I can’t believe we are wrapping up the school year already! Today, Diego and his Kindergarten had a Writer’s Workshop Celebration (be still my heart!). Yes, I cried. I was an emotional mess listening to Diego read the book he wrote and illustrated. When the class all got up to sing a few songs for all the parents, I was a wreck.
I just spent this past weekend with my family in Chicago. My mom and I spent ALL of Saturday together and it was so nice! I love my mom. She was also my first teacher and she has given me such great advice throughout the years. Some of it I have heard all of my life and some she just decided to share with me. Here is the list worth passing on: [Read more...]
Baby Jordi and I will be in Chicago this weekend! It’s my sweet goddaughter’s First Communion! Another blessed weekend! The bigger boys will all be home doing a bunch of sports, eating out and enjoying the gorgeous weather.
Our whole family is in Chicago and I can’t wait to see my parents, my siblings, my goddaughters and my comadres!
I hope you have a great weekend planned too!
Right before the time of the Boston bombings, I read someone’s status on Facebook that was asking why people weren’t courteous, polite, or even friendly anymore. This woman had so MANY comments as replies. Everyone was willing to pitch in more than what I think the woman was asking. People wrote about their state of unhappiness. People answered that the economy in this country was awful. People complained of working too much or not working at all. Some claimed that the media contributed to the sad mood as well. Unhappy relationships was another factor and it was all just too much and too hard to stay positive. I think it’s definitely safe to assume that the collective response was, it is hard to be happy when everything around us is in a bad place.
I did a little thinking back at the post I did for this positive series. Find the Love is where I encouraged you to surround yourself with people who uplift you and pretty much ditch those who fuel negative energy. After the story I heard this weekend, I’m having a little change of heart on this topic.
Happy Monday! We had a very special weekend! Yesterday was Jordi’s baptism and our dear friends flew in from Chicago to become his godparents. It was so sweet to see my three boys participate in the ceremony and to have us all witness Jordi’s big day as a little family. We cooked all weekend and we ate A LOT too! Look out for pictures soon!
I wanted to share only happy links today!
A fantastic LEGO response.
It can’t hurt to try…
15 places to visit while young (I’ve been to 5, Jose 8).
Because we needed this for Jordi’s Baptismal Brunch. jajaja!
A teen’s sweet photographs of her dog. Read her message at the end too!
Congrats to my Pull-Ups Giveaway winner!!!
Let’s all have a great week!
Whenever we suffer as a nation, I find it very hard to continue with everyday tasks without thinking of the people that are truly hurting. It’s a slow process to get back to normal. While we try to shield our children from the images and constant news updates, we too have to slowly recover. After the tragic events of Newton last December, I couldn’t help but feel guilty to sit here and type away, and honestly, sometimes words don’t cut it. I thought we simply needed to see images of what make us smile. Today we need it again. Perfect subject: kids! Fashionable kids! Enjoy!
Any time there is tragic news, such as the events of yesterday’s Boston Marathon bombings, my heart feels a little bit heavier. I can’t help but think of the condition of the world as my sons independently become part of it more and more each day.
I first heard of the news through a text from a friend that started off like this, “What is going on in the world today…?” Knowing that tragedy hit close to home once again, I picked up the phone to hear the news from Jose. I caught myself holding my breath and kept glancing at the clock for the rest of the afternoon as I waited for him to make his usual commute from Manhattan.
Once Jose was home, I couldn’t peel myself away from Twitter and Facebook, and once the kids were in bed, the TV. The images made it more real of course and I asked myself that same question, “What is going on in the world?” What does it mean when it is confirmed that in today’s attack an eight-year-old child has died? Why?
But you know what? Nothing has changed. It has always been this way. There are
bad evil people out in our world who do not have any regard for human life. Whatever their causes, their reasons, and motivations for committing tragedies like this- it can never be justified. We shake our heads in disbelief and take our emotions on a crazy ride of anger, sadness and shock.
There is something else that has never changed in our world either; the love and the good during difficult times. The love and the good that swells my heart and rises it right back up. Already, the stories of the heroes are pouring in and I cling to those reads. There is always more love and good than bad, right? Look around you-it is there every day. We have to believe it. If not for us, then for our kids.
I can’t hold by babies forever, I can’t be with them at all hours of the day, and I certainly can not protect them from the inevitable. For now, all I can do is hold them tight, pray for them and teach them to love, with love.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”-Gandhi
My heart, prayers and positive energy goes to everyone in Boston.
Hi everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? Um…ours was…interesting. Let me just start off by saying that the sakura (aka cherry blossoms) bloomed this past week and once again we didn’t make it to Japan (wink) or Washington D.C. Maybe next year? It doesn’t matter because Jose’s sister and her husband were visiting from Indiana!! Woo whoo! We had an awesome time with them!
Here’s the breakdown of the weekend: