Thursday, September 29, 2011

I don't know what to write

I simply don't know what to write. I want to write so much but there is so much in my head. I walk around thinking everything you can possibly think about. Are you like that sometimes?

The house is quite. The boys are napping and maybe I should. But no, not today. I just don't feel like it. Instead, I will say thanks to those who have inspired me in many ways. For those praying for me and my family on a daily basis just because they love us. We love you too.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and remember that everything is going to be alright.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Living

I've been wanting to paint so badly! 

But, really the only thing that holds me back is that we have our house for sale and if I get all my stuff out, it will look a little messy when there is a showing; also, the smell of the paint would be a little too much for the guests walking around. 

However, I remembered when we walked into the house we live now, and the previous residents had all their paints and drawing table out. I really didn't care, and honestly, I can't remember if it was messy or not. Oh well, the point is that I may just start painting again and pick up as much as I can when we have people looking at the house. After all, it's a house and people LIVE in it. 


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After my retreat, I feel like Joe and I are more in tune with one another -at least on my part. I understand now with clarity what he goes through every time he goes on a Kairos weekend, and the blessings the prisoners receive over the weekend. It is such an amazing experience, and I wish I could explain better, but you really have to be there to know it. Even though for many, it takes a while to click in.

Anyway, I feel like I also understand and appreciate more the hardships of others and that truly, all our problems can be solved with the help of prayers. To me, it is a calming experience, but it also helps me concentrate, and sometimes it's difficult because my mind begins to wander around with thoughts such as "Did I put the clothes in the dryer?", "What day is it that I have that meeting?", "I need to call our dentist and make an appointment", "I need to start writing letters", "Ugh, I have to wake up early tomorrow and I am NOT a morning person", "What should I make A for lunch?" etc, etc. But once again, I remind my self that I need to be PERSISTENT and that I and only I can do what I would like to do and be who I want to be. 

Oh and guess what? I might be joining the Kairos kitchen team, that is if I pass my background check, because you never know with us Colombians ha ha! 




Peace and Love




Monday, September 26, 2011

Cursillo

I went to Cursillo retreat this weekend, a once in a lifetime experience, and like I said before, it was undoubtedly a very special weekend. 

I was remembered of the truly and immense love of God for all of us, and also, many of my questions were answered without even having to ask them. I realized how blessed I am after listening to the many experiences other women had gone through, and all the things I can do and be.

My spirit, my soul and mind are overflowing with love. A love that I will try my best to share with others, and to be persistent in what I want and would like to be for the rest of my life. I would love to grow old with my love and to grow together spiritually; and be a good example for my children and future grandchildren. 







"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails...And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."  
- 1 Corinthians 13: 4-13


with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love"  
- Ephesians 4:2


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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Special weekend





I'm having a special weekend beginning tonight.

I'll tell you about it when I get back...


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Summer ending / Fall beginning

We had a great summer and we went to the pool as much as we could and the weather allowed it. To be honest, some days were WAY TOO HOT to be even outside, but overall we had a blast!

How was your summer?

Our boys are swimming on their own - well with their life jackets on that is -. They kick their legs and move their arms, and they actually advance quite some distances :) 




The weather is still pretty warm but the mornings are slowly cooling off, I love it! As much as I love summer, it felt like this year was even hotter than usual, don't you think? Well, at least where we live.

Anthony officially became a Preschooler, and to this day, he loves to go to school every single day. He learns a lot and has fun. The negative part I would say, is that he's been bitten twice already. One on the forehead and one on his hand. My question is, how can you bite a forehead? That had to be difficult, don't you think? ha! 

Anyway, so, yea, it totally sucks, but apparently is normal for kids his age to bite. Upsetting, yes. But what are we going to do? Withdraw him? No, we are not. We are teaching him to ask for help, and separate from kids who are not being very nice. And honestly, we wouldn't be surprised if he bites back one day.

So, life has just been... life.


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We went to see my family this past weekend to celebrate my nephew's birthday party. My sister did an amazing job with everything and all the kids had a great time! 


When we wait for my mom to get off work we usually ride every little ride there is, and the train that goes around the mall, and go to Bass Pro Shop and look the huge fishes in the tank. 







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We hope you had great summer and you are also enjoying cooler mornings and less humid afternoons.

And thanks for keep reading this blog. I like doing it because it brings back memories when I look back at older posts. 

Take care everyone!









Tuesday, September 20, 2011

He is the best

Today is the birthday of our most favorite person in the world, my husband and the daddy of our boys. 

He is an amazing guy and we love him a lot. He makes us happy, he makes us laugh, he is hardworking, sweet and kind. The boys and I have been gifted with an wonderful man and we wish him always the best. He deserves the best! 

We love you love! 

Happy Birthday! and may your life be continued to be blessed with happiness, health, love, wisdom, compassion, spirituality, kindness and peace. 




 He doesn't like pictures or any attention but today is an exception. I will only grant him his incognito status :). 



Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday!


Today is the birthday of my sweet nephew Mario. 

He is a joy to our family and we are blessed to have him in our lives.
We can't wait to see him for his pirate birthday party. 
RRRR! Mates!

WE LOVE YOU BUNCHES! 


Thursday, September 15, 2011

blessings and priorities

I have been working as an on-call translator for our county's school system for about a month already. And I know it is too soon to say it, but I like it. I, not only work at my own time, but I am also able to help others.

I sympathize with those who have a hard time understanding and communicating English, because I went through the same situation before.

Today was my second time to go to a Special Education school. I was there for a meeting with one of the parents wanting to enroll her child with disabilities, her second child with disabilities! I can't even describe because it hurts my heart to think about it. 

In this school, every child has a disability, and by that I mean it is something important or serious that needs to be addressed. Something that doesn't not allow him or her to have a regular social life. A life like mine or my children's. 

Knowing about these families and seeing these children with disabilities have open my eyes to recognized and appreciate the countless blessings I have. I immensely admire the mom I was with today, and the many others that go through the same thing every single day. 

I am deeply thankful that my children can run, scream, laugh, see, speak, listen, communicate and love. I am deeply thankful that they are perfect physically, mentally and emotionally.

It also makes me sad to know that many are not like mine. Why not? I wonder. Why some have to go through difficulties like these and have a hard time? Maybe they just need to be here on Earth to maintain sensitivity, love and compassion alive on this Earth. Maybe we all have to know about, and see the hardships of others to remember that we are not the only ones on Earth. To remember that we are selfish, and we sometimes care only about ourselves. To remember that we are truly blessed, and we should really have nothing to complain about. Our lives are perfectly imperfect.

I cried this morning after leaving that meeting. I just couldn't take it.

I called Joe sobbing, and told him about the meeting, and how blessed we are to have the children we have. 

I hugged my boys as strong as I could, and ask them for forgiveness for loosing my patience at times, for not always being nice to them, for wishing they didn't move as much as they do sometimes, and for not wanting them to be as crazily loud as they are sometimes. Don't take this wrong. Our boys have a pretty awesome life, and very loving and caring parents. Because we do. We love them more than anything in this world. It was just a reminder that there are many out there that have it more difficult.

I am thankful and blessed my children are this way. I am beginning to see everything with different eyes, and yes, I am only human, and will probably still have hard days as a mom. But I will remember all these parents that are going through more difficult times and learn from them. 



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I don't wanna go home!

After David and I pick Anthony from school, we go to the school's playground for a little while -that is, if David hasn't fallen sleep before we get to the school -. 



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Their favorite, the swing. They could sit there for hours. Seriously.






Friday, September 9, 2011

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Painting

The morning before yesterday I took a break from cleaning, painting and organizing the house. D and I usually play and spend some good time together, but I have been so into the house that this morning, I looked at David roaming around the house playing by himself that I felt so bad. I was so focused on making my kitchen look nice for Sunday, that I put my baby on hold. 

I stopped what I was doing, washed my hands, and he and I went to get some modeling clay to play with. I thought maybe we could recreate a scene from a book, and he chose The Very Hungry Caterpillar -Spanish version. One of his favorites.

He sat on the kitchen table, and we began to work with the clay. I showed him how to do little balls and sticks, and little things like that. Then I put the book in front of him, and guided him into recreating a page of the book.


One the second picture, the green parts are the caterpillar and the red one is an apple :)

And on the next set, on the very first picture on the left, he used the straw to make the body of the butterfly. He is so smart! He also thought it was better to "feed" the caterpillar, so he piled up the modeling clay against the book. He makes me smile.


Sometimes, what we think is more important is not. To me he is the most important. Not the cabinets nor the drawers. But sometimes, there are things we cannot avoid, and we have to learn how to manage everything without feeling guilty. I felt guilty this morning...but never lost sight of what is most valuable in my life.

I'll do my best to leave the house presentable, but I will also not leave my kids on hold. Painting and cleaning can wait...


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On another note, I got the boys' painting we were working on, up on the wall. It looks really nice. 

Remember I said I wanted to keep working on it? Well, we did, and I actually gave them some foam to work with. They thought that was interesting.
It was finished last week, but I didn't have the frame. And when I got that frame I told you about, all it took me was to spray paint it and hang it.




 


Ta da!  
 
(You can probably see a little bit of the window blinds reflection)

 Don't you L O V E  it ?!

I do.
They are my Picasso.


 Now, that's what I call art! 

Have a great weekend...




Thursday, September 8, 2011

AHHHHH! ! ! ! ! !

I'm freaking out a little here!

Preppin' your house for an Open House is not fun, and can be a bit stressful if you actually care that your house looks good. And I do.

I painted the kitchen cabinets and they look so good and clean -they really needed a fresh coat of paint- I, on the other hand, am dirty and with paint  everywhere, specially my hands.

You know, the night before yesterday when I was painting, I didn't realized that I had my hair COVERED WITH PAINT. I noticed it when I went to take a shower and looked in the mirror. I looked like I was 100 years old hahaha! No lying. How did that happened? Who knows!

Anyway, our kitchen stuff has been laying around the living room floor and laundry room. The boys think is quite amazing; like a little museum sort of speak. They have also had fun getting under the cabinets, closing and opening doors, playing hide and seek  :)

Alright. Leaving now, got lots to do!

Talk to you soon! ... or not ...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Bike Riding

Many of you have seen this video on Facebook, but for those who haven't, here it goes. 

Anthony and I have been practicing riding the bike for a while now and he is doing so good! At first, the bike was a little too big for him, but he eventually grew into it. 

We practice in our back porch, for safety, but since he is doing a lot better now, we are going to move onto the cul-de-sac. 

On this day he was with Joe practicing :) ... 

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See how good he is doing? I love him to pieces!

Ok, gotta go now. I thought I would share these videos today. I have so many more, which I will upload little by little.

I love having this family blog because it is just the best way to share with all, and for our family and friends to see our boys grow up, specially for my dad.

Wish you all positive energies for the day and always :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Long weekend

We began the weekend with Anthony making everyone a superhero badge :) 

 
My friend Brandy and I went to the kick-off game on Saturday- UA vs Kent St-, and even though I didn't feel like going the day before due to a bad throat infection accompanied by  bad headaches that paid me a visit since Thursday, I felt better on Saturday to go to the game ( I made myself feel better, I didn't want the tickets to go to waste). Anyway, after all, we had a good time. Thanks Tommy and Julie for the tickets! And for babysitting too :)





We also had a very special visit this weekend, my mom came to visit us! She lives in Atlanta, and as I have mentioned before we don't see her often, maybe once a month, which is not enough for me.

I love having her over, and the boys too, including Joe. Joe was actually missing her a lot too, because he kept asking when was I going to invite my mom to come. I told him she didn't need an invitation to come see us. He giggled naughtily. I said, she can just call and say :"I'm coming! Are you guys gonna be home?" And we usually are, so neither does she or my siblings or in-laws or cousins or uncles and aunts or grandparents need an invitation, our home is always open for our loved ones.

The boys had a grand time with her, playing games, reading, snuggling, etc. I love to see them spend time together :)

 
And you know what happens when we see Bita... haircut for the boys and me! Well, only for the boys this time. Don't they look handsome? :)



Anyway, so it also rained like crazy on Monday. Our power went out a couple of times throughout the day and later in the afternoon was gone for maybe 2 hours. We had a very relaxed day doing nothing! Just snuggling and chatting the day away. I love days like that...

Today, we run some errands and I found a huge frame for, listen to this, $8 bucks! It was probably $60 at the beginning, then it went down to $29.99, and for the size I though it was a good price so I took it to the register and the lady gave me a 70% discount! Seriously? What a great deal that was! Especially for a really nice frame that I'm going to paint black because is golden now, and that is 24in X 36 in. Anyway, the frame is going to be for the boys artwork I showed you all in a previous post.



One last thing, we have an open house this coming weekend and I'm starting to freak out a little. I want the house to look nice, but I also feel weird about it? It just feels a little invasive that we are gonna have strangers walking around our house. 

See how ironic it is that at the beginning of this post I said our house is always open to our loved ones? Well, now is gonna be open for strangers too!

Wish us luck and have a great week!






Saturday, September 3, 2011

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