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Posted in ¡que comida!, Gabbi, holidays, Maximo, milestones, school on October 28, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

Today was the big day for the Halloween festivities at CVIS, Maxxi’s school.  The kids dressed in costume for the school day, had a morning desfile de disfraz (costume parade), and there was a carnival this evening, complete with bake sale, cake walk, and a super scary haunted house with plenty of gorey zombies and even a chainsaw (we skipped that attraction – Maxxi due to being 3, and us due to the immense waiting line to get in… I was bummed not to experience the horror first hand, but I am more horrified by standing in lines I suppose).

This year Maxxi dressed as Thor, God of Thunder.  My dad brought down his awesome costume, and we had given him a sweet nerf Thor’s hammer for his birthday which has since been a favorite toy.  Of course, after 2 months of having the hammer around, the night before dress-up day we go out to dinner and come home to find the hammer – the HAMMER! – destroyed by the dog.  Gabbi was the one to discover the disaster and when I came down from putting Maxxi to sleep, he was so heartbroken I thought maybe the cat had died.  No wait, he was more heartbroken than that.  Gabbi got busy making Maxxi the coolest “Capitan Mexico” shield and helmet (converting the previous iteration of Captain America shield & helmet that he made him last week), and I managed to rebuild the hammer using an ipod box and duct tape.  Whew – day saved by late-night craftiness.  Thor had his hammer, and a super rad Capitan Mexico costume for Friday show-and-tell.  Of course this hammer actually packs a punch vs. the nerf version – I was a little worried about sending him to school with an actual weapon, but I didn’t hear any reports of bludgeoning from the teacher (that would be “Miss America,” by the way) so I guess we’re all good.

I made what turned out to be a darn-tootin’ good Jesse (Toy Story) costume that was a big hit with the little ones.  Gab went as Green Lantern, Sayulita sector, but Maxxi commandeered his mask and ring mid-way through the night, becoming Green Thor of Asgaard sector.

I also made my first batch of school bake-sale cupcakes: white-as-a-ghost white chocolate mud cupcakes.  So yum.  I made these for Gabbi’s birthday (white chocolate being his fave) and they are delicious and quite easy.  Get the recipe here.   All in all, a great start to another halloween with our little king-of-costumes.

Before bedtime, I just had to coax Maxxi into his “Woody” PJs (and boots and hat) for a Woody’s Roundup cast reunion photo.

Buenas noches, vaquero, you inspire me so.

love, Mommy/Jesse/Lois Lane/Leia/Jane/D-rek/MJ/<insert future pretend counterpart names here>



La Paloma Blanca

Posted in family, Maximo, words on April 12, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

Maxxi singing with his Nona, abuela-extraordinaire.

Come back soon, Nona, te extrañamos mucho!!

…and now for something completely different, equally awesome:

I ate the eyeball!

Posted in feeding, Maximo on March 26, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

Ask my boy what he ate on our recent (amazing, fabulous, wonderful, dreamy) beach camping trip, and  he will give you his biggest grin, exclaiming proudly: “I ate the eyeball!” Yes, the fish eyeball;  and no, despite what the photo below would lead you to think, he was not drunk at the time.

That’s my boy – his papa’s son, through and through!

Safe Haven

Posted in Maximo on March 26, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

photo by Cap Sparling

Coin Operated Re-Dux

Posted in love, Maximo, music on March 10, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

Surrounded by music in our house day in and out, Maxxi is really finding his voice and rhythm.  The music is surely alive and thriving, with Los Gatos Negros going full throttle, mama learning to play bass guitar in the band, and the ever present uke and drums duo.  Maxxi lets it all swirl around him, and occasionally fires back his own magic versions of our favorite torch songs.  Witness the awesome-ness that is my boy.  I sure do love him.

my favorite thing you said today:

Posted in Maximo, words on January 17, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro

“Thank you for sharing with me, mom.” -Maxxi at breakfast, Monday morning

…until you sang:

I’m gonna poop on your head, OKAY?

I drink wine, everyday!

I drink wine, everyday!

I drink wine, everyday!

I want to go pants-a-less

(then softly) bumble bee bumble bee

Shades of Sunday

Posted in dog, family, Maximo on January 16, 2011 by Gabbi El Mas Negro