The Last Random Thoughts Thursday of 2010

  • Since we extended our cable package, I’ve had the pleasure of watching the following movies (and mind you, I am the person who finds it a feat to dedicate 2 hours to sitting and watching a movie!): My Sister’s Keeper, The Family Who Preys, It’s Complicated, Four Christmases, He’s Just Not That Into You, Julie & Julia and Arthur – what can I say, Hubby made a good move in upgrading the cable!
  • While I feel we need to buckle down financially, I am happy we were able to make some pretty hefty worthwhile purchases for our family: King bed, third vehicle, new bedroom furniture for the girls, a new sofa and ottoman, and a new 50 inch TV.
  • On that note, I heart our new TV!!!
  • I loved the text I got from our boy yesterday updating us on his whereabouts: “Hi. We’re eating now. Hi mom :) how was work?” And when he came home, he gave me a big hug and was just catching up with me — he apparently had a whole lot to say about the last two days since I hadn’t really seen him. The little things…gotta love it.
  • Ella: “Mommy, don’t say Joe. Only my grandma calls him Joe.” LOL!!! Oh Ella. She’s so used to hearing me call her Daddy “honey”.
  • I am ecstatic and honored to be a Godmother to my Bestie’s baby girl Maya Elenia. My baby girl not only has a sunsister, but a Godsister. :)
  • I am truly blessed with a wonderful set of friends and family — cannot wait to make more memories in 2011!
  • To me, my Hubby is the best husband in the universe — I admire SO MUCH about him. I learn so much from him, especially when it comes to being patient and forgiving. He’s perfection in my eyes (and I know this even when I’m crabby).
  • Looking forward to a nice relaxing prelude to 2011 this weekend — more time with family and friends.
  • Proud of myself for being committed to my very first blog this year — I have never ever completed a consistent journal of my life that has lasted as long as a year. I plan to continue blogging into 2011.
  • To join or not join…a gym. Ugh.
  • Ella is hooked on the Katy Perry songs “Teenage Dream” and “Firework” (I admit, I’m a little hooked myself).
  • I just found this — should come in handy with one of my 2011 goals :)
  • Sometimes I find myself missing: Muay Thai Kickboxing, hula, my old condo, my co-workers from HSBC, my Thursday night outings at 23 years old when I managed to stay out ’til 4am and make it to work by 7:30am, my long hair, high school & college days, my discipline when it comes to working out, old school hip hop…and I mean the good stuff.
  • I am NOT old — but I AM a grown up. :)
  • My January 2011 social calendar is already BOOKED. Man!
  • If I don’t log in again before 2010 comes to an end, I wish you all a year of precious memories made, little and big goals achieved, exciting adventures and finding the peace and happiness in the simple things in life. Happy New Year!

The Merriest Place on Earth

We did it! We survived another wonderful holiday season. I think it’s funny how I always feel like I need a vacation AFTER my vacation to regroup and relax. The holidays can get SO busy at our house, but at the end of it all, it is always well worth it, especially with all of the amazing memories we take away year after year.

This year, we stayed true to our two Christmas traditions — drive through Christmas Card Lane with holiday music blasting from our SUV and do our annual Secret Santa gift exchange. No matter where the kids will be that year, we always make sure that these traditions are left untouched and find a way and a time to do these traditions. I’m sure we will continue these traditions until our kids have their own kids.  Here are some of the highlights of our Christmas 2010:

  • 18 year old says “Are we going to Christmas Card Lane?” I reply “Yes.” He replies with enthusiasm “COOL!!!!” Never thought he’d the be the most excited about this tradition – LOL. But it made me happy because well, he is 18 now and it’s nice to see him still get excited about our family outings. :)
  • I was our tween’s Secret Santa and boy do I love her. I played a little joke on her, and even after she opened the “joke gift”, she was still very grateful. Imagine how her face lit up when I handed her the “real thing” — grey ankle boots (which she had wanted) and an outfit…and she loved her Paul Frank tote (which I btw loved so much I almost kept for myself – LOL). She was beaming!
  • My Secret Santa was our 18 year old – his gift to me was so thoughtful and things that I needed! New potholders, fuzzy comfy house socks, foamy antibacterial hand soap (which I love) and he gave everyone in our family a little gift. How’s that for a working boy? :)
  • The teen was so sweet in giving me hand lotions in nice tropical island scents – how did she know I need the travel size version? Loved it! So thoughtful of her.
  • Hosted a nice relaxing brunch for Hubby’s side of the family on Christmas Eve.
  • Had a nice Christmas Day at my parents’ house.
  • Took our little one to Disneyland the day after Christmas – she got to hug Minnie Mouse and Cinderella, indulge in amusement park food all by herself, and play in the park until her heart was content and she was ready for a very late afternoon/early evening nap!

I am so excited for 2011 – getting ready to post my goals soon. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

Look who's excited to be at Disneyland!

The big Christmas tree on Main St.

Ella with her Mini-Minnie and the real deal!

Churro!!

Two princesses named Ella :)

Sending You Some Holiday Glee

I didn’t think it was going to happen, but we MADE it happen. I am big on traditions and especially not breaking them, if I can help it. Our holiday cards are part of our family tradition. Hubby and I always try to send something fun and creative or just “us” during the holidays, and this year we played off of our love for music and what seems to be hot in pop culture these days – the show “GLEE”. Add a little color, some quick photogs from our DSLR, our very own custom playlist from a FREE (gotta love FREE) site, and voila! Meet our 2010 holiday card.

2010 Holiday Card

Oh What Fun…

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Sometimes, the social calendar or work or kids’ activities make the months fly by faster than we’d like. December is one of those months for me. I wish there was some way I can control my days a little bit more – slowing it down – and a way to increase my energy level. Every weekend in December has been packed with something on the calendar – not just one thing, but sometimes a few things happening on the same day! But don’t be mistaken, I am NOT complaining, just wishing for more time to spend and really relish the holiday season even more. :) I have been extremely blessed with amazing family and friends, and if my days are filled, it’s a wonderful thing when they’re filled with those I love dearly.

Here are some snapshots of our family this holiday season so far…

At Liberty Station in front of the big beautiful tree - it really is a true California scene, sunshine and all! ;)

Our little Ella with the man in the red suit and white beard - and she didn't even cry!

Ella made "jingle bells" at the holiday party hosted by Auntie Sophia and Uncle Myko.

Our tree, decorated by the Big and the Little.

Our kiddos together

I’m Still Here!

Just wanted to stop in and say “hi” and let you know that I am still alive! I say that with a dash of seriousness – really, sometimes it gets so busy that I am amazed that I can stand on two feet without falling asleep. I plan to post some pretty amazing moments – just haven’t had time to organize my photogs. Thought I’d give a brief rundown on how life has been “bullet-point” style. You know me and lists… ;)

  • Had some pretty amazing moments with my son – a few heart-t0-heart talks and a big birthday bash for his 18th! And he gave me some of the BIGGEST compliments any mother could ever receive. Makes me love him and this life that MUCH more.
  • Had another memorable Thanksgiving holiday – a bit of a marathon (but truth be told, all holidays in our family are marathons – lol). Hubby and I did a ton of cooking – we cooked a turkey for the first time!
  • Finally got to use my sewing machine last night – Hubby was surprised at how fast I created a top for Ella WITHOUT a pattern. I LOVE MY SEWING MACHINE! And threading it was a cinch (thank you 7th grade home ec).
  • I am so SO bummed that two of my favorite shows are over this season. EVEN MORE BUMMED that my favorite of the two – Terriers – is not coming back for a second season! Curse you FX. I’m tempted to start a petition of sorts to get that show back on the air. :(
  • On the flipside, I’m happy that Top Chef is on – it’s their first ever All-Star competition. Not sure who I’m rooting for yet.
  • So proud of the alma mater, my son and the rest of the Varsity Marauders – after 27 long years, we made it to the Championship game at Qualcomm Stadium. Although Vista defeated us, I am so very proud of these kids and their hard work.
  • After a busy past few weeks, Hubby and I were able to enjoy a nice quiet lunch by the water. And we have another date planned for this weekend. Woohoo!
  • The Christmas decorations are out – but we still need to get our tree. First time in five years that we didn’t get our tree the day after Thanksgiving. We are planning on getting it this weekend – Ella keeps asking. :)
  • I still need to get my eyes checked.
  • I won another design contest at work! Hello, $100.
  • 15 items for $200…not bad. Love me some online shopping. Got some pretty cute items for our 9 year old – now am I going to give it to her for xmas or save it for her bday next month? Can’t pass up good deals – skinny jeans for $7? Sold.
  • Just heard some great news from Ella’s godparents – so excited for them!
  • So thankful to have wonderful friends and family – just had to let the world know that! :)

Marauders Big Victory Against Eastlake

So in our latest family newsletter, I asked the kids to write their goals for this school year. Our boy, who is a Senior, wrote that he wanted to win CIFs and go to the Championship Game at Qualcomm Stadium where our San Diego Chargers and SDSU Aztecs play! Privately I thought it was a long stretch, but was completely fine with publishing whatever he was aspiring to achieve this year. Remember the saying “Anything is possible!” – well, that phrase is perfect for what just happened for our alma mater and the soon to be fate of the Mira Mesa Marauders.

They were scheduled to play an undefeated team on their home turf last night. As we pulled up to the school, not a single parking space was available which told me that Eastlake had a huge support group cheering them on that night. Intimidating? Nah. When we finally parked and trekked to the field, I looked up at the scoreboard to find it was still 0 – 0. What? Nobody scored yet? Granted, it was only the second quarter, but still. We’re playing an undefeated team!

Shortly after sitting ourselves down on the freezing cold bleachers, the Marauders went in for the first touchdown and exciting play after play  ended with a 20 – 0 shut out against Eastlake. The best part for our family, the Marauders and the entire Mira Mesa community is that it had been 27 years since our alma mater made it to the stadium for a championship game! It is such a very exciting time for us all and I just want my son to relish every moment of it.

Our boy and his best buds from the team

Hubby and our two good friends who have attended almost every single one of the MM games

The scoreboard

So proud of him

Let’s Get the Sillies Out!

We had a fabulous time with our Yo Gabba Gabba friends when they visited San Diego as part of their North American tour. It was a great way to end our long Thanksgiving weekend – we all had a blast!

Ella decided to bring her Toodee doll to the show!

Hubby and I worked on these last-minute shirts for the kiddos!

Gotta love it!

Now it's time to dance!!!

Enjoying the show with my little one :)

Balloons "magically" floated down from the ceiling!

Lovely, love my family!

Did Hubby steal DJ Lance Rock's glasses???

It's Biz's Beat of the Day - yes, he was THERE!