Saturday, December 31, 2011

Everything must come to an end.

And so shall 2011.

This year has definitively been a roller coaster for me with unexpected turns and twists but is has been a great year. I married the love of my life, became an aunt for the second time, have gotten to know and met wonderful people that will hopefully become lifelong friends and lost a few friends that didn't deserve my friendship. Today, at the end of the year I'm grateful for all that has happened because I have grown and matured spiritually and in many other ways.

Here's to welcoming 2012! I know for a fact that this year will be an awesome year full of adventures and good changes. Have a great day y'all. Drink & Party Responsibly ;)

Hasta next year!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Today we celebrated the birthday of the greatest man in history, Jesus. He had no servant yet they called him master. He had no degree yet they called him teacher. He had no medicine yet they called him healer. He had no army yet kings feared him. He won no military battles yet he conquered the world. He committed no crime yet they crucified him. He was buried in a tomb yet he lives today. He came and died in that cross for you.

***I saw this on facebook the other day and decided to share it here, today.

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!
Hoped you all had a Merry Christmas!

6 Months.

"There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer, no disease that enough love will not heal, no door that enough love will not bridge, no wall that enough love will not throw down, no sin that enough love will not redeem... It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outlook, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. If only you could love enough, you could be the happiest and most powerful being in the world..." Emmet Fox

A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. ~Anne Taylor Fleming

Saturday, December 24, 2011

:( Sad.

Today has made it to #3 in my top 5 worse days of my life.

I feel so hurt and sad and betrayed. And to top it of tomorrow is Christmas and I have to be at work in 1 hour. I sure hope my night gets better and that I have a better day tomorrow. My SIL is coming from Cali with her husband and 9 months old baby boy. I can't wait to see her and have a glass of wine with her and pour my heart out. I need a friend right now and I think she'll understand.

I'm a believer that everything happens for a reason and as hard as the devil is trying to bring me down I will not allow it. He will not win the battle or war because I have God by my side and I know he will help me win. I know I will win this.

Happy Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

May you have a blessed and happy day. I'm thankful for having you as a mother and I'm sorry for any trouble I might have cause you growing up. You're my best friend. Thank you for always being there for me. I love you!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Toothfairy is real and cheap.

Or at least according to my son she is lol.

A little over 2 weeks ago my son lost his first tooth. He was so excited and so were we. We ended up putting money under his pillow, $7. When he checked under the pillow and saw that his tooth was gone and there was money instead he came out of his room screaming "Mami Mami the tooth fairy is real the tooth fairy is real". I wish I had a camera, his happiness was priceless.

A week after that his second tooth fell out. Again he was excited and couldn't wait for bedtime so that he can put his tooth under the pillow.

The next day he had forgotten all about it and so did we. When he was reminded by his uncle about it he headed straight for his room. Steven and I just looked at each other worried. I managed to stop him and distract him long enough for his dad to go put money under the pillow.

After going to his room he came back to me and said in his serious voice "mom the tooth fairy is cheap", I asked him why and he said "because last time she left me a lot of money. And this time she only left me $1. OMG. I was almost in tears from how hard I was laughing. However he was serious! He was mad that he only got $1.

We had to explain to him that the first tooth is more special etc etc.

Didn't I tell you my son was a character. This is just a glimpse at my everyday life with my son. He sure knows how to make me smile :D

This picture is him at 7 months and 5 years old. He still have the same face and same dreamy eyes :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

School's Out!!!!

December 13 took forever to come. WOW!

But boy am I glad school is finally over.
At least for the semester it is. Why is it that it always seems to get harder towards the end? I don't get it. I loved my classes at the beginning of this semester. I took Microbiology and Statistics. Micro is just so interesting. And I love how the professor teaches it. She's awesome in lecture but the meanest professor ever in lab. I have to admit that although lab was also interesting I got nothing out of it. We did some fun experiments yes but I just wasn't into it. I was more into the lectures. Learning about the types of viruses and bacteria and why they are good or bad. How they harm us or help us. It was all mind-blowing. I'm definitively keeping that book lol.

My Statistic class in the other hand was HELL! I don't know my final grade but it better be at least a C. I will settle with a C and never look back again as long as I don't have to repeat it. I will probably never need it in life and if I do then I'm screw because I seriously got nothing out of it. Well hopefully I got a C :).

So. Here's to a great start to my winter break. Let the holidays be joyful and wonderful, let the weather behave, and let the break take its time before the spring semester decides to come.

Happy Holidays Y'all!

It's been 13 years

Since my father's death. And I still seem not to be over it. I mean come on, is it really that easy to get over such a tragic phase in your life?

For 13 years I've felt like part of me is missing. And in fact I am missing something. I'm missing the memories of a father & daughter talks, dances, boyfriend introductions, punishments, and so on. And most importantly a father's pride.

I remember being mad and jealous of those who had a father but wouldn't appreciate them. Or those fathers that have kids and don't bother to call them or get to know them. These last years however, I've met other individuals who have also lost their father and they can share my pain. I no longer feel alone. I've realized that I am not the only one. That I'm not alone. And in a weird way it makes me feel good. Like I have someone to vent to and that will understand me. That will give me the words of encouragement that I need.

I do have my brother and sister to talk about my feelings but is not the same. They were too little when he passed and they hardly remember him. Their memories of him are very vague.

Then you have my son. A 5 year old that has the biggest heart. I remember just a year, year and a half ago when he asked me where my daddy was. I, of course, told him the truth. That he had passed when I was young in an accident and he went to heaven. And ever since he learned how to pray he has asked God to please let him be a doctor so that he can fix my daddy's brain (he had brain surgery) and I can see him again. Other days I hear him praying and he asks God to let him go to heaven when he dies so that he can meet his mommy's daddy and so that I can be happy because they are together. My eyes get watery every time I replay this memory. It's so touching and I feel so blessed to have a son with such a heart and faith. I know my father would be so proud to have him as a grandson if he was living. They would of had a great relationship.

I miss my father so much. I hope that where ever he is that he is watching over us and is proud of what we've done with our life. I hope he sees how much we miss him and love him.

"Thoughts today,
Memories forever.

Remembering you,
As time goes by.

Sadly missed,
Lovingly remembered.

Always in our thoughts,
Forever in our hearts.

Forever remembered,
Forever missed.

A little tribute, small and tender,
Just to say we still remember.

The tears in my eyes I can wipe away,
The ache in my heart will always stay."


I love you daddy!

Monday, December 12, 2011

How Sweet...

are our videographers.

I just got a package in the mail from Gabriel and Caritza. They are the couple that recorded our special day for us and Caritza, the makeup artist, has done my makeup in several occasion.

We got a Christmas card and a glass ornament that says "Our first Christmas as Mr. & Mrs."

This was very sweet of them and we are so grateful to have chosen them to be part of our day. He also did our Save The Dates and Engagement video. They are very talented and make an excellent team. I wish them both the very best in their personal and professional life.

To check out more of their work please visit their website and blog. You will love them as much as we do.

Thank you guys!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend Recap

A lot of fun things have happened the past several days. Let's recap shall we.

First of let me just say:

Hello there December. Is nice to have you around for awhile. I've missed you but you just got here and you're already leaving me broke.

On Friday one of my friends had a party for her husband's birthday. Unfortunately for me I had to work and couldn't make it. DH went by with our son and stayed awhile. My friend sent me delicious Ecuadorian food that her mom made and a piece Tres Leche cake, my favorite kind of cake :)

Saturday after I got home from work I took a 3 hour nap then I got up and got ready to meet a dear friend from a VIP board that I'm a part of. We've met once before while we were both still on the planning process of our wedding but this was the first time we saw each other after both weddings. It was nice seeing her again and talking about anything and everything. We had lunch at a Thai restaurant in Landsdale, PA and it was delicious. :) We ended up ordering a plate to go for the husbands. Here we are right before we said our goodbyes.

Later that night Steven and I went to his fathers house to watch the boxing fight. It was Cotto (Puertorican) vs Margarito (Mexican) and it was a rematch. The first time around Margarito had cheated by wearing "plaster-like" substances under his boxing gloves. I saw that fight in 2008 and it broke my heart to see Cotto take such beating. He ended up giving up towards the end because as he put it "he felt like he was getting hit with cement". His face was all messed up. But he put up a great fight and made it to the 11th round. Margarito got caught cheating in his fight with Mosley where they checked his gloves and allowed him to fight since he got caught within minutes of the fight starting. Mosley gave him a beating obviously because he had to go out there on his own without his "gauze" like he says it was. BS!

This rematch was A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!! Cotto won of course. Margarito's doctor stopped the fight because Margarito lost sight from one eye (the same eye that Pacquiao punched out of it's socket during their fight in Texas) and he was worried that if he would let the fight continue Margarito was going to have health issues from it. This fight was better than I expected. They both put up a great fight there's no doubt about it but Cotto rocked Margarito jajaja. Just take a look for yourself.

*A video in YouTube have not been posted yet. When it does I will be adding it right here.*

Sunday, today, my son lost his first tooth. I knew it was going to happen any given day because that tooth was super loose. That was the first tooth that came out too as a baby. Ohh where is the time going?! He also has 3 more that are about to fall out soon. Maybe his dentist will just take them out on his next appointment in two weeks. Just look at him missing a tooth and still handsome lol.

After church we all headed to a Peruvian restaurant that we frequent and had dinner there. As expected food was delicious :) then it was time for some cleaning and wine drinking ;) what a weekend.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Christmas Tree/Decor

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Again I'm not too happy I'm not celebrating it in my own house this year either but I'm healthy and with my loved ones and that's enough for me. Let's just keep our fingers crossed for a Christmas of my own next year shall we ;)

What kind of decorations do you have around your house?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Steven's 21 Questions - 5 y/o

Last week as I was searching through Pinterest I stumble across this awesome idea. I followed the link that lead me to that blog and read more about it. I found it to be so cute and something that would be so much fun to take out in a few years, about 10 or so, to remember and laugh at the answers.

It's funny because after my first parent-teacher conference a few weeks ago I decided to start a scrapbook for my beloved son. I have a baby album started for him that I have yet to finish but I'll get to it soon. This new scrapbook will start at age 5 and it will include pictures of him doing his favorite things, trips we take, holidays, birthdays, school events, etc. I will also include certificates and awards he gets, his first letter to Santa, report cards, notes/letters of things such as how my first parent-teacher conference went, when his first tooth fell out-which will be very very soon, funny things he says, and things that I think will be worth adding that makes him who he is.

My son is such a character. Everyone who meets him cant never get enough of him. He will have you peeing your pants by the time you have to leave. I'm kind of glad that he takes after his father in that department because I am not like that at all. I'm so shy that when I go to a new house unless I'm told to sit I will not sit down. Lol. I don't know why but that's how I am.

So yea. I wrote down those questions in MS word and saved it. Most of the questions I got from the blog stated above but I switched and added a few of my own. Every year I'll print out the questions in a different color and have him answer them. I'll write them in for him of course until he's able to do so himself. Then I'll add them to his scrapbook to mark the beginning of a new year with a birthday picture and his measurements at that time. I'm so excited for this! Once I have the album started and ready for pictures I'll do a follow up to this post and share with you all how is coming out. In the meantime check out Steven's answers to the 21 Questions at 5 years old. :D

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Card

This year with the help of one of my VIP gal we will be sending our first Christmas/Holiday card to family and friends. I wasn't sure how to go about this because I wanted to use our wedding pictures but I have yet to receive the CD with pictures from our photographer. Hopefully it'll get here next month and I can get started on the wedding album. Yup another DIY project. Just because the wedding is over doesn't mean the projects have to be. Right.

So, since the picture quality is not that great after downloading the pictures from our gallery I decided to go with Vista Print to print out the cards. They always have awesome deals and I did most wedding projects with them and had no complain. Now that we finally got them in the mail and thanksgiving just left us I think is perfect timing to start sending them out.

And so it starts. The first year of the G-P (our last names) family traditions. What do you think of the final product? They are postcard style and I'll be writing a small message in the back side. I ordered them with the envelopes so that we can mail them out and they don't get ruined in the process.

Thank you Heather for helping me. You are the best!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

5 Months

"The kind of marriage you make depends on the kind of person you are. If you are a happy, well-adjusted person, the chances are your marriage will be a happy one. If you have made adjustments so far with more satisfaction than distress, you are likely to make your marriage and family adjustments satisfactory. If you are discontented and bitter about your lot in life, you will have to change before you can expect to live happily ever after".

-Evelyn Duvall and Reuben Hill

"The more you invest in a marriage, the more valuable it becomes"

-Amy Grant

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

How is your day going so far???

I actually slept all day until about 3ish. Mostly because I have to work tonight, a 12 hour shift. But more because we went out dancing last night with some friends then we did the usual and headed to the diner for breakfast after the club and we didn't go to bed until almost 4am, if not later. Lucky for me I didn't have to cook. My mother-in-law did all the cooking today and I just had to show up and bring my appetite :) I did help with the dishes though.

Normally I'm really excited about thanksgiving. However, for some reason I wasn't that excited this year. Maybe it was because I have to work so I couldn't really enjoy the turkey. Or maybe it was because I don't feel thankful for some events I had to deal with the past few months. Or maybe it's just because I'm still not able to host a Thanksgiving dinner at my own house due to the fact that we don't own one yet. Whatever the case might of been it brought down my energy for today.

Nevertheless, Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and aside from the issues above I'm still thankful for a lot more things in my life. This year I'm thankful for (in no specific order)

1. Increasing my faith in God and believing again.
2. For my son who makes me love life more and more each day.
3. For my mother. Although we had our little issues back when I was a teen I love her so much and I wouldn't choose anyone else to be my mother but her.
4. My husband. He has taught me lots of valuable lessons this year.
5. My mother-in-law. She has been amazing the past few months helping me with the boys and dinner while I adjust to my new schedule.
6. My VIP girls. My life would feel so empty and different without them.
7. My health.
8. My job and a roof over my head.
9. The new friends I've gotten to meet and know better this year. And the old ones that were there for me when I needed them most.
10. And my family. Immediate and external. They have all given me and shown me so much love and support. I love them all dearly.

Life always throws you unexpected surprises and just like lemons you get to decide if to make lemonades or not. In this case I choose to accept these surprises and make the best out of them.

What are you thankful for this year?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who is ready for Breaking Dawn?

Me me me!!!!!

I'm so ready. I've seen the movies and read the books with the exception of Breaking Dawn which I'm working on as I write. I hope I get to finish it by tomorrow night so that I can join my brother's girl and a few other to the midnight showing otherwise I'll have to wait for the weekend to go.

Even my son is a fan. lol. We took him to watch Eclipse when it came out and he has watched the others at home. When I'm reading the books he sits by me and tells me to read it out loud so that he can hear it. Only problem is he asks a million questions. All that have the word "why" in it and it takes me twice as long to read through the chapters but I have to admit I love the bonding time :)

So I'm debating if to take him to watch this one as well. If I do it'll obviously have to be during the weekend. But would I look like a horrible mom taking a 5 years old to watch this??? I mean my son knows a lot and he will sits quietly, maybe with a few questions, through the movie. He'll understand most of it and he knows the story line. Plus he is so into werewolves and vampires lol.

Either way I'm so looking forward to finishing this book no later than Friday so that I can enjoy the movie even more :)

Are you a fan???

Happy Hump Day!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

101 in 1001

Hi Y'all!
Here it is. Finally, my 101 things to do list in 1001 days.

When I was new to the blogging world I saw this A LOT! it intrigued me. I found it to be something fun and reasonable to complete. I decided I would start this after the wedding. Then I kept putting it off for the right time but tell me, when is it ever the right time? One thing I know for sure is that everything happens for a reason. Have you noticed today's date? Yup, 11/11/11. What better time than this :) Not only that but on this very day I get to cross off my very first task on the list, #68- make a wish on Nov. 11, 2011 at 11:11am/pm.

 Here we go!

 The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable, or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of effort on your part).

Start Date: November 11, 2011
End Date: August 10, 2014

Home Is Where The Heart Is
1. Buy a house
2. Complete items in registry

Marriage And Family
3. Get pregnant
4. Create living wills
5. Take more home videos
6. Organize all photos on PC and save on a DVD
7. Do more activities with my son (0/33)
8. Throw my mom a surprise birthday party
9. Surprise my husband with a gift he'll love
10. Go on a big family vacation every year (0/3)
11. Go on a big couples getaway every year (0/3)
12. Take 5 long weekend trips (0/5)
13. Have date night with Steven 2x a month (0/67)
14. Have family night at least 2x a month (0/67)
15. Start a newlywed/family map

16. Buy me a Mac
17.Donate blood
18. Do some volunteer work
19. Influence a person to create a day zero list
20. Take a photography class(es)
21. Learn how to work on my photoshop program
22. Take a yoga class
23. Learn how to dance salsa
24. Expand my vocabulary by 100 words
25. Read at least 25 books
26. Go vegetarian for 15 days
27. Buy a back up hard-drive
28. Blog at least 10x a month for 6 months

Mind, Body, & Soul

29. Loose 7lbs and maintain it
30. Ride bike 2x a week on summer months (0/72)
31.Complete some form of exercise 3x a week for 1 month (0/12)
32. Complete some form of exercise 3x a week for 2 month (0/24)
33. Complete some form of exercise 3x a week for 3 month (0/36)
34. Learn how to swim (different strokes)
35. Keep up with yearly physicals, dentist, ans vision appointments (0/3)
36. Get Lasik
37. After baby go back to pre pregnancy weight

I Love Food
38. Cook dinner at least 3x a week for 3 months
39. No fast food for 1 month
40. Try more daring recipes
41. Take a Sushi class with Steven
42.Try new restaurants (0/10)
43. Make a family recipe book

44. Pay off student loan
45. Increase amount of money put into savings
46. Open retirement funds
47. Buy life insurance
48. Get a new car- SUV
49. Pay off all credit cards

Just For Fun
50. Go on a winery tour
51. Go to the Baltimore Aquarium
52. Visit 3 museum
53. Go ice skating in NYC during Christmas
54. Go camping (0/3)
55. Go white-water rafting
56. Go on 2 picnic per summer (0/6)
57. Go see the Yankees play (***Bonus if its Yankees vs Mets)
58. Host a Super Bowl party once we buy our house
59. Try Skiing/Snowboarding
60. See a drive-in movie
61. Sing at a karaoke bar
62. Watch a Broadway show
63. Go to more comedy shows ((0/3)
64. Go to a concert
65. Keep track of books I read
66. Buy more board games
67. Make an end of year recap album (0/3)
68. Make a wish on 11/11/11 at 11:11am/pm


69. Go on a cruise
70. Go to Disney World
71. GO to Vegas
72.Visit SIL in California
73. Go on a road trip
74. Visit the Grand Canyon
75. Take a trip to Niagara Falls
76. Go to Miami- Siesta Key/Key West
77. Visit North Carolina
78. Take a trip to Washington DC
79. Meet more knotties across the states
80. Visit Mexico- preferably Cancun

Do It Already!
81. Organize all drawers at home
82. Frame wedding invitations and save the dates
83. Organize important files
84. Create a jewelry inventory
85. Organize and save wedding keepsakes
86. Get all/most pictures on PC into albums
87. Start family traditions
88. Create a close bond with God
89. Complete reading full bible

Friends Are Forever
90. Haven girls night once a mont
91. Host a few couple nights (0/3)
92. Call my cousins more often
93. Send birthday cards to family and close friends in 2012 and 2013

Pay It Forward

94. Clean out closets and donate clothes, etc
95. Donate to charity
96. Tie a note to a balloon and let it go
97. Write an inspirational note/letter and give it to someone in need
98. Plan a family reunion with my maternal side of the family

101 in 1001
99. Donate $5 to charity for items not completed on this list
100. Start a new day zero list
101. Indulge in 3 top notch spa days for myself :D (0/3)

Let's get this checking off started!
This list will also have it's own tab on the top so that it's easier for both you and I to have access to it when we need it :)

~Happy Friday

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Proud Mommy.

There's no bigger joy then watching your tiny newborn grow up throughout the days, months, and years. Watching him/her learn, being curious about the world, and changing your perspective of life.

This post is dedicated to my precious baby boy that somehow with each passing day makes me love him more and more and everyday does something to make me a proud mother.

A couple of weeks ago we were home relaxing in bed. He was laying next to me watching Netflix while I was browsing the web. Or maybe I was studying. I don't quite remember but that's not what's important. As we are laying there on this random day my 5 years old son asks me if I can give him a pencil and paper. I was really comfortable and didn't feel like getting up so I gave him the first thing I saw. An envelope and pen. A few minutes later I noticed that he was saying something. So I stopped what I was doing and just watched him. I asked him what he was doing and he said writing. I asked if I can see what he was writing and he said yes. He started to explain to me what he had learned in school. I took a look at the envelope and I was seriously in shock. The envelope read...

"I see a _______".

Then on the blank line he had a dog. On top of the dog he drew a cat. And on top of the cat he drew a bird. then he proceeded to read to me what he wrote and in his cute 5 year old voice and pointing at each word and drawing he read "I see a dog. I see a cat. I see a bird."

What had happened to that colicky baby that I brought home from the hospital 5 years ago? I thought to myself. My baby is reading, writing, spelling words right, and forming sentences. I was so happy. So proud. I set aside my things, held my baby in my arms and just hugged him while having the biggest smile on my face. He smiled back and said "What mom?" I just replied "I love you so much baby". Then we had a little talk about how he had learned how to spell those words and why he had put a "blank" in his sentence. It was the first time in 5 years It really really hit me that I no longer had an infant, or a toddler. My baby was growing up way too fast and I was missing it all. It was the happiest yet saddest moment I had experienced in awhile. I was so proud of him yet I felt like I didn't have much to do with his recent development because I've been so caught up with my own life at school and work.

Fast forward to this past Tuesday (11/8). I had my first parent teacher conference. I had worked the night before so I was tired. And obviously there was no school so Steven Jr. was home making sure I didn't fall in a deep sleep. A couple of hours after falling asleep all I hear is this little boy saying "mom get up mom. Get up mom make me a soup". I was so tired and begged he let me sleep a bit longer. But he insisted "please mom please I want soup". So there I was super tired and knowing that there was no way he was giving up. I wonder where he gets it from lol. So I get up and say "Ok Steven, Ok. I'm coming". I make him his soup and then we start getting ready to head to school.

We arrived at the school and waited for his teacher. We sit down and for 30 minutes I had a smile from ear to ear. His teacher went on and on how MY son is a very bright kid. He has potential. He's one of the few that is ahead of his class and is reading at a advanced level for what he should be at with only 3 months of school. He can identify and spell close to half of the words he should know by the end of the school year. He wants to learn. He likes learning. He said he was very impressed and proud of him. That he's the type of student he'll push to see how far he can go. And he even demonstrated what he was telling me by asking my son random questions from time to time and my son got them all right. =D

Now you tell me. How would you be acting if you are being told all this wonderful things about your son/daughter? I was afraid I was going to jump out of my seat and do my happy dance lol. And although that didn't happened I think my face gave me up. I could not control my muscles to stop them from having that cheesy smile I had. It was a Mother's Proud Moment that was unable to be hidden :).

After getting out I called his dad, aunts, uncles, and grandmothers to give them the good news. My SIL gave me the idea to keep a journal for him with things like this that I'm sure I won't remember when he's 20+. I already started a scrapbook about his school years. I have an album from birth to 5 y/o. And I started one that I want to maintain from kindergarten to his high school graduation. It will mostly be of pictures, certificates, graduation diplomas, etc. But now I will be adding special moments in his life and ours that he can look back at and read for himself.

Being a mother, a parent, is the greatest gift. It breaks my heart when I hear of those parents who abuse their kids or even kill them. Who can do such things?! I feel guilty enough not being home as much as I want because I have to work. Or because I want to do better myself and obtain a career to better support my family.

So again I say, this night time job is seriously a blessing in disguise. I'm away from home while my boys are asleep. I sleep while my boys are at school and work. And I spent time with them in the evenings and weekends. Life is treating me good right now. I hope it continues to do so so that I can share more proud moments with my son and future kids and so that I can be a part of their life and development like I should.

What are things that your kids do to make you proud?

Friday, November 4, 2011

So much for Fall weather

This is unbelievable. An earthquake, hurricane, and nasty snowstorm all within months of each other. What is going on mother nature?

Last Thursday I heard the rumors of snow coming our way. But I chose to ignore it since I figured it wouldn't be as bad being that it was only October. Wow was I wrong. In matter of hours after it started to snow trees started falling, power were lost, and my 3 day weekend was ruined.

It's been since Saturday that we have no power. The house has been pitch black and cold. We have no hot water nor a stove to cook. I really didn't expect this "snowstorm" to be that dramatic. And poor hubby has not left his salt water fish tank's side. I feel so bad. Three times the tank lost 25% of its water because the pump wasn't working. So there we are in candlelight drying the floor, mixing more salt water, and adding it to the tank. The fishes got so stressed that the Nemos where at top floating sideways gasping for air, his anemone where shrinking, his bright yellow fox face fish lost some of it pretty color, his corals where falling apart, nothing looked good at all. And poor hubby did not loose faith. He even left his car turned on all day with an extension cord running from his car to the tank to have the pump running until the neighbor came by and offered to let him run the extension cord from his generator later that night. That's one of the reason why I love him so much. Because he's so dedicated to his animals and is willing to go above and beyond for them. I'm sure it wasn't just because he has invested over 1K in his tank. Seriously. lol ;)

In times like this is when you really learn how to appreciate the smallest things in life. If it's just a nice hot shower or a warm bed. Or even eating Mac & Cheese for dinner. We had some rough couple of nights sleeping in a cold and dark home with extra clothes and extra extra blankets.

When I left to school outside looked so depressing. Trees down everywhere and not a soul in the streets. On my way back the town looked lonely, quiet, dark, and scary. Not even the street lights where on. I was literally scared to be driving home. I was very close in asking DH to take me to work.

I hope it doesn't take until Nov. 3 to get our electricity back like they said and that our town goes back on being like usual. In the meantime Thank God for family, still having water even if it's cold, having a grill (where we've cooked all our meals), being alive and healthy, and for awesome neighbors.

What have you learned to appreciate more lately?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sick Baby

There's no such thing as "worrying" too much for you child's health or well being is there?

I honestly don't think so. You never really realize how much your parents love you, care about you, and worry about you until you become a parent yourself. Agree or disagree?

It breaks my heart every time my baby boy gets sick. And I mean really gets sick which is rare. He is the most active little boy I know. He's constantly running, jumping, talking, etc. you will always find him active doing anything and everything lol. Even when he gets a cold or small fever.

So when I see him laying in bed with sad puppy eyes I know it has to be something serious.

On Wednesday I didn't get much sleep. I was up by 3am, no lie. DH woke up after I returned from the restroom and we talked for about 2 hours or so. Eventually he fell back to sleep and I watched a movie. All day I did errands and baked (pictures to come soon). At 7pm I decided to take a 3 hour nap before going into work at 11pm. When I woke up from my nap I get the news that my baby has a fever of 103+. God bless my MIL's heart for letting me take my nap and taking care of him till I got up. It was decided that he was going to miss school the next day since I could already tell that he was not being himself.

I left to work worried about my baby boy and hoping that it was nothing. His daddy takes good care of him but I can't help to worry, especially when it comes to fevers after a scared we had with my younger sister.

I remember being in the 9th grade and my mom waking up in the middle of the night and calling the ambulance. I listened to her struggle trying to explain what's going on. She doesn't speak English. Eventually the ambulance arrived at our home and my mom left with my sister leaving us all very worried for her. She didn't tell us then and there what was going on so that we could stay focus in school come morning. Nope it didn't work. I was in the guidance office all morning crying because I didn't know what was going on. Finally we get a call from my mom saying that my sister is going to be ok. I couldn't wait to go home and hug her. She was like my own daughter lol. I took her everywhere with me, played with her, got her dressed, and so on and so forth.

You see. My sister had gone to bed the night before with a mild fever which only progressed as the hours passed eventually making her turn bluish-purple, literally, and having a seizure. Fevers are no joke and can be very dangerous if you don't keep them under control. And ever since that day I will never ignore a fever no matter how mild is it. Luckily my sister suffered no health issues or had any consequences after that event.

Thursday morning when I arrived home I was told that his fever was still elevated and had not gone down all night. He got up at around 6am and started vomiting. My guess, from the fever itself. Since it had been over 12 hours with a fever at 103+ I called his doctor and took him in for an appointment. (I had just arrived from work, had slept almost nothing the night before, was dead ass tired, and still stood awake to care for my sick baby. A parent's love for their child can overcome anything). They told us it was something viral and we had to let it run it's course and give him Tylenol to bring the fever down.

All day my baby and I cuddle and watched movies. But he barely ate anything so I know it was  serious. Worse part is that I'm not home to take care of him :( and that makes me feel so sad. When I left to school around 5pm his fever was still high. And that made me feel so guilty for having to go to school and then right to work. I just want 7am to come so that I can go see my baby and hug him and fill him with kisses. Hey, I have to take advantage now because before I realize it he will be too big for Mami's hugs and kisses lol.

Like the doctor said. Hopefully whatever it is goes away fast because I worry too much and I dislike seeing my munchkin sickie like that.

Good Night Y'all!

Whose mouth is cleaner...

A human or a dog?

This is a project that we are working on in my microbiology class.

Earlier in the semester out professor told us we needed to work on a project that involved collecting cultures and testing it. 3 other classmates and myself got together one Friday night and after a tasty meal and a bottle of wine later we got to thinking. Probably not the best combination lol. But alas we came up with a thesis and a one page paper stating what we were planning on experimenting and why.

We basically said that because humans have more bacteria in the oral cavity than dogs that dogs had cleaner mouths.

Well that's not quite true.

Several weeks later we swabbed a dogs mouth and we grew the bacteria just to find out that a dog had way way way more bacteria than a human. Which it makes sense. I mean do you own a dog? Have you noticed the places your dog puts his mouth on?

Yea well I think the wine got to us and the words in our thesis got switched around.

In a human's mouth I counted 92 different types of bacteria. Eewww! In the dog's mouth, well that was just impossible to count. There was way to many. This Thursday we are going to pick two bacteria of each and run some tests on them. I'll keep you posted on our findings but for now take a look at these pictures.

Are you sure you want to let your dog kiss/lick you or your toddler?

And for the record the dog whose mouth we swabbed gets his teeth brushed occasionally.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

4 Months

Boy is time flying!

I can't believe today marks 4 months since our wedding day. Before you know it we will be at 6 months then 1 year. That's scary!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wedding Week Recap

Over a year in the making and getting closer to the end. Yes. I'm half way through completing our wedding week recap over in "Wedding in Paradise". Its sad to say but like all things this too will come to an end. It's just a matter of time.

So far I've made it to day 7. Now I will start talking about the actual wedding day and posting the Pro pictures and is only fair that I share it over here as well but instead of double posting I will keep a separate tab under the header to give you easy access in finding these posts. All you have to do is click on the day you wish to see/read and it will take you over to that page. From there you can maneuver on the other days and through the blog itself.

I hope my words and pictures make you feel like you were there yourself just like it makes me relive those beautiful days back in June.

WWR Day 1:Arrival/ Bacholorette Party part II
WWR Day 2: Los Tres Ojos
WWR Day 3: La Romana
WWR Day 4: Arriving at Dreams Resort
WWR Day 5: More Guest Arrive/Another Fun Night
WWR Day 6: The Bonfire
Beach Bonife Pro Pics
WWR Day 7: I Got Sick :(

Happy Sunday!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Catching Up.

Well hello there. How is everyone doing this beautiful morning?

I've been busy lately adjusting to my new life as a wife, new overnight job, a son in kindergarten, 2 challenging college courses, out of control sleeping pattern (+ weight gain), and staying sane. But believe it or not I'm handling all of this pretty darn good. Matter of fact I think I kind of like it and will eventually even love it once I get set on a sleeping schedule and work on a exercise and eating routine.

You see, since my body is very confused on what's happening in the outer world with my sleep and eating patterns I get hungry all the time. And if I don't don't eat I feel like I'm starving. So what else is there to do but eat. Then I get upset because I knew I shouldn't had eaten that and to make up for it I get on the treadmill for 30 mins, work out a sweat for 3 days in a row, and come the 4th day I'm beat so I end up taking a break which turns into 3-5 days off then the cycle begins again.

On the other hand with my sleeping patterns, I work 4 days a week including a weekend and a half a month. Two 12 hours shift and two 8 hours shift. Which isn't bad at all because my schedule is the same every month. I usually work 3 days in a row, 2 days off, 1 day work, 3 days off, and so on and so forth. Problem is the days I go to class which is 3 days a week and work the same night. That's when my body gets frustrated with me, gives up on me, and shuts down the following day I have off where I end up sleeping 19+ hours without a twitch. Yes you read right, 19+ hours in a 24 hour day of nonstop REM Mode in my comfy bed. Luckily I don't have to pick up my son at school since I made an arrangement with a friend that has a daughter in the same grade.

Besides that and 7lbs later I actually think that night shift is the best thing that has happened to me this year aside from the wedding of course :). I'm doing great in school because I have so much time to study at night. I'm spending more time at home, sorta. I get to see my son more often and help my him with homework after school. Which by the way let me just say how proud I am of his improvement in writing and his increased vocabulary in the past 6 weeks. He is loving school and is starting to spell and read words :)

Then you have the hubs and I. After a rough and ugly confrontation back in August we've gotten so much closer and are so much happier. We've also made some big decisions and some plans for the coming year. Let's just keep our fingers crossed so that everything works out as we would like them to.

The only thing I'm not doing much of is cooking. Not even baking and I'm a big baker, especially around this time of year. I just love baking! Thank God for my mother in law that has been cooking for us for a couple of months now without complain and for my mom that has been saving us food as well. I'm too tired to cook every day :( and it makes me sad because cooking is a big part of me. I've been cooking big meals since age 11 and for the past 4 years or so I've barely cooked. Hopefully that will change soon.

For the next couple of weeks I'll be working on a eating and sleeping pattern and on an exercise plan. I'll be making some time for the kitchen too :)

Wish me luck!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Three Months

For better or worse,
For richer or poorer,
In sickness and in health,
To love and to cherish,
Until death do us part.

Those are some strong words if you ask me. Nevertheless those words mean a lifetime. Something I hope to achieve with my husband.

"Love like you'll never get Hurt"

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Lotus Tous

Do you know what that means?

According to Dr. Google this means "Happy and Good Life Tips". A friend sent me this at work and I thought I'd share it. It was really sweet of her and I have to admit that I was touched by it.

1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
2. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
3. Don't believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want.
4. When you say "I love you" meant it.
5. When you say "I'm sorry" look the person in the eye.
6. Be engage at least six months before you get married.
7. Believe in love at first sight.
8. Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much.
9. Love deeply and passionate. You might get hurt but it's the only way to live life completely.
10. In disagreements fight fairly. No name calling.
11. Don't judge people by their relatives.
12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
13. When someone asks you a question you font want to answer, smile and ask, "why do you want to know?"
14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risks.
15. Say "bless you" when you hear someone sneeze.
16. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
17. Remember the three R's: Respect for self, Respect for others, and responsibility for all your actions.
18. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
19. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
20. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it on your voice.
21. Spend some time alone.

That's all folks!
I hope you enjoyed this just like I did.

TGIF! :)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Steven's First Day of Kindergarten

So this post is a bit overdo but hey, it's better late than never right?

About 2 weeks ago my baby boy started school. I was so excited to see him go off to school and start his education, 2 weeks down 12+ years to go lol. However... this was an eye opener. My baby has officially stopped being a baby. When did that happened? I watch him as he sleeps and I see how long he's gotten and how his baby fat is slowly fading away. He even has a loose tooth already so it's just a matter of time before he starts loosing his baby teeth. I don't know if I should be excited about this or sad. He's my firstborn and my only child as of right now and time seems to be passing by too fast. 

He can write and spell his name. He's identifying some words and spelling them as well. And he has changed major already. First he wanted to be a doctor when he grows up because he wanted to work at the hospital to spend time with me now he wants to be a kindergarten teacher because his teacher is a lot of fun lol. He makes me laugh so much, everyday is something new.

He has such a personality, just like his daddy.  And he's always asking to get his hair cut like daddy or get the same shoes and clothes as daddy. He imitates his daddy all the time! It makes me a little jealous, I definitively need to start thinking about bringing a Pamelita into this world ;)

They are so cute! Love you kids :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy 1st Birthay Naila!

How adorable is this precious little girl?! She's my pride and joy, my brother's baby girl. She was born last year on this date and we can't believe how time has flown by. She's such a brat! yet so charming. She sure knows how to steal your heart. And I love the relationship she and my son have. Whenever they're together she follows him around like a little sister and he always helps get her milk ready or keeps an eye on her while I run to the kitchen or restroom. My baby boy is going to be an awesome big brother :)

Lat month we went to the park on a picnic just Naila, her mom Sirena, and I and I took some pictures of her. She is just so stinking cute that whenever she's around it makes me want to give her a cousin to grow together with her and play. But I see how she gets when she fights her sleep time or when her parents are not around and I change my mind hahaha.

Proud Aunti!

Happy Birthday Naila! :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

F. Mayweather vs V. Ortiz

Who watches boxing?

I do, on occasions. I usually see the fights with DH at his dad's or at a friends house if we don't buy it to watch it at home. I've started to familiarize myself with some of the boxers names such as Cotto, Pacquiao, Margarito, Marquez, Mosley, and so on. So when I wake up today and DH tells me that we are going to his cousin's house to watch the Mayweather vs Ortiz fight, in my head I'm thinking "who the heck is Ortiz?" I say ok, that's fine knowing already how the fight will end.

I don't really like boxing that much. I don't like seeing guys fight and get hurt for money. Yes is entertainment and such but in my opinion its all an act, a play, is just fake. Like tonight's fight, that's the perfect example. First of I don't like Mayweather, he's disrespectful, cocky, full of himself, and in my opinion a punk. I admit that talking highly of yourself and your abilities might makes you want to train and thrive to win to not let your fans down but he just goes overboard. Not to mention that he chooses who he wants to fight, only fights once or twice in a range of years, doesn't put on a good fight once he does fight and is always with the same routine, and when he's confronted on the post match interview about his actions in the ring he overlooks the questions and only answers what he wants to answer. It drives me insane!!!!!

Ok so lets not get off topic. Check out this video of tonight's fight. You have to see the video or have to had seen the fight to understand my point.

I get that Ortiz did wrong by using his head, I'm sure it was his adrenaline pumping and the excitement of having Mayweather where he had him but he apologized. And just like the punk that Mayweather is he sucker punched Ortiz while he's apologizing and off guard and while the referee calls a break. What a low ass move in my opinion. He was just mad because Ortiz got him and had the upper hand this round.

So he wins! Seriously????! The referee called a break after what Ortiz did and because Mayweather "knocks Ortiz out" they give him the win. BS I tell you. And I actually thought it was going to be a good fight, even though I knew Mayweather was going to go for points not a fight and win anyways but hey give a kid the challenge and back up all the BS you talk.

Now this is where I get mad and why I think this is all a fake. Ortiz could of gotten up before the count of ten. So why didn't he? Why would the referee count if he had just called a break? He should of taken Mayweather to the side and call a number on his ass. Why did they gave Mayweather the win? And why on earth would Ortiz be chill with his lost? Anybody else would of been flipping because Mayweather got the win after knocking them out "on break".

All of this pisses me off!!! wasting my freaking time and money on a stupid fight like that. It's all fake I tell you. Is all about mula ($). I bet Mayweather if not someone up there pays the opponent to loose on top of his 2.5 Million just for the fight. And Ortiz doesn't care because he got 2.5 mil and then some anyways and is not like he hasn't lost a fight already unlike Mayweather.

What do you think of all of this? Mayweather? And the boxing industry?
Doesn't it just makes you mad how some people abuse the system as they please?

Thanks for letting me vent.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

I hope everyone is enjoying Labor Day weekend with their loved ones.
We are in Ocean City, MD and although the weather is a bit on the chilly side we are having a fabulous time and I hope you all are as well. God Bless.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

No More!

Although this song is pretty old I feel like I can relate to it right now.
Sometimes life throws you unexpected surprises which sometimes are good while other times not so good. I've mention several times already that I had something happened in my life a couple of weeks ago and it was life changing. It makes me feel betrayed, hurt, sad, you name it. And this is something I've decided to take on and fight it. Whether I'm making a mistake on taking it on and not letting it destroy my life is something that only time will tell. I believe that things happen for a reason and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. With time my wounds will heal and it'll make me a better and stronger person.

"My favorite part of this song is when she says:
Only God knows where the story ends for me
But I know where the story begins
It's up to us to choose
Whether we win or loose
And I choose to win"

I choose to win! I will not let this overcome me or destroy my beliefs.
Only God can judge me and only he decides the end.

Have a blessed day ya'll!

Good Wednesday Morning

Pictures were taken Tuesday morning, at about 7:30am

It's been a little over a week that I started the fall semester at college and my new job. You know, the one I kept talking about that was night shift. Yea well that's not working out like I thought it would. I mean seriously. Just look at the picture. I've been into the sun lately. It's just so pretty. How can a girl fall asleep after getting out of work to a beautiful morning like that. Although it has been a bit
chilly for my liking. You can definitively tell that fall is right around the corner and it
makes me sad to think that summer is almost over :(

On another note Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. The nice colors, cool weather, falling
leaves, cute outfits and shoes :) not to mention Halloween, thanksgiving and then the holidays
that follow. I tell DH all the time that I want to relocate closer to a beach but honestly I
don't think I can live without my seasons. I don't like the freezing winter weather but I do
like snow. Of course only if I get to stay home from work and school and I don't have to drive
anywhere :)

Ok so back to my train of thought.

Working nights has been hard. Adjusting to a new sleeping pattern even worse. I've been sleeping 3-4 hours max for the past 9 days which makes me sleep deprive right about now. Today I plan on taking something that will knock me out for at least 7-8 hours before my 3rd night in a row 12 hour shift. Then I'll have 1 more shift and we'll be heading to Ocean City, MD for the weekend. Besides our wedding in Punta Cana, DR I have not been on any pool or beach whatsoever. What a shame. This has definitively been a rough and busy summer. I'm really looking forward to a weekend away. And I hope mother nature is nice with the weather after the recent earthquake and hurricane. I just want to have a normal end of summer weekend, whatever that is.

Bueno, hasta luego. Happy Hump Day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Party is cancelled.

I'm so upset. I was looking forward to be throwing DH a surprise 25th birthday Bach. I've been planning it since like ever. Had everything booked and lots of things ordered :(

The reasons behind it are personal so I won't be sharing here just yet but by the looks of it we might be heading down to Ocean City, MD that weekend instead so it won't be all that bad.

I really wish I was able to still throw the party for DH but sometimes life throws us certain things that are out of our control and we just have to do our best to find the best way to handle them and move on. Well, whatever. More money for shopping and bills ;)

Now A Hurricane!

Are you serious?! Wasn't the earthquake enough?

The past week all I've heard is hurricane this, hurricane that. So annoying. I know the weather looks like it is going to be bad for the next few hours maybe even until Monday but let's just hope that it's nothing major that we need to be concerned about or worried on someone getting hurt. And please
Lord please let us have power. If we loose power I'm going to drive myself crazy with nothing to do at home. :(

I do recall being in a hurricane before in the Dominican Republic. If I recall correctly I was about 6-7 years old. It was pretty scary but my daddy was alive back then and he was home with us so it wasn't too bad.

Honestly I love the rain. I think is so romantic :) especially when you are home watching movies all day, eating, and cuddling with your loved ones. I remember in DR the roofs are made of this aluminum type thing we call "Cin". And when it rains it makes the best soothing sound in the world.

Is like music. So relaxing and comforting. Oohh how I miss those days.

Well I hope you all stay safe. Have a very good night ;)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Two Months

More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.
~Doug Larson

"I didn't married you because you were perfect. I didn't even married you because you gave me a promise. That promise made up for your faults. And the promise I gave you made up for mine. Two imperfect people got married and it was the promise that made the marriage".

- Thornton Wilder, The Skin of Our Teeth

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My First Earthquake

First of, I'm very mad at myself for not checking in here as often as I would like to. I know as of yet I don't have a big, or little for that matter, population of readers and followers but this blog wasn't designed just for that. It's to Chronicle my life as a married woman and to keep track of my achievements in life. So, my apologies.

Now. Just like it says it on today's title, earlier this afternoon I experienced my first earthquake. It wasn't bad at all but an earthquake indeed. I was sitting with my mom in her kitchen talking and DH (dear husband) was sitting in her living room with our son. Suddenly, we feel like the floor is shaking and my mom says "Ta emblando la tierra", translation: the earth is shaking. Then we just look at each other in disbelief and I turned to DH and then I look at her again and in fact the earth was really shaking. It was such an unusual and creepy feeling.

Within seconds it went from feeling like someone was stomping their feet to actually feeling the ground move underneath my feet. My mom once again said "Ta tembando la tierra" and rushed us all out. I ran to my sisters room to tell her to wake up and then I ran outside. And we saw everyone coming out of their apartments and houses to see what was happening.

A few minutes later it stopped and we went back inside. Me being me and depending on my facebook and twitter accounts to confirm our thoughts logged right on :) and in fact it was an earthquake. Crazy!

"USGS reports earthquake is magnitude 5.8; located 87 miles southwest of Washington DC" -twitter's breaking news.

Friday, August 12, 2011

More pictures were blogged!

I truly love my photographer. She did such an amazing job with all the pictures :) And she posted so many on her blog. It makes me feel special. Just click on the picture below and it will take you to her blog. Enjoy!


Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm Pissed!

Some people sure know how to bring someone down from cloud nine!

Yesterday I left class early to go talk to an advisor about the application process to apply to the nursing program. I get there a few minutes early and the advisor I was meeting with told me to give her a few minutes that she will be right with me. I didn't mind, I was in no rush.

A few minutes later she asks me to follow her to her office and says "So, How can I help you?"

I tell her I wanted to know the process for applying. Since I previously had spoken with an advisor late last semester and he told me exactly what to do regarding my classes, etc. I didn't need much from her. Well. This lady tells me "You know is very hard to get into the program right. You might not get in. I mean I encourage you to apply and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you but know your chances are slim".

Are you kidding me???? Have you seen my grades? Are you even an advisor??? I was speechless. Completely in disbelief. How dare she bring me from cloud nine like that.

Of course I know that there's a 50/50 chance I get in or not and I shouldn't assume I will get in that easy because this program is very competitive. However, I've been working my behind off for almost 3 years now taking night classes and missing out on my son's and family's life to better myself and here she comes out of nowhere and instead of encouraging me she's making me feel like shit! (Excuse the language).

I was really caught by surprise. I'm here keeping a positive mindset, hopping for the best, killing myself with this science courses and so on for her to act like that. I could not wait to get out of her office. All I kept thinking was "I should report this lady (but not that nice)".

I'm sorry. I'm still in shock and I just needed to vent.

What do you think? Am I wrong for being so mad. There are a million ways she could of said things. Just like the other advisor told me, she could of said that the program is very competitive and there are a lot of students that apply for it but that I shouldn't give up and even if I don't get in there's still next year and other colleges. Even if she would of said what she said in a nicer tone I wouldn't of felt bad but this was just plain mean from her part.

Either way I will not let her bring me down. I will continue with my summer class and apply for the program and if I don't get in I will be blaming  her lol. Just kidding but seriously if I don't get in I'm going to feel so bad and miserable and I will just be heartbroken :(

So please wish me luck.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Shhh... Its a Surprise!

I'm planning a surprise 25th birthday party for my darling husband =)

I'm so excited! He complains all the time because I've never thrown him any parties or have done anything special for him so for a year now I've been saying that I want to throw him a birthday bach. Making it for his 25th is a great idea. Or so I think. This is what I have in mind.

-A few of his friends/cousins (and a few of mines)
-Lots of alcohol
-A funny and delicious  cake
-Red, black, & white balloons
-A few hookahs
-Some music
-Cute invitations
-Him being clueless :-p
- a HOT red, black, & white outfit for me
-A few appetizers
-My two baby girls (meaning my cameras)
-Some noise and dancing

= A FantaBulous Birthday Bach!

I can't wait to see his face. I hope he really does get surprise, I'm working so hard for all of this to come out as planned and if someone spoils the surprise I will NOT be a Happy Wife!!!

So far I've booked the Hookah Lounge, created the invitations in MS Publisher (see picture below, what can I say DIY projects are embedded in me), bought a few bottles, contacted his right hand boy, managed to keep it a secret from him :)

Things are looking good and I'm thrilled! Yaayyy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Meet my new baby girl.

DH gave me this camera as a gift last Christmas (2010) because I was set on learning about photography. Not that I want to change careers and become a photographer, not at all. I'm too shy of a person for all that. I just wanted to upgrade my camera and take better pictures as I was inspired by my fabulous wedding photographer Julia Azcona and by a sweet couple with a family business in Allentown that does awesome work.

With the wedding plans, school, work, home, and everything in the in-between I had no chance to take out my baby girl for a walk in the park or even our backyard until just recently. 2 weeks before leaving to the Dominican Republic I took a photography course at our local Dans Camera. It was a beginners course so I didn't get much out of it because everything that the instructor said I had already learned through my other instructor Google :). But hey, repetition is the KEY right.

Still, in DR I was clueless to what I was doing. Luckily I had brought my point-and-shoot with me. I'm not letting her go just because. No no no. She's still my clubbing buddy and my answer to the question "who has a camera?" when we go out to random places. She's just so convenient.

Then almost two weeks ago I went to instructor Google again and got some great tips on Aperture and Shutter Speed. Right after work I headed home took out my baby and started shooting away until I got a few images I was happy with. Want to see? Ok I'll show you.

Ok. So maybe I got a little bit carried away but I like the way these photos turned out.
What do you think? Not bad at all right?

Like I said before, I'm not trying to change careers but having this skill cannot be harmful. If I can take awesome picture on some family gathering events and of my son, niece, and nephews I'll be a happy camper :). So come on, join me on this new adventure I've taken on and see where it takes me!