Winter Assembly Show

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Today was another first for my husband and me.  OUR DAUGHTER SANG IN HER FIRST SCHOOL SHOW!  Teachers, faculty members, and volunteer parents did a fantastic job in making sure that everyone, who came to see the show, signed in with their identification cards.  You could sense the anticipation and joy in the air.  Once the lights were dimmed, it was show time.  Two classes were brought into the auditorium, while the other classes waited out in the hallway.   A student from each class was chosen to announce their respected classes and the song they were going to sing.  As soon as the first class started singing, I immediately thought of the Sandy Hook tragedy and my eyes started welling up.  I took a deep breath and composed myself.  After the students finished singing, we clapped for them and they got escorted back out into the hallway as the next classes made their way in.  Olivia’s class was last and they were singing the songs, “Mamacita, Donde esta Santa Claus?” and “All I Want for Christmas”.  When her class finally came in, we waved like mad so she could see exactly where we were seated.  As they positioned all the kids into their places, my daughter’s teacher guided her to the front and I was so surprised to see that she was going to be one of the announcers.  I was so excited and nervous for my little girl, but she did a great job in announcing her class and the name of the song.   I was so proud of her.  We had a wonderful time hearing and seeing her perform.  All of the kids did a great job and I made sure to clap extra hard for each class because I believe it made them smile more to hear how much we were enjoying their performance.  We can’t wait for more moments like this and we’re definitely going to treasure it for the rest of our lives.

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My beautiful star, Olivia, before going to school this morning.

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DEAR PARENTS AT SANDY HOOK ART PRINT

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I came across this article below and wanted to share its message with you along with an art print that is featured.  I purchased the art print (there’s a link in the article) because it’s absolutely poignant and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the families of the victims.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/parents-newtown-grief-coping_n_2318485.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents&icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl2%7Csec3_lnk2%26pLid%3D247703

Take good care all.

Until next time…

DIY IRON ON TRANSFER T-SHIRT

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  My heart is still quite heavy regarding the tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.  I’m a mother of a kindergartener.  I don’t know what I would do.  I do wish everyone love, support, patience, and peace.

I wanted to share with you something that I’ve done as a gift for my father for years now.  The other day he wore a shirt that I had personalized for him using iron on transfer paper and fabric markers.  I made that shirt a looooong time ago and I was so surprised to see that he still had it and that it still looked great.  My mom mentioned to me that he loves wearing the shirts that I make for him, especially the ones with his grand-daughter’s pictures.  She said, “those are his favorite because he gets to show everyone his grandkids!”  Love it!

Here’s my process:

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I purchased my iron on transfers and t-shirt at A.C. Moore.  The shirt was on sale for $2.99 and with a store coupon, I was able to get the transfers for half off.

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Choose and print out your picture.  For this particular brand, I had to print my image as a REVERSE IMAGE.

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You’ll need an iron and I use this piece of wood, specifically for my t-shirts so I just store it away when I’m done, along with a pillowcase.  I place the pillowcase on top of the wood so I can have a hard but smooth surface.  I always do the transfers on the floor so I can press down on the iron.

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Cut out your design or image and place it on your t-shirt right side up so you can see exactly how it’s going to look.

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Flip over the paper and center it once again.  I usually like to place the image one finger long down from the neck.

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PrintWorks instructions: “Iron transfer with firm pressure in a straight, non-stop motion top to bottom and side to side.  Keep iron moving at all times to prevent scorching.”  Make sure your corners are ironed down.

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Let your t-shirt cool off completely (this part is hard for me because I’m so impatient).  Then carefully peel away the transfer’s backing.

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I LOVE IT and I hope my dad loves it too.

I hope you guys enjoy this gift and crafting idea.

Take good care.

Until next time…

Sadness

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R.I.P.

Charlotte Bacon, Feb. 22, 2006

Daniel Barden, Sept. 25, 2005

Rachel Davino, July 17, 1983

Olivia Engel, July 18, 2006

Josephine Gay, Dec. 11, 2005

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, April 4, 2006

Dylan Hockley, March 8, 2006

Dawn Hochsprung, June 28, 1965

Madeleine F. Hsu, July 10, 2006

Catherine V. Hubbard, June 8, 2006

Chase Kowalski, Oct. 31, 2005

Jesse Lewis, June 30, 2006

James Mattioli, March 22, 2006

Grace McDonnell, Nov. 4, 2005

Anne Marie Murphy, July 25, 1960

Emilie Parker, May 12, 2006

Jack Pinto, May 6, 2006

Noah Pozner, Nov. 20, 2006

Caroline Previdi, Sept. 7, 2006

Jessica Rekos, May 10, 2006

Avielle Richman, Oct. 17, 2006

Lauren Rousseau, June of 1982

Mary Sherlach, Feb. 11, 1956

Victoria Soto, Nov. 4, 1985

Benjamin Wheeler, Sept. 12, 2006

Allison N. Wyatt, July 3, 2006

http://newtown.patch.com/articles/police-release-the-names-of-20-children-six-adults-killed-in-newtown?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec3_lnk3%26pLid%3D246363

I have no words.  Just sadness in my heart and mind.  Can’t stop thinking about this.  Can’t stop reading every article, every last detail.  Makes no sense at all.  Rest in peace.

Please take good care.
Until next time…

Something is better than nothing

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  It’s a fact that exercising is great for your health, mind and body, but let’s be honest, some of us (I’m raising my hand right now, way up high), just don’t want to do it.  Why?  Well, for me it’s quite simple, I’m lazy.  There I said it.  It’s the plain truth, but I do try my best to look for ways to incorporate some type of exercise in my life.  For example, on my way home after dropping off my daughter at school, I either speed walk or do some light jogging.  People do look at me with a confused/weird look on their faces like they’re wondering, “why is she jogging?”  Um, hello people it’s called exercising.  You can do it whenever or wherever you want.

At home, I love to just drop on my floor, anywhere in the house, and do push-ups, military style.  It was my favorite at boot camp because whenever the drill sergeants made everyone drop to do push-ups, most females couldn’t do them or had bad form (butts in the air).  Not me.  I busted them out with great form, shocking most drill sergeants and loving every single second of it.  I also love doing jumping jacks and when my daughters see me, they start doing their versions, which is cute and we have a blast.

During the summer, I got more exercise in by walking to the playground with my daughters and running around with them.  Since it’s cold now we’re homebound, so in order to incorporate some type of activity at least for my oldest, I’ve started taking her scooter with me when I pick her up from school.

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Olivia kicks and glides her way home, while I speed walk after her with Sophia in the carriage.  By the time we’re at our front door she’s usually huffing and puffing, but with a smile on her face because she loves her scooter.  I love the fact that she’s getting some type of exercise almost every day.

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Her sister, Sophia, desperately wants to learn how to maneuver the scooter.  She has the concept down, but she’s too small.  🙂

I’m definitely going to work on my lazy attitude, but for now something is absolutely better than nothing.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

The day after

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I had a wonderful birthday.  At first, it felt like any other day until I started receiving numerous text and phone calls wishing me a happy birthday.  I was walking back home after dropping off my daughter at school when my mother called me to say that she loved me and that she wished me a very happy birthday.  She then started crying.  I said, “Ma, don’t make me cry.  I’m outside.  I will call you when I get home.  Love you.”  🙂  I definitely didn’t want to be walking home with tears coming down my face.  Once I got home, I called her back and we laughed about it.  She’s the best!

Then, in the evening my darling husband brought home dinner from one of our favorite restaurants, Bamboo Garden, along with a lovely and delicious cake.  My daughter desperately wanted to keep the cake a secret.  She told me not to look in the refrigerator.  Then she said, “Mami, sit down and close your eyes because Daddy is coming with the…”  She stopped herself before she uttered the word “cake” and placed her hand over her mouth.   Her eyes were wide and I couldn’t help but laugh, and my daughter said, “I almost told you the secret.”  So sweet and innocent.  She ran back to the kitchen to help her daddy bring in the surprise.

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Surprise…my yummy butter cream marble cake.  It was delicious!

I gave my youngest a small slice and she finished it off fast.  So fast, that she asked for more, saying, “I want more cake.  Cake, cake, cake.”  That was definitely the sugar speaking there.  We finished my special day with gifts and then like every other day, it was back to our normal routine, bath time and bedtime.  Thank you my sweet family and friends for a great birthday.

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One of my gifts from my husband.  I’ve been eyeing this piece from Lisa Leonard Designs.  If you want something bad, you have to drop some hints! I love it!  Thanks hubby!

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

GUESS WHAT?

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EVEN BETTER, WHEN THE DAY IS YOUR ACTUAL BIRTHDAY.

HELLO EVERYBODY!

I HOPE YOU GUYS ARE WELL.

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!  I’M 36 YEARS OLD AND I’M OK WITH THAT!  🙂

WHEN MY DAUGHTER AND I WERE ON OUR WAY TO SCHOOL THIS MORNING, I TOLD HER THAT IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY AND SHE LOOKED UP AT ME WITH BIG OL’ EYES AND A SMILE.  SHE PROCEEDED TO SING “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” TO ME AND THAT WAS WONDERFUL.  I’M GOING TO ENJOY MY DAY AND MY FAMILY TO THE FULLEST.

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PINS COURTESY OF PINTEREST, OF COURSE!

ENJOY YOUR DAY AND THANKS FOR FOLLOWING AND VIEWING!

STAY ALERT, STAY ALIVE.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

Frank Sinatra

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Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I don’t exactly remember when or what movie or even the song that was playing that made me fall for Mr. Frank Sinatra’s voice.  What I do remember though is that it was a long time ago, about a decade, and at twenty-five years old, I was loving what I was hearing and I immediately bought a compilation set of his hits.  That was a wonderful purchase.  I played those CDs over and over until I moved on to my next obsession.

My love for Frank never died though and just the other day while cooking in the kitchen and hearing music stations via Pandora on my iPod, a thought occurred to me, “maybe I can listen to Frank Sinatra.”  I quickly stopped what I was doing and got all excited.  His name popped up even before I finished typing it and the image above appeared on the screen and my kitchen was filled with Mr. Sinatra’s voice singing, “I got you under my skin,” which is one of my favorites.

Frankie baby was back in my life, but this time around I’m being introduced to other great voices like Dean Martin, Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, and the list goes on and on.  I told my husband that I was amazed at how much I liked this type of music since I wasn’t raised around it.  My husband simply, but brilliantly said, “great music surpasses time and absolutely no one say anything negative about it because if it’s good, it’s good.”  I agree with him wholeheartedly.  Enjoy what you’re listening to.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

A pin about motherhood and a lasting marriage

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I came across a couple of pins on Pinterest that completely resonate with the way I think and feel about motherhood and marriage.  I wanted to share them with you and see how you feel.

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I have two little girls, ages five and two, and we have a night time routine implemented since they were babies and we do our very best never to break it, even on vacation.  They are so used to the routine that if we don’t keep up with it, they get very CRANKY!  Bath time starts at 8 PM and by 8:30 – 8:45, the girls are in their beds and mommy is very happy!  🙂

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I completely agree with this pin and have always thought this way.  Hence why I’m happily married to my high school sweetheart.  It takes two to build and keep a lasting relationship.

Back in August of this year, we celebrated 19 years together since the day he asked me to be his girlfriend.  In 1993, Angel came over to my house and presented me with a rose and we declared that day to be our dating anniversary.  My mother suggested I place the rose in a book so I can keep it forever.  Always listen to your mom, because I have that rose, from 19 years ago, framed on my wall today.  From the beginning of our relationship, we told each other what we expected from one another and we respected that.  Respect and acknowledgement of each other’s importance in the relationship are key to a lasting union.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…