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?