Hello

Hi, haven’t read you nor written in a long time.  Have been busy with… life!    Kiddos are in school now + after school activities.  I just started a new Job, am super excited as I returned to an Industry that I truly enjoy.

 

You will be reading from me soon.  In the meantime I will be reading your blogs so I can see what you have been up to.

Monica-

A career change of heart

I had an amazing time today with a couple of good friends from college.  We got together for brunch, ate amazing mexican food (real mexican food… we went down to Tijuana)… talked about our 15+ yrs of friendship, our kids, etc etc.  But one topic that struck me, was when one of my friends mentioned that she feels that she pursued the wrong career.  We all graduated from Business School, but all work in a particular niche (finance, HR, Supply Chain, Sales)… she said that she feels most of the decisions she made in her early 20s were based on impulse, her major, dates, jobs etc…  didn’t we all?

Now that we are in our mid thirties and have young kids, we think differently.. we simply think things throughly.  My friend mentioned if she could, the only think she would change is her career, she wanted to study Law —and knowing her, she truly would make a great attorney—

….. and I thought I was the only one that picked the wrong major !

Mombie

Wow, it’s been a while since my las post!…  not only due to the fact that am all day long running after a 4yr old and an 8month baby… that I have to watch like a hawk, because she is crawling and grabbing everything, it just happens that I don’t even have any topic ideas… why this lack of inspiration I wonder(?).

Mombie: (noun) An exhaust mother that feeds on coffee and survives on wine.

Priceless

This past weekend my husband and I took our eldest daughter to the happiest place on earth.  She had no clue were we were going, we woke her up early and started driving (is 2 hrs from our home town), we left our little baby with grandma and kist took big K with us.

With the new baby (she is about to turn 7 moths) we hadn’t spend one full day with our big girl.  We had a blast, she had so much fun… our girl is growing so fast (4 yrs young)

The smile on her face is priceless !!

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Birthdays, the more the merrier

It seems like yesterday, when on a Monday morning I had many errands to run… at 40 weeks pregnant! thank goodness my mom was with me helping me around the house and driving me around town.  I remember that monday I was extremely tired, really could not walk for more than 10 minutes without feeling the need to sit down, I was not short of breath or anything, it was just physical exhaustion, I had gained little over 30 lbs, my back and my legs were killing me, I did had a huge belly.  Early in the morning my mom drove to the bank then to do some grocery shopping, I remember when we got to the store I asked my mom to do the shopping, I waited in the car.  Fast forward several hours and it was midnight, I could not sleep, was very uncomfortable and the baby was moving a lot;  I jumped in the shower and was standing under the warm water… ah that felt so good.  At 2:30 am I decided it was time to go to the hospital, to be monitored at least, we get there and at 4:00am my water breaks, the nurse said “you are staying, you’re having a baby”…. I was excited, confused, scared, did not know what to expect (being a first time mom) and on Tuesday, Feb 17 2009 at 4:00pm my daughter was born.  And I was reborn, I have changed indeed (for the good I hope) being a mom changes everything.

Today I saw my baby flourishing into little girl, celebrating her 4th birthday – May God bless her with a long and healthy happy life.

I love you my persican princess.

Mommy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’d like to use one of my lifelines

Student texting during class

Student texting during class (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I remember back in the day…” and “You kids have it so easy nowadays” are words we’ve heard adults say when we were kids, and we find ourselves saying as we grow, well I speak for myself.  I was born in the late 70’s so I lived my childhood in the 80’s (man what a wonderful decade, I had an amazing childhood)…. back in those days when kids actually played outside, got dirty, rode bikes and skateboards (without helmets).  Back when technology allowed us to physically interact with other kids (remember the arcade at the mall??… wow can still listen to the sound all those games made).

I love technology, and have all the gadgets at home (even my 3 yr old has her own iPad). But is all this technology and “social media” making us less social? even lazy?.  When I’m out and about.. I see all these teens (and some adults too), sitting next to each other but not talking, they are all glued to their phones texting, are they texting each other?

Image representing iPad as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

It was one of my cousin’s FB status update that inspired me to write this post.  She wrote down an algebra/calculus equation and asked people to solve it for her; I’m sure it was her homework.  I’m not in school anymore, but I do wonder how teachers grade highschool and college students nowadays? How can they be sure they in fact did the homework and is not a simple copy/paste or someone solved it via FB or Yahoo Answers?   —Back in my high school and college years (mid-late 90s) we still went to the school library to search info, and of course internet too, but no social media—  Of course I always found a way to make my homework easier, but at least I deserved an A for effort for going to the library, making copies and re-typing the paper.

Back then I had cell phones too… but they were not smart phones, I don’t even think we texted… we used our mobile phones to TALK with our friends.  Now, we all have smart phones, do teachers take the student’s phones away while they are taking a test?  Or just to make sure they are not distracted during class   —many of my younger cousins are always posting while in class —-  I remember our “distractions” during class was to pass hand notes around, or by looking outside the window or reading BigBop / Seventeen magazines (lol).

I am thinking in going back to school and pursue an advanced degree and have the opportunity to ask the audience (fb) or phone a friend.

For her love of the sport

For her love of the sport

So we start the year full of energy (well, at least my daughter)… she is back in gymnastics, we took a 3 month break. She was so excited this morning, couldn’t decide on the gym suit to wear.

This month marks her first year in gymnastics, she really likes it, she asks daddy to get her “monkey bars” and a balance beam so she can practice at home… but her coach said is not time for her to practice without coach supervision yet.

My girl will turn 4 next month, since she was a baby she was always hyper, running, jumping and climbing everything!! So when she turned 3 my husband and I decided she needed an activity so she could release all that energy. Having a daughter, of course my first thought was Ballet !!!…. I took her to a local (very prestigious) academy, for a class free class, I was so excited…. 10 minutes in the class and my daughter said “mommy I don’t like it, is boring”… lol the instructor/teacher had all the girls formed in line, warming up, etc, etc… my girl wanted to run and was hanging from the bar they have against the wall —–sorry, am not a ballet person and don’t know what that bar is called— So we left in the middle of the class, the lady in the front desk suggested to take her to gymnastics.

I did some research and found a fantastic gymnastics academy near my house… I called and asked for a “free class”, just to test the waters and see if my girl would like it. We went to her first class, “she is a natural” the coach said… so I enrolled her in the program… my girl actually cried at the end of the first class, she did not want to leave the gym.

My girl is definitely a daredevil… she loves riding her bike, her scooter, now wants a skateboard… and did I say she climbs everything?

You know, I kind of resent my parents because they never enrolled me in any after-school activity… and is not they could not afford it, they had the necessary means; A couple of weeks ago, speaking with my mom… we were talking about my daughter gymnastics schedule, swimming lessons, pre-school etc… and I asked her why she never take me to gymnastics or music or something…. she said “because you never asked for”?… Are you kidding me? I said “mom you were the adult, you never gave me any options”!! I remember I always wanted to join the Girl Scouts, I asked my parents to take me, they always had en excuse and I guess I did not ask enough; I always wanted to play the piano (and had great ear for it) but they did not support that either. I think it was because my mom was lazy (don’t get me wrong, I adore my mom) but she did not want to get out of her comfort zone to take me and my sister to those classes.

I get it, is a hassle… but today I did it even took with us our little one (3 months); The gym was freezing cold, next time I’ll get a babysitter so the little one stays home.

My point is, it is important for children to have a sports activity, or art, music… whatever besides school. —I remember when I was in elementary school, many of my friends were either gymnasts, ballerinas or took karate classes… I did not do anything besides school… I did not belong to a “group” outside school, and it made me feel incomplete.

I will encourage my daughter to follow her passions and to try new things so she can decide if she wants to keep pursuing them or not (like music, karate, ballet, tennis, golf)… she will at least try, then decide.

For now, I am a gymnastics mom…. and in about 15 months my littlest one will attend her first gymnastics class and ballet class…. hopefully she’ll be my ballerina !!

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At zero three hundred…. ish

I was thinking of writing this post at around 3am this morning, most of my topic ideas come around that time… while nursing my baby!!  She is three months and has the habit of waking up at night… why babies do that???? (lol) – So, while feeding her my brain is going 1000mph with ideas, thoughts, memories, etc.  And by the time baby finishes eating… I just want to go back to sleep, plus don’t want to wake up the baby, my three yr old and my big baby (hubby).

So I was thinking, I wish there was a device that I can put on my head (like a helmet or a head band)… that would record all my thoughts and then just plug the device on my computer to upload all the info.  Some people have suggested to write down the topic ideas on a piece of paper and then just start writing whenever I have a chance, but it is not the same…. by the time I wake up and am in front of the computer I’ve already lost my mojo.

One can only wish….

This is a "thought bubble". It is an...

This is a “thought bubble”. It is an illustration depicting thought. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013

We embark a new year, and with it many resolutions…. that we will break.

I will simply do my best to a better person (better wife, better mom, better daughter, better friend) – To all of you, I wish a year blessed with good health.

I look forward to reading your posts, and hopefully you will follow mine.

 

Happy Blogging.

Monica

 

loved this post 🙂 I had to share it

Dad and Buried

My son is over two years old now, and aside from a very minor trim session (not a double-entendre), he’s never had his hair cut. His hair is quite long and very curly, and as a result, strangers occasionally mistake him for a girl.

The first ten times it happened, I was annoyed. But eventually it got me thinking:

Would my son make a good-looking girl? And how would my life be different if I had a daughter instead of a son?

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