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.