La Familia Crespo

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We sadly say Good-bye to our beloved college football season. Unfortunately we didn't do very well this year, but the good part of the team is very young and will hopefully bring us back within the next 2 yrs. Cristiana had a great time playing with mommy's old UM pompoms and she looks so adorable in this uniform my mom bought her (I think I had one similar to this one, but I don't think I could ever fit into those again). Though La Familia Crespo wore their UM outfits on Sat. to support the team, we sadly still lost the bowl game.

Christmas Day

Cristiana's 1st Christmas was very exciting and fun for us. We really didn't do a whole lot since she's been giving us really rough nights lately and we were pooped but just having her open presents and share such a special day with our little angel was enough for us. Opening presents was quite the ordeal, as I expected and everyone said, she didn't seem very interested in the gifts themselves, all she wanted to do was eat the paper. She LOVES eating paper and we had to literally fight with her to make sure she wasn't eating all the fun and colorful wrapping paper. She did enjoy some of the gifts for a few min. but was later more interested in her usual activities of pulling up to stand everywhere she has the opportunity to and knocking everything down from the coffee table, the entertainment center, and anywhere else she could reach.
This was our best Christmas so far, since God has gifted us with our precious Cristiana. What bettter gift could anyone ask for?

Here's a small clip of Cristiana's unwrapping adventure.

Noche Buena

We had our annual Noche Buena dinner at our home with my mom and Cristiana's Godparents (Justin and Chantelle). In the Hispanic culture, our big dinner takes place on Christmas Eve and we usually play games until it is time to head to midnight mass. This year's plans ofcourse changed due to Cristiana, no midnight mass for us, even though we were up, since, yes, she's still waking up all throughout the night, and dinner and fun were over by 8pm due to her bedtime. We still had a great time and enjoyed Cristiana's silly behavior all throughout dinner.

My friend Toya had to work over time on Christmas Eve, so unfortunately could not join us for dinner but she did visit Cristiana early this week. Toya was Cristiana's first and so far only babysitter. We missed you Toya and hope you had a great trip up to VA!

Visit with Santa

This week Grandma and I took Cristiana to meet Santa at Bass Pro Shop in the Festival Bay Mall. Bass Pro Shop you ask? What an odd place to meet Santa you'd think, but we read in the paper that Bass Pro Shop had FREE pictures with Santa, and who can say no to free? Well, we found out why they were free. Though he was a good looking Santa, he was not a very nice one and the young gentleman taking the pictures did not even attempt to make Cristiana smile. I guess you get what you pay for. But we still had a great time walking around the mall and Bass Pro Shop itself (it's really nicely decorated). Huge Fireplace at Bass Pro Shop entrance

Merry Christmas

We wanted to wish everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. May the celebration of our Lord's birth fill your hearts and lives with so much joy and love. We are especially excited this Christmas since it is Cristiana's 1st Christmas. It is no longer about Jaime and I, it is now all about the kids.

Saturday was one of Cristiana's friend's, Reagan's, birthday party at Gymboree. Unfortunately Cristiana had to miss this one because she's had a runny nose (no, actually I would call it a dripping faucet) and a pretty nasty cough since Monday. We were hoping she'd get better to celebrate with Reagan but unfortunately this is a long lasting one. Sorry we missed it but hope you had a great time and ate LOTS of cake!

Happy Birthday Reagan!

Christmas Parade

Sunday, the Crespo Family headed out to the Orlando Christmas Parade. This year they hosted the parade at night which was really nice because most of the floats and cars were decorated with lights. Cristiana seemed to really enjoy the bands as well as the dancers/twirlers from the different academies (she's got dancing in her blood). We sat in a great grassy spot towards the beginning of the route in order to leave as soon as it was done. I'm sure Cristiana will enjoy things like this more as she gets older (she seemed a bit overwhelmed by the police sirens as well as the horns on both the fire truck and a train). Overall we had a great time together.

Caught in the act!

Cristiana has lots of fun activities she does lately throughout the day, like turning on and off the lights (especially in the bathroom), using all the furniture in the living room as a playground, but she seems to mostly enjoy taking EVERYTHING out of the diaper bag. She will climb through the coffee table and even on the printer just to get to the bag and then proceeds to take one thing out at a time and toss it, as with disinterest, and then she will sit there (as in the picture) and enjoy the mess she has created. As I've mentioned in a previous post, we call her our little destructive force (or sometimes Godzilla) because she likes to make a mess and take things apart; but she also puts things away, so it makes for a great happy medium!

I love this picture I took of Cristiana at Grace's birthday party. Too bad her generation will never understand the title of this post.

Yesterday we went to another of Cristiana's friends 1st birthday party. Grace had her party at a different park which I'm sure I've driven by it a million times and never knew it existed. I still can't believe all these little ones are already turning 1. Where has the time gone? We had a great time eating leaves and creating puddles of water with the really cute sippie cup Tracy made for all the babies. We had fun!
Happy Birthday Gracie!

Yesterday Cristiana and I went to the Mommy and Baby Christmas Party. It still amazes me how much and how quickly our little ones have grown. Cristiana has grown up with most of these babies (some she has known since she was 3 wks old) so it's so nice to see them interact and practice what they've learned how to do. We had a babies book exchange which was very fun because we let the babies pick out the one they wanted. Of course many were more interested in the wrapping paper or bows that were on the books but I'm sure they'll appreciate their books eventually.

Amelia pushing Emma along (Amelia was nice enough to give a few babies a ride)

Tracy and little sleeping Gracie

Happy Birthday Daisy!

On Sunday we went to one of Cristiana's friends 1st birthday party. It was in a nice park in College Park and all the little ones seemed to really enjoy being there. Daisy had her own cake but didn't dive into it like everyone expected her to, maybe she was a bit shy since everyone was staring at her. We had a great time. We'll be going to many more 1st birthday parties in the next few months since all the little ones are about the same age.
Happy Birthday Daisy

What a good eater!

Here is Cristiana eating some yummy carrots as a snack. I know she likes carrots pureed but didn't think she would sit there and eat carrot pieces as a snack, and to my surprise she loved them. She couldn't get enough. She continues to amaze me since mommy is such a picky eater.

Even though Cristiana wakes up every 2 hrs. all night long she is always happy and cheerful in the morning.