la, la, la...

who's still here? Better yet, who thought *I'd* still be here?

Lots of pictures to share...none that great but hey, we do what we can to entertain you.

Mr. Z learned thumbs up last night.

Today, this came down

And this went up (yup, I went down to the basement and found it my own damn self :p) it's my wreath - you can't tell by this stellar photo??

And our super-fanstastic, uber-sensational, ultra terrific news?

Carlos started his new job today - see how happy he looks :) It's an awesome job with benefits that start today...not in 90 days, but TODAY. We haven't had benefits for almost 2 years. Some of you know the whole back story but in a nutshell, it's been a rough couple of years for us and today marks a *real* turning point in our lives. We're all excited and I am SO happy and SO proud of Carlos. Seriously guys, this job rocks and the company he's with is amazing. We're feeling very fortunate right now :)

And oh yeah, this came today.

Features some SUPERSTARS...some total idols of mine in this little scrapbooking universe...people like, oh, Lisa McGarvey and Shelley Laming...Maria Grace Abuzman and Tara Whitney...Jackie Bonette, Jamie Waters, Jenni Bowlin, Kelli Crowe, Danielle Thompson, Elsie Flannigan, Teresa McFayden and Mellette Berezoski...I'm sure you are familiar with some of them :) Oh yeah, and some chick names Erica but her stuff kind of sucks next to everyone elses :p

I'll pick a name from the comments section on this post to send a copy to :) I'll post the winner on my Day 6 post...sound good?


  1. I think that as the first poster I should just get the book....just kidding:) Awesome about the job! it was the same for us when Nate started at the airline job...even though it's part time he gets full benefits and neither of us at that time had had health insurance for like 5 years...I cam totally relate to your ethusiasm:)

    love the phots:)

  2. p.s. if I post more than once does that mean my name is in the drawing twice...

    how about three times:O (just joking...maybe...)

  3. Anonymous2:26 AM

    lol! i like jen's idea about posting more than once!

    YAY!!!! for Carlos and for you! you know i feel for you and i'm soo super excited about this for you guys! great way to mark the holiday season, dont you think =)

  4. Anonymous2:35 AM

    so much to say on your post today!

    - The wreath. haha.
    - the job. WOOOFREAKINGHOOO!!!! so excited for you guys. seriously. I can't even put into words. You guys deserve this and so much more. I know this is just the start of so many fabulous things :)
    - the book. you rock! I can't wait to see all your fab work in print.

    Smooches :)

  5. Congrats on the new job!!! Awesome news.
    Can not wait to see the awesome work in this book.

  6. congrats to Carlos!!!!

    and I can't wait to see that book, love everyone that's in it!

  7. Anonymous7:29 AM

    Wow! Love seeing your daily updates! Congrats on the job. Can't wait for the book - oh, and you're one of my scrappin' heros too!

  8. congrats to carlos, and to you, my dear!!!!

  9. Anonymous8:25 AM

    BIG congrats to you and Carlos, I know how long you've been waiting for some good news like that. We're kind of in the same position now- dh should find out tomorrow if his contract gets renewed and he's offered a FT job. Keep your fingers crossed!
    And humungo congrats on the book, although your name definitely belongs there with those other superstar scrappers. ;) Can't wait to see it!!! :D


  10. So happy to hear about the new job for Carlos, what a blessing. i hope that you have a Merry Christmas and Many Blessings to come in the New Year!
    Le Anne Bull

  11. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Congrats on Carlos' new job - it sounds like quite a blessing. Benefits the 1st day YAH!!

  12. Congrats to Carlos on the new job!! That is so very exciting for your family :) Congrats to you on the book too!! I will definitely have to pick that one up (if I don't win one ;)lol)

  13. Anonymous11:04 AM

    You are on a roll, girl! ;) Of course I'm still here and never lost faith! ;)

    YAY for Carlos and your entire family! I'm so happy for you guys! What a great way to celebrate the holiday season, too!

    Congratulations on the book, too! Wow! You are such a rockstar, girl! Not to mention hot! ;)

  14. Can a measly little lurker still be in the running for the book draw? Here's hoping! :)

    "...and some chick names Erica but her stuff kind of sucks next to everyone elses."

    Ahem, I beg to differ!!

    :), Mel G

  15. You really shouldn't put Erica Gunn (sp?) -- she's AMAZING. :) Is there some other Erica out there?
    Yes, I'm impressed that you're still blogging.
    and YEAH!!!!!!!$%(&#@%)^&@#_^)&
    A new JOB FOR THE HERNANDEZ FAMILY, I'm so glad, esp. because I get tense around anyone without insurance. :)

  16. Anonymous1:37 PM

    WOO HOO on the job! Love the photo and the one of Z with the thumbs up!
    Things are so good for you guys right now E.....I am so happy for all your blessings! Totally deserved!
    I SOOOO need that book now...and hey...anymore secrets you're not sharing? LOL!
    Hugs my friend :)

  17. WTG Carlos! As someone who's been uninsured for the past 3 years I am extra happy for you!
    And I'm sure you don't suck...silly...LOL

  18. Anonymous1:46 PM

    yay for happy hubbies, good bennies and rockin that book - 'cause i know you did. =)

  19. YAY for Carlos!!! I'm so elated for you guys...you deserve good things. =) Congrats on the book too. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! hint, hint. =)

  20. E I have missed you! You have been on my mind lately, ever since I got my post office thingy in the mail!
    I can't wait to get a copy of the book. All my faves are in there.
    You included!!

  21. yay! You know I am so, so, SOOO happy for you guys!

  22. Anonymous4:40 PM

    hey you,
    i am just so happy for your family and this turning point. you deserve this. i hope Carlos's first day was great!
    and you are lucky i am not near you because i would have to smack you...you are a SUPERSTAR and then some... i am elated beyond words that you are in this newest AL book. i cannot wait to get my hands on it.
    love ya, chica!

  23. Anonymous4:55 PM

    OMG...E...I am so excited the book is out...seems ages since we chatter about...can not wait to see it!!!

    WAAAHOOOO for C and his job...that rocks!

    Hope the household is feeling better and over the flu!

  24. Anonymous7:09 PM

    I am so happy for you and your family! YAY!!

    So I am already going to get the book regardless, but I think that getting it from one of my absolute favorite scrappers will only make it so much more special! **crossing my fingers**

    Theresa Marie

  25. Anonymous8:32 PM

    Congrats Carols!!! Great that things are starting to fall back for you all.

    Why is it that I cant see your pics?? Weird.....just sitting here waiting on these babies to come out...

    I think that you should pick me since I am going to explode with baby parts flying everywhere....being that I am 38 weeks pregnant with two....how in the world did that happen????????

  26. Anonymous10:03 PM

    GO CARLOS! So happy things are swing back the other way for you folks. yeah!

  27. Anonymous10:15 PM

    congrats on the new job. that's great news!

    hope you're having a great holiday season. :)

  28. Congrats to your husband on his new job. And congrats on the book! :)

  29. Congrats on the new job AND the new book -- can't wait to see it IRL! :o)

  30. Anonymous12:11 PM

    Haven't posted the sixth day yet- hope I'm not too late to be in the running for the book. I can't wait to see you in an AL book! I am so freakin' happy for you!

    And way to go Carlos! And even better- yeah to benefits!

  31. Anonymous7:58 PM

    Yay for Carlos!! Awesome news for you guys! He looks so happy to go to work. What a guy!:) And yay on getting the wreath up! Go you! Looking forward to seeing your awesome self in the look book. :D

  32. Anonymous9:21 PM

    YAY for benefits!!!!!



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