Sugar & Spice...

April 19, 2014

...and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of.

Last weekend our family and friends celebrated Laney's first birthday with a Sugar & Spice themed party.




In one word, it was ADORABLE. You can read more about it, and see more pictures of the party over at my craft blog.

They grow up so fast!

March 30, 2014

I know it sounds cliche...but seriously when it comes to children, they really do grow so fast!

This week my little boy turned 4 years old.

He changes so much every day! He now insists on calling me "Mom" instead of mommy, and "Dad" instead of daddy with Mac. Sniff, sniff...

When he turned 3, I started a tradition of giving him some interview questions, so I could see how much his answers would change as he got older.

(If you want to read his interview from age 3 click here.)

Here are the exact same questions again now at age 4:
 1. What is your favorite color? Green
2    2. What is your favorite toy? Dinosaurs
 3. What is your favorite fruit? Apples
      4. What is your favorite vegetable? Radish??
      5. What is your favorite drink? Kool-aid
      6. What is your favorite movie? Arthur Christmas
      7. What is your favorite animal? Alligator
      8. What is your favorite song? I want a hippopatamus for Christmas
      9. What is your favorite book? his Little Critter book
     10. What is your favorite snack? goldfish
     11. What is your favorite game? Tag 
     12. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play catch
     13. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Spaghetti 
1   14. What is your favorite restaurant? Macados
     15. What is your favorite thing to wear? T-shirt and jeans – then pulled down his pants and said don’t   forget my undies
     16. Who is your favorite person? Jessie (a friend at church)
     17. What is your favorite thing about yourself? that he can fight
     18. What do you like to pray about? To be a good boy tomorrow
     19. What is God teaching you right now? To be nice to people, and not to sword fight girls
     20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A firefighter, and a teacher

You can read all about his minion birthday party on my craft blog.

And last but not least...my baby girl turned 1 today!
Laney has brought so much joy to our home, and I seriously couldn't be more smitten by her charming little self. She also has her daddy wrapped around her finger! 

And don't let this picture fool you...she has a fiesty little attitude behind all that adorableness! 

Her birthday party will be in a few weeks, so I will post more then. 

Wishing you a Happy New Year...just a little late!

January 25, 2014

This post is pathetically late on ringing in the new year, but rest assured the Lucero family is alive and well, and we are all looking forward to what God has in store for us in 2014!!

Now let me fill everyone in on our family happenings since my last post....

We spent Christmas in Florida this year with my family. Elias had fun hanging out with his cousins (even if he was the only boy)
And spending time with his Nana, because she is the best!
...Laney was spoiled rotten by just about everyone she met.

It was her first trip to my Pensacola, and also her first Christmas.
Here are my little Luceros on Christmas morning...
After Christmas, Elias was a ringbearer in his babysitter's wedding. 

I was so nervous about this! I knew he would look adorable in his suit, but I wasn't sure he would be adorable with what he was supposed to do. 

I prayed quite a bit as he walked down that aisle :) But thankfully, he made it (with no tears) and he did a great job! 

He is definitely Mac's child, because he kept tugging at his suit and dress shirt, and asking when he could take it off. Tell me if this doesn't melt your heart...
Also this little ginger is a party animal! He LOVED dancing at the reception, he kept begging me to go out there with him, and he didn't want to leave the dance floor once he got on it! 

Here he is dancing with all the ladies...
We love our "Mere-Mere" and we are so happy for her and Dennis as they begin there new life together.
Lastly, Laney got to meet my dad's side of the family. She finally saw where her big dark eyes come from, and all her other "Sanders" features everyone talks about.

Here she is hanging out with my second cousin, Bentley, can you tell they are related?
Overall, it was a great trip! I loved spending time with all the people I love. 

I especially loved catching up with a few dear friends from high school, and I realized how much I missed being able to just sit down and talk to each of them. 

I never really make new years resolutions, but for this year, I did decide to be better at keeping in touch with these sweet friends, even if it is only through texts or emails. 

I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!!

Happy Halloween!

November 04, 2013

Happy Halloween from the cutest little Ninja Turtle and Indian princess I have ever seen!!

You can check out how I made Elias' costume, by reading my tutorial on my craft blog. 

Family Vacation

October 25, 2013

Have I really not posted since August? I wish I knew how to make time slow down, but it just seems to keep speeding up.

Two weeks ago, we took our family vacation to Denver & Wyoming. It was nice visiting our families out west. We miss all of them so much, and for many of them it was their first time meeting Laney.

Traveling with two kids was actually easier than I thought. Elias thought he was big stuff by getting to ride on the plane, even though he has been on several planes before, this time he actually understood what was going on.

First, we flew into Denver to visit my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. My cousin's daughter Lily, is just one year younger than Elias, and they instantly became best friends. We had fun taking turns riding in their Razor, and my cousin's 1948 Jeep.
Uncle Kim taking Elias for a ride in the Razor
Laney fell asleep while riding in the razor!
Lily & Elias in the '48

For dinner, my Uncle Kim suggested we all go to dinner at a restaurant called Casa Bonita. My family used to always eat there when I was a kid, and he thought it would be fun to take my kids there.

It is a weird unique Mexican restaurant. You can click here if you want to read more about it on there website. Basically, there is a 30 ft waterfall with performers randomly jumping into it, live music, a haunted cave to walk through, several arcades, a gift shop etc.

This was my husband's first time going, and he described it as a Mexican Chuck-E-Cheese! Ha! He is probably right, but it was fun taking my kids there, and laughing about our memories there when I was a kid myself.
Next we drove to Wyoming, to join Mac's family who was already camping in the mountains.
This is a picture of where we camped. Go ahead, be jealous! It is incredibly gorgeous!

Laney is just beginning to enjoy table food, and now I think her favorite food is Aunt Lorraine's hot and fresh homemade tortillas. She was so content with her Tio Juan, and him sharing his yummy tortillas with her, made it even better!
Laney and Mac's Tia Lorraine share a birthday, so Laney's new neckname for the week was "Laney Lorraine" So special!!
Laney was really roughin' it, can't you tell? She had so many people who were more than happy to hold her, or give her whatever she wanted. 

I loved seeing her in this camo high chair that Mac's cousin let us borrow. 
Mac was able to spend a lot of time hiking in the mountains. He was in Heaven! I was worried he might not come back with me and the kids :) He is a Rocky mountain boy at heart, and I love that about him. We are currently trying to move back out west, but I will save all that for another post.
Elias was fascinated by the elk...he was all boy and had fun poking it in the eye and playing with its tongue.

Some of the men at camp. Good looking guys!
Here is a picture of all the women at camp. Pretty good looking bunch of women. I am blessed to be a part of such a loving family!

4 Months Old

August 05, 2013


I cannot believe 4 months have passed since this baby girl entered our world.

She is our precious, happy, chunky baby!

She now weighs in at 15 lbs (90th percentile), her height is 25 in. (75th percentile).

We love her so much and could't imagine life without her!

The summer of visits!

July 29, 2013

I have been missing from blogland for awhile. But I have a good excuse...

We had more family come visit us this summer, then we have had our entire marriage of 8.5 years. The main reason was of course to meet/visit this little girl...
Nana was our first visitor. We really enjoyed having her here! 
Elias loved racing his cars with Nana. It is entertaining to see my mother get on the floor and play cars. I am sure it is treat for her too, since she doesn't have any brothers and only had daughters herself. 

I must admit too that I enjoy the extra help. Cooking, cleaning, and laundry etc. run a little smoother when Nana is around. 

Oh, and I may or may not have gotten a nap every day....ahhh!
Next Papa (Mac's dad), Uncle Bert, Mac's sister Sarah and his niece Hannah came for a visit. We had a full house, but it was so much fun!

The weather was pretty crummy during their visit, it was either raining or unbearably hot, but we made the most of it and had a great time together.

Here are some pictures/highlights from their trip.
 Ice Skating at Liberty
Quality time with Papa!
 We took advantage of a rare sunny day, and decided to go swimming in my friend's neighborhood pool.

Elias did great learning how to swim and Laney even took a little dip herself.

Watching fireworks for the 4th of July
 Goodbyes are always hard. Thankfully we were all able to spend the night in D.C. before they flew back home. This is a picture of us (minus Sarah who was taking the picture) hanging out in the hotel lobby.

Karen came the following week. She served in the Marine Corps with Mac, and has been a good friend of ours ever since. She is being stationed in Okinawa and it was nice to see her before she left the states. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of her quick visit, but we love you Karen!

Last but definitely not least was my sister and her family. Elias loves playing with his cousins, especially Emilynn who is only one year older than him. 
Elias and Emilynn held hands wherever we went.
This is the two of them getting ready to go through Amazement Square, 
a  fun museum for kids, with hands on exhibits.
My brother in law Dave, took his two older girls up to D.C. for a quick visit of the historical sites.

He also made a special stop by Georgetown Cupcakes, and was nice enough to bring cupcakes home for us to try. It was my first time trying them, and oh.my.word! 

I tried a salted caramel cupcake, that was soo delicious! Good thing I don't live close to D.C. because I could very easily gain 500lbs!
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