Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pounds

Current Weight: 142lbs

Stepped on Scale: March 29th, 2010.

Lost: 3 pounds. :(

Ditch: Girl Scout Cookies until I lose 5 more pounds.

Intake: 2-3 Liters of water a day

Do's: More Abdominal work. :(

Dont's: Drink less coffee...or drink coffee without sugar....

Next Weight in: MAY 1st. :(

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jesus Remember me when you come into your kingdom

The choir sang this song as we were leaving Mass today. This weekend we celebrate Palm Sunday and everytime I hear this song, I cry. It is just beautiful. Close your eyes and see yourself standing in front of him calling your name. Just beautiful. -Sandra.

Friday, March 26, 2010

5 Things About Me Today

1. This week, I wore my regular pants for work. Although, the zipper went up the button did not want to reach out to the other side and be buttoned up, but it is OK. I'm done wearing maternity pants. I'm so ready to throw them away forever!

2. I was supposed to weight myself this week and I didn't. I will next week. I feel 100% positive that I have lost "some" weight. I need to gear up on my abdominal work out.

3. I want to saw, I want to create....I want, I want, I want, but I don't seem to have TIME, TIME, TIME!

4. I was looking at the weather for next week, Holy Week, and by Good Friday, we will be in the lower 80's! Fantastico!

5. It is so good to talk, or vent or whatever it is that its bothering you. I got home from the gym last night and I just wanted to talk about all the stress I have had recently and John pulled me to the side and said, "I'm all ears." That was nice of him. Just to vent out my frustrations and release it, not to him, but out from me and not being judge for the way I think or may feel about certain subjects in my life or people surrounding me. I feel much better today. -Sandra.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sofia's Corner

Please refrain yourself from looking at Sofia's hair, but pay much attention to Shamu the Diaper Whale! Yes, The Diaper Killer Whale, that is. Sofia, said "titi" and I said, you are right, we don't want Shamu peing in your crib, therefore, we will waterproof the killer whale and protect you and your crib.

So, I grabbed one of Raquel's size 1 diapers and walla! Shamu can sleep comfortable and guilt "pipi" free.

Thank you so much, Yesenia and David for Shamu, Raggedy Ann Doll and clothes you guys are sweet! We loved them all!

Snow, Snow and more Snow!

A few more pictures of the "March Madness Blizzard of 2 inches of snow" we had this past weekend. Thankfully, today was a warm 75 degree and this past weekend is just something that is left in the past...snowy past. They announced this winter was the "second snowiest year" we have ever had. All I know is that I don't want to see snow again for a very long, long time. We are so done with it.

Oh and Al Gore, Climate Change my butt!


Somewhere down below is John's garden. He covered it and it survived!!

Raquel's Corner

Raquel first cereal feeding went as expected.

Mom, why am I sitting in this odd looking chair???


Mom, is feeding time...like B O T T L E time. What is that in front of me, mom? I'm confused!


Mom, that was really weird! Please don't do that again. I don't like the texture of whatever that is!


Mom, please hold my hand, I need emotional support for whatever you are trying to insert in my mouth.


Mom, I really, really, really want B O T T LE time right now. pretty please. look at my eyes and give me what I'm used to. please.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

All is Well

When I feel down, the Lord knows what to say to tell me that everything will be okay because he's with me everyday. This is what he said to me today:

Remember My Words to My disciples, "This kind cometh not out but by prayer and fasting." Can you tread the way I trod? Can you drink of My cup? "All is Well."
Long though the way may seem, there is not one inch too much. I, your Lord, am not only one inch too much. I, your Lord, am not only with you on the journey, -I planned, and am planning, the journey.
There are Joys unspeakable in the way you go.
Courage, Courage, Courage.

After reading this, I burst into tears, because it is courage that I lack due to the uncertainty of the unknown that is coming my way, but this reading today reassure me that All is Well and will be.

Praise the Lord.

-Sandra.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

5 Things About Me Right Now

Numero Uno: I head out to Target around 9pm earlier tonight and I will have to confess that it was the first time in my life that I enjoyed shopping due to the store being complete deserted. I did see a couple of women who looked like me. No make up and the hair just completely out of whack. Who cares! It's snowing outside.

Numero Dos: I bought Raquel her first baby spoons and small bowls for feeding. She'll start her baby cereal for a couple of weeks and then we'll start on her veggies. Big milestones coming ahead!

Numero Tres: While roaming around Target, they played this funky song I used to dance long, long, long, long time ago, and when I heard it I said to myself "that song came out when I was young and beautiful and skinner! ugh!

Numero Cuatro: I still can't run and I'm supposed to weight myself this coming Wednesday. I tried on my slacks and walla! they buttoned and zipped right up but I'm still not comfortable wearing them but I see the big difference from three weeks ago. However, I tried on my jeans, and the zipper does not want to do its job of zipping up just yet. Must wait. Patiently.

Numero Cinco: I'm going to sleep. I can't believe I'm still up and I must get up in about 6 1/2 hours.

-Sandra.

Spring....Snow?

The Official start of Spring is today and this is what we got.

This morning, I heard on our "oldies but goodies" radio station that we were getting an inch of snow, and the wind chill was 25 degrees. Thankfully, John started insulating the attic today which worked out perfect because he doesn't have to work in a hot attic.

Gardening 2010

John waited until a warm day this March to start planting our vegetables for the summer!

Here's Sofia, (John's apprentice) learning the job of gardening. She will be an apprentice up until she learns to stop digging where the seeds have already been planted.



The next day was a little colder so in order to water the garden, we suit up Sofia in her rain boots.

Makeover

It all started because of these two! I didn't have any problems with the Washer, but the Dryer was the pits! It would take up to 3 hours to dry and our electrical bill was not a laughing matter. So, we decided to sell these through Craigslist for $50 bucks the dryer was a giveaway. I had 10 people interested in the first hour it listed. This guy came over and pick both of them early the next morning.

Here's John starting the remodel of the washer and dryer room. The W/D would sit in this room with shelves up on top where I could never reach unless I was up on a chair, so I suggested to John that it would be beneficial to re-model the room and buy stockables instead to make more closet room on the other side.

Here's John sanding the walls and ceiling. There are only two rooms left in our entire house with popcorn walls and popcorn ceiling!!! The master and the guest room.

John really likes to get into character.

The fun part of the entire remodeling job. Painting!

Here's the final product! Oh! and it takes me only HALF A DAY to do all of my laundry! including my girls clothes and all three bed's comforters and sheets! It used to take me three days!
This was my idea. Love it! that wired basket is gone. John bought at Home Depot thinking it would look good until he saw my green baskets, he took his back. 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Life Decisions

There are times in ones life when one has to make a tough decision. I was faced today with making a life changing decision sooner than later; this decision will have its negatives and positives, however, my heart tells me that the positives outweigh the negatives.

I have been crying for the longest time, I will say since Sofia was born and now that decision has to be made. I spoke to John about it and he supports me, of course he would have liked for me to make that decision later than sooner but he would rather have a happy wife now than later.

I have been praying about this and I will have to be brave and take a leap of faith and trust fully in God and only depend on him for everything.

I know someone who reads this blog, is making a tough decision about homeschooling her kids, I want to tell you that I know your fear, I totally understand it. I know that fear can hold us back but we can't let fear drive us, but let Him drive us instead. I know it is easier said than done. I know that overtime this decision will benefit everyone in my family, and I'm sure all of us will be happier. I will post what that decision is next week, just in case anyone still bothers to read our family blog.

All I ask is for prayers.

Love, Sandra.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Movies We Watch

We received these two movies Feb. 4th and we just got done watching them. So, glad we don't pay late fees anymore, our bill would have been sickening.

Movie: The Importance of Being Ernest

I watched this movie back in 2002 as part of my English 102 homework. I was not very much into Independent films, however, I felt in love with it and after 8 years, I decided to watch it again. John saw it with me then, but had no interest in watching a second time, even if it had been 8 long years! I was not really much into movies when I met John back in 1999, I don't remember seeing any at all, in fact, when I saw this movie again, I was surprise to see Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy) in this movie! Colin plays a wealthy man in love with a lady whose mother interviews every suitable man interested in her daughter.

At any rate, If you like English Comedy and want to see Colin Firth, he's fabulous in this movie as well. Must have the subtitles on just to understand the dialog; I swear they speak so fast, I had to rewind several times to read it. I will not spoil this movie, if anyone is still ready my blog, but I give it a 7.5 out of 10, for bad language, not suitable for kids, but ok to watch as a couple. No nudity at all.


Movie: Chicago

Love it! John, again, didn't want to see this movie with me either but by the last number of the movie he came to join me. Very interesting plot and all I have to say about this movie is that if you are a cheat, liar and murderer you come winning; if you are honest and innocent you come out hang and losing your marriage.

A very dark comedy about show business. Not for kids at all. I loved this movie because of the awesome dancing in this movie and upbeat, however, the message is not a very positive one.
I give it a big "zero" for family friendly.

Salty Experience

What happens when you go two days of eating extreme amounts of salt and you finish it off with a very strong cup of black coffee? A serious problem with your kidneys! I was in so much pain yesterday it felt I was going into labor! I couldn't even lift Sofia. I drank Cranberry juice like there was no tomorrow and the sharp pain on my left side kidney was killing me.

I have always been a fan of salt. But I think I over did it this time. My personal goal is to drink two liters of water everyday. Friday, I only had one glass and one before I went to bed. Saturday, I forgot to drink any water and by 3pm I was dying, I couldn't even bend.

I don't want to experience that again so from now on my salt intake will be moderate, salt is not worth that much pain to me! -Sandra.

Monday, March 8, 2010

In Between...

Yesterday, I decided to try on one of my favorite slacks to see how much more weight I need to loose in order to fit in my pants and walla!! My pants came up through my thighs and hips and are "this" close to button. I have been on an overdrive diet and exercise since after Sofia's b/day celebration. I weighted myself two weeks ago to find out that I had lost 5 pounds since December! It took two months to loose 5 pounds only because I'm not running due to my Plantar Fasciitis so, I became depressed and lost enthusiasm in losing weight.

But, then we had a pretty warm day two weeks ago and walla! My enthusiasm came back and decided that I was not going to quit! My pants are way too cute to stay in the closet collecting dust. So, I went back to the gym and did whatever it took to start losing the extra 20 lbs I have to shed and since then, I have regained more energy and now I'm determined that I will fit in my jeans again. My Plantar Faciistis will not keep me from exercising and looking cute in my pants and skirts.

I have decided to go to the "Naturalizer" store and get me comfortable shoes with good heal cushion so that I don't have to wear my running shoes to work anymore.

Right now, I feel that nothing fits. I'm still wearing my maternity pants even though they don't fit me, but with the help of the Bella Band, I purchased when I became pregnant with Sofia, it is holding my maternity pants in place, as soon as my regular pants start fitting a little bit better, I'll switch my Bella Band to hold them in place until I don't need the Band anymore but in the meantime; I'm in that "in between" phase where nothing fits.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Raquel's Corner

Raquel is 4 months!!! I love my babies! My life would be such a bore without them! Next month she will start eating veggies and start on the walker! Big milestones for Raquel.

Enjoying a very warm Texas day! The last time Raquel went outside was back in early January. I had to make sure she felt the warmth of the Sun today.

Getting ready for night, night.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dancing with the Stars

John and I watch sports and movies when we sit down and watch TV and we have two favorite shows we watch religiously; Project Runway and Top Chef. Aside from these TV is off, but I just read the new cast of Dancing with the Stars and Evan Lysacek and Ochocinco will be competing.

I really, really, really want to see Evan and really, really, really want to laugh at Ochocinco. The last time I watched this show was to see cool Emmitt Smith. He was fun to watch. I can't sit through much of this show without getting bored so, if Evan gets voted off, I'm off too. I don't bother voting, too much work!

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New 'Dancing With the Stars' cast revealed
Posted on March 2, 2010 at 7:02 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A "Baywatch" babe, an astronaut and a gold medal figure skater are among those who'll compete on the upcoming spring season of "Dancing With the Stars."
Host Tom Bergeron and former finalist Melissa Rycroft revealed the cast of the ABC dance show Monday. It includes Pamela Anderson, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and reality stars Jake Pavelka and Kate Gosselin.
Also competing for the mirrorball trophy will be: gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek, sportscaster Erin Andrews, singer Nicole Scherzinger, football star Chad Ochocinco and actors Shannen Doherty, Aiden Turner and Niecy Nash.
"Dancing With the Stars" returns on March 22.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Seaman Girls

Feed me now!! no? that's right, i'm only 3 1/2 months and some days old....
I'm loving it! It's Sofia's, but is mine when she's eating and sleeping!!

Here's Raquel showing her flexes!

Is it Spring time yet, mom!?

She wears her sunglasses at night...or day sometimes.


The return of the Huggies box! Raquel was not harmed in this video.
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Raquel was not harmed in this video either.

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Sofia enjoying her tricycle gift from Auntie Yesenia

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