Thursday, April 27, 2017

La Princesa || Sofia is Five!



It has happened...my daughter has crossed over from the little four to the big five and El Rey and I couldn't be happier and sadder at the same time. Our baby girl is growing up right before our very eyes. Five is half of ten and I really don't want to think about that next important birthday in five more years. Part of me wants to let her grow even more and the other part of me wants to hug her so very close to me saying "No, baby girl! Don't grow up!" But we all know that the former is going to happen no matter how sniffly I get about it.

I originally didn't have a plan for the official day of her birth since it was a school day and Juan would be working. Her birthday party is on Saturday so I was just like maybe I'll just let her do her favorite games and television shows longer than usual. I know, right? Fun. Well, El Rey had other ideas planned for our princesa's very important fifth birthday and as such, he took the day off.


We picked up Sofia from school and got her changed and then we took a 30-40 minute drive to Grapevine to take her to Legoland Discovery Center and to the Sea Life Aquarium across from it. Right away she had a blast and to be honest, so did we! Starting off at Legoland, we rode some of the rides with her and even had fun watching a few 4D movies with her!




Gosh, look how tall she's getting...

There was Star Wars exhibit with figurines that moved whenever a button was pushed. So naturally, Sofia pushed every single one. She's curious like her mommy. Looks like Juan was pretty into them too!




In between riding rides, the kidlet put her Lego building to good use. It was cool seeing how her little brain was working to make things. She ended up making a lego tree that wasn't too bad looking at all.




In a wild twist, Sofia got to ride in a Lego police car around a little track. Makes me feel some kind of things about her getting a license in the way future!


The downside to coming to Legoland was that there were about four different schools on a field trip so it was a bit crowded at first. We decided to take a break from there and headed over to the Aquarium next. Let me tell you...if I could update my worst smells list, an aquarium would be right in there! I'm just saying...





But it was worth it to get a view of so many different fish. I haven't been to an aquarium in so long and it was Sofia's first time at one! I was so much more excited about this than Legoland, especially since there was a tunnel that you could just stand and see fish on every side of you. Amazing, really and if I could I would just sit there forever. Here are some of the fish that I was able to take photos of.















After a quick lunch it was back to Legoland! The kids were gone from the field trips so we had the place basically to ourselves. Sofia redid each ride and I was able to get some photos of Fort Worth and Dallas in Legos.

You heard right...in Legos.












Then sadly it was time for the birthday girl and us to leave. I know she didn't want to go. If she didn't have a school night or it wasn't almost closing time, we would have stayed longer. But regardless, I know she had a great time full of smiles and laughter and creativity. Kudos to El Rey for the idea because...this smile was so worth it. Happy birthday, Sofia Anneliese. 

Five birthdays down and so many others to go!




Friday, April 21, 2017

Royal Holiday || Easter 2017


John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son so that everyone that believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life.

Easter Sunday has come and gone but the candy still remains. Even at this moment in time I really think that this was one of the best Easters we've ever had. Since our tax return was delayed for about six weeks, we got later rather than sooner. But with it, I was able to get us ready for Easter in style. I was able to get Sofia this adorable white dress made by OshKosh at Target. Paired with some equally cute gladiator sandals, she was like a white dressed angel. But I gave her ensemble a bit of color with a rose flower crown and everybody loved her look! I was more surprised than anything because I really thought she was going to be bland. But nope, she scored the winning look once again.




Service was AWESOME and my pastor never fails to find a way to remind us that God loves us sooo much. What a sacrifice he made for us. The reversal of how we had to sacrifice for him is just so wonderful to know about. He gave his son for us and now we are forever saved. I had so many tears and I just worshiped him thanking him over and over for what he has done for me and for mine.

After our sermon, we headed outside with the hundreds of kids it seemed for the enormous egg hunt we have every year. Sofia met up with Masie, a girl who will be going to the Texas School of the Arts with her this year (more in another post about that). We waited and waited and I snapped photo after photo.











Then it was time! The air horn was blown and the kids were off, Sofia included. She, of course, missed all of the eggs in front of her even as we were trying to tell her to come back, but in the end, she got a good amount of eggs in her basket. We were pretty impressed with how she managed to pick up three eggs at a time. She's so damn smart sometimes!





Better her than me cause Mama can't lean down that low anymore! 







 

When you and your child are on point for Easter Sunday...
We went to the in-laws to spend the rest of the day eating dinner and hanging out. Sofia had yet another egg hunt that she did (which brought the total up to three because she did one at her papi's job that previous Thursday) I chilled inside watching television but came out to eat some serious grub since Lent was over and meat was allowed again. Usually in El Rey's family that meant barbecue!













All in all I'd say this was a great Easter...one of the faves in my opinion.


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