Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 5: Downsizing

From this post
"As we collectively wake up to the fact that our constant need to accrue things – homes, cars, electronics…stuff – has led us to live beyond our means, we may find that we have a thing or two to learn from our kids. Place value on the experience and know when its time to own"

We are always continually downsizing. Maybe because our main living area is 680 sq. feet. Maybe because we are about to have a 3rd child, where i limited my clothing from 4 to 2 drawers in my dresser. Luis and I are always reading about people who have 50 possessions and are inspired. Or about the tiny house movement. I think part of it is about the idea that we can live simply, but the reality is we have way more than 50 things. I struggle to part with clothing and books and craft items...ect. I want to think of my life as fined honed collection  not as my "stuff". It is getting there that is hard. I see all my wasted money on the stuff and think when will my collection start...I am getting there but there is more to be much more.

When I look in the future, I think about the things I will want to have and there are not things. They are the people in my life, my husband and my children. So in order to live a simpler less cluttered life one must focus on the people and not on the stuff.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4: On us

From Sarah Healy article 
"“You have to believe that the Lord put you together in the first place.” That’s what my father said in his toast. That was his advice to my husband and me, his way of saying that what we had was preordained, that it was divine. And really, it was as good an explanation as any for love."

My husband and I met in a club, salsa dancing. I had just returned from a mission trip to Mexico. i had no intention of meeting my husband that night.  I had just wanted to meet a friend's boyfriend, that was all.  When we were introduced, the world stop. I tried to deny that I like him over the next 3 months. I had wanted to be single forever, but alas God had other plans. God has been with us though out our now almost 7 years together. He put us together, he put Mexico on my heart. He brought us to our church where our marriage feels supported and we feel loved. I have never doubted God's Plan in our relationship. This has sustained me though the not so easy times, the times I wanted to be married to someone who understood "my culture" and for him the same. Though out it all is the love, that God placed in our hearts to move past those worldly things. Everyday I feel lucky to be his wife, to be the mother of his children...because these are the biggest gifts that I have received from God. A partner and children, who have nothing to do with me but the privileged to get be part of their lives.  As we enter again into parenthood, it is amazing how we have grown and how we have changed. What we have witnessed in other. But it is nice to know that we have done those together.

Daily Thankgiving: Basking in the fall sun, while chatting with a friend while our littles play. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3

Here I am again, an hour earlier this time. The kids and I had a great day today we made muffins and hung out in pj's this morning. We went to stitch and bitch at my friend em's house with said muffins in tow. We brought Matias to school and then Milli and I came home where she took a nap. I read The End of the Affair for book club and starting a new knitting project. (Our family makes presents so I getting a head start this year.) I am making the psudo gap cowl via Jen Renne on Ravely. I made some chilli in my boyfriend aka the crockpot. Milli and I headed to pick up Matias from school. It was a beatiful day, and we took the stroller, but met Luis on the way and all went together. From there we came home and kids watched tv, while I knitted and Luis took a nap. We went to the library, got Starbucks (yum) :) and then home for dinner, chores and bed for the kids.

Random things:

-How I make chilli in the crockpot is 3 cans beans (one must be chilli beans). One can of tomatoes, some chilli powder and that is it. About a week ago I made chicken breast with salsa and I added those left overs as well. It was yummy!
-I am getting glasses, my eyes are swollen so my contacts are not fitting correctly and it is super annoying can not wait until my glasses come!
-I hate doing adult things, like canceling and getting insurance...setting up joint checking...changing my name.....
-Our new mini van plates are on, we are offical.

Daily thanksgiving:
It is nice to be able to do housework together at night it goes by fast, and keeps me in a good mood. I also felt not 9 months preggers today, I felt amazing!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2

I almost failed by not posting today. But alas it is now 10:03 and I remember. So yeah. Today was busy two doc appts and preschool drop off. I was able to get up early and do yoga and make steel cut oats for me and the kids for breakfast they are sloop yummy. I buy the ones at Trader Joe's and follow the recipe on the back then I will add to mine milk and raisins sometimes brown sugar but to me it is not essential. So that was our day, and this mama is tired off to bed for me...

Daily Thanksgiving: Matias waking up and chatting to himself and then singing a little song. I love that kid!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1

I am working on posting everyday in the month of Nov. I really want to start blogging on a more regular basis and feel like this might get me back into the habit. I think my blog suffered at the end of writing my thesis and general 2nd year grad school craziness. I could not really keep up with everything it was busy last year and so was I!I had to let go of more than just this blog. What is funny is I thought after school I would feel less busy, but that has not happen. So alas the blog still suffers.

What I really want the blog to be is a recording of my life. I kept a journal from 4th grade until 12 grade regualry, now online I can't share what I did then, but it still nice to have a written record of life.  I am brainstroming some post for this month to hopefully help me not get writters block. That is my plan. Plus put a little recap of my day so for one month I can see that I did not get lost, and it year it can reflect back on what exactly happened.

Day recap:
Luis off to work.
Me and kids wake up and watch a show.
Prepare a potroast and poptarts (homemade)
Head to Mom's Group at church.
Bring Matias to school
Come home, let Milli nap-Do insurance stuff.
Luis gets home
Do dishes and clean up.
Pick up Matias
Run errands
Head to Molly's to help install a shelf
Come home (cleaning and time outs ensue)
Bath and bed time.
Household Paper work and blogging

Looking back, we did alot today...and here I thought nothing got done.

Daily thanksgiving
I am thankful for my children loving on my babybelly, giving it kisses and hugs.

Monday, October 24, 2011

IN the mail!

I <3 mail. Oh how I do so I was excited today when this arrived via my UPS man!

What that's some lazy cloth diapers..oh hell yes!

But holy poop we are having a 3rd kid! I am beyond scared. I keep having a reocurring dream where the baby is born with a  tooth...and weights 20lbs. Until then, i hope this baby decides that indeed it will weigh a normal weight, be healthy and most of all happy. I can do this and still be okay.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Have a nice day

It is the week before Halloween!!!

I love Halloween. I worked on kids costumes over the week and was getting it all wrapped up today because tomorrow it is time to party. (Our first of 5 celebrations). One of my favorite memories growing up was my Dad fighting with the sewing machine to make our costumes. Yes, my dad was the sewer in the family. My parents have a Kennmore machine with all metal parts it is like operating a robot.

Luis was sweet today and brought my sewing machine out and got it all set up and ready to go. So I was able to get most of Matias's owl costume finished which I am basing off of this idea. He is grey owl so I am re-purposing some left over IKEA fabric that I have. I also have added some spots of green, left over from random projects. In the end it turning out, however at one point most of the feathers were not straight but it was easy enough to patch right up.

Milli princess Leia costume is close to being done I just have to get her buns done and she will be ready to fight the dark side.

I will make sure to share pictures soon :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What I have read so far this month...

I have been wanting to keep forever, what books I have read though out the month. So alas here is what I have been reading as of late. I would rate this month so far as avg. I have not gotten one book that is a WOW book. I read the bittersweet book for book club, while I enjoyed the concept and the intro, the rest of the book pissed me off.  While I like the fist book Gail Carriger offered me, I ended up disliking the character by the second. This is the 2nd time I have read The Bargin and it is just as good as it was the first.  The second half of the month I will be taking on some more "serious reads" ;)

Family Fun

I admit that I took these pictures to  be our cute  fall pictures but alas my children make everything frantic. So we visited the "pumpkin patch" got some pumpkins and called it a day.

We have been working hard to simplify our life as of late and talking about how to make it all work.  I wish we could snap our fingers and make it all happen and work right. That we would be able to both be fulfilled in our work. This season in our life is intense, 3 children.  New jobs and expectations. I feel that God is continually building our faith story, growing our faith as he leads us though what is the next step. My hope is that though what feels like constant change we are able to make it though to the other side as better people and help our children make sense of this crazy world.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


With my new work schedule most people weekends are my work week. I am work Fri- Sun from 6pm to 2am. In most people's opinion that sounds horrible or maybe not worth it. To me it is amazing! I love having my week off and then weekend days. Let's face it when you have young children there is not alot of social life on the weekend's that happen after 6pm. We were able to enjoy the MN fallummer with pumpkin picking, church going. I was able to join some lovely women from church as well as some close friends to discus a book (and start of a book club).  It was great conversation and it felt nice to really "talk" about a book. I love reading, and having dialog about books, it was really nice to connect with other mom via books :)

Tomorrow I have a super special idea and in the off chance that anyone reads this mum is the word.

Baby update- I am 32 weeks pregnant which is crazy. This pregnancy is strangely comfortable. i think not knowing the gender of this baby had made me feel less connected with the pregnancy. We are still having a tough time picking a boys name so I am hoping that a name will magically present itself as a wonderful option.

that is all for now.

Monday, October 3, 2011

This is for real-Elmo

I love documentaries for this reason, in the end we are humans. Our ability to embody goodness is our ability to be human.

found via A cup of jo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Where have you been; I have been right here...

In all actuality I have been right here. By right here I mean tired crabby and not motivated to much of anything...

Did I mention that I am growing a baby and some how that it sucks my life blood out of me. I have been here present for my children in a new way, now that I have finished my degree and soon to be licensed in my field, pending passing my exam in 2 weeks time.

There is so much to do before the time comes and baby is here. I would like to have everything organized and welcoming for baby. The kids room was remodeled over the summer and it is quite the space. Artwork is needed but it is otherwise complete.

I am not sure if I will continue posting and writing to the blog. I don't feel excited about it and all the other blogs in the world feel professional and here I am not any of that. But until then I will continue to post when I feel the urge... :) Until then!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


First of I am back!

See this screen shot proves I have officially graduated :)

Can not even begin to explain how great it feels to be done. Working at the same job and spending time with the kiddos. We have really just begun summer with this past holiday weekend which we celebrated Vega style by working all day and then eating at a Mexican restaurant watching a the Mexican national soccer team play Chilie. We had plans to go to the fireworks but by the time 8:30 rolled around we all were tired and went to bed. So all in all it was celebrated a little but different than most families but felt the best way for us.

We are awaiting the arrival of baby3, which is just really starting to settle in that a third child is joining our family. Actually it is again terrifying at being a parent again, but also exciting for so many reasons. We are not finding out the gender of this baby so again that is different and exciting for many different reasons.

While I hope to post more on this ole blog, I am not really sure if it is something that is important for me to continue. We shall see :0)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Baby 3!

Baby3 on the way Nov 2011!

I will be back to posting on 06/26/2011! After my graduation from my MSW program stay tuned for updates.

Until then <3

Monday, February 21, 2011

In my head...

Kids - Mgmt "Official video" from Bulch on Vimeo.

You were a child,
crawlin' on your knees toward it.
Makin' mama so proud,
but your voice was too loud.

We like to watch you laughing.
You pick the insects off plants.
No time to think of consequences.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

The water is warm,
but it's sending me shivers.
A baby is born,
crying out for attention.
Memories fade,
like looking through a fogged mirror
Decision to decisions are made and not bought
But I thought,
this wouldn't hurt a lot.
I guess not.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.

A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees wantin',
To be haunted.

Control yourself.
Take only what you need from it.
A family of treeeeees...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Things that get me....

I have been thinking about things that get at my soul. What has god has put in my life to effect me. While some people it is money, recognition whatever...I feel like god is leading me to peace. I am really effective by conflict, this displacement. Peace is huge, and ai admit I am not always peaceful. However, from inner peace to world peace it is all connected. What we are able to accomplih, I would like to think something. I want to think about peace pray about peace and make it happen....

Dream big