Thursday, January 3, 2008

Our True Confession

We must confess ... we're so "trailer." Don't know what I mean by that? Read on ...

We really do have a quite lovely home in Santa Fe that we're very happy with. We've been here two and a half years and in that time, we've managed to buy some things for our house that we really like.

We had high hopes for our TV room. We wanted it to have a "movie theatre" look and feel. We got really cool curtains and stenciled the walls and got a beautiful ceiling fan. But then something when oh-so-wrong in that room.
  • Ten years ago or so, I was a young, single woman with no man, no kids and no pets. Therefore, I bought myself a beautiful ivory couch. Those of you who remember this couch will recall that you weren't allowed to sit on it until I looked at your butt to make sure it was clean enough to touch my couch (those of you who weren't around in those days might read that and think I'm kidding ... I'm not. That couch was sacred to me). Well, we got Bella and she decided it was her couch. From day one, she was sitting on it - *gasp*! Then she started chewing on it *gasp*! and finally had to accept that couch was done with its pristine days. The couch is now covered with a sheet and is chewed up in a few spots. Bella now considers the couch her personal lounging area. She jumps up onto the couch and then makes her way up to the back pillows, sits right on top of them and hangs over the arm of the couch. Bella also watches TV from there. And I'm not kidding. She is fascinated with the TV and watches it very intently. Its crazy.

  • A couple of years ago, we were doing foster care and a friend of a friend gave us a glider and a matching ottoman. Its gotten a lot of use, and now the ottoman has all but fallen appart (yet, we still use it). The seat of the chair has a spring that has broken off. It makes a funny noise when we glide and the seat is starting to cave in (yet, we still use it).

  • At the end of this past summer, Wal*Mart was clearancing out patio furniture. They had a white rocker that was 1/2 off and it looked like a good piece of furtniture for the baby room. We liked it at first, but soon realized its not all that comfortable. So there it sits in our TV room ... mostly abandoned, and looking like a piece of patio furniture ... because IT IS!

  • We also have two office / waiting room type chairs from the 1980s. I brought them home because we had this big house and very little furniture. They are oh-so-tacky and just sit at the back of the room - completley unused.

  • Then there is the row of four dining table chairs that sit in a row against the way because there is no other place to put them.

  • Let us not forget the wooden TV trays that we use as side tables next to the aforementioned ivory couch and disintegrating glider

  • Last, but not least, the wall that has some serious water damage from last year's roof leak. Yep, that's right ... a year later, and it has not been fixed.
We had planned to get a nice recliner and get rid of that glider before it completely falls apart. But one of us is too picky and can't find a recliner she likes (there's a hint as to who it is ...).

Are we embarassed by this room? You bet! But, I think we're more amused at ourselves than embarassed.

And if you can't laugh at yourselves ... then what's the point?


Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve ... Lucero Style

If you know us well, you know that we're pretty much home-bodies. Even before Christian was born, we pretty much just hung out at home. Our New Year's Eves have rarely been exciting. In recent years, we could barely even stay awake to greet the new year. Its called "getting old."

Like most nights, Jonathan, Christian and Bella are now asleep and Mommy is on the computer satisfying her internet / e-mail / blogging addiction.

2007 started after we spent pretty much all of 2006 trying to get pregnant. We had high hopes that 2007 would be our year (and lo and behold ... IT WAS!).

2007 was really a year of excitement and anticipation over the pregnancy. We always looked forward to Dr. visits and possible ultrasounds. I read pregnancy books and baby books like crazy, as I studied for what I called "the biggest test of my life: mommyhood."

I always enjoy news programs and magazines that reflect on the past year. I often keep the magazines as a reminder of that year's events. This year, I think I'll grab every magazine I can find that reflects on 2007 ... as a keepsake for Christian ... "Here is what happened the year you were born."

I watched the news tonight as they flashed all of the "famous people" who had died this year. Among them was Anna Nicole Smith. And I thought, "Was that THIS year??" Man, a lot has happened this year ... in the media, in the world, in my own life.

We are so excited to see what 2008 will bring us. The Lord certainly did bless us in 2007! We are excited to watch Christian grow and change ... and we try to savor every moment we have with him. We named him Christian for a reason, and we look forward to the day that we can start explaining to him who Jesus is. We pray that one day, he'll accept Jesus into his heart, as we have. As I tell people, "Christian is going to grow up to be a pastor." :)

If I could dedicate a song to Chrstian, it would be "My Wish" by Rascall Flatts. Surely you've heard it ... if not, it goes like this:

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, more than anything,

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

We hope that each of you who follows this blog can look back on 2007, and find you have more good memories than bad memories. We hope that in 2008, your dreams come true and you meet your goals. We hope you make new friends, while cherishing your old friends and your family.

Happy New Year!

Jonathan and Jennifer

College Football Season Comes to an End

Its the time of year many wives celebrate: the ending of college football season. Well, at least its over in the Lucero household with the final buzzer on Colorado's bowl game last night. As you can see, Christian was stylin' in the additions we made to his Buff's attire: jeans and a cool black long sleeved shirt (its hard to find baby clothes in black, you know ...).

Many thanks to Christian for being born during football season so that he could be his Daddy's new football buddy (relieving Mommy from that duty!).