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Today is a very special day! July 29, 2013 my little Audrey Ella said “MOMMA!” Now let’s be clear, it was a muaahhh muahh muuuahh type sound BUT that’s good enough for me. Yesterday she also stood by herself. She didn’t take any steps but she stood without holding onto anything. She’s growing up so fast. Two days in a row she has showed us these amazing milestones and I feel like it’s all happening too fast now. I am going to try and hold onto these fun baby moments. I think I want a baby that will be completely independent, BUT still be a baby lol. If that existed I’d order 10!


Sad Week

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Well many of you are probably wondering what happened to us. On July 17, 2013 I received a call from my mom while I was shopping in Chicago.  She had some devastating news for us. My Great Grandma, our Inay, had passed away. For a while I was in a state of shock. Here is a woman who has had a huge role raising many generations of our family. She has  4 GREAT GREAT grandchildren, can you believe that. Inay was 91 and not only did she raise 4 children, she raised 8 grandchildren all on her own in the Philippines. Then she moved to the United States and started to raise her GREAT grandchildren. I’m sure Inay would have a huge role raising my Audrey is she was around still.

I am so happy that I brought Audrey back several times to visit after she was born. I have lots of memories and pictures of Inay and Audrey together. She would call her “Audrey Blondie” because she is so blonde. I’m so happy that I can tell Audrey about her when she is older, and I can show her pictures. I just can’t believe she is gone. I thought she was invincible, but the reality of everything is starting to settle. She was the matriarch of my family. Every holiday or get together we all knew we would be heading back to Arizona since Inay was there. Now I don’t know how this will work. My family had this “base camp” and now we have don’t. I hope we figure out how to continue our family until we see her again.


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Hello everyone! I have not posted a current VLOG for a bit and the reason is, because we are in Chicago. Tom has meetings here this week, and since we usually stay together whenever possible, we are here too. But let me tell ya, it’s SO SO SO HOT! It’s almost unbearable. I see the restaurant employees filling flower pots with ICE! It’s actually quite miserable. Today Tom wanted to go to the aquarium and the 2 mile walk nearly killed me. Audrey was screaming the whole time, my feet are blistered and sore, Tom was grumpy, and it just wasn’t that fun. ON TOP OF THAT the aquarium was sold out for the day. On our walk back we tried for an hour to find a cab back and by the time we did we were nearly back to the hotel. It was a disaster.

But before all of that terrible-ness we ate at the famous Bill Goat Tavern. The only reason this place is still in business is BECAUSE it’s famous IMO. The burgers were not good, the place was very messy, and the location was under a dark bridge……how creepy. But Tom wanted to eat there because he saw a skit on SNL about this place. I got a double cheeseburger and I really didn’t like it. Audrey had the grilled cheese, but I have to admit I ate more of it than her.

Now we are back at the Fairmont relaxing in our room. We decided to order a “14 Inch” pizza from room service but when it arrived it was an “8 Inch” pizza. We were pretty upset and sent it back. This pizza was so small and we were convinced they made a mistake. We decided to just forget the room service all together and order Domino’s. And for $15.15 we got a large pizza vs. the 8 inch $19 pizza from the Fairmont. Ahhhhhh long day.

New Camera!

Well guys I bought a new camera this week because my traditional video camera is retiring. I love my Sony video camera but its too big to take with me out of the house everyday. Not to mention that I drop it so much while trying to video blog on our outings. I still plan on using it at home and for important videos. But in order to keep it safe I invested in a little Canon to take with me everywhere. The Canon is less expensive so I won’t worry as much if I happen to drop it.

I bought the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330HS from Amazon. This camera has wifi!!!! I have been playing with it all night and its going to be great to blog with. So far so good. I haven’t used it to video much, but I will film with it all day tomorrow.

Until next time!