Archive for November, 2012

Thanksgiving and Picture a Day

Okay, well first, the “picture a day” is obviously not happening.  I am going to change that category name.  I will however make an effort to take more pictures and post them more often!

Now for Thanksgiving.   Jenna and Kami went to their dads and TJ, Charlie, and Claire Marie went to their grandparents.  T and I decided to take a trip to Arizona and spend the holiday with my brother, his family, and my mom.  We had a wonderful time.  We missed the kids, however it was nice to be able to catch up on life with my brother and his wife while being “kid free”.   Next year we will have all of the kids with us and hopefully the adult ones too.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

The group minus Tena (who was taking the photo)

My niece Monica and me

My mom and me


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Picture A Day (times 3)

Making up for missing a couple of days…today is Claire Marie’s birthday and we had a little party at the local bounce house.  The girls had their faces painted.



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Picture a day 2

Almost forgot about this new goal…here is day 2, Kami off to dance at the Los Olivos Dance Gallery!

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Last Minute

Oh the joys of the mornings…five kids…five moods…last minute homework…last minute bite to eat…last minute tooth brushing…last minute homework signatures…last minute clothes changes…last minute snack grabbing…I’m amazed they all make it out the door on time.

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Picture a Day

Okay, I have seriously realized that I am slacking big time in the picture taking department!  I have decided I am going to start taking a picture a day (mostly of the kids).  Let’s see if I keep it up!  Here is the first one, Charlie looking tough as he goes off to football practice…with hot cheetos on his face and all.  😉

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Family Update November

Well, as usual, life has been crazy in the Kinsky/Armendariz household.

School is going great for all of the kids.  Jenna loves it and recently said in an essay she was writing that this was the best school she has ever gone to.  It is so nice to see her happy, after being so unhappy in school.  She still is not a morning person and doesn’t like doing her homework in the after school program, but overall she is doing great.  TJ is actually being responsible and doing his homework.  This is a first for him.  He has a very strict teacher this year, a retired military man, you get the picture.  Kami has made a lot of friends in her class and has a great group of girls she hangs out with.  Charlie and Claire Marie are doing well too.  They also have great teachers and are making friends.  Overall, we are extremely happy with the school and the teachers.

Jenna & Kami and friends on Halloween

Claire Marie and friends at the parade

TJ on a school field trip

Kami and Claire Marie are both dancing again this year.  They go to a great little dance studio in Los Olivos.  They both performed little Halloween dances, which were adorable.  Charlie is playing football and they are going to the Superbowl this weekend!  Sadly, I will miss it as Claire Marie’s 7th birthday party is at the same time!  We had no clue this conflict would happen when we set up the party.

Charlie after a game

Terance and I just spent a weekend in Las Vegas.  His cousins Mark and Rob came, and I hung out out with a few of my really good girlfriends.  I don’t gamble, so my weekend was all about girl time and shopping.  Terance and boys had fun betting on football and playing craps and blackjack.  The weekend flew by.  Funny, at first I thought it was going to be a date weekend, but I barely even saw T. We probably spent a couple of hours together at the most, which is totally okay.

Mark, Terance, and Rob in Vegas

Gina, Karla and Carla in Vegas

Now for the most exciting news of all!  My mom is moving to town!  She will just be 4 houses up the street!  The kids are thrilled, as are we!  Will be so nice to have her close by.

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New Blog!

Image We have decided to change to a new blog site.  The old T and Me plus 7 blog will still be there, however I will now begin posting here.

For those new to my blog, my story with T began here.  We got engaged in November 2011, and married in July 2012.

I look forward to getting back to writing about our life as a new step-family…both our joys and our challenges.


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