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A Badbye — When a Goodbye Has a Frown

Like so many others around the world, we’ve said our goodbyes to 2012. As I mentioned in our last post, 2012 definitely had some great times, but for the most part we are ready to see it in the rearview. And that feels really good — so is that what it means to have a “good” bye?

So what about when waving bye doesn’t really feel all that good? I mean, not really? Does that mean we get to call it a badbye?

As we move out of 2012, I have one of those sadbyes — perhaps one of the biggest sadbyes I’ve ever experienced in my life. But I think I’m getting ahead of myself…

Toward the end of Woztober, us two and a half Flints boarded a plane headed for good ol’ Ohio. Autumn was in the air and there were promises of trick or treating, hot apple cider, pumpkin patches, Grandma’s homecookin’, bonfires, and lots of time with family we don’t get to see nearly enough.

where's mickey's seatbelt mama?

Where’s mickey’s seatbelt, mama?

daddy providing in-flight avengers themed entertainment.

Daddy providing in-flight avengers themed entertainment.

The plane trip to Cincy was uneventful and Mr. P has become quite the pro at traveling. This mama still sits up straighter when getting complimented on how well-behaved her baby is in the air. Thank goodness they don’t see him at 1:45 p.m. on any given day before he’s gotten his nap because that can be a totally different story…

We got to spend the first few days at Dave’s getting to watch lots of fun TV and eat lots of good food. And of course we made time to find a park for Xion to run around. Dave took us to one with a huge play area, so naturally Mr. Pickles was more interested in the picnic tables. ๐Ÿ˜‰

He picked a flower for mommy. See his little shadow in the background of the photo??

the little things...

the little things…

someone is still getting the hang of the foot shot. LOL

someone is still getting the hang of the foot shot. LOL

Then it was time to head north to D-Town!



More food, more family, lots more fun! Aunt Deedle and Uncle Eric hosted a big party for us with all of the above!

Xion’s cousin, Faith, shows him the ropes when it comes to blowing dandelion seeds into the air.

she's a pro

she’s a pro!

Grandpa Gato holds Mr. Pickles’ plate as he chows down some yummy cake because he already knows those ropes.

Good stuff, Grandpa!

Good stuff, Grandpa!

Xion returns the favor to Faith by showing her the ins and the outs of his iPad. Uncle Dave is happy to assist.

Modern musicians in the making.

Modern musicians in the making.

And we’ll just have to settle for this as the best bonfire family pic of the night. ๐Ÿ˜€



Unfortunately, Mr. Pickles didn’t get to Trick-or-Treat like he’d hoped because a certain presidential candidate came to town and called the whole thing off (karma got him for it), but Grandpa Gato made sure he got to get dressed up and head to a party anyway!

Grampy Gato and Captain America

Grampy Gato and Captain America

Is that a pickle?

Is that a pickle?

Like all our trips to Ohio, this one flew by. Seven days really isn’t a lot of time when we only see my side of the family a few times a year, but this time was a particularly hard one for me when we left.

You see, this was the last time I was ever going to be in the house I grew up in. Pop and Maria are retiring this year and planting retirement roots in Texas (although I hear New Mexico has much better weather *hint hint*).

Yep, the very last time I’d be in the house I grew up in. That’s a lot to take in all at once and I’m getting teary eyed writing this because there are so many memories there AND it’s the last of the three houses Pappy Delgado helped build that will officially leave the family. I know I’m all grown up now and have a family and new home of my own, but there’s a bit of a sadness inside as I let go of a piece of my childhood. My “home” is no longer going to be my home anymore. The next time I go to Defiance (and I’m not entirely sure when that will be), I won’t be sleeping in my old bedroom anymore.

So I’m taking a deep breath and saying a bit of a sadbye. I know it’s the right time for everyone to move on to new phases in their lives, no matter how hard it is to let go sometimes. Whether that be a year, a relationship, or a home…sometimes saying goodbye is just, well, bad.

There are a lot of memories in this little brick house on High Street. The good, the bad, the fun, the sad, the tears, the laughter, the joy — I won’t forget any of it and it will always live in myย our hearts. We now say…badbye. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

One last family photo of the High Street Gang. xoxo

One last family photo of the High Street Gang. xoxo



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Weekend of Celebration!

Being two happy Flints, we celebrated our two year wedding anniversary on June 18th. ๐Ÿ˜€

Nana Flint agreed to take care of the Pickle Man for the night so we could celebrate a few days early. (Why can’t our anniversary always just fall on a Saturday night? ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Russ made reservations at Hotel Andaluz in downtown ABQ as that’s where we spent our wedding night. We’re pretty sure we actually even got the exact same suite from two years ago! Such a gorgeous room and we had goodies waiting for us.


We had an amazing night of music (Los Lobos was doing a free concert about a block from our hotel), yummy food (thank you, Lucia), and a little bit of drinks and dancing on the hotel rooftop. It was the perfect alone time we needed.

In love.

Woz has a friend who says that year two of a marriage is one of the toughest. Let’s just say that year two was interesting with a new home, new baby, and still a young relationship on top of it all. Although we had some struggles (who doesn’t?), we made it and we are better than ever. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Says it all.

The next morning we had the yummiest room service ever and didn’t take advantage of the late checkout that came with our romance package because it was time to switch gears: Father’s Day had arrived!

Russ was off diaper duty as part of his special dad day celebration. As if that wasn’t gift enough, he was ridiculously excited to get his surprise from Xion. His very own Captain America shield!

Perfect gift.

Daddy and son. *love*

Cards from the whole gang:

Kitty love, Mr. Pickles love, and Woz love.

The little man is still working on his signature. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mommy wrote in Xion’s name to eliminate any confusion. LOL

We headed over to Russ’ parents to celebrate with all the dads. Here’s the whole gang!

Happy gang.

After all the eating, swimming, and celebrating, we were all worn out and ready to head home to get to bed early. Someone beat us to the punch on the way home.


Another year gone by — so many more to come.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This was definitely a hugely anticipated Christmas. It was the first ever for our Mr. Pickles, the first in our new home, the first time we’d ever hosted Christmas morning guests, and Woz’s first Christmas spent with her family in three years. Yes, this was one we knew would be remembered. So many pictures were taken that it would be hard to post all the good ones, so here are just a few of our favorites.

Pop and Dave arrived a little later than their expected ETA thanks to bad plane hydraulics and snow delays. After nearly 24 hours of travel time, they made it safe and sound to ABQ. They both didn’t even seem to mind being woken up early by a certain little man.

Ooooh, here's the best part of the story, Uncle Dave!

I got all your cards, Grandpa Gato. I win!

Our tree was all lit up and had lots and lots of presents waiting to be opened on Christmas morning.

We were all good boys and girls!

Our stockings were hung by the chimney (a.k.a big TV) with care. A very special new one marked with an A made it’s debut. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yep, that's A Christmas Carol on TV. hee hee

Then Christmas morning finally arrived. Xion was decked out in his little reindeer jammies from Great-Grams Delgado.

Okay, here are all my gifties. Did you all get any?

Here’s Mr. Pickles with his very own laptop from Grandpa Gato.

Hold on, I'm just about to finish a blog post right now.

And time for a wardrobe change for the next stage of the day.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Nana and Grandpa Flint arrived with Grandma Merrill. More gifties (and mimosas!) for everyone!

So happy.

A very special handmade toy chest by Grandpa Flint for our little guy.

Hooray, we won't be tripping over (as many) toys!

The look on his face here. Yes, he just adores his daddy.

I love you so much, Daddy. Can it be like this everyday?

There were of course a lot more gifts, lots of food, and even several games of Loteria (with prizes!) to cap off the morning.

So much to be thankful for today. And always.

We all ended up taking naps from all the excitement. We were going to need our rest for the next couple of phases of the day. The kitties all took turns in what seemed to be the best box.

India gets cozy.

Dewman takes a turn.

All rested and ready to head to a big family dinner! Russ’ uncle, Russ, graciously hosted all of us and then some.

I need to borrow some hair product from Uncle Dave, Mommy.

Two and a half Flints.

After dinner we headed to the movies (a Delgado family tradition) and saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. No, not a feel good, warm, and fuzzy movie, but it was AWESOME. Definite must see! Oh, and no, Xion didn’t go. Nana and Grandpa Flint kept the little guy happy and entertained. ๐Ÿ˜€

The rest of Pop and Dave’s visit seemed to fly by (as it always does), but we had a lot of fun with them here. Games of Monopoly, episodes of Breaking Bad, yummy food, and the River of Lights kept us busy! Speaking of Monopoly, Woz’s collection got a little bigger this year.

Love me do...

Woz’s Uncle Danny D has been doing special projects with family photos. Since we were serious slackers and didn’t send out any cards this year, here’s a good one for all!

Our little vaca is Santa! hee hee hee

A random Xion photo from a dinner on the town. You know, since you never see pictures of him or anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Who do I need to see about getting a refill around here?

We said goodbye to them a couple days ago. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Still hoping that the allure of 50 degree weather in December and seeing Xion on a regular basis will get them to move out here. And soon!

La Familia Delgado

Now that's a group of handsome guys!

Oh, and we also had a professional family (Delgado and Flint) photo shoot while they were here! It was a lot of fun and we got some GREAT photos of everyone. We’ll be sure to share those when we get them.

For now, we just want to say thank you to our family. We love you all year round but there is something special about the holly day season that reminds us just how lucky we are to be surrounded by people who love us so much. We are who we are because of you and we truly appreciate everything you’ve done and continue to do for our little family. We’d be lost without you. Special extra love to Mom and Dad Flint, Dave, and Papo. You are the best family in the world and we are so very happy you got to be here for the first of many Christmases for Acenxion Russell. Big, HUGE hugs. Until next year! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Santa Fe Holly Day Tradition

Last year we headed to Santa Fe right before the Christmas holiday. There was a little mix up with our room at Fort Marcy so they gave us a voucher for a free night anytime in the next year, and since this year is almost on the books, we had to get there while the gettin’ was good. And it was definitely good.

One thing that was much different than our getaway last year was that Mr. Pickles hadn’t entered the world yet. What we learned this year is that we definitely took our light packing days for granted. Packing for an overnight trip with a 10 month old seemed like packing more things in the car than when Woz moved from Utah to Oregon. Food, clothes, toys, Pack ‘N Play, blankets, diapers, pillows, bottles and, oh yeah, we had to pack some clothes of our own in there, too. It was completely worth it, mind you, it was just a big difference in departure time. Gone are the days of “Hey, you want to have an over night trip in Santa Fe? Let’s go in 5 minutes.” Those days are long, LONG gone.

On the road!

Pickle feet already sleeping.

Our fearless driver.

Gorgeous NM scenery.

Year and a half wedding anniversary.

Are there even batteries in this thing?

We checked into our super spacious room (it was basically an apartment that was fully furnished – PERFECT for traveling with an infant!), and then our stomachs lead the way to the plaza. All aglow!


In search of grub.

We settled on the Atomic Grill for eats. Someone got a head start. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Keep the appetizers coming, Mommy!

We loved the artwork on the walls!

Any guesses who the guy in the stripped sweater is? Really, we don't know.

Woz's hunky dinner date.

Xion spent much of the time making googly eyes at the girls behind us.

Mom! You are really cramping my style right now with the ladies!

Oh and it was Mr. Pickles first foray with avocados. Big, big hit.

Tomato and avocado. We are halfway to guacamole! ๐Ÿ˜€

We had a really gorgeous night of sleep and LOVE that Xion let us sleep until 10 a.m. (Okay, we were up at 6:30 a.m. first, but we all went back to bed so that counts!) The weather in Santa Fe on Sunday morning was GORGEOUS. It was the perfect day to go ornament shopping and that was THE must do for the trip.

To the Christmas Shop we went!

Project Ornament was a success!

Doesn't that hurt his beard, Daddy?

With the weather being so gorgeous, the snowmen weren’t fairing too well.

We're melting!!

Handsome Flint men.

(To the theme of New Girl) Who's that girl? It's Woz!

The other must go spot was our favorite toy store in all of New Mexico — Moon Rabbit Toys.

In search of a present for You-Know-Who. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So much awesome. ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh gee, he didn’t like the blocks at all. Nope, not one bit!

Oooooo I want them all, Mommy and Daddy! Them all!!

Okay, so we are going to pause and brag for a wee second here, you know, because we are parents and it’s what we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The people in the toy store LOVED Xion. The owner said that she sees a lot of kids and that our little man took the cake (and we were already buying so she didn’t have to butter us up! LOL). One of the employees couldn’t get enough of Mr. Pickles (who was TOTALLY hamming it up for his audience) and said that Xion was so cute he was going to have to break something. We aren’t completely sure what that meant and are a bit concerned that our son’s cuteness inspired violence, but hey, a compliment is a compliment, right? All right, as you were…

No trip would be complete without it:

Santa Fe feet!

Late to the game, the Flint family finally put up the tree a few days ago. We needed to put up the new fancy ornaments and get the house ready for Grandpa Gato and Uncle Dave (who arrive tomorrow morning!). Xion loved that he got to put his own on the tree. Oh, and yes, he did pick it out on his own at the Christmas Shop. ๐Ÿ˜€

I can't sleep with him, Daddy? Okay, fine, here he goes!

You guessed it! ELMO!

And we may be guilty of eating a *few* of these this year, so we thought this was totally fitting.

Who are we kidding? This was totally the Year of the Cupcake.

Because of you, it's like our first one all over again, little man.

Time to say goodnight! Someone already has his jammies on. Oh and daddy’s glasses, too!

Future geek. He fits right in. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Snow Day and Winterfest

It still amuses us both that what shuts schools and streets down here in New Mexico wouldn’t even be a delay in Ohio and probably considered a dusting in Vermont. Having said that, we’ll take what we can get when we can get it! For one of us, it was the first time ever seeing snow, while the other two got to see it for the first time again through his eyes. ๐Ÿ˜€

Our yard at dawn. So snowy and pretty.

We were pretty excited to get a snowfall so Xion could experience the white stuff for himself.

Whoa, what's this daddy?

Sadly, we didn’t have suitable snow clothes for the little guy so there was no rolling around in it to make snow angels. We did, however, bring the snow directly to him. Yeah, we are cool parents, we know. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What exactly do I do with this stuff?

Brrrrr! That's cold!

Rio Rancho had their first ever Winterfest over the weekend, so we decided to check out all the fun. They kicked everything off with ice skating but we passed on that since, well, Xion can’t even walk yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We made it just in time to see the parade that was underway.

Spongebob comes to New Mexico!

While you can’t see it all that great in this picture, it was really impressive how many luminarias they had set up for the event. Over 10,000 were aflame.

All aglow.

We headed over to the city center to see if we could meet Santa and have some hot apple cider. We saw fireworks in the sky on our walk over. The line was pretty crazy to see Santa, but Xion did get to meet his pal, Elmo, in person. He wasn’t sure what to think.

What's going on here, Mommy? I thought Elmo was at home in my bed!

These are photos from the evening we just like despite them being dark, blurry, or otherwise imperfect. We are pretty sure that’s what makes them so perfect after all.

Xion and Daddy โค

Wintery smile.

The gang's all here!

Winter family photo! Say Queso!

We decided to cap the night with a dinner at one of Woz’s favorite restaurants, Flying Star. Xion decided he had other plans.

Sweet dreams, little man.

The first Flint family holly day season is off to a magical start. Next stop, Santa Fe. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Moco Noses, Giving Thanks, Cooking and More!

Another month is about to wrap up and it feels like we have been cooped up inside for the majority of it. Yes, lots of germies are going around and the Flints were unable to escape the wrath. Mr. Pickles started day care and seemed to bring home a little more than his fair share of them and decided to share them with Nana Flint, Mommy, and Daddy. We can’t ever say our son never gave us anything. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s what a sick Mr. Pickles looks like:

"Cuddling up next to daddy makes me feel better."

We learned pretty fast that wiping his little moco nose was going to be a challenge. We have mastered the “sneak attack” to minimize the crying and protesting. With all the slimey tissues around, lots of baths have been in order.

Just call him Mr. Bubble Beard.

Woz got hit a little harder than the boys and was super grateful that Russ was great about keeping her supplied with plenty of tea, cold medicine, and back rubs. ๐Ÿ™‚ We all started to come around by Thanksgiving morning.

Xion's First Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We headed over to Nana and Grandpa Flint’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Lots and lots of good food. This energized most of us but it put Russ in a deep food coma.

"Mommy, I need some help over here!"

Easily distracted, X leaves Daddy to play ball with Grandpa.


Xion loves his Nana and Nana loves her Xion.

Everyone feasted.

Thanksgiving feet!

We all started to feel a little better by the end of the weekend, but at the time of writing this none of us are back to 100% just yet. We even made up a parody of the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” and sing “There’s a place called Moco nose…” Yeah, we are easily entertained. ๐Ÿ˜€

Feeling better and reminding us that we need to child proof our cabinets!

In other non-sicky news, Russ has taken to cooking lots of yummy dishes the past few months. Woz has been encouraging him to take a cooking class, and when there was a Groupon for a class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, he jumped on it!

Taking photos and lots of notes!

He learned a lot of new techniques while he was there and got to eat the tasty food he made! He’s since recreated most of it for Woz and one of her new favorite things is potatoes with green chile. She’s definitely a New Mexican now. Look out Chef Ramsey, Russ will be heading your way for Hell’s Kitchen 14! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Woz has been tending to one of her passions as well. She is slowly working through an e-course by SARK called Juicy Journaling and is loving how fun it is turning out to be. She also finally threw her hat in the NaNoWriMo ring this year, and while she didn’t come anywhere near where she needed to in order to “win” this year, she got a good chunk of words on the page and considers that a total victory. Write on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Even with the chaos of being sick, we have a ton to be thankful for and absolutely know this. We are pretty darn happy and are finding happy in all the places we can everyday. Like this…

Xion helping Daddy clean AND workout!

Yeah, you know that made you smile. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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Happy Halloween!

We’d been looking forward to Halloween for lots of reasons, but mainly because it was the first as a family. In preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, Russ suggested we head to a pumpkin patch! So we headed to a great one…

Linus waits here for the Great Pumpkin ๐Ÿ˜‰

I ain't no jive turkey, y'all!

The weather was gorgeous and we loved that there were rows and rows of pumpkins and displays for the little man to see.

Look, Mommy and Daddy, I made a friend!

Does this thing go any faster?

Sure, there's plenty of room, Daddy! Come on in!

It was all very official!


Mommy and her little love.

The next day was carving day! A Jack-o-Lantern and yummy baked seeds were a waitin’! Russ got right to work.

He's a master with the knives! Ooooo ahhhhhh!

While Russ carved, Xion had his own fun activity going on. Something had to happen with the pumpkin!

Oooooo, this feels nice on my hands!

The kitties were clearly uninterested while Mr. Pickles tended to his artwork.

I see great things taking shape here, Mommy and Daddy!

All done! Ta da!!

Pumpkin was everywhere so this little guy headed straight for the tub. Meanwhile, Woz was busy making some seasoned pumpkin seeds. Just add some oil, a pinch of salt, and spices (we used the Trader Joe’s South African Smoke) for 12 minutes at 350 degrees and you are all set. Yummmmmmmmy!

Warm and crunchy!

We were super excited for Trick or Treat and hoped we’d get more kids come to our door than we had last year. It wasn’t hard to beat since last year we didn’t get even one! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We did get some this year (16 in fact!), so we consider that a success!

Xion was all decked out and was ready to greet the ghouls and goblins each time our doorbell rang.

Our little calf went mooooooooo.

Pumpkin slippies for Pickle feet.

We wanted to go all out on the Halloween decorations but, wow, are they ever expensive! So, Woz found some super inexpensive ones at the dollar store. They did just fine.

The Walking Dead could be filmed here. Zombieeeeees!

Those who didn't escape the zombies.

And of course, our Jack-o-Lantern that we fondly named Edgar. He actually stayed lit all through the night and well into the next day!

Edgar the Happy.

Cards from Aunt Deedle and Uncle Dave for Xion’s first Halloween. ๐Ÿ˜€


Waiting for the trick or treaters!

Daddy and his little love.

Does this outfit make my cheeks look big, Mommy?

So ended yet another wonderful Woztober. Oh, Woz did have a great 35th birthday, too! So many cards, Facebook happy birthday wishes, and some wonderful gifites. She is looking forward to her hot and cold massage (and facial!) that Russ got for her. Those are scheduled for later this month. Long live, Woztober! Here is one of the gorgeous presents of the year from Dave and Papo. A one of a kind wooden treasure box made by Elise ofย Dark Fairie Creations.

Once upon a time...

And they lived happily ever after, too. ๐Ÿ˜€


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