Archive for the Family Category

I am still here!

Posted in Family on May 5, 2010 by Garza

I know I have neglected my blogging duties for quite some time now. I have been super busy at work and with a 1 year old, I have been super busy at home as well. So the blogging, along with the Halo and Call of Duty, reading, guitar playing, and drawing has sort of fallen to the way side.

I am trying to get back on track though. So I might as well start with some pictures of my little angel on her 1st birthday. I CANT BELIEVE she is already 1! It seems like just yesterday Lana and I were in colic hell. Nowadays she is so dang cute that I can’t even stand it sometimes. She makes me grit my teeth! 🙂

Last weekend we celebrated her 1st birthday and it was fantastic. She had such a great time and we so enjoyed having all of our friends and family over. She was a little hesitant to dive into her cake at first, but once she caught a taste of that sugary and creamy concoction, it was on. She ate so much I was sure she would throw up. But like the champion she is she held it together. 🙂 She loved it! So here are a few pictures from last weekend.

I am the champion of all babies and I dominated this cake!

Yea I ate all that and I'm filthy to boot. So...

I think I might just puke.

Cell phone cameras are good for something.

Posted in Family, Funny on October 2, 2009 by Garza

Okay, well I was wondering about what to blog about today since I am feeling a bit uninspired this morning.  I have a usual routine every morning of checking several different news sites and a couple of blogs to start off the day.  After checking in on Kathy and Sybil, I decided to post a copy-cat entry today.

Since I too take pictures of miscellaneous events and sights on my cell phone all the time, I figured I might dump a few here and let you all in on the fun and triviality.  Mostly the pictures are just random and completely unimportant, but I take them nonetheless.  (Sorry Sybil, I could post videos of my martial arts events also if I wanted to , but I would have to transfer them from VHS to the computer in order to do so.  Wow, that makes me feel old, and I so am not old.)  Anyway, since I know you all are awaiting these pictures like you are awaiting your next company physical, here they are:

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Everyone in the office knows that I am pretty damn OCD, and that everything in my office has a specific place and I notice if anything is just the slightest bit out of place.  Well after returning from one of our Houston sites one day, everything in my office was upside down and opposite.  All the stuff on my desk was upside down and on the opposite side of the desk.  All of the pictures on thew wall were upside down and all of my color-coded thumbtacks on my bulletin board were disheveled.  So I had to pay back the culprit.  I put as many chairs as I could find in his office.  This picture is halfway through the loading process.   I cant go too overboard because if all of the strict safety rules that regulate all DuPont sites, so this is the best I could come up with under the circumstances.

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A page from a book we saw in Urban Outfitters called “Stuff White People Like” by Christian Lander.  Another memorable quote from the book is, “They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.”  I love it.

IMG00284The Clouds Are Ghosts on the iPod.  I love this song by the way.  The song is actually about the Obama election and I think the lyrics are very poignant and ring very true.  You can listen to the album here to see what I am talking about.

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My organized office.  I clean my desk off every afternoon before I leave.  Eveything on the desk has a place and I will notice if it is moved.  Other than that, not much to it.  The view out of the window is a nice chain-linked fence with barbed wire and rectifier and quench columns off in the distance.

Okay, so now I guess I should at least put a few of my little angel.  Enjoy, because I know that I always do.  She melts my heart.

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IMG00214Sleeping on Daddy’s lap.  I love this one!

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IMG00286Bath time is fun and froggy towels are even better.  She loves her little jingly bug that hangs from her car seat.  She always holds on to it when she is in that seat.  It is really adorable when she falls asleep with it in her hand.  And every afternoon after I pick her up from Gramma and Paw Paw’s house, she looks at me from the back seat and smiles and talks.  It makes me wanna pull over and just squeeze her!

Wordless Wednesday (almost)

Posted in Family on July 29, 2009 by Garza

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(She grabs my finger every time I feed her.  I love her with every inch of my being!)

Angel on my shoulder

Posted in Family on June 29, 2009 by Garza

The recent deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcet, Michael Jackson and now Billy Mays just happened to coincide with a life altering event in my life.  It is hard to believe that 12 years ago today my life was forever changed.  Two of my three best friends (Mikel wasn’t with us that night) and I were involved in a car accident in which only two of us walked away.   I won’t go into detail about the accident, but it was a very difficult time for all of my friends and family who loved Kevin as a brother, friend, or classmate.

There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about Kevin.  I constantly think about how much fun he would have with Jenny’s daughter Bailey.  He would pick on her just like he used to pick on Jenny because they are exactly alike.  He would probably be working on air conditioners with Mr Barefield or Mr. Magee.  I know he would definitely give me a hard time about the fact that Bella has a big head.  I can just see him with that little smirk and that laugh making fun of Bella or Bailey.  I miss him a lot.  Even 12 years later is still hard to talk about sometimes and it is still hard to think that he is gone.  Of course I know he is in a better place with no war, no pain, no worries.

The sudden death of anyone whether famous or a close loved one reminds us all just how short life can be and that we should all live it to the fullest.  I know that sounds cliche’ but there really isn’t anything else to say to convey that same message.  So take a little bit of time today to pray for the families and friends of the fallen, especially our soldiers as we approach the 4th.  Pray for Mrs. Johnson.  Take the time to just hug your loved ones today and tell them you love them.

Kevin, we miss you and we love you.  Hammer on it!

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current music: Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

“Colic can be distressing for both you and your baby”

Posted in Family on June 8, 2009 by Garza

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There’s the understatement of the year!  So it has been five weeks since we brought our beautiful little girl home from the hospital and she is still screaming.  We have switched formula 4 times and the new formula just happens to be the most expensive thus far.  Newtramigen is about half the size and double the price of the off-brand stuff we were feeding her, and so far it hasn’t been the miracle cure we had hoped.

The first time I bought that stuff I thought that I should have carried it home in a briefcase handcuffed to my arm.  So after the shock of the outrageously priced liquid gold in our possession we got our hopes up for the new and improved colic -free Bella.  Bah!  We are still waiting.

The only upside to this whole ordeal is that she is sleeping about 6 hours or so at night.  We put her down at 11:30pm or so and she continuously sleeps until around 6:00am.  We are counting our blessings, believe me.  Of course when she is awake during the day she is screaming and nothing else.  We are at a loss at this point.  I know we aren’t the only parents to experience this mysterious phenomenon referred to as colic, but it really is mentally, physically, and spiritually draining.  We love her more than anything in the world but she really needs to chill!

At this point we are willing to leverage our house, 401(k), savings, you name it to find a cure!

current music: Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again

Sleepless Nights

Posted in Family on May 18, 2009 by Garza

Every new parent struggles to adjust to the trials and tribulations associated with being a first-time parent.  Well lately Lana and I have had one hell of a time trying to console our little one at night.  She is an angel during the day but night time is a completely different story.  It is no surprise we only get a couple hours of sleep with this going all night:

But we still love her more than anything!  We think she is either going to be an olympic swimmer or a champion kickboxer. 🙂

The Luckiest

Posted in Family on May 15, 2009 by Garza

Okay well I guess I must apologize for my long absence.  My life has been completed changed over the course of the last two weeks.  On Saturday May 2nd at 1:07 AM in the morning Lana gave birth to our first child!  We had a beautiful baby girl.  Isabella Grace was born 9 lbs. and 3 oz. and she is the most beautiful thing I have ever laid my eyes upon.

The first few hours of our new parenthood experience were very surreal.  The nerves and the anticipation and the medications had culminated into a very intense evening that blurred into the next morning.  After the complete rush of a psuedo-emergency Cesarean had worn off it really began to sink in that I was a father.  I honestly have yet to completely wrap my head around that concept and all of the implications that go along with the experience.

When she came out of the operating room and was laying on that little bed and the nurses were poking and prodding her, I felt this huge swelling in my heart.  My very good friend Kathy once said that there weren’t any words or any emotions quite the same as the love you have for your very own child.  I tried for the past nine months to think about how it would feel to be a father and how it would feel to be the person responsible for another life.  That swelling in my heart was overwhelming and like no other emotion I have ever felt in my entire 29 years.  I love my parents.  I love my friends.  I love my brother.  I love my wife.  But this love was so very different and so very wonderful at the same time.

It is hard for me to look at that little girl without really wanting to tear up sometimes.  She is the most perfect mixture of Lana and me.  I like to think that she has gained all of our greatest attributes and none of our not so great ones.  It is hard for me to even type this post because every time I think about her and how much I love her I want to get all weepy eyed and mushy.

The entire experience is a compendium of emotions jam packed into a very small amount of time, and quite frankly it is overwhelming and exhausting.  All at the same time I am filled with joy and have become a nervous wreck.  My thoughts are inundated with high hopes for the wonderful life she will lead and fear for the challenges she will inevitably face.  In the hospital the staff and various volunteer groups stop by your room and smother you with a deluge of pamphlets and brochures about every little possible ailment and syndrome and hardship that faces each new life.  As much as you want to know the information contained within the documents in order to be prepared, it makes you a nervous wreck and suspicious of every little cough, sniffle, cry and anything else that might “appear” to be out of the ordinary.  Every time I have a spare second, my head is full of worry over this illness or that illness, etc.  I believe I should have bought stock in Pepto Bismol sometime last month.

I know every new parent usually undergoes this sort of torment with the birth of their first child.  I am constantly waking up four or five times a night and going over to her bassinet to see if she is okay.  If I cant see her breathing I will nudge her just to make sure.  I wish I could regenerate my sleep in about 30 minutes or so, so that I could just stay awake 24/7 in order to keep a watchful eye on her at all times.  I know that isn’t possible so I will eventually become exhausted enough to force myself to let go a little.

I am so thankful that everything with the baby and with Lana has gone so “smoothly” thus far.  There were no complications with the birth and Lana and her have recovered nicely since then.  I am also thankful for my parents and the guidance and the morals and the principles that they instilled in me from a very young age up to this day.  They have done a great job raising two boys that were at times a handful.  (That was the understatement of the year!)  So thank you Mom and Dad for being such wonderful parents.  And thank you Lana for being such a wonderful and beautiful and loving wife.  And thank you to all of our friends and family who have brought us dinner or helped with errands and chores or helped with kind words over the last two weeks.  We are very lucky to be surrounded by such great people!

As Lou Gehrig once poignantly said, “…Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

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Lana and I thought that this was hilarious and I just had to put it on here as well.  Dramatic Chipmunk and Dramatic Bella!

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