year is gone. 2004 is on it's way. Is everyone ready to shed those
post-holiday pounds? ;-)
December was a fairly trying
month this year. My granddad (featured below as the "cheater")
underwent a double bypass and had a valve replaced in his heart.
He's recovering slowly but well. Our thoughts and prayers will continue
to be with him as he heals and also with my Mimi as she helps him
Christmas was at the Cadle house
this year. Fun gifts were received by all! Marley had fun, as usual,
with her dog cousins (or maybe they are an aunt and uncle?). Either
way, she's dirty and needs a bath. We were sad, though, that Mark
couldn't make it this year, but we received lots of phone calls
from him. Hopefully next year will work out for him to travel. We
have pictures of Christmas, but they are on a REAL film camera,
so those won't be up for a while. In the meantime, here are some
pictures of Trail
of Lights 2003 and of our
house decked out for the holidays.
I also quite enjoyed meeting
up with some old high school friends this holiday. It was SO good
to see Tara, Michael, Todd, and JoBob and their families and girlfriends.
So what's in store for 2004?
Guess you'll have to stay tuned to find out!
holiday season is upon us. Have YOU been good this year? ;-)
This year we celebrated Thanksgiving
with my grandparents (Mimi & Granddad) at their home in Jal,
New Mexico. Leaving Marley behind at my parents was a little hard
at first, but she thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled and playing with
her canine cousins - so much so that she slept for the next day
and a half! Our Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. It was also consumed
early in the day, as my Mimi was ready to get started in the kitchen.
*grin* And even though SOME people (who shall remain nameless, though
his picture is on the left) cheated, there were many laughs shared
at the kitchen table over the card game "Gimme Five".
We spent our last night in Stephenville and had a great time catching
up with some old high school friends, which ended up being a mini
class reunion of sorts. It was great to see what some were up to.
Also of importance is the fact
that Claire and Sam are married! Their
wedding was a lot of fun, and Claire made a beautiful bride.
We enjoyed being the youngest dancers out on the floor!
Need to also say Happy Birthday
to Jessica (sorry we weren't able to celebrate with you), my dad,
Rafi's dad, and little Maria Sofia - who turned a BIG 2 years old!
Rafi and I have begun our Christmas
decorating. This will be our first Christmas spent in the states
as a married couple, so you KNOW we're doing our house up right!
haha... We send warm holiday wishes to you all and hope that 2004
surrounds you with love, health, and opportunity. Happy
Well the verdict
is out - Marley is NOT a watchdog! We learned this while camping
with our friends JoBob and Caris at Lake Somerville. Animals sniffed
around our tent, dogs barked in the distance, and people sounds
came from other campsites. Did our little girl respond to any of
them? Nope. Not a peep. Wanna know what her only bark was for on
the very last day? A moth. Sheesh! But we do have to say that she
took to camping like a pro - even dug her very first hole (which
she wanted to take home). :)
proved to be so-so this year. We were disappointed to see few people
in costume downtown (as we always give it our best). The trick-or-treaters
were GREAT, though. Several tried to enter our home for more thrills,
one said he didn't want to leave, and another yelled "Thank
you, Bryan!" as he ran off to the next house after his dad
told him "Say thank you, Bryan." Too cute! Yet another
claimed to his siblings "I'm not scared. This is all just special
effects." HA! In case you are wondering, Rafi and I dressed
as "Killer Party Hosts" - complete with invitations to
"have you for dinner." Marley was a devil dog, and Pudge...well,
Pudge didn't wear his "Bat Cat" wings this year, but I
think he enjoyed the holiday just the same. :) Be sure to check
out the pics!
We also want to say Happy Birthday
again to our friend Andres (we won't say how old he is!) and to
Rafi's Tia Stella. Stella's
birthday party in San Antonio was so much fun, as we danced
merengue, ate terrific cake, and, most importantly, got to visit
with Ruthie, who had flown in from Panama for the occasion. :)
Year of Independence, Panamá!!
a busy month! From Gyrl's
Night Mexican Style, to participating in the BMW
Ultimate Drive to promote breast cancer awareness, we stayed
Marley had an exciting month,
as well. She loved Pet-A-Palooza
- almost as much as her parents did! And she is also now "all
growed up", as she graduated this month from PetSmart's Puppy
Preschool. She enjoyed wearing her cap at graduation
and won BEST IN CLASS! She received a 2lb. bag of yummy puppy biscuits!
We also celebrated our first
(of three! haha) wedding anniversaries. To recap, our 3 anniversaries
are: September 20, 2002, December 28, 2002, and March 15, 2003.
We will celebrate them ALL! For this anniversary we decided to relive
our first "mini-honeymoon" to Six Flags again since I
was sick last year. We had a really great time and laughed all day
long. I must recommend the Titan rollercoaster to anyone who goes.
And Rafi got to watch the UT football game in the hotel with room
service. Afterall, we DO have our priorities! ;)
missed July's update, so I'll try to be thorough with this month's.
I am now doing some contract work from home, which has been really
nice - no early mornings for me! Rafi's move to the big Motorola
building has resulted in half the commute as before, which means
he is able to come home for lunch on occasion. This is a good break
in the day for him. Other than that, I've been doing lots of home
improvement projects. You know me - always changing something! ;)
is doing very well at home with her training; however, while her
PetSmart Puppy Preschool classes may be fun for her, it can be very
trying for her parents. She is easily the most self-confident in
the group, but alas, she is also one of the most easily distracted.
It's taken a couple months, but now Pudge and Marley play fight
together - no claws drawn really, just fun games of tag and drive-by
slappings from the cat.
Our little nephew Luis Raul is
growing up so quickly, as are our adorable nieces Nicole and Maria
Sofia. In fact, the girls got to go to Disney Land this month with
mom and dad! How cool is that! Luis Raul was baptized this month,
as well. Sadly, we couldn't make it down there for that, but we're
sure it was a beautiful event. We send a big e-hug to Rafi's parents
and family. :)
As for news on the Cadle side
of the family, class has started up again for my parents, so they
will be pretty busy for a while. Mark is still enjoying his job
as a border patrol agent. I think he is also enjoying his off time,
Well, that about sums up the
past two months. I'll be back again next month for a new update.
officially have our new baby! We took Marley
Moon, a cocker spaniel, home on Tuesday the 17th. She arrived
a tad malnourished, with fleas and worms, but after a quick trip
to the doctor, she is happy, healthy, and very content with her
new home. We think she has adjusted very well, although Pudge hasn't
quite made up his mind about her yet.
My new nanny job has proven to
be a lot of fun - as well as a great destresser. The kids, an 8
year old boy and a 5 year old girl, are well behaved, smart, and
love to swim. We all have a pretty fun time together. :)
Not much else going on - just
lots of "good girl!", "good potty!", and "Pudge,
quit stalking the puppy!".
a new baby in the Campana family, and it's a boy! Luis Raul Campana
was born on April 22 and weighed in at 49cm and 6lbs.8oz. Be sure
to check out his
photos! We're also happy to report that Monica (Mommy) is
doing fine and that Nicole, Maria Sofia, and Luis (the big sisters
and Daddy) are excited to have him (as are we!).
Rafi and I are now looking for
a baby of our own - of the canine variety! So hopefully we'll have
more to report on that search soon. We already have the name picked
out, we just need the dog!
On another note, today is Cinco
de Mayo - so go out and celebrate the Mexican victory of "La
Batalla de Puebla"!
Okay, okay. So
I should probably change out the picture up above, but I think I'll
let it stay for a while because it's so nice to see all the smiling
faces of our family and friends! Anyway, we've been home from our
second honeymoon for a week now, and we want to go back! The cruise
was fantabulous. We enjoyed everything we did and felt very rested
when we returned to Austin. Be sure to check out the cruise
write-up in the travel section complete with photos!
On a more important and exciting
note, our new little nephew, Luis Raul, is due tomorrow (April 22)!
I can't wait to see pictures of him. Hopefully this year we'll get
to go back to Panama and visit him and his two adorable big sisters.
I'll see if I can wrangle some baby pics from his parents as soon
as they settle in.
Starting May 30th I am taking
a summer job as a nanny/swimming instructor. It should prove to
be a fun way to spend the summer during these tech-troubled times.
Rafi is has been very busy with work lately, but not too busy to
miss out on celebrating his 29th, yes I said 29th
birthday! My parents and I gave him a neat Japanese-style
has taken a liking to it, too. :)
Well, that's about it for now.
Until next time, check out all the new photo album additions!.
it's been a little over a week since our 3rd
and FINAL wedding! We had so much fun! We want to thank
our parents again for everything they have done to give us 3 weddings
of a lifetime. And thanks again to all of our family and friends
who came both long and short distances just to share the day with
us. We feel truly blessed.
Please be sure to check out our
photo albums of wedding images from our Austin wedding on
March 15. You might even see your own face! Our photographer Diana
Lott was a dream come true and really captured the feel
of our wedding day.
Our cruise honeymoon is scheduled
for the week of April 6. We'll have more pictures to add to our
travel section shortly after we return. We're really looking forward
to a whole week of relaxation!
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