ICE SKATING WITH GRACE

Ice Skating

Since the winter months are rough, we thought it would be a fun opportunity to do something active indoors. Grace has been asking about going ice skating and since Alex’s parents were in town, we thought it was the perfect timing to introduce her to the ice rink! Alex and I have fond memories of ice skating together and holding hands under the lights of the disco ball. We were 13 at the time, and seeing Grace out on the ice gives me all sorts of crazy feelings. We both kept on looking at each other with teary eyes watching Grace improve every minute. She really is fearless and takes after her dad on the skates. We’re also thinking that she may turn out to be one of those really athletic kids that just pick sports up quickly.

Ice Skating

We have been talking about taking her skating for quite some time now and she was so excited to finally get out there.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

She started with the ice-walker and she was so wobbly holding on with a clenched fist and carried a determined look in her eyes.  Alex and I tried to coach her through it, but she dances to the beat of her own drum and progressed as she felt ready.  There was one point where she decided she had enough of the ice-walker and pushed it out of the way in front of her. Alex and I just stared at each other in disbelief.  She’s so brave and surprisingly strong.

Ice Skating

This man and his handsome face.  I love seeing him teach Grace new things.  He’s very delicate with her but pushes her and she always responds so well.

Ice Skating

There was a point where she looked back at me and said “mama you can skate over there. Let me go by myself!”  She wanted so badly to catch up to the older girls. I just stood back and gave her some space.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Remember that comment about me giving her space? This is what it looked like. jk but really.  I’m not ready for Grace to be as independent as she is right now.  I think this is a glimpse of what our future is going to look like. Her wanting to get away and me wanting to hold her hand for as long as possible.  Also, this picture makes me want to call my mom.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

I think she’s counting down the days to our next visit.  My ankles were in so much pain that I may have to sit the next one out.  I love this picture above and I wish we had a picture of Alex and I ice-skating together when we were young because I’m pretty sure this is what it looked like.  Me so giddy to hold his hand and he so smooth on the ice.

Ice Skating

Grace had quite the cheering squad.  Her grandparents and siblings sat on the sideline watching her go around in circles getting better every turn.  They have been such a blessing to us this past week and we are all going to miss them once they head back home.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

 

 

 

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HENRY DOORLY ZOO WITH PAPA & TATA | A VIDEO

The weather was beautiful last weekend, Alex’s parents were in town and it was a perfect day for the zoo. We had such much fun running from exhibit to exhibit and since this was our third time here, the kids were excited about showing their grandparents around.  We started off with the desert dome which I think it’s our favorite thus far. We have been watching a lot of Wild Krats lately and have spent some time talking about the animals that live in the desert. I think one of the rewarding parts of homeschooling is seeing Grace retain information and recognize concepts that we talk about at home. We’re planning a trip to a few of the west coast national parks this fall and are taking notes of some of the animals we may find during our hikes (hopefully nothing too dangerous)

This time around the zoo was a little different for Grace and Haddon. Their grandparents have given them so much love and attention I think they were just happy to hold their hand and walk around with them.  We made a little video of our time together so we can look back and show the kids all of the fun they had with their grandparents.  My favorite part of the video is Haddon’s little voice saying “Animals stink”  and seeing Grace instruct Haddon about keeping off the sand.  Those two make my heart so happy.

henry doorly zoo

 

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

Grace was helping grandma overcome her fear of lizards. She was so brave and kept saying “it’s ok, you can touch it, it won’t hurt you.”

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

henry doorly zoo

This handsome boy and his lashes! My goodness!

henry doorly zoo

If you look up close, you can see a humming bird that Alex shot right by the his nectar.  We stood there baffled when that little guy came up. Alex and I have never seen a humming bird up close and seeing that little guy was really something else.

henry doorly zoo Grace took the time to show her grandmother the lifecycle of butterflies. Also, we’re starting to talk about the concept of death and stages of life with Grace and seeing some of these little creatures reach the end of their life has helped me bring up some deep talking points with her.

What a great time we had! We sure are going to miss having tata and papa here with us!

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FRI-YAY Favorites!

Happy Friday friends! We’ve spent all week tying up all lose ends, packing hospital bags and trying our best to get ready for D-Day! The kids have not been on their best behavior so… we’ve opted for watching a movie a day and having cheese sandwiches for lunch all week long. I’m hoping next week brings less tears, more sleep and better food choices!

A few fri-yay favorites:

  • Happy fathers day weekend to all hardworking dads, to my loving and energetic daddy, my father-in-law and my Hottie McHottie hubby and if you’re looking for something scrumptious to grill, these are my go-to Cilantro burgers!  Also, if you’re looking for a quick laugh.. check this video out. 
  • I’m a sucker for “family” shows (I cried my way through every episode of Parenthood) and I may have to get a subscription to Kleenex to get me through this new show airing in the fall
  • Last week we made these super scrumptious smoothie bowls with Acai for breakfast and they were amazing! I know we’re a little late on the trend, but it may just be a new favorite of ours.  It fooled my tastebuds into thinking that I was eating some sort of sorbet packed with fancy toppings!  This may be the way I get back into my pre-baby body… that and Atkins. Jk but maybe.
  • Grace is knocking addition and subtraction out of the park! We’re using the good ol’ number line and it seems to be working. Hooray! We’re not sending in her Yale application yet, but I did look into their admission process and math at 4 is one of their prerequisites.
  • Next week wraps up our church’s midweek discipleship class titled The Great Mystery – Marriage where we dove into the purpose of marriage, roles in marriage and worked through some tough but much needed conversations that overall strengthened our relationship.  I highly recommend this book.   Also, If you’re local and don’t have a church home check ours out and if you’re not local, here’s the latest sermon series. 

last but not least… drumroll please…

  • WE’RE HAVING A BABY! Today marks a very special day for the Gonzalez family and for one tired baby mama!  As of 6:30am this morning, we are heading to the hospital to welcome our BABY (who still doesn’t have a name) If you happen to follow us on Instagram, and this child is anything like Grace or Haddon, get ready for cuteness overload. Also, if you happen to remember us today, please pray for a healthy and quick delivery.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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Highs and Lows

Hello…. Is anyone out there???  May is almost over and with it the great Florida weather.  Hello mosquitoes and sweat… everywhere!

We’ve had a few highs lately and some minuscule lows… here we go…

HIGHS

  1. Sometimes I think this little blog of mine has dissipated into the vast void of the overpopulated-blogging universe and then out of the blue I’ll receive an email from a reader telling me all about how encouraging they’ve found an old blog post and then all the good feelings of why I started a blog in the first place come right back. I often forget the real reason behind this blog and give up on writing because not many stop by to smell the Wildly Graceful flowers…. So on I write.
  2. Alex and I went on a date! Like a real hold-hands, make-out in public, lets order whatever we want and watch the sunset type of date. Of course the entire time we talked about the kids and the new mini-van we’re trying to get into, but it was perfect and much needed.
  3. Haddon is pooping in the potty! And all moms everywhere shout HURRAY!!! Before you pat me in the back, I have to admit that it was a combined effort of my moms patience while he “pushed” and me just not wanting to accidently stick my finger in poop anymore. We’ll be moving into peepee in the potty ASAP because this business of having a size 5 and a size 1 diaper changing session will probably throw me for a post-partum loop.
  4. I have two more days of work left… which my sweet and gracious hubby has spread out for me over the course of two weeks. You better believe I will be leaving the hospital dancing on my last day… really… don’t try to stop me!

And the LOWS

  1. Today marks our 1 MONTH count down before (no-name) baby girl Gonzalez #3 arrives. So far everything is checking out ok other than the fact that she has underdeveloped kidneys. Doctor says it’s common and that it’ll resolve on it’s own once she’s born and starts peeing. You better believe my eyes will be attentive to those diaper counts!
  2. Our cars got broken into (those dummies smashed our windows) and our roof had a huge insurance issue that needed to be worked out which was not cheap. I think Alex’s words were “we’re hemorrhaging money.” Nothing like some good medical terminology to get your budget in tip top shape. Also, anyone else think of this scene just now?
  3. Haddon is putting his dukes up when it comes to sleeping through the night. His routine hasn’t changed throughout the day, but come 4am he’ll stand firm, hold on to his cell (crib) and shout “MAMA” At the top of his lungs. Which wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that it wakes Grace up and starts the never-ending cycle of “can I have water?” “Can I sleep on the couch?” “I’m scared. Can I sleep in your bed?” “Can we cuddle?” and then before I can put them both back down, it’s 6am and they’re wired and bushy tailed ready for the day. Meanwhile, I’m dragging my very pregnant self out of bed and into the kitchen for a double shot.
  4. I am almost 80% certain that I am allergic to tomatoes. I know you’re thinking… low… really? But I must tell you that I grew up eating tomatoes like apples and the sweet fruit is a culinary staple at our home. Like an every meal staple. Also, if it wasn’t for a super embarrassing face rash (or if the rash was you know where) I would probably continue to stuff my face! To top it off, we’re going gluten-free to rid ourselves of all the toxins we’ve been taking in… so you know I’m HANGRY all day long.

So there it is… happy Wednesday my dear friends… I hope your day is filled with more highs than lows!

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