36-Feliz Cumpleaños!

October 31, 2012

My birthday was at the beginning of this month. I don't usually celebrate in any special way, but this year I decided to gift myself something I've been wanting forever.
I'd like to add that, while I'll gladly buy my kids expensive things, I cringe at the thought of doing the same for myself. It took me a million years to finally decide that I was getting this for myself, which is pretty funny because I know that some people would not consider this item as super expensive.
Anyway, these are my b-day gifts to myself. Except for the book, that was given to me by my awesome bf.<3


October 17, 2012

Loving; The weather. It’s not exactly cold, but it’s not as hot as it was during the summer. Also, all the (new to me) books I’ve bought and my birthday presents!

Reading; Chosen by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. Also, textbooks for school (so much reading for school!) I'm also reading The Chronicles of Narnia to the kids (we're on the second book).

Watching; My bf watches a lot of reality TV, which leads to me watching a lot of reality TV. Our current new show is Duck Dynasty and, I have to admit that, I really like it. I’m also watching Switched at Birth (with Jackie), and my telenovelas (Spanish soap operas): Rosa Diamante and El Rostro de la Venganza.

This episode was so funny!

Anticipating; Lots of things! Halloween, Christmas, Jackie’s (12th) birthday, Zoey’s (4th) birthday, graduation, Ben’s (11th) birthday!

Listening to; Rilo Kiley; never gets old.

Planning; What to do once I graduate. I applied to grad school last night (!).

Working on; Finding a (real) job, managing my time, school work. Life is so busy!

34-Book I Read in August

October 11, 2012

  1. The Turk and my Mother-Mary Helen Stefaniak
  2. Girl, Interrupted-Susanna Kaysen
  3. Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea-Chelsea Handler
First off, I want to mention that I get most of my books from thrift stores. This means that (most of the time) I have no idea what these books are actually about and buy them because a) I like the cover b) I like the author c) The synopsis sounds cool.
I kept seeing The Turk and my Mother every time I went to the store and finally decided to buy it. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed this book. This is a collection of stories, spanning four generations of a family, and there is everything from forbidden love affairs to people who come back from the dead. I totally recommend it.
The book I least enjoyed this month was Girl, Interrupted. This memoir chronicles Susana Kaysen's two years in a psychiatric hospital. I don't want to say that it was a bad book, because it's not a work of fiction, but it was just not my cup of tea.
The last book I read in August was Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. Like her other books, this is a collection of anecdotes. I liked this book a lot more than My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands , which is her only other book I've read. If you like Chelsea Handler and comedy, you might like this book.

As a side note, I don't think I'm actually going to meet my goal of reading 50 books this year (I still need 15!) and that makes me really sad. Between work (I finally have a job, but let's not go there), school, and family I have no time to read.:/

33-Small Style

October 5, 2012

 Sweater: hand me down (from cousin), Dress: thrift store, Leggings: Target, 
Shoes: Pink Converse, Bow: Dollar Store

I never wear dresses or skirts or accessories. Don't get me wrong, I love all that girly stuff, but I'm just a jeans, t-shirt, and chucks kind of girl. I always thought that when I had daughters they would be tomboys, because that's how I was. Of course, I was wrong; both of my daughters love makeup, dresses, bows...anything and everything girly.
When I was a kid, I rarely got to choose my own clothes. My grandma bought my sister and I matching dresses (no, we're not twins) and made us wear them on the same days, so we always matched. I hated it! When my girls were babies I chose their outfits, but that stopped once they were old enough to let me know what they wanted to wear.
This means that sometimes my child will walk around wearing a romper, tutu, and purple rain boots. It means people will look at us funny and wonder why I let my kids out in public looking like that. (It also means that I don't care what people think, but that's a whole different story).
Sometimes I do want to make my kids go and change. I don't though. My parenting philosophy is this: choose your battles. I'd rather argue with my kids about their grades or the importance of being honest than about their mismatched outfits. So, yeah, that group of kids that look like they're homeless/pageant contestants/color blind, they're all mine.:)