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. 

PLEASE BE STRONG. 

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.

Monday, April 2, 2018

General Conference on Easter Sunday.

For the first time in all the past general conferences I've listened to I've sat down with my pen, and a journal in hand to jot down words that I hear from the leaders that inspire me. This conference was different. Different in the sense that my family and I pretty much just sat, and listened. Sure I shared a few quotes from the apostles, and speakers, but when our new prophet President Russell M. Nelson spoke I couldn't help but to stop what I was doing, and just listen. 

Friday, March 30, 2018

Sierra To Sing In General Conference With Her Institute Choir!

One thing I love about spring is the renewal that the season brings to both mind, and spirit, and also....general conference! I am sooooo looking forward to this weekend. Not only am I excited to hear a new prophets voice, but excited to listen to the choir sing. That is, Sierra's institute choir! Yep...she'll be singing her heart out along with other talented men, and women. 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Easter In San Antonio,Texas- Circa, 2003

Since Lexie is graduating from high school this year (she's the little one with the ear to ear grin on her face) I was looking through some of her scrapbooks, and organizing her photos by year on the computer, and look what I found! Easter photos with her big sis from the time we lived in San Antonio. And boy is there a short tale to tell....

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Noah's Second Grade Spring Party!

It was 1:30 p.m. and as we walked into Noah's class it seemed as if the party had already started. The kids were eating ice cream cones, and as we stood in the classroom waiting for instructions there was nothing but laughter, and chit chat. Noah gazed over at me and Jon with a huge smile, got up from his chair to hug us, and then sat back down to finish his ice cream. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter.

I know I've written many posts in the past about how we celebrate easter, and as my kids slowly leave the nest, and grow older I still try to somehow keep those traditions going that way when the time comes to have their own families they can continue said traditions. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Girl's Night At Its Best!

It's been a little over a year and half since we moved away from the familiar territory that we knew, and even though I feel confident at church, and in my new area developing true friendships can be hard. I'm grateful for the extrovert in me, the fact that I've found ways to adjust in unfamiliar territory, and that I'm fearless when it comes to introducing myself, and saying hello to a fellow parent at school, and of course...church. 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Playing For The Drowsy Chaperone.

Well, it's Lexie's senior year, and it looks like she's following her sisters footsteps when it comes to playing with the band for her high school spring musical. As much as she wanted to be a part of the cast she, and her band director suggested she'd play with the orchestra, and although she's a tad bit nervous because of all the older, more experienced players, she's excited to be playing the piano which in her case is very rare. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Frozen The Musical In NYC!

When Chelsea was in the fourth grade she was a pretty big fan of Frozen. She'd always sing "let it go" under her breath, and one time even caught her singing the song so loud from our computer when I walked into my room. She was so little, and at times still long for her to be that little girl with that soft voice. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Welcoming Spring With Bluebonnets! San Antonio,Texas-Circa 2000

Growing up in Texas I was amazed at how spring sprung. Especially in San Antonio. I totally repressed some memories as a child, and forgot how beautiful Texas is. It's not all flat land like people may think. There is beauty in the heart of Texas, and I found that in a field of bluebonnets with two little girls while living in San Antonio. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Be Free, And Alive Without The Smartphones & Chrome Books!

After reading this article recently I couldn't help but to pause, ponder, and write. I've written a couple of posts about technology, but this one hit the core of my heart, and wanted to share more of my thoughts on how this "hands free mama" is right on point when it comes to social media, and smartphones. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Pa!!

How cool is it that my in-laws have back to back to birthdays! Since I wrote a bit about Sue yesterday I figured I'd add a few words besides "happy birthday" to the man that is a spitting image of his son! I'd be amiss if I didn't have something to share about him, and want to let the world know that he too, is indeed, a great person. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Birthday To The Coolest Momma-In-Law Ever!

I couldn't let this year go by without wishing my mother in law the happiest of birthdays. I rarely ever write, or even talk about her on this blog, but because she has put up with so much of my bull**it , and has done sooooooooooo much for me, and my family throughout the past 24 years of being her daughter-in-law wanted to express my love and appreciation to her for so many reasons. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"Flower Power" Art Installations in New York City!

I know I've mentioned this before but one of my favorite things I love about New York is when you randomly go out of the blue especially after having a loooooooong snowy day! New York is definitely a city full of surprises, and as we were in Soho the other day we walked by this awesome looking red car with a lot of fresh flowers displayed inside. It was absolutely beautiful. There were so many people taking pictures with it, and I swear most of them were models with photographers holding cameras the size of an old-fashioned boombox!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Nor'easter!

When everyone woke up yesterday the first question we all asked each other was, "where is this snowstorm everyone is talking about", and "is this why they cancelled school for?" We were expecting to wake up with a ton of snow on the ground, and there literally was only half an inch dusting of snow on the grass, and within two hours it was all gone.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Lexie Lately- Her Acceptance Into BYU Provo!

As the years have gone by I've kind of shifted to a point where I don't really write too much about my girls. I know that I post, and write a lot about Noah, and our family adventures, but when it comes to personal things such as relationships, and school I don't want to invade their privacy, and so I leave it up to them to post, or write about whatever they want to write about on their own corner of the internet. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Memories of The D.C. Temple On Their Last Day.

Well, it was inevitable and eventually the time has come for the doors of the D.C. temple to close down for renovations. It's amazing how well kept it's looked in the past 44 years. I also can't believe that I'm older than the D.C. temple! I personally think the temple looks fine indoors, and outdoors but after going two weeks ago, and looking at all the furniture, and slight wear and tear on the carpet, and cushions in the sealing rooms can understand why it needs to be redone. So 80's, but yet still beautiful, and I'm sure that once it's renovated it'll look even more lovely! 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Dr. Seuss Night!

Was it just last year when I wrote this post about celebrating Dr. Seuss? It seems like we relived that day yesterday! Going with Noah again this year, and adding papa to the mix was the icing on the cake. Jon rarely gets to attend any of Noah's activities because of getting off work late, but he's been lucky to be able to be there for his son the past couple of events he's had, and Noah is loving it! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Noah Earns His Wolf Badge!

Since joining cub scouts five months ago Noah has worked hard on completing all the requirements needed to earn his Wolf badge, and last night during the Blue and Gold banquet he received it! Some of these requirements required little effort which was pretty easy for him to achieve, but at the same time make sure that as he is completing them that he also understands as to why he is doing them. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Noah's First Superhero Youtube Video!

There are times when I give Noah time to play on the computer. Sometimes he'll practice on his math skills which is my favorite, and because of that I'll reward him with internet time to play games. I'm not a big fan of the internet except to blog, and catch up on current events that are going on in the world, but for the most part I'm an old school momma who handwrites letters, and still owns, and watches DVD's!

Friday, February 23, 2018

75 Degrees In February!

The weather we had this past Wednesday was absolutely gorgeous, and too good to be true especially in our neck of the woods. It's very rare to have warm weather in February. The last time I remember having a warm day in February was four years ago. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Canada On My Mind.



Canada has been on my mind lately, and wanted to share a quick little story of the first, and last time we visited. Chelsea was just a baby when we went! That was 13 years ago! I will always remember this trip with our three little girls. They were always so happy every time we ventured out on road trips. The smiles of the girls in these photos prove all too well just how happy they were, and still get when we hit the pavement to unfamiliar territory.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A Touch Of Spring In A Photo On A Rainy Day.

Last Friday it snowed and it's been raining off and on since then! Looking at this photo from last spring brings all kinds of smiles to my face and helps me look forward to the bright colors of spring. Even though I have fresh flowers in my house every other week nothing beats the outdoors during springtime to take in the smell of different types of flowers, and these tulips! I love tulips! So beautiful, and rich in color, and probably my next favorite flower. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Model Train Exhibit in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

This entire post will pretty much consist of a few photos with two "boys" facing forward looking at trains. Every time there is an opportunity to look at trains, ride on a train, or an event that consists of trains we have to go. After hearing a commercial on the radio about the model train exhibit in Allentown, Pennsylvania we knew we had to take Noah. Since the kids had no school we decided to check this baby out ourselves, and to our surprise it truly was a wonder! 

Friday, February 16, 2018

MR. RHS!

When we moved to New Jersey, and Sierra started high school they had a fun event called Mr. Highland where 12 boys are selected to compete against each other as to who is the most talented calendar guy. It was so fun, and because we saw how much Sierra enjoyed herself being a part of Mr. Highland  for two years thought it would be a fun thing to do if Lexie's new high school did it, and they did! You can view Mr. August, Mr. September, & Mr. October's opening acts here on my you tube channel

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Our Valentine's Day.

Valentines day this year came and went by way too quick! With the kids in school Jon and I spent the day in the city. It was 60 degrees, and a perfect day to walk the streets of New York, and take in the nice early "spring" weather! We were famished, and had lunch at cafe lalo. It was perfect, and half empty which was nice. We were lucky to have found a parking space a block away for free. Reason I'm mentioning "free parking" is because parking can cost you up to 50 bucks in the city! Especially if you drive a mini-van. Counting our blessings every time that happens!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

To All The Lovers Out There On Valentine's Day....

I just wanted to share some of my words as to how we've managed to keep our love alive for the past 20 plus years. Express love, and kindness to your significant other not just on valentines day, but every day. Sure there are times when our spouses annoy us, and believe me our ups, and downs come in waves. Some have come in a deep trough, and some have been close to the shore where the are easy to mend.