Thursday, April 17, 2014

Busy, Busy & Uhbsessed

It's that time of the year. The end of the school year! The kids here start in mid August and are out by June. So, now I'm adjusting to this busyness. Easter is right around the corner, and despite being later in the season, it still managed to sneak up on me. I also have 2 graduation parties to plan. My nephew is graduating high school and my cousin is graduating nursing school. And were having family from out of town in June. Oh, and whatever else happens to come up, like some day trips and weekend getaways. I'm already tired. But I'm sure it's going to be a fun summer and I can't wait. 

In the meantime I've been busy with work, and Easter festivities. Oh, and sick here and there. And lots of baseball games and practices. You know, our new normal. 

Other than that let's talk about Isabella's obsession with frozen again! This girl. You may or many not know that everything Frozen is sold out everywhere. Well, it got into my head to get her an Elsa dress. But these are the hardest things to come buy and I'm not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on eBay for a $40 dress. So, here comes grandma to save th day. My mom is a hobby seamstress. She took on the daunting task of making her an Elsa dress. She completed it in one week, and let me tell you, Isabella is smitten. She loooves her dress. As soon as she put it on she performed her favorite song Let it Go. It was adorable, and yes, I got it on video. Oh, and grandma is crazy. She started making a second version of the dress. Yes, a second dress. Crazy, I say.

We also had spring pictures in the last few weeks. And looking at the kids pictures makes me sad, and proud. They are getting so big. 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific @ Long Beach

Last Friday I took the day off to do something fun with the kids. Unfortunately, our morning started off a little rough. Jacob woke up with an ear infection which meant we'd have to go to the doctor last minute. This also meant we wouldn't be able to do anything fun with a doctor's appointment in the middle of the day. But we got lucky. We got in early! So, we decided to go to breakfast and to the Aquarium of the Pacific (AOTP). Jacob would get excited every time he woud see the AOTP commercial, despite going just 3 years earlier. Isabella was just a baby, and Jacob was only 2.5 years old.

The kids had fun but they tired quickly. We were there for just over 3 hours. My kids are chicken. They didn't want to touch anything. And Jacob came to the conclusion that he likes the California Science Center much better. We went to the Sience Center during Christmas break. He loved it and he still talks about it. Actually, I think we all liked it, a lot! So, with the AOTP out of our systems we can try something else. We'll see what we get into this summer!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

La Habra Earthquake

On Friday, March 28th, we had a huge earthquake epicentered in our city. Let's just say it's been a long weekend! Literally! I took a four day weekend to spend time with Jacob over his spring break. Thursday we relaxed and Friday we had a special day trip planned. More on that trip in an upcoming post. We got home in the early evening and we were just relaxing. It was 9:00 pm and we decided to put the kids to bed. At 9:08 pm, I looked at the clock, I was taking my medication when everything started shaking. My first thought was to get to the kids! I'm not going to lie, I freaked out! I freaked out because it was big and lasted awhile. The kids were oblivious at first. They were just wondering what was happening. 

The first night after the earthquake I did not sleep a wink. We had a slumber party in our bed. The kids slept with us all weekend. One thing I hated the most was that we've had A LOT of aftershocks and we've felt most of them, at least one to 2 each hour. It has been maddening. As I type this we just had a few small ones, luckily, we did not feel. We also had a bit of reprieve Saturday night at my cousin's house for poker night. I almost did not want to leave. We also considered staying at my brother.s house who lives out in Riverside county. However, the time and effort it would take to go to these places was just not woth it. But last night I reached a limit. I was so exhausted and overwhelmed, I finally slept a few hours. 

I'm still exhausted, and luckily, fortunately, the aftershocks have decreased but I still jump every time. I' m looking forward to getting back to normal with little or no earthly disturbances, but I guess we'll see. Definitely a weekend I won't ever forget. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Subscription Boxes

I'm sure you've heard of them, subscription boxes. If you haven't, well, look into it. To me, they're like Christmas every month. Who doesn't like to open a surprise package? But to be honest, I just jumped on this bandwagon. There are sooo many subscriptions to choose from such as beauty, baby, men's, food, and wine box subscriptions. I got my first box last month from Citrus Lane. It's a box geared toward babies, toddlers or kids depending on their age. I got it for Isabella who is 3.5 years old. It was free and it was okay. This box runs $30 a month. I also got a second box and I liked it much better than the first but I canceled cause $30 is a little pricey. I did instead subscribe to Ipsy which is a cosmetics box and I can't wait to try the goodies I get. I'll be getting my first box next month. I'll update then.

February Box

March Box

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Gray & Pink Bridal Shower

One of my favorite hobbies is creating parties. I've been doing it for quite a few years now, and the last six months are no exception. I did my cousin Crystal's bridal shower last October, and a baby shower for my nephew. More on that baby shower later. For the bridal shower, we started our design from the invitation. My cousin showed me invitations and designs she liked, and I designed and personalized her very own invitation. The colors were gray and pink with turquoise and white accents. We found the center pieces at Wal-Mart for $2 and party attendees were able to take them home and plant them. Let love grow! For the dessert table, we picked some easy handheld, bite-sized desserts. It was a big hit! All the girls loved it!  I had a lot of fun designing a party from the bottom up.




Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Ballerina

Isabella just finished dance. This session started off rocky. For some reason, she just wasn't as comfortable as the last session. She dreaded going to class and I did too. Isabella is my strong-willed child. When she doesn't like something she'll let you know and she gave me problems going to dance, in the beginning. However, towards the end she completely changed and she was into it. My worry now is that I wanted to take a break and maybe start a new dance class somewhere else, but I'm not sure how she'll take it. 

Her last dance class and final performance.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 2014

I'm here! And alive and well! There has been so much that has happened in the last half a year! Yeah, it's been 6 months! Some sad news, some happy news. Where to begin...

Jacob played soccer for a couple months this past fall. He hated it though. He's not a very aggressive boy and he found it difficult take control of the ball. He's now again in t-ball. The improvement is obvious. He knows what to expect now.  And getting even better at hitting, catching, and throwing. He's doing excellent in school too. I just got his report card with nothing but good news. Jacob's into Legos, Batman and Sponge Bob. Oh, and Monsters Inc. The most recent and biggest news we have is that Jacob lost his first baby tooth. It was his bottom right tooth. He's so big now!

Isabella has also been into a few things. She's now on her second term of dance. A ballet/tap combo class. She did really well her first session last fall, but has recently become bored with it. We'll try something different next. Isabella is still in my class, but seems bored by it as well. While I love having her in my class, I can't wait for her to go to pre-k and get more.  She's also heavily into Frozen. 🎶Let it go!🎶 Yes, that Frozen! Everything is about Elsa and Ana. Isabella has also picked up a very bad habit. She bites her nails! Ugh. I hate it, but I'm working on her quitting.

So that's the gist of it around here. The hubs and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary in Vegas. We also had the death of my uncle, and to counter that, the birth of my nephew! Can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings! Hopefully, I'll be back to fill you in!