Saturday, September 11, 2010

Catch up to the stroller!

Sorry I haven't posted lately, Julien has been keeping me pretty busy! So I will try to keep the 'catching up' part short.

Since my last post from Phoenix AZ, we have made it to California!
Our first stop was Diamondbar CA where we had a show with the Whosoevers! We found out the week before we left that we were playing with The Arrows (, so we were SUPER excited to get to know those girls!

The next day (saturday) we had a show with the Dreamcenter in LA with Hope for Homeless youth, it was so cool to see some of our old fans and meet new people. Julien unfortunately cried through our whole set! It was so sad!! My poor Mom had to hold him the whole time!
Sunday we played in Hermosa Beach uhm best beach city in the county!! The weather was great, the people were great..must I go on?
We ended up staying with a couple from the church we played at Lonna and Jason, the SWEETEST people ever!!
That Monday there was a Hermosa Fiesta (city festival), and my cousin Airec and Rhyanne came out and spent the day with us!

After our stay in Hermosa Beach Julien ended up getting his first cold! Poor thing was congested for a few days.

That week we spent a day at Universal thanks to an old friend of ours Kim, then headed North to Ventura to meet up with Mikee Bridges! We had a great time with him at his venue Epic. That Friday night there was a Fashion show being held at his venue and Xaundelle and I got to assist! It was a dream come true for me, and Julien was a trooper with Abba!

After Ventura came Portland/Vancouver where we got to hang out with some old friends and enjoy GREAT hospitality by the Rodgers! Then we made our way to Seattle where we met up with some old Gateways Beyond friends (thats always fun!).

Julien has met some amazing milestones in this journey! He is now learning to hold his head up, and can balance it pretty well! Abba (Hunter) is trying to teach him how to walk and crawl already (oh gosh!) and he is talking more than ever!

I never knew I would have such a great time being a mom, He is SO amazing and amazing to be AROUND! Of course it's exhausting and I have my moments, but he truly is the greatest gift!

This is a pretty scattered post SORRY! I will try to update sooner next time!
Only 2 more weeks on the road!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Packing and hitting the road

Friday August 27Th I was running around with my head cut off. I couldn't wash all of Julien's clothes because I knew he was going to use 3-4 outfits, 5-6 burp cloths and possible 4 receiving blankets in the next 24 hours. So the pile of dirty clothes got bigger and his outfits..interesting.

I had roughly 36 hours to get ready for tour, this is normal. As an Aguirre I wait til the last minute to pack no matter how long the trip. I've prepared for 3 month tours in this amount of time. Why do I feel like I'm going crazy?
I went over my check list well over 1000 times in this 24 hour period. Did I have all his clothes, burp cloths, blankets, wipes, diapers, creams, his nail clipper, thermometer, hair brush (yes hairbrush), bath, swing, car seat, stroller...the list goes on.

I was a frantic Mother.

Saturday came along and for some reason I was taking my sweet time getting ANYTHING done. I still hadn't packed for myself and Hunter and I decided to have a family day out. We went to the mall, to lunch, and a few small boutiques. We got home with 11 hours to spare. I quickly got Julien's clothes in the wash and re-packed his carry on bag at least 3 times before deciding it was perfect.

He slept through this whole process.

At around 9:30pm Xaundelle thought 'What a perfect time to go visit Elisabeth Dunn before we leave! Lets go!' so..of course Julien (asleep) and I went. We went and had shakes and fries and hung out...until midnight.
Frantic Mother mode..back on.

I had 4 hours to finish our packing! I stayed up the next 4 hours putting the final touches on all suitcases and carry on bags. Julien has 2 carry on bags, 2 suitcases, a stroller, a pack n' play, a swing and his Moses basket. Success!

We hit the road! We had 8 hours to get to our destination in Midland TX, Julien did SO good on his first road trip! He was a little cranky towards the end, But he is surely a trooper! We left Midland early Monday and headed to Las Cruces NM for the night. Julien's first time out of Texas!!

We stayed at a church my Grandma had connections to. After dinner we all settled in, Xaundelle and I were watching Chuck while Julien slept when we heard a thunderstorm brewing outside. About 10 minutes into our episode the electricity went out in the whole church! Kind of scary being in a new place, no AC, no lights..nothing.
But we survived! Only 2 hours later it came back on!

Then we headed to Phoenix, Julien's first time to see mountains, crossed the continental divide and he got his first history lesson!

We are trying to break up our drive time by staying with friends/family in different cities to keep us all sane! We are now at my Uncle Omar's house. We are so blessed to have them host us!

Julien has taken quite well to his new bed "the moses basket" and is doing great adapting to every situation. As long as he's with Ima and Abba Huh?

This is going to be quite an adventure! We hit California Tomorrow!