Burgess Family of three...for now

A look into what we ordinarily do...sometimes not that ordinary.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm going to try it!

This is it! I have officially jumped on the bandwagon. I am totally convinced on the benefits, just unsure about our level of commitment to the extra effort that is involved. By "our" I mean, mine & Clint's, as well as the grandmas, aunt, and babysitter. I've got a lot of people to convert here, cut me some slack.

My supply consists of:
8 bumgenius OS pocket diapers, one long liner each
5 Green Acre Medium pocket diapers, one long liner each
6 small liners
1 hemp double liner
1 small wetbag

Any advice from those of you out there already doing it would be greatly appreciated. Drop me a note if you think there is anything else I need too.

I'll let you guys know how it goes from here!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Charlie's Blessing!

Their first slumber party!

All the priesthood holders from the circle.

Proud Parents

Charlie Eva Henriquez

You've had a birthday...

Well I had a birthday and man did I celebrate!! (No pics, shame on me!!)

No longer 25....I know, I know, I am still young...........but I am not 25 anymore! Boohoo, right?

I didn't take a lot of pictures, actually I didn't take any pictures. The only pics I have are some that Candi took.

Here's what we did this year.

Friday night The Collards brought over treats and Tara and Andrew and we got to enjoy some good company and good movie together. I got some super cute work out clothes!

Saturday I got treated to a shopping trip to Michael's for craft supplies. Then we went to watch Blind Side (great movie) and pigged out at Texas Roadhouse! Clint got me "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" on DVD since he couldn't take me to the play, and some new runnng shoes.
(Oh yeh, and he got the baseboards done at the house a couple of weekends ago while I was in TX!)

Sunday  my family came over for cake and ice cream and watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (my little brothers have never seen it!!). I got jewelry, smelly stuff, and was surrounded by a lot of good company!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Friday Crazies

For those of you who don't know, my family has it's share of crazies....

After a hefty Thanksgiving dinner they were some of the few amongst the hundreds who were sprinting around Superstition Springs Mall doing some Christmas shopping in order to redeem thier receipts for gift cards. Just short of a full out fight, they made it out of there alive getting everything they set out to get, then spent the day getting caught up on some Z's.

Just another example of how crazy my family can get.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Calling all Male Nurses...

This announcement is embarrassingly late….Clint has been accepted into the ASU Nursing program! It gets better….ASU offers an accelerated program (16 months) at the Mayo Clinic for only a few students….with Clint’s smarts and Hispanic leg up he was accepted to the Mayo program! It looks like a pretty rigorous program so come January he may be MIA for a while.

Clint, we are so proud of you and so thankful that you have dedicated so much work to this decision. We feel so blessed to be part of this journey. Love ya!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


For Halloween this year we planned around Lina (seems like an everyday occurence actually). We picked up a giraffe costume at good ol Walmart for $8 for her (which can double as a pajama so we really get our money's worth). We dressed up as explorers out on an safarri adventure...she was our only find.

Clint made the torch....pretty creative....I was impressed.

Candi hosted the annual Henriquez Halloween Party....it was a lot of fun, she did a really good job. Check out her blog for pics of everyone.

We partcipated in the dance off, based on the judges' votes we tied with my parents so it went to a text vote for "America" (all the guests) to chose the winner....we ended up getting second. The win went to my parents this year for their Adams Family Routine!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Do Mormons really....?

In light of some of the most recent inquiries at work, I thought I'd make a list of some of the things that folks wonder if mormons really believe or do and include a simple explanation/answer.

Keep in mind, we aren't perfect so despite the counsel sometimes we slip up....


- not drink caffeine?
We don't consume coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or illegal drugs. It's a pretty simple health code that was revealed in the 1800's that helps us keep our bodies healthy. We are promised in exchange to receive blessings.

Some members of the church choose to exclude other items from their diet based on an individual basis if they feel that it's harmful to their bodies.

-only marry other mormons?
No. Typically people marry people who share their same goals, beliefs, interests, etc. LDS people aren't exempt of this desire. We are urged to find a companion who shares the same goals and standards so that we can work together towards those goals.

-wait until marriage to have sex?
We are counseled to have high morality standards. One of those is to save this intimate act for the person we are married to. We exercise self discipline and control in order to accomplish this and in exchange there are many blessings receive.

-go on a 2 year volunteer mission in which they can't talk to their family?
Yes, but not everyone. At age 19 young men and at age 21 young women are given the opportunity to do this. It's optional. We don't receive any pay for this, in fact we pay in order to cover expenses. We volunteer 100% of our time to sharing the gospel, we don't have contact with our family and friends in order to stay focused. It is one of the most rewarding experiences!
-not watch rated R movies?
We are counseled to keep our thoughts clean.  In order to do this we try to keep from watching or listening to innapropriate movies and music. What goes in is what comes out. My 11 yar old niece once asked me "Tia, would you feel okay watching this if Jesus was here too?". You'd be surprised at how easy it is to make movie choices based on this question. Because of how much what we watch can effect us, we are counseled to chose appropriate movies by not watching rated R movies.

-go to church for three hours every sunday?
Yes. We have three seperate classes. First "Sacrament Meeting" where the families are all together, there are usually some speakers, songs, and this is the meeting in which the "sacrament" (bread & water) is passed out. Second, "Sunday School" based on age we attend seperate classes where we are taught a specific lesson. Third "Young Women/Men" or "Priesthood" or "Releif Society". The youth attend their own classes divided by gender and age. The adults attend their own class, Priesthood is for the men, and Relief Society is for the women.

-have super short engagements?
Not always. However, because getting married is the official start of our lives together we don't really see any sense in delaying it. If we've found "the one" and we are sure about, why wait!?

-have to be white, rich, and/or from UT?
Nope. Those of you who don't know me... my family is from El Salvador, far from rich, and far from being from UT. I've often heard "I didn't know hispanics could be Mormon?". The LDS church is a worldwide church, missionaries are sent all across the world, membership is not denied to anyone because of their ethnicity/race, financial situation, or the state they live in.

All in all, we aren't all that weird. I'll be the first to admit, mormons do have a specific lifestyle "mormon culture, if you will. But we are just a group of Christians who are trying to be better....we aren't perfect...don't judge us with out getting to know us. You might find we aren't all that different from you!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I am sleep deprived.

Lina started sleeping through the night consistently a few weeks ago. I was thrilled!

All of a sudden this week she is waking up every three hours at night. She eats for just a bit and then goes back to sleep.

Every three hours!! I am dying here! She didn't even do this as a newborn.....and she's 3 1/2 months now for crying out loud!

Any ideas??

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Charlie's Here!

Last week Charlie Eve Henriquez was born. She is going to be Lina's BFF, once they meet. We went to see them but Lina wasn't allowed to go into the hospital. Dang flu precautions!

Charlie looks just like Megan, she's got a round little face, blonde hair, and a couple of dimples. She's a strong baby and came out weighing almost 9 lbs. She is so tiny compared to Lina but I have a feeling that if she takes after Jonathan she won't have too hard of a time catching up.

OOHH!! I just love my new little niece! She is so precious, I wish they lived closer so I could smother her with kisses!

Good job guys.....she's perfect!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spoiled by Grampa Alan

Grampa Alan is wrapped around this little girl's pinkie to say the least. He is her biggest fan, and she knows she gets spoiled when she's with him.

Leave me alone, I'm strolling around with my grandaughter.

Lina, come on. I'll hold you just the way you want and spoil you rotten. Come on.

Now I think I've died and gone to heaven. Beer in one hand, grandbaby in the other, sitting at the beach on a Friday afternoon.

Good Morning. I came to get you bright and early. No sense in putting off the spoiling.

You can say no to her. It won't hurt my feelings.

Rocky Point Family Reunion

Us plus family equals a good time, throw into that formula a lot of crazy mexican cousins, the beach, and three days in Mexico.......now that equals a whole new level of FUN!!

Here are the family pics with everyone in their bright purple matching shirts!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Grateful for...

  • Good friends (near and far)
  • Good jobs
  • An eternal family
  • A home we can afford
  • Family members who love me unconditionally
  • Good health
  • The gospel
  • Living in the USA
  • My education
  • My MILs, mom, and Candi for being Lina's babysitters
  • Shoes
  • Clothes
  • Food
  • Unalienable rights
  • Opportunity

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My friend who has a blog but doesn't blog...

I have this friend, Jackwa Kneel (name has been changed to protect her identity) who has a blog that she promises she is going to update pretty much every time I talk to her.......but never does! There was a time in our friendship when I actually believed her so I would obsessively check her blog but to much dissapointment it was always the same posting (which is almost a year old now).

I've decided to blog for her. Since I don't have her password and hacking is not one of my strengths this will just have to do. =)
Plus, I know that she will find this freaking hilarious so maybe that will just do the trick to get her back in the blogging world!

Hi Everyone! I know, it's been forever! I have been such a bad blogger and I am really trying to be better. Here is a very valiant effort to getting everyone caught up on whats been going on in my life....

1. Houston (city has been changed to protect her identity) has been a blast! I totally miss all my friends in AZ seriously ALLLL the time and don't know how I manage with out them.

2. Dave (name has been changed to protect identity) has been doing so well in his classes. He is pretty much the smartest kid and aces all his tests. He is at the top of his class so I am really proud of him. He works hard and it is really paying off.

3. Sadie (name has been changed) is loving it out here too. We've discovered that she doesn't like it when we pull on her ears and she'll even kinda snip at us when we do it.

I've been subbing so that's been taking up my time. I've tried out different grade levels and subjects. I even took the liberty to teach a 5th grade class some Italian!! I am so the best!

There was a Chick-Fil-A that opened up here so I toted myself down there super early in the morning and set up camp for 24 hours and won myself one years worth of Chick-Fil-A!!

I had all this time to kill so I started on some over due crafts.

Here I am boiling in my tent.

Pizza Night,a little different.

Dave and I went to Padre Island. Here's our beautiful view.

I went to AZ to visit a couple of times but I don't have those pics. So much more has happened and I PROMISE I will be better about blogging from now on.

Lastly, here's a pic of my hot friend who is totally awesome and her baby Lina (I'm her zia). We met at Mimi's for breakfast. SO YUMMY!

I miss everyone and I PROMISE I am going to keep up on my blog now! Ciao!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Special Day for The Burgess Family.

Lina's blessing day finally arrived! Courtesy of Armando's mom's seamstress skills, she was dressed in a gorgeous little white dress that mirrored my wedding dress almost exactly. With a lot of family members and close friends to join us, we enjoyed a brief moment set aside just for Lina. As the circle of worthy priesthood holders encircled her, Clint gave her a perfect blessing. The Spirit was present.

Our luncheon turned out to be quite a hectic get together. I don't think we realized how big our family has gotten. We counted....we managed 50 people in our house today! Maximum capacity for our house is probably closer to half of that.

It was a special day in which gratitude filled our hearts for so many blessings...a perfect daughter, an eternal family, friends and family who love and support us, and the gospel.

What else could we ask for?
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(more pics on Lina's blog)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Things can always get worse...

I was hesitant to even have the thought that things couldn't get much worse because I knew that as soon as I did they would.....

Despite my efforts they did.

My MIL got super sick and couldn't watch Lina today.

Sooooo grateful for a mom who had to pull all sorts of strings to stay home with Lina this morning.

Eternally grateful for a good friend like Tawnya who is willing to watch her in the afternoon, despite having a toddler on her hands too.

Still trying to count my blessings.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Why Now???!!

Saturday we got back from a nice relaxing weekend trip with friends up in Strawberry, went to dinner at my MIL's house, got home to an extremely warm house.........Yup! Our AC broke! It was 9:00 pm so we called our home warranty company and they sent through a work order for someone to come look at it Monday morning!

Chain of Events that followed that prove that life can always get a little more complicated than
you think:

  • Saturday night we toted our baby, dog, and ourselves over to spend the night at my mom's house.
  • Sunday night we all spent the night at my MIL's.
  • Monday I headed off to my first day back at work, leaving Lina and Scooter with my MIL.
  • AC guy diagnosed the problem.....bad compressor.....can't get the part until Tuesday.
  • Monday night spent the night at my MIL's.
  • Tuesday morning get a call from AC guy to let us know they can't get the part yet.
  • Tuesday morning had Candi meet Clint to take Lina back to my parent's house since our house is too hot for them.
  • Headed off to work..........hoping and praying that they will fix it today!!!

I really miss my bed! I've been living out of a duffle bag since Thursday!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Proud Daddy

Clint got her ready all by himself, and kept her calm and happy so I could get ready too. Two words to describe how I felt about him that morning:
proud. grateful.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Garbage Disposal or Trash Can?

How does everyone dispose of these items? Is there a right or wrong answer?

orange and grapefruit rinds?

all the stuff you cut off of vegetables before using?

Potatoe and carrot peelings?

chicken skin?

egg shells?

Is there any rhyme or reason to it all or is just whatever I feel like doing in the moment?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Post Prego Bod

I'd always heard "your body will never be the same after a baby"...but I didn't really grasp the reality of this tragedy until I saw it in the mirror for myself.

I am coming to grips with my evolving body and slowly accepting that it will NEVER be the same.

<-------------- How long does it really take to shed the weight?

What blows my mind is these celebrity moms who look amazing only a few months after giving birth (of course with the help of their personal trainer, cook, nanny, and possibly plastic surgeon).

Klum only two months after giving birth.

J Lo completed a triathalon 5 months after twins.

Kate Hudson, 4 1/2 months post prego.

Is it really do-able?