Saturday, August 23, 2014

Strong willed warrior

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

Lost in the Loss of the weight

Grrr.... I made up a section for this blog called Weight Loss Journey because I "intended" to lose all the weight I gained during my pregnancy... I've lost about 10 lbs in 10 months ONLY. I signed up to Weight Watchers and barely did/use/attended it. I don't want to go about what is going on with me, because there's no excuse. if I wanted to lose weight I would just exercise and duct tape my mouth but I obviously like food way more than a skinny body. No use beating myself up. I am slowly making changes. But I just wanted to clear your minds up in case you were eagerly awaiting for some exciting before and after pics. The only before and after pics I can give you right now are the William 1 month/10 month comparison, but I haven't made it yet. Lol?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

William 10 month update

Say whaaa?

William is already ten months?? Well, by now, he's 10 1/2. Where did time go? Yes, yes, this is a very common and clichéd question lots of parents ask themselves when it comes to their little ones growing up. You may answer, time went where all time goes for you and me, the past. Lol.

So what can I say about William Dale? He has the most fun and easy going personality. He's always smiley and happy, he barely cries, we can take him anywhere and go past his naps and he's still happy. We went to Disneyland a couple of weeks ago and we stayed there 15 HOURS and William cried at 9 pm when he was clearly tired and passed out after a few whines and then at 10:30 when he woke up again. It was so much fun and a breeze to go with a baby like him. Ok ok, I am bragging, yes, but this post is about him, ain't it?

William crawled 4 days after his 9 months, and just a few days ago he started pulling up. He seems to achieve his milestones a little after a lot of babies, but it doesn't worry me at all, especially because it's probably due to his chubbyness.

Here are a ton of pictures I took with our new camera (still getting the hang of it)

In Laguna Beach with my mom.

Monday, July 28, 2014

I am writing from my phone because for some reason I am too lazy to open blogger on my laptop and start writing. I don't know why. Today while I was feeding my almost-ten-month-old-boy William abs my mom - YES MY MOM IS IN THE COUNTRY!!!- was making lunch she was suggesting I start a journal especially since William will start speaking soon and I should document all the funny things he'll say.

I've had a journal since I was nine years old but lately I find myself starting to write in my horrible penmanship and I get tired and quit. Soooooo my mom said I should write on my computer. (This sounds like a 12 year old is writing this) so here I am.

This blog will be my journal. I will intend to write things as I feel them, as I see them. They won't always be pretty because news flash people that live in a society that pretends to be perfect: no one is!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Life as we know it

Hi all,

Yes, I am still alive!! I am one happy mom and wife, and friend and all.

Facts about my life:

- I have been reading a lot. You can see my reading list and progress on the left side.

- I have the most beautiful, fun, easy going, happy little boy any mom could ask for. He's seriously My husband and I are amazed at how awesome he is.

-I have the sweetest and most patient husband I could ever dream of deserving.

- I am anxiously waiting for my mom's arrival in 12 days! I can't wait to drink mate, go to the beach, talk, decorate our home, etc etc etc with her!!

- I am taking a online photography class, I have finished module 1 and still haven't taken 1 photo with my camera... oops!!!

-I am working out a LOT! I discovered Jillian Michaels on you tube and she's been kicking my butt!

- Argentina made it to the final in the World CUP! And tomorrow we're watching at a small Argentine/Peruvian restaurant with some friends and hoping we win!!
This picture is at the last game!

William is 9 months! He is a big baby! He is crawling everywhere.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Temperance, the opposite of me.

I decided that each month of this year I am going to work on 1 of the fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 says:
 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law".
The Bible, New International Version (NIV) (bold and underline by me)

Whether you are a Christian or not, whether you believe the is a God "up there", you  have to admit that these words, these attributes, would be pretty cool to have. Wouldn't it be amazing if the whole world would contemplate and grow these fruits in their lives? Life would be completely different, right? No wars for sure, no evil. But unfortunately, it's not like that. 

As a Christian who grew up in a Christian home and repented of my sins and put my faith in Christ when I was 19, I have to admit with a lot of shame that these fruits are not as ripe as they should be. By now, you'd think I have years of walking in Christ, years of reading the Bible (not so consistent, which is the root of my predicament) I should have all these fruits down. Sure, I love, sure I am peaceful, but am I though? Am I always? Am I loving to my husband when he leaves the dirty plate on the table instead of in the sink? Am I promoting peace when I chose to slander a co worker than wronged me to another co worker just because I need to "vent"? Absolutely not.

This project started because I realized I have serious self-control issues. I lose it. Often. 

I lose it mostly to my husband. Before I used to lose it to my mom and sister. You see, one allows itself to be angry and to express that anger in the wrong ways because we think we can. Because the stakes are not high enough. I can lose it to my mom because she'll never stop being my mom, or to my husband because I think he won't leave me. But I never lost it to my boss, because, of course, too much is at stake.

I don't want to make a long post but if you're interested in working through anger, if you feel like throwing plates off in the air, or scream or hit somebody, I recommend you read this book:

This book has been helping me work through a lot of things I was going through and ultimately understand that it's NOT ok to be angry and to sin. So I decided to work on 1 of these fruits, or attitude, whatever you chose to call them. May has been about self-control, temperance (I like that word). Sorry it took me so long to write the post as we're already past half way through the month. Initially I wanted to take pieces of this book but I decided it would be too long - maybe I will edit this tomorrow. 

For now I wanted to show you one of the practical methods I implemented to stop myself when I feel I am losing control of my emotions and my reactions:

 This is my "Control Journal". I put one of the cards here so every time -every day- I look over my control journal I am reminded of this.
 On my board- temperance. With pictures of my boys.

 Wow, so crafty! :P

I put these cards on my bathroom mirror, on the wall in front of my eyes above the sink (this strangely is one of the places where ruminate angry thoughts, maybe because I dislike doing dishes). I put another card by my bed side lamp and another one on the refrigerator door, also to be reminded to have self control with food, lol.

I hope this can be an opportunity for you to start working through some circumstances in your life that you think are being destructive, if there are any.

Oh and yes, I am working backwards, it just so happen that the last fruit is self-control and I was working on this this month. So the schedule will be as follows:

June: gentleness
July: faithfulness
August:  goodness and kindness (and I will do my best to analyze why these aren't the same)
September: forbearance (patience)
October: peace
November: joy
December: love 

I am sorry if I bore you with this, I realize this is more of an exercise for my own growth, but thought I'd share in case someone, even 1 person, is going through the same and needs encouragement. 

So here's to May and to practice self-control. What are some practical ways that work for you to show temperance and self restraint in any are of your life?

Friday, May 9, 2014

A night out in Hollywood dressed by Ross

You might remember this outfit from the Hollywood night out when we went to Birds. I forgot to describe you what we were wearing.

Except the shirt my hubby is wearing, that was a gift from his mom, everything else was purchased at my beloved Ross (they should start paying me for endorsments!).My goal is for you to discover how much cheaper you can get clothes when you buy here!

This dress is absolutely gorgeous, I love the sleeves and it has a triangle opened in the back. This dress was about 13.99.
The wedges were about 16.99. I was also wearing them for my baby shower when I was super pregnant! They're that comfortable.

My hubby's look: mustard denim pants from Ross: $20 and brown shoes from same store $16.99

Here's a look at the baby shower look. I purchased that dress at Ross too. I was hooked! It's not maternity but it seemed pretty versatile.

And here's the finished night out look with a faux whilte leather jacket from Ross that I bought for $17. It's more than what I usually like to spend but I had lost a white one like that that my mother in law gave me and I really missed. it.

Going back to the dress I wore at my baby shower, I also wore it for our anniversary dinner this past April 18th. To be completely honest, due to my weight gain I can say I looked better on it when I was pregnant!

Here I am wearing Charlotte Russe's wedges I purchased for 5 DOLLARS! My hubby is wearing a shirt from Nordstrom's Rack ($25). Jeans were a present and I think he's wearing the same shoes as above.

What is your favorite outfit to wear on a night out on the town?