Happy New Year!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  To those who have rung in the new year already, may you have a very happy and productive 2013!  Make this year your own and PLEASE let’s be kind to one another.

My wish for this year is to have the courage and strength to tackle all of my dreams and unfinished endeavors.  I want to happily build upon my relationship with my husband, my daughters, and my entire family.

I want us all to SUCCEED!  May 2013 be our luckiest year.

I’ll leave you with this picture, a moment that I simply had to capture, and want to share with you.  I took this yesterday at my sister’s boyfriend condo.  Here’s my youngest, Sophia, putting together her Toy Story jigsaw puzzle with my dad, her Pop Pop, Angel.  He really enjoyed how she cleverly knew where the pieces went and they had a lot of fun together.  We had a lot of fun as well, watching them.

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Enjoy your family and friends.  If you are celebrating with alcohol, I know DUH!, please drink responsibly and CHEERS!

Take extra care and ring in the new year safely.

Until next time…

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

I wanted to share this with you because if it weren’t for your interest this blog report would be very bleak.  Thanks to everyone who has taken time to read what I’ve written in 2012.  I hope to challenge myself with my writing and ideas for the year of 2013.  All the best to everyone.  Until next time…

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Proud of my hubby!

Hi everybody! I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share my husband’s accomplishments in regards to his Judo training.  He competed yesterday and won twice!  I’m very proud of his love and dedication to this sport.  He has met and formed many great friendships through it.

Congrats my love and I’m very proud of you.

Take good care all.

Until next year…

WorkoutDrinkbeMerry

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Judo: 1st and 3rd place TechJudo Invitational. Good way to end the year!

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Be well all. As always workout, drink be merry.

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A pin for me

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Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

Loving and striving to do exactly what this pin (www.pinterest.com) says.  Some days are hard, but ultimately I want no bitter memories.  I do need a ton of patience (it’s a characteristic lacking in my family genes) and I wish to banish the hasty replies.  Those darn hasty replies get on my nerves and they come out because I have no patience to stop and think before I speak.  For my children’s sake and our future relationship, I will dutifully work on being a better mom.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Get well soon

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Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  This post is dedicated to my 6-year-old god-daughter, Brianna, who had her tonsils removed yesterday.  Poor thing was scheduled for surgery in the morning and wasn’t allowed to eat anything after nine o’ clock the night before.  At 2:30 pm (surgery day), I sent a text to her mom asking how the surgery went.  Her mom, Lisa (my cousin in law), replied back saying that they were still waiting to go into surgery and that Brianna was starving and not very happy!  Heck, I would be too!  Finally at 4 pm, yes 4, she went in and everything went well.  I heard there was a lot of crying afterwards, a lot of crying.  Poor baby!  Hopefully, she’s enjoying all that ice cream and jello she’s entitled to eat for now.  Brianna, you’re a trooper and I hope you GET WELL SOON!

I found the picture above on www.pinterest.com and thought, “Is this real?  A Little Golden Book with the subject of tonsils.  That’s amazing!”  I wish I could send something like this to Brianna, but then again I wouldn’t want to remind her of the pain her little 6-year-old self is enduring so instead I’m mailing her some coloring pages with her favorite characters such as Minnie Mouse that I printed out.  Hopefully, it’ll somewhat brighten her day.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Toy hangover

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Christmas has come and gone and now we’re dealing with a massive toy hangover.  My daughters got so many presents toys that they’re walking around the house now dazed and confused.  It’s so overwhelming, even for me.  They’re jumping from one toy to the other while I’m running after them to clean up after each toy they dumped on the carpet before they move on to the next.  It’s crazy over here and I’m not even innocent to the crime of toy overload.  I’m guilty as heck.  I wanted to firmly stay at a two present limit per child, but I went completely over that limit.  I went totally mad, with happiness of course, when I saw this at www.walmart.com:

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Set of 5 plush dolls of Mario and company

My oldest daughter just got introduced to Mario, so when I saw this I knew she would love these little plush guys and boy did she ever.  I almost bought them individually until I spotted the set, which saved me a lot of money.  I simply couldn’t resist myself and when I told my husband, he certainly didn’t put a stop to my craziness.  In fact, he said, “I’m not going to deny them anything,” so we’re both guilty.

I’m seeking a new plan and some major will power for next year.  Also, I need to include books in their wish list, which I did this year, but nobody gifted.  I’m going to have to emphasize this to family members that books are great gifts as well.  Yes, most kids don’t want to unwrap clothes and other stuff that’s not toys, but we have to try to change that.  I’m trying to teach my girls to appreciate any gift that’s given and not to compare how many each one gets or if one is better than the other.  It really bothers me when I see kids not being appreciative or whining that they want more gifts.  I also understand that I do create this sort of attitude by supplying all of these gifts so I’m definitely going to scale back for next year.

So no more crazy, toy madness.  I’m going to take some inventory and try to place my children in an environment that’s not over stimulating, even though I created it.  Ouch, that reality does hurt me.  My solution for now is going to be to put away some old toys while they’re playing with the new ones, give away toys they’ve out grown, for example the baby puzzles with the pegs on them (I have a stack of those that need to be given to new babies) and read, read, read a lot of books.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well and having a great Christmas Eve.  My children placed a gingerbread cookie and a small cup of milk out for Santa.  They’re nicely tucked into bed and my husband and I are going to enjoy a DVD, the Avengers, before Santa comes with the Mercado gifts.

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Wishing you a great and safe night.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

Mason jar + chocolates = great gift

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share a gift idea that I put together in order to give several of my closest aunts and cousins.

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 I bought mason jars at the craft store (A.C. Moore) along with gold ribbon.  The candies I chose are Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares Limited Edition Peppermint Bark (delicious!) and Coconut Malted Milk Balls, which I ordered from www.ohnuts.com.  These are my absolute favorite and they were such a huge hit at my anniversary/renewal party that I decided to gift them again.

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I made a paper label and tied the gold ribbon around the mason jar.

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I put the coconut malted milk balls in a clear candy bag just in case they melted and placed 4 peppermint bark squares inside around the mason jar.  I like the way they came out and can’t wait to give them to my family members.  I hope you like this idea.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

A cane, a ball, a cookie, and some liquor

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Christmas is almost here and of course I’m not done with my shopping.  I desperately want to be done, but I’m not.  I still have to venture out into the cold and try my very best to buy all the gifts that I want to get and not let my mind go BLANK once I step foot into the store.  Does that happen to any of you guys?  If you’re like me and you still have some shopping to do, I wish you all the best and try to sneak in some peaceful moments for yourself.

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My daughter, Olivia made this ornament at school.  According to her they used applesauce, cinnamon, glue and other ingredients/items (ex. glitter) to make this.  It smelled A LOT like cinnamon and I kept wondering if this was edible, but Olivia firmly stated that the teacher said, “It’s not for eating.”  Good to know.  Unfortunately, while we were studying, guess who decided to try a piece?  Little Miss Sophia, Olivia’s sister, swiped the candy cane from the table.  I did worry a bit because I didn’t know exactly what she had eaten, but it was just a piece and she didn’t get sick.  Phew!  The candy cane is currently hanging on the Christmas tree with the help of cardstock and ribbon glued to the back of it.

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Olivia was given this gift from Santa who visited her school.  I got an arm workout using the hand pump that came with it in order to inflate this ball.

My daughter is having, well a ball with it, pun intended.  🙂  Thanks Santa!

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Olivia was dressed up as a gingerbread cookie at school and was given this keepsake.

Such a cutie-pie!

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My husband is loving the gifts he’s receiving from his co-workers, especially the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey!

CHEERS!

Take good care all and drink responsibly.

Until next time…