Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless {ish} Wednesday - Take Me Out To the Ballgame!

Layla has been singing the old tune, 'Take me out to the Ballgame' a lot, a lot this week.  And you know....I am thinking it is about time for another ballgame! 















{all images above via we heart it}

{circa 2009}

{she's an excellent Astro's fan!}

{She looks ALL baby here to me! And check out those teeth!?!}


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

sweet summertime

In an attempt to get my mind off the terrible, frightening, sickening situation that was our Sunday, I am joining Nicolasa with {My} Perspective to bring a little bright, happy and cheerful back into existence!  Or what we also know as SUMMER! 

I could not decide which photo and quote I wanted to use, so I did both!  But since I am always heavy with Layla pictures, I am going to use the 1st Quotography as my submittal this week.

Quotography at {My}Perspective

Which one do you prefer?


I wanted to take a moment to express how grateful I am today.

First and foremost that my Layla was unscathed on Sunday.  And secondly, for all of you.  So many of you left me such comforting words, and you really have no idea how much I needed to hear them.  So, with all sincerity I thank you. 

Of course I feel like the suckiest mom on the planet...and I doubt that will change anytime soon. 

But I do realize I am not the first mom to deal with such a heavy burden of failure, and unfortunately, I won't be the last.  But to know that people understand, that people forgive you, and we are all here to live another day...that will suffice for now.  

No doubt this is a reminder to love a little deeper, hold a little tighter, laugh a little longer and appreciate until it is truly all over.  I am grateful today.

{all images via}

Monday, June 27, 2011

the moment my world stopped

Unfortunately, my Manic Monday post has a back story to it.  They always do.  I just don't always share it.  And if I do, they are usually not this horrifically terrifying.  But, my Manic Monday's always relate to my world, my feelings, things that happened over the weekend, etc....basically my Manic Monday posts are equal to "the taste in my mouth" that I start my week off with. 

And today I need to express to everyone....mother, father, friend and cousin, alike...everyone!!!  Everyone needs to know how important water safety and awareness is.

It's like one of those cliche statements.  But it truly does and can happen in the blink of an eye.

I won't tippy toe around this.  Layla had a very close call yesterday at the pool.  While I do not believe she took in any water...

Layla + pool - floaties = no bueno scenario. 

This can get lengthy and very emotional, and the long and the short of it is:  You cannot and should not take your eyes off of your child, or whomever you may be responsible for, while in, on or near any amount of water.  Not even for a second.  Yes, a second. 

Because the most disgusting and horrific thing about what happened yesterday is that there is a pool, FULL of people.  Adults.  And no one - NO ONE - heard or saw Layla having trouble and struggling.  No one.  Drowning is so silent!  It's disgustingly silent.  I could-lose-my-lunch-now-just-thinking-about-it quiet!!!!

Timeline of yesterdays events:

10 a.m. - Leave San Antonio, headed to Houston to make it to Layla's swim lesson at 2:15.
12 noon - Arrive in Katy, Texas.  {I was driving hella fast, and probably too fast, truth be told.}  New record.
12:20 p.m. - Arrive home. 
1:45 p.m. - Arrive at friends pool for private swimming lessons.  Layla and mom play in pool until instructor arrives.
2:15 p.m. - Swim instructor arrives, lessons begin.  Mom relaxes and soaks up some rays. 

{please excuse the wedgie}

2:30 p.m. - Mom noticing and acknowledging the awesome job Layla is doing at her swim lesson.

2:35 p.m. - Layla swimming well, blowing bubbles and going semi-under water.  And kick-kick-kickin'!!!

2:40 p.m. - Mom sees an increased confidence in Layla's expressions.

{will come back to this visual, as an aid*}

2: 45 p.m. - Swim lessons over.  Mom's "me time" over.  Instructor says the girls are doing really well.  If we could up the lessons to two times a week, she thinks they could be swimming by the end of summer.  Yay!!! 

2:46 p.m. - 3:46 p.m. {guestimation} - parents and kiddos splashing around in the pool.
3:47 p.m. - Layla's friend takes off her floaties.
3:47 p.m. and 2 seconds - Layla wants to take off her floaties. 
3:48 p.m. - Kids have floaties off; moms exit the pool to sit poolside and watch girls play in 5 inches of water.
3:48 p.m. and some odd seconds - Layla's mom sits down to grab a drink; Layla's mom friend, turns and yells Layla's name!  {*see picture above; Layla is bobbing up and down, right by the steps to enter the pool.  Struggling to stay above water.}

I am assuming you guys have somewhat of an imagination....and you can visualize the hysteria that comes with an awful scenario, such as this.

It was probably THEE worst moment of my life.  And even though I was maybe 20 feet from her....I couldn't get there fast enough. 

I remember shouting, "Oh my God, Layla!!!!!!!"  And then just collapsing into the pool, because she was so close to the edge.  And after I stopped shouting, I thought to myself....get her out of the pool.  2 breaths and then start chest compressions.

Yes.  That's how bad I thought it was. 

As I was sprinting towards her, I saw her head bob up and back under 3 times.  I was assuming with each bob she was taking water IN! 

All three of us (me, my friend, and my friends hubby) grabbed her at the same time.  Crazy how that happens.  It kind of blurs from that point....

I know she coughed one time.  And NO water came out.  And then the tears started flowing.  On Layla.  Yes, I wanted to, but I had to remain calm for her.  I assured her she was okay. 

We talked.  We discussed.  We laid down some new rules.  And then we jumped back in the pool.  That was important for me to do with her.  Since I knew she was okay, and that she was actually holding her breath while under water, I did not want her to carry away a frightening feeling. 

All the while I wanted to cry.  To throw up.  This was MY fault!  No one else. 

And now I owe my friend my life.  And I know I can never re-pay her.  Ever. 

I hope you can all learn from this.  I truly do. 

If I could explain to you the look I saw in my baby's eyes....I know you all would be forever changed by this too.  But, I can't explain that look. 

Unfortunately, it is a look I have to associate with the look Richard's brother detailed as their mother died in his arms.  That of shock.  That of being terrified with every ounce of her being.  That look that pierces right through your  That look of here, but not here. 

I hope to never see "that look" again.


  • Nearly 1 of every 3 unintentional deaths among children ages 1 to 4 is from drowning
  • Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death in kids aged 1 to 14 •
  • More than 55% of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for higher levels of care (compared to a hospitalization rate of 3-5% for all unintentional injuries). These injuries can be severe.
    •Nonfatal drownings can cause brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities including memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (e.g., permanent vegetative state).
  • The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is 3.1 times that of white children in the same age range.
  • Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children aged 1 to 4 years.
  • Seconds count. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly intervention occurs, the better change of improved outcomes.


Please keep ALL of this in mind while celebrating Independence Day this weekend.


Okay, I know this post is ridiculously long now.  But last night I got it completely out of Layla.  You know, the story.  How it all happened.  Because I wasn't quite sure.  Did she jump?  Did she fall?

Me:  Do you understand why we now have to keep our floaties on at all times when we are around the pool?
Layla:  Yes.  But, momma, I was just trying to go under, like Isabelle.  {FYI, this is Isabelle below.  She is 5.  And swims like a dolphin.  She was "helping" Layla learn how to swim yesterday, while Layla's floaties were still on.}

Me:  But Layla, Isabelle already knows how to swim.  You are still learning.  What are the pool rules that Miss Ana teaches you?
Layla:  But momma, I went under water!  {all proud} But then I couldn't get back up.  It was hard.
Me:  And that's why we are taking swim lessons with Miss Ana.  She's gonna teach you how to do it properly.  {holding back tears.}

Manic Monday - 06.27.11

Anyone watching children who are in, on or around water

must understand that drowning happens quickly and suddenly. 

Any source of water is a potential drowning hazard,

especially for young children and weak swimmers.

~ Redcross.Org
{information via} {pictures via}

Friday, June 24, 2011

Remembering the Legend

Tomorrow will mark two years since the world lost a musical icon, Michael Jackson.  No doubt we will have all of his albums on heavy rotation.  Celebrating wonderful, timeless music!!!!

You Love To Pretend That You're Good

When You're Always Up To No Good

You Really Can't Make Him Hate Her

So Your Tongue Became A Razor

I Said You Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

You Got To Be Startin' Somethin'
And with that ya'll....I'm out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

terrific thursday tribute

I kinda feel silly posting this right after my most funniest post to date.  Thanks, Mayra

But, my heart is insisting that I do.  You see....I have been following Cindy Foote, and her blog, This Poetic Present, for quite awhile now.  She is amazing.  She is inspiring.  She words can fully describe her and her heart!

She and her family have been waiting to bring their third little girl, Keemberlie, home from Haiti for a very unfair length of time.  They are not new to the adoption process, so they have been patient.  But, as you can imagine....patience wears thin.  And they are aching to bring Keemberlie home.  Where she belongs...

Cindy wrote this for Keemberlie recently. 


You look peaceful as you float the sky

But you powerfully shift the tides

Fullest moon while you're up high

Would you please upon my child shine

Remove the oceans in between us

Waive the endless sands of time

Guide her eyes to gaze upon your glowing

And do not hide your face from mine

Share your cosmic space if just a moment

Be our meeting place in still of night.

for Keemberlie, love Mom

(c) 2011 Poetic Present Poems
So beautiful.  I can only imagine the strength they must carry to make it through each day.  I know their Libby and Gracie provide that to them.  And of course the big man upstairs! 
You can help Cindy, Keemberlie and their family.... purchasing her music via a digital download, here, at No Double Yellow Line.  And by doing so, you will be helping to assist them in bringing another angel home.

Spread the word. 

Speaking of spreading the word...don't forget about them either!

Help us, if you can!

They, too, deserve to bring a special angel home.

Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone,

but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute,

you didn’t grow under my heart, but in it.

~ Unknown

terribly tacky thursday!!!!

I just got THIS in my inbox....

And I am so confused.  She appears to be a pretty girl.  Why would she waste her {or someone elses?} money on that?  And ruin her entire face and appearance in the process?  **Confusion**

She should have consulted with me first!!!  Really.  Because I could have saved her a TON of cash.  And I know this because I know about these. 

Do you remember these?!?  Ahhh....back to the old skool.


Surely the Wax Lips people make trendy colors an option nowadays so girlfriend can get cotton candy pink lips.  Riiiight!?  I sure would think so. 
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