Sunday, April 29, 2007

Mario looking longingly at the ring

so this weekend has pretty much come to a close and we are all pooped! two days worth of showing can leave one exhausted, just ask Mario! anyone that has ever participated in these events or gone to a auto race will know what i am talking about! heck, ANY day long show will leave you tired! we absolutely love it. Mario even racked up another point towards whatever Kim is placing him in. a Championship here, a Major there. i don't know. i'm still learning all of this stuff but i'll keep you posted!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Mei Mei learns the ways of the longbow!

spring is in the air! so beautiful... i was just out feeding the outside animals and i simply had to stop and take it all in! so amazingly beautiful! a lone airplane was sending contrails into the stratosphere, the moon was visible, geese were flying in their peculiar 'v' formations and the local dirt track was kicking into high gear!!!! such delicious sounds! the sun was setting in a brilliant display of red hues that was simply astounding! we all took a long walk to get some fresh spring air and exercise! mario came along too, of course. he's growing up so fast! just like the rest of our children! what fun! i love it!
so dad is doing pretty good! i text him a quick message everyday to make sure that he knows that i love him and that i am thinking of him! send him a picture every now and then too! perhaps he may not be able to talk due to being tired or his mouth is really sore but he can still read by golly! i love that man! just wanted to let you know...
my diet modification is going pretty good too. i plan on bringing my cholesterol from 240 down to at least 150 or less! i'll get retested in 3 months and i am really hopeful that the results will be on a downward trend! i am eating oatmeal in the morning instead of eggs, cheese and bacon! more veggies and fruit! less sugar and milk! more water! whatever it takes. too bad that my allergies don't respond to anything that i try though. i was born sneazing so i am not surprised! just kidding. it just seems like it sometimes. allergy shots are too cost prohibitive for me right now unfortunately. so is a chiropractor! yes, i actually went to one for a consultation. i must be desperate.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Dallas on Easter morn...

Dallas on Easter morn...
Originally uploaded by KDCNMorales.

so dallas brought mei mei down this morning around 0800 but he sat on the couch and promptly fell back asleep! we were up until almost 2 this moring watching 'Batman Begins'. i really liked the movie! we then woke him up again because mei mei was finding eggs on her own w/out being prompted to do so! they had a good time looking for the various goodies that were strategically placed around the house. i posted a few pictures so don't forget to click on the link! i hope that you all had a good weekend too! there are races to watch today! F1 and CART are the only ones that matter today though...

Sunday, April 01, 2007


so Dallas had a 'dance' at school on Friday! did he dance? no. was the music cheesy? yes. did anyone dance? yes. did you like it? sorta. nice to have this conversation w/you Dallas! so funny. if i were to ask him about the latest xbox game though, watch out! he'll talk your ear off! hey mom, what did I like at that age? what did I talk about the most? what a total crack up.

on Saturday, Dallas put together his new desk and shelf system for his study! he did a great job and even looked at, and followed, the instructions! hurray Dallas! looking good buddy! Kim and i worked on Mei Mei's room upstairs and took down the beads that were hanging in the closet entrance. the beads were replaced w/a softer toned curtain. the curtains across the windows were replaced also to start to make her room more Mei Mei friendly. the previous occupant was a highschool girl and she went nuts w/the sponge treatment, including the ceiling. her friends all wrote in big bold black marker in her closet. everywhere. we need to transform that room into a room that is fitting for a toddler! my princess. a room worthy of Catarina!!! Saturday night, we went to a Families w/Children from China meeting here in Green Bay and there were 26 families (I believe) w/probably perhaps 50 children running around amok! I was enthralled, Mei Mei was apalled. poor girl clung to Dallas for a good 20 minutes before warming up to the noise and finally running around w/Dallas too! initially, we didn't know anyone there although i did meet the family that first emailed us about this event. it was nice to finally meet them. we ended up seeing two people that work at our hospital, i had no idea that these two had adopted children or that they were both in the children's center! fabulous start! i love meeting other families w/similar stories and experiences! i want Mei Mei to know her culture and i want to learn Mandarin! eat some good food! what fun!

today was all about working in the barn. we sent Dallas to a friends house for a few hours and Kim and I shoveled for a couple hours until we filled the bed of my truck to the brim. my arms are shaky! since its been raining off and on (our basement is very wet), the truck got stuck as i went to the south side of the barn to dump my load. nice. i picked Dallas up and had him help me shovel the contents of the bed out and try to unstick our vehicle. no luck. we then shoveled tracks behind the tires to be able to get a good run and retreat semi gracefully. no way. how does a four wheel drive truck get stuck in a seemingly flat piece of grassy land? well, this was the low point and the truck was heavily laden w/wet poop. heavy load. wet poop. what fun! anyone interested in some excellent compost? not me. i should sell the stuff. but YOU can come and get it! sheesh. Dallas and i finally extricated the Titan but layed some serious tracks in the process! you should see the ruts! our yard will never be the same. i shoulda taken some pictures. wasn't in the mood though folks. no way.

gonna go out there again but this time it's to feed the critters. our work never ends. Mei Mei is calling from upstairs too. DAAADDY! so heart wrenching. go to sleep my little princess. i love you. we've said our prayers, i'll see you in the morning! buenas noches! wan an!