The Vallecillo’s

March 13, 2011

At Quitman

Category: events,family – larsen – 11:59 am

We had fun during our trip to Quitman. Unfortunately we were there to attend a funeral.

We woke up at 7:30 AM since we had to be in the car by 8:30, and drove to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It takes about 2 hours to get to their house from ours.

We arrived at the same time as the Cook’s. We actually ran into them while we were on our way there, so we followed each other to Quitman. Once we go there we hopped out of the car, said hi, and drove straight to the church (where the funeral was at.)

I was a little sad, I didn’t know the person who died very well. But I didn’t cry or anything.

After the funeral, we ate, and went back to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. I went paddle boating with Landon and Emma, played with stuff from the ground, and had all sorts of fun. We even saw a bonfire at the neighbor’s house (where the person who died lived.)

For dinner, we had hamburgers from the grill. It was all good and fun, that is until I ran into Grandma and Grandpa’s glass doors… 3 times! The first time, it was their glass sliding door and I lost the nose piece on my glasses. I then ran into the same door a second time, and right as we were leaving I ran into their glass storm door. The door got stuck after I slammed into it, so Grandpa had to go through the back door to get in the house and kick it open with his feet.

It was late when we left, and got home at about 12:30 in the morning. No matter what time I go to bed, my body wakes up at the same time as usual though.

February 4, 2011

Cold and nasty Texas weather

Category: home,landri – larsen – 3:37 pm

Landri and Larsen making snow angels

Today is Day 4 of a freezing rain/snow storm in Dallas. The roads are icy, and the temperatures have been in the 10s all week long. That means we have all been at home for most of the week, only venturing out of the house once for some needed groceries.

It all started Tuesday with freezing rain at 4:30 in the morning. Most schools in the area were closed because of the weather, including ours. This has been happening all week long, so we have had no school for the last 4 days. By the time Monday comes we would have been out of school for a total of 6 days. That’s almost a small vacation!

During that time we had 3 power outages, Landri and I had a playdate, and also found out Landri had an ear infection.

Today, it snowed at least 6 inches overnight and it is still snowing outside as I type this. We played in the snow for a little while this afternoon, and we’ll probably do it again after Landri wakes up from her nap.

January 9, 2011

Texas snow? It’s possible.

Category: home – larsen – 4:27 pm

Sometimes we do get snow in Texas. Not every year, but it happens every once in a while. This year was a “snow year” for some parts of Texas (last year was one as well). It’s a big treat to get snow here in Texas.

We didn’t play outside, instead we just watched the snow fall :( . There wasn’t enough snow to build a snowman, and it melted too quickly for us to build one.

Actually, the snow started as rain, which turned to frozen rain and finally turning into snow sometime late morning. We ended up getting between 1 and 2 inches of snow.

January 5, 2011

Birthday at Strikz

Category: events,friends,larsen – larsen – 6:15 pm

This year’s birthday party was small. We simply got together with the Cook’s and Slagter’s for a game of bowling at Strikz. We usually play arcade games after bowling, but it was too late for that this time.

:( Next year we’ll throw a real party there, like we have always done for past birthday parties.

Aidan won the bowling game that night, but nobody got a strike. I did get a “bonus” strike when my dad had to throw a bowling ball down our lane because it got stuck. He knocked down the two pins that were up and the computer counted it as a strike :) . At one point I saw a person in our lane trying to fix something in the machine that picks up the pins. Emma’s bowling ball kept getting stuck in the same place after she bowled.

After the first game we had a little bit of time left, so a new game was automatically started. We all got to go only once before our time was up though. After that, we all went home.

January 1, 2011

The New Year’s Announcments

Category: miscellaneous – larsen – 7:00 pm

Happy New Year! Here are some things I want to share:

  1. There is a new 365 on Flickr for 2011. Hopefully my dad will make it all the way to the end this time. The 365 photos will have a link on Twitter each day, if you spend most of your time following him on Twitter.
  2. Me and my dad are going to do a much better job this year to keep everyone up-to-date via the blog, flickr, twitter and facebook.
  3. What’s up with He might blog a little this year, but that might be a 2012 thing since he is not sure what he wants to do with it just yet.

That’s all I want to say for now. 2011 is going to be a better blogging year.

2010 Year In Review

Category: family – luis – 12:00 pm

Really? Another year has gone by? Seriously? How is this possible? Goes to prove my theory that the phenomenon I call “time-perception-compression” is directly proportional to your age multiplied by the number of kids you have. At this rate I’ll be 43 before I know it. Hey, wait a minute… darn it! See what I mean?!

Once again, I had very little to share on our family blog this past year. Luckily this coming year I’ll have Larsen’s help (and ongoing motivation via his constant reminders) to keep the blog alive and, for the most part, up-to-date. 2010 was one of those years that won’t make my “Top 10 Memorable Years” list, but at least it is behind me now. I’m actually pretty excited about starting a new year, and although I’m not a big “new year’s resolution” kinda guy, this year I have joined the crowd and made a handful of new year’s resolutions for myself.

I have also started a new 365 project for 2011 where I capture, process and publish at least one picture every day to my flickr account. I took this same challenge at the beginning of 2010, but failed miserable after day 157. I hope this year, with my new personal project rules, I’ll make it all the way through.

Now, lets briefly see what the Vallecillo’s were up to during 2010:

January 2010:
I rarely get sick, but I started the year with a bang by getting both bronchitis and strep throat. To top it all off, I also had nasty earwax blockage on my ear that had to be extracted by the good folks a the Minute Clinic. Yes, it was nasty.

On the upside, we took the kids to the World Aquarium and to the ”A Year With Frog and Toad” play at the Eisemann Center of Performing Arts.

February 2010:
Once again we participated in the scouts Pinewood Derby Race, and once again we didn’t win any of the top spots :-(

March 2010:
Larsen had his tonsils removed this month, and I have to say he was mighty brave. Even after surgery I don’t remember him complaining about the state of his throat or his inability to eat solid food. Ice cream consumption did go up by at least 200% around here during his recovery time.

July 2010:
Larsen and I took some time to clean out our pantry, and had quite some fun finding food past their expiration dates. Waaaay past. After a while it became a fun game to try and find items with an expiration date that was earlier than the one before. The winner was a box of Cream of Wheat with an expiration date of 06/21/2002. You do the math.

Great success came this month with Landri’s potty-training. We basically did potty training boot-camp in preparation for our upcoming cruise.

We also took our yearly trip to Puerto Rico at the end of the month, which we carefully orchestrated with our 7-day Royal Caribbean cruise departing from San Juan. We basically spent 7 days aboard a cruise ship and about 10 days in Puerto Rico. We had an unexpected turn of events while on our cruise as a result of Landri being 2-months shy of her 3rd birthday, the age kids need to be in order to fully participate in Royal Caribeean’s Adventure Ocean youth program. We really thought we were scot-free since we had successfully potty-trained Landri, but it just so happens that the issue was that she was technically still a 2 year-old and not whether or not she could go pee-pee in the potty. Ugh! So, we ended taking Landri with us to more than we had intended to, but at least we were given the choice of hiring a sitter for her so she could stay and play with the other kids in the program while mommy and daddy did some adult stuff on their own. The best doggone $12/hour we ever spent.

I also had the good fortune that our trip coincided with my 25th year high school reunion party. I hadn’t seen many of my former classmates in all those 25 years, so I’m glad I was able to attend.

August 2010:
The Vallecillo’s traveled to Atlanta this month for my brother’s 70th birthday party. We all had a great time and fully enjoyed seeing everybody again. While in Atlanta we visited the Georgia Aquarium which, I’m sad to say, puts the Dallas Aquarium to shame. If you are ever in Georgia I highly recommend you carve out some time to go there.

Happy birthday Mandi! My wife turned the big three-eight this month.

Larsen started 3rd grade. Yes, 3rd grade! My, where does the time go!?

September 2010:
Can you believe that it took the Vallecillo’s 9 whole months to visit the emergency room this year? I know, it’s crazy! So yes, this month we ended up at the emergency room for the first time in 2010. I know what you are thinking: what did Mandi do this time? Well, surprisingly it wasn’t because of my accident-prone wife, but rather our son Larsen. In one of his running-around-the-house-while-playing-his-Nintendo-DS bouts he slipped and fell chin-first onto our hardwood floor. When Larsen comes to us to tell us he fell and has a “little bit of blood” on his chin,  we find a bloddy gash in the shape of an “L” (with the pointy part hanging down) under his chin. Once again, Larsen surprises us all with his valor by taking the local anesthetic needle and all 4 stitches like a champ, not even once complaining about it.

October 2010:
Happy birthday Landri! Our baby girl turned 3 this month. Landri made out like a bandit on her birthday with an American Girl doll, lunch at the American Girl cafebirthday cake and a move to her big-girl bedroom upstairs. No more crib or changing table for Landri, and she is finally moving out of the downstairs guest bedroom which has been her temporary living quarters for the last 3 years.

As you already know from Larsen’s blog entry, we also adopted a doggie this month. I was able to hold off the family for 5-months after having to put our last dog to sleep, but I was unable to hold them back any longer. I have to say I’m glad they were so insistent because we ended up with a great dog.

Mandi and I went to see Sugarland in concert. That’s a country music band for all of you who are scratching your heads right about now.

Not to be outdone by his granddaughter (Mandi), Grandpa Wilburn broke his hip when he fell back while doing his house cleaning chores. The good news is that he has a brand new hip and doing great.

Lastly, we pimped Larsen up for Hollywood Day at his school. Mandi had a lot of fun with this one.

November 2010:
Larsen writes another riveting book for Kingdom Tales: Lost and Found. Sorry, it is a very limited edition of 1.

December 2010:
Happy birthday Larsen! Larsen tuned 9 this month, but you probably already knew this since he has already blogged about it. What he forgot tell you about was the cool cake we had made for his birthday. We decided to get him a special cake from That’s the Cake bakery, but were struggling with the look of it. When the girl from the bakery asked us what kinds of things Larsen enjoyed doing, it didn’t take long for us to come up with a Words with Friends themed cake.

Believe it or not, Landri go her very first haircut this month! You read correctly, her first haircut in all of her 3 years Only about 2″ of hair length was cut, but for mommy’s sake we needed to take baby-steps. Rapunzel’s hair now looks great, and I no longer need to refer to her as one of the Duggars.

December 26, 2010

Christmas at the Barn

Category: events,family,pets,travel – larsen – 11:44 am

Last night my mom told me I wasn’t supposed to come down on my own in the morning as I usually do. She didn’t want me, or Landri, to see all the presents under the tree until she and daddy were up. When I woke up I just played with my iPod touch until everyone was up and ready for Landri and I to come down.

We got lots of cool stuff this Christmas, like: KidPix 3D, Super Scribblenauts, outside games, candy and board games. Landri got Barbie stuff, an easel, a bubble maker, candy and other girly stuff.

After all the presents were opened and all the wrapping paper was picked up, we all went upstairs to get dressed. Instead of the usual Christmas day family get-together at our house, this year we all got together at the Cook’s barn (aunt Amy and uncle Chris’ place in Van Alstyne). I think it took us longer to open presents and get ready than anybody else because we were the last ones to get there. Ooopsies!

We ate, played and exchanged gifts with the Wright and Cook families. I even got some late-birthday gifts in addition to my Christmas gifts! I got:

  • A Subway gift card
  • An American Express gift card
  • Money

We brought Gita along, and she had lots of fun playing with aunt Amy’s dog Jack. I’m glad to say that the Cook’s got a new dog, Jessie, to be Jack’s new playmate. She is too little now, so she stayed inside with us while Gita and Jack had a play date.

It was very cold outside that day, but Mommy and I took a 4-wheeler ride anyway. My hands were freezing cold, so we drove back to the barn and stayed inside for the rest of the day. We may have been the last ones to arrive, but were also the last ones to go home. At about 10:30 that evening we headed back home.