Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

To all our family near and far! Wishing we were together!!

We are Thakful!!!

We have so many things to be thankful for this year!!!

Sebastian!!! He is such a joy and a blessing to our lives:)

Our family and friends, who love and support us- every single one of you are so special to us:) There aren't enough words to express our thanks to you!

Our home and provisions- God is so good, Great and Mighty is He.

Our precious freedom and our troops- we are truly thankful, they sacrifice their lives for us.

A good book


Hydraulic log splitters and the scent of seasoned red oak.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First Flurries

Earlier this week we had the first flurries of the season. I grabbed Sebastian and video camera and headed out. Here is his reaction:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bald head and Pig skins

Last night Eddie and I asked Sebastian what he thought about the Redskins's Sunday night game with the Cowboys. This is what he had to say:

9 month Portraits

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sebastian's first trip to Amish Country

Over the weekend, Sebastian had his first out of town trip with the Hooch-Haches. We picked up Tia Erin on Saturday morning and headed up to Lancaster. With all the outlets, we just HAD to do some shopping:) So, Sebastian got his Christmas clothes and PJ's and some other comfy winter clothes. I also found his Halloween costume for next year... I know what you are thinking, but I could not pass up this deal!!! Sebastian will be Mickey Mouse:) After shopping we went to dinner at El Serranos- excellent Peruvian cuisine!!! The evening was wrapped up watching a movie and with Tia Stephanie knitting Sebastian a hat,attempt #1. Turned out too big so she knocked it out in a couple of hours on Sunday morning. Of course no trip to Lancaster would be complete without going Undercover Amish. This is were we get in the car and drive around in pursuit of the Amish with Starbucks in hand. After that we gassed up and headed home.

Sebastian and the Girls

Reading time

A sneak peak to next year. The ears will stand up better since his head will fill out better....

Modeling the hat to mark where the ear flaps should go

All tuckered out and ready to go home and see daddy

A night with Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop

On Friday we had the pleasure of Mom-mom and Pop-pop's company for dinner:) Sebastian really loved the time with his grandparents. Here are some pics:

Three generations of Todd men

9 months old!!!!

I am still pinching myself!! Can my baby really be 9 months old!!!! On Monday we went for his 9 month check-up. He got a clean bill of health:) Here are his stats:
Height: 31 inches
Weight: 27 lbs.
Head circumfrance: 19 inches

He is in the 95% and above percentile for all 3 categories!! The Dr. said he was not concerned about the weight because of his height and body frame. He asked how tall Eddie was... "6 feet, but my dad is 6'3" and Eddie's uncle is like 6'7" and we have cousines that range in the 6'3"-6'5" " I replied. Dr said "Mommy, be prepared to have to look up to your son, he is going to be tall!"

Sebastian got his flu shot and his finger pricked for anemia screening. He did so well with both, he is such a trooper!!!

Here are some pics of Sebastian and Napoleon. FYI- He LOVES Napoleon. Napoleon can make him laugh at the drop of a hat, he does not have to do anything, just be there:)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

One down... to go! In my family we grew up with these felt Christmas Stockings that my mom made for us. When my niece was born, my mom started one that I ended up finishing.
Cecilia's Stocking:

With Christmas getting closer and closer I started working on Sebastian's stockings (yes more than one- one for Guita's house and one for our own) After a month of work I have finished the first.
Sebastian's stocking #1:

After putting the finishing touches on #1 I went straight to work on #2 (much harder, more satin stitches which take forever)! My goal is to complete #2 by the 6th of December!!!

The fastest diet ever!!!

I wish it were that simple!!! Go to the "Beauty Parlor" and a couple of hours later- TADA!!!!

Before- this is an older picture, but a good representation of the sate of his figure.

After- he is actually very happy about the results... I fell asleep with him curled up next to me purring the night away:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

We voted, did you?

One major positive to living in the country and not having to work outside the home and commute... NO LINES!!!! It took longer to get the stroller out, situate Sebastian in it, and maneuver through the parking lot, then it did to check in and vote!!!! We did our civic duty, have you?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Uncle Joe at work again!!!

Some of you know that I have a very talented uncle.... Joe. He is the artist of my bridal portrait (see link below)He entered my portrait in a competition with the Atlanta Portrait Society and placed!!!

Well he is at it again. Here is a shot of the work in progress. He plans on entering this one at the next competition.

Happy Halloween!!!

My Little Pumpkin's 1st Halloween!!!! We trick or treated with the cousin's in the 'Burg. Here are a couple of shots from the night.

The gang

Eddie and I dressed as farmers, Sebastian being our prized crop:)

Sebastian and his ride

My little photoshoot for Lucas

I go to meet my newest nephew while in Atlanta... and if you know me, you know I love to take pics. Sunday afternoon I got to take pictures of the handsome little guy.

Daddy and Son

Mami and Son

The little guy

Sebastian is growing up!!!!

8 and 1/2 months old and we had to drop the mattress in his crib!!! My baby is getting too big!!!!

Trip to Atlanta

My grandfather was celebrating his 80th bday... which was celebrated in pure Zabala style!! True to Tia Lorraine's planning- there was a theme and color coordinated theme- Masquerade with Wine and Navy Blue as the dress attire. It was really nice being able to visit with family and friends. While in Atl. we got to visit Vicki, Steve, John, and Joanie (plus Joanie's mom and brother). We had a wonderful dinner at John and Joanie's beautiful new home!!! Steve was able to celebrate with Redskins fans, their victory :) Sadly my batteries died and I was unable to get pics of our dinner:( Below are the pics of our trip.

Pre-party pics:
Sebastian and Mami

Guita and Tia Simone

Party Time!!!
My Family minus one:( Eddie was not able to travel with us!!!

Grandma and her men!

Papa and Mimi with all their grandkids

"es mi primo, Sebastian" translation- this is my cousin, Sebastian... Cuco loves Sebi:)

The Grandparents and their great-grandkids

I love this picture of the little prince's

The Grandparents, 9 out 13 of their grandkids (plus a couple of spouses), and all 5 of their great-grandkids

Mama's and their babies:)

Angel and I with each other's sons (Sebastian is NOT happy!)

Coto and Lucas


so who knew I was related to Elvis?

Goodbye Atlanta!!