Sunday, July 22, 2007

Meet Tucker Justin!

Meet my new nephew, Tucker Justin Van Vleck!
He was born 12:57 am thursday July 12th
to two wonderful parents Jenna and Justin Van Vleck


8lbs. 8oz. and 20.5 inches long!

We are so excited for this new little life!
Welcome to the family Tucker!


Hi, Im Auntie Kate

Meet uncle Quincy



...and your cousins Macey, Molly, and Morgan
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Showering the Murphey's

My cousin Nicole is pregnant! Her shower was the 14th and it was a blast! ALL of the family was there and it was at her in-laws (the Murphey's) who's house really is more like a resort! So BEAUTIFUL!

Yes that really is their backyard! And yes their pool really looks like a tropical grotto complete with real palms and a waterfall!


Everyone swam for hours, made human totem-poles, and had chicken fights and belly-flop contests!


Of course we played some shower games...


sack-races for the kids...

and sippy-cup beer drinking for the men...


Yes Quincy was the first done but he got disqualified for not tagging the finish line so my DAD won!...man I love that my family wins drinking games held at baby showers... never a dull moment!



and price-is-right for all the experienced (and not so experienced) moms.


We also wrote baby Zoey (and parents) wishes, prayers, and notes...
which was so sweet!


It was a beautiful day and a great time for all the family to visit!


We are all so excited for Nicole and Geoff,
and of course to meet baby Zoey!

click here for more shower fun!:

For the: "when we were your age..."

I just had to take this picture!
I started to think of all the times my mom has referred to the year of the beans (in which our family ate the cheapest thing a Mexican knows how to make: BEANS! for about a year!)
I thought about how many times I have questioned how Quincy and I are going to make it, what we are going to do, how we will do it and on and on.... then I looked out my front window and saw our laundry.
yep. our laundry.
Shirts, pants, socks, bras, boxers, towels, sheets,chonies, and everything else we ever run through that washing machine! It IS the first thing people see when they come to our house and I have learned not to care, and then I realized we ARE making it! and we are doing whatever we have to... including hanging our laundry in our "front yard" because we don't have a dryer and we aren't going to buy one!
Add in how we ate Top-Ramen for almost 2 months when Quincy fell off the scaffolding at work and how we drove the ugliest Miata without air-conditioning to Chico (possibly the hottest place I have ever been in June!) to try and find the cheapest living when knew of...
...and I have my own "year of the beans" story!
So when my kids are students living off Top-Ramen, or newlyweds, or broke twenty-somethings I will pull out this picture and let them know we were there too and somehow we made it (we will!) and I hope it gives them the same sort of comfort the story of the "year of the beans" always gave me!
Its almost been a year since Quincy and I got married and its been a year of collecting stories and memories I know I will look back on and say:
"Honey if we made it through...that...we can make it through anything!"

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Hill-Billy Deluxe!

Ok... this is hill-billy deluxe Van Vleck style.


We are movin' to the "citay" from a small town where you see livestock trailers and hill-billy tucks packed with junk daily...

...But I guess in Folsom this isnt a regular site.as we are driving through down town and pulling in everyone in the neighborhood was looking out their windows like aleins (quinc and I) where moving in next door, I think most of them were truly expecting something with four legs to walk out the trailer! But no such luck! It was just an available free trailer we NEEDED to move all our junk! (which by the way you dont realize you have untill you need to move it all!) So welcome to Folsom California!


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Some 4th of July Fun!

Mom & Dad's house, always so festive!

Everything Red, White, & Blue!

Waiting for the FIREWORKS!
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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Tagged By Jenna!

I’ve been tagged by Jenna!
So heres me ALL honest...

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My great grandma Kate

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED
Today at Jenna’s baby shower, first when we prayed, and then when she told everyone why my photos were so meaningful to her

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
yep.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE LUNCH MEAT?
Peppered roast beef

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Not even close… Quincy and I will be full time students again in 1 month, we hardly have time to be husband and wife! For now we are just Auntie Kate and Uncle Quincy to 4 nieces and soon 1 nephew

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Yeah, I think so

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
I live in THE house of sarcasm

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
yep.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Heck yeah!

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CEREAL?
Oh’s

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
Always.

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Mentally or emotionally :After this last year I KNOW I am… sometimes or some days I need a little reminding but I just look back to remind myself.
Physically:…? Strong enough.

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ICE CREAM?
Coffee gelato.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Their smile.

15. RED OR PINK?
How bout meeting in the middle cause I’m a big fan of coral.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I compare too much

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My brothers Ryan and Brett.

18. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU?
yeah.

19. WHAT COLOUR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Barefoot. Black yoga pants.

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Sushi & cupcake.

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Rodney Atkins.

22. IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOUR WOULD YOU BE?
Bronze.

23. FAVOURITE SMELLS?
Yearn by Victoria’s Secret, Jasmine in Pisa Italy, Very Sexy for Him (that means the hubby is takin’ me out somewhere special), my brother’s room, fennel gratin, and mom’s coconut lotion

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My sister-in-law Alana.

25. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?
No, I LOVE her!

26. FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Friday night varsity football, I live in a small town and it’s what you do Friday nights during the season, and I’ve been going with my dad for as long as I can remember.

27. HAIR COLOUR?
Brown. Purple. Blonde. It looks so much better than it sounds!

28. EYE COLOUR?
Blue.

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No.

30. FAVOURITE FOOD?
EVERYTHING I ate in Italy!

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Happy endings.

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Because I said so.

33. WHAT COLOUR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Watermelon.

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter, all about the snuggles!

35. HUGS OR KISSES?
Kisses.

37. MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
?

38. LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND?
?

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
“Lucy & Desi” and “French Women Don’t Get Fat”

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
www.dell.com … lame I know but so not a priority.

41. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT?
Don’t have T.V.

42. FAVOURITE SOUND?
My husband saying “I love you” when I wake up

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Beatles.

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Italy.

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I think hosting 40 people in a “doll-sized” house my first married thanksgiving counts! Love playing hostess!

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
L.A., in a pepto pink hospital.

47. WHAT SUPERPOWER WOULD YOU LIKE?
I think I’d want the “Samantha power” too, just a wiggle of a nose!