Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving!

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving with a wonderful lunch/dinner at our house.. It is the first time we host Thanksgiving so the holiday was extra special..
I spent all morning cooking and organizing the house for the big meal and everything was a success...
The food was delicious and we all had a wonderful time as a family... I love this holiday!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Christmas Tree!! (part 2)

As promised, here's a much better picture of our Christmas tree...
You can click on it to make it bigger to better appreciate the new colors! ;)


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

...and the semester is over!

I have officially survived my first semester back in grad school!! Yay! I'm a free woman again...until January that is!!
I did great in my classes and the program is all that I expected..and then some!
Let the Winter break begin!!!

Thanksgiving celebration at Open Valley

These are pictures for the Thanksgiving celebration held today at Open Valley Academy, where Olivia attends school...
They had a lunch for all children and their parents... The kids sang a Turkey song and dressed up as pilgrims... It was very cute...
Happy Thanksgiving!


Setting up our Christmas Tree!

Wow! What a process it was to set up our tree this year... especially because I ended up doing it alone for the most part...
This year has been an exciting one because I decided to add a new color, or I should say new colors to our traditionally blue and white tree. A friend pointed out that our tree was "boring" and that inspired me to add some life to it... I picked dark purple and bright pink as the new colors and I think our tree looks amazing... It looks so much more beautiful than the past years and our house definitely looks more colorful...
This is our tree, right before starting the process...

This is right after we put all the lights...

..and this is the end result... although the picture doesn't do any justice to the new colors.. I will take another one in the day time so that colors can be differentiated...

...and this is another picture... this time with flash, so that the colors show.. again..the picture doesn't do a good job at displaying the colors, so I will post another one...


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Christmas Tree!!

Today we bought our Christmas tree! Yay! My favorite time of the year as officially started!
Right after Iggy came back from work, we all went to a tree tent nearby and picked the most beautiful Christmas tree.
It was such a great experience, which the girls got to enjoy with us. They walked around the tent and helped up pick our tree. It was so exciting to see them enjoying this tradition... I'm sure we they will love doing this every year!!
Let the fun begin!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Disney!!!

Wow! We had such an amazing time this weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios! It was such a great trip and the girls had so much fun...
We headed up to Orlando on Friday around noon to continue our anniversary celebration...
We shopped at the outlet malls on Friday night and then went to the park on Saturday... we spent all day visiting Mickey and friends and riding all the fun rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios...
The weather was amazing and since this is low-season for Disney, the lines were short and the park wasn't crowded at all....
We had a great time with our friends the Diaz family and the girls were on "cloud 9" all day long...
We saw all the characters, the parade, many shows and just enjoyed everything around us!
Yay for fun weekends like this one!!

I love this picture.. it's from the "Spectacle of Dancing Lights" at Disney's Hollywood Studios.. it is so amazing to stand there and see all those colorful lights! ahhh!! it makes me cry!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our 5th wedding anniversary

Today we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!! What a great date we had!
We were able to go out and eat at BRIO..the food was amazing and being together was even better! We then walked around and looked at some shops...
I'm so lucky to be married to such a wonderful man.. I thank God for every day that get to spend together and pray for many more years of happiness and wedded bliss!
Happy Anniversary, my love!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gaby is 16 months!

My little Gaby is 16 months today!! Aww!! She's growing up way too fast and as usual, I feel so torn about it!
It's so great to see her develop into a smart little girl, but I also miss the baby days so much!!!
Gaby is so smart and so authentic... She enjoys everything she does and it's so great to see her cute little smile!
She loves dancing and playing with her sister...
She also loves to eat, watch TV and play with the cat...
Gaby talks SO MUCH.. it's amazing to hear her just chat away.... She's also a little drama queen and a super cuddly baby!!
Happy 16 months Gaby!!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

Yes!! Christmas is right around the corner... We went to see Santa today and it was so much fun..Olivia was very happy to see him, but Gaby was not too impressed... well, I guess the picture says it all!...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Alzheimer's Memory Walk

Today we participated in the annual Memory Walk, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association as well as my job, so it was "mandatory" in some sense!
The walk was a 5K circuit in Coral Gables.. it was so much fun...
I got to walk for a good cause and also do some exercise... I was able to recruit some "volunteers" and did my part as an employee of Evercare...Also, the weather was beautiful and the scenery was amazing..
All in all, a great activity...




Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!


Happy Birthday to my beautiful mom, who is turning 58 years old today! Of course I've been missing her all day since she's in Alabama but I'm happy to know that she's enjoying her day...
I'm so excited because she's coming next week and will stay with us until January.. I can't wait to have her here and enjoy our time together!
Happy Birthday Mom! I love you so much!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fun (and exhausting) weekend!

Wow what a weekend!! I'm so pooped from all the action!.. I don't think I could take two of this in a row! ha!
Yesterday we went downtown to have lunch with some friends at Cvi.Che105, an awesome Peruvian restaurant that is rather chic and exotic... We had the most amazing ceviche and a wonderful time with my friend Tato and his fiance Yasmin.. it was fun!

Then we decided to take a stroll around downtown Miami and enjoy the wonderful weather (65, sunny and not a cloud in the sky).. Ironically enough, I've lived in Miami for almost 15 years and have NEVER done the touristic route in the city.. Needless to say, it is beautiful and so relaxing.. We need to do it more often...
Here's Olivia and I sitting by the Bay, watching all the boats pass... so relaxing...

After our downtown stroll, we met with some more friends at Cool-de-Sac, a play cafe located in Sunset Place Mall... wow! What a great place.. it is so much fun for the kids and also great for the parents.. They have amazing games and toys and also great food and drinks... We were able to relax a bit and the kids ran around having fun...
We went with the Ramsbott family and their son Daniel (18 months old) and also with the Lucas family and their girls Emily and Sabrina (3 years and 11 months old)...such a great group of people... I want to do it again soon!
Here's me with the other moms (Emeris and Valentina)... each of us holding our babies... too cute!

Here's Olivia and her friend Emily... they had so much fun together and even got their faces painted...

Today the time changed so we slept in a bit... We had breakfast at IHOP and then came home and took a nap...
We then decided to go to Sawgrass Mall to walk around and do some shopping... the girls were BAD!! I think they were just exhausted from all the action!
...and tomorrow... back to work!!! ahhh!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fav Picture Thursday...

I love today's picture! It is another one of those that brings back so many memories... Ironically enough it was taken EXACTLY 4 years before Gaby was born... On July 16th, 2005 at one of my best friend's wedding...
It's so funny to think that Iggy is touching my belly in the picture (I wasn't even thinking of having babies then) and 4 years later I had my 2nd! Crazy, huh?
... I also loved that dress!! ha ha ha!


Monday, November 1, 2010