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Reflecting on 2013

Sitting on my couch, watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve while my hubby sleeps, my son watches tv and my daughter watches her new fish.  At 11:50 we'll all gather in the living room to countdown the new year but for now I sit here and think.  Thinking about this year that is coming to a close - can't believe its almost over and can't believe how fast its gone.  So much has happened that I'm still shocked it all happened in 1 year.
I started the year at a new job, got into a minor car accident in February, my son has a good year playing baseball at his school, my daughter has a great year in dance and school, my son ends up failing Freshman year so I transfer him to public school (not happy about this move), still struggling with money, my hubby's car gets destroyed while it was parked outside my job(2nd car accident), more good times pass, we have to cancel our Disney vacation (again), my mom has a heart attack(fully recovers, Thank God) and our do…

Christmas Day with Little Sleep!!

6:15AM and my alarm is going off.....not my regular alarm, no, no, no.....its the alarm that NEVER works when I need it to wake me up for work, but it worked today!!!
So, since I had to get out of bed to shut it off and hubby woke up too we decided to just wake up the kids!  Santa left baby girl a singing Olaf doll so we walked in her room with it to wake her up but as soon as we opened her door - she was up!!! LOL!!
Then we got up our big boy who hates waking up early in the morning, but he wasn't too bad this morning.
Now, one thing I forgot to mention is that Santa's delivery was a bit different this year.  Usually Santa leaves all the presents out & unwrapped, ready for the kids to play with.  But this year, he decided to make them work a little bit so he left his toy bags behind - one for each and personalized....they were awesome!!! Both bags were full of gifts!

So this wonderful day has come to an end!  Best part was seeing my children opening up all of their gifts…

I Love Christmas!!!!

So it is finally Christmas and I'm ecstatic!!! Even though it lands in the middle of the week this year and I have to work the day before and 2 days after....stinks!! Altough, I am thankful for having a job this year.....last year I was unemployed with no luck in finding work! So....working on Christmas Eve meant I had to start cooking on the 23rd!
Our traditional meal is pernil (roasted pork shoulder) black beans, white rice and yucca(cassava).  Most of this can be done in less than 2 hours but the pork takes 5-6 hours of cooking in the oven, therefore I had to get started on this a few days before.  On Sunday I marinated it so it could start sucking up all the juices and flavor! Then on the 23rd, when I got home from work, I set my oven to 250 and put the pork in to start cooking.  It was done by 1:30AM.....I finally went to bed by 2AM and then was up at 6AM to get ready for work.  I was exhausted but I had to get moving!!
I got to work, did what I had to do and fortunately we …

December Fun!!

This has been one crazy month - I'm ending the year just the way its been all year...busy, busy, busy.  I'm still trying to get a grip on my schedule and make time for everything I have or want to do.  In between all the work, Christmas shopping, cooking, homework, baseball and dance practices I did manage to make time for some fun and memorable activities.  In the last 2 months we've gone apple & pumpkin picking and took a short trip to Hershey Park, so I definitely wanted to add something fun this month!  We always try to take a trip to NYC during this time to see the tree, but since my daughter LOVES dance and now has a sudden interest in going to see musicals and plays, I got us tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at Rockefellar Center.

I used a coupon I picked up at a McDonalds one day and bought our tickets for a decent price.  I chose a Monday, so both hubby and I took the day off from work and I kept the kids home from school.  We jumped on the bus, to save m…