Monday, January 26, 2015

little girl's party is coming up

yes. yes. i love me a good party. i really do. especially the ones where i do a lot of diy's and have a great time with the people i love.
and yes, i forgot about my only daughter's birthday that's coming up in two weeks.
not a thought about celebrating her came up until 2 weeks ago. and then i panicked--hard core.
i'm in frantic mode because i don't want a huge thing, but i want to celebrate her to the fullest. after all, she is my sunshine when i wake up.
so while i'm freaking out about details of the event, i'll give you some cute pictures of her.
a few months ago, she braved standing on her own--although she didn't take steps. the photos below are just a few days before she finally learned to walk. 
 i love the way she sticks out her little tongue and looks back at me. like, hey mom. aren't i cool?
and baby GodziLena will climb on anything. and stick everything in her mouth. and destroy all. just a warning. so when and if you come to my house and everything is on the floor, you know why. 
and here are some iphone pics: 
confession: i really like dressing her up. i remember when i played with my Barbie's a long time ago that that was the funnest part. 
i dress my daughter up even to go grocery shopping. and i carefully chose her headband too. headbands are important. don't forget.
people take about 5 minutes to talk to me in the aisles just telling me how beautiful she is and how lucky i am. one lady even admitted that her cruddy day had just gotten better because E smiled at her. that was just wow to me.
i don't take her smiles for granted. each one has a place in my heart in a little box labeled "Happiness." 
she's almost one and not one day has gone by where my heart doesn't jump out just thinking of how lucky i am she's in our lives. 
and now back to party planning....
have a happy week, you guys! 
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Monday, January 12, 2015

my mom's 50th bash

a month before my mom turned 50, we were devising the grand scheme of her celebration. we decided to keep it secret because duh, how fun right? 
turns out it's really hard to keep a party a secret. and even harder to execute said party IN secret.
since my sisters and mother all live nowhere close to me, it was doubly challenging. i mean, if it was on a 1 to 10 scale, 10 being hardest, this party ranked like a 12. 
i know mom had some sort of clue as to something happening but i don't think she expected what she got.
some really good friends of the family hosted us in their brand spankin' new "mansion."oh, it was so beautiful! there was more than enough room + the italian vibe totally didn't hurt. 
prior to our mom's arrival, i was sweating buckets (along with my sisters who were helping setup) because the pressssuuure!
and mom walked in. 
completely shocked and surprised and happy and so full of joy! 
the balloons i ordered from here and the chalkboard sign is a special sign that my sis drew up in her new business. there were lots of hugs and lots of laughter. 
i printed out a lot of pictures from back in the got a kick out of every single one of them. oh, the nostalgia!
and the cake. oi vey! THE cake! what a pain in the patootie! i will always have the fondest and funniest memory of "the cheesecake." let me just tell you this, i'm not a cheesecake baker. but doesn't the end result look beautiful?! *hint: i did not bake it*
i made the ''YAY" out of glittered cardstock and i love the way it looked with the fresh flowers. 
among the cheesecake, there were churro cupcakes and mexican sweet bread called conchas. my sister made the tiny little burrito piƱatas too, aren't they adorable?
our centerpieces included succulents in potted cans, limes, and tissue paper. a total fiesta!
during the chaos, i managed to snap a panorama of the entire dining room, it was quite large.
and here's my beautiful ma with her three daughters. 
phew! i'm so glad we pulled that off! it was a ton of work so i'm very proud of what we accomplished. it was a sweet success! i wish i could have attended the after party, but man, i was pooooooped! 
i only wish that i would have paid more attention to the pictures i was taking. i usually tend to play all roles (baker, cook, host, photographer, entertainer, planner) with help of course, that afterwards i feel aren't 100% to the standard they should be. it's just another lesson learned.
another one in the bag! 
...and now it's time to plan baby girl's bash....
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Saturday, January 10, 2015

christmas photos, finally

another year full of blessings and traditions, beginnings and ends. gosh, it was such a good year!
this is the final installment of christmas guys, i don't want to bore you anymore with stuff from 'so last year'! it's 2015 and let's start new! yes! but in a minute....
our family gets together christmas eve to make tamales. we've done it for years and this year, they were the best ones yet. tamales de rajas, de rojo, de todo! boy they were good! 
i helped a bit (really, a lot) and i reaped the benefits. i ate entirely way too many tamales. 
i think a couple of years ago we took a picture but with a missing sister. here we are again, but with a missing cousin (missing you Nat!) and by the way, look how grown up my little sis is (second from left)!!! 
this was our first christmas with all the babies born + together and i'm so happy we sat them down to document!
that whole day was so exhausting. never mind that because i still had to wrap the last of my gifts to the people i love, fill up stockings and pretend to be santa. unfortunately, we completely forgot to make cookies for the big guy, so scones had to do. i really hate scones. 
the sun wasn't even up on christmas and these guys could not contain their excitement about their gifts from good ol' st. nick. tenkai knights for andrew and big huge monster truck legos for jonah.
told y'all i gifted photos this year :) 
the husband managed to surprise me with a new lens this year. it was pretty amazing actually. i mean, since i sent him the link where to purchase it ;) 
christmas gets pretty boring in previous years...but this year, the boys spent the entire day playing with their legos and being outdoors since it was such a beautiful day.
there's always something fun to do at moomies. we also went to watch dreamworks' Penguins of Madagascar. it was hilarious. 
and these sweet pictures, i managed to take while my nephew was still with us. i will always cherish these! 
you guys, elena does not like moomie. this is what she does when moomie carries her: all day long. it's pitiful really. by the end of our vacation there, she did fine with my mom. no more screaming, but oh lord!
don't fear mom, it's phase. she has to love you. 
and that's the end of that! onto new beginnings now! 

i've been binge watching Call the Midwife (and crying every.single.episide) and finishing up projects around the house because enough is enough! 
we have been making plans on what to do this year like planning a family vacation during hubby's only true vacation: spring break. 
house plans and budgeting our projects by prioritizing (anyone have any good advice on this? i feel so scatter brained with this!)
and elena's 1st birthday party next month, whaaaaat? yeah, 1st birthday--already almost here (freak out now!)
and we've been talking about where to take our handmade store: Shop Witty next.
we also want to hop back on our diet, since we fell off it so hard during the holidays and hopefully keep on the journey of tightening up! 
what plans have you got going around your head?! 

have a great week everyone! 

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