1/2 year old Belle

I am 1/2 year old! Here are some of my recent pix taken from my mummy's phone cam.

I like posing for the camera. Look at my smile. 

 My dad knows how to accessorize. He was the one that added the pink bow to this outfit!

 Hello mummy. I see you.

 I am driving my mum's big truck! See if you can spot her favorite Kitty on the steering wheel!

 This time, it was my Kuya Daniel that's driving a yellow beetle. Taken at a yogurt place one hour south of Savannah.

 I love my Kuya. He has this special voice just for me. He updates my mummy with what I am doing.
"Mummy, Isabel face sun"
"Mummy, Isabel crying"
"Mummy, Isabel happy"

Other cool notes:
  • I started eating solids! I love squash. Peaches not so much.
  • I can sit on my own without support.
  • I have been scooting on my back, usually when I am upset, crying and wanted to be picked up.
  • I started rolling over over a month ago.
  • I went on my first family vacation to St. Simons GA. I survived 30 hours of driving -- that's almost 2 days stuck in a carseat! No wonder I cried and cried on day 2 of drive back to Indiana.
  • The first beach I visited was St. Simons East Beach in coastal GA.
And here's a picture of my mummy when Papi and I visited her at work.
I just found out today that starting December 2012 (after I turn a year old) my mummy will start taking "home call". Her last "in-hospital" overnight over 24 hour call will be in November. What a great birthday present for me... and a great Thanksgiving present for her!



My Favorite Time of the Day

Just like most working moms, my favorite time of the day is pick-up time. Seeing my kids' faces light up as I enter the classroom is heart melting. It's my reward for the day: to pick up my babies and take care of them. It's my reward after taking care of other children for an entire day.

Mornings are chaotic (again just like in most American households). Thanks to my husband who is generous of his time to go out of his way to drop off the children in the morning.

Daniel used to be in a day care near our house. I did not get to drop off as I left around 6:30a and daycare #1 was still closed. Derrick also picked him up for the first 9 months because by the time I get off work, drive back home, it's pretty much closing time for the daycare. I was so excited once Daniel transfered to his current school. It's 10 minutes from my work (less than that when it's not rush hour!) and I get to pick him up! pick up time became our bonding time! The school the kids are in offer extended hours (opens at 6:30a and closes at 7p). It is affiliated to the hospital system catering to nurses and doctors' schedules, etc. Just because they offer extended hours does not mean Belle and Daniel stay there that long! Derrick drops them off just so they are not there before 7 (which is pretty much the start of my workday).

I am cranky, sad and depressed when I get off work late and I cannot pick them up. I don't mind working late because I do my enjoy my job. I just wish I get off "on-time" to pick up the kids. I hate driving from work with an empty back seat.... No singing in the car. No baby coos. No dancing with upbeat pop songs. My hubby picks them up and swings by the school just so Isabel and Daniel do not have to spend any more second in the school. They spend more than enough time there already and it's the guilt that pushes me to ask Derrick to pick them up although I know it will be a  sad drive home for me.

But today, it's one happy drive home for mummy, Daniel and Isabel. And I am thankful for this kind of afternoon!

No... I don't text and drive, nor do I "take a picture and drive".
Taken on our driveway as soon as we arrived at home.
Where is Belle? Behind me....
Happy afternoon!
My favorite time of the day.

10 things I love about my Mom

  1. She's stubborn, strong-willed and opinionated. (all in a good way!)
  2. She can crochet. She is very crafty. She makes her own stained glass windows.
  3. Her midlife crisis: butterfly tattoo on her lower leg.
  4. Her shrimp coconut curry! oh so yummy.
  5. Babysitting nights while I am on-call.
  6. Labor support at Daniel's delivery.
  7. Her love for her grandchildren.
  8. Her laugh, her sneeze, her personality.
  9. Her love for me!
  10. Just cause she's my mom. Happy birthday Mother!

    Isis and Iryn 2006
    (we both look so young, mom!)


Down South Y'all

Sunday: I got done fairly early post-call. We hit the road by noon! All in all, the kids did well the first day of driving. That's 8 hours from Indy to Asheville!
Daniel loved the tunnels while we drove through the Smokey mountains. I enjoyed seeing the clouds (smoke/fog) so close to us and the mountains.

Monday: 6.5 hours of driving and finally made it to St. Simons GA! We stopped more frequently this second day of driving. Isabel finally figured out that she was in her carseat >2-3 hours at a time without getting picked up.

Tuesday: We went to St Simons East Beach. The boys loved, loved, looooovvveeeddddd the beach. Such a big sandbox for them. The water was still pretty cold. Dean was the only one who swam…. period. He turned into the lobster man after a day at the beach.

My big boy loving the heat and the sand


St Simons Pier

Mummy and Daniel

Wednesday: We braved another day of driving. But this time around, it was only 2 hours to Savannah. The big to-do for the day was to dine at "The Lady and Sons" restaurant by Paula Deen. It was humid and sunny that day with thunderstorms in the afternoon. I blamed it on the weather and I bought a souvenir bright pink Paula Deen umbrella. I have been buying souvenir umbrellas from places I visit. It started in Venice Italy (2004) when it was drizzling a little bit, then Walt Disney World (2008), NYC (2010) and now Savannah (2012). I am going to make a tradition now and buy inexpensive umbrellas as souvenirs.

Baby knocked out after lunch

Happy and Fed Tourists
 Thursday: Half an hour south of St Simons is Jekyll Island. We visited the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Hospital. The sea turtles acquired injuries from propellers, cars, dehydration, malnutrition. One had a spinal cord compression and required steroids. More than one had air in their abdominal cavity that required needle decompression. Weights velcroed on their shells were used for diving therapy. Without the ability to dive, turtles cannot find food and will die of malnutrition.

The rest of the day was spent at Jekyll Island Beach.

Friday: Our last day at St. Simons was spent at the….. BEACH. Where else?

Nobody wanted to cook anymore for dinner…. Nobody was excited either to eat leftovers. We were lucky to find this BBQ place on our way back to the condo. Guy Fieri from Food Network stopped by this famous place. The food was delicious, yummy Southern BBQ to the core!

Saturday: Our first day of driving back to Indy started. We stopped by Augusta and visited the St. Louis home! It was a bittersweet goodbye for everyone. I miss having my sister around.

Sunday: Mother’s Day was spent driving, driving and more driving. We took a detour on our detour because of a big accident on I-65 in KY near Mammoth Cave. It was a multivehicle crash and the interstate was closed for at least 6 hours. Mom stayed optimistic saying: it’s an adventure, while we navigate through windy county and state roads.

Since it was Mother’s day, restaurants were full with long waits. So we picked this place: Coconut Bay CafĂ© thinking we can get seafood.... Once inside, we found out it’s a restaurant by day, and bar with a dance floor at night! We took my mom on Mother’s Day to a bar!!!

What’s the next adventure for the Delima’s? You bet we already have plans for our next family trip!

--> Where was your most recent family vacation? Was it a new place for the family or a favorite annual vacation spot? What did you do?

Note: Links on this entry are from my sister's blog. Her pictures are WAY better than mine.
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