Thursday, December 27, 2012

As Quickly as it Came, Now it's Gone!!

The day after Christmas is bittersweet for me.  Its a great day to relax, all the stress is gone but now comes the realization that its over :(  My favorite holiday which really came too quickly, at least for me, is now over!  My tree will be up until January 6th but its not the same.  All the gifts have been opened and I'm already looking to put away some of the decor that is around the house.  Depressing.  Now to face several months of very cold & dark winter.

This year's Christmas wasn't crazy and since I'm unemployed, we really had to strap ourselves down so we didn't spend our usual amount on gifts, but I am very happy to say that my kids didn't miss a thing!  They were both very happy with everything they got & didn't ask about things they didn't get!! I was shocked to read about kids going on twitter to complain about their Christmas gifts, which all sounded like great gifts!  Thank God my kids are very grateful for everything they get, my son doesn't believe in Santa anymore so he knows how hard its been for us to come up with the extra money for gift shopping.  He was ecstatic with everything he got....it was only a few things but he knows they were a bit expensive.  My daughter is a bit harder to get around, because she does believe in Santa so mommy & daddy's financial problems shouldn't affect Christmas because Santa brings everything...LOL, I was so stressed.  But, again, I am ecstatic to say that both my kids were wonderful and didn't look for more, plus were very happy with their gifts!

Here are some pics from the past couple of days:

 Christmas Concert @ Church
 The Christmas baking begins the day before Christmas Eve
 Pumpkin Flan
 Red Velvet Cake.....waiting for it to cool before frosting it
 Merengue for merengue cookies
 My daughter had a blast decorating the red velvet cake..we tried, not the best but it was good!

Christmas Eve!! 
 Our dinner-Pernil (roasted pork shoulder), black beans, white rice & yucca
 Awesome family picture.....
 .....and then what happens when I leave the room! LOL!
 Our tradition is to give the kids our gift to them, and they exchange gifts with each other, so here they are opening up our gifts to them

 Now they are working on each other's gifts

 Christmas morning!!!!!  I know it looks like a lot, but I usually do a lot more. Yes I do go overboard during Christmas since I really don't let them buy any toys during the year. So this year was less than usual, but they didn't really notice or didn't mention anything...it was all smiles, excitement & laughter!


 Even our pets got a little something....


Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families!!!  Best way to spend the holidays is definitely with your loved ones!!!

How was your Christmas?  Ready for New Year's Eve?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Eve Prep...

I am exhausted!!! For the past 2 days I've been cleaning and baking and prepping for our Christmas Eve meal or Noche Buena as we Cubans call it!  This is a day of family and eating and we usually spend it with other members of our family, but this year its just us! Our little family-my hubby and kids.  Now just because its only us four it doesn't mean we are skimping on the food!  I'm going to have food for the next day or two and for any guests that stop in on Christmas day!  Our meal is the traditional Roast Pork (pernil) with black beans and rice and yucca on the side.  Then for dessert we have cheesecake for my hubby & son, red velvet cake made by my daughter for anyone who wants a bite, pumpkin flan for me and lots of cookies and merengue cookies to last through the week!

The baking started yesterday, and today I seasoned the pork and I just put the black beans in water to soak them overnight!  I'm finished in the kitchen for tonight....Thank God!!!  Now I'm going to catch up on emails, watch 1 or 2 Christmas movies with baby girl and hopefully get in a Christmas story before bedtime.  I also need to come up with a good good-bye from Ken, our elf on the shelf.  His last night will be tomorrow since he will be going back to the North Pole with Santa :(  Kat is going to miss him, she wakes up every morning to see where he landed, but that all ends tomorrow.  In the next few days I will be posting some pictures from Ken and our Christmas Eve prep!

So, now I'm off....hope you all are getting ready for tomorrow!  Have a wonderful Christmas!!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Gymnastics classes

Mondays are very hectic, the weekend is over, take kids to school, clean,cook, pick kids up from school, help with homework and gymnastics class! My daughters already in the second session of the year,and she's still loving every minute of it! She discovered gymnastics when McKenna, American Girl doll of the year 2012, came out. I got her the movie first and then we bought her the doll for her birthday. She wouldn't stop! Every day she would ask me if I had found a gymnastics school, and she would watch the McKenna movie over & over!

Finally in September, I did a search on google and found MGA-Meadowlands Gymnastics Academy-and they were only 30 minutes from home. I quickly called and found the pricing to be reasonable so I signed her up, and here we are 3 months later.

Slowly, she is learning to tumble, do cart wheels and walk the beam, plus she is conquering her fear of heights! I really shouldn't be wasting money on this now, but this is so great for her plus it can help with her dancing! Gymnastics will make her fit, strong & flexible, so I'm really hoping that we can continue to bring her here and that money will not become an issue.

She loves this!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Dream

Yeah, I know, I'm late but its been a while since I've joined this blog hop, and I just couldn't let another week go by!  I love sharing my Disney pics and checking out everyone else's Disney pics....so here we go!

This week's theme is Dream-I love to dream, LOL!  Going to Disney always feels like a dream and I can't wait until the day I can visit during Christmas!


My baby girl's dream: to dress up like Cinderella at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!  This was a great day!!

Head on over to Focused on the Magic for more Dreams!

Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday-back to menu planning

Well it's Tuesday(I should've wrote this yesterday) & I'm trying to bring some consistency back into our lives. Not sure when or how it happened,but m menu planning & organized schedules went out the window weeks ago! I really haven't been in the right state of mind to sit down & plan our days, but I really need to. Every night it's the same question, what's for dinner? I find myself repeating a lot of our meals and it really gets boring.
I've also strayed from my diet, surprise, surprise. So I am back on today, so my meal planning is really for my family as I'm done with trying to come up with "diet foods" that I can eat. I'm sticking with Smart One's & Lean Cuisine frozen meals until I lose at least 15 lbs! I can't really think of any other way for me, so my cooking is just for hubby & kids! 



Monday: grilled chicken with mashed potatoes
Tuesday: shrimp with rice
Wednesday: pasta with ground beef
Thursday: BBQ chicken with baked potato
Friday: rice with eggs

Check out more menus at I'm an Organizing Junkie

I keep the weekends free, these are usually take-out days or whatever I find I the fridge will be cooked :)

It's will be tough for me, especially when I make my fave foods(pasta) but I have to be strong!

Do you find it difficult to diet when you have to cook non-diet food for your family?

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Craziness in my life!

2 weeks without a single post! Wow, that's terrible!!! LOL, I just cannot find the time these days-between taking kids to school, hubby was on vacation for a week, job-hunting, cooking and stressing out about the lack of money, I just haven't had the time to sit here and write.  I'm going to try now since I have been preparing for Christmas and it really is my favorite time of year.  I put up my tree a few weeks ago and with the tree going up, our Elf on the Shelf-Ken-came back!  Let me tell you that its been a challenge finding a new and creative spot for him every night, and I still have until January 6th!  Reading other people's posts has really given me some ideas and inspiration but its not easy.  I'm even ashamed to admit, but more than once we've woken up to Ken being in the same spot as the day before, oops.....I forgot to move him!

After Christmas I will be putting together a collage of "Ken" pictures for all you to see the many places he's landed this year, hehehe, I can't wait.

For now, I'm just trying to get through each day and finish up my Christmas shopping.  Trying not to think about the fact that my unemployment will be cut-off at the end of the month and that I've applied to hundreds of jobs and nothing!  I need to start working January 2nd to bring in money, we really cannot afford to live on one income, as much as I would love that its just not possible for us.  So, I look to my kids, hubby and all the pretty Christmas decorations and music to keep me going.
Things have to get better.....there is a reason everything happens, right?









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