Friday, September 19, 2014

A year older and lots of gifts

This past year, from the moment I turned 30 (and nine months before that we could say, and ten month before... etc etc) until I turned 31 and counting, has been very eventful, one could say.

First, September 17th, 2013, I was about to pop our baby William. That was something! Motherhood has change my life in such a positive way it would take a long time to explain. Other moms will understand me, but I am sorry for those who need convincing about having a child. I will summarize it: HAVE ONE. Have many! Children are the best!

Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth.… Psalm 127:3. 

Secondly, my husband has gone back to school! He left his job of 5 years after a lot of prayer and consideration and he embarked on a journey to get his Computer Science Major. He already has a double major from UCLA, so he feels a little embarrassed to say sometimes he's getting another major, but we believe this was the right time to do this! It's hard when we meet new people because he's been such a hard working man all this time than now that he's just studying he feels it's not "good enough", but like I said, we prayed and felt strongly from God this was the step to be made.

So two days ago I turned 31! Not too excited about the number but today, as I was enjoying a brownie with dulce de leche that one of my Home Fellowship Group leaders (and hopefully a good friend soon) made for me, I was breathing air of new adventures.

Our church opened a branch very close to our place. We had been praying about finding another church, similar if not equal to the one we were attending 45 minutes away, and God responded this way. Bringing Compass Bible Church close to us!

Tonight was our first Home Fellowship Group meeting. The reason why I feel driven to write about it it's because it's so close to this new year of life I am celebrating. New things ahead are coming our way and they feel like such a big blessing from God. We'll have good Christian friends close. We'll be able to be a part of a church family and not feel we'll be missing on things because of distance. William is going to grow up with little ones that hopefully will become his best buddies!

My best birthday present by far is this one! I pray God gives me wisdom to take care of this present, to invest in it, to multiply it, to love his children and servants, and to be a servant myself. And that next year, when I turn 32 I can see I gave God presents myself, that my life this upcoming year was a gift to Him.

Korean BBQ with my love was awesome!

Things I want to do while I am in Buenos Aires- Part 1

Surprising at is it, I've never been to the Colon Theater. Oh, sorry, not colon, Colón as in Cristóbal Colón or Christopher Colombus or  Cristoforo Colombo, his real name because as you know, he was Italian. Well, it's a very well known theather in Buenos Aires.  (There's something messed up with the font here, but it's too late for me to figure it out!)


  As Wikipedia puts it "The Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is ranked the third best opera house in the world by National Geographic, and is acoustically considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world."



 A lot of elementary school students might have done a school trip to it, but I didn't get the chance, much like what happened with the Planetarium (more on an upcoming post).

Now that the dollar exchange is in such an advantage to those who have it -which is a horrible thing to Argentines as it's 15 pesos- 1 dollar, yikes!- I can afford one night at the Teatro Colon to watch a philarmonic, a ballet show or the opera! The cheapest seat is about $12! 


We're still deciding what we're going to go see, but being that we will be there before Christmas and they're showing The Nutcracker... seems like a good thing to do. Don't you think?


Therefore, I don't know if this is #1 on my list of things I want to do in Buenos Aires, it's in my list of things to do. 
I can actually make up a pretty quick list of things:

#1: hug my dad, sisters, brother, family. 

I love this picture of my dad!

#2, that comes to mind: EAT A HUGE PIZZA

#3: Have Argentine ice cream!


#4: yes, after all of that, catch up with some friends, :P (I have way to many pictures I could put here)

#5: hang out with my sister Laura and take her to the Planetarium and to eat a cool place.


#6: take my nephew, my other sister and William to the Zoo!

#7: do something with my borther and his girlfriend.

#8: go to the Colon Theater to see something. 

#9: go to a Les Luthier show with whoever wants to come (more on that later as well).

I will be adding things as I remember, but this pretty much helps me put all my thoughts in order because I keep day dreaming about all of the things I want to do!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A little bit about Bariloche

You've probably heard me rave about this wonderful city in Argentina called Bariloche. It's in the province of Rio Negro, in the world travelled Patagonia. In Argentina is very famous because when we finish our 5 years of high school we take a 1 week trip down there and have an amazing time.
Let me tell you why I love this place so much. First, it's incredibly gorgeous. I'll show you some pictures I gathered from google and feel free to look it up further:





My fellow classmates and I chose an independent company that organized a quite different trip than the main stream ones. It featured more adventure tourism than clubbing. One of the main activities was a 6 hur hike in the snow up the mountain and a night at a mountain refuge. It was life changing.

We did a 2 hour horse back ride up the Cerro Tronador and got to the Glaciar Ventisquero Negro, we did rappel, we did a 2 hour white water rafting, with real rapids! We went skiing, and we went clubbing only 3 nights, which was plenty.



 This is where we got after the horse ride,
Going up to the Refugio Frey.
 Hosteria Los Baqueanos where we stayed for 3 nights before going to the refuge. After we came down we stayed in a hotel in the downtown area.

In our hotel room.

Our trip was amazing and I left in love with Bariloche. 
When I turned 21 and had a stable job and some (not much) of my own money, me and my friend Soledad went camping for about 8 days. That was a different experience than the first time because I wasn't able to afford the same activities I'd done the first time, but it was also great because I discovered new places, met people and relaxed a ton. 

Here are some pictures of that trip (they might be out of order but I will explain each and every one of them):

 The view after a short but steep hike up the Cerro Campanario. Soledad was mesmerized by the view and understood it all about my obsession about this place. 
 Friends at the camping site. 
 At the little kids (?) train in downtown.
 Taking it all in by the Lake Nahuel Huapi.
 At the shore in the camping site.
 Having some of the best ice cream in the world, Helados Jauja, in downtown Bariloche.
 Kicking it back at the camp site. Soledad liked to do this a LOT.
 Friends at the camp site.
 Lounging and drinking mate, and waiting for Coco, who was very late. My face says it all.
 After a three hour hike, it was worth it! You might not see it well, but those are snowed mountains. (Or the correct way for the term: mountains with know in their peaks).
 Soledad lounging at Colonia Suiza with the Cerro Tronador behind her.
 Me hugging an arrayan after 3 hours to get to them.
 Sole, mate, and camping Petunia.
 Me walking through the forrest of arrayanes (myrtle?)
 Us hitch hiking to get to Colonia Suiza after we missed the bus.
 Me again at the Walt Disney house (I don't know if this is the real name or a given name) at the Bosque de Arrayanes.


Me, just thinking and sighing, oh I wish to come back here again one day...

Monday, September 15, 2014

At last! A weight loss post

The absence in weight loss related post can only mean 1 thing: that I was doing NOTHING to lose weight. Sure. I started working out with Jilliam Michael's -not in person, I wish- and lost some weight but the food intake was a struggle. It's been almost a year since I had William and I weigh more than when I first had him and came back from the hospital...

I have to be honest, I struggled with a little of post partum depression. Not immediately after I had him but about 4 months into his birth and for about 2 months. It was hard but God helped pull through it putting certain people in my life, like my husband of course, and godly friends that kept reminding me of God's love for me.

I absolutely love being a mom and I am so grateful that I can stay at home with my bear Will. But I was having a really hard time finding the motivation and self control to stand up and run or workout or limit my food intake.

Until....

WE ARE GOING TO ARGENTINA!!!

How did this trigger a change? Well, in many ways:

1, we are going during the hot humid summer. This means lots of chances to wear a swim suit and let's be frank, no one wants to come back to their hometown looking fat. It might sound vain, but it's like going to a High School reunion single lol! No, seriously, if I am going to be in a reaaaaly hot and sticky weather, I want to feel comfortable with my body to wear shorts and tanks and not feel like a meat roulade cooking with threads (do you get it?)

2, we're going to the Patagonia, to Bariloche, one of my all time favorite cities, then to El Calafate to see the Glaciar and then to Ushuaia, the end of the world!!! All of these cities have mountains and lots of trails and both my hubby and I love hiking! It was his idea to start getting in shape to be able to do as much kikes as possible. Therefore, having him as a workout partner makes finding the motivation so much easier!

3, I have so many clothes that I bought before I was pregnant, that would almost fit me and never wore. What better chance than a vacation to break into new jeans and clothes and actually look good! Sounds vain, again, sorry, I am a girl after all!


WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING

Like I said, it's been extremely hard to say no to food. So my first step is exercise. We've been going running with my husband every other day and I do Jilliam Michael's 30 day shred at home.

I have a good breakfast with lots of proteins. Usually, it's eggs in a hole with sugar free syrup. I was hooked after my neighbor invited me to breakfast and served me that once.

I have a low calorie lunch. A tuna salad, or chicken and brown rice. My mom and I cook dinner for my husband the night before and save tow portions for us.

For afternoon snacks we have mate, the Argentine drink with some tea cookies. I do have some protein snack here and there if I feel the need.

For dinner, we start with warm chicken or beef broth and then we have a fruit salad with yogurt. These dinners have been making the difference. Today for example, I was craving salt so I steamed some veggies and sauteed them with olive oil and later had some cantaloupe and watermelon. And don't forget WATER.

I've lost at least 2 lbs since I started doing the light dinners and this was a method that always helped my mom lose the baby weight. Some people might not agree with this method but I am not starving myself, it's actually helped me feel like I am not depriving myself because of the tea cookies and the fruit which fulfills my sweet tooth.

I will keep you posted about the progress!

What has helped you lose baby weight or any undesired weight? Share your success stories with me!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Argentina won't be crying for much longer!

We are going to Argentina!

Yes, if you know me, you know that's where I am from. My whole family lives there, except for my mom who's currently visiting, but normally, I am the only one of my family who got the privilege of living in this amazing country.

"And I am proud to be an American..."

But I was Argentinean first! And even though things are terrible financially over there and it can be so frustrating for people there, I am what I am, and I miss it. I miss my family, I miss my friends, I miss some parts of the culture, the food, the ice cream (which is the best in Latin America)

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I thought we weren't going to go any time soon. My hubby kept saying it was going to be a few years because it's expensive to travel, mostly because of the plane ticket, because the rest is pretty cheap with the dollar exchange. A good thing for us, not Argentine's.

So my youngest sister Jazmin is getting married. We didn't think we were going to make for several different reasons. Money, time off, you name it. But all of a sudden -I mean, after a lot of prayer and consideration- my hubby is back at school, off work and we find ourselves with 7 weeks of school break between December and January.

The funniest thing is, I thought my sis was getting married in November, and there was no way my hubby was going to be able to miss school for so long. But my mom the other day informed me that no, Jazmin is not getting married in November, she's getting married in December!

December 6th. Still not possible for us to go, because school ends Dec 12th for my hubs. After some discussion in my household and talking and talking, my sister decided to move her wedding date to Dec 14th SO WE CAN BE THERE!!!

Isn't that great?? I get to go and be a BRIDESMAID! For the first time! I don't have to miss my sister's wedding, my family gets to meet William finally. Needless to say my dad is beyond excited, all of them! AND I get to be with my family for SEVEN WEEKS!

I will try my best to make a travel journal of this blog, because we have a lot of adventures planned! But forgive me if I get lazy to write.

Now on to planning the trip of a lifetime! When I say this is my dream trip my husband says, "no, this is not your dream trip, your dream one is Paris". Well, maybe, but this is a dream one too, and you'll see why.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Strong willed warrior

Is the meaning of William, and oh yes, it totally suits him. Almost 11 months.