Monday, January 31, 2011

kids favorite books

The boys love to read. Sometimes, they'll grab a book or two and bring them to me to read. We have read to them, since practically there were newborns and that love for reading has grown strongly in them.  Their bookshelves have a collection of books mostly in English, but our little collection of books in Spanish is slowly growing. 

These are the kids favorites titles at the moment:


Friday, January 28, 2011


This is the country where I was born. A beautiful country with beautiful people, but a country with a hard and difficult history. A country recovering, growing and raising brilliant generations.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Almost three

Our first baby

Our first son

Our big boy 

is almost three...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Keep calm and carry on

Yes, KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON is what this neat typography sign says. 

It was used by the British Government in 1939 during World War II to raise the moral and strength of the British citizens when there was a threat of invasion. 

Today, this little saying is very popular, and many typography companies are making it part of their printing line. I personally like it and think about it when I am facing a challenge or when I am running out of patience. If I don't keep calm I would go bananas and also, I would probably not be so nice. 

I chose to be a mother and accepted all the challenges that motherhood brings-it is not easy being a mom (dad)-so staying calm and moving on are two important aspects in my life. Being calm allows me to think clearly and act accordingly to the situation I'm presented with. And moving on, allows me not to dwell on the bad things that happened. Many times there is not a "turn around" sign allowing us to avoid that "thing" we have to go through,  so the best we can do is do our best and learn from our experiences. Yes, it's difficult a lot of the time, but in the future we will find out that whatever we went through made us better, wiser and stronger.

 (Picture source)

Monday, January 17, 2011

We are back and running!

Sorry if we have been absent, but sickness invaded our house last week-including me- and there was no energy to do anything else other than snuggle, read, sleep and eat our way to recovery.

I hope everyone has a great week and I'll leave you with this quote from Martin Luther King Jr being today a holiday in his name.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

 (picture from here)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Discipline and exercise

I have a very disciplined husband. When he commits himself to do something, there is nothing in this world that will change his mind. 

So lately, he has been doing some of this...

OOPS! Wrong picture! :)

This is what he's been doing...

(That is actually not Joe, picture came from here)  

He has been very discipline with the whole Yoga practice and readings while I have been digging on this... 

LITERALLY  I have been digging on toast covered with Nutella and strawberries! Oh! so good!

But, but, another one of my New Year resolutions is to exercise more, so I can stay healthy and live longer. And one thing that has been roaming my mind quite A LOT is the thought of joining my father-in-law in the NYC marathon later this year...


Who said that?

I did? 

Mmmm... yes I think I did... 

This marathon is for a great cause because all profits go to charity, and I can also get in shape and be healthier.

What are some of your New Year resolutions?

Friday, January 7, 2011


"The grateful man sees so much in the world to be thankful for, and with him the good outweighs the evil, love overpowers jealousy, and light drives darkness out of his life... how much happier we are in the presence of a grateful and loving soul, and how careful we should be to cultivate, through the medium of a prayerful life, a thankful attitude toward god and man!"  --Joseph F. Smith

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


For the last five years I've going through magazines, looked at websites and blogs to give me ideas on what would be my dream home. I've found some wonderful pictures in magazines that I've cut out and put on a folder for when the time comes I can take them out and put a dream house together.

Thankfully, hubby and I share, and have a lot of the same ideas on how we would like it to be. I found online some pictures of kitchens that caught my attention because of the cabinets, space, design, furniture, back splash, lighting, windows, colors used etc. All these designs can be fused and create a kitchen perfect for our family; comfortable, functional, welcoming and with enough room to bake cookies with the kiddos 


 (images courtesy of elle decor, house beautiful, architectural digest)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

What lies ahead

The year of 2010 was a wonderful year for all as a family and it was an incredible year for me with many especial events that took place and allowed me to close some chapters in my life. We as a family have several things we would like to accomplish in the years to come. We have projects and places we would like to see and also spend more quality time with those we love, and last but not least and perhaps the most import of all, to be able to continue the parenting journey as understanding, caring, patient, compassionate, loving, kind parents to our children.

When reflecting in the past year there were several things in my mind that I personally often wish I had done more, and which I plan to do more this year ,and the years to come. Some of them are:

Being more brave

Brave to try new and different things. To being able to say no with confidence and yes with acceptance.


Leave negative thoughts behind and focus in the present and the blessings in my life.


YES, I can make the time. I can be selfless


This is a biggie. So I can be a better mother, wife and woman.


Spend more time, not just before meals or bedtime but select time for bible readings


Finally I can read something I want to and not something I have to.

(images from here, and own)

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die;  so, let us all be thankful.”
- Buddha

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