Friday, October 17, 2008

Our trip to Houston for Amie Lyns blessling

Proud parents April and Jacob Rotolo.
Grandparents Dave and Jacque Truman
Cousins Brandon and Carson Phenald
We drove from Baton Rouge to Houston for the Blessing, it is a 4 1/2 hr drive that took us 6 hrs. Leslie had to work that weekend so we went by ourselves, it was quite the adventure. Carson was so tired he fell asleep eating his pizza, I was just as tired. I don't know what it is with me and taveling alone with my kids, crazy is what it is.
Brandon relaxing and coloring at Aunt April and Uncle Jacobs house.

Amie Lyn Rotolo (my niece)the prettiest baby girl I have ever seen!
Carson and Amie getting to know each other. Carson did not like Amie for the first 2 days, he would throw a fit everytime I picked her up. They will be friends one day
Brandon on the other hand was smitten at first sight. He loved cousin Amie before they evef met
Carson and Amie, she loved him and he loved her finally!
Brandon is a natural big brother (cousin). He loves his cousin Amie.

Carsons turns 2!!

Brandon, Channi, and Carson opening presents.
All the presents.
The cake! I made this cake and decorated it. It took 4 hrs to put it together and decorate it. Mickey's face and hat is white cake and his ears are chocolate, it turnrd out so cute.
The cake after about 10 min after the candle was blown out :-(
Carson had lots of 'help' opening his presents. Brandon was just showing Carson how to do it.

Hurricane Gustav

Brandon enjoying the storm,He thought it was cool when the tree in my in-laws front yard fell.
The view from our front door, afer the storm. this little tree was almost completely uprooted.
Our big 'broken' oak tree in the front yard.
Carson napping. It was so hot he usually just wore a diaper to sleep and he still couldn't stop sweating, niether could the reast of us.
An old oak tree next to our church building was comletely uprooted.
On September 1st Hurricane Gustav hit Baton Rouge, La. We were very blessed not to have too much damage. As ya'll can see, our home survived, but we had a lot of trees 'broken', we were also without power for 5 days. Now you say 5 days can't be that bad, think about no air conditioner, no cold food, no T.V., it is also very dark at night! On top of that Leslie worked 8 days straight (he is a firefighter) and I couldn't work because there was no power at the office where I work, Brandon's school was closed for 2 weeks. It was worse for us than the time Hurricane Katrina hit.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Our trip home to Las Vegas was an adventure to say the least! I made the decision to travel alone with my two boys (my husband stayed home due to work). Yes, I know, I am as crazy as you think. We flew, but I think that only added to our troubles. Carson, who is my most highstrung was sick most of the flight from New Orleans to Las Vegas while Brandon slept. Carson went through several dirty diapers I think because he had a nervous tummy and then to top it all off he cried (more like screaming) for about an hour and 15min of our second flight and then threw-up all over himself and the isle (thank goodness) and if that wasn't enough to send me over the edge everyone was trying to 'help'. One passenger form the way back of the plane offered an extra pacifier "just in case he lost his" but unfortunatly he has never taken one, not ever! The airline attenants kept offering food to calm him, which usually works, but poor thing, he was just tired and didn't feel well. Of course there were the dirty looks from other passangers, and one time a woman turned to give a 'look' and offered her an opportunity to try to calm him down herself (maybe she could've done a better job than his own mother), but she quickly declined and never looked back again. Ou stay in Las Vegas was quite the opposite, we had a blast but that is another blog entirely. And of course on our way home it was delay after delay and we ended up spending an extra night with my parents and then finally made our way home, a day late, and exhausted. So next time we decide to go anywhere especially flying I will not do it alone! It was almost the end of my sanity!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Well, this a first for me, I am learning about all these new things online to do. All my siblings have a 'blog' and I am the last one to join the rest of humanity apparently (lol). Well this one won't be very exciting. We are getting ready for our 5yr old Brandon to start Kindergarten so I am sure there will be some fun with that that I can talk about. And I am a huge Twilight saga fan, and the 4th and final book comes out in 2 days, I can hardly wait. I will definitely blog about that. Until then, I love ya'll and love one another.