March 30, 2008

Fairie Festival








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Took Sophia to a Fairie Festival today. The place was filled with *whimsy* and magical energy. All the fairies running around reminded me of a Warwick Goble painting. We did not want to leave.

Best Shot Monday


Flower headwreaths, fairy wings, tutus, and bubbles.
Some of the many reasons this momma *needed* to have a daughter.

March 29, 2008


Went to Tanya's for a much needed MNO and we played ¡Lotería!, which is Mexican Bingo. Tanya's also from the border, but from the valley (I'm from the desierto border), and even though Tanya is what we call a güera (white girl on the border), this chica knows her Spanish AND can pronounce Spanish words correctly, AND knows ALL the slang. Being around this Mamasita makes me feel like I'm back home.



The big losers were given a consolation prize. Maracas!


For some awesome ¡Lotería! photos, check out Bonnie's Flickr and her Blog.

March 27, 2008

Euro Sponge

For over a year, I've been meaning/hoping/wanting to transition to cloth napkins and find an alternative to paper towels, but time has not been on my side and I've been unable to make my own cloth napkins. We ran out of paper towels almost a month ago and I haven't bought any since! Been using handtowels (you can even ask Tanya).

But, look at what I found out about today on GreenFeet.

These are handy, dandy Natural Euro Sponge Cloths. One can apparently use them over and over again to clean, wipe, and dry kitchen and bath surfaces. The best part? Each Euro Sponge outlasts 17 rolls of paper towels. Since each pack comes with 3 sponge cloths, that means one pack saves you from buying 51 rolls of paper towels. As the website states, "You're doing double the good by keeping paper towels out of the landfill and keeping your hard earned cash in your pocket".

I can live with that.


I joined my friend Mandy last night for Bikram Yoga and oh. my. god. It kicked my hiney. And I've done hot yoga before, even prenatal yoga, but never Bikram Yoga (103+ degree room and an hour-and-a-friggin-half of torture).My heart felt like it was about to pound out of my chest and I was as red as a lobster. With Bikram we didn't do downward dog or sun salutations, but instead it felt more cardio intense, and the instructor was telling us Bikram combines Eastern yoga practice with Western physicians' input to get maximum benefit for your inner organs.

I have a very hard time sticking to an exercise routine. Even though I've lost 12 pounds since I began my weight loss challenge on New Years Day, when I could barely squeeze my postpartum pudge in my old yoga gear, and looked at myself in the mirror, THAT was enough motivation to get to the studio.

It's good to do this with a friend because as Mandy and I we were laying on the floor, with our legs and arms stretched out in all sorts of directions, sweat dripping from our faces down to our feet, we would look at each other and give each other that giggle that we needed to get through the pain.

The goal for beginners is to just stay in the room. I managed that. But I layed in dead mans pose for the last 20 minutes of it. But I stayed in the room. The good news? We burned approx. 950 calories! I think I sweat out tons of water retention because today I'm 3 pounds lighter than I was yesterday.

I *will* have my body back by summer.

March 24, 2008


Below is my first attempt at a self portrait. Harder than I thought it would be with a fixed lens.
This is the only shot that didn't come out blurry, so this is whatchya get.

This shot is SOOC (straight out of camera), no editing, or photoshop (I don't even own it yet), and straight out of the shower, and I have zero makeup on.

So, here I am, in all my 'natural' glory, blemishes and all.


7 Weird Things About Me

1. I'm completely addicted to coffee. I drink at least two cups every morning. What's worse, I let my toddler finish up my second cup when she has a screaming fit for some. I know, I know.

2. At parties, weddings, or any place of large gatherings and where there is chocolate cake or dark icing available, I get kicks out of smearing gobs of it on my top front teeth and talking to unsuspecting folks to see their reaction. I learned this from Javier.

3. I'm supersitious. Perhaps even have a bit of 'psychic' ability. Seriously though before you start laughing, or think I'm a loon, I just KNEW I was going to have a daughter one of these years. When Mike and I decided to try for a baby, I knew she would be a girl, before she was ever conceived. I also pick up vibes and energy on people very easily.

4. I was a devoted vegetarian for 9 years. I fell off that wagon when I was pregnant with Sophia. What can I say? It was Thanksgiving. And my husband's deep fried turkey.

5. I read 3 books a time, but rarely read them from start to finish. I skip all over the place. I've noticed the pattern though. It's with expository text (parenting, philosophies, self-help, etc), whereas if I get my hands on a good fictional story, I can stay focused and get through the end.

6. I'm in denial about my oldest growing up. I just realized yesterday that in 2 months, he'll be able to get a job and get his driver's license.

He and I both are in la-la land more often than not.

7. I often have dreams that my teeth are falling out. Can you say stress?

To keep the meme moving along, I tag:

iMOTHER (Tanya)
The Adventures of Lazygirl (Bonnie)
A Fraction of Time (Stephanie)
Hanging by a Nerve (Vick)
CMan's Mama (Andrea)
Y ~ M ~ C (Yvonne)

And yes, you need to add self-portrait.

March 23, 2008

Kites and Tacones

What else could a little girl want?


If you know Spanish, you will understand the latter.

March 22, 2008




I love how Holly just picks up my baby to play with her everytime she sees her.

March 21, 2008


Today, Andrea H. brought over Cascarones for the tots, which I was giddy to see! Growing up on the border, a surprise pop on the head with a confetti egg was something usually accompanying an Easter basket.





Photo courtesy of Jay




Buckets, but no Boots

The tots watering the veggie garden at Casa T.





Then, Austin decided on some impromptu water fun.




Domi's Toes. =)

After looking at the photo of Austin running, I am dying to get my hands on a lensbabies.

March 19, 2008











They're not all pictured here on this post, but I am so fortunate that I have met the most amazing mothers and remarkable women through my Other Mothers group.

Sunny Happy Day



Playing with my camera while at playgroup last week.

March 18, 2008

I'm a DIVA and I now have a CUP!

If you're one of my male readers (which I have very few of), no need to read on. I will be discussing my Aunt Flo. You know, the monthly visitor us women are 'blessed' with each month.

I've been eyeing the
Diva Cup for months now, and finally have made the decision to throw out the Tampax since I recently discovered they are made by the evil Pain for Profit company, Proctor & Gamble.

So, with my prima on board, we ordered us our Diva cups today and are pleased we will be contributing no waste when the annoying Auntie pays us her monthly visit.