8.14.2012

Adventures in Mexico

Cisco's good friend Victor was getting married in the San Diego temple on Friday June 1st, with the reception down in Mexico where his wife is from so we decided we would make the trip and we had such a fun time. I was 27 weeks along so it was quite the adventure driving in a car that long.
We left Wednesday after work and drove to Vegas where planned to stay for the night. We had looked up cheap hotel rooms and found a steal of a deal to stay at none other than the Excalibur... haha. We were in the newly renovated half of the hotel so the rooms were really nice and fancy but we have officially vowed never to stay on the strip again. We hate it. Having to walk through the smokey casino to check in is not our idea of a a fun thing.



The view from our room in the morning.
Thursday morning we left for San Diego where we would stay with my cousin Brent and Lien and their cutest little boy Landen. That drive was not nearly as fun because it was HOT and I was really sick of being uncomfortable in the car. Once we arrived we unpacked and relaxed and went to dinner at Buca di Beppo. The food was delicious and Cisco was IN LOVE with the decor. He could not stop laughing at how funny it all was. Landen only wanted to play with Cisco that whole night. I was exhausted just watching Cisco play and box with Landen. Kids love Cisco. It's a good thing we are having a boy for Cisco to play with and get all his energy out on.

How cute is he asking for help opening his mint

The pope room

Such a huge bowl of delicious seafood pasta
Friday we went to the beach for an hour before heading to the temple for the sealing. 






Victor and Paty with Victors two sisters, Hazel and Velvet.

I thought my bump was huge then... 


After the ceremony we headed to a restaurant for a buffet style lunch and then we caravanned with a group the 3 hours down to Mexico where the reception was the next day. After the lunch I was so surprised to discover that my feet and ankles were swollen to the max. My ankles were non-existant and my feet looked awesome. That was the first time I had any swelling and I have never had it as bad as I did those few days.

Paty is from San Luis Rio Colorado which is right beneath Yuma Arizona and therefore has the same weather as Yuma Arizona so it was a nice relaxing 110 degrees while we where there. Oh so fun. It was quite the experience crossing the border for the first time in my life. A little sketchy if you ask me. They didn't check our car or anything, it was just crazy seeing all these people selling things the second you get through the first checkpoint. We crossed in Mexicali so we avoided the Tijuana craziness. There was a toll booth to cross from Baja California into Sonora Mexico where San Luis Rio Colorado is. We were following two cars: Victor and Paty in one and Victor's parents with Victor's sister and her husband in the other. Victor's dad paid for our car at the toll booth and as soon as we pulled through the toll booth we got pulled over by the Mexican police. There was no reason to be pulled over, but they decided to come talk to us and Victor's dad (probably since we both had US license plates). Talk about a mini panic attack wondering what they were going to say since we didn't do anything wrong. They asked to see our license and registration (although what good that does since they cant check it in their system i have no idea). Cisco had to tell them the car wasn't in his name, that instead it was in my name and my dads name so I had to hand over my license. Thank goodness our registration happens to say Clyde or Michelle because I am pretty sure it doesn't have to. Finally they just waved us on and we all kept going with our hearts beating a little faster. The speed limits were the most confusing thing I have ever seen. One minute it was 60 km/hr and then a mile later it was 120 km/hr and not much farther it was suddenly 80 km/hr. I don't think a single driver was even paying attention to them anyways. We decided a trip driving into Mexico is not something we would ever do if we weren't with people who knew where to go and what to do.

We finally checked into our nice hotel which was called the Panda Inn. I laughed as we drove down the street because I was pointing out that there was a Domino's and a KFC and look! they even have a Panda Express...oh wait. That's our hotel. Totally the exact same panda logo. That night we went to get Raspado's which are kind of like a jamba juice but so much better. so delicious. Oh and everything in Mexico was so cheap!! We had a huge breakfast at our hotel restaurant and for both of our meals and drinks it was $7. We also got a pack of 12 Nestle water bottles for the drive home for $1.50.

Saturday the wedding reception was from 3-9pm (a true Mexican party). There was lunch and unlimited drinks served to everyone. Don't know how many Pina Colada's we had. They were so amazing. The place where the reception was held was beautiful and even had security guards out front. The decor was beautiful! There was a mariachi band in the beginning, and then a band who did all different types of music. It was pretty cool to hear them do some American songs and not even hear their accent when they sang them. Dancing went on for probably 5 hours. We stayed for the first few hours then left to put my feet up and when we came back, everyone was still dancing the night away. Paty and Victor are both really good dancers and I have no idea how they managed to dance that long without their feet falling off.












Not a good picture of me but Paty looks beautiful and this is the only one we have with them!

After the 6 hour reception, there was an after party at Paty's parents house for family and close friends with the most delicious tacos and gorditas. There was another band and people were swimming in their pool. That went until about 3 am I think. We left at about 1 and went back to our hotel to sleep!

Sunday morning we left to head back home and decided to just to the drive all at once. I did great until we were about 2 hours away from home and it was then that I felt like I would die if I had to spend another second in the car, let alone 2 more hours. We did have to stop more often for me to walk around and go to the bathroom so it took us a good 13 hours to get home. The funniest was when we were about 3 hours from home we stopped for gas and a bathroom break and 30 minutes later the baby would not stop kicking/punching my bladder! I suddenly had to pee so bad and we had to stop again. Funny baby. I think he was just still practicing his dance moves from the night before.

We finally made it home and were so glad to be back in the US and in Utah. Utah sure is beautiful.



Proud to be an American

Wednesday, February 22nd 2012 Cisco became a US Citizen!! There were lots of reasons he decided to become a citizen and it ended up being such a great day. We weren't expecting a lot with his ceremony and it ended up being super patriotic and we all were crying. My parents came with us (his parents were sick) and me, my mom, and my dad were all teary eyed through the whole thing. The funniest part was the two weeks before his ceremony happened he got the dreaded letter in the mail... jury duty. Ha so funny. The trial ended up getting cancelled so he was off the hook, for a whole 2 months when he got another letter in the mail summoning him yet again. This trial also got cancelled. Hopefully he doesn't keep getting called until he has to sit through a trial.

Waiting to go in

The judge and other official people conducting the session. (The kids are from some Junior High that got to attend)

Alex Boye (he is in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) was in the same ceremony and the judge asked him if he wanted to sing the National Anthem. very cool.



Getting his official US Citizen certificate. 

Handsome citizen

Some fun facts about that day:
  • February 22nd is George Washington's birthday
  • There were 187 new citizens in that ceremony that day
  • the new citizens were from 58 different countries
  • The oldest person becoming a citizen was an 82 year old from Chile
  • The youngest person becoming a citizen was and 18 year old from Vietnam
We celebrated by going to Moochies of course. Because a philly cheesesteak is a perfect American meal. 
Here is a really fun video of Alex Boye singing the national anthem. I was so cool to see how emotional it was for him and brought tears to the eyes of almost everyone in the room. He said he has sung the national anthem over 100 times but was excited to sing it for the first time as a US Citizen. 




6.22.2012

I'm Pregnant

Haha its been a few months. Prepare for several posts in a row (hopefully) as I try to catch up. Here a few fun pictures from the pregnancy so far, starting with how we announced it to our parents. 

How we announced it to my parents: 

(Grandchild #5)




How we announced it to Cisco's parents: 

(Future Fan) with the logo of Cisco's and his dads favorite soccer team, Universidad de Chile

Coming September 2012


18 weeks

19 weeks. I popped out that week.

At 20 weeks we found out we were having a boy! It was so fun to see him squirming around and hear all his organs were healthy and developing normally. In the beginning I thought we were having a girl. A few weeks before I started thinking maybe it was a boy. We didn't care one way or the other which one we had first. We just didn't have any girl names that we liked to we were relieved that we don't have to cross that bridge yet! 

Arms and fists. I think he likes to box my stomach with these.
Little alien face. eyes and brain are the dark spots. 

cute little feet

Soccer player legs

27 weeks. 
Yeah... I have only taken 3 pregnancy pictures. oops.
I am now 30 weeks!

  • I started feeling a few flutters as our little boy moved around 18 weeks. 
  • I felt sick until about 19 weeks.
  • Week 21 I started feeling real kicks.
  • Soon after that, Cisco felt the first kick.
  • Now he kicks ALL. THE. TIME. It is the weirdest and coolest thing feeling something move inside of you. 
  • Week 28 the stretch marks came. Noooo!!! 

Cisco and I joke that our little boy is practicing his bicycle kicks because we can watch my stomach move like he is doing the wave.

Besides the horrible nausea that lasted forever in the beginning, this pregnancy hasn't been so bad. 

Fun stuff: 
It is starting to get hard to roll over at night and I never want to pick things up I drop so I usually just leave them there. 
If I stand on my feet too long and it is hot outside, they swell a little bit. Super attractive.
I have read well over 100 books since I found out I was pregnant.
I didn't have cravings really, but sometimes I would eat something and it would suddenly be the yummiest thing i had ever eaten. Examples: watermelon airheads, Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch (I never used to eat at Taco Bell), and Corn Dogs. The one craving I did have around 20 weeks was seafood. I saw it on the food network and suddenly NEEDED shrimp, crab and lobster. Luckily Utah has an abundant source of fresh seafood... yeah we ended up at Red Lobster and although it was not fresh at all, it still filled my craving. 

It is a little intimidating thinking that we only have 10 weeks left when I consider that we only have a carseat and stroller (the most important thing right?) and a rocking chair. Not to mention a few clothes. No crib or diapers or other baby stuff. I haven't read any books on what to do when we bring the baby home but we will figure all that out sooner or later.

Oh and being in my 3rd trimester during the hottest 3 months of the year is so fun. Lets just say that I dread leaving my nice air conditioned apartment.

3.10.2012

Babies are cute

Babies are pretty cute. That why we are really excited to get one of our own this Fall! 


We found out the day before New Years Eve so when I posted that 2012 was going to be a good year, I meant it! I am currently 15 weeks along so I have made it through my first trimester. We had our first ultrasound 2 weeks ago and it was the coolest thing we have ever seen. The baby was squirming and kicking and moving all over the place. Boy or girl, I think we may have a little soccer player on our hands. 

I have had a pretty miserable first trimester but am lucky to have Cisco who took care of my every day and of course my mom upstairs who let us eat with them every night since I couldn't cook for the past 2 months. I am starting to have a few better days but am not quite done with being sick. I am hopeful it will end soon. 

We will probably find out the gender in 2 or 3 weeks and after that we will start thinking about names and all of that crazy stuff. We are really scared and excited because our lives will be completely different. 

I'm due August 31st!

2.15.2012

Believe RSL

I actually forgot I had a blog for a few weeks. Oops. I guess it is because I hardly ever get on the computer now and don't read other peoples blogs as often as I used to. I realized that I never wrote about Thanksgiving or Christmas...and now it is the middle of February. So I don't think I will catch up and write about them. It seems so long ago that I have forgotten the details anyways. They were great. That is the summary you will get.
In other news: I have been working a lot and reading a LOT. Cisco has been working his butt off in School and I am so impressed with him. Mac has not been getting out as much as he should and I fear he is getting lazy. Poor dog. I don't have much to blog about though.
Next week will be fun though. Cisco decided to apply for US Citizenship at the end of last year and studied a lot to take the test. It is sad to know that he knows more about our government than the majority of our country but I definitely was no help while he was studying. I didn't know the answers to a lot. He took the test in January and Passed with flying colors. Next week on February 22 he will go to the Capitol Theater and be sworn in as a citizen of the United States of America. Kind of crazy and cool. We have plans to do an amazing American Party to officially welcome him to the US but I haven't done very well at planning it (I missed out on that whole good at throwing parties trait).
Cisco is finishing up his Bachelors degree at UVU and prerequisites for Physical Therapy Schools. This summer he will have to prepare to take the GRE and start picking schools to apply to. And I am at a complete loss. Can someone please tell me how you go about picking schools to apply to? It is so overwhelming and there are are so many! I need to start making some major charts and documents comparing schools.

Hopefully I will come up with something good to blog about soon.

So I will leave you with this fabulous video. Our friend and one of the Hooligans crew wrote this song and got together with some friends to make this video. Cisco was part of the small group that went and recorded the song in Branden's studio and then later a huge crew went up to the Rio Tinto Stadium to film the video. Cisco unfortunately had a night class and didn't get to go but the video turned out to be a really awesome commercial for RSL. I watch it a few times a day. I just love it. So enjoy. I love Real Salt Lake!
It is even more fun seeing so many of our friends in the video. Wish we could have been there!


So until our lives get interesting, that is it for now! Hope you all are having a great 2012.

12.19.2011

2011 in review

I had every intention of posting this before Christmas when I sent out a few Christmas cards. That obviously didn't happen but better late than never! I can't believe 2011 is almost over and that means we have to remember to write 2012 on everything in just a few short weeks. 2011 was such a great year and I have a feeling 2012 is going to be even better. Here are some highlights from 2011 for the Aravena family.
  • I graduated with my Bachelors in Exercise and Wellness in April and was so excited to be done!
  • To celebrate graduating, I decided to turn 23 a few days later.  
  • I ended my time with LDS Philanthropies. After working there 3 1/2 years and coming to love the people there, it was sad to go. I then enjoyed almost 4 months of being unemployed.
  • Cisco got a new position at vivint (APX) in the IT department as a system's analyst. He likes the job because he likes the people he works with so he does a lot of playing at work.
  • I went with my dad to visit KC, Emily and my favorite triplets on the planet. I can't believe how much they change every time I see them. I had so much fun playing with Alex, Bennett and Ruby and hanging out with Emily every day and wish I lived closer to them to see them more often. 

  • In May, Cisco and I celebrated 3 years of marriage.
  • In June we went on a cruise to the Bahamas with my family and it was a MUCH NEEDED vacation. We had so much fun in Florida for a few days and enjoyed our days at the beaches and relaxing all day. It was so fun to be together with almost my whole family and we ate so. much. food. Seriously, sometimes we would say, "Bring me one of each so I can just taste of bite of all of them" and then we would proceed to finish and clean all of the plates in front of us. Needless to say, I don't think any of us wanted to be seen in a swim suit by the end of the week. 



  • Cisco turned 27 in July!
  • In August, I finally got a job ending my unemployment streak (which was fun for about the first month before I started going crazy at home all day) and got a job with Intermountain Healthcare. I am an on-call secretary for all the physical therapy offices in Utah Valley. It is a fun and yet difficult job. I can get asked to cover any office from Spanish Fork to Saratoga Springs (about a 30 mile radius). I really like all the therapists and people I get to work with and I enjoy the work but it is definitely challenging trying to remember all the differences between each office and never feeling like I am the expert at any office. It is kind of funny never knowing what my paychecks will be like. I won't have any work scheduled for 2 weeks, and then the next week I will work a full 40 hour week. I absolutely love working for Intermountain Healthcare though and am so grateful for this job. 
  • We enrolled Mac in obedience school and he is perfectly behaved now...... Not really but he is at least a lot better. 
  • We went down to Moab with Cisco's parents and LuAnn and Brandon while they were in town and had a lot of fun even though it was ridiculously hot. They all hiked to Delicate Arch and we ate at some fun and delicious restaurants while we were down there. 
  • My Grandpa Carlson passed away in August so we drove to Denver to attend his funeral. It was such a great service and we will miss him a lot. 

  • Cisco juggled full time work at Vivint as well as school full time and decided that just wasn't enough so he threw in volunteering at a physical therapy office. 
  • To add more to his schedule, Cisco also played on 3 soccer teams, the Hooligans, Hooligans co-ed and La Muerte. 
  • Camille got married September 3rd and I somehow ended up as the designated wedding planner. I had a lot of fun planning the wedding but I realized there is a reason that is not my chosen profession. The wedding was beautiful and it was great to share that day with Camille and Tyler. 
  • We went to visit Casey and Nicole after they moved to Fort Collins, CO in October and fell in love with that town. We had so much fun taking Mac with us. We got to enjoy Fort Collins' "Zombie Crawl" and take advantage of their bike library. Yes, they have a BIKE library. As in, you get a card and can check out a bike for a week to take advantage of their many trails. 



  • Cisco and I got released as Primary teachers for the Valiant 9 class and I got put in as a Laurels advisor. I was super nervous at first since I feel like it was just a short time ago that I was a Laurel myself (and I was 7 years ago) but I have loved it so far. 
  • We babysat 4 kids for a week and that was an adventure unlike anything we have ever experienced. They weren't young kids and we had a lot of fun doing it but it definitely gave me a new appreciation for moms. 
  • We didn't dress up for Halloween but Mac was a cute little devil for Halloween. 
  • Cisco got called to work with the Young Men working with them on their Duty to God.
  • Thanksgiving we spent with Cisco's parents and I provided the traditional pretzel jello and pumpkin pie. 
  • This year we kept with our new tradition and ventured out into the Black Friday Madness and went up to the Park City Outlets to hit the sales and we got so much stuff and were out into the wee hours of the morning. 
  • Christmas was such a fun time. We enjoyed Christmas eve dinner and Christmas day and have loved the break spending time with our families. 
  • New Years Eve we will be celebrating by chaperoning the youth stake dance!! haha should be fun. 
We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New year. Cheers to 2012.