About El Momma

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

A Mother's Day to remember....

My day began with the sounds of someone moving around. I could hear them through the baby monitor. It must have been 6am. At first I was scared that someone was in the house that wasn't supposed to be. When I finally woke up enough to ask Moustapha to check it out I realized he wasn't next to me and must be the person making noise in the kitchen.

He was up early cleaning the kitchen and preparing for an amazing breakfast he was going to prepare.
The children were very excited about Mother's Day and especially excited about breakfast.
Moustapha served eggs, biscuits, fresh decaf coffee, strawberries, waffles and bacon.

They also gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

It was a great way to start the day.

After breakfast, we made our way to church. We enjoyed the service and headed to lunch with my side of the family.
We met Michael and Patricia and their children, and my parents and my sister for lunch.
We also celebrated my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday, Michael!

After lunch, some of us needed a nap, including me. But, I didn't get one.

That evening we met Moustapha's parents for dinner at a Local Lebanese restaurant. Here's a picture of Grandma opening one of the silhouettes I had made of the kids by Cindi Rose. Those were Mother's day gifts for both of our moms and me. They are really beautiful.

Thank you to my family, especially my wonderful and loving husband for making this Mother's Day so special. You are loved!

Friday, May 7, 2010

A Find for our new Bedroom

I think it has been a long time since I wrote anything about our house. That is because, thankfully, most of the work that needed to be done has been done. However, we had one room- the one belonging to El Momma and the Mister, that desperately needed an overhaul. So, 4th baby, and remodel here we come!

Really there is not a lot to do, especially compared to the projects we've been through before. I will take pics of the room and post those so you can see what it looks like. But, basically it is just a nice size master bedroom with no sheet rock on the walls (mostly shiplap.) We've come up with a simple and beautiful theme and we are moving forward.

First, we moved out of the room and cleared out my closet. It is the first project of the room. Moustapha is sheetrocking the walls in the closet, putting up new shelves and tearing out some areas that separated the closet before. Once that is finished, I can move all of my clothes and things into my new closet. Then, he will work on the room. It needs sheetrock, taping and floating (have to hire someone for this,) updated electrical work- remove the fan and replace with a chandelier a friend of ours gave us when they were redoing their house (hiring an electrician for this,) painting the walls and windows, removal of all of the carpet to expose the wood floors, buying a simple rug for under the bed (but not in the walkway that everyone uses to get to our bathroom,) hanging of new drapes (best price we found was online at bed bath and beyond), recovering the baby rocker and ottoman (thank you, Grandmother and Grandfather) and placing the new slipcovered rocker in the window, and 2 brand new mirrored dressers as bedside tables. We wanted to use dressers as bedside tables so we actually add to our storage space. Our house was built in the 20s, when storage was obviously not a high priority for home builders and/or buyers.

Now for the fun part of today- we got the mirrored dressers and we found them at TUESDAY MORNING for a fraction of the price we've seen everywhere else. Below are two pictures of some that we liked and the last one is of one of the ones we got today. They retail for approximately $1000- $1200 for either of the two below plus the enormous shipping costs. That's $2000-$2400 plus shipping for 2 dressers. We got the 2 Tuesday Morning dressers for a total of $500. Isn't that amazing??? And, they are beautiful. Mirrored dressers were on my "wish list" for my new room and I saw them in the Tuesday Morning ad last week. They began selling them this morning at 10am. They only had 2 per store. They sold out in minutes. I was first in line (I was determined) with Trinity and Maddux, but was told I could only get 1 - a one per customer policy. I guess Maddux and Trinity didn't count as customers. I even had the lady behind me offer to buy the other one for me. But, the woman who got the other dresser seemed a little on edge and I really didn't want to get into it with anyone. So, I purchased the one and left and began calling every store in town. They were all sold out until I found a store in Humble- 40+ miles away. The lady there was so nice. She said she would hold it for me if I was coming then. It took me an hour to get there, but I made it and it was worth it.

Here is the one by Hooker that retails for $1200


This is the Horchow version for $999


And, here is ours! Complete with a very happy little girl! We haven't put the handles on yet, but you can still see what it looks like.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Dinner with Friends

On Saturday night I hosted a dinner with 7 girlfriends at my house. Yes, I have 3 els and another on the way. "How did you do it?" you ask. Well, I just made the decision to do it and forged ahead with the planning. And, I worked it out, thanks to wonderful Grand Els, and to me only have 1 El with me that evening.

Here's how it happened. My Mister El was scheduled to be on a Men's Retreat with 40 other guys from our church. And, I always have this desire to entertain and have friends over. But, I rarely do it. I really enjoy having family celebrations here at our house- holidays, life celebrations, birthdays, etc. The only thing I feel like I am missing that I would like to do, is have friends over more often and just because.

I decided that having the Mister out of town made this weekend a good choice for a girls dinner. I only have a dining table that will seat 8. So, I sent a message to 6 of my mom girlfriends with only 1 saying she would be out of town and not able to come. I was so surprised that almost everyone was able to make it. Each one of these women has 1 or more (some 3) little children. So, I have to thank their husbands for agreeing to take over for the night! So, with 5 friends confirming, that meant I had room for 2 more friends. The very next day one of my best friends from High School left me a voice mail and said that she and another one of my best friends from college were talking about me and my fourth baby. (They both live in Austin, btw) They wanted to do something special as we anticipate the arrival of this new little El. She said they wanted to come to Houston and do something girlie- maybe manis and pedis, dinner, anything I needed done around the house, etc. And then she said, they could come the first weekend in May. As soon as I heard this on the message, I knew it was MEANT TO BE. I quickly returned the call and voila!- our dinner date for 8 was set!

Everything else just fell into place. My out of town friends arrived early to settle in and help. And, they definitely helped a lot. We had Mary's Greek Salad and Shrimp & Grits for dinner. My girlfriend, Haley did all the hard work with preparing the shrimp- thanks, Haley! And, my dear friend, Jen, was the salad master- putting it all together perfectly and to my exact specifications. I only realized the next day, that I forgot the feta. Oh well! It was still very scrumptious. Julie and Haley also picked up Sugar Babys cupcakes- 4 of them were red velvet- my favorite, with crowns on top with the number 4. They were so cute and so yummy. All of my other friends brought wine and one brought me non-alcoholic champagne and made me a very tasty drink.

I even had help with Trinity and cleaning the kitchen and loading the dishwasher. I think I will invite everyone over more often! 

It was the perfect, relaxing, girls dinner. There was really nothing exciting, but it was just what I needed. Great food and great conversation. I can't wait to do it again. One day, I hope to have a larger table and dining room so I can invite more friends. The great thing about this night was I had 1 friend from growing up, 3 from college, and 3 that I've met since returning to Houston. It was a great way to get to know newer friends better, reconnect with the old ones (which is always easy- like we've never been apart) and introduce everyone to one another. What a treat!



Here we are post dinner at the table.


Trinity was in love with Haley!

And, she was in love with Julie, too!