My Fitness

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Caleb Walks


Caleb has always been very active. Perhaps this is because of that extra week he was in utero. From the moment he popped out he held his head up. That night he pulled the covers over his eyes to block out the light. He's always been wanting to do more and he just keeps trying until he's able to do it. He has great work ethic.

We put him in a baby walker at "too young" an age because we felt that he was more than ready to go for a stroll.

He loved it too! But then he discovered that he could walk by holding onto furniture. Now he has more freedom without the walker. Now he has been trying to stand and walk all on his own.





Caleb loves this video. We have watched it dozens of times. I wonder what he is thinking when he watches it.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Caleb's New "Bed"

Caleb usually sleeps in our bed with us. But sometimes he needs to take a nap when we're not sleeping. We used to let him sleep on the bed with pillows all around him. But recently he has been so active that the pillows haven't been keeping him safe. He hasn't ever fallen except for once when I caught him before he even realized that he was falling! And that was the last straw. So we got him a new "bed":

Why don't we use a crib? We tried. But he hated it, he would cry the instant we started walking toward it, and then he started climbing out of it. And that was an absolutely devastating thought. So we don't use it any more. Caleb very much enjoys his big boy bed. And sometimes I can even snuggle up next to him for nap!

My Own Body

Ephesians 5:28 says, "...husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself."

Today's Love Dare spoke about this passage and how as a wife I should love my husband the same way that he is supposed to love me. That same Ephesians chapter talks about wives submitting to their own husbands just as the church is to submit to Christ.

I also listened to a sermon by Matt Chandler today that spoke on the same passage interestingly. He pointed out that women are to be submissive to their husbands because their husbands are supposed to be serving them as Christ served the Church.

Wives, let's remember to love our husbands the way God intended us to love them. They are not our children. Single Ladies, prepare to love your husband by softening your hearts and learning how to be lead. I've seen many mature relationships not fare so well because the wife is constantly emasculating her husband...when I was single I didn't even know what behaviors were found to be emasculating. A lot of the time it is in how things are presented. Find a married woman with a gentle spirit to ask - that's probably the best thing you could do with the key phrase of "gentle spirit" not loud and domineering.

On a lighter note, Caleb's been making some very good attempts at walking! Today he stood up on his own several times and twice he even took a few steps before falling on his bum. This is very exciting! Although, I think I had anticipated him being a little more mature before he could walk. He still has a baby mind but now has a toddler's physical abilities. We're going to have to baby-proof very quickly!

He often walks on his knees:


Here he shows how he can get his toys out all by himself:

And finally, can I share a pet-peeve with you? I was talking to my husband about this today. This is long and is only intended for the eyes of a couple of people - those that I mistreated and those who are currently mistreating others:

Before I moved to Texas I had some acquaintances tell me that I always made them feel stupid. The manner in which they told me made it seem like they were addressing a character flaw. They couldn't say exactly what it was that I was doing; I certainly wasn't saying, "hey you're stupid." And my thought at the time was that maybe they were stupid. Today, I am ashamed of this behavior, and if you're reading this and I treated you in this way, I am very sorry to you.

I've since figured out what they were feeling and not able to articulate. It's a haughty spirit. It's people who say, "well, I know I'm smart." or "I'm smarter than everyone I know." or "It isn't that I'm smart, it's that everyone else is not smart." - Can you believe that people are this prideful? That was me a mere five years ago. If someone today said, "You know we're all very smart people here..." I would have to reply that such statements seldom stir up affections for Christ nor do they reflect the grace that has been bestowed to us and anyone we feel is less gifted. These statements certainly don't stir up affections for fellow mankind. To act as if being smarter is somehow equal to being better shows a void of understanding of what Christ did for us on the cross. I would gladly give up my IQ to be able to enter more freely into Christ's embrace.

So this is my pet peeve - what was once my sin is now the bane of my existence. I have not become dumber, but what has changed is the constant need to be correct. I simply stopped correcting people. I stopped being a "grammar Nazi". I stopped auto-correcting people's misunderstandings even when they were very obviously wrong. Why? Because it is not loving!!! To make other people feel stupid does not draw them toward Christ. What is my primary goal? To draw them toward Christ or to show others how smart I am? Being smart in this instance is a curse. Eventually, my thoughts changed too. I don't even think corrections any more (and it is obvious when you think corrections).

I have found that when I let go of my insecurities I could let go of needing to appear a certain way (ie "smart" albeit annoying and rude) and people generally found me to be more enjoyable to be around. You are not any body's teacher. Stop trying to teach them and simply let them live without fear of being corrected by you. If you don't stop, they'll start stepping on egg shells around you. This is an emasculating behavior for men. These types of women either don't find a husband or have terrible marriages.

This is the end of my rant. I hope it wasn't offensive. I hope that if this bad behavior describes you that you will repent. If this behavior describes how I once treated you, please forgive me.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Stockings

This is Caleb's first Christmas! And that means it is also all of us Mulfords first Christmas as a family. Christmas '08 Felipe and I were engaged. Christmas '09 we were pregnant. And now Christmas '10 we're a family! Who knows what Christmas '11 will hold for us?

Last year we made Felipe a Bjorkman family stocking. He's not much into crafts...so he just put his name on it and left the rest blank. This year, we added Caleb's stocking, which you saw a glimpse of before. I left it undecorated for so long. Currently, it's wonderful though:
Caleb's stocking reads, "Merry 1st Christmas!"




Tuesday, December 7, 2010

No Double Standard - a long rant on how awesome my husband is


Yesterday's Love Dare had three points that it ended with. The second one read, "No Double Standards. Be as considerate to your spouse as you are to strangers and coworkers." Neither Felipe nor I have a problem with this. We actually treat each other much better than we treat anyone else...not that we treat others poorly, but we do give each other extra special care and attention. But it is a good reminder. I've seen countless couples shout and bicker at one another over petty things and say things that they wouldn't dream about saying to a stranger. So why is it that we tend to think that we can treat those we love most with the least amount of respect? I had one friend who said it was because we know that our loved ones will forgive us. Isn't that so sad? I don't think we realize what we're doing.

I love my husband so much. It makes me sad to remember those times when I put myself above him and did what I wanted without consideration to what he wanted. I could justify with petty talk of how he's done the same blah blah blah. But the truth is is that my sin is never justified by anyone else's behavior.

My husband is so wonderful. He always speaks to me in a civil manner. He's not petty nor does he bully. He doesn't belittle me or shout at me for anything (and especially not for things outside of my control). He looks for ways to comfort me. He speaks well of me and comes to my defense. He treats me humanely and with respect.

My husband is a man. Because he acts manly, he makes it easy for me to act femininely. Because he treats me with love and respect, he enables me to respond with love and respect. I don't have to justify his actions because his actions are innately just. I don't have a "but" before my "I love him". There is no string of sins and errors followed with a "but I just can't help loving him."

My husband is godly. Other men would do well to follow his example. He isn't perfect, but he is a good man and a good husband (and a good father!). He genuinely cares and loves people. He reads his Bible and follows what it says rather than blindly following what another man would say it says.
I'm privileged that many of my friends' husbands fall into similar descriptions. And if you're single, I would encourage you to find one of these types of men. Don't excuse his bad behavior. Don't ignore the warning signs. Don't marry a man that tries to make you cry. (yes, I do know women who have married men who try to make them cry so that "they will learn their lesson" - isn't that verbal abuse? Their husbands are jerks and bullies.)

The other evening we snuggled on the bed together as I ran my fingers through his hair and talked about the prospective future by this fireside:



It was very niiiiiice! Maybe you can fullscreen it and do the same! Unless you have a real fireplace...then you can sit by that one instead of this one.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Blanket!

My mom is a seamstress. She loves to sew and collect things to be sewn one day. And today I found one of her collected items.
It's called a "no sew" project, but it's so so easy that I think it should be called a "no talent" project. I literally cut strips and then tied them together. I didn't do it "correctly" but it still turned out great! -correctly would be to have it perfectly edged, but I preferred the rounded edge and so that's what I did.:
It's just the bear fabric and the yellow backing fabric tied together. That's it. I did it while I watched...HGTV! (Caleb had already gone to sleep.)

And now that I've tricked you into reading my blog, let me share with you something important. Jesus. He's important. I'll be brief. Without Jesus, everything is pointless. But with Jesus in my life, I have a reason to take joy in my husband and my son. I can enjoy life because I know there's a bigger reason than just existence. That bigger reason is to glorify God and enjoy him. And I get to enjoy him not just while I live on Earth but also when I enter the after-life.

Since we're entering the Christmas season, there'll be a lot of inaccurate information concerning Jesus and who he is. There's silly songs, romanticized songs, and religious songs. I love this time of year. I love the songs. I love the decorations. But the most important thing to remember, not just at Christmas but always, is that Jesus was born so that he could show us the way to God. I'll leave you with these thoughts:

A Christmas Production

Yesterday, I started decorating our house. It's been very fun. I suppose I watch too much HGTV. While I can't possibly copy what they do due to budget and experience, I'm fairly creative and can throw some of our collected decorations in, what I think, is a pretty nifty design. I'm not done. But this is what I have so far:




Once I'm done, I'll show what it looks like from the front door. There's some more decorations that I couldn't adequately capture but I will. The look from the front door right now is amazing. I can't wait to show you!

Wonder(ful) Husband


I love my husband so much. When I wake up and I don't know what to do that day, I like to think of a way to practically show my husband that I love him.

The first few days of the Love Dare have been really easy and enjoyable. I wasn't expecting it to be so easy...I suspect that it will get harder. I guess I should realize that the people in the movie were having quite a few marital problems and thus are not a good comparison for us.

So far day one was simply "Don't say anything mean." Done. No problem. The closest I think I got to saying something mean was getting nervous about something but not actually saying anything mean during that moment at all. Day Two was "Do Something Nice." Well, that was fun. I tried to be creative and I gave my husband a massage! Day Three was more difficult, so I improvised. Day Three was "Buy something for your spouse." Welllll, I did not do that. First, I have no money. Second, I have no transportation even if I did have money. So instead, I made him a meatloaf! It was yummy! And it definitely got the point across that I was thinking of him all day and that I love him very much!

I thoroughly enjoy being married to Felipe. He's provided so well for our little family.

I really enjoy staying with my parents too while we wait to hear about our job situation (we don't want to sign a lease and have to break it). Being with my parents has enabled me to show them how much I appreciate them and make up for not showing them this when I was a kid. (Kids are stupid and inexperienced. Once you have a kid of your own, your vision suddenly clears.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thanksgiving Eruptions

Thanksgiving was a very eventful day for us Mulfords. Yes, we had the regular turkey, stuffing, rolls etc. But in particular interest is that Caleb's first two teeth erupted! And this right after our pediatrician tried to scare us into ceasing our night feedings by telling us an old wives tale about how night feedings lead to late teeth eruption. -I know, it didn't make sense to us either.

Here are those beautiful teeth...although you can't really see them in this pic.
Of course I couldn't get him to sit still for a second to take a pic until he was asleep...

And then there's the mental image of calling his teeth "erupting"...two volcanoes where teeth should be. I know what the word means, I just can't help of thinking of volcanoes though. I have a pic but it's terrible...but if you want to see it real bad just follow this link.

I know, that was dumb. That's why I made it a link instead of part of my blog.

And in other secret news, FELIPE STOP READING AT THIS POINT!!!!!


Seriously, Felipe, I want it to be a surprise...


Did you stop reading yet?

ok, in other news, I bought a copy of "The Love Dare" for me to become a better wife. I feel like I have become rather spoiled and I don't like it. So I've decided that I will stop thinking so much of myself and instead actively focus on Felipe. He's a wonderful husband that I don't always appreciate as much as I should. I'm hoping to gain perspective and appreciation as well as making him feel more loved as my love grows for him.

I've been thinking about what my purpose in life is and I continuously come back to "give God glory and enjoy him forever" and if I am feeling lost then that's because I'm not giving God glory or I am not enjoying him. One major way I can give God glory is to honor and respect my husband. I hope that God will show me how to give him glory through submission to my husband whom he has placed over me. I want this Love Dare to be a gateway for God to radically soften my heart.

If you could take one thing away from reading this today I would hope it would be that you would want to love your husband more too...and if you're single, then to not think that you would do so much better if you were married: It is very hard to be married to someone that is almost completely like-minded with you and to be reminded at the most inconvenient moment that you're only almost completely like-minded. There's always going to be something that you disagree over. And the pride that you feel now, thinking, "I would handle things so much better than those married peopler I know" is the same pride that is going to get in the way of any possible future relationships. Kill the pride now and you won't have as much to deal with then. Or be single and never have to think about another human-being other than yourself for the rest of your life.

I hope that last bit didn't sound too harsh. But I think that the married people who read this would agree with me that they wish they were less selfish toward their spouse. There's always room for improvement. Pride is the root to so many sins. And love is the antidote.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Must Mean Yes

This is a funny comic I made about Caleb from some of his photos I took:

Alternatively, you can click this link: http://i.imgur.com/iJKno.jpg

Last Weekend was Fun and Today I used a Groupon

Last weekend Nina came into town. That was fun. She put up the Christmas tree. I helped her, but I was very distracted with the baby and with making the baby's stocking! The stocking still is not quite finished, but here's a photo of what it looks like currently.

We had a really nice time!

Later Josh came over for dinner and a fire pit. That was great fun too.

I love you guys! Josh was the namesake for our son (Caleb Joshua after Joshua Caleb), btw.

And in other news, I subscribe to Groupon. They sent me a $10 gift certificate that expired TODAY! But recently I haven't really enjoyed the products being offered...until TODAY! Today's Groupon is for Kodak photobooks...which I love! And guess how much it cost? It was $10 for $20 worth of books...so I got it for free!!! Perfect. And you can do it too if you read this in time. And as an extra bonus to me you could use this code (http://www.groupon.com/r/uu7368739) to give me referral points :)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Caleb is Learning to Stand

We play a fun game with Caleb. One-Two-Three and we let him stand on his own for however long he can balance. He always lands on his butt with a giggle. This weekend he made some very good strides both figuratively and literally! And now I only have to say, "one, two, three" and he will let go of whatever he's holding onto, sometimes though, he'll just skip the balancing part and sit down real quick with a giggle.

Another fun game we play is the I'm-Going-to-Get-You game. We take turns with who is "getting" whom. I'll help Caleb get Daddy and then Daddy gets Caleb and then we rinse and repeat with Mommy. He loves the game and is catching on to the rules very quickly. Sometimes he'll start playing before Felipe or I even thought of it. It's always cutest when Caleb goes after Grannie Clare or Grandpa John and gets them. The giggles are just too cute.

Here's a pic of Caleb's sleeping position after he was screaming at us for making him sleep in his own bed:
(I moved him to better position right after I took the photo.)

Caleb is doing much better now with his new sleeping arrangements. And we've started giving him more solid food. One observation I made today is that he fully understands what he's allowed to do and what he is not allowed to do. Before today I was never sure if he understood. But there he was moving purposely blockading cushions out of the way so he could go gnaw on the coffee table. I watch for a few seconds and then said in a not-too-serious voice, "What do you think you're doing, Mister?!" Caleb spun around and tried to crawl away from the table and giggled as I went over and put the cushions back. He didn't try again.

Caleb with some solid food:
Caleb has always laughed in his sleep. Since the day he was born, once he fell asleep we would eventually hear the cutest little sleep-giggles. Once he started moving more (and becoming more frustrated) he would sometimes cry too. Now he'll sometimes cry if he's had a bad day. My goal recently has been to be the best mommy ever. I gage how successful I've been at that by how much Caleb giggles in his sleep. Today he had two very full naps and lots of play time! We ran over to the Christmas tree and back to his play area several times (I'm sore), he had air-tossings, alone play times, and many episodes of aforementioned games. And he giggled in his sleep today!

I feel like I have won. Yesterday was no good. And that made today even better!

Here's a fun video of Caleb-cuteness. He's crawling around the kitchen chasing after his shadow:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

He's a Big Boy!



I find that my only time to blog recently is when Caleb is asleep...so here I go!

This week hasn't been the best week. It started out with Caleb's 6 month wellness check and vaccinations. It was terrible! First, we got to the office early but weren't seen until 30 minutes after our appointment time. Then the new nurse who is still training on the computer system didn't take any of the measurements correctly. This is our pediatrician's third new nurse since Caleb was born...why can't he keep nurses around? Then when our doctor came in to see us he was rather rude. We weren't too offended by this because I figured all these issues were probably related to the new nurse taking time to learn pediatrics.

The poor baby though - four shots! It made me sad. One rather funny part though was when we took Caleb over to the scale. We had to take his diaper off for an accurate reading. And he decided to empty his bladder while he was at it! Daddy went to go get a clean diaper. So Caleb and I walked back to the room...and Caleb completely naked! He was giggling and baby-skipping. It was so cute and he had everyone in the office laughing!

This is Caleb enjoying his singing Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street:

The next night we started moving him to his own bed to sleep. We had been sleeping with him in our bed. (And for all you nay-sayers, we were very careful about making sure he had adequate room and he's always been capable of moving his head away from suffocating.) So, Caleb didn't like it very well at all. We had to go in several times to reassure him that he was safe. And when we finally went to bed he was still whimpering in his sleep. This also made me sad.

But on the plus side, tonight when I put him to bed I put his little stuffed puppy near him. And I saw him take the puppy under his arm on the baby monitor. It was very cute! So I think he'll be able to sleep through the night with his new best buddy.

This is Caleb wearing his pjs from Grandma Bertha:

Though this week wasn't the best, my husband just got home early and told me he doesn't need to work tomorrow! My sister is coming home tomorrow and we're having a friend over for dinner on Saturday. Things always eventually turn around...especially when you remember that Christ died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins and we are now free to live for his glory - this always puts things into perspective.

Caleb got some DVDs in the mail. This is a pic of him watching them:
I put him in the bed because he starts banging on the computer whenever I don't put him in the bed.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Recently, I've Been Busy.


I talked to my sister, Nina, on the phone today. We had a nice introduction to a conversation that we coined awhile ago:

Nina: Hi, Lulu
Me: Hi, Nina, how are you?
Nina: I'm good. How are you?
Me: I'm doing good. How are you?
Nina: Oh, you know. Doing good. How 'bout you?
Me: Yea, I'm ok. How are you doing?

And we go back and forth giving variations of the same question and answer for quite some time. We can be quite goofy.

She eventually noted how I'm not on facebook any more and she can't see pics of her nephew as often as she'd like. She also mentioned that I have not updated my blog in awhile...welllll, she's right. But I responded that it was a purposeful decision to either spend time with my son or blog about spending time with my son.

Right now he's asleep in my lap!

Recently we discovered that Caleb loves dogs. Big dogs! Felipe took me out for a special morning date to a very nice bakery in historic downtown Grapevine. We then took a walk with Caleb and wandered into a bookstore where a dog was lounging on the floor. While Felipe and I were looking at various items the owner said her dog would be nice to Caleb. So we placed Caleb next to the dog (and since I don't trust big dogs I stopped what I was doing to pay full attention to this dog with my baby boy.). Caleb loved her! He got so excited and tried to climb her. And when I put him back in the stroller he climbed out to go play with her some more. Unfortunately, Caleb didn't know how to get down other than by gravity. Luckily, I caught him before he hit the floor. No damage done. But then today he climbed up into a standing position with the help of a chair. Our son is a little climber.

Oh, and we bought him a cool hat.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Caleb Giggles and Crawls

Caleb has been making progress in crawling and sitting. And he's always giggling!
I think here he's impersonating a lion! "Roar!"

And this is his very second sitting on his own!
He gets very excited whenever he does it.


Caleb giggles over having fun with Daddy and Aunt Kirsten with Grannie Clare in the background. Caleb giggles over any word that has the "EE" sound in it.

Here Caleb "crawls" toward us filming him.

Having Caleb has greatly increased the joy we have in our marriage. I had great fun making shepherds pie and yeast rolls and cookies with Caleb for Daddy. I put Caleb in my baby sling and explained what each step was and Caleb paid surprisingly close attention until he fell asleep! Then when he woke up we drove to get Daddy at work and I had so much fun telling Caleb how lucky we are in having a man who is the head of our household who loves God and takes care of his family. I believe it is very important to sing Felipe's praises in front of Caleb. Too often we've seen in sitcoms and in real life where the wife does not respect her husband. This is sad and does not bring glory to God. I hope to always love and respect my husband so my children can see what a wonderful man he is! This brings glory to God and sets a good example. I love you, Felipe!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Favorite Memory - Gaby

Gaby! It's your turn!

This was a long time ago. Gaby was visiting the states and was still learning how to count. She was living in England at the time and wasn't quite sure about the difference betweens pounds and dollars.

My mother was talking with Gaby about how many dollars Gaby had. "One dollar plus one dollar plus one dollar is how many dollars?" My mother asked. And Gaby said that she didn't know because in England they use pounds. So my mom explained that it didn't matter what you were adding together, it could be blocks, one plus one plus one is always three. Gaby now understood and added, "Except for cheetahs." My mother, perplexed, asked why. "Well because they are just so fast that you can't count them."

Too cute.

I've had lots of fun with Gaby over the years despite her living on another continent most of the time. She's beautiful and fun, and I think she looks like my aunt Kathy.

This is her diva shot:

She could be a super model if she wanted to be. Love you, Gaby!



Sunday, October 3, 2010

Favorite Memory - Miyoung

I love my cousin, Miyoung. Not only is she absolutely beautiful, she's also absolutely fun.

When we were both about 7 years old, she came to visit me and my family in Florida. She came packed with the normal pjs, shorts, shirts, seaweed...wait, that's right. Seaweed. It was dehydrated and laid flat like bread and to serve it she put it in the toaster. It was a bit too salty for me. Also, instead of pouring her cereal she picked it up with her hands from the box and dropped it her bowl. That was weirder than seaweed to 7-year-old-me. But she still remained super cool.

Along the years, she and her mom introduced me to sushi and other Asian cuisine. And one day I hope to go on a cousins tour with her where my little family and her soon-to-be little family go to Korea (where she's done a lot of living, and where her fiance is from).

With the birth of my super-cool, half-Japanese cousin, so was born my love for all things Asian. I just love Korea, Japan, India, Viet Nam, Cambodia, all those wonderful places. And I think it is because of her.

A couple of years ago we were in Virginia Beach and had a lot of fun together again. And then for my wedding she gave me a pair of beautiful earrings that make me think of here every time I wear them! She's the best. I wish you had a super-cool cousin like Miyoung too!

The End.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Favorite Memory - Mike

Today is my favorite memory of Mike, the man who married my aunt Betty, thus making him my uncle.

Mike and Betty formerly lived very close to my family when I was little. Whenever my family would go visit them we'd always go to Red Lobster. I loved that place! And strangely at such a young age I did not like seafood though...they have amazing biscuits.

Well for some reason, probably just because we thought it'd be fun, I went to go stay the weekend with them once all by myself. And it was tons of fun...for me at least.

Mike let me sit on his lap and showed me cool things on his computer. This was back when MS Paint was REALLY COOL. He showed me all kinds of cool designs. And I continually accidentally called him "dad" and I would quickly correct myself, "oops, I mean Mike." Until finally, I decided that it was just not going to stick in
my head that this cool older man was not my dad but my uncle. So I told him in my sweet little 9 year old voice, "I'm just going to call you 'dad' for this weekend so I don't have to keep remembering. ok?" and he said ok and I called him dad several more times. Although sometimes I'd remember who I was talking to.

Anyway, I think it was good that he heard someone calling him "dad" a lot because shortly after that they had their own child, Andrew.

Mike, a self-portrait

And here's a photo of Caleb with Mr. Octopus Prime - a gift from Great Uncle Mike:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Favorite Memory - Kathleen


Today's Favorite Memory is about Kathy, or Kathleen, if you please.

Kathleen has always been really neat and fun. She's extra cool to me because she always likes to dance. Once when I lived in Arizona she came out for a visit. I knew of a modern dance group that had classes open to the public. It was really cool.

The whole setting was just perfect for a Favorite Memory. We went downtown and had to move a gate to enter a bar, that was closed for business but open to enter. We went up the side stair case to where there was a tiny room with one wall covere
d in a mirror. Some big black guy came in with dreadlocks and a drum. Our dance teacher was a tiny lady. Maybe there was ten people there to take class. We had so much fun!

That same visit Kathleen heard that a famous ballroom instructor was at home near-by. So she scheduled an appointment and my mom and I went with her to her class. That was really cool to watch, but I got an allergic reaction to something and the lady gave me some benadryl. It was still a good memory.

I've given up dancing, but I would revisit a modern class if Kathleen went with me. Hopefully, we'll be moving back that direction soon!

Much love to you, Kathy!
seen here with my rockstar cousins Jody and Colleen

Friday, September 24, 2010

Favorite Memory - Joe(y)

Today I'm sharing my Favorite Memory of my uncle Joey...who now goes by just Joe.

I have a lot of favorite memories of Joe. Once he gave all his nieces necklaces for Christmas. I kept mine for years until it finally broke in Fall of 2008!

He decided to start taking ballroom lessons and later married his partner, Shelly. We love her too. His coolness factor definitely jumped when she entered the picture.

Joe is always saying the funniest things. And once when I was visiting him at his house, he went out back to water his plants. And me, being incredibly goofy, decided to spy on him with some binoculars that were (suspiciously) right next to his window.
I've received a wedding gift as well as a baby gift from "Joe" and Shelly. It's always so fun to thank them and have Joe respond that he didn't even know he had gotten me anything! I think he must have a brainstorming session once a week where he writes down all his greatest random quotes so that when an opportunity arises he can appear spontaneously hilarious.

I'm just teasing, Joe, I know you're genuinely spontaneous. and very funny. and just plain fun.

Shelly and Joey, I mean, Joe

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Favorite Memory - Jody


So for my third memory, we're back in Virginia. I think this was about ten years ago.

My cousin, Jody, my uncle, Kevin, my sister, Kirsten, an
d I all went out to dinner. Kevin's treat! On the way back to meet up with everyone else, we were going to rent a movie to watch. We couldn't decide and each of us took a turn describing what type of movie he or she was in the mood for. But then out of nowhere, Jody says, "I don't care what movie we get as long as it has a lot of sex, drugs, and violence." It must have taken me five whole minutes to stop laughing! She was joking and we eventually decided on something.

This has been a Favorite Memory of mine, starring Jody. Thank you and tune in again when it might be about YOU!
Colleen (Jody's younger sister), Jody - I love you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Favorite Memory - Emily

As promised, here's another favorite memory! This one is more recent, summer of '08.

Here's to you, Emily!

My entire family had gathered at Virginia Beach for a family reunion. We all rented a beach house and spent a week going to the beach and baseball games and watching fireworks on July 4th.

The week was extra special for us because our long lost cousins from Italy were able to fly to the states to see us too! I hadn't seen those girls in forever! I barely recognized them except for some pictures I had seen earlier.

This particular memory takes place on the patio of the house. All of the cousins were sitting around playing a game of Taboo. Fun game. I forget what the word was, but the guessing was hysterical. Gaby was describing something that they did not have in Italy. Emily, her younger sister, went on a tirade of "OREOS! MACARONI AND CHEESE! DECENT FOOD!" Unbeknownst to us Americans, apparently there is no macaroni in Italy! And while many of us older people would not include Oreos and Kraft on our list of finer foods, that was all this little Italian wanted! It made for great fun.

Later when I got back to Texas, I sent them a care package to Italy full of Oreos, Kraft, Twizzlers, and other goodies they don't have in Italy. That was fun.


How often do you get it on camera? how lucky!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Favorite Memory - Bridget


I've decided to try to make each of my family members feel a little special by including them in my blog. and also by writing a note on facebook. The first family member up on my chopping block is BRIDGET!!!! I once had a dream where she made me cookies...I was hoping it was a prophecy, but it wasn't. so sad.

Without further ado:

This is my favorite memory of LITTLE Bridget, back when she was teeny tiny 4 feet tall.

My family and I were at her parents' house in Virginia. She must have been about 9 years old (or maybe she was 13, I don't really know). And she was VERY feisty! For some reason she wanted everyone to call her "Crab"...I thought that was unusual. Well, ins
tead of being a cool older cousin, I decided that I would tease her. relentlessly. I started calling her "crabby" instead. Drove her crazy. It was very fun at the time.

Also around that same time was when she started horse lessons. Colin always teased her of course. He's her brother. He's obligated. Our favorite joke for Bridget, I mean, Crabby, was, "What do you call a horse when he's done racing? GLUE!" It isn't really funny. But again, it drove her crazy.

SO! If you wanted to know why Bridget is currently crazy, it's my fault. and also Colin's fault.

The End.

stay tuned for more Favorite Memories...maybe YOU will be next!
Bridget, Jeremy (another cousin), ME

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friends Having Babies!

I am always so excited to hear about my friends getting pregnant. I don't care if it's their first or their eighth. Babies are wonderful! And I love getting them presents.

Recently I've discovered diaper cakes. These are decorative cake-looking towers made out of diapers. They can be simple (like what I do) or very elaborate (like what I've seen online). Since I'm just starting out, I do very simple diaper cakes. Maybe once I get very good at it, I will get very elaborate and I will start a business. They are very easy to make. The first one I made took me forever and still didn't turn out so well (sorry Karah. It's the thought that counts, right?) But my second one looks great and only took me about ten minutes:

I think that in the future I will buy some more ribbon and accessories for the cake. What do you think? Give me some ideas...

And in another creative venture, I bought Caleb a Sassy Photo Book:


It holds eight photos. I printed some out but our printer didn't do a very good job. I figure Caleb doesn't care though. He loves pictures of people smiling. I think most babies do. He especially loves slideshows of...himself! These are the pics I chose:




I can't wait to see how he likes it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

First Meal!

That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Caleb has had his first real food meal. It consisted of rice cereal. And he didn't eve finish half of it. But the next day he ate it all...fast! And he got it everywhere too! so cute!

Here daddy models the baby and his first meal:


And here we are feeding that meal to him!

He knew exactly what to do when that spoon got close to his mouth. We only need to work on cleanliness. He loves the cereal. We've tried the cereal with milk and with water and the baby seems to like the water version better.



His bib says "My dad is cooler than your dad" - it's probably true, just read my previous post on your goofy Mulford friends!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sunday with Felipe

We have some grassy area at church and this past Sunday was such a beautiful day. Felipe loves his son so much so he thought he'd take a walk through the grass:

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Felipe is such a cool dad. He's always having fun with the baby. I feel so lucky to have a husband who is involved with our son. I can see why women go crazy after having kids if they don't have such a supportive and wonderful husband! I'm grateful for God giving me such a great leader for our marriage. Sometimes Felipe even needs to take care of both mommy and baby! And he does!

When we go grocery shopping, we always put Caleb in the cart and then Felipe rides on the cart. Usually I'll run and push too! Such fun!


Felipe does it all. I know my friends have helpful husbands too. So if you're single, do not be dismayed...there are other men who are as wonderful. You just have to wait for him to appear.
Here Felipe demonstrates that Caleb can also be...a hat!



Did you know that your friends were so goofy?

Monday, September 6, 2010

Pad Thai


Recently I felt like some good Thai cuisine. We have a few good Thai restaurants in the area. One night we finally went and took Caleb with us.
My food came out significantly faster than Felipe's food. I got Pad Thai. So good. I don't remember what Felipe got. We both got Thai tea, but we didn't know what that was...unfortunately, we did not like it. But it was very pretty to look at. So pretty to look at in fact, that little Caleb even tried to get in on the drinking fun. At one point he even grabbed a fist of Thai food which we swiftly intercepted.

Growing up we didn't do much experimenting with different cultures. We went to Chinese restaurants as long as they were Americanized. But we never ate at any other Asian places. I'm so grateful for college where I was able to meet so many people of different ancestry.

When I was going to college in Arizona, there were many Lebanese students. When I was going to college in Texas there were a lot of Indian students. I didn't get involved with campus activities in Arizona, but once I was in Texas I joined a Christian organization that did a lot with international students. We even sponsored an International Night each week where we gave away free pizza and played games. We would pick students up from the airport and have them over for dinner and go to their places for dinner! yum!

Praise God for the Asians! I love their food and their fashion! I love their different accents and having to ask them to repeat four times and giggling about still not knowing what they just said.

Later this week Felipe is going to buy me my first salwar kameez! I'll be sure to post picks of the one I choose...this will be very difficult! They are so pretty!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sitting Around the Baby Pool

At Felipe and my house we have an in-ground pool in the backyard. Caleb has become accustomed to swimming at least once a day. He usually goes once in the morning with me and again in the evening with grandpa. But the other day we were visiting my parents and they don't have a pool. So I brought along a little baby pool.

It's the kind you have to blow up. And I didn't have a pump. My cheeks were so sore when I finished! ha!

It was a lot of fun to just sit around the pool and chat with everyone. Caleb didn't get his regular swimming routine, but he did get an acceptable substitute! He was happy. Life is good.