Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Parties Galore

The celebration that took the cake was our date night on Friday. The boys pulled off a fantastic evening that began with a limo ride (red roses awaited us inside), a romantic dinner at Damian's and a hilarious play at the Alley Theater.

This was my first Christmas party at my wonderful new job! Here are the sweet ladies that I have the privilege of working with every day.

Here we are at our couples small group Annual Christmas PJ Fiesta.
It's our first party in our new place:)
The first Christmas party this year was held at Carlie and Eric's for our community small group.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Time is Here!

We bought our first real Christmas tree this year. I also tried my hand at crafting bows and wreaths and I was quite successful. Almost all our decorations are new and I had a great time shopping for bargains. We were supposed to host Christmas this year but there was a change of plans. So hopefully our neighbors and small group buddies will enjoy our cozy and heart warming home!

Notice the tree above the entry. It was sure scary up there.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


2 Chronicles 16:9(a) For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

This Thanksgiving I want to give thanks to the Lord for giving me much more than I deserve. He is my strength and my salvation! I pray that I will be evermore committed to him as the years go by.

We are so blessed to have our healthy families as well as our new home and most recently my wonderful new job. My heart is bursting with gratitude and I am humbled every day by God's love and grace. We want to continue to honor Him and be good stewards of his blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 26, 2008


Last night our dear friends Andrea and Justin hosted a costume party to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! It was quite a success and we had lots of fun. If you would like to make a donation you can make checks payable to THE LEUKEMIA and LYMPHOMA SOCIETY and send to Andrea's Address:18826 Lantern Cove LaneTomball, TX 77375 or go to

The belly is not a prop . . . .

Thursday, October 02, 2008

I am going to be an auntie!

A couple of weeks ago we got the awesome news that my sister-in-law Wendi is pregnant! Praise the Lord! This will be the first baby on the Salinas side of the family. We are leaping for joy! Please pray that Wendi has a great pregnancy. Today she had nausea all day. She is finishing up LVN school October 31st and she has quite a few assignments and tests left to complete.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Powerless but not Friendless

It has been 2 weeks since Ike. Work was chaotic but I am glad to be back. On Monday administration was responsible for helping out at schools throughout the district. I had the privilege of helping out with a Pre-K class at Glenloch Elementary. The kids were adorable and so glad to be back to school. I had quite a morning - during lunch time I talked to little ones that were crying because they were missing their mommies! Poor babies, they had just gotten used to going to school and then Ike comes to ruin everything.
Well, power is still being restored to the surrounding areas. I am so glad we got ours back when we did. One great thing about this whole ordeal has been the bonding we did with our neighbors. We hung out almost every night beginning with a "board up your house " party on Friday night. Here are some pics of our powerless nights at Princeton Place.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ay que Ike!

Is Ike short for something else? Well, I sit here in our dining room posting pics and updates while our generator runs. We lost power Saturday about 3:30am when the hurricane reached us. It was a scary time listening to the wind blowing as if haunting our house. The rain did not come to a stop until about 6:00pm on Sunday . . . and even then it kept coming and going. We've had running water throughout. Gas stove works and we can take a hot shower. Another blessing is this wonderful cold front. We've been able to sleep with no problems with this great breeze coming through our windows. Here are a few pics of our surrounding areas.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My New Venture

Okay, so many of you know that I have been contemplating changing my career for years now. I began the search about 3 years ago. This spring I really got serious and applied to everything and anything I thought I would enjoy. I did a bit of research and talked to lots of people. I was determined to not go back to the classroom this year. Well, I waited and waited and heard nothing for months. July 21st came along (weeks after it is okay to break your contract) and I found another job opening in our district called the College Readiness Specialist. I thought I would give it another shot - what could I lose? About a week later I got a call about coming in for an interview and I was ecstatic but also nervous about what my principal would say. No principal wants to be looking for a teacher replacement 3 weeks before school starts!

Although I was very happy to be considered for an interview I was not very hopeful - it just seemed impossible. The day of the interview I walk into a room full of very intimidating and important people. I panicked immediately for I was expecting a preliminary interview! I was extremely nervous and thought for sure I'd blown it. As I walked out, my would be boss says "Your Principal speaks very highly of you" . . . . . oh, no, he already knew! (He and I had already talked about me looking for other jobs.)

On my drive home I almost cried - here had been my chance and I wasn't as prepared as I had wanted to be. I prayed for peace and gave it to God saying I did not want this if it wasn't his will! A few hours later I got a call from the Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education saying I was the candidate of their choice!!!!!! AAHHHHH! How could this be? Later I found out that there were 18 applicants, 6 interviews and I was the top pick for all the interviewers. Let's say that I can clearly see God's hand this. I am so amazed and humbled by his love and provision.

Well, the venture just begins. As the College Readiness Specialist I have many duties such as supporting our 6 high schools in increasing numbers of kiddos taking college prep courses and tests. There's a lot of managing and coordinating involved. I have my own office and I love it all so far! I am a bit frightened about the great responsibility I have especially because so much of this is new to me.

Oh, and my replacement was found a few days after my interview. She is really qualified and comes highly recommended so my Principal is happy. I'm also grateful to him since I know he had much influence in the District's decision.

I have no pics of my office or our dinner celebration at Perry's but I promise I'll post some soon!

The best part of this job is that I get to thoroughly enjoy my weekends and I don't have to worry about lesson plans, disciplining children or waking up at 5:00am. Yippee!

Hispanic Women's Network of Texas

I'd like to thank Phillip's aunt Frances for inviting me to this wonderful women's conference here in Houston last weekend. I met a myriad of successful and inspiring women including Judge Aida Salinas from McAllen and Alma Riojas who served on President Reagan’s Transition Team and in the White House Personnel Office specializing in Hispanic and women’s recruitment and placement among many other wonderful accomplishments.

Needless to say I learned so much. This conference could not come at a better time since I was able to get so many leads and contacts that can help me in my new job.

Here's a pic of Aunt Frances and other ladies from her HWNT Chapter in San Antonio.

The last night of the conference there was a banquet in which my dear husband was our date!

Friday, August 08, 2008


The weekend began with a huge family reunion on Phillip's side. Phillip's great grandmother had 7 siblings and each sibling averaged about 7 children. So, the reunion consisted of all of those folks and their kids and their kids. We think there were about 400 people there. Each sibling's family wore a different colored shirt.

Here is Phillip and his dad and you can see us standing in the very back of the group picture. There were so many of us that the person taking the picture for me could not fit everyone in one or even two pics.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Wii Wars

So, we have the greatest time playing the Wii, especially when family, friends and neighbors come over. I've never been one to be good at video games but I am pretty decent at tennis, bowling and even boxing. I've beat Phillip at bowling (something that never happens in real life)! Here are a few pics our version of Wii Wars.

I never thought I'd see Nancy Martinez, Pastor Ruben's wife punching the air to win a boxing round. It was hilarious! She called me a week later to tell me she was still sore.

This weekend was also a lot of fun as we battled Phillip's cousin Kris and her husband Patrick.
Here's a little cousin on cousin rivalry.Kris Won!

Time to redeem the family.

I kicked everyone's butt in boxing!

It was ladies night - we beat the boys in almost everything.