Friday, October 21, 2011

Five on Friday - Task

1.What everyday task is more difficult for you than it should be?


2.What everyday task do you usually put off for as long as possible?

-Cooking and Cleaning

3.What everyday task do you perform especially well?


4.What everyday task has most recently been added to your every day?

- Party Planner

5.What everyday task makes the least sense to you?
-Cooking and Cleaning

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fighting for Family Dinners

Every night, at the Seaman family dinners you will hear someone farting and of course everyone laughs, yesterday Sofia said she made a motorcycle sound while farting. Clever! But when we ask Raquel what noise she made, she puts it plain and simple. "Fart."

It's Good for Your Kids!
By: Chuck Colson

Would you do anything -- anything -- to protect your children from harm? Then get cooking.

The dangers facing young people today are many: premarital sex, drug abuse, suicide, and dropping out among them. And if you listen to the “experts,” there are no easy answers for protecting our kids. And of course they are right. But saying there are no easy answers is entirely different from saying there are no answers.

I believe there is something moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandmothers and grandfathers can do and start doing it tonight — that’s right — tonight — to make a real difference in the lives of our young people. It’s time to reclaim the family dinner.

I’m not saying this out of some kind of nostalgia for Ozzie and Harriet and the supposedly golden age of the 1950s. Families had problems back then, too. But I think a lot of families back then knew something many of us have forgotten: That it’s good to sit down together for a meal.

The dinner table is not only where we share good food and drink. It is also where we share our values, what happened to us during the day — the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s where we ask questions and learn from each other. In a relaxed atmosphere we can talk about our faith. The dinner table can be a great refuge from life’s hard knocks and stresses.

That’s not just my opinion. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University finds that teens who have dinner with their parents three or fewer times per week are four times more likely to smoke, twice as likely to drink, two-and-a-half times more likely to smoke marijuana, and four times as likely to say they will use drugs in the future as those who eat dinner five to seven times a week with their parents.

These findings mirror the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health, which is the largest longitudinal study ever done on adolescents. This study has some amazing statistics. Of twelve to fourteen year olds who don’t experience family dinners at least five days a week, 14 percent report drinking more than once a month. That’s kids twelve to fourteen. But for those who have family dinners, it’s cut to 7 percent!

Also, 27 percent of twelve to fourteen year olds who don’t have regular family dinners say they think about suicide, compared with only 8 percent of those who do eat with their families. Among seventeen to nineteen year olds, 68 percent without the influence of family dinners have had sex, versus 49 percent of those who have had family dinners.

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Family dinners are vital — not just for food but for bonding and learning.

Now you’ll say: “Okay, having dinner with my kids is a good idea, but we’re just too busy.” Friend, believe me, I understand. In many homes, both parents work and have little time to cook food, let alone go to the supermarket and shop for it, and then clean up. And let’s face it: Our kids are just as busy as we are.

And look, I understand, instituting a welcoming and relaxing culture in the kitchen or dining room can seem daunting. Family dinners take planning, cooperation, and work. Your kids might protest at the new routine — at least at first. That’s okay. They will likely come to love it.

Get started, and see what works for you. But don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Twice a week is better than none.

And I bet you’ll find being together as satisfying as a steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy. Bon appetit!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vintage Ads...

I haven't done this in a while so here it is:

Like a Giraffe! Are you serious!! Thank Goodness they didn't say: "I wish I was an Elephant!"

I think they never thought about recycling... 

Here's an ad for those "Occupy Protesters!"

That yellow is u.g.l.y 

this one is intersting... 

No! I'd say Spooky eyes! 

Not in my house. 


Here's to you dad! More cancer! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cowboys 2011

How about them TEXAS RANGERS!! going to the World Series for the second straight year! Now on to beating the Cardinals starting tomorrow!! Yey!!! I must confess I don't have a jersey or cap from the Rangers but that's about to change! GO RANGERS!

Oh, and Romo, you still suck! I hope they bench you soon!

Movies We Watch

Movie: Thor

There is a very noticeable trend happening in super hero movies lately that I have happened to noticed. All the super heroes have super duper abs! It was like, "what was that" moment and with all due respect to my husband, I had to rewind; I would say Captain America and Thor have so far the best abs! So, on to the movie Thor and enough of Thor's Abs which were phenomenal, again, enough, I didn't think I was going to like this movie, but I found it pretty entertaining and it was funny, like Iron Man funny, comical. I love that flying hammer thingy he did, it was super!

I give it 5 ABS!

Movie: The Tourist

I had read the reviews prior to getting this movie but I decided that Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp could do magic together, right? Wrong. This was supposed to be a suspenseful movie but it never lifted, as we spend the first forty five minutes watching Elise's (Angelina's) eyes; everyone was mesmerized by her beautiful eyes and then Johnny Depp comes in playing a tourist in Venice while Elise looks for Alexander Pierce who is wanted by police, they both meet and I guess fall in love? At any rate, this movie leaves you with nothing, we prefer Depp when he plays odd characters not himself. I found out way before the movie ended who Alexander Pierce was, duh.

We give it: 1 star. The reviews were right on this one.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fall Weather

Well, we will finally experience fall weather in Dallas and this reminds me that Sofia needs winter clothes.

Five on Friday - Cellular/Mobile Phones

1. When did you get your first cell phone?

When pagers went obsolete. If you remember them, you know what I'm talking about. I did not get a cell phone until 6 years ago when phone plans started to get cheap.

2. How old were you at the time?


3. What type of phone was it?

A flip phone.

4. What type of phone do you have now?

A flip phone...different color. I will not pay for an Iphone, smartphone whatever they are call now; I think it is ridiculous to pay so much for them. I'm old school like that.

5. Do you prefer calling or texting/mailing?
I hate texting!!! really, who has the time and I will not have a text conversation with anyone! It is again ridiculous; texting is exhausting! I call people up when they start getting text crazy on me!

I Orange you!

Yesteday during school, Raquel's teacher had the kids squeeze oranges for their "science activity," and Raquel was beyond herself because she LOVES oranges, she can eat two whole oranges in one sitting and after squeezing the orange, they drank the juice and her teacher later told me that Raquel was the only child to ask for more juice. John and I were not suprised!

Five Things About Me Today

1. I finally found a dress for me to wear at my sister's wedding this 29th. Shopping for clothes can be an overwhelming stressful experience, I'm rather simple when it comes to clothes and it is hard to find what I'm looking for and not every store that I shop carries the exact fit for me so I find myself going to the same two stores because they make clothes that fit my body exactly the way I want them to fit me.

2. My weight is coming off, however, the only thing I must push myself to do is abdominal work out; you would think it would be easier than running but not for me! It is a drag! I find it boring but I know that running alone cannot tone my body.

3. I must decide whether I will make Sofia her Halloween outfit or buy it. I must confess I'm never thrill about Halloween as John is. I'm thrilled about any other holiday but Halloween, it just feels like a drag!

4. I have been noticing that when that time of the month comes for me all I want is cookies...lots of cookies...lots of amazing sugar! I don't know what has come over me but it is becoming hard to resist.

5. I made Sofia's flower girl basket for the wedding it took me two straight nights to finish it off but I did and most importantly my sister loved it and now I have to make the ring bearer pillow; I'll post pictures later!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


This was John's idea not mine. He wanted to paint so he decided to involve the girls and put on some of his t-shirts and yes, they did get paint all over their hands and faces but thankfully the paint is water based so it came right off.

Fall Festival 2011

It is that time of the year where is cool enough to get out and enjoy fall festivals! This one is the Murphy Festival about 10 minutes from our house.

 Getting kids out of the bouncing houses required parents to go in and pulled their kids out of them. In this case I had to get in to get Raquel out.

After 28 years living in Texas this was my very first time to eat this stuff. It was pretty good besides the pounds that I gained aftewards.

We left after 1pm so the girls could keep their afternoon nap schedule as you can see they were pretty tired.

20 + 20 = 40

Turning the big 4-0 got me thinking about everything that has led me to this day. My ups and downs, my failings, the people that I have lost, the grace, love, patience and forgiveness God has bestowed upon me despinte my sinful nature and struggle to accept many things I cannot change. Let's just say that the week before my big 4-0, I found myself depressed at the thought of not having to be able to talk to the people that I have lost.

But God has giving me great friends and family who I can lean on and most importantly, he gave me John who suprised me with a surprised birthday party and as everyone knows it is very hard to surprise me.

My sister Yesenia took me out to eat so John could get set up. 

It is normal in the Hispanic community to push one's face against the cake, actually it is almost expected. Pay back is a biatch and fun!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Movies We Watch

Movie: Jane Eyre

This weekend I watched two different versions of this movie and I loved them both! However, I do like the guy playing Mr. Rochester in the 2011 version better than the 1996 but I loved the 1996 version ending better than the 2011 so, take your pick watch both versions and I believe there are so many versions of Jane Eyre I'm off to probably watch them all because I love a great love story! Jane Eyre, an orphan, her auntie hates her and sends her to a boarding school where they are much worse than her Aunt, there she, I'm assuming graduates and is off to her first job as a Governess and oops! falls in love with the Master of the House, Mr. Rochester who's got a bad temper but holds a dark secret in his castle. Want to know what it is? Read the book like I'm about to or watch the movie! I love period pieces movies!

5 Stars!

Movie: I Will Follow

The one and only reason why I decided to watch this movie is because it deals with grief and at the moment that's exactly what I'm dealing with. So, I thought, "Why not?" it could offer me something that I have overlooked and it received good reviews but when you find yourself pushing the forward button on your remote control that's pretty much a flop in my mind. Most of the dialog was a joke! They talk about LeBron James against JayZ...really!? oh and they paused and give ovation to Obama on his inaugural speech! What!!! Dude, what that heck happened to the grieving piece of this movie. Actually, there was one very strong scene and I believe it was the only scene that had me crying; the daughter of the deceased was pretty upset why her mother treated everyone kindly but her. Ouch, this scene hit home for me but the rest ugh, was awful!

Don't watch it unless you like Obama and Lebron James.

1 Star because of that one scene I liked.