Hello Monday {My Ballerina}

Hello Amigos!!  And why Hello Monday!  You’re here again?  So soon?

 How was everyone’s weekend & Mother’s Day?  Mine was just right!

 The highlight of the weekend was Gordita’s Dance Recital on Saturday.  She looked absolutely adorable in her costume.  You may remember that I mentioned I feared she wouldn’t dance on the BIG day.  Well I was wrong.  She shook what her momma gave her just fine.  In fact she brought me to tears.  I couldn’t help myself; I became overwhelmed with pride seeing my baby girl up there on that big stage, doing her thing.  She never ceases to amaze me.

ballerina

ballerina

Hello New Week.  I’m not sure about you, but I guess let’s get it started. 

 Hello Week 2 of Insanity.  Today is my rest day, boy am I thankful.  I have muscles that apparently I haven’t used in years that are all achy.

 Hello Laundry.  I’m so not ready to tackle you.  Wishing I could twitch my nose & you would wash & put your self away clothes.

 Hello to Keeping It Simple this week.

Linking up to the Lovely Lisa.

Abrazos, Sapphire

Hello Monday, Hello Holidays

Yes, it has been some time since you’ve heard from me.  I’ve been on hiatus for several reasons.  The biggest and most important reason….Gordita.  Since our temporary relocation to Philly for the birth of Baby Boy, she became the epitome of Terrible Two’s.  Then by the time we got home, she wasn’t the baby anymore, but the big sis and seemed to have been yearning more attention and with reason.  With her need & my lack of words so to speak, I decided a break from blogging would be a good thing.  Her and I have been crafting & playing a whole lot.  Just having lots of fun mommy and daughter time.  It’s been great.  She’s still her crazy, not-as-terrible two year old self and I’ve once again found words & ideas to share.  So here I am!

And I’m gonna start the week right with a few Hellos….

Hello to the Holiday Season.  I’m really looking forward to you, this year.

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Hello to my new treadmill.  I’m ready to spend some time with you this week.  Thanksgiving dinner wasn’t very nice to my waistline, but it was soooooooooo good and worth it.

Hello to the newest member of our family, Gumball Butterscotch.  She arrived this past Saturday and the Pollitos are excited to have her.  But in all reality, I think I’m most excited about this new family tradition.  I have a ton of ideas for her. Let’s see what she gets herself into. {Maniacal Laugh}

Hello glue gun, epsom salt, paint, modge podge & other crafty items.  Tonight marks the first meeting for a group I started called, Poconos Pinterest Peeps.  If you guessed that, we’re going to be crafting, you’re right.  I can’t wait to tell you more about it tomorrow.

Hello to a Trip down Memory Lane.  I’ll be heading to my elementary school later on in the week for a ceremony to open up a time capsule, which we buried some twenty years ago.  There I go aging myself.

Hello Family Game Night at the Lil Giant’s School.

Quite a busy week for us.  Bring it on.  I’m ready to take on the world (the result of a few cups of coffee…teehee).  How about you my fine friends, what are you saying Hello to?

Linking up to the Lovely Lisa.

Hello Monday {Smiles & New Beginnings}

Hey Friends!  It’s Monday & you know what that means. It’s time to link up to the Lovely Lisa & say a few Hellos.

Today is the first Monday in sometime that I’m genuinely HAPPY.  For good reason of course.  Baby boy made it home late last week.  He was released from the hospital with a clean bill of health.  He’ll have several follow-up appointments and echo-cardiograms, but all and all, he’s expected to continue on a healthy path.

We surprised the Pollitos with our arrival.  They were ecstatic to see us and welcomed their brother home with open arms.  While they were screeching from delight, a wave of peace came over me.  Never in my 33 years, had I ever felt, what I would describe as wholeness.  I hadn’t even realized that “something” was missing until that moment.  Seeing their three little faces together made everything right in the world.  I have been BLESSED to have been chosen to guide & cultivate these amazing Pollitos.

Onto this week’s HELLOs…

Hello Second Grade!  The Lil’ Giant started school today.  This past summer just flew right by. Now here we are, the last week of August & Ryan is embarking on another school year.  Go Buddy!

Cute sign, right? Well what you can see of it.  I hadn’t realized I was running low on ink.  But anyhoo, one of the blogs I happen to adore. I Heart Naptime shared these adorable free Back to School printables.


Hello roller skates.  Gordita was elated when we came home with her first pair of roller skates & helmet.  She can’t seem to get enough of them.

On the topic of Ravyn, I’m convinced she grew in the week that we were apart.  It’s like she shot up over night.  Funny how that happens.

Hello to some sibling bonding over Saturday morning cartoons.  Check Rhys out, winking at me.

Hello to newborn smushiness, newborn smell, newborn smiles and everything else that comes with a new baby.  I can stare at this little face for hours at end.  Just studying it. Figuring out where each feature originates from.  Like the ginger hair, button nose, etc.  I’m in love!

Hello to Mami’s arrival.  My mom gets in today. She’ll drive me insane during her time here, but I’m really looking forward in seeing her & having her spend some time with her grand babies.

Hello to being the Mama of THREE Pollitos.  I’m in for it!  Time to grow another arm and possibly looking into surgical implantation of eyes in the back of my head.

So, what are you saying HELLO to this week?  Do Share.

Mother’s Day Gift {Try that Tuesday}

Mother’s Day is always a little bittersweet for me.  With my parents living in Florida, I think my Mami & I have celebrated together once in the six years, that I’ve been a mom. Unfortunately, this is another year that we won’t be spending Mother’s Day together.

Our relationship is far from perfect, in fact we don’t see eye to eye on many things. But I still love her, cause she’s my Mami.  We fight because we’re a lot alike. We fight because I’m new school & she still carries some old fashioned/off the boat ideas. We fight because she made sure to instill in me values & ideas that would make me a strong woman; so we fight. We fight because we’re mother and daughter. But no matter I still love her and miss her wholeheartedly. I miss her for me and for my children, because they don’t get to see her as often as I would like. I love her immensely because she has sacrificed a whole deal for me & has only always wanted the best for me. And now the best for my children, my husband & my family. My mami has shown me to find the beauty in everything, to look for the good in all people, to be kind & loving. I am beyond grateful to her for so many things. And love her for so many reasons.

Mami & I

In my mother’s physical absence, I have been blessed with an AMaH-Zing Mother-in-Law. I hear so many horrendous stories of mother-in-laws and daughter-in-laws hating each other and just being horrible to each other. And I count my blessings. My relationship with Lydia Mom is a great. We go shopping together, we hang out, not because we have to, but because we enjoy each other’s company. We laugh together & at each other. A lot! She shares her recipes with me. That lady can throw down in the kitchen. We argue too. Like mother and daughter. But all in all, we have a beautiful relationship. I am grateful to her for raising a great guy, my husband, Robert. I am grateful to her for loving my children with all of her heart. I am grateful to her in being my go-to babysitter. And for so many other things.

Mom & I

With the help of Pinterest and Mandy over at It Will Change Your Life, the Pollitos and I created sweet gifts for both of these spectacular ladies. Here’s our inspiration. What mom or grandma doesn’t love photos of their lineage?! Plus what woman doesn’t love flowers?! So here you have the best of both worlds.

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Supplies needed:

  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Paint (colors of your choice)
  • Small containers found at Dollar Tree
  • Skewers
  • Reindeer Moss
  • Wood chip Flowers
  • Glittered Butterfly and Flower sticks
  • Photos of your choice

Both the Lil’ Giant and Gordita had a chance to paint the flower wood chips. Notice Gordita’s hand. This slick little toddler decided to scare her daddy & I by cutting herself. Her “red boo-boo” as she called it, nearly gave me a heart attack. Sigh!

While the flowers were drying, I went ahead & cut the photos, using my handy circle cutter. Once dried, I mod podged one photo in the center of each flower.

I had to wait for the mod podge to dry, so in the interim I used a green marker on the skewers to make them resemble flower stems & then hot glued the wood chip flowers to the skewers. Sorry no photos there.

I then went ahead & stuffed the flower pots with brown grass filler and taped the top of the pot, like so.  The idea was keep the skewers stable and in their place.

After taping, I began adding the flowers, along with the glittered butterflies and glittered flowers at staggered heights and depths into the pot. Once I got the desired look, I added the reindeer moss. And….

Here’s the final product. A cute-sy flower pot with personalized photos of the Pollitos for their Abuela (my mom) and Mom (my MIL).

And here’s the one to my mom before I shipped it out. I’m sure she’ll be pleasantly surprised to receive this in the mail. I can just hear her now… “Aye, Mami I lobe (insert Colombian accent here) my geeft. My babies are beauteeful. You make me the happiest granma in this world.” Mark my words folks, she will say some version of just that.

Did you go the personalized route this year, and make your mom, grandma or MIL a special gift? If so, please share.  To all my mom readers, I do hope you get pampered this Sunday and enjoy your special day.

Monday Munchies

Folks, I am one sleep deprived lady this Monday morning. Gordita was running a temperature last night, and so we bent our rules and let her crawl into bed with us. BIG. BIG. MISTAKE!

I just don’t get it. How can one fairly small individual totally monopolize the bed. We have a king size bed for Pete’s sake, which in theory should / could fit the four of us, plus the baby bump comfortably.  However, Miss. Sickie-Poo figured mommy only needs a sliver of bed & can totally deal with a baby in her belly and a toddler attempting to crawl into her belly. Can you even picture this all? Hard time, huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. If it hadn’t been my night I would have a hard time conjuring up the image. My body can attest for it all, too.

Sleep deprived and achy body, life will have to keep pushing forward. Gordita’s heading to the doctor in a bit, because besides the temp, she’s been tearing from her left eye all weekend long. I’m hoping it’s not pink eye. But we shall see.

Back to business, my peeps. I’ve been somewhat lackadaisical in sharing our weekly menu. I know, shame, shame on me. I’ve been meal planning for a few months now and I swear it’s the next best thing to sliced bread. Alright, well maybe one of the next best things. But seriously, the 30 minutes of planning and hour or so of shopping, makes a HUGE difference in our daily routine and budget. I would recommend you giving it a whirl (Home Alone fans??) for a few weeks & you’ll see what I mean.

BBQ Baked Pork Chops, Oven Roasted Potatoes & Corn-on-the-Cob

Lil Giant’s favorite:  Crunchy Chicken, White Rice and Red Beans

Grilled Chicken and Broccoli over Pasta

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Steak Quesadillas

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Sis-in-Law’s Birthday Party

TAKE-OUT

Lasagna

There you have it, our week of meals, plus our sleepless night. Wish us luck at the doctor!

DIY Play Kitchen {Try that Tuesday}

I love how inspiration can come at the moment you least expect it. And how it sticks with you, until you’re ready to act upon it.

About a year and half ago, I was surfing the net aimlessly. Just trying to pass time, when I stumbled upon this absolutely adorable play kitchen. I book marked the site and thought, maybe, just maybe one day I can make something like that for my Gordita. At the time I thought it was a novel thought, I mean really was I going to be able to pull something off like that?  See I hadn’t tapped into my inner DIY Diva yet.

Isn’t this kitchen adorable??

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Fast forward the clock to September ’11 and the receipt of an invite to the awesome Pinterest. And there I was spending an endless amount of time just pinning away. Wouldn’t you know it I stumbled upon that sweet little play kitchen that caught my eye. It was kismet, that I would come across it again. I mean, isn’t the web vast and endless and what are the chances. Ok, maybe I’m pushing it but whatevs! I thought to myself, I have to find a way to make my Gordita her own play kitchen.

I told the hubby the plan and of course he thought I was nuts. He said let’s just go buy one & that’ll be that. I tried to explain to him, it just wouldn’t be the same. I want her to remember that we made her something just for her, totally one of kind. He nodded his head. I’m sure just to appease me. Hoping and praying that I would forget or just give in and go buy her a play kitchen. HA!! If anyone that knows me, knows I don’t give up/in that easily.

The hunt for the perfect piece of furniture began and I scored this night stand for $10 off of Craigslist.

Then came the real work and I called my little brother, Alex. That sounds horrible. I know. But in all reality, he’s awesome when it comes to building things, plus he has all the tools. And being that he’s a spectacular uncle and wonderful little brother, he obliged and helped make Gordita’s play kitchen become a reality.

Alex and the hubs, reinforced the structure, added a back splash, opened up a hole for the sink. I found wooden “plates”, along with cute little knobs from AC Moore, to give the effect of stove burners and stove knobs. I had also scored a wooden shelf for $2 at a flea market, and found a frame in my stash of craft supplies.

Here we are closer to the final product. At this point the hubs was about to murder me, and I began wondering if he was right, maybe we should have just bought the Ikea play kitchen we had seen and liked. UGH!! Talk about frustration and sleep deprivation.

After it was all said and done; and the hubs had relaxed by having a drink or two (alright more like four), he was pleased with his hard-work. I was elated with my vision and details. And we were excited to present Gordita with her special Christmas present.

Between my brother’s handiwork and that of the hubby, along with some unexpected finds, like the cute microwave; the arguing and late nights were totally worth it. Especially, when she unwrapped the kitchen on Christmas morning and began playing.

Here’s Gordita getting ready to cook with the food her aunt and uncle picked up from Ikea. Thanks guys.

Granted I was the one that was originally inspired. I had 2 super awesome guys (shameless plug) who let me suck them in and make Ravyn’s Christmas all that more special. Thank you guys…love you both.  And there you have it, how my inspiration came to fruition.

Oh and I just have to share the other delightful play kitchens I came across, here, here, here, and here, and here and here. I love the creativity and originality of them all. Just. So. Cute.

Linking up to: Today’s Creative Blog

Chocolate Baby

As a mom of two, you would think that by now I should know that if it’s a little too quiet around my otherwise noisy home, something must be off.  Well!  My mother’s intuition or whatever you want to call it failed me earlier.  I was so wrapped up in loading the dishwasher & cleaning the kitchen, that I failed to realize the silence.  I think I was daydreaming with these oh-so-cute boots I saw online earlier today.

Following the boot drool session I found an interesting site in my livingroom.  My sweet baby girl thought she wasn’t sweet enough & figured she would swipe the chocolate mix container & get to snackin’.

Never mind a Milk Mustache, here we have a Chocolate Goatee.

Soooo tasty, you see..

Here’s my cutie pie in all her glory.

Shame on me for leaving the chocolate mix within her reach.  Talk about keeping you on your toes.  That’s exactly what my Gordita does.  I may even have to change her nickname from Gordita to Traviesa.  Translation…Mischievous.

Traviesa’s stint made me think of this video I had seen.  Now could you imagine??  I couldn’t!  I don’t even want to!

What have your kiddos gotten themselves into, leaving your speechless?