… It started to rain. We had to get back into the car, which made the kids furious, and then went to find something to eat. We had originally planned on doing a BBQ but obviously couldn’t do that with the rain.

We ended up not getting anything to eat and waited out the rain instead. We had almost gone home, but luckily we didn’t as the rain only lasted about an hour. Back on the beach once more, the kids immediately wanted to get in the water and the guys wanted to get the grill on immediately as none of us had eaten since breakfast. Note loved the water this time, which has been a first during all our time at the beach or at pools. It was great to see Note enjoying the water so much, even though it was a little stressful because the waves were so strong and Note is so light that they were literally sweeping her away.

The food was done in an amazingly short amount of time. We quickly gobbled it up before taking the kids back to the water once more. Note did not want to get out! Eventually we did have to get out however as it was getting late and Maribel needed to be home early because she worked the next day.

We got ice cream on our way home. It was so delicious! I haven’t had Dairy Queen in quie some time

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. I love the first two. The first one because I look pretty good pregnant and in a swimsuit. The second because I look so happy and the wave is going right up to my belly. I love the ones of Frank and Note as well because I love seeing Note and Frank make memories together since Frank works so much and he can’t usually make it to things like this.

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Posted in Frank, Note, Personal

Frank + Note

I really love looking back at old pictures of Note. This morning I was looking back at a bunch of pictures of them where they were sleeping together. Frank enjoys Note more now that she can do more things, but I know he loved that younger baby stage because he got to sleep with Note a lot more. Note dropped the afternoon nap a little while back, and anyway the nap always happened after Frank left to work.

Here is a collage of some pictures where they were sleeping together. The one in the top row in the middle was on Note’s first day home. Can’t believe that was over two years ago! And soon we will have a new little one. The time is going to fly by even faster with the second.


I feel like Frank and Note will always have this special bond. Note loves being in the kitchen with Frank. Note didn’t like Frank too much in the beginning and she’s still kind of iffy about him now occasionally, but she always wants to call him and when they are in the kitchen together is when their dynamic really comes alive.

Frank has Note help him with all sorts of kitchen duties, even cutting little vegetables with a real knife and cracking eggs. Note is great about being responsible in the kitchen, surpringly more responsible than I would expect from a two year old.

Note helping make pasta at El Divino

While I hope Note finds a love in cooking, I do hope that they do not make it a career only because I see how hard the chef life is for Frank. There’s shit for pay and hardly any time to be with family. The hours a long, the work hard, but for Frank it’s all worth it because he loves it so much. If Note finds that same love and passion, I’ll wish them only the best if they make it a career.

Anyway, I’ll end this post here. I’m still typing on my phone and it’s rather annoying due to the crack in the screen and the lag on the keyboard. 

Posted in Frank, Personal

Busy Life

When isn’t it a busy life, right? It’s been busier as of late though.

First of all, we made the move into my grandmother’s house. We only planned to stay there for a short while before getting a place of our own somewhere, but unforseen circumstances changed that.

Twelve days ago, Frank attempted to kill himself. He did so by running my truck into a pole with no seat belt on. My truck is pretty close to totaled, but Frank is thankfully alive and well. His decision to try and end his life came from depression he has never dealt with and alcohol abuse. He is now getting help with both and doing so much better. He finally seems happy again and I’m seeing the person I fell in love with in him once more.

We’re looking for a new car and did some car shopping today. We haven’t really decided what we want to get yet, but we know that we’re more fond of crossovers and hatchbacks, especially hatchbacks. Shopping for a car is strangely exciting. I really enjoy doing it, even if it is also a little stressful.

Frank isn’t living with us until he is sober for six months, possibly until Treble is born if he does really well with his rehab. Note is taking that a little hard and really misses him, but it gives Frank motivation to work towards staying away from alcohol. Even though alcohol was ruining his life, I can see he isn’t completely free from its control. He talks about wanting to get “well enough” to where he can have a beer again and be okay. I don’t like being discouraging at these times, but I don’t think that’s the way alcoholism works at all. His therapist told him he has bigger problems than that and needs to focus on them and fixing them. I would be happy if Frank never took a drink again, and I would be more than ready to never take a drink again along with him.

Well, that’s all the time I have for updates right now. This pregnancy is really taking it out of me and I’m much more tired than usual. Time to get the toddler in bed so I can go to sleep myself!

More pictures in my next post if I find my laptop charger by then.

Posted in Holidays, Note, Pregnancy

Our Little Christmas Gift

I don’t celebrate Christmas, and my boyfriend is not particularly religious or anything, but we’re both born and raised Catholic and surrounded by them. So, for that reason, we more or less celebrate Christmas. It’s a perfect time to come together with your family regardless, and some of the traditions are really fun. Personally, I celebrate Yule and that’s what we will be celebrating as a family once Note is born. Can’t wait for that!

Anyway, we did a “Secret Santa” gift exchange. We exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas Day because Frank got the 24th off of work, but not the 25th.  I got Frank’s sister, Jessica, and Frank got me. He got me a new windshield for my truck, which was the perfect gift because I have been complaining about my windshield basically since I’ve met him. It’s been a wreck for three years, but I never got around to getting it replaced. I got Jessica a candle and oil warmer set that she said she wanted one time when we went out shopping together. I hope that she liked it. She didn’t really say much about it, but then she is the quiet type.

On Christmas day, Frank had to work from 3 pm to 11pm. While he was gone, I went to my uncle’s house and had Christmas with my family. They made a lot of food, and the only person to get gifts was my grandma. She looked very cute opening them on the trampoline! When Frank came back home, he was pretty tired so we went to bed and cuddled while we watched a movie (I can’t remember which one). While we were cuddling, I put his hand on my belly like I so often do. I have been wanting him to feel Note for a while, since I know that Note can be felt from the outside and is much stronger now. His/her movements changed from little flutters when I first felt him/her, and now they are much stronger kicks and punches. Well, Note kicked Frank while his hand was on my belly! He finally was able to feel Note move and his face lit up brighter than any Christmas tree I have ever seen. It was such a wonderful and special moment, and the best gift I could ever ask for.

Only 114 days left!