School pictures are in and first report card!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I understand it now.  Parenthood is a very tricky world, to say the least, and I’ve always known about that part, in fact it almost made me not want to enter it, but the joys that come along with being a parent are many and every moment that’s new for me, as a parent, is very exciting.  I used to think, “What’s the big deal?” whenever a friend, who happened to be a parent, gushed about simple things their kids did.  But I get it now.  It’s the fact that it’s your kid going through or learning something and you get to share in their joys or sorrow.  You have a powerful connection with them and of course you want to share it with the world, but not everyone will see it through your eyes or heart.  They’ll politely say, “That’s nice,” but they can’t feel your enormous bond with your child.  It’s uniquely yours and I understand it now.

A few days ago when I went to pick up my daughter after school, I noticed all the kids were holding something in their hands.  It was a large envelope and even from afar I could see my daughter’s sweet, little face peering through the clear cellophane paper in the middle of the envelope.  It was their school pictures! My heart leapt inside of me with so much anticipation.  Oh, I couldn’t wait to see the pictures and my daughter couldn’t wait to show me.  She darted towards me, holding out her envelope with pride.  We looked at it, said “WOW,” and broke out in giggles.  Needless to say we hurried home.  Her portrait picture came in various sizes and I loved searching for her little face in the class picture.  When I found her, I thought, “there’s my daughter” and I wondered if my mom thought the same thing when she received my first class picture and searched for my face.  I understand it now.

As for her first report card, we went yesterday and it was a thrill to hear that our sweet Olivia was meeting all the standards and impressing her teacher non-stop every day.  It filled my heart with pride.  I’m really enjoying these new moments as a parent of a Kindergartener, even though I still have to let her go out into the real world.  Can you imagine what I’m going to be like once graduation rolls around?  I’m going to go insane with happiness.

My pride and joy!

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

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A special thanks and our first snowfall

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I would like to say a SPECIAL THANKS to all who have taken time to read and like my blog and become followers.  You guys are amazing!   

Yesterday, when I went to pick up my daughter from school, it was snowing and she was over the moon with our first snowfall.  She was completely amazed and kept stopping to catch the snow on her tongue, stating that “she was eating the snowflakes.”  I should have stopped to take a picture of her, but I was cold, getting wet and I wanted to get home fast.  I did take a picture outside my window later on.

We don’t have a great view, but I always like taking a picture of our first snowfall of the year.

Stay alert, stay alive.

Until next time…

My little artist

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  Yesterday night, my husband and I went to our first parent/teacher conference.  It was pretty exciting to see the classroom where my daughter goes to learn Monday through Friday.  It was bigger than I had imagined so that was impressive and reassuring.  Before we entered the classroom, our daughter showed us her artwork displayed on the bulletin board that was titled, “Our Summer.”

I had provided her teacher with some pictures of our vacation to Massachusetts and my daughter drew a picture of us in our rental house and wrote down that she went on vacation during the summer.  I’m one proud mama! 🙂

My daughter has been practicing writing way before she started school.  Sometimes it’s a task for her, but when it comes to arts and crafts, she’s all smiles.  The other day she took a piece of paper and her scissors and started cutting away.  She was in the zone!  When she finished, I was so proud of my little artist that I took a small, forgotten frame and gave it a makeover to display my daughter’s new artwork.  I’ve had this frame for a long time, even before my first child, and back then I decided to paint over the original color.  I was new to arts and crafts so my attempt to redesign was amateurish.  I like to believe that I know a heck of a lot more now when it comes to crafting so my frame got a new paint job.  For some UNKNOWN reason (maybe a brain fart, I don’t know), I absolutely forgot to take a before pic.  😦  Maybe subconsciously, I didn’t want anyone to see how ugly the frame was before, but here it is now:

 

How awesome and fitting are the apples on this frame?  I gave it about four coats of Anita’s All Purpose Acrylic True Red (#11003) paint, used FolkArt Varnish Gloss (882) to make it shine, and for the panel inside the frame, I couldn’t wait to use the Americana Chalkboard paint, which as you can see, it worked!  I wrote, Mami and Olivia, because my daughter told me that she made us.  She cut out little pieces of paper, then glued them together, and drew what she wanted.  When she saw the frame with her work, her humongous smile was so heart warming.  Now, I’m making it my mission to have markers, crayons, scissors, glue, pencils, etc. easily available for her so her imagination and creativity can soar from her mind onto paper for everyone to see.

Just like this other piece, made with markers.

Take care all.  Until next time…

My 1st mammogram

Hello everybody!  I hope you all are doing well.  Yesterday I had my first mammogram and I wanted to quickly share this moment with you because it’s very important.  Every year I have a physical done that includes lab work, EKG, optical, and OB/GYN exam with my husband’s union plan.  This year, since I’m 35, a mammogram was also included and scheduled.  I have to admit that I was a bit scared, because I didn’t know what to expect.  I’ve heard the stories of how painful it is because they are literally pressing your breasts down as flat as they can and subjecting you to radiation, four times or more if they need more angles.  I don’t have a history of breast cancer in my family, but that’s not a reason not to get checked.  Bottom line, better safe than sorry.

The technician was wonderful in explaining exactly what was going to happen.  First thing I did was wiped away any residue of deodorant from under my armpits and breasts.  The tech informed me that there’s a chemical or was it ingredient (sorry!) in deodorants that can falsely show up as cancer on the x-rays.  Needless to say, I wiped and wiped, oh and wiped to make sure I was clean.  A few questions later, I was sitting in front of this massive, life saving machine.  She showed me where the radiation would come down from.  The trays, where your breasts are x-rayed, were right below.  She showed me the screen and foot pedal on the bottom of the machine.  This is where she’s able to lower the tray and see the amount of pressure that is placed upon each breast.  The higher the number, the better.  Higher meant more pressure in flattening your breast, but better image and less radiation.  I took that into great account.  She reassured me that I would not get stuck in the machine because there was an emergency release button.  Good to know!  🙂

When the technician was done showing me everything, it was time.  I stood up to face the machine and I was feeling ok, except for the fact that I knew this was going to hurt a bit.  There’s no way around that.  It was a little bit awkward as she lifted and positioned my breast onto the tray, but I got over that as soon as it came down.  HOLY COW!  The pressure was literally on, and she asked, “Can I go some more?”  Remembering what she had said about the flatter the breast, the less radiation and better picture I would get, I said, “Yeah,” through clenched teeth.  The tray went lower (OH MY GOODNESS), the technician said, “Hold still,” and she quickly took the x-ray.  The tray released immediately just like she said it would.  I’m not going to lie to you, but I also don’t want this message to deter you from getting this important test.  It does hurt, FOR A FEW SECONDS, and if you have a high tolerance for pain then it’s not that bad.  Onto the other breast, which she applied a lot more pressure, but I survived.  The other two x-rays were side angles of my breast, which is a lot trickier because the tray is also being lowered down on your shoulder so that hurts a bit as well, but in the end, the pictures came out great.  She immediately saw nothing of concern and I was done.  Yippee!

I am very happy to have gone through that experience and even happier that everything looked good.  She showed me the x-rays of my breasts on the computer and it is amazing to see that type of technology.  If you haven’t gone and you’re over 35, please consider taking this test because it’s very important for your health.  If you have any questions for me regarding my mammogram, I’ll be happy to share whatever I can with you.  Until next time…