Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Why Guapo Can't Quit

Here's why Guapo can't retire quite yet:

My recent shoe purchases. The picture does not give an accurate account of what took place last week as there were many pairs of Crocs and sandals that came box-less. Disturbing isn't it?

Why, you ask, am I buying so many pairs of shoes?

We have heard that clothing and shoes can be quite pricey in Rio, so as Guapo likes to tell people, I took a trip to the States to shop in the name of "saving money," (of course making the quotation marks as he says it).

I took Margarita and Pedro to Colorado for the long weekend, leaving Julio and Juan Carlos to spend a fun-filled "boys' weekend" with their dad. My dad and I concocted an evil plan to surprise my mom: as far as my mom knew, my dad was traveling to Big City to pay us a final visit before the move; she was to take him to the airport. Instead, he picked us up at the airport and took us home where we left Pedro on the front door step, rang the bell and hid.

It was great fun to see her looking at Pedro as if she knew him, but not being able to put together how that could be possible!

My dad and brother finally got to meet 3 month old Pedro:

(same cheeks, don't you think?)

Margarita, my mom and I all ran the Bolder Boulder, a huge (almost 50,000 people huge) 10K held on Memorial Day.

Margarita was number 99. I don't know how many times we heard someone cheering her on, "Go 99, you can do it!!!" It was so cute, she had a blast.

And last but not least, we got to see Mama Grey-the cat I picked out when I was 7 years old. That's right-she's turning 26 this year.

I will post more about my new shoes soon (not all of the boxes were mine, in case you were wondering!) :)


Janice said...

Wish I could have been there with you. I miss Memorial Days in Boulder.

Liz said...

I remember last year's shoe trip! ! !

:) must have pictures

nikko said...

What a fun suprise!

No Cool Story said...

You have the BEST shoe trips ever. My hat off to you!
You dad's and your plan to suprise your mom was the BEST idea ever. I even got a little teary eyed (and it's so early Gabs).
Pedro is getting so big, what a cute baby you got.
Way to go Margarita #99!
Mama Grey is 26?! No way, that's so amazing

I declare this post 'Super Awesome'.

Nettie said...

What a great surprise for your mom! And Pedro is just a doll. Check out all that hair! I've wondered where you've been. And now that I know, all I can say is MUST.SEE.SHOES!

utmommy said...

Go #99! How fun for you guys!

I bet that was such a fun surprise. I can't imagine how surprised your mom must have been.

I agree, Must. See. Shoes!!

Maine Mom said...

What a fun surprise for your Mom! Looks like you had fun shopping during your visit :-)
A 26 year old!

txmommy said...

Guapo is so lucky to have a wife concerned enough about "saving money" to spend a long weekend shopping sales!

Toni said...

What great pictures! Looks like y'all had a blast!

momofalltrades said...

You have a three month old and you ran a 10K.....

(I'm wrapping my brain around the concept)

....OK, I think that if I didn't like you so much, I'd be forced to hate you right now.


Looks like a ton of fun! At the risk of your husbands wrath, you ought to try Ross for shoes too. I love buying church shoes from there..impossibly high heels are best worn to church dontchaknow. ;o)

Millie said...

Leaving the baby on the doorstep - I love it! How fun for your mom!

Gabriela said...

Janice: I know it was fun. I saw your mom and sister at chuch.

liz: pictures coming

Nikko: it was totally fun to plan and execute!

BOFF: thanks!!

nettie: shoes forthcoming

UTmommy: she was super surprised.

Maine mom: yes, a litte too much fun shopping.

TXmommy: that's right! He should be thankful for such a "thrifty" wife!

Toni: yep! :)

Momofalltrades: Well, "running" is a little strong. I was with my 9 year old who refused to do any sort of training. I heart Ross- I bought most of the shoes there and at Marshalls.

Hi Millie!

Handiemom said...

Such great pictures. Your baby is adorable. Your parents look so happy. And I too am amazed at your ability to run the 10K.

These days (with my 3 month old) I have trouble running around the house.

jd said...

This is soo cute and the Pablo is getting soooooooo big! I have to post some of the fish now.

Rhonda said...

1. Do you really need a reason to buy that many shoes? :)

2. RIO! Very cool.

3. ADORABLE baby.

4. A 26 year old cat? That's amazing. It might even be a record or something.