Friday, July 20, 2018

Good Times With Noah!

I know I've written one too many posts about how fast our kids are growing up, and how quickly graduation comes along for them! My time with Noah is fleeting fast, but I notice that when I don't rush his childhood, and spend one on one time with just him without feeling rushed that time somewhat slows down. At least for those moments when I'm with him. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Saturday In Palmyra, NY!

The Hill Cumorah Pageant this year was, as always a great experience! In spite of leaving late Friday evening, and arriving in the wee hours of the morning we filled our Saturday making memories as a family. This place never grows weary on us, and every year we come here we leave with a different experience, and it is always a good one! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Victorian Gardens Amusement Park!

Ever since we introduced Chelsea to the Victorian gardens amusement park inside Central park when she was almost 10 we have vowed it to be a tradition for the kids so as long as they don't get too big! And since Chelsea is leaving for girls camp tomorrow for a week we decided to go today!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A Nostalgic Childhood Memory.

Awwww to be a kid again when our moms (at least my mom) did her best on her own to keep our days simple, and happy. Every time we'd walk out of a Gibson's or a Kroger store (do y'all remember those) I would ask her, "mommy, can i have a piece of gum, and she'd respond in Spanish, "Si, no mas uno." And then I'd see the machine next to it with cheap gold rings, and toys inside a huge plastic bubble case, and ask if I can have one of those too. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

"We Don’t Need To Be The Same To Be One."

I love this video that my church put out recently and with all the crazy, sad things that are going on in the world with our government, politics and, families being separated  that we can shed some light by being "that person" who chooses light over darkness. Hope over despair. Joy over sadness, and LOVE instead of hate. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Our 4th Of July Celebration!

Our 4th of July celebration consisted of endless walking among new york crowds, in high humidity, eating good food where we spent most our time downtown touring the federal building, and walking along various streets in the city where there were lots of balloons!  

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Pioneer Trek in Virginia!

When our church cancelled trek last summer due to a major thunderstorm we were all a bit disappointed especially since some of the youth had never experienced it. Luckily Lexie was one of the few who had already experienced trek the year before in a different state, but she had been looking forward to going again. When we heard they were having it this year Lexie was excited. See, this is her last year to go in her teens, and would like to experience the feelings she felt two years ago as well as remembering all that she learned from her first trek experience. Especially when it comes to her heritage. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

On Ministering & The Beatty's Last Day.

"We are constantly surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness whether they be family members, friends, acquaintances, or strangers. We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve, and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us." 

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Downtown Day Out In The City...

Keeping the kids active throughout the summer months is important to me and even though we can find things to do close to home there's something about the city that gives us the energy to live, and never grow weary of the surroundings that this wonderful city has to offer. The kids love it every time I mention going to New York, and when I ask if they'd like to go they do not hesitate to say yes! Especially Noah! 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Spring Piano Recital '18

With preparing for Lexie's graduation I failed to blog about the kids piano recital. It saddens me to write that this will be their last year with Ms. Nora. She was their teacher for three years. She was the most patient teacher that I found for Noah when he was five. He has picked up playing very well, and every now and then will nonchalantly sit at the piano and play all his old songs he learned while being her student. She was a wonderful, patient, kind, fun, loving friend/teacher and she will be missed. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Strawberry Picking At Highland Orchards!

Although the time for picking strawberries is dwindling down we still managed to go picking, and yesterday we drove to Highland Orchards where most of their strawberries weren't over picked! We were lucky to have filled one little basket full of strawberries. Most of them were super ripe so we didn't pick too much. One basket was enough and we left with smiles on our faces. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Simple Outing In Downtown Allentown!

Summer is definitely showing off lately with sunshine, and blue skies, and with the days being long, bright, and  sunny couldn't bear the thought of staying indoors. I know school just ended, and that some of us may just want to relax, and chill at home,but when you have active kids, and live where I live especially in the summer months all you want to do is spend time outside. That is unless it's 100 degrees! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Last Day Of Second Grade!

Noah has advanced to the third grade and we couldn't be more proud. He has certainly advanced in the two years he has been in this school, and we are so grateful for his teacher this year. His reading, and comprehension skills has improved, and although he loves socializing it seems as if he toned it down a bit toward the end of the year. Reading his teachers remarks on his report made me smile BIG! I can tell that he was a joy to teach, and that he in fact did enjoy coming to school to learn, and of course have recess! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

A Day in Dumbo, & A Lot Of Art.

If you want to have fun, eat good food, go to a flea market, and see some art installations in Brooklyn Dumbo is the place to go. We love this place because it exposes our kids to culture, and art. Not only do we have fun at the park, riding the carousel, and Noah scooting all over Brooklyn bridge park on his scooter, but everywhere you go there is bound to be a work of art in your midst. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Solstice: A Day At The Carnival!

On the first day of summer we decided to check out our local carnival that is put on by St. Gregory Parish. Family carnivals like this remind me of the ones I went to when I was a kid. Admission was always free, and I could go ride all the rides twice, and get pumped up on sugar all for under 20 bucks. I'd go with my friends,and walk around deciding on which ride to get on next. It was our first time going here, and it did not disappoint. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lexie's Graduating Class of 2018.

As the music began to soar with all the graduates walking down the field my eyes began to water. I held in my tears because I didn't want to ruin my makeup plus it was too early in the ceremony to be crying. My oldest daughter turned to look at me, and with a smile I said to her, "I'm going to be a huge mess when Chelsea and Noah graduate.These kids are my joy, and it's moments like this that make my world go round, and motherhood rock in full circle.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Seminary Graduation.

If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen these pictures posted on there, but wanted to share them on my blog as well, and to express my gratitude on how extremely proud I am not only for my second daughter to have graduated from early morning seminary,but to all the youth out there who have achieved this great accomplishment. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

A Happy Day Ahead-Graduation Announcement!

T-minus five days to graduation and we are so excited to share this big day with Lexie. We have family flying in over the weekend, and couldn't be more thrilled to see some familiar faces that I haven't seen since Noah's baptism. It's going to be a busy week which means I won't be blogging as much, but you can follow up with any future photos I will be posting on my Instagram including graduation day!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

2018 Senior Showcase!

When Lexie was a freshman at high school she always hoped she'd be able to sing in the choir as well as the acapella group called Vocal Resolution, and she did. She was lucky enough to have been in Vocal Resolution for two years to sing with her peers. She was grateful to have had the opportunity to sing as well as play with the jazz band, and man does she miss Mr. T sometimes. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Little Temple Day With The Kiddos!

When Noah handed me an invitation of a primary church activity that involved learning about the temple my face lit up. I was so excited that the primary leaders were doing this! I don't recall any of my girls having a church activity at the age of 8 that involved the temple. Having a temple closer to us gives us many opportunities to invite the children in our church at a young age to learn more about the temple and to get them involved as to what the temple is all about, and how it will benefit their lives as they grow older.

Friday, June 8, 2018

A Little Less Blogging, A Lot More Journal Writing.

It's been really nice having my Mac in the shop and taking a break from blogging, and in all honesty has been liberating. I'm currently blogging from Lexie's laptop and feel bad for hoarding, and loading a ton of photos on here. She doesn't seem to mind but I do so I'm going to make this post short, and sweet without a myriad of photos to look at. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Little Manhattan.

When we come to New York I always want to appreciate it. I don't want to rush the day or quickly eat the food at my favorite restaurants (and there are sooooo many I love!) I want to appreciate riding the subway without having to complain on how crowded it can get, or because there aren't too many seats available. I want to appreciate taking the cab without complaining on how fast they drive because I drive fast myself. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The 91st Street Garden In Riverside Park.

For those of you who are familiar with movies filmed in New York particularly the You've Got Mail garden scene, I'm sure that this place will bring back some fond memories of Meg and Tom in that wonderful movie! I can't begin to tell you how beautiful Riverside Park is in the spring. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Visit to President Grant's Tomb On Memorial Day.

Along the banks of the Hudson river there is a hidden gem called The General Grant National Memorial. It is known as Grant's tomb, and it is the largest mausoleum in the United States. President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia are both buried inside. The story behind President Grant is impressive, and noble. I didn't know very much about his background, and all that he designated, and stood for, but he was definitely a man of integrity, and hard work. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Looking Forward To A Long Weekend By Keeping It Old School.

 It's been such a nice week so far, and we are looking forward to the long weekend ahead. This week has been pretty busy with Noah's field day, scouts, and Chelsea's back to back choir concerts, and it's only going to get busier with piano recitals, and Lexie's scholarship dinners next week. That's what happens when you have three kids in three different schools!So many end of the year school functions, and those are signs that school is almost out! 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lexie & Owen: Senior Prom '18

Helping Lexie getting ready for prom had me feeling a bit melancholy too knowing that this is it. Her final prom, and the ending of her high school career. She has about 20 more days left of her senior year, and in all honesty I hope she finds joy in them rather than wanting to just graduate already! Which she pretty much is soooooooooo ready to move to the next chapter of her! 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Pretty In Pink.

OH what a weekend, and holy photos! Brace yourselves with this post because once again there's going to be a ton of photos! There will be a second post tomorrow with photos from the day of Lexie's actual prom. I went to town capturing different angles of this beautiful girl at Sayen gardens, and on top of that literally got a total of six hours of sleep throughout the entire weekend! 

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Little Letter For My Firstborn Who Turns T W E N T Y - T H R E E Today!

I couldn't let this day end, or got to bed without writing a little something about my oldest daughter Sierra who turned 23 today. I've written numerous posts about her in the past on this blog, and although I've mentioned not writing too much about her because she's pretty much on her own living her own life I can't help but to whisper sweet somethings on this little space of mine on the internet that's specifically meant for her eyes to see, and read. 

Under The Blossom Trees!

Well, it seems that with the thunderstorm we had the other day, and all the rain we've had so far this week wiped away most of the blossoms from the trees which means summer is on its way. We were lucky to have spotted so many blossom trees throughout this season to shower in them. It's like spring snow without the cold. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Caught In The Midst of A Storm.

Yesterday we had a storm pass us by that was crazy insane! I've never seen anything like it in Jersey except maybe when Sandy hit. I grew up near the gulf in Texas so I know what to except when a storm comes, and the effects are pretty similar to a hurricane. The day will be so beautiful with blue skies, and the sun shining, and then all of a sudden the sky slowly begins to cloud up turning the skies from a clear blue to a dark grey, and then it becomes real windy. Almost like a tornado! 

Monday, May 14, 2018

A Tribute To Grandma Patsy.

Yesterday at approximately 10:45 am while facetiming with Sierra my mother-in-law walked into her room to let her know that grandma Patsy took her last breath while talking to her. Sierra stood up, and stepped away from her laptop, and all I could hear were their sobs, and shaky voices. When I heard my mother in law describing what happened that's when I knew that she was gone. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Mother's Day Post: Appreciating My Children.

"If you have Children who are grown and gone, and in all likelihood have occasionally felt pangs of loss and the recognition that you didn't appreciate that time of your life as much as you should have. Of course, there is no going back, but only forward. Rather than dwelling on the past we should make the most of today, of the here and now, doing all we can to provide pleasant memories for the future. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tulip Picking At Holland Ridge Farms!

I hope you don’t mind this overload of photos, because i have at least 25 pictures on this post, but it seems like nowadays people scroll through blogs just to look at pictures instead of reading so if it's okay with you there will be more photos than words on this post, and because.... tulips!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Blossoms With Lexie!

Five years ago my oldest daughter graduated from high school, and I can't believe that in one month Lexie will be graduating too! Whaaaaat! My, oh man has time flown! I've realized that time definitely goes by fast when you're busy having fun not only in life, but with your kids as well. I am so excited for Lexie, and she is soooooo ready to graduate, and start college. I'm glad I'll have a whole summer with her before she takes off so we can make more memories with her. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Hoboken on Cinco De Mayo!

Here's hoping everyone had a fun weekend celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Even though I'm Mexican-American, and come from a state, and city where they celebrate big we were low key this past Saturday, and decided to spend our cinco de mayo in Hoboken. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

In The End, It'll All Be Worth It.

The Teenage years are often years of insecurity, 
of feeling as though you don't measure up, 
of trying to find your place with your peers, 
and of trying to fit in. 

You may be tempted to lower your standards, 
and to follow the crowd in order to be accepted
 by those you desire to have as friends. 


And be alert to anything that would rob 
you of the blessings of eternity. 
the choice you make here and 
now are forever important
~Thomas S. Monson

Lexie has had a copy of this quote on her cork board for like the past three years, and I never noticed it until now. I've always seen her cork board full of photos, sticky notes, and quotes but really never paid attention in reading them. Now that she is getting ready for graduation, and already preparing for college this cork board will be passed on down to Chelsea, and the only thing she left on there for her sister was a photo of them, and a copy of this quote. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

May Flowers & Blossoms!

Yesterday I woke up to the sun shining, birds chirping, and the sound of a lawnmower. It felt as if it had been years since I heard those sounds, and when I heard them my heart fluttered, and brought so much joy to my ears. I went outside, and spring was truly a sight to see! Over the weekend we saw spring in all her glory, and was lucky enough to capture some moments of her showing off with tulips, and blossoms. It reminded me of the time Noah and I first explored blossoms together. 

Monday, April 30, 2018

On Being a Playful Parent.

“Children don't say, 'I had a hard day...Can we talk?' 
They say, 'Will you play with me?'"
Lawrence Cohen

Friday, April 27, 2018

What Is The Most Important Thing In Life?

There are very few people in this world who inspire me with their words, and actions. Some are the leaders of my church, some are friends I've known my whole life, and some are friends whom I've met online. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Noah's First Pinewood Derby!

Last night Noah, and I got to experience our first pinewood derby event ever, and it was pretty cool. The fact that we literally only had two weeks to assemble the kit, design, sand, saw, drill, and paint didn't overwhelm us in any way. Just kidding!! Luckily I have a patient husband, and a boy who took his time in preparing his car. His little "hot rod" didn't place this year, but the main take away from this event was that Noah had fun! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring Blooms At Sayen Gardens.

It's been almost two years since we've been living in the Princeton area, and feel as if we've neglected exploring places that are close to home. We constantly go out of town on the weekends, but hardly ever venture out into familiar territory that is literally in our own backyard. Since we can't venture out to the city too much during the school week the kids and I decided to find places close to home where we can go to for recreational fun. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

For The Beauty Of The Earth!

It looks like spring has officially sprung in our neck of the woods! The weather this past weekend was electrifying, and perfect in every way. We didn't do much on Saturday because Noah worked on his little car for the pinewood derby so he and Jon spent most of the day working on it. I vowed that I wasn't going to be cooped up in the house so the girls and I decided to play some tennis. I love this part of spring when it's not too cold, and not too hot, and it was a perfect day to play! It was euphoric, and I'm so glad that I got myself out there for a little bit of a workout!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy Birthday To My Niece Who Turns 29!

Oh how I long to go back in time and relive the days of the the times we'd drive from Utah to Texas to visit family. Memories spent with my niece will forever be etched in my heart. I remember our days visiting her in the little town I grew up in Texas, and taking her to the infamous Dick Kleberg Park where she, and my girls would have a grand time being kids, and venturing out to Corpus Christi to take her to the beach, and eat some amazing, authentic Mexican food. I really miss those tender moments of our time spent together. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The National Portrait Gallery In D.C.

One thing about living in New Jersey is the convenience of living near different cities, and when I heard the temperatures were going to be as high as 80 degrees last Saturday there was no way that we were going to stay indoors. Since the girls and I spent the eveving in New York on Friday we decided to go to D.C. as a family and check out the cherry blossoms, and the Obama portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

An Inspirational Girls Night Out In NYC!

This past weekend we had the opportunity to attend a fireside at the Lincoln center in New York city. Although this specific fireside was broadcasted in our area my girls, and I decided to make it a girls night. We drove into the city in hopes to have a little one and one time with each of them afterwards, and we did! This evening truly made up for no longer having general women's session in the spring, and it was so much better because we got to meet with all of them! 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

An 80's Theme Promposal!

"Promposals" didn't exist back in my high school days, and if they did my prom date in my senior year sure as heck didn't do anything like this, and had he done even something close to this man, oh man maybe we would have ended the night on good terms, but that's a whole other post! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It's National Library Week!

You'd think that because we are a family who loves to read, and frequents the library often that we'd know it's national library week. Well, we didn't. In all honesty I haven't paid too much attention to all things that are "national" but I am glad that we found out about it, and that we had some fun exploring the library yesterday. If you look at my instagram story (gotta click on my profile pic) you can see just how much fun Noah was having at being at the library. 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Noah-isms//Spring Edition.

To start off this lovely edition of Noah's "Noah-isms" I have to share with you that Noah's favorite saying lately has been "what the what!" At first I thought he was going to say the "f" word, and the only reason I say that is because kids his age are saying that, but luckily he didn't, and he hasn't, and even though he's heard it he knows it's a dirty word, and vows he'll never say it, but then again he's eight, and innocent which makes me want to keep him at that age forever, but then again he has to grow up, be challenged, and tested, and learn in order for him to grow up to be charming, strong, and valiant! 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pink Bluebonnets In Texas Hill Country! Circa, 2003

A number of years ago while roaming around Texas hill country we discovered these pink bluebonnets! Pink! It's funny how I lived in Texas for half my life, and never discovered them until the year 2003 while living in San Antonio! I've also seen them in white, and lavender, but these pink ones really stood out! They are unlike the bluebonnets, and in all honesty I prefer the blue over pink, but aren't these pink ones pretty! Apparently it's a rare wildflower, and only grow downstream from the mission Alamo. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An Egg Hunt & Confetti Cascarones In Central Park.

One thing I miss about living in Texas, and having my kids attend school there are the traditions that the school district made for them. During the easter season they always set a time for the kids to go outside, and have a little fiesta whilst cracking confetti cascarones on their heads. I remember a year or two when my elementary school did it as well. This is a Mexican tradition that makes me proud to be a Latina, and grateful for teachers, including my mom who took the time to make a few when I was little.