Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Little Mary Lou

Arabella's gymnastics academy had their annual Snowflake Spectacular today which is a mock gymnastics meet for the little ones. This was Arabella's first year participating so she was very excited about her performances. She did a floor, balance beam and uneven bars routine. At the end of their meet, the girls were presented with medals and scoring for their events. As you can see from my photos, the little Pooh Bear was very proud of her medal...and we were very proud of our girl.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Getting Closer...

We should be in here before Christmas...the inside is coming together fast and the outside is finally coming. They are planning on have our final inspections for occupany this week so we are so very excited.
We got four 100 year old olive trees in there this week, the canary island palm and a bunch of other trees and shrubs that are now dwarfed by the palm. The pool was Gunited on Friday so it is really starting to look like a pool. I got this bottom pic of Gary and Liv this morning in the deep end. It is really cold here today and will start raining and possibly snowing tonight. Gary is very glad for this wet weather coming as it means he will no longer have to spray the pool down several times a day for the next 2 weeks.

I may be complete M.I.A. for the next 2 weeks, but you know where I am...up to my ears in boxes at one of our homes.

This is a shot of our fountain with the palm tree. The surrounding area is not complete, but you can get the idea...

Here is Daddy and his girl in the deep end...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I was trying to decide what to title this, when I realized that Bella fit it perfectly. She is heartbreakingly beautiful. I took these yesterday afternoon in the backyard at the spur of the moment. I find her stunning, as biased as I may be.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I Six...

The other day I was changing Olivia's clothes and I told her she was a gorgeous little baby. She said, "Mommy, I not a baby. I six." We have been going around and around with her about her age ever since Arabella's birthday. She has been saying, "I two" steadily for the last few months, but as soon as Arabella turned six, she decided she must be six as well because "sis is a big girl." We will argue with her about it and sometimes she will say, "OK, I four." We'll say, "No. You are two..." She will reply, "No, I six!"
This pic is her yesterday playing dress-up with her sister. Like Arabella, she has a fondness for the Phantom of the Opera. The other night I heard her singing along to Arabella's music box, "The phatin of the opewah is here...inside my mind...". She is a very say the least.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Another "I Really Did This"

I had another "I really did this moment" tonight courtesy of my ever creative husband. Dinner was finished and cleaned up, the kids were in the shower peacefully and I get summoned out to the garage. "Lovie, I just need you to help me out for a second." This does not sound good to me considering I know what he has been doing out there and what he needs "help" with. He has been digging out a nine foot maple tree to transfer to our new home as he has the "perfect" place for it. I walk outside and there is a cable connected to my Escalade and to the tree. He wants me to pull the tree out of the ground using my vehicle...right. That's Gary for you. I pulled the car out a bit and stopped as he shook the tree to free the roots. This was the best part for me because as I watched him in my rear view mirror, it appeared as though he was having a fight with the Blood Maple, and possibly loosing. It made it all worth my while. I have no pictures of the incident, but I do have to tell you that my kids now think I am super cool and have super power because I moved that tree. For once, I got a macho moment.
The above photo is Daddy and his little princess at Bella and Blake's last soccer game. Daddy makes the Gorgeous Baby so happy:)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sissy as a Ride

Sissies are better than any ride at DisneyLand...and you don't have to wait in line.

Friday, November 20, 2009

I Really Did This

I feel like an AA member or someone coming out of the closet posting this. I, Erica Buxa, am a dedicated Twihard. I was at the 12:01 am premier of New Moon last night with my fellow Twiharder, Eilyne. As we stood in line in the freezing temperature (OK - maybe the upper 40's or low 50's), suddenly Eilyne pipes up, "I'm stoked!" Eilyne is a theatre kind of gal so her verbiage did not surprise me - I thought she was referring to the movie. As I sipped my Starbucks and turned my head, I see this life size Edward bobbing toward us with three teenage boys with the above signage. "I'm stoked." We were so stoked with this, we had to get a picture we these guys. Two of them were decked out Twihard style in their Edward gear (we are talking t-shirts, bracelets, etc.) while one was wearing skull footed pajamas like Olivia wears. It was an odd trio or, I guess you could say quartet, so to speak. These boys were on to something though - they had what could only be considered a chick magnet with them. You wouldn't believe how many women approached them for a picture with their vampire. I would say they were young geniuses. New Moon was awesome and Eilyne and I had so much fun. And, we proved we could hang with all the young kids...which made us stoked.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

How Many Marbles Do You Have?

One day a couple of months ago Blake was staring intently at one of my arms - his face like an inch away studying my skin. I asked him what he was doing. He said, "Mom, I am counting your Marbles." Marbles to Blake are moles or freckles. He spends odd amounts of time doing this randomly now. It's pretty funny. He will then very sweetly kiss my wrist, like the little gentleman that he is, and tell me how many 'marbles' he found on that occasion. Maybe I have a little dermatologist on my hands. I am still seeing more of a surgeon like his Daddy with the way that he is with his hands. He is ridiculously coordinated with tools and small tasks for a child of his age. For right now, I just get a kick out of my marble counting.

I took these pics today. They are my nod to "RPatz". (For those of you who know what that means, you will know what I am talking about as he wears these flannels so frequently.) Blakey looks pretty good in his style. I'll have to see if I can get some of that wild hair working on him.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Six Year Old Squeals

I thought I would share a few pics from the Pooh Bear's party on Saturday. There were 14 six year olds here - not counting my own bunch. I barely got any shots as the children would not hold still...literally, it was 2 straight hours of running and squealing. No kidding. You can tell from the pictures that she was blissfully happy. I told her this was her last big birthday party. Next year will be a sleep over with ice cream and 2 girlfriends. (Mommy is getting birthday partied-out.) It was a nice way to go out for her...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Her Second Date

Arabella had her second of date of her short life time, and fortunately, it was again with Daddy. The Annual Father/Daughter Dance at Grant School was Friday night, so Gary and Arabella dressed up and went out for a night of dancing. Arabella's only condition: "Daddy, I want to take the BMW." Easy enough, and totally my girl. They showed up home at almost 10:00 pm tired, but with big grins on their face.
I love that they do this at our school. The girls absolutely LOVE that they get some undivided Daddy time and the Daddy's get their baby girls for an evening. It is a win-win all around.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, G.P.!!

Today is our beloved Grandma Pat's Birthday. We love you, G.P. You make our lives rich.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Getting There...

Our house is getting that much closer to move in...we are looking at probably 5 or 6 weeks now. It's hard to tell everything that is going on inside from this picture, but I thought I would share the latest outside view. The stucco color is finished and now our builder is starting to work on the finishing details with the trims and iron work, etc. The driveway got under way today as well, the landscaping is set to begin and the pool is being dug as I type. The inside looks like a war zone, but in a good way. It's mass chaos. There is so much going on - so many people busy at work, which means that much faster we will be living there. We are getting just a little bit excited, if you can't tell...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Big Girl!

My Baby Girl is six years old today. She is so loving, so beautiful, so smart, so funny and so full of life. I love her more than my own life. I could not ask for a sweeter little angel. She is our perfect Arabella.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Mother of All Tubs

Here is the Mother of All Bath Tubs - the tub we have been rambling about and plotting for all of this time. Gary's fondest tub wish has been fulfilled. That is Olivia's head that is poking out the top along with her binky resting on the side. I couldn't get her to give me a grin as she was too busy playing her own little game. The kids have taken up the habit of sitting at the top and sliding into the middle - their own personal jungle gym in the bathroom. Anyway, now I am off topic. Getting this monstrosity into the house almost gave me a heart attack. They had to remove that huge back window and have a crane lift it through the space and set it down. It doesn't sound horrible in theory , but it was inside a wooden crate that was shifting like crazy as it dangled in the air. Oh - and it weighs 3500 lbs so if it shifted there was really no one or nothing that could stop it from sliding out the side. After an hour of plotting, planning and reworking by 3 men and a partial anxiety attack from me, they had the thing through the window safely. Now they are fiddling with custom making a drain for it as it so thick that a normal one is not working for it. We are also having some floor lights put it to light it from the bottom and the faucet fills from the ceiling. It's going to be our own personal spa area:) We are really excited with the way it turned out. Now, we may or may not ever take a bath in the huge thing, but is sure does look cool.

Next up is tile on the floor. They are finished with the downstairs walls, are putting in all of the cabinets and starting to paint upstairs. We are about 5 or 6 weeks away from being in there. It's very exciting for us. I am sure I will torture with more pictures soon. I am heading off for my daily packing grind...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Deep Thoughts

I try to mix up these blog posts between the kids. I am an 'equal Mom blogger', but Blakey was so funny today that I had to share this now so that I wouldn't forget. So it goes like this: Blake and Liv both had doctor's appointments this morning. Blake was having his 4 year old well check, which may or may not have included shots in my mind. Our doctor is the sweetest, tiniest little woman - she can't be even 5 feet tall and has the kindest voice you will ever hear. She was asking Blake a whole bevy of questions trying to ascertain where he was with his developmental milestones. Blake answered her like the good man that he is. At the end of her Q&A, the conversation went as follows:
Dr Lagoc: Blake, do you have any concerns you would like to talk to me about?
Blake: Uhhm, I have a cough.
Dr Lagoc looks at me, as I nod and mouth to her "that was last week." She says: Ok, Blake. Any other concerns?
Blake: I really like watermelon.
Dr Lagoc: Oh Blake, that is really good for you. Do you have any other concerns you would like to share with me?
Blake: The leaves are changing color outside...
Dr Lagoc: Yes, Blake. You are right. Thank you for sharing all of your concerns with me today.
I just nodded from the other side of the exam table. I really liked our own version of "Deep Thoughts" by Blake Buxa.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Good Loving Man

Lynette took these beautiful pics of me and my little man about a month ago. I think I may wallpaper them all over my room. He is so full of goodness.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkin Patch Trek 2009

I thought I would share a few pics from our pumpkin gathering expedition this year. It was a really fun year as all of the kids were finally big enough to really appreciate everything and everyone had a really good time. I think this was the first year in 6 years that either I was not sporting a Baby Bjorn. My back is glad to consider that a thing of the past. Anyway, I digress to nonsense. Here are some of my faves:

Gary's load got 40 lbs heavier...

Livvy was REALLY helping Daddy here:

Big Pooh Bear showing off her pumpkin pick:

Picking out some teeny ones. When I checked out with the wagon, I found it loaded with at least 5 unauthorized additions:

Little Liv's first pony ride. She was very proud of herself:

Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween, Here We Come!

With Halloween still a week away, the kids are getting more than revved up to wear their costumes. Blake got to wear his to school today for their annual Halloween performance in the pre-school. It was very fun for us to watch our big boy up there. Even big sis got to leave her classroom to come over for their show. They get to wear them again next Friday for their school parade and then once again on Saturday for the real deal. We love seeing our little man jumping around the house and growling, so we don't mind this dinosaur overload. I will have to capture some more pics our of T-Rex, Super Girl, and Leopard Kitty to get you the full effect. Happy Friday!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

She Shoots...She Scores!

Yesterday was a big day in the Buxa household. After 3 years of Redding U6 soccer and being completely goalless (is that a word?), Arabella did the impossible. In the last half of the last game of the season, out little Pooh Bear scored her first goal ever. You would have thought we won the Superbowl or the lottery by the screams that were coming out of Gary and I...and really the whole sideline as everyone knew that Arabella was trying to get that elusive goal she had always wanted. Fortunately, we had the video camera going for the momentous occasion. We were right at the end of the tape, so I was able to go back and watch it last night. I thought I was screaming like a maniac, but I think that title may go to Proud Papa. Daddy was deafening. And our sweet Arabella was so very proud of herself - as she should be. She has not stopped talking about it and saying , "Can you believe I got a goal? Did you think I was going to do it? Are you so proud of me?" It's nice to see her so proud and see her accomplish what we had begun to think was never going to happen.

And not to be left out, Blake has been telling everyone that he scored 4 goals yesterday. They were all in his mind, but we love that mind so we let him go with it. We'll see where that "Game Face" takes him next season as he seemed like he was starting to get what was really going on out there in the last few games. He also is really excited to try baseball, so we are going to put out little man in t-ball in the Spring and see how he likes it. I am starting to feel anxious as I type this - Arabella in ballet, gymnastics and girl scouts, Blake is gymnastics and t-ball, Liv in gymnastics...I am a one-woman taxi and it's just beginning. Really. I may never be out of my car by the time they are all in elementary school.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sandy Barbara

The kids really enjoyed our last leg of the Southern Cali Vacation last week in Santa Barbara - or as it is more affectionately know by Blake as "Sandy Barbara." The kids had tons of fun digging in the sand during breakfast and lunch and even more fun playing with Stella and Elle in their beautiful home. We look forward to our next Sandy Barbara adventure.

A nice Italian fisherman allowed Blake to pull in some mackerel or something of the sort. He was great and Blake was so pleased. The rest of the pics are just some 'Sandy' shots:)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little Punkin'

Here is our own Little Punkin' at the Pumpkin Patch this past weekend. After we returned home late Saturday night from our Southern California adventures, we woke up Sunday and rushed out to check out the progress on our home from the past week. Then we scrambled to the pumpkin patch for our annual trek for the perfect ones. I have four hundred photos from the 2nd half of our trip to sift through as well as the rest of the pumpkin ones, but I couldn't resist sharing this one of our little cutie. She loved the little tiny pumpkins almost as much as we love her tiny little self.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Hello From Sandy Ego

Greetings from Sunny "Sandy Ego" as it has been so affectionately dubbed by Bella and Blake. During our trip down, they informed us that it was named this because it was so sandy here. I believe it was Bella who came up with this theory. Today, as we were leaving the Zoo, Blake said, "Mommy, if it's called Sandy Ego, why haven't we seen any sand?" Hmm...What to say? "I am a bad Mommy that you have not got to put your toes in sand, but we have looked at lots of sand from afar?" Or how about "I don't feel like cleaning your little bodies off from sand so we have aptly avoided setting foot into it?" Both of these replies are true to a certain extent, but we really just haven't had the time in between our other jaunts. We have done Sea World, the Sea Port Village (twice), the Horner Plaza Mall, had dinner with some old friends, sat for a pastel portrait of the kids, rode around in Cinderella's carriage and toured the San Diego Zoo...and barely come up for air. Oh - and Shamu purposely soaked the children in a vengeful fit, but that's a whole other story. (It wasn't a real vengeful fit, but they believe this) That will be for another time. For now, I will throw a few pictures at you. I have been like a kid in a candy store with my camera. Everything is so beautiful and the weather so perfect. I will come back with more later in the week.