Sophia’s 1st Birthday

Well, hello there, strangers!  I guess there’s no other explanation other than…I stink at blogging.  It has been months since I last posted, and there have been so many things happening since then!  I’m going to try to catch up here, starting with Sophia’s 1st birthday.

At the end of May, my sweet little girl turned a year old.  How it happened that quickly, I’ll never know.  As cliche as it sounds, it seems like just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital.  It’s been the best year of my life, but a crazy one too.  She is the sweetest little girl I’ve ever met, and so darn smart.  I’m such a proud mom!

So, anyways, back to her birthday…Cesar and I decided since we were having a big party for her the weekend following her birthday, we’d just have our parents and siblings over on her actual birthday to do cake and presents.  We gave her a small piece of cake as a “smash cake”, and she wanted no part of it until we gave her a little push.  She had a lot of fun playing with all her new toys!  We had a low-key night, but had fun celebrating Sophia’s birthday.

The Saturday after her birthday, we had her birthday party at my parents’ house.  I’m not sure of the exact number, but we had somewhere around 50 people there.  We had hamburgers and hot dogs (which kept it easy for such a big crowd) with lots of fixins and sides.  We also had a table set up for those of us with a sweet tooth (what can I say…I am my mother’s daughter!).

Sophia and her little friends played, while the adults chit-chatted and ate.  She “opened” gifts after everyone was done eating, which actually consisted of me opening and her scattering the contents of each box all over the floor.  She got so many (too many!) gifts, but she loved them all.  After she managed to make a complete mess all over of toys and clothes and wrapping paper, we decided it was time for cake.  I guess the whole “smash cake” thing was familiar to her this time, because she did much better digging in the second time around.

After swimming and cleaning up the big ol’ mess we made, we called it a day and headed home.  What a fun day it was for everyone, but especially for the birthday girl!

See you back here soon!

Cesar’s Birthday

So, it’s official…Cesar’s getting old!  27, to be exact! His birthday was Friday, and we’ve been celebrating ever since.

Friday night, Cesar got to choose what he wanted to do for dinner.  I told him I’d make just us dinner, I’d make dinner for everyone, or we could just go wherever he wanted.  He chose Chili’s.  Um, ok.  Those 2-for-1s will get ya every time, I guess!  So we met Cesar’s parents, my parents and siblings, and Cesar’s cousin and family at Chili’s after everyone got off of work.  We were quite the rowdy bunch, I must admit.  Between Sophia screaming, Brandon and Yere running around and laughing, and trying to communicate from one end of the fifteen foot long table to the other, we got pretty loud.  Luckily, no one seemed to mind.  We ate dinner and some of us (all of which were of the male gender) had a couple drinks, then had the whole serving staff sing “Happy Birthday”.  It ended up being a pretty good dinner for good ol’ Chili’s.

After dinner, we all headed back to our house for some good old fashioned cake and presents (and running/crawling around screaming like crazy people for those under the age of 8).  We were all pretty stuffed still from dinner to eat much of the ice cream cake I bought, so most of that ended up squished in a Tupperware container in our already-overcrowded freezer.  Cesar got some nice cards and gifts, then we shooed everyone out because at that hour (11pm…when the party was just getting started in college!), it was time for bed for these old farts (haha!)!

Saturday, we decided to go over to Orlando to go to SeaWorld for a few hours.  We got to Orlando at lunchtime, and went to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch (which by the way, was really good) since I’d never been.  As we were leaving though, it started pouring.  After “waiting it out” for a half an hour, we looked on Cesar’s phone, and that rain was just not stopping any time soon.  So on to Plan B…off to Ikea we went!  I love Ikea, but always end up spending so much money on stuff we don’t really need.  This time was no exception.  Two hours and $100 later, out we came with our big blue bag full of…a toilet cleaning brush and some AAA batteries?  We got a few other random things, but I’m still unsure as to where our $100 went.  Haha.  The rain was still going strong, so we decided just to head home.

Cesar came up with the idea of going to dinner and the movies, you know, since it was still his birthday weekend, and since apparently a birthday is not enough.  So, we dropped Sophia off at Cesar’s parents house and headed to the movies.  We saw “The Hunger Games”, which neither of us had read or had any idea about.  We both liked it, but were both a little confused by the whole thing.  Maybe I’ll read the book and it’ll make more sense.  We went to Bubba Gump’s for dinner, then back to pick up our pretty girl.

Today, we went over to Cesar’s parents house for a cookout for- you guessed it- Cesar’s birthday!  Both of our families were there and some friends.  It was a nice day, so we sat outside for hours talking and laughing and letting the kids play.  We left once it got dark, came home and started winding down for the night.

It’s crazy how much different of a celebration birthdays are nowadays.  Now that we are married and have Sophia (not to mention, we’re out of college), a “craaaazy birthday weekend”  is no longer defined by getting “wasted” and going crazy, but by sharing two rounds of 2-for-1s at Chili’s instead of one.  But, I don’t think either of us would change it for the world!