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Garibay Soup: November 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Heartbreaking Shock

A lady at the age of 30 did not wake up today. She didn't get to kiss her kids off to school. She didn't get to rock her baby to sleep tonight. In turn, her kids didn't get kisses from their mom today and her baby didn't get rocked to sleep tonight from her mom. I knew her. Her name was Jessica and her son was my step-brother. And I can't even describe how heart broken I am for everyone in her family that is in shock and devastated.

I've literally prayed my heart out today for her babies. I know that Jesse loves his mom so much and I hope that in time his heart will begin to heal. They will see each other again someday, but that's not comforting as you're left behind to mourn the loss of your mom.

Wow. So shocking. Life is so scary and unpredictable. You never can tell what's going to happen one day to the next. Hold on to your loved ones and don't let petty stuff get in the way. Life is too short. Way too short.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cousins Meet

The 2 baby girls finally got together!!! This is Ella and my brother's baby Alana. The bottom picture is of Ella staring at Alana - she was so fascinated by her!!! They are so cute together.

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First Parent/Teacher Conference

I'm a little late here updating on this, but on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. I must admit, I was a little nervous walking in there. I've always felt like Jayden was a little different. Well, he is. He's Jayden and there's not many kids out there that call a TV a TV Set ~ so many different things about my little man, but they're things that make him HIM.

So, I was very happy to learn that he's doing great! He seems to be really into patterns and numbers (yes, he gets that from his mama) so I like to think he'll become an accountant. She showed me a sheet of paper that she told the kids to write the numbers 1-10 and his was AWESOME!!!! I'll have to get it scanned and upload it :)

We did have the Speech Therapist in on this meeting and they're going to do testing on Jayden to see if it's even something that's needed. They're doing this, because I let them know that Jayden used to get Speech Therapy in Sacramento. It doesn't hurt. So at this point I'm so proud of him!!!!!!


Monday, November 19, 2007

Watch Out Justin Timberlake - There's a New JT

I will keep this video forever ~ he's really going to hate me for this!

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hurd Thanksgiving

My grandparents on my dad's side do Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving every year. I've never attended one of these (at least not that I can remember) and this year was our first, since we live 5 minutes away. It was nice to see everyone, especially my cousins. Here are a few pictures, okay, well tons of pictures LOL. First off, we decided to take some family pictures and these are the ones that my cousin got of us

If you look in the background of my pictures that's my grandparent's property. It is the most beautiful, peaceful place I've ever been. I love to just sit on their front porch admiring the beauty that leaves me breathless with every glimpse. It's a safe feeling being there, a place where I remember running all over and playing like Jayden gets to do now

This is a picture of my cousin Jill. I wouldn't even call her my cousin. She's more like my sister. I love this girl so much and she's due to have a baby girl in March. Isn't she gorgeous? I cannot believe that she is going to be a Mommy!!!

This is the three girls. My cousin Jill, my cousin Autumn and I w/our baby girls ~ well, Jill's is in her belly, but it's so cool that us girls that are so close have baby girls that will be just as close as us 3!!

My Grandpa wanted a picture of all of his Great-Grandkids, so the only one missin
g out of this picture is the one in Jill's belly. Jayden's so darn big compared to these babies. I love the look on Ella's face... she's like I am done with all this picture taking, Mom! The little boy on the left is my cousin Jeremy's little boy Ethan, and then there's Gweneviere who is my cousin Autumn's baby girl and then of course my cuties Jayden and Ella. Jayden will be the one looking after all them later on in life.

And here's a picture of Ella with her Daddy and Ella with her Mama. We couldn't get Jayden to sit still for very long to take pics, because there
was a whole new world for him outside to discover.

Do You Believe In Angels?

I lost a baby before Ella. We named her Mya and had her cremated and her ashes were put in a heart urn necklace that I wear. I'm telling you this just in case you didn't know. When we still lived in Elk Grove I lost it. I have no idea how I could have lost it, but it disappeared. I only would take it off at night and put it on my night stand, but it was gone. I was devastated! 2 weeks later she was on the side of my seat in my car. It was impossible! But, whatever, I let it go. I was in the process of moving and decided to stick my wedding rings on the necklace since they were no longer fitting me (I was pregnant w/Ella) and I stuck it in my medicine cabinet in my master bathroom. This medicine cabinet was not used. I never opened it, Gino never opened it, and Jayden never even noticed it was there. That night I was going to do a load of laundry and I go to take out the clothes and put them in the drier and there at the bottom of the washer was my necklace..... creeped me out!!!!! However, Gino and I decided it was Mya's way of letting us know that she's still with us and she's watching over us.

Today I've been getting things ready, because we're having Thanksgiving dinner up @ my Grandparent's. I took a shower, and was getting things ready - so many times I walked through my hallway upstairs as did Gino and I promise, with everything in me my necklace was not there. It was where I had put it, which is right next to my bed. I know for a fact all day long that necklace was next to my bed - I saw it! So, I look @ the ground when I walk - cuz I'm scared that Jayden's going to leave a toy out and I'm going to step on it like I have done so many times. Well, I was walking to Jayden's room to pick out what he's going to wear today and then I turn around to walk back and there right in the middle of the floor in the hallway was my necklace.

So, this is the 3rd time that Mya has let me know that she's still around and that she's watching over her baby sister. Maybe you have a different opinion, but I can't seem to find another explanation other than our baby girl Mya is our angel.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Rolling over!!! Not just yet, but this little girl wants to more than anything! She just turned 3 months old on 11/14/07 and I swear she is one baby that knows what she wants, when she wants it, and if she doesn't get it...oh boy! Well, here's a video of my princess trying to roll over.
Isn't she just so amazing and strong? This little girl is such a blessing to this family and in her short life she really has gone through so much. Stuff babies shouldn't have to. But because of our Heavenly Father and all of the prayers from everyone and of course her heart medicine, Ella is healthy and going strong!!
She's also cooing so much and smiling and flirting! She loves to suck on her hands. Even after she spits up all over them...gross!!!! But, she'll hold her hands together and keep them close up by her chest or once she can figure it out they go in her mouth that's where they go. I'd say about a few weeks ago she started to notice Jayden. It's like wow, look at this crazy guy running like a mad man all over the place! Let me smile at him! So, whenever Jayden's in the room Ella is sure to watch his every move. Quite cute. And he is an amazing brother. We were scared of a little jealousy, but there's none at all! He loves to help out, although sometimes he doesn't LOL.

A little on Jayden ~ he is my prince. If you know Jayden you remember that he was
once a crazy child for a few years there. So crazy that he exhausted the crap out of me! Well, while he's still crazy (just not as) he's also turned into such a handsome, polite boy! This is his Kindergarten picture and by looks of it I think I might be having to beat girls away with sticks pretty soon! He has such beautiful manners! One day he even held open a door for me and said, "Ladies first" OMGoodness! He's just a charmer! He's learning so much and I'm just proud of him!! I have parent/teacher conference on Tuesday which he will attend with me. All in all this little boy, who is my best friend, is doing great! It would shock some of you :)

In this 3 months since our baby girl has
been born, Gino and I have had to deal with a lot. We've never really split up before, but we were faced with that. I was staying at the hospital with Ella, while Gino would stay home with Jayden and it was really hard. It was best that it was done that way, because even though there were times that I needed him there with me, to support me, our son needed at least one of his parents with him. In some ways it was so hard on us that we had a hard time w/each other, but it also made us stronger. We were faced with something that we had to grasp on to each other's love for support and understanding. I have probably realized more than ever these past 3 months how much I truly love this man that I WILL spend all eternity with.

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It's Thanksgiving week. A time where we should all and sit down and talk about everything that we are truly thankful for. I think that the main thing I'm thankful for is my children, my husband, and mostly for the fact that Ella is still here with us. I am thankful that we have an Angel named Mya that I know watches over us. I'm thankful that the medication Ella is on is doing its job and we're not having to split up our family to be living in the hospital. I am thankful for that. I am thankful that Ella's doctors know what they are doing and listen to me and my concerns. I am thankful that God watches over us. I am so thankful for the many blessings he sends our way, some of which we don't even realize we have. I am thankful to have a husband who really loves me. Who helps in any way he can. I am so thankful for him. I am thankful for Grandma & Grandpa Norm who have given me the opportunity to stay at home with my babies. I am thankful that they will be sending me to college to get a degree so that I can go and make a life for my family that they will be proud of. I'm thankful for my friend, Jen. I have not yet met her, but she is one of the best friend's I've ever had. I don't believe that I ever would have been on the path back to church if it wasn't for her. She's an angel in disguise. I am thankful for every breath I take. I don't hate life, I love my life. I love looking in my kid's faces and having their smiles literally melt my heart. I love the way my husband looks at me, even when he's mad.

So, Heavenly Father, thank you for my life, your love, your support, and most of all for every blessing you've sent my family's way.

Thursday, November 1, 2007


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